Category Archive: Farm to Table

  1. Cocktail Corner | Heirloom Tomato Margarita recipe

    September 13, 2017

    Heirloom Tomato Margarita | Epicure Catering | Farm to Table Catering | Fall CocktailAnother tasty creation from on-staff Sommelier Emily Jo Larkin, this Heirloom Tomato Margarita uses peak season heirloom tomatoes and fennel seeds to create a dynamic flavor combination. The tomato water is a subtle yet delicious way to incorporate one of our favorite fruits of summer. We hope you enjoy this drink as much as we do. Enjoy! 

    Heirloom Tomato Margarita

    Note: This recipe is for 1 cocktail. Simply scale up as needed.

    2 oz                 Silver Tequila

    2-3 oz              Heirloom tomato water (recipe below)

    ½ oz                Fresh squeezed lime juice

    1 t.                    Agave syrup

    Ice

    Fennel Salt (recipe below) & lime wedge for rim

    Method:  Use lime to wet rim of each glass. Dip wet glass edge onto a small plate containing the fennel salt. Combine tequila with tomato water, lime juice and agave in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into fennel-salt rimmed glassware. Serve & Enjoy!

     


    Heirloom Tomato Water

    Pulse 4 medium red heirloom tomatoes in a blender until they are a rough puree.

    Strain with fine strainer or multiple layers of cheesecloth. Discard solids. Will keep one day but is best if used immediately. This amount will make 2 cocktails.

    Fennel Salt

    Use equal parts salt to fennel seed. Dry roast the fennel seeds in a saute pan over medium heat to release the oil, then add seeds to mortar or coffee grinder. Grind till almost the consistency of coarse salt, add Maldon sea salt to the seeds and finish pulverizing until a uniform consistency is reached. Store in an airtight jar.

     

    Heirloom Tomato Margarita | Epicure Catering | Farm to Table Catering | Fall Cocktail

    Heirloom Tomato Margarita | Epicure Catering | Farm to Table Catering | Fall Cocktail

    Heirloom Tomato Margarita | Epicure Catering | Farm to Table Catering | Fall Cocktail

     

  2. The Farm Dinner Wedding of JaCinda and Joe

    August 21, 2017

    Images by Dan Stewart Photography
    Omena, MI Farm Wedding Venue | Cherry Basket Farm | Epicure Catering | Sunflower Wedding Bouquet

    We loved collaborating on the farm dinner wedding of JaCinda & Joe. This sweet couple couldn’t have been more easygoing and lovely! This 25 person wedding was the essence of intimate, with the guest list consisting of close family and friends. JaCinda & Joe wanted good food & drink in a beautiful setting, which is right in our wheelhouse! JaCinda provided a few words below for you lovely readers to peruse.

    Cheers to you, JaCinda & Joe!

    xoxox -cb


    What attracted you to Cherry Basket Farm?

    Magic – We weren’t looking for it, but it found us by accident (I was looking for a potential caterer, and found a location…).  It was actually the only place we visited for a potential site as we knew it was exactly what we wanted.

    How would you describe your style as a couple?

    Adventurous, Active, Happy-Go-Lucky, Michigan Loving

    What was the overall vibe and feel you wanted your guests to experience at the wedding?

    Intimate, Colorful, Decadent

    A relaxed day with family… where everyone would be comfortable being themselves.

    What were the most important elements of the big day?

    KISS – Keep it Simple & Sincere

    What advice would you give to engaged couples as they move through the planning process?

    Trust your vendors – they are the experts you hire, and you chose them for a reason.

    It only has to be a chaotic as you want it to be.

    Have fun – there’s no reason to stress.  I didn’t even have a dress/shoes until 4 days before.  Things will come together in time.


    For more images from this and other weddings at Cherry Basket Farm, please visit the galleries located on the bottom of our weddings page.

    Omena, MI Farm Wedding Venue | Cherry Basket Farm | Epicure Catering

    Omena, MI Farm Wedding Venue | Cherry Basket Farm | Epicure Catering

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    Florist:Field of Flowers North/Officiant: Brian Grace/Photographer: Dan Stewart Photography – Luke Norris/Attire: Her: Kate Spade, Him: Calvin Klein/Hair & Makeup: Pavlova Salon/Catering: Epicure Catering/Venue: Cherry Basket Farm

     

     

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  3. MK & Dave’s Farm-to-Table Barn Wedding at Cherry Basket Farm

    June 15, 2017

    All Images Courtesy Amy Carroll Photography

    Working with MK and Dave on their farm-to-table wedding was such a pleasure for me and our team at Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm.  MK’s warmth and her enthusiasm for our venue and her marriage to Dave were contagious! We enjoyed working with her to pull together all of the details as she coordinated and planned from her home in Brooklyn.  She and Dave wanted their wedding celebration to feel warm and inviting and they succeeded in achieving this through simple yet elegant decor and farm style seating.  Below, MK talks about her wedding day and all of the things that made it special.  Cheers to you, MK & Dave! XOXO

    Want more intel? The vendor team from this wedding is listed at the bottom of this post.  Thanks for stopping by!  – CB

    What attracted you to Cherry Basket Farm?

    EVERYTHING: The barn, the fields, the cherry trees, the food, the staff, and Cammie! The ambiance of the entire farm was what we were looking for.  It was such an added bonus that we loved working with Cammie and her team! They are beyond amazing; so professional and so helpful through every step of the process. We live in Brooklyn and planned the wedding remotely which was a challenge, but Cammie made everything so easy. I (MK, the bride) actually found Cherry Basket Farm through Instagram. I was up at my family cottage on Glen Lake during the summer of 2014. I was clicking through images tagged on Glen Lake, I somehow stumbled upon Amy Carroll’s Instagram account and she had just shot a wedding at the CBF. I became obsessed with it, stalking the CBF website, looking for pictures from other weddings. We did not get engaged for another year! But I just knew that is where we were meant to get married!

    How would you describe your style as a couple?

    Hmm tough question, modern, classic with an edgy twist

    What was the overall vibe and feel you wanted your guests to experience at the wedding?

    We wanted it to feel like an intimate dinner party. We wanted our guests to feel like they were a part of our family. I think we executed that vibe with the long tables with low floral arrangements, lots of votives, and an amazing, delicious seated dinner followed up with an epic dance party!  Everyone was a part of our family that day!

    What were the most important elements of the big day?

    The ambiance, the food, the wine and the band!

    What advice would you give to engaged couples as they move through the planning process?

    Go with your gut and try not overthink every detail. It can be stressful, so try and remember that no matter what you are going to have an amazing time.  Some good advice a friend told us was that on the day of the wedding, stop every few hours and look around, take a mental picture. Enjoy every second of it! It goes by so fast and you don’t get to relive it!

    Want to know more about this real wedding at Cherry Basket Farm? Vendors from this wedding are listed at the bottom of this post. For more weddings at the Cherry Basket Farm visit our Weddings page and scroll down to our Farm Wedding Portfolio. Thanks for stopping by! – CB

    Want more intel? The vendor team from this wedding is listed at the bottom of this post.  Thanks for stopping by!  – CB

    Coral Dahlia Bouquet | Farm to Table Wedding | Barn Venue | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Omena MI

    Succulent Boutineer | Epicure Catering | Cherry Basket Farm Omena MI

    Navy and Coral Wedding Decor | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Barn Wedding Venue Northern Michigan

    Wedding Dress | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Mother and Bride Wedding Dress | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Blue Wedding Shoes| Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Seating | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Seating | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Ceremony Floral Decor | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Flower Girl Flower Crown | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Bride | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Bride Walking Down Aisle | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Bride and Groom First Look | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Bride and Groom First Kiss | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Bride Family Photo | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Blush Bridesmaids Dresses | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Blush and Navy Bridal Party | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Blush Wedding Bouquet | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Beverage Dispensers | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Bride and Groom | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Bride and Groom | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Bride and Groom Dance | Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Farm to Table Wedding | Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm | Northern Michigan Barn Wedding Venue Omena MI

