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Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant, one of America’s largest and oldest restaurants, has been family-owned and operated for more than 125 years.

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Once upon a time: Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents ‘Grimms’ Fairy Tales’ murder mystery experience

New Year’s Eve dinner, and an opportunity to play ‘dark fantasy detective’

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Dec.13, 2017 – Enter the world of fantasy folklore with the Brothers Grimm as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents a special New Year’s Eve “Grimms’ Fairy Tales” murder mystery dinner on Sunday, Dec. 31 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Guests are invited to dress up, either as their favorite Grimm fairy tale character or in their holiday finest, to join family and friends in experiencing and solving the murder mystery based on tales from the brothers’ ambitious 170-story anthology. Known more popularly for their children’s stories, many of the Grimm Brothers’ other works carry a darker and more foreboding theme.

The dinner menu includes Soup du Jour, Mixed Greens Salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Family Style Noodles, Blue Hubbard Squash, Chef’s Choice Dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage, with a cash bar available through the evening.

The $50 per person price includes the meal and a non-alcoholic beverage, show, tax and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required. Reserve a place at the “scene of the crime” by calling the Bavarian Inn Restaurant at 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941. For more information, visit www.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Make Christmas time magical and dine in the presence of princesses!

Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents The Enchanted Christmas Luncheon

  • Wednesday, Dec. 27

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – December 11, 2017 – Let the little princess in your life feel like royalty at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Enchanted Christmas Luncheon. On Wednesday, December 27 at 11:00 am, participants will dine in the company of Snow White, Ice Queen, Mermaid Princess, Cinderella and Beauty Princess at this winter wonderland banquet.

At this one-of-a-kind fairy tale event, princess participants, their families and friends will enjoy the princesses’ rendition of “A Night Before Christmas.” The event will also include photo opportunities, Christmas songs, dancing, autographed photos and more. This dazzling afternoon will be a special memory for everyone.

The luncheon price of $35 per person includes a Frankenmuth® Chicken plate meal with all of the fixings, a royal dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage. Tax and gratuity are also included.

Reservations and prepayment are required, and may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941. For more information, please visit www.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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As Matriarch of Bavarian Inn Restaurant Turns 96,
Fans are Invited to Send Online Greetings 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 27, 2017—Every day is a special day. That’s what Dorothy Zehnder, the matriarch of a family who’s been feeding hungry visitors to Frankenmuth and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant for decades, would almost certainly say.

But Friday, December 1 will be “extra special” for Dorothy as she celebrates her 96th birthday.

Fans of Dorothy are invited to send her greetings by email: mailto:events@bavarianinn.com.

“We know first-hand how much our mother appreciates the connection with our guests,” said Bill Zehnder, president of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. “She really sees our many guests as friends and I know she’ll appreciate hearing from them on this special day.”

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill hosts ‘12 Days of Milkshake Stout’

  • A dozen holiday-themed beers tapped nightly, Dec. 1-12
  • Carrot Cake, Spicy Mayan among new flavors

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 24, 2017 – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” for craft beer lovers. Everyone will have the opportunity to sample a dozen differently flavored “Milkshake Stouts” at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill from Dec. 1-12.

The “12 Days of Milkshake Stout” progressive tap takeover is in partnership with the Rochester Mills Beer Co., maker of the craft beers, including the original formula known for its smooth texture and surprisingly light body. Guests may purchase a variety of Milkshake Stouts during the free admission event.

“Our patrons look forward to this event each holiday season,” said Bavarian Inn Bar Manager Bill Chapman. “Rochester Mills produces outstanding craft beers that sell out quickly.”

Each evening beginning at 6 p.m., Michigan on Main will tap a keg of the individually-flavored stouts over the next 12 days until each keg runs out. In addition, representatives from Rochester Mills Beer Co. will be on hand select nights to pass out brewery swag. A gift basket will also be given away to one lucky customer during this year’s event.

