By Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, AAC, HGT
[PHOTOS] There’s no better time of the year than autumn in Michigan! The hot, humid dog days of summer loosen their grip giving way to cool, crisp bright fall days with long shadows and spectacular displays of nature’s beauty. Here in Frankenmuth post Labor Day also signals the start of our busiest time of the year. In addition to serving the big crowds of folks who make their annual “color tour” pilgrimage to northern Michigan and stop by Zehnder’s for family style chicken, we host several dinners and events that many of you might find interesting. Details on all of these events will be discussed in future articles.
We start on Thursday, October 1st with the Fortress Cigar Classic featuring a day of golf and dinner buffet under the Fortress pavilion. Not your standard fare, rather it’s a “WOW” dinner buffet featuring New York strip steaks, Berkshire (the Cadillac of pork) thick cut pork chops plus tender and juicy BBQ spare ribs. Comes complete with great cigars!
Saturday, October 3rd is our Autumn Tea at Zehnder’s Restaurant. Pumpkin and Ricotta Filled Crepes with Breast of Turkey, Asparagus and Cranberry Coulis headline this popular annual happening.
Wednesday, October 21st is “Squashtoberfest”. Zehnder’s joins forces with WSGW Radio and Pioneer Sugar in a day-long classic culinary competition where 30 amateur cooks from around the area bring their best squash recipes and cook “live” for cash and prizes. Best of all, you get to try all the dishes.
Friday, November 6th I will personally host a “one of a kind dinner”. Strictly limited to 65 guests, my chefs and I will present a small plate wild game dinner accompanied by three of my favorite wines. If you’re not familiar with the concept of the “small plate dinner”, it’s a style of dining popularized by Spanish Chefs Ferran Adria and Jose Andres. I’ll talk in detail about it during the dinner. You’ll get to try a wider variety of dishes and cooking techniques versus American style “full plate” dining. It’s going to be a fun night you won’t soon forget.
Last but certainly not least, Zehnder’s Holiday Tea will take place on Saturday, December 12th. We’re going to do a formal brunch with a unique holiday quiche and dessert that I can only describe as “sinfully good”.
Details and reservations for all events are available through Zehnder’s Guest Services Office. For reservations or for more information, call (800) 863-7999.