    Venue: Cherry Basket Farm / Caterer: Epicure Catering / Planner: Sarah Rhodes-Boyce from Sincerely, Ginger, Weddings / Florist: Kaci Muller from Damsel Floral / Entertainment: The Blue Water Kings / Decor: The bride’s mama! / Officiant: Stephen H. Shook (Bride’s Uncle) / Transportation: Celtic Transportation / Photographer: Amy Carroll Photography / Attire: Bride: Alexandra Grecco dress, Rue De Siene lace topper, J.Crew shoes. / Groom: J.Crew suit, Drakes London tie / Groomsmen: Michael Kors suits rented from Menguin, Drakes London ties / Bridesmaids: J.Crew dresses / Hair & Makeup: Hair by Cassie Harwood- Jacquet, Makeup by Onsite Bridal, Brenda Shuman

  4. An Evening for the Great Lakes to benefit FLOW

    June 1, 2017

    An Evening for the Great Lakes to benefit FLOW poster artwork by Jim Schuessler

    We are very excited about hosting An Evening for the Great Lakes to benefit FLOW.  Born from a desire to collaborate for good, this event lineup is sure to deliver a spectacular evening.

    The fundraising event An Evening for the Great Lakes to benefit FLOW will take place at our award winning historic event venue, Cherry Basket Farm, on Tuesday, July 18th 2017.

    To begin the evening, a delicious farm to table meal by Epicure Catering will be served along side locally produced wine from Baia Estate Leelanau and craft beer from Traverse City’s The Workshop Brewing Company.

    Readings by local water lovers author Mike Delp and celebrity chef Mario Batali will also be featured.

    To round out the evening, Grammy Winner Blake Mills will play a set in the barn. Some special guests may even sit in…

    In an effort to keep the evening intimate, only a small number of tickets will be available. We do hope you will join us for this unforgettable evening in support of a worthy cause. Tickets are available through MyNorthTickets, and will be available for purchase on June 9th.

    Here is a snippet about FLOW’s Mission:

    Our mission at FLOW is to protect the common waters of the Great Lakes Basin through public trust solutions. As the Great Lakes Basin’s only public trust policy and education center, we demonstrate how policies like the public trust and commons can provide an overarching policy framework that empowers decision-makers to safeguard 20 percent of the world’s fresh water.

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    A huge thank you to Jeremy Turner, who initiated the collaborative effort to bring this event to life, and to graphic designer Jim Schuessler, who created all the artwork for the event.

  5. Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm to Host Zingerman’s Food Tour

    March 8, 2017

    Photos courtesy of Weber Photographers 

    Zingerman’s Great American Food Tour is returning to the Grand Traverse Bay region and we are thrilled at the opportunity to welcome travelers to the Cherry Basket Farm for the second year in a row.

    The Cherry Basket Farm stop includes the following:
    • A tour of  the historical Cherry Basket Farm barns and outbuildings with Cammie Buehler of Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm
    • A cheese history and tasting with Boss Mouse Cheese owner and cheesemaker Sue Kurta
    • A tour of the Cherry Basket Farm fields and discussion of farming with grower Nic Welty, owner of 9 Bean Rows Farm and Bakery
    • A tour of Epicure Catering’s indoor and outdoor kitchen with chef and co-owner Andy Schudlich.
    • The culmination of the tour is a farm to table meal served alfresco (weather permitting).
     This food tour begins Friday, June 9th and concludes June 11th, with the Cherry Basket stop on Sunday, June 11th.  To learn more about the Grand Traverse Bay tour including other stops, lodging, and ticket availability please visit zingermansfoodtours.com
    The following photos are from the 2016 Zingerman’s Food Tour at Cherry Basket Farm.
    Epicure Catering Commissary at Cherry Basket Farm
    Zingerman's Food Tour Epicure Catering Cherry Basket Farm Bouquet
    Zingerman's Food Tour Charcuterie Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm
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    Cherry Basket Farm Historical Barn
    Cammie Buehler Epicure Catering Zingerman's Farm Tour
    Zingerman's Food Tour Group Cherry Basket Farm
    Historic Cherry Basket Farm Barn Omena
    Nic Welty of 9 Bean Rows in Cherry Basket Farm Field
    Cooking Channel Man Fire Food Fire Pit
    Farm Table Setting Epicure Catering
    Farm Table Setting Epicure Catering Zingerman's Food Tour
    Farm to Table Dinner Wine Pairings Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm
    Farm to Table Dinner Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm
    Zingerman's Food Tour Epicure Catering Farm to Table Dinner
    Zingerman's Food Tour Farm to Table Dinner Epicure Catering Dessert Course
    Zingerman's Food Tour Janene Centurione Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm
    Epicure Catering, 9 Bean Rows, Hillside Homestead, Tandem Cider, Boss Mouse Cheese
  6. Mikki & Jeff’s Northern Michigan Farm Wedding

