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Wednesday, May 5,2010

From Leelanau with love

Bel Lago Vineyard and Black Star Farms unveil an assortment of delicious releases

by Michael Brenton
At the Bel Lago Vineyard (www.bellago.com), wine is made from grapes grown in family-owned vineyards overlooking Lake Leelanau. Black Star Farms (www.blackstarfarms.com) is an “agricultural destination” that features two winery production facilities with adjacent tasting rooms, a distillery, an inn and an equestrian facility.
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Thursday, April 29,2010

Good morning, Lebanon

Bacon, eggs and kibbee? It's on the breakfast menu at Brunch House

by Joe Torok
Walking out of a bacon-and-egg-type diner, you don’t often find yourself thinking, “That was one fantastic Lebanese salad.” You might just be savoring that exact thought after eating at The Brunch House on Pennsylvania Avenue one block south of I-496.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Yes, we can

MSU Extension Service shows how to preserve veggies safely

by Joe Torok
Okay, so maybe you don’t share a Tea Party-ish apocalyptic vision of the near-future, and perhaps you want to explore some ancestral roots. Maybe you’d just like to transform those strawberries in your garden into lip-smacking jam or that ridiculously prolific tomato crop into jars of spicy salsa.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Down-home meets uptown

Old Town neighborhood welcomes Pastry Palette

by Joe Torok
Bill, 46, is quiet-mannered and polite, an electrical engineer for General Motors by day, supportive husband and partner to the business in his spare time. He has the temperament of a tenured philosophy professor: always willing to listen, while giving only the slightest indication the wheels are constantly whizzing in his head.
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Tuesday, April 13,2010

Kelly's comeback

Back in business in a new location

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A handwritten sign in the window is about as grand as this opening gets: “We’re Open!” “We didn’t know until 4 o’ clock on Friday we’d be open,” said Lynne Burns, who co-owns Kelly’s Downtown with her husband, Lenny, and some other partners. “We missed our customers and we’re really happy to be back, especially in time for St.
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Tuesday, April 13,2010

Lucky Bucket

CB's has weathered storms (and fires) on the road to success

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the 1982 Robin Williams film “The World According to Garp,” the title character is house hunting with his wife when a single-engine airplane crashes into a home they’re about to check out. The pilot’s fine; the upper half of the home is demolished. Instead of moving on, however, Garp tells the real estate agent that they’ll take it.
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Tuesday, April 13,2010

On the road

Portable Feast is living up to its name

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For seven and a half years, Portable Feast and Friends in Old Town was anything but mobile. Sure, owner Sharon Hind supplemented her walk-in customers with catering gigs, but it wasn’t like her restaurant at 1216 Turner St. had wheels on it or anything.
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Tuesday, April 13,2010

Delectable discoveries

There was plenty to pour — and adore — at annual MSU Museum Wine Tasting event

by Michael Brenton
The annual MSU Museum Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Kellogg Center on March 26 again provided a vinous cornucopia of current release wines which were eagerly evaluated by hundreds of attendees. More than 25 wineries were represented and well over 150 wines were presented, several by their winemakers.
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Wednesday, March 10,2010

Tastefully eclectic

Mary’s Homestyle Catering owner finds inspiration all around her

by Joe Torok
Before Mullins opens her kitchen on any given morning at the Mega Mall on US-27, north of Lansing, she never quite knows what her little café will offer. She rolls up her sleeves, checks out what ingredients she has onhand, and lists her decisions on a whiteboard near a dozen seats around a few small tables.
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Wednesday, March 3,2010

Big reds

Burgess Cellars unveils tantalizing tastes

by Michael Brenton
Kellogg Center’s State Room provided the perfect setting for a tasting of current vintage and library wines from Burgess Cellars. Small family-run wineries in Napa Valley are becoming an increasingly rare commodity. A Howell Mountain winery with wines crafted by the same winemaker for nearly 38 years is even more unusual.
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