• Build Your Team’s Esprit de Corps at Black Star Farms

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

Nothing brings people together better than food. So if team-building is your goal, consider taking your team Black Star Farms to bond over beautiful views and delicious wine and food. 

Not only is the Black Star property a luxurious getaway, it also has large meeting spaces, making it an excellent destination for a team meeting or retreat. Possible activities include cooking demos, cooking competitions, create-your-own-wine-blend classes and blind-tasting competitions.

Executive Chef Cole Thorton instructs the cooking classes, demonstrating various recipes and techniques while providing hands-on instructions. Thorton enjoys using seasonal ingredients, and typically changes the class every month to keep recipes timely. However, Black Star Farms will work with corporate groups to customize the classes to reflect each team’s tastes and interests.

Such classes can be a great way to gain insights into how your team prefers to work— whether they like to jump right into the action or simply observe, cooking classes will provide a new perspective on how to engage and approach your team.

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

Laingsburg

 

After 36 years as director of the CVB, Peter Fitzsimons is retiring. By Shelley Levitt

In 1985, Peter Fitzsimons, a former hotel general manager, became the executive director of the newly formed Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. He never left. In June, the 73-year-old Detroit native announced that he’d be stepping down from the role at the end of the year. 

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The Winery at Black Star Farms is widely admired for the award-winning wines produced from its 160-acre vineyards on both the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas. Now, the Black Star Farms is gaining kudos for its fruit-based brandies, too. At the 15th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, held in Grand Rapids on July 28-30, Black Farm’s Spirit of Pear earned first place in the “spirits” division of the competition while its Spirit of Apple took third place.