Six food devotees shared some of their all-time favorite eats in Northern Michigan with us for our annual MyNorth Food Finds. In our Food Finds 2016 series, originally published in the March 2016 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, discover 42 tasty eats from Northern Michigan foodies. Then you can put their picks on your culinary bucket list and start tasting!
Meet the Foodies: Cammie Buehler and Andy Schudlich
The Buehler-Schudlich friendship formed one summer at Leland’s Riverside Inn, where the then teenage dynamos worked together. Reuniting in the summer of 2003, Cammie, a passionate cook and snowboarding instructor, and Andy, a photography student with hands-on kitchen training, launched Epicure Catering, driven to creating event menus exclusively from Northwest Michigan’s local seasonal produce and proteins. Working within the abundance of local products, Cammie and Andy have created menus inspired by everything from Chinese take-out to Indian-Polish fusion. When they’re not cooking, the pair can be found enthusiastically eating their way around Traverse City and Leelanau County.
Cammie and Andy’s Food Finds
Lit Up Alright Cocktail
The Little Fleet 448 East Front Street, Traverse City 231.943.1116
Get lit with Birch Point Farms hot pepper-infused tequila, grapefruit, lime and local honey in Little Fleet’s sublimely reimagined margarita.
Meet The Little Fleet’s co-owner Allison Jonas and watch the Lit Up Alright cocktail be created with this MyNorth Media video.
The North End Eatery 215 Mill Street, Northport 231.386.7536
The North End channels Miami and nails the Cuban with a melty, pickle-studded pile of ham, Swiss and mustard on toothsome bread.
Biscuits & Gravy
The Tribune Ice Cream & Eatery 110 East Nagonaba, Northport 231.386.1055
Airy, crunchy and, according to Epicure, the North’s hands-down best biscuits slathered in sausage gravy and topped with eggs. Eat them and go build a barn.
The Redheads Cafe & Tasting Room 202 West Main Street, Lake Leelanau 231.256.7720
The Redheads will destroy your resolve with their fudgy, eggless rectangles of chocolate sin.
Harvest 113 East State Street, Traverse City 231.486.6037
Read pork rinds with perfect snap, served hot, salty and poised for dunking in Harvest’s addictive chili lime sauce.
Meet Harvest owner Simon Joseph, and watch how they make Chicharrones in this MyNorth Media video.
Chicken Tikka Masala
NJ’s Grocery 115 West Phillip Street, Lake Leelanau 231.256.9195
One of the North’s only outlets for authentic Indian cuisine, NJ’s slow-simmers chicken with tomato, cream and fragrant spice.
Early Day Cider
Tandem Ciders 2055 North Setterbo Road, Suttons Bay 231.271.0050
Tandem teases out the crisp essence of six distinct apple varieties like Ida Red, Sheep’s Head and Golden Russet in this dry signature cider.
Spicy Cheese Curds
A staple in Andy and Cammie’s off-duty picnic baskets, Boss Mouse’s well-crafted curds squeak in your teeth and light up your palette with manifold spice.
Sparkling water is infused with the tart and tasty soul of spring rhubarb and an acidic zip from apple cider vinegar. Great for solo guzzling or as a mixer.
Ham & Raclette Croissant
9 Bean Rows 303 North Saint Joseph Street, Suttons Bay 231.271.1175
A delectably salty core of ham and melted raclette is surrounded by strata of flaky first-rate croissant dough. Paris beware.
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