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Chef Joho’s Tour of Southwestern Michigan, Part 3

August 25, 2016

Chef Joho’s Tour of Southwestern Michigan, Part 3

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 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. But now a fantastic autumn is just around the corner, so allow him to give you a tour of some of his favorite places to visit at this beautiful time of the year!

Vickers Theatre
6 North Elm Street
Three Oaks, MI 49128
(269) 756-3522

The perfect place to spend the weekend dog days at the tail end of summer, this theatre is now marking a century in film production with the first film played in 1907. The original architecture still stands with a smaller capacity and is perfect for a close, quiet, and intimate movie night. Also enjoy you film with a spectacular dining experience. This theater will keep your mind rich with not only it’s obvious and intoxicating history; but you’ll enjoy it’s art gallery and unique genres such as independent, foreign, foreign language, and documentaries.

Grandpa’s Cider Mill
2941 Friday Road
Coloma, MI 49038
(269) 468-3700

Soon after harvest, you and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy watching apple cider being made right before your eyes! The viewable cider press is customer-friendly and fully explains the process of taking apples, fresh from the field, and turning them into delicious, sweet cider. Certainly a tasty attraction that’s also fun and educational! Grandpa’s Cider Mill offers a wide variety of gourmet food items including the full line of Jollay Orchards jams and jellies, Robert Rothschild and fresh local honey. All are great for gift giving or enjoying at home. Our on-site bakery features fresh cider doughnuts, fresh fruit pies, and our famous Michigan Melts.

Upcoming Events
From September 3 through November 1 enjoy pond-fishing, meandering through a cornfield maze, creeping through the haunted house and taking a hayride to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch.

Greenbush Brewing Co.
5885 Sawyer Rd., Sawyer, MI 49125
(269) 405-1076

In the small town of Sawyer, Greenbush Brewing Co. creates robust and full-bodied beer. With a specialized flavorful kick for each beer and an epic name to match, such as Broken Promises, Anger, Doomsayer etc., Greenbush is taking the Midwest by storm with quality beer and kitchen with a full menu of specialized meats and cheeses. And to keep you connected join their lifetime “Friends With Benefits” mug club membership.

P. & E. Mullins Local Sustainable Foods & Cured Meats
424 E. Buffalo Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117
(269) 266-7349

Experience the tastiest, artisan meat and cheese items that the Midwest has to offer. It might actually be the “butcher shop of your dreams,” according to Kevin Pang, of Chicago Tribune. Owned and operated by Pat & Ellie Mullins, Ellie developed her love and respect for handcrafted artisanal meats and cheeses as well as straight from the farm produce. Pat, a native Chicagoan attended Chicago Cooking and Hospitality Institute and went on to work at Blackbird in Chicago.

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