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Michigan resorts host fall farm-to-table dinners



Foodies looking for a fall getaway have a smorgasbord of choices at northern Michigan resorts.

As part of the growing ‘eat local’ movement,  Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville will wrap up its monthly Farm-to-Table summer series of pre-fixe dinners at the Thistle Pub & Grille Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17. Showcasing locally-sourced ingredients, the three-course dinners start at $32 per person; drinks are extra.  Call (855) 955-5146 or check http://www.crystalmountain.com.

Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls is offering three-course “Farm to Table”  dinners  on Fridays, Sept. 16-30. They feature a guest host and local fare paired with adult beverage tastings. The Friday dinners, $29 per person, are available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Everett’s restaurant at the resort. Each diner will receive a day pass to The Spa at Boyne Mountain.

Resort chefs prepare three-courses using fresh produce from Coveyou Scenic Farm Market of Petoskey and pair each course with complementing tastes of beer (Sept. 16 and 30) or wine (Sept. 23).  Entrees include Otto’s chicken thighs with a sweet potato cake, wilted Swiss chard, and basil cilantro gastrique served with Chateau Chantal’s Chardonnay Reserve, as well as marinated skirt steak with roasted Yukon gold potatoes, sweet corn fingers, and a stout reduction served with Short’s Bellaire Brown.  Each dinner also features a specialty salad and dessert.

Wrapping up Boyne’s Friday dinner series, an expanded Farm-to-Table event, Oct. 7, stars five courses at Boyne Mountain’s Beach House Restaurant on Deer Lake, with two sittings and live entertainment, $39 per person. Reservations are required, (231) 549-6854 or 549-7959. Check http://www.boyne.com/boynemountain/events/2016/september/farm-to-table-fridays-916.

Treetops Resort’s Farm2Fork dinners, part of its popular, year-round Culinary Adventure Series, also are in full swing this fall. For an overview and recipes, read my story in The Detroit News, http://www.detroitnews.com/story/life/food/2016/09/07/gaylord-farm-fork-dining-gaining-steam/89970436/.

On tap Sept. 23, an “Autumn Harvest” dinner will showcase marinated rack of lamb from Gaylord’s Cook Family Farm, which specializes in natural, grass-fed meat. The event co-host is Fred Bueltmann, an owner of New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, and author of the acclaimed 2013 book, “Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Philosophy of Food & Drink.”

“Back to Our Roots,” a root vegetable-centered dinner starring short ribs from Bluestem Farm, a four-season, organic farm in East Jordan, will takes place Oct. 21. The meal will be prepared with and accompanied by beverages from Short’s Brewing Company and Starcut Ciders in Bellaire. Tastings include a pilsner fermented with hand-picked blue spruce tips.

Farm2Fork events are $89 per person, including tax and fees. That covers the four-course dinner, Michigan craft beer or wines with each course and shuttle service from Treetops Resort to and from Wilderness Cabin.

The resort also offers special overnight packages, starting at $162 per person, double occupancy, that include one-night lodging, the Farm2Fork dinner, resort shuttle service to and from Wilderness Cabin and breakfast the next morning.

Golfers may add an 18-hole round, with cart, starting at $35 per person, on one of Treetops’ five courses by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Tom Fazio and Rick Smith. Or, check out the new Treetops Golf Academy with PGA professional Joe Charles, director of instruction.

For information, check treetops.com or call (989) 732-6711.

A succulent bone-in pork chop, fresh from a local farm, was the stand-out dish at a recent Farm2Fork dinner at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. (photo: Susan R. Pollack)

A succulent bone-in pork chop, fresh from a local farm, was the stand-out dish at a recent Farm2Fork dinner at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. (photo: Susan R. Pollack)


Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Lakeland Boating, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide." She also writes for websites including cruisecritic.com, gardendestinations.com and travelingmom.com.