This year’s “12 Days of Milkshake Stout” limited-edition flavors, in random order, include:

  • Imperial
  • Nutcracker (hazelnut)
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Christmas Roast (barrel-aged bold coffee flavor)
  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Santa’s Breath (peppermint)
  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Holiday Cheer (cherry and cranberry flavors)
  • Carrot Cake
  • Toasted Marshmallow
  • Spicy Mayan

 

 

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

 

For more information, visit www.bavarianinn.com, or contact the Bavarian Inn Restaurant at      1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

 

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn hosts ‘Holiday Wine Dinner’ Dec. 13

Celebrate the Christmas season with five-course feast

Wine pairings from Great Lakes Wine & Spirits

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Nov. 20, 2017 – December in “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” is magical, so make plans to enjoy one of the area’s most anticipated culinary events – the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s annual “Holiday Wine Dinner” on Wednesday, Dec. 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Silver Plate Award winner Chef Phil Fahrenbruch has planned and will be preparing a special seasonal five-course dinner with wine pairings and guest commentary by Belinda LaDouce, certified sommelier at Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, a premier statewide distributor of globally-sourced fine wines and select spirits.

The menu includes Char Siu Bao Bun, a barbecue beef dish served with Egri Merlot from Hungary, and Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon and Sage Aioli, accompanied by Camelot Mead, an orange blossom honey wine produced by Oliver Vineyards in Bloomington, IN. Also featured is a shrimp chowder served with Bavarian Inn’s own Liebfraumilch, a light semi-dry German wine with a creamy finish.

Following a pear sorbet refresher comes the main course: Traditional Beef Oscar with crab meat and asparagus, topped with a rich Béarnaise sauce, and served with a Big Smooth Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma/Napa Valley region.

Dessert is a festive Flourless Chocolate Torte with Peppermint Ice Cream, accompanied by a Fizz 56 Brachetto Spumante from Italy’s Piedmont Region.

Price for this special “Holiday Wine Dinner” event is $60 per person, which includes all food and listed beverages, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com  and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com .

 

 

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Bavarian Inn’s Iconic Glockenspiel Rings In 50 Years

Restaurant, Lodge Celebrate Bell Tower’s Golden Anniversary

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Nov. 9, 2017 — Fifty years ago, on November 12, 1967, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Glockenspiel rang out its first tunes to the delight of Frankenmuth residents and visitors, and now the iconic tribute to Bavarian architecture celebrates its golden anniversary.

The Glockenspiel, imported by the late Tiny Zehnder in 1967, is known by many as the most recognizable feature of the Bavarian Inn. Installed in a 50-foot tower, it features a moving stage with figurines that depict the legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln four times every day.

In addition to reaching this important milestone, the 35-bell Glockenspiel was treated to a complete renovation earlier this year. Its internal mechanisms were redone, and the figurines on the moving stage were refurbished and repainted.

Bavarian Inn founder Dorothy Zehnder and some of her grandchildren led the restoration effort, with help from the Verdin Company, Artistic Decorating and Nuechterlein Electric.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the Bavarian Inn has produced a new retrospective video about the Glockenspiel and its history, which may be viewed at this link https://youtu.be/WbYnfSC1SFY

In addition, the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge is offering guests a special anniversary lodging package, including a commemorative Glockenspiel growler which can be filled with 64 ounces of root beer or any other Lodge draft beer favorite.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Rock out to some Oldies but Goodies!

Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents The Vogues, one of the leading groups on the oldies music scene today

Four performances on Nov. 28 and 29

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – November 8, 2017 – The Vogues, an American vocal group best known for their chart topping singles “You’re The One,” “Five O’Clock World“ and “Turn Around, Look At Me,” will perform at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant as part of the restaurant’s 2017 series of matinee dinner shows. The performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 29.

The group, originally formed in 1958, appeared throughout the late 1960’s and early 1970’s on ”The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” “The Red Skelton Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” and numerous appearances on ”Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.”

Their exceptional talent, stylish delivery and material, coupled with their vital, poised performance, make this group one of the world’s top nostalgia acts. Featuring original lead vocalist, Bill Burkette, the group continues to dazzle audiences with their silky smooth vocals.

Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001, The Vogues continue to attract sellout audiences at concerts and club appearances around the country.

The show price of $45 includes a hearty Frankenmuth® Chicken plate meal with all the fixings and a non-alcoholic beverage. Tax and gratuity are also included. All shows feature the Bavarian Inn’s own songstress and musician, Linda Lee.

Reservations and prepayment are required, and may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941. For more information, please visit www.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Shop Small and Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day Nov. 11

Bavarian Inn Doll & Toy Shop and Mother Earth’s Toy Jungle are in on the Fun

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 3, 2017 – Make your holiday shopping a fun experience, while at the same time supporting the 7th annual “Neighborhood Toy Store Day,” a national event, on Saturday, Nov. 11. Holiday shoppers will discover a collection of unique gifts for kids of all ages at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Doll & Toy Shop and Mother Earth’s Toy Jungle – two toy stores participating in this event.

