What with Madonna—you know… Michigan girl, dad owns Ciccone Vineyard in Leelanau County—headlining halftime at Super Bowl 46, we got to thinking about local connections, and before you could say “hike” we were dreaming up the ultimate local foodie hoagie for a Northern Michigan Super Bowl party. Here’s how it stacks:
1. Bun: Bay Bread, Traverse City. Call ahead and they’ll bake you one from 3- to 6- feet long.
2. Cheese: Leelanau Cheese, Raclette, Suttons Bay. At Black Star Farms and at deli counters around TC. Cheesemaker Anne Hoyt suggests placing thin slices on the bun then broiling it open faced before adding other ingredients.
3. Mustard: Brownwood Farms, Famous Kream Mustard or Kickin’ Cream Mustard.
4. Ham: Bunting’s Market, boneless smoked mini ham, Cedar. Bill and Roger in the meat department smoke ’em Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Order ahead for Super Bowl.
5. Dill pickles: Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs.
6. Chips: Great Lakes Chips, at grocery stores throughout the region.