    October 26, 2016

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    I love these two! Laid back and fun, Mikki and Jeff wanted their farm wedding to echo their personal style. Guests were treated to a fantastic meal and fabulous wine. Decor was minimal, as the couple wanted the property to speak for itself. Focusing on fine food and drink and a relaxed, casual atmosphere gave Jeff and Mikk’s farm wedding just the right mix of sophistication and style. I want to do it all over again!

    xoxox – cb


    What attracted you to Cherry Basket Farm?

    The property itself is beautiful! An August wedding found the trees and flowers in full bloom! The barn and surrounding grounds were spectacular and made for the perfect reception! Epicure & Cherry Basket Farms came highly recommended. Just one visit and it was love at first site!

    How would you describe your style as a couple?

    Simple elegance/casual sophistication

    What was the overall vibe and feel you wanted your guests to experience at the wedding?

    We wanted a sophisticated, casual feel to our wedding—nothing too formal. Our goal was to host a great dinner party with “slightly” nicer outfits! As self proclaimed foodies we wanted our guests to have an experience that shared our passion for food, wine and their friendship. Cherry Basket Farms far exceeded these dreams with the most amazing celebratory feast.

    What were the most important elements of the big day?

    Fun / Food / Drink! We wanted those elements to be directed by Cammie and Chef Andy and produced by us. We could not have been in better hands. The crew at Cherry Basket Farms took care of us like we were family.

    What advice would you give to engaged couples as they move through the planning process?

    Simple is better. Put your inner control freak to be. Limit Pinterest exposure and listen more, talk less.


    Want more intel? The vendor team from this wedding is listed at the bottom of this post. Thanks for stopping by! – CB

    All images courtesy of Weber Photography

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    Venue: Cherry Basket Farm / Caterer: Epicure Catering / Florist: Field of Flowers Farm / Entertainment: 2BaysDJs / Decor: Mother Nature /  Transportation: Grand Traverse Tours / Attire: Tadashi Shoji (bride), Custom by NL Suits & Nas Laine Milwaukee, WI (groom), Romper Encore by Watters (Maid of Honor) /  Hair & Makeup: VenusTC /  Invitations: minted.com / Photography: Weber Photography—Megan Newman

  7. Zingerman’s Great American Food Tours “Farm to Table 2.0” Leelanau & Traverse City

    June 23, 2016

    Guest post courtesy of Janene Centurione, Great American Food Tours host.

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    Hungry for your next Food Adventure? Explore with Zingerman’s Great American Food Tours!

    Zingerman’s Great American Food Tours are designed to highlight iconic American food communities by immersing guests in the local food, culture, and history. What better way to experience a new place, than through taste and the stories of folks who live and love their local food? We’re bringing our love and passion for the Grand Traverse Bay area to Zingerman’s’ guests from all across the country.

