Local Lineage Begins Garden Galas

Like many of the gems of northeastern Michigan, Stoney Acres Winery is a family legacy of determination and local artistry off the beaten path. Located outside of downtown Alpena, tucked away on a small neighborhood street, the winery has been around since 2003, when Jim and Helen Grochowski and their daughter Amy introduced wines to […]

in Event, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski, Recipes, Wine

Oodles of Strudels: A Whirlwind of Old World Pastries Sweeten Allen Park

Rare things happen in the most unremarkable of places. Outside a narrow Downriver building, where gaps in vertical blinds reveal little more than a few windowsill houseplants, only a small sign— Hungarian Strudel Shop—hints at the Old World process within. Inside, just beyond a display case of fresh-baked confections and a framed photograph of Hungary’s […]

Eating Seasonally Made Easy with Red Haven

Red Haven Restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Anthony Maiale and his wife Nina Santucci. After 10 years of living and working at top restaurants in great food cities across the country, the couple settled in Nina’s home state of Michigan ready to open their own restaurant. In 2011 they opened the Purple Carrot […]

in Find Local Food, Nina Santucci, Stories

A Farmers Market Must-Have

Let the Outdoor Farmers Market Season begin! At Taste the Local Difference (TLD) we’re continually looking for ways to better serve the local food community in Michigan. So, we’re thrilled to announce a new and exciting partnership with Michigan-based tent manufacturer, LogoTent, that will help get you ready for summertime festivals, farmers markets and events.

in Farmers Markets, Tricia Phelps

Spring Newsletter Contest!

Hello, hello! Do you feel lucky? Well? Then sign up for our SE Michigan newsletter to be entered to win a prize! Not only that, but you’ll also get the latest local food stories, recipes, and vegetable jokes delivered right to your inbox each month! Here’s what you could win: • 1st Edition screen-printed TLD […]

in Emma Beauchamp, Event, Spring

Fermentation Station: Adventures in Kimchi

Kimchi is traditionally a salted, fermented cabbage used as a condiment in many Korean dishes. What occurs in kimchi is known as lactofermentation. Through an anaerobic process (meaning without oxygen), our friendly neighborhood bacteria, lactobacillus, (named such because it was originally found in milk cultures), flourishes.

in Emma Beauchamp, Recipes, The Local Dish