Its hard to believe but the Holidays are upon us, through the years many of my Clients and Customers have asked guidance for stores and services to help them Entertain over the Holidays in Harbor Country. Here is a list of my favorites that should help get you started.
For the finest Custom Cakes, Pastries and Cookies this Bakery ranks right up with the finest in Chicago.
Truffles Cake & Pastry Shoppe 909 Franklin Street, Michigan City 46360 T: 219-879-1233
Before you leave Michigan City you must visit Collins Caviar, the Owners previously lived and had their business in Chicago but just love harbor Country so they relocated. The Company makes their own Caviar's and ship Nationwide, they even make their own Blinis. Ask for a tour of the Kitchen it is fascinating. Great Caviar and unbelievably reasonable prices.
Collins Caviar Company, 113 York Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360 T: 219-809-8100
As you head north into New Buffalo and would prefer to not cook but at the same time pamper your Family and Friends with World Class Cuisine, do I have the place for you! Not only can you have multiple course meals prepared or stunning appetizers prepared for you but here you will also find a great selection of Imported French Cheese and Condiments to select from. The Owner is a Trained Professional Gourmet Chef and everything she turns out is just wonderful.
Dinners Ready, 424 East. Buffalo Street (Highway 12) New Buffalo, Michigan 49117 T: 269-469-1702
their web site; www.dinners-ready.com
Now that you have the meal, appetizers and dessert covered, head north to Union Pier. Here you will find the Wine Sellers, Jackie the owner is a previous professional Wine Taster for some very famous Wineries. She offers an eclectic selection of fine wines and Champagnes. Jackie travels to Europe many times a year and buys from very small Boutique Wineries, some you may never heard of but trust me she has never sold me a bottle that was not just fantastic. Jackie is also a real pro in assisting you in pairing Wine or Champagne for your occasions and meals.
The Wine Sellers, 16409 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier, Michigan 49129 T: 269-469-7566
Buy the Basics, If you want to cook the best fresh turkey you have ever tasted head north to Sawyer, Falatic's meat market , they bring in fresh, never frozen, not injected with saline just pure fresh local turkey's. If you have never had a totally fresh turkey you are in for a treat. Call ahead and get your registration number and pick-up date as these turkeys are brought fresh from the local farms and are in limited quantities. Enjoy!
Falatics Meat Market, 12236 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer, Michigan 49125 T:269-426-3224
To top off your Holiday Season you will need a Christmas Tree and there is nothing better than a fresh and fragrant Michigan Pine Tree. My favorite place is Dudecks, they are located by the 1000 North Corridor of Rolling Prairie. The drive is just beautiful with its rolling pastures and Equestrian Farms are almost like a snap shot of a Norman Rockwell painting. Once you arrive at Dudecks you have a choice to either choose from their daily cut trees displayed for purchase or you can do it the Old Fashioned way and take their Hay Ride into the tree groves and select and cut down your own Christmas Tree (tree saws provided), as you can imagine this is great fun for the kids. Back at the store you will find a great collection of Vintage inspired Christmas Decorations and Custom made Wreaths. The setting is wonderful and it really gets you in the Holiday spirit. From the free locally grown Hot Apple Cider, to the Old Fashioned Christmas Music to the greeting of Santa Claus I guarantee you will delight in this experience. Not to worry when your ready to leave they will bail you tree and help you tie it on to your vehicle. My trees I have bought from them have lasted more than a month and still would be fragrant and with soft needles, this is just a great place.
Dudecks Pine Country Nursery, 9255 North 300 East, Rolling Prairie, Indiana 46371 T:219-778-4805
After Dudecks if its around Dinner time just down the road is Heston Supper Club. The inside look is much like those Old Fashioned Wisconsin Supper Clubs that I think most of us have been in one of those in years past. Warm wood burning Fireplaces, Knotty Pine Walls, Old Fashioned Bar the total works. Their specialty is fine cuts of meat, the most popular is their slow roasted prime rib , it is really really good and if you are REALLY HUNGREY they sell up to a 40 ounce single serving Prime Rib Dinner, It is hard to believe someone could consume such a large portion but I have witnessed it more than a few times.
Heston Supper Club, 2003 East 1000 North, Laporte, Indiana 46350 T: 219-778-2938
In a year that many of us do not have a lot to Celebrate or Cheer about , these few great finds will certainly cheer you up and or fill you up. Happy Holidays to you, your Families and lucky guests, enjoy all the wonderful things Harbor Country has to offer. Live the Dream.
All the Best