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By Jim AkansIt may very well be one of the tastiest fundrais-ers of the year. Next weekend, April 20th and 21st,prepare those appetites for a feast because that isthe date for 2012 Chef’s Challenge event, afundraiser for the non-profit Challenge Mountainorganization. Taking place at Boyne Mountainresort, the Chef’s Challenge event has been her-alded as Michigan’s premier epicurean gathering,focusing on Michigan made dishes prepared by area chefs and culinary students, plus a tantaliz-ing assortment of local wines and beverages frommicrobreweries. What a delicious way to samplesome of the finest foods and drinks our wonderfulstate has to offer.Mike Hurchick, event co-chair, states, “This isour 5th year for this event, which was started by Joe Briedenstien as a fundraiser for ChallengeMountain. Chefs Challenge also coincides withMichigan Splendor week, which fits perfectly foran event that promotes Michigan chefs and culi-nary programs.”Chefs Challenge weekend kicks off on Friday, April 20th, with the “Future Chefs” Challengecompetition starting at 6 pm in the BoyneMountain Civic Center. High school studentteams will prepare hors d’oeuvres for a “PeoplesChoice” award and for a panel of celebrity judges.The evening will also feature the Chefs ChallengeTaste of Michigan competition; designed to show-case Michigan food and drink products throughcreative meal applications. Chefs from Michiganestablishments will prepare an entrée created withindigenous Michigan products paired with aMichigan wine and micro-brew. Event attendees will vote for the “Peoples Choice” award, and apanel of judges will select the contestants who willappear in Saturday’s “Iron Chef” style competi-tion.Hurchick relates, “The two final chefs inSaturday’s competition will have no clue whatthey will be cooking. They are given 45 minutes tocome up with as many plates as they can; horsd’oeuvres, salad, entrée, dessert…and they will be judged by professional chefs and writers. The winner will become the 2012 Chefs Challenge winner, which has become a highly prized title.”Other activities and events on Saturday, April21st will include a series of food seminars anddemonstrations at the Boyne Mountain CivicCenter from 9 am to 3:45 pm, a forum forMichigan food vendors to display the wide variety of quality Michigan farm products from 9 am to 3pm, and a Center-of-the-Plate Competition from11 am until 2 pm.The Chefs Challenge “Iron Chef” style competi-tion will take place from 6:30 to 9 pm Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal prepared by theBoyne Mountain staff during the chefs cook-off event, and the Boyne City High School video class will set up three large screen television so dinerscan watch the Chefs Challenge up close during their meal while two emcee’s offer commentary asthe competition proceeds. Following the dinner,the Street Corner band will play 50’s and 60’sdance music for a $10 admission and a cash bar will be available.It all promises to be yet another delicious, andentertaining Chefs Challenge weekend, and asalways, proceeds will help benefit the ongoing efforts of Challenge Mountain.Mike Hurchick, who is also the ChallengeMountain program director, affirms, “A great partof Chefs Challenge is that it helps help raise fundsfor our program at Challenge Mountain. Since1984, we have provided a free opportunity for any-one with a disability to enjoy the outdoors, withactivities such as skiing, kayaking, sailing, camp-ing, hiking, and more.”Tasting tickets for the Friday, April 20th eventare available for $10, Tasting Tickets for Saturday afternoon are available for eight for $25 or four for$15, and individual seats for the Iron Chef Cook-off Dinner are $75. For a detailed schedule and listof this year’s participants, visit www.chefs-chal-lenge.com.By Jim AkansIt’s springtime in northern Michigan, and love is in the air.That means it is time once again to present the 2012 AnnualNorthern Michigan Bridal Expo, sponsored by the Charlevoix County News, Weekly Choice newspapers and BoyneMountain Resort, featuring a wide array of area merchantsand wedding service providers who will be gathering at theBoyne Mountain Civic Center on Sunday afternoon, May 20th from 1 to 5 pm.“This is a ‘must attend’ event for couples planning toexchange wedding vows within the next year or so,” statesCindy Akans, event coordinator. “Planning and exploring ideas for a wedding is a fun experience, and often the more“lead-time” a couple allows will maximize their options fortheir big day.”In addition to a host of wedding-related vendors that willinclude caterers, wedding gown shops, florists, wedding planners, wedding cake designers, facilities for holding a wedding and/or reception, and more, activities will include alive bridal fashion show that has been a hallmark of theafternoon during previous expos.“This year’s Expo at Boyne Mountain promises to be enter-taining, informative, and exciting,” notes Cindy Akans. “It’s afun, free and a fabulous way to explore the possibilities forcreating a very special, and memorable wedding day.”The 2012 Northern Michigan Bridal Expo is free to attend.If your business supplies products or services for area wed-dings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelor or bache-lorette parties, reserve your booth space now for this exciting event.For more information, please checkout Facebook atNorthern Michigan Bridal Expo or contact Cindy Akans at(989) 858-3910 or email Cindy@WeeklyChoice.com.
Next weekend’s 2012 Chef’s Challengefundraiser an epicurean delight!
2012 Northern Michigan BridalExpo to be held on May 20th
Next weekend, April 20th and 21st, prepare those appetites for a feast because that is thedate for 2012 Chef’s Challenge event, a fundraiser for the non-profit Challenge Mountainorganization.
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