    For over 30 years, Zingerman’s has brought the best and most flavorful foods of the world to your table. Our food tours take you to the source. They go beyond just tasting great food where it was grown and made. We call it “Farm-to-Table 2.0”: learning the passionate backstory from the folks who are making a living in this complex world of agriculture and food in addition to tasting and seeing where that food is produced.

    This Fall, we’ll be showcasing the Grand Traverse Bay region. The unique growing seasons and Great Lake breezes support the best farms, orchards, wineries and fishing in the Midwest. We want to tell tell the stories of this vibrant community of chefs, artisanal food producers, farmers and distillers. The Grand Traverse Bay region is one of the most interesting and robust food hubs in the country, and we’re proud to highlight it.

    We’re going behind the scenes with our local hosts, tasting their wares and experiencing their passion for their craft. Our guests will tramp across fields, dine in barns, taste from kegs, pick from the vine, and sail across the bay at sunset, sipping local wines. We’ll use food to discover and understand this special world, so deeply connected with the winds and weather of Lake Michigan.

    Zingerman’s Food Tours has used food as a way to connect to the history of a region, the spirit of its people and the regional rhythm of daily life. Zingerman’s Food Tours is your concierge to the best local guides, food, and cultural experiences. Our tours give you the chance to relax while enjoying and experiencing the best our destinations have to offer. We’ve scoured the globe to make connections in the food and travel world. After experiencing one of our tours, you’ll take home some pretty unique souvenirs: a deeper understanding of a unique region, a sense of their place in our increasingly connected lives, fantastic images, tasty memories, recipes to share, and a sense of discovery fulfilled.

    Zingerman’s Great American Food tours are short, one to three day, energetic jaunts behind the scenes with local chefs, farmers, distillers, and vintners. We want our guests to come along to understand their world and listen to their story, while we eat and drink at their table. Authentic, tasty and fun, we strive to get beyond the postcard and to taste the world, the Zingerman’s way. We’ll be in the Traverse City area in September, and are also leading day trips into the vibrant Detroit food scene as well.

    To get more information on upcoming Great American Food Tours or learn more about our discoveries, sign up for our email newsletter here.

    Dan and Janene Centurione, Great American Tour hosts

    jcenturione@gmail.com

    734-775- 1037


    Grand Traverse Bay Tour Highlights:

    • -Lunch and learn from the founder of the Little Fleet Traverse City’s Food Truck hub.

     

    • -Brewers and distillers taking you behind the scenes in their businesses, while we taste their wares.

     

    • -“Farm-to-Table 2.0” – getting out in the fields, helping to harvest our meals, and working with our chefs and hosts to prepare our family style farm spreads.

     

    • -Morning at the Market – tasting our way through the Farmer’s market during the height of Fall harvest.

     

    • -Sunset sail on Grand Traverse Bay – picnic dinner while pondering the land, water and history of the region from the waves.

     

    • -Our Common Table dinners are known not only for their tasty food and drink, but also for their engaging, entertaining and thought provoking discussions with our local food hosts.

     

    Tour Dates: Friday September 23-Sunday September 25.

     

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    For more information: Zingerman’s Food Tours Grand Traverse Bay September 23-25, 2016

  8. Colleen & Andy’s Cherry Basket Farm Wedding

    April 24, 2016

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    We loved hosting Colleen & Andy’s barn wedding at Cherry Basket Farm. I can’t think of a more fun-loving couple! The day was all about a relaxed good time with family and friends. We had a blast planning the menu and all the details! Colleen was sweet enough to answer a few questions about the big day. Cheers to you, Mr & Mrs Rathburg!


    What attracted you to Cherry Basket Farm?

    We had always pictured a backyard, barn wedding but found many of the barn venues to feel kitschy or cookie cutter. We loved that Cherry Basket is a working farm with a field that grows most of the produce in our meal. The views are spectacular – it feels like a family farm with elevated dining.

    What was the overall vibe and feel you wanted our guests to experience on the big day?

    The overall vibe was casual elegance but we had so many out of state guests that we wanted to celebrate Michigan, especially the Leelanau peninsula and share our love for the area.

