Experience some of Northern Michigan’s best food and drink pairings at The Cooks’ House in Traverse City. This dinner series featuring six special menus, pairs each course with a local beer, cider or wine.
SHORT’S BREWERY BEER DINNER | December 10
Experience the creative genius that is Short’s in a new way! With five courses tailored specifically to a handful of Shorts’ brews, this meal is sure to impress even the most seasoned Short’s connoisseur.
MARI VINEYARDS | January 28
Who knew that a haphazard planting method and some mysterious seeds would produce red wines unlike any in the region? Marty Lagina, the founder of Mari Vineyards, has concocted a mixture of exotic and classic grape varieties that span the 60-acre vineyard on Old Mission Peninsula. With the help of Northern Michigan winemakers’ best friend, the 45th Parallel, steadfast dedication and an unwavering vision, Mari Vineyards has a variety of top-notch wines that pair effortlessly with The Cooks’ House special menu.
L. MAWBY SPARKLING WINES | February 11
A more than ideal location for a vineyard paired with a deep respect for Mother Nature and a passion for pure products—that’s MAWBY. The winery’s owner, Larry Mawby, committed to cultivating sparkling wines and ciders exclusively in the mid ’90s and hasn’t looked back. A variety of naturally bubbly beverages will be the star of this five-course evening, just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
GOLDEN RATIO/FIBONACCI | March 10
For a couple of years now, Chef Eric at The Cooks’ House has been wanting to write a menu based on the golden ratio. After consulting local mathematicians and a lot of research, he thinks he may have just figured it out. The dinner will be 13 courses, so come hungry. Mari Vineyards winemaker, Sean O’Keefe—having a nerd level equal to Chef Eric—will be pairing his world-class wines with each course.
BRYS ESTATE VINEYARD & WINERY | April 14
A dream-turned-reality practically 50 years in the making, the 91-acre Brys estate boasts eight varietals that flourish annually along the 45th Parallel. The Napa Valley-inspired winery knows how to push the traditional wine-making envelope while maintaining flagship pours, which will pair beautifully with this five-course dinner.
2 LADS WINERY | May 5
Perched on 58 acres on Old Mission Peninsula, 2 Lads Winery’s niche vintage is cool-climate reds and sparkling wines, punctuated by limited batches of white wines. Extensive care is not only given to the grapes but also the land on which they grow. 2 Lads utilizes a gravity-flow process and gentle-handling techniques in an effort to save energy, reduce noise and keep the full body of their wines intact. This evening features five courses, with sustainable products in every bite and sip.