Celebrate Spring!

Moomers, Long Lake’s long-loved dairy farm and ice cream oasis celebrates 10 years of scooping up dairy goodness this spring. And now they are going beyond the cone with ice cream cakes made with any of their 101 homemade creamery concoctions – black walnut, German chocolate, butter brickle, lemon custard, sticky bun, chocolate cherry pecan, licorice, mango …

We’d love a velvety chocolate and toasted coconut ice cream cake for a dad or grad, or a delicate white cake layered with maple walnut ice cream at a spring baby shower. Birthday kids go gonzo for cakes layered with ice cream flaves like red pop, bubblegum, or play dough – blue moon with pieces of brightly colored sugar cookie dough. And Moomers ice cream confectioners Bob, Nancy and Jon Plummer really love to spellbind wedding guests with tiered ice cream beauties adorned with fresh flowers or wrapped in a ribbon. 7623 N. Long Lake Rd., Traverse City. 231-941-4122, moomers.com.


A Forever Favor

Cropping up at weddings in the region: party favors that share the couples’ deep love for Northern Michigan open spaces, farmland and shoreline. Guests might find jars of locally grown jam or honey with a tag announcing a gift made to an Up North land conservancy at their tables. A raffia-wrapped conservancy natural areas guide with a message at each seat does the trick, too.


Crowd Pleaser

Chef Eric Young at Harborside Deli and Catering counts these two pop-in-your-mouth delectables as his most requested party fare, and we can see why: Each has a fresh spark and is ready to rock for entertaining in the backyard or at the beach. Go for his bite-sized crab cakes with a cucumber-wasabi sauce or ripe cherry tomatoes stuffed with bacon, Parmesan, parsley and green onions. 3916 U.S. 31, Petoskey, 231-347-1500, harborsidedeli.com.

Emily Betz Tyra is associate editor at Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.etyra@traversemagazine.com

Note: This article was first published in April 2007 and was updated for the web February 2008.