Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Homestead Announces Administrative Reorganization; James Kuras Named VP

The Homestead is pleased to announce the appointment of James Kuras to the position of Vice President with responsibility for food and beverage, outdoor recreation, and health and wellness offerings. Kuras, who has been working at the resort since he was fourteen, holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, where he is currently pursuing an executive MBA.

His promotion is a part of a reorganization of the resort’s management structure that is designed to place ever-increasing emphasis on service quality and guest satisfaction. “As any parent would be my wife and I are pleased to see our son advance. His youthful energy and relentless focus on service will nicely complement the decades of experience our other officers have” said the President of the resort, Bob Kuras.

“James has proven himself in nearly fifteen years of work in different parts of our business,” said Jamie Jewell, Vice President of Sales, “everyone here is delighted that he will carry forward the values that have driven our business – family and nature – long into the future.

The Homestead is Northern Michigan’s largest waterfront resort community located in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, an area voted by viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America as the “Most Beautiful Place in America”. Along with its unmatched natural setting and miles of frontage on Lake Michigan and the Crystal River, the resort offers guest pools, tennis and golf in the summer; downhill and cross country skiing in the winter; and shops, restaurants, meeting centers and the luxurious new Spa Amira throughout all four seasons.

For more information, visit or call 231.334.5100. “Like” The Homestead on Facebook: and follow on Twitter at @TheHomesteadMI.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hudsonville Ice Cream to Sample Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream (Fri Oct 17 - Grand Rapids)

Join Ray Sierengowski from Hudsonville Ice Cream for a public sampling of the Limited Edition seasonal Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream flavor on Friday, October 17 from 1-3pm at the D&W at Knapp’s Corner, 2000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids. Chef Ray will also present unique ways to incorporate ice cream into other treats, taking the scoop out of the bowl or cone and adding it to unique recipe creations.

Michigan ranks #2 in the country for the number of pumpkins harvested each year, and the rich and creamy Pumpkin Pie flavor pays tribute to its place in the state’s overall agricultural industry. Served alone or as the a la mode to your favorite pie, this flavor returns to the freezer case just in time for holiday celebrations. With its traditional pumpkin pie flavors, and now with actual pieces of pie crust, this makes a wonderful compliment to your holiday dessert table.

Started in 1895 as a farmers’ cooperative, the Holland-based Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream is the largest manufacturer of branded ice cream in Michigan. For more than 80 years, this Midwest company has been producing its creamy, delicious ice cream – using many of its original flavors, while at the same time creating refreshing new recipes inspired by the Great Lakes.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Celebrate National Vodka Day (Saturday, October 4) with Michigan-Made Spirits

Saturday, October 4 is “National Vodka Day” and Michigan distilleries are proud to showcase their locally-crafted spirits in celebration!

Currently, several vodkas are made in the Great Lakes State, including:

• 28 Island Vodka – Two James Spirits, Detroit
• Apollo Horseradish Vodka – Northern Latitudes, Lake Leelanau
• Civilized Sakura Cherry Vodka – Civilized Spirits, Traverse City
• Civilized Vodka – Civilized Spirts, Traverse City
• Coppercraft Citrus Vodka – Coppercraft Distilling, Holland
• Coppercraft Vodka – Coppercraft Distilling, Holland
• Deer Camp Vodka – Northern Latitudes, Lake Leelanau
• DiVine Vodka – Round Barn Winery, Distillery & Brewery, Baroda
• Dutchess Vodka – New Holland Artisan Spirits, Holland
• Flat Lander’s Vodka – Flat Lander’s Barstillery, Grand Rapids
• Ice Dunes Vodka – Northern Latitudes, Lake Leelanau
• Grey Heron Vodka – St. Julian Winery, Paw Paw
• Old Mission Spirits Vodka – Old Mission Micro Distillery, Traverse City
• Red Arrow Vodka – Journeyman Distilling, Three Oaks
• Red Cedar Spirits Vodka – Red Cedar Spirits, East Lansing
• True North Vodka – Grand Traverse Distillery, Traverse City
• True North Cherry Flavored Vodka – Grand Traverse Distillery, Traverse City
• True North Chocolate Flavored Vodka – Grand Traverse Distillery, Traverse City
• True North Wheat Vodka - Grand Traverse Distillery, Traverse City
• Ugly Dog Bacon Vodka – Ugly Dog Distilling, Chelsea
• Ugly Dog Black Cherry Vodka – Ugly Dog Distilling, Chelsea
• Ugly Dog Raspberry Vodka – Ugly Dog Distilling, Chelsea
• Ugly Dog Vodka – Ugly Dog Distilling, Chelsea
• Ugly Dog Whipped Cream Vodka – Ugly Dog Distilling, Chelsea
• Valentine Vodka – Valentine Distilling, Ferndale
• White Blossom – Valentine Distilling, Ferndale

Michigan’s craft distilling industry is growing at a rapid pace – ranking #4 in the nation in terms of overall number of distilleries (behind California, Oregon and Washington). To help unify the interests of the more than two dozen Michigan distilleries, the non-profit Michigan Craft Distillers Association was formed in 2014 to market the individual member businesses, their products and events, but also help bring a voice for the industry when it comes to legislative issues that affect the overall beverage industry.

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