How to put a Local Twist on a Tourist Attraction: Wine Tasting Edition

Living in Northern Michigan means wine tasting is a regular occurrence. There are eight magnificent wineries on Old Mission Peninsula and 25 on Leelanau Peninsula with more cropping up all the time. That is 33 different wineries to choose from, all of which offer unique tastes on what makes northern Michigan wine great. The season of […]

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Royal Oak


After a successful first year at their original Shelby Township location, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room has officially opened the doors on a second location in Royal Oak. A venture from the founders of the Michigan By The Bottle website (an online community which promotes the Michigan wine industry), the Royal Oak tasting room […]

Letter from the Editor: It’s Autumn?!

Hey y’all, I’m honestly not sure where the time has gone. Between planning a mega-event that’s just a week and half away, working my regular job (albeit less than satisfactorily, according to my perfectionism), and forgetting to eat (which I do even when I’m not this busy), my last few months have been a whirlwind. […]

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the Fall Colors in Jackson

Fall colors seem to be coming early this year and if we can’t stop the coming of fall, we might as well enjoy it! You can experience Jackson’s fall colors from the comfort of your car, with your own two feet, on a bike or by kayak. There are many opportunities to enjoy nature in […]

Restaurant Week and Grand Rapids are a Perfect Pair

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014 will be back and better than ever during the peak of the summer harvest in West Michigan. Featuring 12 days of unique, local, 3-course menus at over 60 restaurants from Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 24, this event is looking to be a must have experience in GR. Each year there is a […]

The Festival of the Summer: Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Summertime in Traverse City–is there anything better? Add 150 different wines, live music, delicious food, and beautiful art? I think that’s called heaven, my friends. The 2014 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival will take place on Saturday, June 21 and will feature the best wine, music, food, and art the Mitten has to offer. Now […]

Letter from the Editor: Leaving the Terrible Twos Behind

Letter from the Editor June 2014- The Awesome Mitten

Michigangsters, We did it! On June 6th, this publication will turn three. Our second year was full of highs, lows, transitions, and excitement, but we’re toddling along into this next year with full force. I am currently sitting at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, feeling overwhelmed and inspired by the Mackinac Policy Conference. More […]

Positively Loving Patios in Grand Rapids

It’s something resembling spring or summer in Grand Rapids! There’s nothing better than getting done with work, school, errands or meetings and being able to sit outside. Maybe you sip a beer, maybe you snack, maybe you play cards with loved ones.  Whatever you choose, it’s better on a patio, I assure you!  I scouted […]

Letter from the Editor: It’s Gonna Be May

My dear Michiganders, It’s really happened; the snow has begun to melt. For most of you, actually, the snow is completely gone… unfortunately, us northerners are still sitting on pockets of dirty slush that seems determined to last through the summer. The good news is: I can actually leave the house without a jacket (sometimes)! […]

Letter from the Editor: Endless Winter

Dearest Michiganders, A word to the wise: the best way to shake these endless winter blues is to sweat. A lot. I’ve been up in the gym just workin’ on my fitness this month, folks, and I must say that it’s working wonders for my mood. It helps me smile through all the grayness and […]

The Bird & The Bread

The Bird & The Bread

In February, the much anticipated (by me and many others) The Bird & The Bread officially opened on South Old Woodward in Downtown Birmingham. The fledgling restaurant is a concept of the Jonna family; the name, in fact, was born out of owner Kristin Jonna’s father’s nicknames for her twins. The Jonna family are also […]

Celebrate Michigan’s 177th with your own Michigan Birthday Party!

Here at the Awesome Mitten, we never turn down the chance to throw a good party. We’ve been planning and prepping for months to bring you these suggestions for your own Michigan Birthday Party! Follow along to see what food, drink, and fun we had at our mock party in December and then schedule your […]

Pairing the Mitten

Are you a Michigan vinophile? Self-described local food connoisseur? Lover of all things Michigan? Since you’re on the Awesome Mitten, it’s probably a safe bet that you answered “Yes!” to at least one of those questions. If so, Pairing the Mitten is a can’t miss event. Though we may be a few months from enjoying […]

Letter from the Editor: there’s no place like Michigan for the holidays

Dear Readers, The holiday season is upon us! Up here in the great white north, I’ve broken out my Sorel boots, Baabaazuzu fingerless mittens (which I picked up at their 20th anniversary party just last week!), and a whole slew of winter coats, accessories, and toys. I’m looking forward to getting out on the trails […]

Giving Thanks for Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food

This weekend is an important one, friends. It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, which means two things—it’s the last weekend of peace and quiet before family chaos, and it’s the last weekend to pre-stretch your stomach for upcoming turkey feasts. The Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival falls at a perfect time, when you […]


As a girl who loves food, but whose budget allows for dining out only once in a great while, I don’t often make it into fine dining restaurants. Which means when I do have the opportunity to dine in a glamorous, upscale establishment, I often feel incredibly out of place. Not so with Ann Arbor’s Vinology. […]

6th Annual International Wine, Beer, & Food Festival

Nearly 2 acres of wine, beer, and food all in one location downtown? That’s right it’s back! The DeVos Place will again play host to the 6th annual International Wine, Beer & Food Festival November 21-23, 2013. Over 100 distinguished wineries, distilleries and breweries will provide samples of the best they have to offer. Attendees […]

Letter from the Editor: July, July!

Dear Readers, As a northern Michigander, July tends to rank within my favorite months. The skies are almost always blue, the water is finally warm enough for my daily swim, local berries and greens are in major supply, and I always know how to avoid the Traverse City tourists when I want to. I also […]

The Rattlesnake Club

Walking up to the Rattlesnake Club is breathtaking. Located in Stroh’s 300 River Place Building on the Detroit River with fantastic views of the sun setting behind the city, approaching this venue creates excitement and anticipation for guests from the moment they arrive. Michigan Wine Showcase The Rattlesnake Club is fabulously famous for throwing extraordinary […]

Detroit Restaurant Week: The Whitney

As you may have read earlier this week, Detroit Restaurant Week is fast approaching. And while the enormous line-up may be a source of excitement for some, for those of us who consider ourselves sub-par decision makers, the list seems daunting. Staring at so many amazing choices, I find myself wondering how to choose. If […]

April is Michigan Wine Month

Michigan Wine - The Awesome Mitten

Michigan wine drinkers rejoice!  Governor Rick Snyder has declared April “Michigan Wine Month,” so grab a glass, pop the cork on your favorite Michigan wine, and join us in celebrating!  The governor’s decision is meant to honor the wine industry’s increasing contribution to the state’s economy; just this past year, Michigan wine sales have increased […]

Che Bello: Designers and Drinks

Che Bello is an uncommon shopping destination for more than one reason. Not only does the boutique carry only several pieces of one style, thus ensuring your fashion taste is as unique as you are, but because of the shop’s liquor license, you’re free to peruse the trendy apparel while sipping beer or wine. Sounds […]

Michigan by the Bottle’s New Tasting Room

The Awesome Mitten - Michigan by the Bottle's New Tasting Room

Get excited, wine enthusiasts! Michigan by the Bottle is bringing something to Shelby Township that the Mitten State has never had the good fortune to experience before; a tasting room including wines from six different wineries. Wines from Chateau Aeronautique, Chateau de Leelanau, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery, Peninsula Cellars, and Sandhill […]

The Blue Tractor Expansion

The Awesome Mitten - The Blue Tractor Expansion

Just when you didn’t think it was possible, Ann Arbor gets even better. The Blue Tractor, located on East Washington Street, opened in 2008 and has been such a hit that a $50,000 renovation and expansion was necessary to hold the ever-increasing clientele. Not only was the restaurant portion of the Blue Tractor expanded, but […]

CRUSH Birmingham

CRUSH Birmingham - The Awesome Mitten

One of the best ways to kick off the fall season is this year’s CRUSH Birmingham on September 22nd. With an extensive group of honored guests, including honorary wine personality, Bartholomew Broadbent, and honorary executive chef, Brian Polycn, it is guaranteed to be a night full of delicious wine and food pairings. CRUSH Michigan events […]