City Pulse - Food http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/articles.sec-237-1-food.html <![CDATA[‘Dark Horse’ rising]]> Spirits were high last Sunday at Dark Horse Brewing Co. in Marshall. Beneath a ceiling full of dangling beer mugs, families ate lunch at the high-top tables and couples sat at the bar quaffing craft beer. Owner/brewer Aaron Morse was nowhere to be seen — he had just wrapped up an appearance at the 17th annual Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti the day before. Otherwise, though, it was business as usual, with one little proviso: In about 48 hours the little brewpub 45 minutes southwest of Lansing would have its national television debut — and with it, lots of curiosity seekers.]]> <![CDATA[The gluten challenge]]> You may have noticed the term “gluten-free” sneaking into restaurant menus and choices for the items at the grocery store in the past few years. Given the small percentage of Americans (about 1 percent) who suffer from celiac disease, the condition that causes gluten allergies by preventing the body from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy, you wouldn’t think that gluten-free fare would have such a demand. However, as non-celiac people find that gluten-free diets give them a healthier gut and a sense of better overall well being, gluten-free pastas, breads and other items are on the rise. If you don’t have a gluten allergy, though, what does it mean for you?]]> <![CDATA[He ate: What would Indiana Jones order?]]> Any restaurant worth its salt aspires to a create a signature dish that casts a spell over patrons, compelling them to go forth and spread the gospel of You Gotta Try This. ]]> <![CDATA[She ate: Full of color, bursting with flavor]]> <![CDATA[Delight of life]]> Winery hopping through Leelanau Peninsula is beginning to feel a bit like traveling through Sonoma a couple of decades ago. Lots of scenic beauty, winding roads, friendly tasting room staff, wines achieving international recognition and a rapidly expanding roster of wineries. The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (lpwines.com) boasts 25 winery members, with more set to come next year. One can no longer plan to visit all the wineries in just a weekend — rather, plan for several extremely enjoyable weekends on the peninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Keeping cool]]> <![CDATA[Organic-ish]]> Along a twisty dirt road in Westphalia, about a half hour northwest of Lansing, is K & K Dairy Farm. It’s right out of a Pure Michigan commercial: The rolling grass is a perfect shade of green up against ORGANIC a brightly painted apple red barn, adjacent to a farmhouse where visitors are welcomed by a sandy Labrador and an orderly herd of friendly of cows. Yes, friendly — they follow the farm’s owner Gregg Trierweiler around like giant puppy dogs.]]> <![CDATA[He Ate, She Ate: Waterfront Bar & Grill]]> <![CDATA[Festivals for the rest of us]]> Summer is nigh, and that means celebrations of fermented juice will soon be in full swing across all regions of Michigan. In fact, some have already started. The Michigan Beer & Brat Festival over Memorial Day weekend showcased the growing vitality of the Great Lake State’s beverage producers. New Michigan wineries, cideries, meaderies and breweries continue to sprout up, boasting some awesome and creative beverages at the festivals.]]> <![CDATA[He ate: Spice world]]> <![CDATA[She ate: Naan stop]]> <![CDATA[Miura magic]]> What happens when Emmanuel Kemiji, a world-class sommelier, establishes a winery and gains access to fruit from California´s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards? Miura Vineyards happens.]]> <![CDATA[Court marshal]]> Mobile food carts are the ronin of the dining world: Rootless, solitary creatures, easily transportable to “hot” locations, good at getting a job done and then disappearing when the mission’s complete. Each has a dedicated discipline (tacos, hot dogs, skewered kebabs) and uses that specialty to fill a particular need in society. Occasion ally they must set aside their differences and band together to keep the peace — a hungry crowd is a dangerous crowd.]]> <![CDATA[He Ate, She Ate: Mike’s Village Restaurant]]> It’s said that a small town lacking a social hub is in danger of becoming a ghost town. Bars often serve as this social glue, sometimes schools or churches. ]]> <![CDATA[Choose your own thirst quencher]]> You walk into a restaurant, intending to order a nice bottle of wine with dinner. You check out the wine list, but can’t convince yourself to spend $35 for a wine you recently purchased for $12 at the retail store. Or you see a better bottle of wine that you splurged on for $40, but here it’s $80 or $90. So what do many wine consumers do? Order a beer. The restaurant misses out on profit from the wine, and you don’t get what you really want.]]> <![CDATA[Food court of appeals]]> It’s been a few years since Hugh Jackman and his boxing robot thrust mid-Michigan into the national spotlight — yes, that was Mason City Hall playing a bit part in “Real Steel.” Now it’s Lansing chance to get in the ring. This week the Food Network will tape an episode of its reality show contest “Food Court Wars” in two capital city locations: Lansing City Market and the Lansing Mall. The show will pit two local teams of aspiring restaurateurs, whose identities are being kept secret, against each other for a year of free rent for their fledgling business in the Lansing Mall’s food court.]]> <![CDATA[He Ate: Tell me about the rabbit]]> <![CDATA[She Ate: Nice buns]]> <![CDATA[Java men]]> Thursday, Mar. 5 — For some people, enjoying a fresh cup of joe is more than pressing the brew button on a coffeemaker — it’s a daily sacrament. For those who take their coffee seriously, the Lansing-based “micro-roastery” business Craft & Mason Roasting Co., which produces locally roasted coffee beans, was launched late last year.]]> <![CDATA[He Ate, She Ate]]> If you don%uFFFDeuro;%uFFFDt go much for beer, my advice is to go to HopCat anyway. With close to 100 beers on tap, there%uFFFDeuro;%uFFFDs a good chance you%uFFFDeuro;%uFFFDll find a beer that appeals. If you%uFFFDeuro;%uFFFDre a complete teetotaler, well, maybe you should walk on by. On the other hand, food is no orphan in this.]]>