The Food & Wine column in the December 26th edition of the Weekend Wall Street Journal featured a few “Winter Wine Sleepovers” specials available at wineries that also have inns. Of course we’d like you to stay with us at Black Star Farms and savor Corey’s root vegetable waffles for breakfast, but each of the other six winery inns mentioned has something great in store for winter visitors too. Check them out here.
Solve your holiday gift-giving dilemmas with a gift certificate for an Inn stay. For every certificate purchased by December 24th, we’ll send you a certificate for your own use equal to 20% of the value of your gift. It’s our way of saying “thanks” to you for being so generous!
Call Jill at 231.944.1251 to finish your holiday shopping. What could be easier…and more rewarding?
Bring in the New Year with style this year and celebrate with a bottle of our A Capella Ice Wine.
WAS $92.50 NOW $79.50 (valid until 1/31/09)
If you are planning a visit to Traverse City and the surrounding area(s) and need more travel information check out www.mealtickets.com. The website provides great information on lodging, local attractions, and dining options – with photos included. The site is very easy to navigate and will leave you excited for your journey up north!
The guys at the Inn Kitchen have agreed to share their recipe for Seafood Bruschetta that was such a hit during this year’s “Toast the Season.” Dazzle your guests and enjoy with your favorite Black Star beverage.
1 baguette – sliced 1/4″ thick on an angle
4 T. butter
4 T. olive oil
1 sprig thyme
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Combine butter and oil in a saute pan with garlic and thyme. Slowly bring to a simmer and turn off heat. Lay bread slices on a sheet tray and brush with butter/oil mixture. Toast in a 350 oven for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
1 pound good lump crab meat, drained and squeezed of excess juice
1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked
1 med. red pepper
1 med. green pepper
1 med. yellow peper
1 med. red onion
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 tsp. crushed garlic
2/3 tsp. lemon juice
1 T. chopped fresh taragon
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
a few dashes of Tabasco
Fresh Parmesan or Roman cheese for grating
Chop shrimp and break down crabmeat. Small dice peppers and onion, Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Top toast with 1 to 2 tsp. of crab mix.
Sprinkle with a little freshly grated cheese and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until warmed.
We served this bruschetta with our 2006 Arcturos Pinot Gris. Other great choices would be 2007 Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay, 2004 Black Star Farms Sparlking Wine, or our newest “star,” 2008 Bubbly Nouveau. This limited edition sparlker is meant to be served young – as are all nouveau style wines – and it’s available at all three of our tasting rooms - or online - at only $10. Make this one the official quaff of your holiday season.
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Not sure what kind of wine to buy…why not let them choose? Our new gift cards are great because they can be purchased for any amount and redeemed at all Black Star locations, including the Inn and the Farm Market. Cards are available to purchase at all Black Star properties as well as through our on-line shopping cart. Get a head start on your holiday shopping today!
Back in April Rachel Nighswonger was the big winner on Wheel of Fortune, and it was our good fortune that one of her prizes was a 6-night stay at Black Star Farms.
She and her mom, Betsy, have spent the past week with us at the Inn, relaxing and soaking up all that is the Grand Traverse area. As this was their first visit to Michigan they didn’t know what to expect, but they’d done their Internet homework and wanted to pack in as much as possible – Sleeping Bear Dunes, Fishtown, Suttons Bay Art Fair, kayaking, wine tasting and shopping were a few of their activities. Rachel was even interviewed for a story in our local weekly Leelanau Enterprise.
Rachel, a special ed teacher from Kansas City, MO, said she’s been a “Wheel Watcher” for most of her life. When the Wheelmobile came to town she and a friend stood in line for an audition. Rachel passed two auditions and went on to California to participate in Wheel’s annual “Green Week.” Black Star Farms had been approached to provide a prize after being named one of BedandBreakfast.com’s Top Ten Eco-Friendly Inns. Little did we know that we’d be chosen, that someone would land on our prize and win, and that such an interesting gal would show up to enjoy all that the Leelanau Peninsula has to offer.