The Boyne City Main Street program and the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce are collaborating on an initiative to promote restaurants throughout Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Advance and Walloon Lake.
The “Boyne Appétit!” program will be operated by a steering committee consisting chefs, managers and community volunteers interested in promoting the Boyne City area as a foodie destination in Northwest Michigan.
The committee has developed a logo and a Facebook page. Soon, participating businesses will feature the new logo and website address displayed on window clings on their windows and doors.
The Boyne Appétit! Committee has been meeting since October. Its coordinators are food writer and volunteer Cynthia Janssens and Alana Haley, the marketing manager of Porter Creek Fish House.
Boyne Appétit! will kick off in 2016 with Wine Wednesdays, set to begin Jan. 6, 2016.
From 5 to 7 p.m., on the first Wednesday of each month, local participating restaurants and wine purveyors will host wine tastings with complimentary appetizers.
Those currently set to participate include the Boyne Pub, Café Sante, Northern Table, Porter Creek Fish House, Red Mesa Grill, Boyne River Inn, Lake Street Market and The Wine Emporium.
Nate Jason from Café Sante and Mark Warner from Northern Table are coordinating Wine Wednesdays and inviting other area restaurants to participate.
“We plan to issue a punch card and once participants have visited all of the restaurants, they will be eligible to win a prize,” adds Warner.
A Boyne Appétit! website is being developed (www.boyneappetit.com) and will contain extensive information about each restaurant or retail business (everything from detailed hours to whether or not they cater) — information that is not now available in any one place for visitors to our community.
It is anticipated that in the spring a brochure will be printed containing all of this information to distribute to visitors to the Boyne City area.