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Michigan Wine Great Lakes Culinary Challenge

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May 22
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Great Lakes Culinary Institute
715 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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Celebrate Michigan Wine Month, support our local culinary scene and foster an up and coming chef in one fun evening! The beautiful bay views at Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant will be the setting for this fantastic strolling wine and food affair. Your ticket includes tastings of 6 inspired small plates and 12 locally renowned wines.


This is a culinary challenge for current Great Lakes Culinary Institute students to provide them:

Local and regional exposure
Real world experience
Increased knowledge of local wines
Insight and guidance from professional chefs

Participating students will develop a small plate that will pair with a style of wine, such as unoaked Chardonnay or dry rosé.

The public will choose the 6 finalists/small plates via a social media voting poll prior to the event beginning April 1st. Please follow Black Star Farms and Bowers Harbor Vineyards on Facebook to participate!

The finalists will present their small plates paired with local wine from Black Star Farms and Bowers Harbor Vineyards the night of the event.

A panel of local chefs will judge the finalists and choose a winner that evening.

The winner will be awarded a $1000 scholarship and will present their small plate at two popular wine and food events.
Black Star Farms Harvest Dinner in the Vineyard – Wednesday, June 12
Dining in the Vines with Bowers Harbor Vineyards and the Boathouse Restaurant – Saturday, June 29

Sponsored by Traverse City Tourism, Black Star Farms, Bowers Harbor Vineyards and Boathouse Restaurant