Local, National Chefs Gather for Fall Foodie Fundraiser

A number of local and national chefs will showcase some of their tastiest work at the Flint Farmers’ Market on Friday, Oct. 7. The Mixdown – a fundraiser benefiting youth arts at Flint Local 432 – will offer an evening of food tastings, chef demonstrations, a historical display of the music venue, as well as beer, wine and cocktails.

The fundraiser will be held from 6-9 p.m., with a lineup that includes:

The event will also feature offerings from Shorts Brewery and specialty cocktails from Ken Laatz of Soggy Bottom.

For more information, visit www.FlintLocal432.org. To purchase tickets, which range from $25 to $500, click here.

Foodie Fave Friday: 7 Orchards Making Cider in Genesee County

Mueller's Orchard in Linden

Mueller’s Orchard in Linden

We have a few more weeks before we start seeing peak fall color, but apple season is already underway in in Genesee County. Here are seven area orchards where you can enjoy freshly made cider, among other fall-favorite treats:

  1. Almar Orchards in Flushing: With more than 30 varieties of apples, Almar produces the popular J.K.’s Scrumpy Farmhouse Organic, a fermented hard cider that has no artificial flavors, additives or preservatives.
  2. Koan’s Orchard in Flushing: Situated on more than 100 acres, this country store offers freshly made cider, doughnuts, jams and jellies. The shop, at 12183 Beecher Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and winter seasons. (810) 659-8720
  3. McCarron’s Orchards & Bakery in Flushing: This small farm market and bakery features seasonal fresh cider made from McCarron’s own apples and pressed on-site at their cider mill.
  4. Montrose Orchards: Ready for cider, donuts and hayrides? The orchard – home to a farm market, bakery, pumpkin patch and more – will host its annual Fall Kick Off Sept. 19-20.
  5. Mueller’s Orchard & Cider Mill in Linden: This family operation offers freshly squeezed cider, a variety of doughnuts and family activities, including a petting zoo.
  6. Porter’s Orchard Farm Market & Cider Mill in Goodrich: Stop by for traditional apple cider or an ice-cold apple cider slushy. In addition to the bakery/donut shop, Porter’s offers a fall corn maze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and more.
  7. Spicer Orchards in Fenton: This farm market, winery and cider mills has a 10,000 bushel storage area, a sorting machine, donut shop, bakery, cider mill, family-fun activities including a fall maze

For more information about area orchard and farms, click here.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Texas Roadhouse Sets Up Shop in Flint


Texas Roadhouse’s Flint location hasn’t been open for very long, but that hasn’t stopped the restaurant from developing quite the fan base. Over the past three weeks, the new eatery has already secured 34 reviews averaging 4.9 stars (out of five) on its Facebook page.

According to brand’s website, the Louisville, Ky.-based franchise is best known for its hand-cut steaks, fresh-based bread and made-from-scratch sides. Its restaurants also have extensive drink menus featuring 15 varieties of margaritas.

At the Flint location, customers can also take advantage of the “Early Dine” special, which prices select entrees at just $8.99. The discount runs until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about Texas Roadhouse, at 4140 Miller Road, call (800) 839-7623 or visit www.texasroadhouse.com.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Canning, Pickling Classes at the Flint Farmers’ Market

Learn how to preserve the summer harvest with Lisa Treiber, MSU Extension Food Safety Education. Treiber has two upcoming classes scheduled in the demonstration kitchen at the Flint Farmers’ Market (300 E. 1st St., Flint).

Canning Food at Home: The Basics – Tuesday, Aug. 25 (5:30-7 p.m.)

Learn how to use a pressure canner for low acid foods and a water bath canner for acid foods. This class will provide you with handouts and resources to reference. To register by Aug. 24, click here.

Pickling: It Isn’t Just for Cucumbers! – Tuesday, Sept. 22 (5:30-7 p.m.)

Learn how to prepare pickled foods using a water bath canner. To register by Sept. 21, click here.

Admission for each workshop is $15 per person. Registrations for SNAP and WIC participants will be waived upon verification at check-in.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Dinner at the Whaley Historic House Museum

Whaley Historical House

It’s not often we feature a museum in our Foodie Fave Friday posts, but Whaley Historic House Museum has quite the dinner party planned for Sept. 24.

Following a tour of the house, led by Museum Director Samantha Engel, guests will be treated to a four-course meal created by Chef Jason Bot.

The Autumnal Equinox Fete will begin with cocktails and appetizers, followed by a salad course, a wine-paired entrée, and a dessert served with an aperitif. Each course will include a brief talk by the chef of the historical and seasonal relevance of each dish, and in many cases of individual ingredients. The chef will also speak on proper Gilded Age dining etiquette, and some of the culinary developments of the era.

Formal dinner attire is appreciated.

Tickets, available at Eventbrite or by calling (810) 471-4714, are $60 per person. Proceeds will benefit restoration projects at the iconic Flint landmark.

For more information about the museum, at 624 E. Kearsley St., Flint, visit www.whaleyhouse.com.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Grab Dinner and Solve a Mystery at Cranberries Café

Cranberries Cafe-Foodie Fave1

On Sunday, Aug. 9, diners at Cranberries Café will be tasked with solving a murder mystery along with their five-course dinner.

“Killing on the Cranberry Campus,” which kicks off at 5 p.m., stars the restaurant’s staff and is guaranteed to offer a night full of laughs, great food and prizes.

Keeping in theme with the mystery, the “Dorm Food Done Right” menu features:

  • Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled 3-cheese sandwich
  • Mixed green salad with Ramen noodles
  • Gourmet Mac & cheese
  • Flat Bread Pizza
  • Cheeseburger & Fries
  • Chocolate chunk ice cream cookie

Tickets are $25/person, and reservations are required. To RSVP, call 810-636-3409.

For more information about the cafe, at 10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich, visit www.cranberriescafe.com.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Grab a Burger at Fuddruckers

BuffaloBurgerWhen you order a burger at Fuddruckers, you know you’re going to get three things: 1) a fresh bun, made from scratch; 2) a patty that’s never been frozen; and 3) the opportunity to customize your meal after it’s been delivered to your table.

Like all Fuddruckers restaurants, the Flint location has a fresh produce bar where customers can personally pick their desired toppings: fresh sliced tomatoes, hand leafed or shredded lettuce, sliced onions, pickles, pico de gallo, sliced jalapenos and a number of condiments. (Don’t forget the Fudds Cheese Sauce!)

Not in the mood for beef? No worries! They also have turkey and veggie patties, grilled salmon, crispy fish, and ribeye steak. And if you’re looking for a burger of the more exotic variety, they offer buffalo, elk and wild boar (availability varies).

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. It is located at 2373 Austin Parkway, Flint.

For more information, click here or call 810-235-8585.

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