A look at the merger of Chocolate-Covered Boyne, Boyne City WinterFest



Lori Meeder
Lori Meeder

Despite the bitter cold, Boyne City shined on President’s Weekend, embracing winter and celebrating everything chocolate.

People came out to Old City Park enjoy games sponsored by Genesis Church, kids activities at the Boyne District library, bonfires with wood provided by Burt Moeke, marshmallow roasting and s’mores sponsored by Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity, hot chocolate and donuts from Family Fare, a chili cook-off at Coldwell Banker featuring nine samplings of amazing chili creations, a Chocolate Dessert Contest held at Fustini’s featuring ultimate creations from nine restaurants, and outdoor activities at Avalanche Park.

“We also had a record number of businesses participating in Chocolate-Covered Boyne by offering chocolate specials and sales that always make the event special for our shoppers,” stated Linn Williams, chair of the event.

Thanks to our dessert contest contestants: Cafe Santé, Northern Table, Red Mesa, Boyne River Inn, Boyne Country Provisions, Lake Street Market, Porter Creek Fish House, Boyne City High School Hospitality students and Fustini’s.

Extra thanks to Fustini’s for hosting the event and to the Boyne City High School Hospitality students for helping to organize the delicious lineup.

Big Medicine Ranch Coffee Roasters supplied coffee.

Lou Grabowski from Rustic Baker had the very difficult task of judging the stellar line-up of desserts.

Although an extremely difficult decision, he chose Meghan Wruk from Northern Table as the winner with her creation of Dark Chocolate Marquise Mousse with Almond Crisp and Cherry Sauce.

A plaque was presented to Meghan as well as a traveling trophy that will include the winner’s name and year.

Thanks also to our chili cook-off contestants: Boyne City High School Culinary Program had three teams, Boyne Country Provisions, Northern Table, Porter Creek Fish House, Red Mesa Grill, Friggy’s SOBO Pub, and Cafe Santé, with music by Lon Kowalske.

The “Best of Event” winner was Cafe Santé, chosen by judges Mark Patrick, Jeff Gaither and Eleanor Stackus.

The People’s Choice Award went to Red Mesa Grill.

Proceeds from the cook-off will be distributed to three local food pantries.

Congratulations to the winners and a big thank-you to Coldwell Banker Real Estate for organizing this each year.

The weekend wrapped up with a Concert at Freshwater Gallery starring Carla Cooke.

These events wouldn’t happen without the collective effort of many, and we want to especially thank Linn Williams and Karen Guzniczak for their tireless efforts as well as all of our businesses for participating and making it a great event.

Chocolate-Covered Boyne and WinterFest are sponsored by the Boyne Area Chamber and Boyne City Main Street.