Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

We’ve been blessed as a company to have the responsibility as a family destination for nearly 160 years. For four generations our family and staff have had the humbling opportunity to be of service to millions of guests from every country in the world and every state in the union.
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Holiday Gift Ideas From Zehnder’s…

Can you use a gift that keeps on giving year-round? If yes, a Zehnder’s gift card is a perfect treat for that special person on your Christmas list! Zehnder’s gift cards may be used at all of our properties including Zehnder’s Restaurant, Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark (for those who really want to try out the new slides!), Zehnder’s Gift Shop, Zehnder’s Bakery, Z Chef’s Cafe or The Fortress Golf Course.
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Most Requested Recipes From Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth Blend Ingredients With History

New Cookbook Includes famous Chicken, Creamy Coleslaw and Buttered Noodles Recipes

Frankenmuth, MI – November 6, 2014 – When Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth Executive Chef John Zehnder reads a recipe book he is more interested in the story behind the recipe.  In his third cookbook Zehnder brings together the most requested restaurant recipes with Zehnder family stories that include anecdotes about well-known guests including automotive leaders and other celebrities.  Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth — A Collection of Zehnder’s Most Iconic Recipes, offers 30 recipes in a spiral bound 63-page book and retails for $9.98 plus tax.
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Zehnder’s Celebrates its Most Successful Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving has always been a busy day for Zehnder’s but 2014 will go down in the history books! This year, Zehnder’s served over 7,700 meals with 5,600 guests served in our restaurant dining rooms, 400 guests dined in Z Chef’s Cafe, and 170 Thanksgiving To-Go dinners that fed 10 people each for a grand total of 1,700 To-Go meals. Guests also consumed over 1,000 chickens, 360 turkeys, 1,500 lbs. of Blue Hubbard squash, 1,000 lbs. of Cranberry Relish and 1,000 lbs. of sweet potatoes.
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We’re Open!!

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

I’ve been waiting to write this article for about 16 months. As of October 31st, our spectacular addition to Zehnder’s Splash Village will be open. We are officially naming our new waterpark attraction, Atrium Park. Our existing park will be called Splash Park.
The last week two weeks has been a flurry of activity. The activity pools, action river and family hot tub were all completed and passed inspection. Our concession area within the park, The Mushroom Grille, is open and ready for business. All of our tables, chairs, chaises, and cabanas have been set in place. The final details of the theming are complete.

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Zehnder’s to Make a Bigger Splash on October 31st!

Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark Completes $20 million Atrium Waterpark Expansion with Michigan’s First Retractable Roof

Frankenmuth, MI – October 21, 2014 – Following more than a year of construction Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark will open its new atrium waterpark to the public on October 31. Splash Village is the only waterpark in Michigan to offer two distinct family waterparks. Families can enjoy over 50,000 square feet of aquatic adventures highlighted by Michigan’s only waterpark with a retractable roof.
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Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth – Ranked Number One

More guests served than any other independent US restaurant in 2013

FRANKENMUTH, MI – October 20, 2014 – Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, the 1,500 seat family restaurant located in Frankenmuth, Mich., was ranked number one in the number of people served among all independent restaurants in the US according to Restaurant Business magazine’s Web site, www.restaurantbusinessonline.com.  The popular family restaurant served 967,636 guests with a guest check average of $14 in 2013.  Additionally, Zehnder’s was one of the top 100 grossing independent restaurants in the country last year.
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It’s Finally Here!!!

By Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, AAC, HGT

As the Executive Chef here at Zehnder’s, I’m often asked for the recipes we use in our restaurant and bakery. So during the slower winter months last year I decided it was finally time to compile many of the most requested Zehnder’s recipes and write a cookbook, but…not just a book of recipes; I’ve included Zehnder family stories along with the recipes since the history of Zehnder’s Restaurant is also the history of the William and Emilie Zehnder family. Makes sense since the William Zehnder family lived for many years on the second floor of Zehnder’s Restaurant. When you dined at Zehnder’s you were dining in their home.
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Zehnder’s Squashtoberfest Chefs Transform Pumpkin and Squash into Culinary Masterpieces

On Tuesday, October 28th, Zehnder’s welcomed home cooks, aspiring amateur chefs and TV network “foodies” to a Fall celebration in honor of all things squash and pumpkin otherwise known as Zehnder’s Squashtoberfest. The day long, three event cooking competition brought about delightfully creative pumpkin and squash dishes such as Moroccan Beef and Butternut Squash and Triple Chocolate Zucchini Raspberry Cake. Chefs competed in four categories including Savory Main Dishes, the Great Soup Challenge, Sweet Surprises and Jams, Jellies and Preserves. First place took home $200, 40 lbs. of Pioneer Sugar and 4 tickets to the Zehnder’s Christmas Dinner Show (a value of $192). Second place won $100, 20 lbs. of Pioneer Sugar and dinner for 4 at Zehnder’s Restaurant. Third place received a $50 gift card, 10 lbs. of Pioneer Sugar and dinner for 2 at Zehnder’s Restaurant.
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Why I Like Zehnder’s Winner Announced…

Zehnder’s is all about traditions and family and we asked our fans and followers to tell us their favorite Zehnder’s memories in the first annual Why I Like Zehnder’s contest. After receiving over 2,000 submissions, we have a winner! Rebecca S. of Brownstown, Michigan won the ultimate Zehnder’s experience which includes a two night stay in a Family Suite at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and waterpark, breakfast buffet each morning, a private personalized dinner prepared by Executive Chef John Zehnder, a welcome gift basket from Zehnder’s marketplace, complimentary waterpark passes and the use of a private cabana. Congratulations to Rebecca and thank you to all who participated!
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