Kroger and Meijer increase organic and local produce
July 31 2013
As farmers markets continue to boom and local and organic agriculture remain in high demand, the produce sections of many grocery stores are trying to get in on the trend. In Lansing-area Kroger and Meijer...
July 12 2013
Here is my theory about pizza. In the days when Congress was still capable of action, it passed the obscure but life-altering Defense of Pizza Act (DOPA)
July 12 2013
For years, I've heard about this little neighborhood Italian place in Grand Ledge. People swore by it, but I was never sufficiently tempted to make the drive to the other side of town. It takes a lot to...
New Okemos Italian restaurant boldly keeps decor simple
July 10 2013
he scratch Italian restaurant Tannin is scheduled to open this month in Okemos. Partners Chris Roelofs (general manager) and James Sumpter (executive chef) have honed their chops at several restaurants...
Leelanau rolls out some winners for summer tasting tours
July 3 2013
Leelanau Peninsula is one of four federally approved viticultural areas in Michigan, and the winery scene there continues to expand and impress. An early core of four wineries — Boskydel Vineyard,...
A deeper look at the language of organic food
June 26 2013
We devoted last month's article to decoding some of the trickier language associated with organic farming, but that merely skimmed the surface. This month, we've created a dictionary of common organic-related...
June 26 2013
After being shuttered for four years, Zoobie's Old Town Tavern re-opened June 17 with new owners, a retro look and a new concept, which relies heavily on craft beers and specialty cocktails
Peanut Barrel puts a limit on its signature drink for good reason
June 19 2013
Michigan is home to several well-known islands: Mackinac, Beaver, Isle Royale. Pretty and peaceful, to be sure, but there's one in mid-Michigan that's famous in its own right — the Long Island (as...
June 19 2013
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June 12 2013
Imagine making a trip to the grocery store to find that every food item available had someone standing behind it. This person could tell you about how that product was grown, harvested, processed, sold...
Freshness, artistry hallmarks of Maru's East Lansing location
June 12 2013
The Japanese like to say that you first eat with your eyes. Maru, the latest sushi spot in Greater Lansing, understands this implicitly
Festival highlights Michigan-made beer, specialty sausages
June 5 2013
On May 25, the Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville, Mich., was once again the backdrop and showcase for Michigan's burgeoning craft brew industry at the 8th annual Michigan Beer and Brat Festival
May 29 2013
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Decoding the sometimes confusing terminology of organic food
May 22 2013
"Organic" has become a buzzword that seems to be everywhere these days. Essentially, organic refers to agriculture that's conducted without synthetic chemicals, but as with any trend, there are a flurry...
May 15 2013
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World class food and drinks make Gracie's the place to be
May 8 2013
Ever read a glowing restaurant review and think, "The reviewer must be on the payroll — no place is that good."
Leelanau Peninsula's Black Star Farms dazzles with wine dinner
May 1 2013
Traveling north from Traverse City on M-22 always promises to be an exciting vinous adventure. The Leelanau Peninsula wine scene continues to expand, with this year's new wineries bringing the count up...
Local groups make fresh produce available for urban areas
April 24 2013
A hand-painted sign, marking one of Village Summit's five community gardens, reads: "This is made to feed everybody." It's a powerful statement in the middle of a food desert. Village Summit, a community...
Old Town barbecue eatery wins with comfort food staple
April 17 2013
In 1993, Canadian pop rockers Barenaked Ladies released their signature song, "If I Had $1000000 Dollars," which included the cute (but bizarre) segment: "If I had a million dollars/we wouldn't have to...
Spicy flavors, unique textures abound with Ethiopian cuisine
April 10 2013
Let's start with the good stuff about Altu's. Despite its exterior — think 1970s Laundromat — inside you will find a place akin to what Hemingway called "a clean, well-lighted place." Reed...