Take a spring drive to Bowers Harbor Inn for a wine dinner event, 6:30 p.m., April 23rd, 2009. Bowers Harbor Inn Chef Paul Olson crafted the locally-inspired menu and Spencer Stegenga, owner of Bowers Harbor Vineyards, selected Michigan wine pairings.

Here’s a peek at the menu:

Demi Tasse of Asparagus Puree with truffle parmesan foam
Wine Pairing: Blanc de Blanc sparkling

Green Pea Pancake – Lump crab salad, crispy leeks, siracha
Wine Pairing: 2007 Unwooded Chardonnay

Pan Seared Diver Sea Scallops – with citrus, shaved fennel, toasted coriander, micro greens
Wine Pairing: 2006 Riesling, Block II Vineyard

Werp Farms Rocket Arugula Salad – with mango ginger stilton, golden apples, candied walnuts, fried parsnips, champagne vinaigrette
Wine Pairing: 2007 Pinot Grigio

Wine Braised Oleson’s Buffalo Short Ribs – with pickled ramps, baby carrots, asparagus, fingerling potatoes, morel sauce
Wine Pairing: 2006 Cabernet Franc, Erica Vineyard

Two Mousse – White and dark chocolate, with cherry rhubarb coulis
Wine Pairing: 2006 2896, Langley Vineyard

Find the historic Bowers Harbor Inn at 13512 Peninsula Drive on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City. Tickets $60 per person, call 231-223-4222 for reservations.

Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski