Monday, October 19, 2015

Local sourcing: Northern Table favors 'farm-to-table' approach

From the Petoskey News-Review: Northern Table, Boyne City’s newest restaurant, opened in May with a key objective: to be known for its farm-to-table menu. More precisely, owner Mark Warner wants Northern Table to be known as an “up north” farm-to-table eatery. It’s his first restaurant, and although not originally from the Boyne area, Warner wanted to open a restaurant in Charlevoix County, a favorite vacation spot of his family. The restaurant’s site at South Lake and West Main streets, which formerly housed The Thirsty Goat, had been empty for several years.
After a much-needed cleaning, Warner redecorated, installed a wine cellar, added a wood-fired oven and opened up the second floor. The restaurant has an urban feel with wood and stone floors and brick walls. The lower floor seats 60, the outdoor patio seats 35.
Executive chef Meghan Wruk has been with the eatery from the beginning, bringing a wealth of experience with her, including work at a number of Northern Michigan restaurants, as well as a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in New York where she was named valedictorian of her graduating class.
Chef Wruk enjoys the opportunity to add daily features to the menu, often not knowing what they might be until local farmers arrive with produce not typically on the menu. “The farm to table daily features are often same-day decisions,” Wruk said. “You never know what might come in.” Full story.

Staked on a state: Growing shop emphasizes Michigan-themed products

Ribbon cutting at Smitten Designs from earlier in 2015.
Ivette Dixon of Smitten Design Studio in downtown Boyne City is preparing for a big move at the end of October. Her store, which now resides at 120 Water St., will be moving two doors down to the old Northern Eagle Clothier building and has an expected opening date of Nov. 11. Dixon cites the move as a way to expand her ever-growing business and offer even more items. While her current space has room to hold all her designs and her upstairs workshop, the new building will allow for additional screen printing equipment, something she’s had to source out in the past. Full story from Petoskey News-Review.