Speaking of wine & northwest Michigan, following Lorri & Sharon’s article we have a video about an upcoming Tweet & Taste from Michigan By the Bottle with sparkling wines from L Mawby winery that takes place Tuesday, December 14 at 7 PM!
Bowers Harbor Inn gets reinvented into two dining destinations
Visiting various locales for book signings affords us the opportunity to discover new culinary destinations throughout Michigan. We’re always on the hunt for good, in-season â€œeatsâ€ and a respectable Michigan wine selection. Knowing our adventures would take us to Bowers Harbor Restaurant for fabulous fare on Saturday night, and recalling our equally delicious meal at the Old Mission Tavern during our last visit, we opted for Bowers Harbor Inn.
When we arrived, we discovered two new signs promoting Mission Table and Jolly Pumpkin restaurants. (Jolly Pumpkin? Don’t they make ales?) Apparently, the Inn has been reinvented into two distinct dining destinations. Jolly Pumpkin is the name for a family-friendly dining spot. Exposed wooden beams and chunky wood tables and bar create a warm, cozy ambience to the hum of a well-attended restaurant. Artisan pizzas, Great Lakes perch and wood-fired baby back ribs are just a few offerings. Microbrews are made on site with fresh hops and within a state of the art, 5,600 square-foot brewing (and distilling) facility. Learn more here.
Desiring a slightly quieter vibe, we opted for Mission Table. To our surprise, an enormous captain’s table filled the center of one room. Perfect for a party of 18 or small groups dining family-style, the table appealed to our sense of adventure. We promptly requested seats at the farthest end closest to the fireplace.
Perusing the wine list and menu, we noted the strong focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farms and fishermen. The featured Bonafide wines are produced by John Kroupa of nearby Peninsula Cellars winery. Check out the restaurant’s list of regional food growers and providers.
Lorri selected Bonafide Dry Riesling. Sharon chose Unwooded Chardonnay by Bowers Harbor Vineyards (also on the peninsula) and paired it with fresh greens from Werp Farms topped with dried cherries and house cherry vinaigrette, followed by walleye atop sautÃ©ed Swiss chard, fingerling potatoes, parsnips and citrus beurre blanc ($24). Lorri dined on filet mignon with duck marinade, seasonal veggies and caramelized shallot sauce ($34). Content, relaxed and delighted, we departed back to our overnight accommodations just over the hill.
If you’ve never been to Old Mission Peninsula, you must. It’s one of the most beautiful destinations on earth. We promise; you won’t go home hungry with all the delicious dining options on the peninsula. (see Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and absolutemichigan.com/Old Mission for more!).
Now here’s that Tweet & Taste video – check out this Leelanau.com article for more…