Dozens of people came out last Wednesday night, Jan. 6, moving from wine tasting to wine tasting, to kick off the first in a series of Wine Wednesdays scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month.
Guests enjoyed a wide assortment of wine and complimentary appetizers with eight local restaurants and wine purveyors.
“The really amazing thing was each location featured something very unique—wines from all over the world—so everyone got a great sampling of a wide variety of reds, whites and sparkling wines,” said Lori Meeder, director of the Boyne City Main Street Program.
Each participant received a punch card with the names and locations of all the participating establishments.
At each stop, featured wines were discussed and enjoyed along with delicious food pairings.
“Once they have completed the tour and received all 8 punches, they will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate to one of the local establishments,” said Meeder.
Those currently participating in Wine Wednesdays are the Boyne Pub, Café Sante, Northern Table, Porter Creek Fish House, Red Mesa Grill, Boyne River Inn, Lake Street Market and The Wine Emporium.
“We had more people than we expected and some stayed for dinner or extra drinks, and we sold some wine. We also heard that many were trying to make it to all eight,” said Alana Haley, marketing director at Porter Creek Fish House.
Boyne Appétit! is a collaboration of the Boyne Area Chamber and Boyne City Main Street, spearheaded by a committee comprised of local restauranteurs and volunteers.
“The hope is more restaurants will be added as the event grows,” said Mark Warner, owner of Northern Table.
A printed directory to further establish the Boyne Appétit! brand is being developed and will include information on each restaurant, food and beverage retail business including hours, address, website, phone number and a paragraph describing their offerings and specials.
“The Boyne area (Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Advance and Walloon Lake) has world class dining options, food retailers, wine purveyors, a fabulous Farmer’s Market, and several new establishments coming in Spring of 2016,” said Cindy Janssens, chair of the committee.
“We feel that we can capitalize on this and become the dining destination north of Traverse City.”
A Restaurant Week and a “Taste Of Boyne” event is being planned for 2016.
For more information visit the Boyne Appétit! Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/boyneappetit/ and watch for the website soon boyneappetit.com.