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Pure Michigan radio show - Tours to Savor segment starts at the 29:15 mark

https://soundcloud.com/puremichigan/pure-michigan-radio-show-january-21-2018 

WJRT-TV ABC-12 Interview

http://www.abc12.com/content/news/First-at-Four-Focus--Tours-to-Savor--469043083.html

WTVB 1590-AM Travel Michigan Update

http://wtvbam.com/podcasts/delaney-in-the-morning-1/67/travel-michigan-update-joe-sidl-tours-to-savor/

Michigan's best is on the menu!

Grand Rapids:

Travel & Leisure October 20th 2017

"America's Most Underrated Cities"

"Visitors might be surprised to find hip restaurants serving hyper-local produce, a handful of excellent craft brewers, and a number of museums all within walking distance"

 

Tasting Table April 19th 2017

"A Tale of New Cities - Eat your way through these under-the-radar culinary gems"

"Unless you're a tried-and-true hop head, you're probably unaware that Grand Rapids, an unassuming dot on Michigan's western edge, is actually one of the Midwest's most legit culinary cities. Beer is king, with craft pioneers Founders, New Holland and Bell's all within driving distance, as well as locals like Brewery Vivant (whose taproom, stashed in a converted chapel, also cooks up a mean poutine) and Harmony Brewing, with its robust stouts and homemade sausages. The Winchester owns brunch, with hangover destroyers like braised beef Benedict, gooey breakfast nachos and a Bloody Mary hash skillet, a heap of life-giving vegetables, covered in Manchego cheese and finished with "Bloody Mary jus" and a sunny egg. And if you absolutely must get your wine fix, go to Reserve Wine & Food, a brasserie with a boatload of vino (many of which are available by the glass) and dishes that run the gamut from cacio e pepe to pork belly served with a curious combination of kimchi fried rice, pears and a poached egg".

 

USA Today Readers' Choice 2017 Top 10 Beer Scene

#1 Grand Rapids

"Michigan’s second-largest city sports the state’s strongest beer scene, thanks largely to the presence of the world-renowned Founders Brewing Co. Not to be outdone, there are several other brewing operations around town, most notably the Belgian-inspired Brewery Vivant. The city’s official “Beer City Ale Trail” lists more than 40 breweries in the surrounding area, and the local calendar is constantly filled with beer festivals, events, and promotions. Throw in exceptional beer stores such as Siciliano’s Market, and it’s easy to see why Grand Rapids proudly stakes its claim as Beer City USA."

Ann Arbor:

Mother Earth News July 8th 2017

"Farm-to-Table Food Travel Hot Spot"

"Food travel is hot. And there are few places where you can embark on a culinary journey around the world with chefs and restaurateurs featuring cuisine from the far reaches of the globe, learn the art of cheese making, sip the world’s finest teas, or sample a selection of microbrews made in the brewery on the other side of the bar where it’s served.  Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as Ypsilanti and the surrounding communities celebrate the seasonal and local abundance. The chefs, bakers and food purveyors share the stories behind every dish, jar of sauerkraut, glass of beer, bottle of wine or spirits they make.

The breadth of the culinary scene is impressive. There are over 363 unique restaurants and eateries in the Ann Arbor area alone, fifteen breweries, three distilleries, six coffee roasters, several wine sommeliers, one of only five tea sommeliers in the US, seventeen artisan bakeries, three creameries and ten specialty food companies.

Added to this are numerous cooking classes offered by leading food purveyors and a vibrant farming community that supplies a year-round farmers’ market including several vendors selling cottage food products, numerous food co-ops and an exclusively local, year-round, direct-to-consumer market and coffee house called Argus Farm Stop. From my perspective, as a small-scale farmer, every town and city in America needs their own version of an Argus Farm Stop so we farmers can get out of the distribution and logistics business and focus, instead, on the growing.

A Food Travel Destination

According to the World Food Travel Association’s 2016 Food Travel Monitor Report, 93% of travelers have engaged in a unique or memorable food or drink experience, other than just eating out, in the past two years. They may have visited a cooking school, participated in a food tour, or gone shopping in a local grocery or gourmet store. In the Ann Arbor area, you can do it all – and much more."

 

The Huffington Post January 6th 2014

"The 9 Reasons You Must Eat in Ann Arbor"

"The Midwestern city of Ann Arbor has a lot going for it. It’s now the fifth largest city in Michigan. It is home to the University of Michigan. And this vibrant town might surprise you with its dining scene. Perhaps it’s all the international residents that call it home thanks to the University. Perhaps it’s the fact that Michigan is one of the country’s most agriculturally diverse states. Regardless, in the last five years this city has come into its own culinarily. Some even say, after Chicago, it’s the dining capitol of the midwest."

Traverse City:

Chicago Tribune 2017

"Traverse City food scene"

"Despite its small size, Traverse City, Michigan, perched on the shore of Grand Traverse Bay, is recognized as one of America's best places for foodies."

 

Buzzfeed June 5th 2017

"12 Of The Most Underrated Food Cities In America"

"For the food and wine enthusiast who loves a small-town feel."

"This summer town on the shores of Lake Michigan is one of celebrity chef Mario Batali's favorite food cities. Home to cherry orchards and vineyards, Traverse City is a budding destination for both food and wine lovers. From poké bowls to pork tacos, you'll find something among the dozens of stationary food trucks at The Little Fleet and the five-course, locally grown tasting menu at The Cook's House is worthy of a special occasion. But whatever you do, don't miss out on the cherry crumb pie at Grand Traverse Pie Company."

 

The Daily Meal April 27th 2017

"The Prettiest Town in Every State"

"Traverse City, Michigan is a dream destination for any foodie or outdoor adventurer. You can go biking or paddleboarding, head to the Sleeping Bear Duns for a great view across the lake, and even check out the town's microbreweries. There's a little something here for everyone's taste."

 

Rewards Expert September 2017

"2017's Best American Foodie Towns"

"Traverse City in Michigan is first on our list of small foodie towns in the Midwest. Michigan is sometimes overlooked as a foodie state, but the Great Lakes Culinary Institute is located in Traverse City. This means that young and ambitious chefs are peppered throughout the state bringing incredible culinary experiences to small towns. According to our findings, the city has 19 restaurants per 10,000 residents. We recommend Patisserie Amie or Trattoria Stella. Lastly, the town holds its annual Cherry Festival each July, so don’t miss it if you’re in the area."

Detroit:

Thrillist March 23rd 2017

"Best Steakhouse in Every State"

Roast - Detroit, MI

"Despite never being featured in a heart-racing Chrysler commercial, Michael Symon still believes in Detroit. In fact, he believes in it so much that even back in 2008, when the city was free-falling into ruin, he opened this spot. Seven years later, it's the cornerstone of the Downtown Detroit food scene -- it's dimly lit, elegant, and a good place to hide out on Christmas. But even if you don't want to use its Prime cuts as an excuse to avoid your family, this is a Detroit must, right up there with Slows and the coney joints."

 

National Geographic 2017

"6 Unexpected Cities for the Food Lover"

"Wait, Detroit? Yes. The city better known as a center for automakers and manufacturing is revving its culinary motors.

Best Neighborhood for a Food Frenzy

The city’s oldest surviving neighborhood, Corktown (early immigrants were from County Cork, Ireland), is also one of its most vibrant. There are all types of eateries here, from breakfast joints to fine dining. Try the breakfast poutine on the patio at Brooklyn Street Local or the duck bop hash at Dime Store. For lunch, hit up Onassis Coney Island for Detroit’s classic Coney dog, a hot dog with chili sauce, onions, and mustard, or Slows Bar BQ for beef brisket and pulled pork. Once you’re hungry again, head to Katoi, a newish and trendy Southeast Asian spot. Try the khao soi kai curry noodle soup.

Best Neighborhoods for Ethnic Eats

Detroit has some of the best neighborhoods in the country when it comes to authentic ethnic eats. Greektown’s many tavernas serve up stuffed grape leaves, souvlaki, and moussaka with bracing pours of ouzo. New Partheno is a staple, and has been in business for more than 40 years. Hamtramck, just north of the city center, is a Polish enclave. Try Polish Village Cafe or Krakus for classic dishes like golabki (stuffed cabbage) and pierogi. The suburb of Dearborn has one of the largest proportions of Arab-Americans in the country, reflected in its restaurants. Al Ameer is popular for its shawarma, falafel, and hummus. (Sheeba and Hamido are worth checking out as well.)

Best Neighborhood for a Night Out

Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood has many bars and restaurants perfect for a nice night out. Grey Ghost (named after a local Prohibition rumrunner) offers unusual bites, like fried bologna on a waffle, and more traditional items, like dry-aged rib eye. La Feria is a popular tapas bar (don’t miss the fried squid), and Selden Standard is a farm-to-table favorite (salt cod fritters with sweet peppers are the standout)."

 

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