Monday, January 24, 2011

Say bon appetit to Michigan as culinary tourism soars

(From, the website of Booth Newspapers) Soon you’ll be able to spend a weekend “glazing and grazing” — firing a pottery plate one day and enjoying locally grown gourmet food on it the next. Or there’s the “Boyne Appetit” weekend, designed like a pub crawl but instead visits the kitchens of top chefs. Or a tour of a dozen Frankenmuth food venues (cheese makers, pretzel rollers, brewers and more), all guided by a free smart phone application. Those outings, plus a Michigan chestnut tour, a brewery tour (with driver) of Southeast Michigan and many others, are being developed across Michigan, thanks to inspiration offered earlier this month at the state’s first Culinary Tourism conference. Full story

"Boyne Appetit" promotes restaurants and local foods

(From TV 9 & 10 News) Every small Northern Michigan community is known for something and Boyne City wants to be known as a great place to eat.  Community leaders met with a consultant last summer who helped highlight high points in the community. Boyne City just launched a new culinary tourism initiative called Boyne Appetit. The purpose is to promote the area's restaurants and local foods. See TV news video.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Midwest Living picks Cafe Sante as one of the best new restaurants

Boyne City, Michigan: Cafe SanteMidwest Living magazine has named Boyne City's Cafe Sante to its list of Best New Midwest Places to Play, Eat and Stay - here's what they said: "Cafe Sante patio, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Lake Charlevoix waves. Hypnotic fire ring. Truffled mushroom pizza. European and Michigan brews. Sigh." Pictured here is Chelsea Sykes, one of Cafe Sante's servers. Details from magazine website.

Boyne City in race for national Main Street of the year

(From the Petoskey News-Review) The city of Boyne City has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2011 national Great American Main Street Awards. Since 1995 the National Trust for Historic Preservation has chosen 10 semifinalists a year from a nationwide pool of applicants who are later narrowed to five finalists, and Boyne City is one step away from joining the short list of elite winners. "It's great recognition for what we've done in the community. This will draw attention to what we have here and it will benefit everyone," said Hugh Conklin, Boyne City Main Street Program manager. In September the Boyne City Main Street program was selected as the best program in the state based on its achievements throughout the year and the use of the Main Street's approach to development.  According to Conklin, after Boyne City won the state-level achievement they were encouraged to apply for the national award. Full story.