Cooking Up Food & Friendships

Growing up, many family traditions were centered around the table. After launching Promote Michigan in 2004, I found myself drawn to certain sectors of the hospitality industry: restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, farm markets and agricultural organizations. Yes, I found a way to get paid to eat and drinkā€¦how lucky! I was also building a network and often friendships with chefs who were eager to feed my desire to learn more about locally-sourced ingredients and unique ways to prepare them into delicious dishes.

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Best Eats of 2016

Once again, I had the pleasure of traveling around the state (and beyond, including two trips to California) to indulge on tasty appetizers, entrees, soups, salads and desserts. What I realized as I was flipping through my Facebook photos reliving these mouth-watering meals is that many of the dishes that were most memorable were ones I made at home (often, just for myself). Must be the passion from these inspiring chefs has rubbed off on me.

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