It is no secret that Mission Table – formerly known as Bowers Harbor Inn – is one of the most historic and haunted sites in Northern Michigan. Genevive Stickney – the wife of lumber baron J. W. Stickney – is said to walk the halls still consumed with sorrow after a torrid love affair between his wife and her nurse pushed her to hang herself in the mansion’s elevator shaft.
Over the years, Genevive has remained a continuous guest at the home-turned-restaurant – a prisoner among the walls that once confined her to a life ending in sadness and misery. Lights have been known to suddenly turn on, mirrors and paintings have fallen off walls, guests have reported a blurry female apparition in vacation photos. There’s even a report of the elevator starting up by itself in the middle of the night. The ghost of Genevive has been featured in several books and her antics have even appeared on the television show, “Unsolved Mysteries.” *
You are invited to investigate this historic haunt yourself. Join Head Chef Paul Olson, winemaker Cornel Olivier and partner Chris Baldyga from 2Lads Winery, and the staff at Mission Table, along with local “ghost whisperer” Tammy Schuster, for a possibly paranormal culinary experience at “Dinner with Genevive” on Saturday, October 30.
The evening begins with a reception at 6:30pm, followed by an elegant four-course locally-infused dinner – paired with award-winning wines from nearby 2 Lads Winery – beginning at 7pm. This year’s menu includes:
• Pan seared diver sea scallops
Cippolini onions, baby Brussel sprouts, pancetta, Old Mission apples, pea shoots
Paired with2 Lads Pinot Grigio
• Black pepper gnocchi
Duck confit, maytag bleu cheese, cream, spiced walnuts, crispy parsnips
Paired with 2 Lads Rose
• Buffalo short ribs
Cabernet Franc braised, pork belly, celeriac puree, Werp farms baby vegetables, braising jus
Paired with 2 Lads Cabernet Franc
• Pumpkin ice cream
Handmade by Jehni O, with ginger snap tuile, cream cheese frosting and vanilla sauce
Paired with 2 Lads Pinot Noir
Cost is $60 per person (plus tax/gratuity) and is limited to the first 60 individuals. To make reservations, call (231) 223-4222
The northernmost winery on the Old Mission Peninsula, 2 Lads boasts a 10,500 square foot modern winery and tasting room, with 22 acres of established vineyards in three separate blocks. Specializing in cool climate red and sparkling wines, 2 Lads also offers small runs of white to round out the lot. Sustainably farming the vineyards is paramount to the health of the soil, vines and grapes at 2 Lads Winery.
Mission Table proudly serves the crafted products from Northern United Brewing Co., which encompasses the North Peak, Grizzly Peak and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales craft beer brands, as well as the soon-to-be-released Civilized line of spirits. All of the beers and spirits under these brands are produced at either the new 5600-square-foot facility on Old Mission Peninsula adjacent to Mission Table (former Bowers Harbor Inn) restaurant or at the original Jolly Pumpkin facility in Dexter.
NUBC’s philosophy focuses on a dedication to conservation, inspiration and locally sustainable practices. Find NUBC products at stores, restaurants, and bars all throughout Michigan, including: North Peak Brewing Company, Mission Table and Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, all in Traverse City; Jolly Pumpkin and Grizzly Peak, in Ann Arbor.
*FOR MORE ON THE HISTORY OF GENEVIVE’S GHOST: www.missiontable.net/legend
For more about Tammy Schuster, check out this article in Northern Express from 2009: