Event Planning

A New Dining Experience in the Arcturos Dining Room at the Inn

Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared from locally sourced ingredients in the Arcturos Dining Room at the Inn. Executive Chef Jonathan Dayton’s philosophy is to cook with meats, herbs, vegetables, and fruits that either grown or raised on the farm at Black Star or from other Michigan farms within a 100 mile radius. A list of some of the farms and companies the chef routinely uses includes:

  • 9 Bean Rows in Northport for vegetables and artisan bread
  • Bakers Acres in Marion for chicken and pork
  • JRJ Ranch in Marion for Lamb
  • Olesons Farm in Traverse City for buffalo
  • Bunny Hop Ranch in Cedar for rabbit
  • Makinaw Straits Fishing Company in St. Ignace for whitefish, perch, lake trout and salmon
  • Carlsons in Leland for whitefish and smoked whitefish
  • TLC Tomatoes in Northport for tomatoes, spring greens, and bibb lettuce
  • Gallaghers Centenial Farm in Traverse City for beef
  • Champion Hills Farm in Beulah for honey
  • Halpins Land Of Goshen in Kaleva for cheese
  • Grassfields Cheese in Coopersville for cheese
  • Light of Day Organics in Traverse city for tea
  • Great Northern Roasting Company in Traverse City for coffee
  • Brownwood Acres in Central Lake for mustards and cherry products
  • Rennie Orchards in Williamsburg for an assortment of fruit
  • Friske’s Orchards in Elsworth for fruits and vegetables
  • Second Spring Farm in Cedar for vegetables
  • Elmaple Farm in Kaleva for vegetables

There is also an assortment of in house prepared decadent desserts. Black Star Farms wine is also available by the glass or bottle. The Arcturos Dining Room has very limited seating and reservations are required. Dinners begin at 6:30 pm. Call 231.944.1251 to make a reservation.

The dinner menu changes weekly depending on what meats and produce are locally available.

Take a look at a sample menu in the pdf. link below.

Menu pdf

 

 

By |July 13th, 2011|Event Planning, Inn|2 Comments

Pear and its Spirit

Many of our visitors are curious how we get the pear in the bottle of the Pear and its Spirit brandy. The process begins in the spring when the bottles are tied over budding branches with hopes that a Bartlett pear will grow to maturity inside the bottle.

This year we were able to visit Delight of Life Farm and record video of the crew tying the bottles to the trees. In the video below Heather Jordan, owner of Delight of Life Farm, is gently attaching a bottle to the budding branch. Heather explained that they do not tie bottles to every bud; it has to be “just right.” When asked what she meant by this she said the budding branch has to be facing upwards or the pear will not grow well in the bottle and the bottle is also more likely to fall off the tree.

The pear is harvested inside the bottle, cleaned and washed, and the bottle is then filled with pear brandy from the same orchard and hand labeled in a special limited presentation. The pear will calcify over time as long as it is covered with the brandy. It is important to replace the brandy with our Spirit of Pear brandy when it gets close to uncovering the pear.

Pear and Its Spirit truly captures the essence of Northern Michigan fruit. The balance of fruit and alcohol reflects both the artisan skill of the distiller and the quality of the fruit. The resulting clear Pear and its Spirit delivers an explosion of succulent pear aroma and taste, rich flavor with a dry and elegant after taste.

To learn more ask about this product in our tasting room during your next visit visit to our tasting rooms up north.

By |June 17th, 2011|Event Planning, Media, Tasting, Video, Winery|1 Comment

Wine Club Appreciation Dinner

 
Friday, November 12th, 6:30 – 9 pm 
 
Don’t miss this fabulous event planned exclusively for wine club members. This is a unique opportunity to taste our wines along side complementary dishes, prepared by our chefs from the Inn. They will be presenting a harvest feast that will include seafood, poultry, wild game and local meats.  The preliminary menu includes:
  • Pistachio and pine nut crusted rack of venison served alongside a pancetta basil risotto croquette with a Sirius port wine reduction.
  • Horseradish and sesame crusted ahi tuna on a wanton crisp with an edamame bean salad and a miso aioli.
  • Heirloom tomato leek braised Piedmontese short ribs served with a fontina celery root puree and roasted cipollini onions.
  • Smoked rabbit, spinach and morel mushroom cannelloni in a white truffle Parmesan cream sauce and garnished with toasted pine nuts.
  • Pan seared sea scallops stuffed with crab and fromage blanc with a kalamata olive basil pesto and lemon garlic couscous.
  • Prosciutto, roasted beet and arugula salad with Bartlett pears, goat cheese and candied macadamia nuts.

