Iorio’s celebrates the sweetness of Italy
May 12 2010
For Mary Lemmer, securing employment won’t be a problem. She started her own Italian ice business in 2004 when she was a sophomore at Lansing Catholic High School, and she’s planning on staying...
Coffee and Friends offers local goods (and goodies)
May 5 2010
Nearly 3 months old, Coffee and Friends has ably filled the communal and caffeinated void. Reich, who also owns an automotive repair garage in Bath Township, says his newest venture is about connecting...
Bel Lago Vineyard and Black Star Farms unveil an assortment of delicious releases
May 5 2010
At the Bel Lago Vineyard (, wine is made from grapes grown in family-owned vineyards overlooking Lake Leelanau. Black Star Farms ( is an “agricultural destination”...
Bacon, eggs and kibbee? Its on the breakfast menu at Brunch House
April 29 2010
Walking out of a bacon-and-egg-type diner, you don’t often find yourself thinking, “That was one fantastic Lebanese salad.” You might just be savoring that exact thought after eating...
MSU Extension Service shows how to preserve veggies safely
April 21 2010
Okay, so maybe you don’t share a Tea Party-ish apocalyptic vision of the near-future, and perhaps you want to explore some ancestral roots. Maybe you’d just like to transform those strawberries...
Old Town neighborhood welcomes Pastry Palette
April 14 2010
Bill, 46, is quiet-mannered and polite, an electrical engineer for General Motors by day, supportive husband and partner to the business in his spare time. He has the temperament of a tenured philosophy...
Back in business in a new location
April 13 2010
A handwritten sign in the window is about as grand as this opening gets: “We’re Open!” “We didn’t know until 4 o’ clock on Friday we’d be open,” said Lynne...
CBs has weathered storms (and fires) on the road to success
April 13 2010
In the 1982 Robin Williams film “The World According to Garp,” the title character is house hunting with his wife when a single-engine airplane crashes into a home they’re about to check...
Portable Feast is living up to its name
April 13 2010
For seven and a half years, Portable Feast and Friends in Old Town was anything but mobile. Sure, owner Sharon Hind supplemented her walk-in customers with catering gigs, but it wasn’t like her restaurant...
There was plenty to pour — and adore — at annual MSU Museum Wine Tasting event
April 13 2010
The annual MSU Museum Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Kellogg Center on March 26 again provided a vinous cornucopia of current release wines which were eagerly evaluated by hundreds of attendees. More than...
Mary’s Homestyle Catering owner finds inspiration all around her
March 10 2010
Before Mullins opens her kitchen on any given morning at the Mega Mall on US-27, north of Lansing, she never quite knows what her little café will offer. She rolls up her sleeves, checks out what...
Burgess Cellars unveils tantalizing tastes
March 3 2010
Kellogg Center’s State Room provided the perfect setting for a tasting of current vintage and library wines from Burgess Cellars. Small family-run wineries in Napa Valley are becoming an increasingly...
Feb. 24 2010
Those of us who enjoy dining out know all too well that restaurant wine prices can stretch the budget. For the non-expense account crowd, that may mean ordering entry-level wine instead of that better...
Feb. 24 2010
Summer is here, and the next four months will bring a full slate of fun wine events around the state On June 13, take an easy day trip to the Ella Sharp Wine and Art Festival in Jackson, featuring art,...
Festival showcases latest wines from Leelenau, Old Mission
Feb. 24 2010
On June 13, the northern Michigan community of Leland welcomed thousands of guests for the 24th edition of the Leland Wine and Food Festival
Feb. 24 2010
One minute past midnight on the third Thursday in November it’s the time established by the French government for the much over-hyped annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau, the first finished wine...
Sutter Home family offers much more than White Zinfandel
Feb. 24 2010
Nearly four decades ago the Trinchero family, proprietors of Sutter Home Winery, revolutionized the mass-market, entry-level wine business with the introduction of White Zinfandel, that omnipresent “pretty...
Dining halls serve distinctive cuisine
Feb. 24 2010
Don’t expect a rectangular slab of greasy pizza or a ladle-full of slop from a hair-netted lunch lady in the residence hall dining areas at Michigan State University. The days of “mystery meat...
Popular chain plans Lansing launch
Feb. 24 2010
The time it takes to get a Zoup! restaurant up and running after naming a franchisee varies greatly, Ersher said. Securing real estate is usually the most cumbersome obstacle, typically taking anywhere...