Adventure and History

Explore amazing artisanal food and beverage right here in Zingerman’s own backyard - the Grand Traverse area. Enjoy three days packed full of tasting, eating, drinking and learning directly from the artisans.

While Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay has long been known as a four-season recreational destination, its booming food scene is also something to celebrate—Bon Appetit named it one of its top five foodie towns in America! The fresh Lake Michigan air draws thousands of visitors to this charming lakeside community every year creating ideal conditions for some of the best farms, orchards, wineries and fishing in the midwest.


And that’s where Zingerman’s Food Tours come in. Join us September 25-27, 2020, when we travel to Grand Traverse Bay to explore the bounty and the beauty of this robust food region. The 3-day trip includes: 

  • Dining experiences at local favorites The Cooks' House, Red Ginger, Wren the Butcher, The Little Fleet, and 9 Bean Rows

  • Visits to a couple of our favorite wineries, Left Foot Charley and Mawby, plus an apple and cider tasting at Tandem Cider

  • Going behind the scenes at some of our favorite food producers including Leelanau Cheese, Light of Day Organics, Food for Thought, Harwood Gold Pure Maple Syrup, and the Great Lakes Potato Chip Factory

  • An evening sailing under the stars on Grand Traverse Bay

  • A true farm-to-table experience at Loma Farm with time spent in the fields and dinner under the stars

  • Three nights at Traverse City's premier downtown hotel, Hotel Indigo


Plus, we have two amazing experts to guide this rare experience! Kieron and Joanie Hales are Zingerman’s very own husband and wife duo. They both have a passion for the Grand Traverse area and are excited to share their insider knowledge of this behind-the-scenes excursion.

 

 

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LOCATION - Grand Traverse, MI

DATES - September 25-27

TRAVELERS - 16 people

PRICE - $2500 Per Person

 

 

Who?

The trip is designed for adult travelers of all ages, ready for a moderate to energetic activity level, including lots of walking and discovery across fields, in barns, and in production areas. We'll keep the group to 16 guests maximum, traveling with two hosts from Zingerman’s.

 

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What’s Included?

The 3-day trip includes:

  • Dining experiences at local favorites The Cooks' House, Red Ginger, Wren the Butcher, The Little Fleet, and 9 Bean Rows

  • Visits to a couple of our favorite wineries, Left Foot Charley and Mawby, plus an apple and cider tasting at Tandem Cider

  • Going behind the scenes at some of our favorite food producers including Leelanau Cheese, Light of Day Organics, Food for Thought, Harwood Gold Pure Maple Syrup, and the Great Lakes Potato Chip Factory

  • An evening sailing under the stars on Grand Traverse Bay

  • A true farm-to-table experience at one of our favorite places, Loma Farm

  • Three nights at Traverse City's premier downtown hotel, Hotel Indigo

Plus, we have two amazing experts to guide this rare experience! Kieron and Joanie Hales are Zingerman’s very own husband and wife duo. They both have a passion for the Grand Traverse area and are excited to share their insider knowledge of this behind-the-scenes excursion.

Kieron Hales is a world-class chef and British expat whose culinary career has included cooking for the British Royal family, three U.S. Presidents, and Michelin star kitchens across Europe. He is now the owner and Executive Chef of Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, an award winning event venue and working farm.

 

What’s not included?

Airfare and Travel expenses to and from Traverse City

Alcoholic beverages that are not specifically included in the itinerary

Personal spending money

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What about accommodations?

We will be staying at Hotel Indigo in the heart of downtown Traverse City, allowing us to walk to many of our favorite places.

Lodging includes Friday - Sunday night

 

ITINERARY*

 

DAY 1

Meet at Hotel Indigo in Traverse City to say hello to your fellow travelers!

  • We will board the bus and head to lunch at Little Fleet, Traverse City’s Food Truck Lot. Gary Jonas, founder of the Little Fleet, will share his “fun-no-fear” approach to building an ecosystem for community, connection and food through food trucks. Lunch will be from your Food Truck of choice.