Dessert Menu Items Include:

  • Vanilla bean pumpkin cheesecake with a chocolate sea salt bark and a creme anglaise.
  • Pecan white chocolate torte topped with a raspberry and blueberry compote.
  • Apple, cranberry and toasted walnut blondie topped with a pear brandy caramel and Amaretto whipped cream.

This is our most popular wine club event and an RSVP is necessary by Nov. 10th. The cost is $55 per person and space is limited. RSVP to Chris Lopez at 231-944-1271 or clopez@blackstarfarms.com.

 
By |November 4th, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Inn, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

LPVA Harvest Stompede Recipe

Roasted Corn and Butternut Squash Saladblogpicture

  • 12 ears of corn
  • 5 cups of diced butternut squash, about the size of the corn kernel
  • 1 cup of chopped green onions
  • ½ cup minced roasted garlic
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup finely diced red pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp chopped chives
  • ½ cup of good olive oil
  • ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Apple Cider Reduction

  • 2 Gallon apple cider
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup maple syrup

Roast corn, husk on, in preheated oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees. Let cool, peel cob and remove corn. Boil butternut squash for 10 minutes or until tender. Don’t overcook as they become mashed quickly. You want them to still be a bit firm. Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix well but gently as to not mash the squash. Let it set in the refrigerator for an hour or so to let the flavors infuse. Add all reduction liquids in a pot and bring to a boil. Be careful as this mixture tends to really bubble up. Simmer and let reduce for an hour or more until liquid becomes almost syrup like. I made a 4 gallon batch that reduced to maybe 4 cups. Set aside and let cool.

This is a great multi functional salad. I used this as a room temperature salad in a baked won-ton cup garnished with the reduction and pumpkin seeds for the LPVA event. The next day I used it as a hash for breakfast with a poached egg and hollandaise. Then I turned it into cakes for an appetizer! And finely, I added this mix in with some risotto and stuffed that in a portabella mushroom for dinner. Be creative and be sure to use seasonal local ingredients. Enjoy!

By |September 29th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Sneakers, Derby Hats and Wine

In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby and a goal to help Horse North Inc. raise funds, TASTES of Black Star Farms and Left Foot Charley have teamed up to host Run for the Rosés. The event will take place on May 1st and is a pair of foot races between TASTES and Left Foot Charley in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.  Don’t miss this outrageously fun event complete with crazy derby inspired hats, cups full of pink water, prizes and tastings of rosé wine at both wineries. There is a suggested donation of $5 for each participant with a 100% of the proceeds to benefit Horse North Rescue in Fife Lake.

For questions or to register in advance please call or email Coryn at Black Star Farms at 231-944-1311 or cbriggs@blackstarfarms.com.

By |April 17th, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|4 Comments

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Traverse City

Planning your travel itinerary for the season? Let us help you discover why Traverse City should be on your list of places to visit – especially if you are a wine lover and a foodie.  Top five reasons to visit include:

1. Traverse City is number one on Livability.com Foodie Finds: 10 Surprising Food Cities. 

“Known as the Cherry Capital of the World, the Lake Michigan resort town of Traverse City does a pretty good job with other foods too. With plenty of award-winning restaurants, wineries, farmers markets and dairies, Traverse City has been called “a new foodie haven” by The Huffington Post“…read more.

2.  The area was recently named one of the Best Midwest Food Towns by Midwest Living.

“If Disney World had a Foodland, it might look a little like Traverse City, Michigan (population: 142,000). Too-cute-to-be-true storefronts line downtown’s Front Street”…read more.