From 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. the Doll & Toy Shop will offer a chance to win prizes, play games, see new product demonstrations, and get access to special Toy Store Day pricing and more! Shoppers will also get the chance to visit with Olaf from 2 – 4 p.m.  In addition, shoppers purchasing more than $25 in merchandise at the Doll & Toy Shop will be eligible to enter a grand prize drawing.

At the nearby Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Mother Earth’s Toy Jungle, a store where shoppers can walk through a jungle and play with animals from around the world, will also be participating in this daylong event from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. This store will have giveaways all day, wheel of prizes, new toy demonstrations, face painting, free stickers, treats and a visit from a special guest. The store will also be collecting “Toys for Tots” donations.

The Neighborhood Toy Store Day is sponsored by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, which represents smaller, independent toy dealers, and supports those merchants committed to providing children with healthy, quality products that have high play value. To learn more, visit www.astratoy.org.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge planning Thanksgiving Day feasts

Choice of full-service dining, carry-out dinners, desserts at Restaurant

At the Lodge, annual ‘Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet’ beckons diners

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 26, 2017 – Families and friends can spend Thanksgiving Day in Frankenmuth and leave the kitchen behind. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge are offering several different dining choices on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23.

At the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, guests can savor a traditional full-service dinner, offering holiday signature dishes, the restaurant’s famous family-style chicken dinner, or a choice of old-world German specialties. In addition, diners have the opportunity to enjoy the rest of their holiday feast at home, with carry-out desserts, such as apple and pumpkin pies, and apple kuchen. Serving hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

In addition, the restaurant is offering a complete carry-out turkey dinner, including a 14-16 lb. roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, buttered noodles, Blue Hubbard squash, cole slaw, cranberry relish, Bavarian Inn chicken seasoning, and a loaf of Bavarian Inn backofenbrot bread. Price for the complete dinner is $175, including tax. Apple and pumpkin pies are also available at a special price of $12.

Make your reservation now for Thanksgiving Day, as available times are filling up. To book a table, and to order take-out dinners, call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941. Take-out dinners must be pre-ordered by Sunday, Nov. 19, with pickup dates of Wednesday, Nov. 22, and Thursday, Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

At the Bavarian Inn Lodge, preparations are underway for its annual “Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet.” There, guests will enjoy live piano music and dozens of dishes, ranging from starters and salads, traditional brunch fare, Famous Frankenmuth® Chicken, carved turkey and roast beef, side dishes, and a large selection of desserts. Seating times are available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price is $24.99 for adults, $12.99 for children 8-12, and $10.99 for children 5-7. Kids four and under dine free. Sales tax and 15 percent gratuity will be added to all checks. Limited time slots are still available, so act now to make your reservations by calling (989) 652-7200.   

Friday, Nov. 24 is another ideal day to stay in Frankenmuth for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That day marks the festive Frankenmuth Holiday Celebration, which starts with hot chocolate and cookies served at 6 p.m. at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Then the Candlewalk begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Tannenbaum. Finally, Santa will be in Chamber Pavilion from 7-9 p.m.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

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Bavarian Inn Castle Shops hosting holiday open house Nov. 10

Donations to benefit Defeat MSA Foundation

Shoppers can earn 20 percent discount

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 23, 2017 – Finding a cure for a debilitating disease – Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) – is the focus of the annual Bavarian Inn Holiday Open House on Friday, November 10 in Frankenmuth. Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop and select stores at Frankenmuth River Place Shops will all be participating.

Shoppers giving a cash donation to the Defeat MSA Foundation will receive a 20 percent discount at participating locations. In addition, shoppers may also earn the discount by bringing canned and non-perishable food items to the open house, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

“Our business philosophy for many years has been to support worthy organizations that are helping people in need,” said Amy Zehnder Grossi, general manager. “This year we want to support the Defeat MSA Foundation to help medical researchers find a cure, while providing our guests with a festive way to start the holiday season.”

MSA is a rare, rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain and impairs the systems that regulate blood pressure, heart rate, and the bladder. There is neither a cure nor therapy to slow down or control MSA.

