Posted by: Kath Usitalo | November 17, 2010

Pure Michigan Treats For Turkey Day

Record-breaking Michigan turkey on display at Cabela's, Dundee

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving Dinner or are going over the river and through the woods to feast at someone else’s home on November 25, you can add a taste of the Great Lakes State to the meal with made-in-Michigan goodies.


Toast your blessings with FIZZ

Here’s a sampling of items you may find in a local market or can purchase (if you hurry) online:

L. Mawby Sparkling Wines: Michigan’s growing wine industry offers lots of variety and increased availability so you don’t have to travel to the vineyards and tasting rooms to purchase your reds, whites, or dessert wines or bubbly (although that’s not a bad option). We like FIZZ ($13) from L. Mawby Vineyards which, like the other wines under the L. Mawby and M. Lawrence labels, are made from grapes grown on the Leelanau Peninsula. You can even order them online. For more local wines check out the Michigan Wine Industry website.


American Spoon Foods: The Petoskey-based source for the flavor of farm goodness offers ideas for using their preserves, fruit butter, salsas, dried fruits and nuts, vinaigrettes and other foods in appetizers like Brie & Fig Conserve Baked in Puff Pastry, turkey stuffing with the zip of dried red tart cherries, or Bibb Lettuce Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette.

Blueberry Haven: Locally grown berries go into the specialty foods made by this Grand Haven company. Put out a dish of the Havenlicious Snack Mix or Chocolate Covered Blueberries, or serve blueberry scones with blueberry coffee to holiday weekend guests. Products are available at a handful of West Michigan retailers or online.

Blueberry Haven's chocolate covered berries

Zingerman’s: You can buy bread, cheese, nuts, pies and more from this landmark Ann Arbor food emporium, but if you have to limit yourself to one treat try the  Thanksgiving Gelato, which incorporates local ingredients from Calder Dairy milk to Michigan maple syrup (six 12-oz. cups, $75). It’s pricey, but hey, it’s made authentically in small batches with equipment from Italy. The assortment includes Harvest Pumpkin, Paw Paw, Maple Pecan, Dark Chocolate, Roadhouse Vanilla, and Cinnamon, and must be shipped overnight.

Munchies: If you’re going to serve chips and dip before the big meal, make ’em Better Made Potato Chips, a Detroit institution since 1930. And don’t forget the nuts—the relatives will love the locally roasted signature goodies from Germack Pistachio Co.

Paramount Coffee: You’ve got to pour freshly brewed coffee with the pumpkin or apple pie, so choose the java that’s been roasted in Michigan since 1935. Paramount Coffee is based in Lansing and offers 100 varieties of Joe (one called Joe), from plain beans to holiday and limited edition flavors including Caramel Apple, Mocha Mint, and Peppermint Kisses. Find it in stores or order at

Coffee roasted in Michigan

Gobble, Gobble!


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