Chef’s Challenge Provides A Great Getaway Opportunity

It’s almost spring, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a getaway! My friend Dianna Stampfler sent me information about this foodie event in Boyne Falls. The husband and I are thinking about celebrating our anniversary by participating in this. There is so much to do!

Chef’s Challenge is a competition inspired by the cult sensation Iron Chef America and the famous “Secret Ingredient.” The secret ingredients in this competition are Michigan foods and drinks! It’s also a fundraiser for Challenge Mountain, an organization providing adaptive outdoor recreational opportunities to people with special needs and their families, free of charge.

So what is there to do, if you’re not a chef participating in the challenge? Plenty!

Friday, April 29, 6:00-10:00pm ($10 per person)

The weekend starts with the Meet & Greet at the Snowflake Lounge in theClock Tower Lodge. Mingle with the judges and culinary teams, while beingserved hors d’oeuvres prepared by the competition high school teams.

Saturday, April 30

9:45am-4:45pm Seminars | Michigan Food & Beverage Vendor Showcase (seminars are free and open to the public)

Seminars include:

1. Grant Woods – Out of the Woods Maple Products

You’ll be presented with an overview of Maple syrup production, then uses and cooking with maple products

2. Ed Brehm - Boyne Country Provisions Wine Emporium

“Exploring and appreciating Michigan Cabernet Franc”.   Sample at least 3 Michigan made Cab Francs as well

3. Tim Young - Food for Thought Home Canning

A demonsration of making and canning on of Tim’s incredible products.

4. Jon Wojtowicz - Shorts Brewing

Beer 101 “A brief look into the complex world of Craft Beer.”  All things beer.  Starting with the basics, history, how beer is made and sample tasting.

5.Chef Rob Haney

Come prepared for a sweet delight as Rob demonstrates and shares some desert tips.

6. Ruth Mossok -Feed me Heartfully

Cheese Pleez: Homemade Ricotta Cheese - learn, taste, and take home some healthy and delicious recipes

7. Eric Nittolo, Executive Chef, The Boathouse -Beyond The Shaker

Eric will introduce you to an extensive array of natural sea salts from around the world.

11:00am-2:00pm Tasting Competition (8 tickets for $25 (Additional tickets, quantities of 4 for $15 or 8 for $25))

6:00pm Cocktail Reception ($60 per person online in advance; $75 per person at the door)

7:00pm Iron Chef Cook-Off & Dinner

9:00pm Presentation of Awards to Chefs Challenge Winner

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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