Killarney Mountain Lodge and Stafford’s Hospitality Perry Hotel join forces for a unique culinary experience on Tuesday, May 16. The iconic Perry Hotel in downtown Petoskey will host the next Chefs Across the Great Lakes charity dinner in the hotel’s Rose Room.

Proceeds will benefit the Gerald Gramzay-Stafford’s Hospitality Culinary Scholarship Fund with the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to furthering education by awarding culinary arts scholarships annually to a Petoskey area high school graduate.

Prior to his passing in October 2013, Chef Gerald Gramzay was Stafford’s corporate chef and business partner of more than 13 years.

Chefs Across the Great Lakes is about collaboration, sharing of culinary styles and building good will and lasting friendships between Canada and the United States. Chef D.J. Flynn of Stafford’s Hospitality, Inc. and Chef Guy Bedard of Killarney Mountain Lodge have created a menu featuring asparagus bisque, Great Lakes trout gravlax, cracklin’ Cornish hen and a very special crème brûlée. Price is $65 per person; wine pairing extra. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and is limited to 100 guests.

Killarney Mountain Lodge

Killarney Mountain Lodge, situated on Georgian Bay in Northern Ontario, has conducted several chef exchange events in Michigan, the last with Twisted Olive restaurant in Petoskey. The lodge is in the final stages of a $36 million expansion/renovation since attorney and entrepreneur Holden Rhodes acquired the property in 2015. Once the private hunting and fishing camp of Detroit transportation magnates, the Fruehauf’s, Killarney Mountain Lodge has blossomed into one of the finest vacation destinations in the Georgian Bay area in Canada.

Room rentals and dinner reservations at Stafford’s Perry Hotel should be made by phone at 231.347.4000. Visit for details.

—Press Release provided by Stafford’s Hospitality

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