    What were the most important elements of the big day?

    The food and the dancing!

    What advice would you give to engaged couples as they move through the planning process?

    Savor every moment, but don’t overthink your choices. And at the end of the day, it is about you and your love, nothing and no one else.

    Thanks for everything! You and your team made our day perfect!


    Want more intel? The vendor team from this wedding is listed at the bottom of this post. Thanks for stopping by! – CB

    All images courtesy of Dan Stewart Photography

    Colleen & Andy's Cherry Basket Farm Wedding photos by Dan Stewart Photography.

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

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    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

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    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Cherry Basket Farm | Omena, MI Wedding Photography | Colleen + Andy | © Dan Stewart Photography

    Photography: Dan Stewart Photography

    Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cherry Basket Farm / Catering: Epicure Catering / Floral: Field of Flowers Farm / Favors: Leelanau Coffee Roasters / Entertainment: 2Bays DJ’s / Decor: DIY –  handmade by bridal party / Transportation: Celtic Shuttles / Attire: David Tutera bridal gown, Asos groom’s suit / Hair & Makeup: Pavlova salon in TC


  9. Kiersten & JT’s Northern Michigan Barn Wedding

    March 8, 2016

    Kiersten & JT's Traverse City Barn WeddingThe farm really comes alive when there is a celebration of love on the grounds. Kirsten & JT’s Northern Michigan wedding was one of those special days. Kiersten was kind enough to answer a few questions about the big day below. We truly enjoy and value the time we get to spend assisting you in creating a memorable event. Cheers to you, Mr & Mrs Gray!


     

    What attracted you to Cherry Basket Farm?

    The location, the barn and the food!

    Northern Michigan is heaven on Earth in my opinion, especially in the summer. Since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to have an outdoor summer wedding in Northern Michigan.

    The next biggest attraction to me was the beautiful white barn. My parents got married in a barn, and I love the feel of a casual barn wedding. What more fun than dancing and stomping around in a barn with all our favorite friends and family!

    Finally, the food. This is how I came across Cherry Basket Farm. My #1 priority for my reception was great food for my guests. When we were on the search for great food in Northern Michigan we were taken directly to Epicure Catering. It was one of those examples of fate because when I found the most amazing catering company, I also found the beautiful white barn I had been dreaming of!

    While I had been dreaming of my wedding my entire life, my wedding at Cherry Basket Farm was above and beyond anything I had ever dreamed of!

    What was the overall vibe and feel you wanted our guests to experience on the big day?

    J.T. and I are both more casual people. We wanted the vibe to be low key, casual, and FUN!

    What were the most important elements of the big day?

    Once I confirmed my wedding date at Cherry Basket, immediately the most important element for my big day became the weather and the beautiful back drop and scenery for my guests. I love that our guests could walk around the grounds and see the gardens, kitchen, cherry orchards and all the other beauty surrounding the property. While it was raining the morning of our wedding, the sun came out around noon and it ended up being the most picture perfect day and into the evening for our wedding!!

    What advice would you give to engaged couples as they move through the planning process?

    Try not to take it so seriously, and just have fun. You only get one go at it all, and its over in a quick flash.

    Also, if you’re getting married at Cherry Basket Farm you don’t need to fuss over the details, because you really don’t need much . They provide the fabulous venue and the fabulous food. All you need is your closest friends and family along with some great music and booze!


     

    Want more intel? The vendor team from this wedding is listed at the bottom of this post.  Thanks for stopping by!  – CB

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    Photography: Shutter Sam Photography

    Venue: Cherry Basket Farm / Catering: Epicure Catering / Florist: Field of Flowers Farm- Christina Pfeufer / Entertainment: Blue Water Kings Band /Decor: DIY – BAR Sign, LOVE sign, chalkboards, Family Photos on the door / Transportation: By The Bay Transportation / Attire: Bride- Monique Lhuillier; Bridesmaids- Lulu Kate; Groom and Groomsmen- JosABank and Knotty Ties / Hair & Makeup: Bride Hair- Katherine Stuart; Bride and Bridesmaid Makeup- Kristyn Noelle Artistry; Bridesmaids Hair: Epiphany Salon / Paper Goods: (programs, menus, name cards): Hello Happy Print Co / Table Seating Chart: Charm Studio- Chicago / Videographer: Overneath Creative Collective

