October 28, 2021


Dog Bakery’s Halloween Cookies

By Lynda Wheatley | Oct. 23, 2021

We’re going to tell you a horrifying story. Once, in a fit of sugar-craving desperation, our editor nibbled on a dog cookie someone had gifted her then-new Cherryland Humane Society Rescue dog. That cookie was so tasty, she ate the whole darn thing. And then, because that cookie had been part of a three-pack, she ate the other two as well. Before you gag, rest assured that she did not. Because those ... Read More >>

Pumpkin Spice Witch’s Brew

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By Anna Faller | Oct. 23, 2021

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Or rather, the much greater Pumpkin Spice Witch’s Brew. The stuff of northern Michigan legend, Leelanau Cellars’ Witches Brews have been around for more than two decades (Leelanau Cellars itself is a bit of a vinology veteran; it was founded in 1974), but this latest version in the Omena winery’s spellbinding series is anything but old school. Far from its OG Witches Brew brethren, itself a ... Read More >>

Oktoberfest I and II, Silver Spruce Brewing

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Oct. 16, 2021

It’s October, which means it’s prime fall beer season. There’s maybe no beer that screams “fall” more than the German Oktoberfest style, and there’s no brewery in northern Michigan that does a more authentic Oktoberfest than Silver Spruce Brewing. From the beginning, Silver Spruce brewers Leah Tyrell and Scott Stuhr have sought to carve out their niche in Traverse City’s busy beer scene by crafting light, easy-drinking beers. That’s true to the ... Read More >>

All In The Family

The Manitou restaurant in Benzie County has been serving up delicious fare – and world-class pies – since 1979
By Al Parker | Oct. 16, 2021

It started life as a common northern Michigan resort cabin, but over the years it's been transformed into one of Benzie County's most popular places for a quality dining experience. The Manitou, out on M-22 between Empire and Frankfort, is a family-owned operation opened in 1979 by Doug MacHugh and a partner. A few years later, MacHugh and his wife, Lisa, bought out the partner to operate the steadily growing restaurant. “’How ... Read More >>

Gallagher’s Farm Market Donuts

Oct. 16, 2021

We’re not much for pumpkin spice lattes, but we do have our own seasonal cravings, and these little round wonders can be found at Gallagher’s Farm Market in Traverse City. Gallagher’s doles out fresh donuts in dozens from June through October. Founded in 1972 by Jack and Bernie Gallagher, this Certified Centennial farm features nearly 600 acres of pristine pasture - as well as a few friendly animal faces - and its ... Read More >>

Grand Traverse Brewing Company's Glen Lake IPA

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By Beth Milligan | Oct. 9, 2021

Since moving to Traverse City and opening Grand Traverse Brewing Company in 2018 – bringing over 20 years of brewing experience with him from the Pacific Northwest – Michigan native Pete Bishop has been quietly producing high-quality craft beer at a local production facility on Cass-Hartman Court in TC. Customers can visit by appointment for tastings and a selection of pints, growlers, and kegs. But for those who can’t make it, several ... Read More >>

Carlson’s Whitefish “Caviar” at MAWBY

By Emily Tyra | Oct. 9, 2021

Suttons Bay sparkling wine producer MAWBY has teamed with Carlson’s Fishery of Leland to offer a taste of a Great Lakes delicacy available locally for the first time. Fishmonger Mike Burda explains that typically Carlson’s only processes and ships the golden-orange whitefish eggs (technically the term caviar only applies to fish roe in the sturgeon family) frozen for the European market. “It’s really popular there, and at peak season we ship a ... Read More >>

Pour’s Sweet Potato Salad

By Anna Faller | Oct. 2, 2021

Prep your palettes, cold-weather comrades! Autumn is officially on the menu at Petoskey’s Pour Kitchen & Bar, and we can’t wait to take a taste. Launched in August 2016 and helmed by general manager and sommelier Todd Chinnock, in partnership with executive chef Colin Campbell, Pour’s seasonally rotating menus often combine comfort food and classic technique with a distinctive Eastern Asian twist. “There are a lot of exciting flavors and complexity that ... Read More >>

Northern Natural Cider Flight

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By Lynda Wheatley | Oct. 2, 2021

Those of us who frequently, and oh so sadly, have to eschew hard cider for fear of the headaches their hidden sulfites will bring to our bean, fall is not lost: the Mackey family — owners of the award-winning Northern Natural Cider House & Winery in Kaleva — have developed a process that naturally removes the sulfites from every single one of their ciders, all of which are made from premium ingredients ... Read More >>

Smash Face Pumpkin Ale

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By Kathleen Wilson | Sept. 25, 2021

The end of summer is always a heartbreaker, but thankfully, we can count on Suttons Bay’s Hop Lot to help us ease into the season with crackling outdoor fires surrounded by trees with changing leaves and, of course, some stellar autumn brews. Fresh out of the taps is the Smash Face Pumpkin Ale, a seriously delicious seasonal ale now in its seventh year of release. Aptly named, this is a beer you ... Read More >>

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