By Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, AAC, HGT
As I walked into Zehnder’s Main Dining Room on Thanksgiving to see how things were going, the Andy Williams classic; “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was playing over our sound system. I found myself humming the tune for about a half hour.
But…it’s true! Living here in small town America – and Frankenmuth certainly is – brings back nostalgic memories of a gentler and less hectic time when we could all appreciate what Christmas is really all about.
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
I hear it all the time in the summer from out of town visitors – “Frankenmuth is such a pretty town”. My comment is always – you should see it around the holidays.
Ornately decorated carriages with bells jingling to the pace of trotting horses, colorful lighted Christmas decorations wherever you look and the aroma of gingerbread, candied almonds and other goodies filling the cool crisp air. Add a light dusting of snow and you’d think you’re in a scene right out of a Currier & Ives Christmas card.
Frankenmuth is worth the time and effort. Come and explore Little Bavaria if you want to experience a real old-fashioned Christmas. Here at Zehnder’s we still bake Springerle and Lebkuchen – German Christmas cookies whose origin dates back to the Middle Ages. We still sell unique and one-of -kind gifts at Zehnder’s Gift Shop not generally available in big box stores.
We still roast ducklings to a crisp golden brown and offer family style chicken dinners originated by my grandparents back in the 1920’s.
Our parking lot was full of cars this past weekend loaded up with fresh cut Christmas trees. Several guests I talked to told me cutting their tree and then coming to Zehnder’s is part of their annual tradition. Why not make Frankenmuth part of your holiday tradition?
So…pack up the whole clan and bring them to Frankenmuth – make some memories of your own.
Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, AAC, HGT