3.  We have world class award winning wines with Riesling being the most popular variety in the region.

“This complex and cold-hardy German varietal, the stuff of youthful hangovers and wine-geek reverence, has put Michigan winemaking on the map and runs the spectrum from racy and dry to thick and sweet”…read more.

4.   If you are a Michigander or a Midwestner that has never tried our wines you may be pleasantly surprised like former Midwesterner Andrew Putz, Editor in Chief of Boston Magazine.

“The more I heard friends gush about the wine country near Traverse City, Michigan, the more curious I became. So I began to investigate. I’d always thought Michigan too cold to grow grapes, but I learned that this part of the state lies near the 45th parallel, just like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace”…read more.

5. We have chocolate, cherries and plenty of wine – all of which can be sampled in one form or another at our wine trail events throughout the year. You can find a complete listing of events on either the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail or the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trial websites.

There are also art galleries, brew pubs and miles of beaches…What more do you need? For more information about the Traverse City area including lodging and special offers visit the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

 

 

By |April 8th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Student Tour at Black Star Farms Old Mission

Fostering new knowledge and growth for students is something we take to heart at Black Star Farms. Tours of the farm and winery are provided monthly by Don Coe & Lee Lutes.  Tours are often given to culinary students, aspiring winemakers, business students or anyone else who is interested in learning about agricultural tourism, grape growing and winemaking. We feel strongly about providing a foundation of knowledge for individuals aspiring to become a part of this industry or an industry directly related to ours.
We were recently able to capture a short video of a tour Lee hosted with a Michigan State University student at our Old Mission winery. As part of a class called “Wines and Vines” at Michigan State University with Dr. Ron Perry she had a requirement to visit a Michigan winery and she choose us. Lee provided a tour of the winemaking facility as well as a brief introduction to the distillation process and the spirits that we produce at Black Star Farms.  This video highlights Lee’s talk about distillation and was videoed at the distillery in our Old Mission winery facility.
 

 

By |March 30th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Chocolate, Cherries, Cheesecake & Wine

Mother-Daughter Bonding in Traverse City

Thanks Marcia Frost for choosing to vacation up north and for sharing your experience to your readers.

The mother-daughter getaways began nearly 15 years ago as a celebration of my daughter’s “double-digit” birthday. It was our first adventure alone together and it was to Nassau in the Bahamas. For years we made a habit of annual trips to beach locations around the Caribbean. Of course, the trips changed quite a bit over the years as the 10 year old turned into an adult.

It’s been a tough few years for various reasons and we haven’t had a getaway for the two of us in awhile. When I had the opportunity to bring someone on my trip to Traverse City, I thought it would be great to make it mother-daughter time….read more about this wonderful trip to our beautiful corner of Michigan.

By |March 23rd, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Make it a Weekend

If this sounds like a good idea for your business group, it would be.

Alison Beers, owner of Events North, a full-service event management agency, thinks so too.  Her weekend plan “to woo eight high powered business owners to relocate their families and businesses to Traverse City” is highlighted in the March issue of Traverse City Business News, and includes their staying at the Inn at Black Star Farms, as well as an on-site Raclette Dinner featuring Leelanau Cheese Company’s cheese and all the fixings.

The schedule is jam packed with “up north” experiences.   After all that, how could they not want to relocate their businesses here?

By |March 14th, 2010|Creamery, Event Planning, Featured, Inn, Media|0 Comments

Tweet and Taste MI Podcast

If you missed the Tweet and Taste Michigan event featuring our wines take a look at this podcast by the idea man himself, Shannon Casey.  This was a great virtual event with 66 participants and 863 tweets. The conversations were fun, educating, and exciting and they can also be viewed here.  

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this event a success. A special thank-you to wine bloggers Shannon & Cortney Casey at MichiganbytheBottle, Claudia Tyagi, MS. (@Winegenie on Twitter), George Heritier and Kim Adams at Gang of Pour, Chris Ternes at The Wineauxs, Mike Fifer at The Wine Monologues, and Bill Wilson at Wine for Newbies.

By |March 10th, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments