Tequila's Temptation

Leave the lime and salt at home and join us for an evening filled with tequila! While we won't use shot glasses, we will spend the evening sipping this elegant elixir. Talk about a whole new experience! Discover the history, process and styles of Mexico's national spirit. From silky silver to aged anjeo, tequila is better than ever. Learn to detect the difference in six renditions of this fascinating beverage and leave with a whole new persepective on this very popular libation.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

$45 per person

The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

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Cinco de Mayo

Bring the flavors of Mexico right to your front door, with this fun cooking class. Chef Frank shows you how to put a fun twist on some of your favorite Mexican dishes. His Torilla Soup will heat you up quicker than the sun in Mexico!

Friday, May 5
6:30—8:30pm

Menu

Cherry lime and white hominy tortilla soup
Not your typical tortilla soup — this dish is light and refreshing! A great start to kick-off a Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Sopes
Little homemade masa harina boats with quesa fresca, guajillo chili, pulled chicken, and tomatillo verde sauce

Mexican pan fish
Cilantro seared cod fish served with Aztecian red quinoa and lemon rosemary zucchini

$45 per person
Pricing includes full coursed meal with wine pairings, and a cooking demonstration.

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Marvelous Michigan Wine

May is Michigan Wine Month and we insist on celebrating its world class wines from over 100 wineries! In this class, you will discover the wine trails of our Great Lakes state while enjoying what we consider to be some pretty stellar wines. Whether you enjoy sparkling, white, red, or even dessert wine, we've got you covered! Delicious light fare will be provided.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

$35 per person

The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

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Fire Up the Grill

Are your grilling recipes in ashes? Are you feeling burnt out on hot dogs and hamburgers? Rekindle your BBQ passion with this cooking class! Chef Frank will light up the grill right outside on the terrace, and walk you through a summer meal you won’t forget.

Tuesday, June 6
6:30—8:30pm

Menu

Grilled shiitake and spring asparagus salad
Hearts of palm, marcona almonds, manchego cheese, and low-sodium citrus vinaigrette

Brandy wine tomato carpaccio
Ripe Alger farms brandy wine tomatoes, Detroit Street brick cheese from Zingerman's, parsley vinaigrette, and roasted sweet cipollini onions

Grilled free-range chicken
Put a twist in your BBQ recipe book with Chef Frank's Traverse City cherry barbecue sauce

Blueberry delight
Agave cured blueberries, homemade lemon curd, lady fingers

$45 per person
Pricing includes full coursed meal with wine pairings, and a cooking demonstration.

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ABC — Anything But Chardonnay

A bit bored with Chardonnays? From crisp and zesty to smooth and silky you'll enjoy a wide range of white wines from all over the globe. Discover six mouth-watering alternatives to Chardonnay! You'll be amazed at the variety of white wines available for summer sipping. Light fare provided.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

$35 per person

The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

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Vodka Varieties

Yes, vodka varies, a lot! Experience 6 very different versions of the most popular spirit on the planet. Learn what makes each vodka unique and why they have such distinctive flavors. You'll be surprised at the differences once you're an expert!  Light fare provided.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

$45 per person

The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

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The Big Three of White Wine Grapes

Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are the most popular white grapes. You'll enjoy two expressions (total of six wines) of each grape while learning why the same grape can taste so different! New world and old world versions will be compared and contrasted in a fun and informative way. Light fare provided.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

$35 per person

The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

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The Joys of Gin

Have you ever wondered what really goes into making your martini? Originally used as medicine, gin is a unique drink. Learn about the different styles of this juniper berry beverage while sampling six different gins. The differences will astound you! Light fare provided.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

$45 per person

The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

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