Sisters Paula McIntyre & Ann Drury have recently launched a new community blog about regional food & wine called Up North Foodies. Paula says that the idea for a community blog to celebrating our local food scene was born from wondering what to do with the bounty of food from her CSA farm and also because she was tired of reading all the bad press about Michigan. She writes:
We here in northern Michigan know we have a good thing going: a beautiful landscape and way of life that nurtures family farms, artisan bakeries and the production of award-winning cheese and wines; the completion of the long-anticipated expansion at Oryana; a dinner with Mario Batali raising $67,000 for the Leelanau Conservancy; opportunities for culinary students both at NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute and Career Tech, the Epicurean Classic. We have a lot to celebrate! We’re seeing the birth of a vibrant food scene. And given our tourism and agricultural roots, one that fits this place of ours like a fine leather glove.
To that I say “right on!” and I invite you to add their blog to your favorite stops and maybe join their community and post something. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s lunchtime!
Photo credit: Squash by Andy McFarlane