Bavarian Inn Celebrates Fine Food Michigan Style

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May 7, 2013 - PRLog -- The Bavarian Inn Restaurant ( invites diners to celebrate tasty home-grown products from across the state at its “Purely Michigan Dinner” May 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Suppliers from nearly a dozen Michigan cities and waterways are contributing to this festival of foods, including farms, fisheries and wineries.  

“We’ve created a menu second to none,” says Bill Zehnder, president of Bavarian Inn Restaurant. “You needn’t travel to Paris or New York for an extraordinary culinary experience. Our chefs have created delicious food and beverage pairings that will delight even the most sophisticated palate. And the best part is we’re showcasing all Michigan products.”

Bavarian Inn is hosting this special event to highlight the excellence of the state’s premier food and beverage artisans from cities around the state, including Traverse City, Bay City, Imlay City and Spring Lake. Bavarian Inn uses more “Pure Michigan” products than most other places in the country, including the items it manufactures and sells in its gift shops and online.

“People ask all the time what they can do to help the state’s bottom line,” says Zehnder. “The answer is easy: Buy Michigan. Everything produced in our state is on par or superior to what you’ll find around the world. Why purchase a peach from Georgia or a steak from Australia that spends half its life on an airplane or railcar? Buying local is great for the environment, great for the economy and great for Michigan families.”

With six separate courses, the Purely Michigan Dinner menu offers something for everyone. Diners will feast on Pulled Pork Bocadillo Pintxo layered with Peaches & Pickled Red Onions, Creamy Roasted Onion Soup, Crispy Michigan Bluegill served over Arugula with a Hard Cider & Stone-Ground Mustard Vinaigrette, Turkey Schnitzel with Morel Mushroom Sauce and Homegrown Rhubarb-Cherry Kuchen with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Glasses of aromatic Michigan wines will accompany three of the courses.  

In addition to delicious food and drinks, guests will delight in stories from Norm Tanis representing the Willow Row Farm in Imlay City and Ray VanDriessche from Michigan Sugar Company in Bay City.  Also addressing diners are Bavarian Inn’s Bill Zehnder and Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch.  

Zehnder encourages people to educate themselves and seek out products that are locally produced. “Consumers can directly and positively grow our state’s economy by purchasing Michigan made and Michigan grown products,” he says. “It keeps the state’s residents working and spending, and our businesses thriving and hiring. It makes good sense all around.”

Reservations are required for the evening and can be made at 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. The price is $55 per person which includes dinner, tax, gratuity and featured beverages.  

About Bavarian Inn

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality and old-world European charm – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn, Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus (, Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop (, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge. Learn more at
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