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Local Foodie Checklist

The Local Foodie Checklist is a monthly list of ways to support your local Michigan food scene. Here’s some suggestions for the month:  1) Order Takeout  Many restaurants and their staff have been severely affected by COVID-19 and its restrictions. Michigan has many incredible restaurants and food experiences, and you can help make sure they’re […]

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Les Cheneaux Culinary School: Cultivating Culinary & Local Food Culture

Les Cheneaux Culinary School (LCCS), located in Hessel, was brought to life in September of 2014 by the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation (LCCF), a group of individuals who hoped to grow their local economy by championing a farm-to-table focused vocational school.  Students begin in the fall by visiting local farms and harvesting their own ingredients. […]

Cookbook Dinner Series at amical

While the busy summer season offers the adrenaline fueled urgency and kitchen frenzy we train for at amical, our favorite time of year tends to be right now.  I believe that is true for many food lovers, cooks and growers. We can all have a moment to catch our breath, take in the beauty and […]

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Taco Champions: Torti Taco

Javier Fortoso, the owner of Torti Taco, built his company on high moral and ethical values. Using local food sources has been a priority of Fortoso’s since he opened and you can taste the difference in his products. In 2018, Torti Taco took 1st place at Kalamazoo’s Tacos And Tequila festival and Detroit’s Taco Showdown! […]

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Amical Goes West

California has always been a benchmark (at least for me) when it comes to trends within our food and wine industry.  The San Francisco Bay area, along with the surrounding wine country often sets many standards that the rest of us adopt, though sometimes a bit later than sooner. On a recent visit to the […]

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

You either sink or swim under the grueling demands of a busy professional kitchen. Chad Edwards has been cooking in Gaylord restaurants since age 14, and was the chef for two establishments in the city before turning 21. After years of rigor and practice, Edwards’ was swimming full bore on October 28, 2010, when he […]

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There’s a New Chef in Town

Michael Timmins was initiated into the world of food at a young age. His parents owned three bakeries in metro Detroit.  And since that time, although Timmins has traveled the world and garnered gastronomic knowledge from the best of the best, from Japan to Germany to Israel, he sticks to his Michigan roots.

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