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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 […]

in Eat Local, Event, Restaurant, Stories

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! […]

in Devon Wilson, Local Ingredients, Restaurant

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 […]

in farm-to-table, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski, Restaurant

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.

in Economy, Find Local Food, Molly Stepanski, Restaurant

Ann Arbor Farmers Market: Market-to-Chef Program

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market recently launched a new initiative to make shopping with market vendors easier for you, our chefs and the culinary community! The effort chefs put into into transforming raw farm-fresh ingredients into culinary works of art is immense. Therefore, the market wanted to help culinary professionals by streamlining the local food […]

What’s Cooking in the UP

I am not sure what I was thinking when I asked the owners of Belgiumtown Bar & Restaurant if I could host a locally sourced Chef Dinner in the dead of the UP winter. Part of me liked the idea of the challenge, but the goal was also to highlight the local food in our […]

in Alex Palzewicz, Event, Find Local Food, Recipes, Restaurant

Know Thy Farmer

I moved up from Chicago to Traverse City in the spring of 2017, bringing with me the desire to connect to the local landscape and growing community as much as possible. I found a good fit when first interviewing with Simon Joseph, Chef/Owner of Just In Time Hospitality, listening to his description of the noodles […]

in Find Local Food, Gabe Lava, Guest Post, Restaurant