The Remedy Cafe Grand Opening on Jan 25

Waffles at the Remedy CafeThe Remedy Cafe will have their Grand Opening on Sunday, January 25th. It’s a project of Pete Kirkwood, owner of The Workshop Brewing Company, and located in the same building in  TC’s Warehouse District (in the former location of Xylo Bistro).

The Traverse City Record-Eagle had a short feature on The Remedy Cafe:

The Workshop Brewing Company built a success story for owner Pete Kirkwood. The brewpub/restaurant has a loyal clientele. Business is strong.

Now, Kirkwood plans to serve breakfast, but in a new location. It’s not too far from The Workshop — in the same building, just a few steps down the hall.

“I want it to feel like part of the same community,” Kirkwood said. “You’ll know you’re in a different place, but they’ll be connected.”

The two eateries will have separate identities and separate kitchens. But they’ll share an executive chef, Scott Williams, current chief in The Workshop’s kitchen. Each also will have its own dedicated chef. All 14 employees at The Workshop will be cross-trained so they’ll be comfortable in both spaces, said Kirkwood. A few new employees will join the mix.

…He plans to carry The Workshop’s model of using local, seasonal ingredients in offerings at The Remedy. When The Remedy isn’t serving breakfast, it will be available for party and event bookings, Kirkwood said.

The Workshop’s beverage license will extend to The Remedy, he said, so both establishments will offer drinks.

Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates and click below to view some photos of the new space!

 

Ice Wine Season

December 11, 2014: It’s a coincidental Throwback Thursday! Yesterday Black Star Farms released the wine we saw being made: 2013 A Capella Ice Wine.

Ice wine or ‘eiswein’ in the original German, is a rare dessert wine that requires great care and skill to produce. Last week Cortney Casey of Michigan By the Bottle was on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program talking about Michigan ice wines (at 44:20).

With the chill that settled over the area and the late harvest this year, it seemed to be a great time for a short article about this rare delicacy. In a happy coincidence, when I called Black Star Farms winemaker Lee Lutes on Monday, he told me that they’d be picking and pressing at Black Star Farms on Old Mission Wednesday. I hope you enjoy this photo feature on the process of making ice wine. Stay tuned to the end for a great video about the process too!

Work-Ahead

While December 11, 2013 was by no means the coldest December 11th on record (that would be 1977 at -11), it was a bone-chilling day with temps hovering around 11 degrees with a wind chill that never got above zero after 9:30 AM.

In short, as Black Star Farms winemaker Vladimir Banov explained, the perfect day for the ice wine harvest.

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Batali raves about Harvest

Congrats to Simon at Harvest on a king-sized shoutout from Mario Batali on Twitter over Thanksgiving Weekend!

  via Twitter: Wheeyumbang!! @RoamingHarvest is damn fun and DELICIOUS!! We will be back again and again….!!! Thanks a zillion!

 

Harvest by Mario Batali

 

Black Star Farms

Short’s & Stormcloud bring home Great American Beer Festival hardware!

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Perennial Polyculture Parade with Seth Bernard

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