  10. Brit & Phil’s Cherry Basket Farm Wedding

    February 2, 2015

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    Brit & Phil’s Cherry Basket Farm wedding was a show stopper! We had brief torrential downpours and ample sunshine which made for some beautiful and dramatic light. A good time was had by all! All the photos you see here were captured by the brilliant Amy Carroll of Amy Carroll Photography. You can

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    All images by Amy Carroll Photography

  11. Clean Plate Club Vegan Dinner | The Little Fleet

    October 27, 2014

    Vegan Dinner15As you may know…we love to collaborate with other local businesses, and offering pop-up dinners is one of our favorite ways to join forces.  The Clean Plate Club Vegan Dinner was one of those glorious collaborations. We teamed up with the fantastic folks at The Little Fleet and At Home to bring the Clean Plate Club to the table. Gary Jonas, the owner of The Little Fleet, expressed interest in offering a vegan dinner. Most of the pop up dinners in our area are more focused on appealing to the to carnivores of the region. We felt the vegans needed their own pop-up, and what better time to offer it than during harvest?

    I approached the design team at At Home with a rough skeleton of an idea for decor and let them take it from there. The vintage wallpaper table runners were the design impetus for the tabletop, and the team at At Home chose to keep it clean and fresh with mixed white planters and greenery. Modern votives provided some warmth and additional decor elements. The clean, simple palette allowed the focus to remain on the food.

    Epicure Catering & The Little Fleet present

    The Clean Plate Club

    Vegan Dinner

    Red popcorn with fennel pollen and nutritional yeast

    Vegan terrine of celery cabbage, butternut squash, porcini mushroom, red pepper, caramelized onions and garlic aioli

    Beet salad with field greens, rainbow sprouts and Pressmeister smoked peanut oil

    Squash involtini with bulgar, barley, tofu, peppadew peppers and herbs with roasted heirloom tomato sauce

    Brûléed peach with Pressmeister poppy meal and cashew cream

    Food partners:

    Carlson-Arbagast Farms

    Cherry Basket Farm

    Bare Knuckle Farm

    Paradise Farm

    Pressmeister Oil

    Providence Farm

    Green Rock Farm

     

    Collaborators:

    Gary & Allison Jonas, owners

    The Little Fleet

    venue hosts & libations

    Andy Schudlich, chef

    Epicure Catering

    menu creation & preparation

    Cammie Buehler, managing partner

    Epicure Catering

    décor & styling

    Mickey Humpula, sous chef

    Epicure Catering

    menu creation & preparation

    Sarah Peschel & Peggy Miller

    At Home Suttons Bay

    décor & styling

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  12. America:Farm to Table|Mario Batali & Jim Webster

    October 7, 2014

    Today is an exciting day (aren’t they all?)! Today is the release date for America: Farm to Table, written by Mario Batali and Jim Webster. There may be some local farmers and cooks from Leelanau County highlighted…like Bardenhagen Farms and Epicure! The book features chefs and farmers from across the country as well as essays and over 100 recipes. Find more details, including where to purchase, below.

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    AMERICA — FARM TO TABLE: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers

    Mario Batali, who knows the importance of ingredients to any amazing dish, sees farmers as the rock stars of the food world. In this new book he celebrates American farmers: their high quality products and their culture defined by hard work, integrity, and pride. Batali asked his chef friends from Nashville, Tennessee, to San Francisco, to tell him who their favorite farmers were, and those farmers graciously shared their personal stories along with their top-of-the-line produce and products.

    In Seattle, Chef Matt Dillon introduces readers to Farmer Pierre Monnat, who produces fava beans and lamb. Batali then features those ingredients in such mouth-watering recipes as: Lamb Shank Sloppy Joes and Fava Bean Guacamole. In Washington, DC, Chef Jose Andres from Jaleo introduces us to Farmer Jim Crawford, who grows corn, broccoli, and strawberries Batali’s accompanying dishes include: Chilled Sweet Corn Soup and Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Salsa. Other stops along the way include: Tampa; Austin; Nashville; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; New York, San Francisco; Portland, Maine; Chicago; Cleveland; Suttons Bay, Michigan; and Vail, Colorado. With over 100 superb recipes, this is the book that every home cook will want upon returning from the farmer’s market or grocers.

    About the Author

    Mario Batali counts 24 restaurants, nine cookbooks, nurmerous television shows and the 50,000-square-foot Eataly marketplace among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness. Mario and his business partner, Joe Bastianich, recently opened B&B Burger&Beer in The Venetian Hotel & Casino, their fourth restaurant in las Vegas. Mario is also the author of nine cookbooks including the James Beard Award Winning Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes (Ecco 2005); and Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from my Home to Yours (Ecco 2011). Mario appears 3 times a week on ABC’s “The Chew,” a daytime talk show that celebrates and explores life through food.

    Jim Webster is a newspaper copy editor, writer, blogger, culinary tourist and amateur caterer. He works at The Washington Post and has worked at the Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times.

    Locally, the book is available at Brilliant Books or Horizon Books. The book is also available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

  13. Jackie & Asif’s Cherry Basket Farm wedding

    August 4, 2014

    Jackie & Asif’s gorgeous Cherry Basket Farm wedding was captured by Alicia Magnuson Photography.serajian_wedding_0016serajian_wedding_0115 serajian_wedding_0116 serajian_wedding_0327serajian_wedding_0105serajian_wedding_0117serajian_wedding_0118serajian_wedding_0123serajian_wedding_0227serajian_wedding_0243serajian_wedding_0257

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    Location: Cherry Basket Farm, Omena, MI / Accommodations: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa / Cakes & Desserts: Celebrations Cake Design and Epicure Catering / Décor: Etsy / Entertainment & DJ: DJ Dave and Tony G Productions (friend of the Bride and Groom) / Fashion: Handmade bridal gown by Mignonette Bridal (Chicago, IL), Groom’s suit by Banana Republic / Florist:Field of Flowers Farm / Hair & Makeup: Hair by Michelle at Salon Elan Vital, and make-up by the Bride / Officiant: Father of close friend of the Bride / Photographer: Alicia Magnuson of Alicia Magnuson Photography / Rehearsal Dinner Location: Paesano’s Pizza (Traverse City) / Stationer: Wedding Paper Divas / Transportation: Arranged by Wedding Planning staff at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa / Videographer: Filip Kojic of Studio Q Productions (Chicago, IL) / Dance lessons provided by Ballroom Dance Chicago

  14. Karen & Dave | Cherry Basket Farm

    July 7, 2014

    Karen & Dave’s wedding was captured by the fabulous team at Weber Photography. 

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    Michigan Vendors:
    Accommodations: Leelanau Sands Casino, www. VRBO.com / Pie: Grand Traverse Pie Company/ Floral & Decor: Field of Flowers Farm / Invitations: Rock, Paper Scissors / Golf Outting: The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms / Rehearsal Dinner Location: Gill’s Pier Winery / Rehearsal Dinner Pig Roast Caterer: Ebels General Store / Beauty: Pavlova Salon / Officiant: Daniel Richards, Grace Episcopal Church / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cherry Basket Farm / Catering: Epicure Catering / Photography: Weber Photography / Transportation: By The Bay/ Michigan Food and Beverage: MI Beers: Bell’s Brewery, Founders All-Day IPA MI Wines: Black Star Farms, Chateau Grand Traverse, French Valley Vineyard, Bel Lago MI Bubbles: L. Mawby Cocktails: Thatcher’s Organic Vodka, Thatcher’s Organic Liqueurs, Journeyman Distillery Bourbons.

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