Shoppers should arrive early on Nov. 10 and begin their day by making the cash or non-perishable food donation at any of the locations listed below. Shoppers will then receive a 20 percent discount card valid for use while shopping at the following locations and times:

  • Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Royal Gift Shop, Souvenirs & Cheers, Chocolate Shop, Candy Corner, Castle Shop Bakery, Doll & Toy Shop, Wine & Beer Shop
  • Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Frankenmuth Cheese Haus: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Frankenmuth River Place Shops: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Calla Lilies, Emilie B’s, Hello Cats and Dogs, Funky Skunk, Jerky Joint, Girl Talk, Mother Earth’s Toy Jungle, Enchanted Forest, and Woody’s

Shoppers will receive a gift after accumulating $25 in purchases at participating locations.

Many other activities will help get visitors in the holiday spirit, including:

  • Prize Drawings: Drawings at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops
  • Free Gift Wrapping: Souvenirs & Cheers Shop, Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop
  • Special Goodies and Samples: Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, the Castle Shop Bakery and Candy Corner at Bavarian Inn Restaurant
  • Holiday Demonstrations: Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

About Defeat MSA Foundation

Realizing that much of the current attention is focused on more widely known diseases, Multiple System Atrophy is overlooked. MSA patients are confronted with a dim prognosis and left with few options. The purpose of Defeat MSA is to receive and administer funds to develop effective treatments to combat the debilitating effects of MSA, to foster promising research in an effort to slow the progress of MSA, to nurture collaborative studies into the underlying causes of MSA, and to raise awareness and promote understanding about living with MSA. Learn more at https://defeatmsa.org.

Whodunit? Bavarian Inn hosts Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Show Oct. 27

Costumes welcome for ‘Young Frankenstein’ story theme

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Sept. 28, 2017 – Don your favorite Halloween costume and join in an evening of ghoulish fun at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s annual “Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Show” on Friday, Oct. 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Young Frankenstein,” the classic Mel Brooks comedy, is the theme of this year’s performance, so guests can expect plenty of laughs as they team up with their fellow dining detectives to solve the murder mystery.

The dinner menu includes soup, salad, buttered noodles, Blue Hubbard squash, dessert, a non-alcoholic beverage, and a combination plate of Frankenmuth® Chicken, schnitzel, and kasseler rippchen. A cash bar will be available.

Price for this special “Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Show” is $50 per person, which includes dinner, show, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com  and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn hosts ‘Fall Harvest Wine Dinner’ Oct. 13

Celebrate Fall harvest with five-course feast

Wine, cider pairings from Traverse City’s Chateau Chantal Winery

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Sept. 18, 2017 – October in Michigan brings cooler weather, changing leaves, and one of the season’s most anticipated culinary events – The Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s annual “Fall Harvest Wine Dinner” on Friday, Oct. 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Silver Plate Award-winning Chef Phil Fahrenbruch has planned and will be preparing a special seasonal five-course dinner featuring wine, cider, and a guest speaker from Chateau Chantal Winery, located on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula.

The menu includes maple-cured salmon with roasted beetroot served with a Semi Dry Riesling, chicken gumbo accompanied by Chateau Chantal’s Amour Malbec Rosé, and seared beef carpaccio with a Pinot Noir. The main course is a cider and Dijon pork chop with roasted apples and sweet potatoes accompanied by Naughty Apple Michigan Hard Cider. For dessert, enjoy a slice of Bavarian Inn Founder Dorothy Zehnder’s traditional carrot cake served with Chateau Chantal’s Pinot Grigio.

Price for this special “Fall Harvest Wine Dinner” event is $60 per person, which includes all food and listed beverages, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com  and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com .

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Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk remains a hit with Frankenmuth residents

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. August 25, 2017 – If the idea of walking across one of Michigan’s iconic bridges is on your bucket list, you needn’t go all the way to the Mackinac Bridge this coming Labor Day.

In fact, there’s another tradition that hundreds of Frankenmuth residents and guests have come to appreciate for 31 years: The Annual Bavarian Inn Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke) Labor Day Walk, which will take place at noon, Monday, September 4.

The Bridge, originally built in 1980 and restored just two years ago, was made with timbers from Oregon and locally sourced shingles for its roof and 16-foot planks that form the roadway.

This year’s event will once again begin on the east side of the 239-foot structure, which spans Cass River between the Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Walkers will then gather at the Fischer Platz outdoor café.

The Bridge Walk tradition was birthed by Al and Louise Schneider, a Frankenmuth couple whose pride for their community led them to suggest the first event, which was attended by just over a dozen walkers.

