“A new state-wide initiative is underway to increase the amount of Michigan-made products offered at restaurants through the state. The Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance will bring the state’s restaurant, food production and tourism interests together to promote the sale of locally produced goods ranging from wines and hand-crafted beers to specialty fruits and vegetables.”  Read more of this story by Record Eagle staff writers Art Bukowski and Bill O’Brien.

In a second article on the subject in the Detroit Free Press, Restaurant Critic Sylvia Rector quotes Linda Jones, Dirrector of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council:

…the idea is “to bring people together … to promote more economic activity.” For example, restaurants will be encouraged to offer more Michigan wines; those that feature at least four labels will be listed and promoted on the wine council’s Web site and included in Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance activities, she said.

To read her entire article, click here.

This will be a boon for all of Michigan agriculture,  including wineries, chefs and restaurateurs, and Michigan tourism.

We say, “it’s about time!”