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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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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Not just for students

Dining halls serve distinctive cuisine

by Joe Torok
Don’t expect a rectangular slab of greasy pizza or a ladle-full of slop from a hair-netted lunch lady in the residence hall dining areas at Michigan State University. The days of “mystery meat surprise” for lunch are over, for students, faculty, staff and even the general public.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Zoup! is on

Popular chain plans Lansing launch

by Joe Torok
The time it takes to get a Zoup! restaurant up and running after naming a franchisee varies greatly, Ersher said. Securing real estate is usually the most cumbersome obstacle, typically taking anywhere from one to nine months. After a location is secured, a new Zoup! restaurant is within a couple months of opening.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Affordable wining while out dining

by Michael Brenton
Those of us who enjoy dining out know all too well that restaurant wine prices can stretch the budget. For the non-expense account crowd, that may mean ordering entry-level wine instead of that better bottle you want to sample.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Grape escapes

by Michael Brenton
Summer is here, and the next four months will bring a full slate of fun wine events around the state On June 13, take an easy day trip to the Ella Sharp Wine and Art Festival in Jackson, featuring art, wine tasting, live music and wine seminars.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

New release revel

Festival showcases latest wines from Leelenau, Old Mission

by Michael Brenton
On June 13, the northern Michigan community of Leland welcomed thousands of guests for the 24th edition of the Leland Wine and Food Festival.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Beaujolais brawl

by Michael Brenton
One minute past midnight on the third Thursday in November ' it’s the time established by the French government for the much over-hyped annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau, the first finished wine of the French vintage.
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