Chef Joho’s Tour of Southwestern Michigan, Part 1
June 22, 2016
Chef Joho spends much of his summer in southwestern Michigan, where the latitude, about 44 degrees, is similar to Alsace in France where he was brought up and first learned to cook. It is a beautiful area about two hours from Chicago and filled with farms, vineyards, distilleries, bake shops, antique fairs and unique art galleries. This summer, he will be sharing some of his favorite places to visit, starting with…
Historic Featherbone Factory
109 Generations Drive
Three Oaks, MI 49128
This certified organic distillery (USDA, MOSA, KO) has the nation begging for more handcrafted whiskey. Founded quite recently in 2010, Journey man’s foundations date back to the 1800’s, and has been quite eloquently following in the footsteps of late inventor and prohibitionist EK Warren. Journey mans has amazing whiskey and a deep rooted history down to the architecture of the distillery. This special distillery invites you and your friends to take a tour to watch how the magic is made with incredibly affordable prices. You’ll get an overview of the product, production process, a historical perspective, and wrap it all up with a tasting. And take a walk down the aisle with an incredible industrial fashioned backdrop at their factory. You and guest will get a inside peak directly at their production area.
Annual Summer Party
Saturday, July 2, 11:30 a.m. to midnight
The annual summer party (dubbed Corsets, Whips & Whiskey after the items produced throughout the years in the distillery’s home, the historic Featherbone Factory) the party will feature live music, craft cocktails, a cookout menu and a wealth of passionated whiskey and spirit imbibers.
Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm
9351 E. Eureka Rd
Eau Claire, MI 49111
269-782-7101 or 877-863-3276
Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm offers pick-your-own and fresh-harvested fruits in season. Apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums, apples, blackberries, and red and black raspberries are all grown at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm. The country market boasts a variety of fruitful products including our own cherry topping, ciders, cherry juice, and apple butters. Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm is home of the world famous International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship which happens every year on the first Saturday of July!
The 43rd Annual International: Cherry Pit Spitting Championship
Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A “Spittacular Day!” Qualifying Rounds 10 a.m. to noon. Championship Round 1-3 p.m. Spit your pit in public with only a minimal loss of dignity while gaining fame. Cherry U-Pick continues. Food available. Farm animal corral, clean picnic & play ground. Free admission and parking.
Hickory Creek Winery
750 Browntown Road
Buchanan, MI 49107
Hickory Creek Winery features classic, small production, European-style wines made form 100% Lake Michigan Shore AVA grapes. All wines are aged on-site in French oak barrels and steel tanks. With a focus on all things local, look for varietal classics and new their new release, Merlot and Laughing Labs White.
Baroda Party on The Pavers
Saturday, August 13 from 3:00-8:00 PM EST in Downtown Baroda.
Bit of Swiss
4333 Ridge Road
Stevensville, MI 49127
Breads are made using old world methods and are fermented slowly. All breads contain no preservatives, no additives, and no trans-fat. From scones to wedding cakes A little bit a Swiss will leave you feeling a little bit European with their plethora of pastries, breads, and coffee. Their baguettes are a favorite of mine.
Michigan strawberries are now in the height of season! Bit of Swiss features them in cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, tarts and pies!
Sawyer Home Garden Center
5865 Sawyer Rd.
Sawyer, MI 49125
Sawyer Home & Garden Center was founded by Barry and Linda Patejdl in 1986. Barry previously owned a retail garden and fruit market and Linda had background in the nursery industry. With the help of their family, Sawyer Garden Center has grown from a small garden center to the destination garden center of Harbor Country, Southwestern Michigan and beyond! With over 30 years of dedication and passion for the business and its community, Sawyer Garden Center has become an integral part of the Sawyer community.