Enjoyed your stop at Shady Lane Cellars during Sips and Soups 2017, or just looking for a new recipe to cozy up to this winter? Check out our Roasted Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup from this past weekend!
It is hard to put this season in perspective without framing it with the hardships and challenges of 2014 and 2015. It was as if nature herself knew it was time to ease up, and push on. We emerged out of what had been two of the most challenging, and lowest yielding harvests in 25 years at Shady Lane Cellars to what may have been the largest ever for our winery. Led by owner Richard Fortune, 2016 was about making connections with our guests, to this place, to our people, and with our wine. Everything handcrafted and cultivated, from the ground up.
We are fast approaching that time of year…yes folks, family, food, fun…and oh yeah, opinions about everything…it’s the holidays! We love the holidays because it’s the time of year that brings people together, friends and family in particular. We laugh, drink and eat. We host parties, we go to parties and spend meaningful time together…and this is no reason to let our wine suffer!
Established by Mr. Richard Fortune in 2012, Hennessy Harbor Vineyard is the sister vineyard to Shady Lane Cellars Estate Vineyard. The site, which is named for Mr. Fortune’s Mother, Jane Hennessy Fortune and pays homage to her deep roots in the region. Mrs. Fortune first experienced Northern Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula in 1937, and it became a fixture of her family’s summers ever since.
Roast chicken is one of my favorite things. Simple, yet flavorful it is a versatile and comfortable meal sure to please a variety of palates. And what better compliment to it, than Shady Lane Cellars hard apple cider. Check out the recipe below for a great Cider brined roast chicken that packs a powerful burst of flavor.
Traverse City, MI – Nestled on the main thoroughfare that is Front Street, in Traverse City, MI, Shady Lane Cellars has teamed up with Grand Traverse Distillery to open a tasting room in the heart of Michigan’s favorite northern destination.
Whether you made it to the Small Plates event this year, or missed it, check out this great recipe for a delicious Pork Tostada served with jicama slaw, roasted corn and black bean salsa and grilled pineapple. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next party!
Lastly, and most importantly have fun! If you have fun, your guests will have fun, and come on, that’s why you decided to do this in the first place. As the host you set the tone for your event. So this summer, take charge, plan ahead, invite your friends and make some memories because that is what life is all about!
You’ve taken the time to invite your friends over, prepare food and beverages, the space you are hosting in should feel like it was meant for the party. Take some time to put out any tables and chairs you might be using and set-up the bar. If you need to clean, do it a day or two in advance so the morning of you are not rushed. Using some candles and table cloths adds a nice element of sophistication. Don’t forget to pick up a small bouquet of flowers, or pull from your own garden, a simple centerpiece goes a long way.
As you plan, make sure to include a beverage plan, and know your guests’ preferences. Think about what you would like to provide (Beer and Wine is always a safe bet) and make sure you have enough for everyone, and enough to last. You also don’t want to encourage anyone to over-imbibe, but you want your guests to have a good time.
Think about what you would like to serve and write it out. Make a list of all the dishes you would like, and their ingredients. Shop in advance and prepare as much as you can ahead of time. Choosing dishes that can be prepared in advance will help you work less and enjoy the party more. Check the recipes below for some quick and easy crowd pleasers that can be prepared in advance.
Memorial Day kicks off the summer season Up North, and my favorite thing to do in the summer is entertain. Breaking bread (and drinking wine) with friends and family is a great way to stay connected, have fun and build memories. But cookouts aren’t just about hosting, it’s important to make sure you can be just as much a guest as the host. Stay tuned for great tips and some awesome recipes coming your way!
Everyone I know has a fond childhood memory of Pigs in a Blanket (it may still be my wife’s favorite guilty pleasure!). Those sweet juicy little sausages wrapped in soft, chewy yeast rolls were a necessity at any and all childhood birthday parties. For an easy, fresh and healthy upgrade, try this great recipe for Asparagus Pigs in Blanket.