Today, Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder still recalls the vision of the Schneiders, who had in their minds the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk tradition.

“One day they were talking at home and thought out loud about the idea of bringing that spirit right here at home in Frankenmuth,” said Zehnder. “We’re grateful for their vision and remain determined to make sure we continue that tradition.”

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant to host ‘Bourbon Dinner’ Sept. 15

Explore tastes of award-winning bourbons with five-course feast

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Aug. 15, 2017 – Bourbon, America’s original distilled spirit, will be celebrated with a parade of Southern-style treats at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s upcoming “Bourbon Dinner” event on Friday, Sept. 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Inn is teaming up with the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery of Franklin County, Kentucky, to present a five-course dinner matched with the distillery’s most sought-after bourbon brands. Guests will also be treated to tasting notes and expert commentary from Buffalo Trace’s Jack DeMarr. Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America. The U.S. government allowed Buffalo Trace to produce spirits throughout Prohibition “for medicinal purposes.”

The starter courses are wild mushroom panna cotta and bourbon truffle gelée with roasted garlic baguette, accompanied by Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon, followed by a Boilermaker beer waffle, crispy chicken and house-cured pork belly with chipotle bourbon maple syrup, paired with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

Next braised butternut squash soup with bourbon creme, pepitas and crispy potatoes, served with Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

Following a Sorbet du Jour, the entrée is smoked pork loin with Traverse City cherry barbecue sauce, topped with bourbon-glazed shrimp with collard greens. This course comes with a 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Old Fashioned cocktail.

And for dessert, guests will be enjoying a sweet slice of bourbon pecan pie with creamed bourbon & brown sugar ice cream.

Price for this special “Bourbon Dinner” event is $70 per person, which includes all food and listed beverages, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com  and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com .

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents ‘Purely Michigan Dinner’ August 25

Explore, taste the flavors of Great Lakes State from over 16 producers

Five-course feast features exclusive food, beer, cider, wine pairings

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Aug. 3, 2017 – Guests are invited to enjoy some of Michigan’s best food, beer, cider, and wine at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s “Purely Michigan Dinner” scheduled for Friday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.

The Inn, supported by vendors like Grandpa Tiny’s Farm, is teaming up with Founders Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids, Blake’s Hard Cider Co. of Armada, and Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch of Saranac to present dishes and beverages which exemplify fine dining in the Great Lakes State. Guests will have the opportunity to visit and share tasting notes with Founders and Blake’s experts, and hear from guest speaker Mohamed Mousa from Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, a Michigan family-owned-and-operated company since 1958, and one of the country’s largest pioneering producers of organic and cage-free eggs.

The starter course is Nam Sod Spring Roll and Southwestern Panna Cotta, accompanied by Founders “Rubaeus” Raspberry Ale and its Barrel Aged Stout along with Blake’s “Wisteria” lavender, “The Tonic” ginger and cucumber, and “Black Phillip” cranberry and citrus infused ciders.

Next, a serving of “Eggs Four Ways,” presented in Scotch, pickled, deviled, and smoked styles, accompanied by Founders “Rubaeus” Raspberry Ale.

Following a refreshing Blueray Blueberry sorbet, the entrée is Steak Au Poivre, served with Black Star Farms 2013 Pinot Noir from the Leelanau Peninsula.

The dessert course is Peach Kremeschnitte with caramel, served with a Blake’s infused cider.

Cost for this special “Purely Michigan Dinner” event is $60 per person, which includes all food and listed beverages, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Who’s Michigan’s strongest man, woman? Bavarian Inn sponsors statewide competition August 5

Fifth year in Frankenmuth brings fantastic feats of fortitude

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 27, 2017 – Those who have watched “The World’s Strongest Man” series on ESPN have been treated to some bizarre tests of muscle power – men and women pulling semis, flipping enormous tires, and toting concrete-filled beer kegs, to name just a few.

And now, the quest is on to find the strongest man and woman in Michigan as the Bavarian Inn and the Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop sponsors its fifth “Michigan Strongest Man and Woman Competition” Saturday, August 5 on the gift shop grounds, 775 S. Main St., Frankenmuth. The action begins at 11 a.m.

Five events during the day will determine which two athletes from each of three divisions (novice division excluded) will receive a coveted invitation to compete in the 2017 North American Strongman National Championships Nov.10 and 11 in Las Vegas.

