Just last week we received the artist’s renderings of the next phase of Zehnder’s Splash Village. I wanted our readers to be some of the first to see what we are so excited about.
When you look at your mother/daughter, do you feel like you are looking in the mirror? Now is your chance to show off your mini-me! In celebration of Mother’s Day, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth will be hosting the first annual “#Mom&Me” Look-Alike Photo Contest on our official Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/zehnders.
By Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, ACE, AAC, HGT
As an “old school” chef, I believe that food should be eaten in-season. With modern technologies, we now have the ability to produce and ship tomatoes, watermelons, blueberries, strawberries and vegetables like asparagus all year long – some of these products are pretty good and others are horrible. For example, a real tomato should not bounce when dropped on the floor!
Celebrating Mother’s Day here in the United States was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872; however, it is Anna Jarvis who is recognized as the founder of Mother’s Day. In 1905, Anna following the wishes of her own mother’s desire that someday someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions they made! Anna fulfilled her mother’s dream on May 8, 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
For the past 18 months, we have been working on expansion plans for Zehnder’s Splash Village. I am excited to tell you that those plans will soon become a reality. If all goes according to plan we will break ground in September of this year to begin construction on a waterpark and guest room addition that will include:
Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, ACE, HGT, AAC
Each season has its own unique fruits and vegetables. As a chef, I encourage folks to eat seasonally as nature intended us to do. In my mind, there’s something not right about eating strawberries, tomatoes and corn on the cob in January and February. In spring, we think about fresh asparagus, morel mushrooms, strawberries and the crowning jewel; RHUBARB. The Chinese used rhubarb over 4,000 years ago as a spring tonic because rhubarb has both a laxative effect and a high concentration of vitamin C. From China, it was introduced to Siberia and then to Italy, thanks to Marco Polo. While he was the U.S. Ambassador to France, Ben Franklin discovered rhubarb and brought back seeds to the United States in 1772.
There are probably many of you who have never heard of the Red Hat Society, but Zehnder’s has become very familiar with this wonderful group of ladies over the years and welcomes them with open arms whenever they visit.
Zehnder’s opened its doors for business on Mother’s Day, 1929, when Zehnder’s chefs served up a total of 312 chicken dinners. Since then, hundreds of thousands of guests have participated in the Mother’s Day tradition at Zehnder’s and Zehnder’s has come to know Mother’s Day as one of the busiest days of the year.
Thanks to our loyal guests, Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark was voted FAVORITE for a vacation destination; Zehnder’s Restaurant was voted FAVORITE for Fried Chicken; and Zehnder’s Snowfest was voted FAVORITE for Fair or Festival in the 2013 Best of the Best contest hosted by the Township View of Saginaw County! We are very appreciative of your recommendations and we are very proud to be a part of the Saginaw community.
Remember in the early 70′s, the Chiffon Margarine commercial tagline – ‘It’s Not Nice to Fool With Mother Nature’? That’s how the staff at The Fortress is currently feeling. In 2012, The Fortress opened on March 14, which was the earliest ever in the 20 year history of the course. Fast forward to today, as of April 1st (this is no April Fool’s joke), The Fortress is still closed. However, we anticipate to begin play very soon. Recently, our Golf Professional and Superintendent toured the course and it survived the winter nicely. With a little rain, warmer temperatures and some help from Mother Nature, the course will be in great shape soon.