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Press Release – 3rd Annual Wine & Beer Dinner Series at Salt of the Eart

January 5, 2012

From a Promote Michigan press release……

Salt of the Earth Announces 3rd Annual Michigan Wine & Beer Dinner Series


(FENNVILLE, Mich) – In what has become a wildly-popular winter/spring tradition, West Michigan’s Salt of the Earth announces its third-annual monthly Michigan Wine & Beer Dinner Series at its downtown Fennville rustic American eatery, starting on January 11 and running through June 20.


“We’re excited to continue this unique experience where we showcase the finest Michigan beverages paired with our own style of casual cuisine,” says proprietor Mark Schrock. “Winemakers and brewers are present at each event, along with a very special lineup of guest chefs from around the state. We invite you to come celebrate the best of Michigan food and beverage with us!”


The 2012 series will span six months and feature Michigan wineries and breweries exclusively. Multiple courses will be served at each event, paired with the best from each producer. Many taste selections are from wine and beer maker’s personal cellars that are not always available to the public. A “Guest Chef” will also join SotE Chef Matthew Pietsch in the kitchen to prepare the evening’s locally-infused menu.


The series kicks off on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00PM when the SotE team – along with Chef Drew Turnipseed from Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids – will prepare its first “Wine Meets Beer” themed dinner – a double-tasting, featuring wines from nearby Fenn Valley Vineyards and beer from Grand Rapids’ Brewery Vivant. The five-course menu includes: Course 1 – Salt / Vivant Cured Meats (pork – venison – lamb – beer wort); Course 2 – Soup & Salad (peach – turnip – rye – poppyseed); Course 3 – Swedish Chef (char – potato – beef – parsnip – smoke); Course 4 – Duck, Duck, Goose (confit – roast – poach – squash); and Course 5 – Doughnuts! (sour cream – yeast leavened – cake). Cost is $65 plus tax & gratuity. Reservations are required, call 269-561-SALT (7258).

2012 SotE Michigan Wine & Beer Series Schedule


Wednesday January 11

“Wine Meets Beer”

Double tasting event with Fenn Valley Winery and Brewery Vivant and five courses.

Winemaker: Doug Welsch | Brewer: Jason Spaulding | Guest Chef: Drew Turnipseed, Brewery Vivant $65

Wednesday February 8

“Rustic Bubbles- v2”

L. Mawby/M.Lawrence

Michigan sparkling wines, with appetizers and canapés.

Winemaker: Mike Laing | Guest Chef: Jesse Hahn, Trailer Park’d & Fork in the Road restaurant $45

Wednesday March 14

Jolly Pumpkin & North Peak Beer Dinner

Wednesday April 18

“WOMP Wine Dinner”

Seven Old Mission wineries, seven courses!

Wednesday May 16

Founders Beer Dinner”

Wednesday June 20

Wyncroft Summer Wine Dinner”

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