By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
It’s a tired cliché, but time sure does fly. July 2015 marks 10 years since we introduced Zehnder’s Splash Village to our guests. Since our official opening on June 17, 2005 with 146 rooms and nearly 20,000 square feet of indoor water park space, over 1,000,000 “Splash” guests have given us the “thumbs up” as a fun, family destination. While our focus has always been families, our first phase of Zehnder’s Splash Village has a particular focus on families with young children. Water features geared toward children age 2-12.
Posted in Zehnder's History, Zehnder's Splash Village, zehnders
Tagged family activities, family fun, frankenmuth, outdoor family fun, outdoor waterpark, pure michigan, splash village, water park, waterpark
Culinary Certification Program Underway: In Sync with Michigan Governor Snyder’s Initiative for Expanding Employee Technical Training
Frankenmuth, MI – June 22, 2015 – For nearly 30 years one of America’s top independent restaurants has been offering training, educational programs, professional certifications and college tuition support for its employees. Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, located in the Bavarian-themed village of Frankenmuth 90 miles north of Detroit, employs 985 individuals in various positions including culinary, restaurant and hotel service, retail, and golf. Most recently at the expanded Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark, 24 employees completed a lifeguard certification program led by Zehnder’s Aquatics Manager, Chris Bartnikowski.
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Tagged certification, chefs, classes, culinary, education, employee, employer, frankenmuth, pure michigan, training
[PHOTOS] If your kids are already bored with summer vacation, this may be just what you are looking for….Culinary Fun with a Splash day camp on July 20, 21 & 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Zehnder’s Kid’s Camp is a three-day camp designed for ages 9 to 12. It includes hands-on baking and cooking instruction, etiquette, crafts, golf and playtime at Zehnder’s Splash Village Waterpark.
[PHOTOS] The new and improved driving range is now open at The Fortress! Come check it out and work on your game. The new driving range features an elevated tee box, a new chipping green and a short game practice area as well as new target greens.
For twins Sharon and Sharleen, it’s double the fun at Zehnder’s! Wearing matching everything, the twins do everything together – including celebrate birthdays. This year, Sharon and Sharleen celebrated their 76th birthday at Zehnder’s to enjoy their favorites – the chicken dinners and the streudels downstairs in the bakery.
By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
[PHOTOS] The concept of starting a culinary education program for our team has been an ongoing discussion at Zehnder’s. While we’ve sent many of our culinary staff to hundreds of hours of classes and seminars, we’ve always wanted to do our own thing right here. There’s nothing like all learning the same thing at the same time with people on your team.
As the countdown to summer continues for all of the children in school, the countdown to The Fortress Junior Camp begins. Last year was a huge success with over 90 participants and this year we anticipate well over 100 junior golfers. P.G.A. Head Professional Kyle Martin will be directing the program for the second season, integrating all parts of the game from fitness, nutrition, practice routines, chipping, putting, full swing, and course management.
Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, ACE, AAC, HGT
How can it possibly be June! Seems like yesterday we were shoveling snow! With the warm weather comes our annual BBQ season at the Fortress Golf Course. This year we’ll start our first BBQ on June 19th and we’ll run five Fridays through July 24th. The only Friday we won’t do a BBQ is July 3rd – just too many other activities on that weekend. My BBQ chefs have come up with four very different menus for this season – something for everyone.
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Tagged barbecue, barbecues, frankenmuth, frankenmuth event, friday bbq, friday night event, steak cookout, the fortress
Thank you to all who entered the Zehnder’s annual Mother of the Year contest. Congratulations to Cindy Hodges from Breckenridge, Michigan for winning Zehnder’s Mother of the Year contest! Her daughter Nancy Hodges-Mayer submitted the winning poem. Cindy received a Mother’s Day dinner for 10 of her family members at Zehnder’s Restaurant; a Zehnder’s overnight package for four at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark; and a recognition plaque. Congratulations Cindy!
[PHOTOS] Thank you to all of our Mom and Me contest participants! Zehnder’s social media fans submitted their mother/daughter look-alike photos for a chance to win great prizes! Zehnder’s Social Media Committee selected the top 3 finalists and our fans voted for their favorite and the votes are in. First place is Lynette of Birch Run, Michigan, second place is Jen of Lapeer, Michigan and third place is Teresa of Grand Blanc, Michigan.