  • Next we stop at Great Lakes Potato Chip Co. to go behind the scenes and hear the story of how a potato goes from field to your favorite potato chip bag. 

  • We’ll head to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, one of the largest, historic preservation and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country. 

  • We’ll make a stop Left Foot Charley Urban Winery and meet in the barrel room to learn about their unique partnership with small local growers and taste their wines. 

  • During our tour at Left Foot Charley we will have a conversation with the Minirvini’s, the family of developers who are renovating The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, one of the largest, historic preservation and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country. The Village is the unique renovation of dozens of historic buildings formerly known as the Traverse City State Hospital, and previously, the Northern Michigan Asylum.

  • After a little time shopping in The Village, we will board the bus to head back to Hotel Indigo for a little downtime before we head to dinner. 

  • We will walk downtown Traverse City for dinner at Red Ginger, one of the most popular restaurants in the heart of the city. Red Ginger is more than just dinner - it will be an Asian dining experience featuring the best of what is local, all served in their second-floor private dining room with panoramic views of Grand Traverse Bay.
    *Red Ginger has an elegant/business casual dress code - please bring clothes you would feel comfortable wearing for a nice dinner out.

 

 

DAY 2

  • We begin the day at Food for Thought’s newly renovated space where founder Timothy Young gives us a tour and shares his passion for creating and raising awareness around just and sustainable food. We’ll taste Food for Thought preserves and have a chance to buy our favorites.

  • Before we head back into downtown Traverse City we will make a stop at Light of Day Organics, Michigan’s only biodynamic tea farm. We’ll meet with owner Angela Macke for a conversation, cupping, tasting, and tour of this peaceful farm. 

  • Lunch will be one of Traverse City’s top food destinations and “one of the Midwest’s cultiest eateries”, The Cooks’ House. Chef-owners Eric Patterson and Jen Blakeslee will prepare a family-style lunch with a comfortable come-as-you-are approach to enlightened local eating. 

  • After lunch the bus will drop guests off either downtown Traverse City or at Hotel Indigo for mid-afternoon free time.

  • We will visit Mawby Wineries production facility and hear from founder Larry Mawby. He’s taking time away from the grape harvest for stories and tasting of a few favorite sparkling wines.

  • Saturday night we will visit one of the area’s hottest new restaurants, Wren the Butcher, in Sutton’s Bay. Chef Adam Mcmarlin, formerly of The Cooks’ House, will prepare a comfort food feast for our travelers, using local ingredients from the best Northern Michigan has to offer.

  • The night will conclude with a private evening sail on Grand Traverse Bay courtesy of the Inland Seas Education Association. We’ll be joined by a local star-gazing expert to point out what we are seeing in the night sky.
    *Please bring warm clothes - we never know the weather on the open sea!

 

 

 DAY 3

  • Sunday morning begins with a pancake breakfast prepared by our very own Chef Kieron Hales served with a syrup tasting with the owners of Harwood Gold from Charlevoix, Michigan.

  • After breakfast we will board the bus to head to Leelanau Cheese and visit with owner and cheesemaker Anne Hoyt. We’ll get to taste their award winning European style of cheeses and get to take a walk through the cheese cave.

  • We’ll have a casual lunch will be at 9 Bean Rows with owner Nic Welty. Located on the farm, we’ll dine in the open air and then tour the farm with Nic sharing his passion for the land.

  • We’ll swing down the road for a stop at Sutton’s Bay Tandem Ciders for a taste of their hard ciders made using only Michigan Apples. Owner Dan Young will share the story of Tandem Ciders and how he has turned into one of the go-to places to visit when you are in the area.

  • Our food tour together will culminate with dinner Sunday evening under the stars at Loma Farm. Owner and Farmers Nic and Sara open up their farm to us and take us on a tour of the fields. It will be a true farm-to-table experience with our meal prepared on-site from the best of the garden. Wine from our favorite wineries in the area will accompany the meal.

  • After dinner we head back to Hotel Indigo for our final night’s stay and we bid a fond farewell to our guests!


 

 

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