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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We Are Sooo…Close!

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

We are so close to opening our new indoor water park attraction; Zehnder’s Splash Village Phase II. Last week our east parking lot was completed. This weekend beginning Friday October 3rd we will open, for the first time, our new guest room wing. All of our new rooms embody a crisp new look we anticipate carrying throughout our property. Sixteen of our new rooms have panoramic waterpark views and eight have expanded balconies.
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Harvest of the Season Series – Fall Dinner

By Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, AAC, HGT

I’m a little unconventional when it comes to demonstrating culinary arts in front of an audience. My approach is to prepare a great meal using ingredients and cooking techniques you may not be familiar with and explaining how and why as we go from course to course. Folks seem to enjoy my approach and better retain what they learn. We always have plenty of time for questions and hand-out recipes are always available.
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It’s Never Too Early For Holiday Planning

Even though Christmas is almost three months away, there are probably some of you who are already Christmas shopping, thinking about which family member is hosting Christmas this year or what you can do to make Christmas extra special. Well, we probably can’t help you decide who should be on your Christmas list or who is going to have Christmas, but we certainly can help you can make it special.
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Halloween is Just Around the Corner!

With the leaves on the trees starting to turn into beautiful colors, tailgate parties, football games, cool crisp morning air and children back in school….fall is definitely here. With fall comes the excitement of Halloween festivities right around the corner. Many families like to decorate their home with ghosts, witches, pumpkins, scarecrows, cornstalks, etc. to create excitement leading up to trick or treat night.  At Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark, we are also looking forward to creating Halloween excitement for families in a safe and fun environment prior to Halloween. On Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, Zehnder’s is once again planning “The Halloween Bash at Splash”.
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