There's a chill in the air, but there are plenty of places to warm up with great culinary experiences. Michigan's culinary menu is full year round with wine and food pairing events, festivals, foodie tours and cooking classes for all levels of expertise.
Shake off the winter blues at Saugatuck's Wickwood Inn on Michigan's west coast. Author of the popular Silver Palate cookbooks, Julee Rosso, is the owner of this charming B & B and offers weekend cooking classes. Reservations fill up fast and the next round of classes are scheduled for April 1-2--so sign-up soon. Rosso also conducts vintage champagne tastings every Saturday following a sumptuous brunch.
Saugatuck's Kirby House Inn also offers culinary get-away packages with cooking classes that gets dinner on the table at the inn plus tips for wine selection, serving and garnishing. Plan ahead for a special weekend April 15-16 when the Kirby House Inn serves up the Last Dinner Aboard the Titanic -- no cooking for guests, just a seven-course gourmet dinner and more.
West Michigan offers even more culinary destinations with Kalamazoo's People's Food Co-op, or the city's new Kurry Guru Kitchen,which hosts cooking demonstrations.
Michigan has 14,600 acres of vineyards making it the fourth largest grape-growing state in the country. With more than 80 wineries and vineyards, visitors can enjoy wine tours and events during every season. The award-winning Chateau Chantal on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City offers international cooking classes as well as tours and B & B packages. You don't have to be a lodging guest to sign up for a class.
Foodies who visit southeastern Michigan can't get enough of Ann Arbor's Zingerman's Deli and Bakehouse. For more than 25 years Zingerman's has been serving up great food and has been recognized for its culinary expertise by NBC's Today Show, New York Times, Inc. magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Bon Appetit and more. This Michigan treasure offers a culinary program called BAKE! and BAKE-cations, which are weeklong and weekend cooking classes that include breakfast and lunch every day. Classes sell out fast and novices are most welcome.