To learn more, please visit the event website at MIStrongMan.com. Once there, interested competitors can register to show off their strongman skills. Additional information is available on the Michigan Strongman Facebook page.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at http://www.bavarianinn.com/.

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95-year-old Bavarian Inn Matriarch Throws First Pitch at Detroit Tigers game

Pure Michigan night recognizes Dorothy Zehnders longstanding dedication to Michigans hospitality industry

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. June 13, 2017 – While serving delicious food to thousands of guests is her life calling, Dorothy Zehnder, the 95-year-young co-founder and matriarch of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, got to take on another role Tuesday night. Her family members, co-workers and fans alike cheered loudly as Dorothy took the mound at Comerica Park to toss the ceremonial first pitch as part of Pure Michigan Night before a game that featured the Detroit Tigers going up against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dorothy, along with her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder, helped put Frankenmuth and Michigan on the map for thousands of visitors to the area, a key reason she was honored at the event.

Still working six days a week in the kitchen at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Dorothy often uses her “day off” to bake in her kitchen at home, something she is quick to say is one of the most enjoyable things she could possibly do.

“I refer myself as ‘retired working,’” says Dorothy of the lifestyle she continues to embrace.

As she got ready at Comerica Park, Dorothy said she could have never imagined being in the position to throw the first pitch.

“I have wonderful memories of attending Tigers’ games with family and friends in the past,” she said. “It was often an annual event, but who would have thought that I, at age 95, could be throwing out the first pitch? I am thrilled and extremely honored to be asked.”

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn Restaurant takes off the gloves for ‘Battle of the Booze’ June 23

Wine vs. Beer dinner features gourmet dishes paired with Washington wines and Michigan beers

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. June 9, 2017 – It’s the age-old question – wine or beer? The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is seeking the answer, as well as presenting some great food, at its upcoming Wine vs. Beer Dinner on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a course by course competition of wines from Charles Smith Wines out of Washington state against beers from Odd Side Ales brewery, a Michigan craft brewer.

“We can’t wait to find out which will win the vote of our guests at this unique culinary and spirits event,” says Bill Zehnder, Bavarian Inn President.

Guests will enjoy a starter course of salmon mousseline topped with a pineapple lime salsa, accompanied by Substance Sauvignon Blanc, in the “Loire style,” and Scallywagger, an imperial pineapple IPA.

Next is nam sod Thai pork salad, served with Kung Fu Girl Riesling, featuring notes of citrus blossom, lime leaf and white peach that pairs well with Thai food. The beer competitor in this round is Hop Gobbler, an extra pale ale loaded with hops flavor.

Following a refreshing sorbet du jour, the entrée is tagliatelle surf and turf pasta with herb butter sauce. It will be paired with Vino Rosé featuring aromas of Italian melon, faint cherry, camellias and dried herbs. Its rival in this course is Citra Pale Ale, the flagship beer from Odd Side Ales and brewed exclusively with Citra hops.

Lemon strawberry shortcake finishes this highly satisfying dinner, complemented by Charles Smith’s Secco Moscato, with notes of white peach, apricot, lychee and orange blossoms, and Bean Flicker Blonde, a stout with a light coffee note.

The only question that remains at the end of the evening is which spirit is the choice of the people – wine or beer?

The price for this special food, wine and beer event is $60 per person, with reservations and prepayment required. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941. For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Enjoy the Best in Wurst at Bavarian Inn Restaurant June 16

  • Come Celebrate Everything Bratwurst at outdoor Fischer Platz
  • Frankenmuth Friday Fun Nights promise to be better than ever

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. June 8, 2017 – Visitors to Frankenmuth already know what great fun the Friday Fun Nights can be, and the folks behind Bavarian Inn Restaurant are ready to make this June 16 even tastier with “Wurst Night”—a celebration featuring “Everything Bratwurst.”

One thing is for sure: the organizers of this event know how to party. They’ve even set an unbeatable admission price: FREE with the purchase of $2.50 brat or four-piece sampler.

“Wurst Night” delivers great food, including a unique variety of hometown sausages and bratwurst, either on the bun or as a sampler (or a combination of the two).

Bavarian Inn is also teaming up with two other well-known Frankenmuth wurst makers for this event: Kern’s Sausages and Willi’s Sausage Company.

Add in some of the tasty beverages that will be featured and all that’s left to bring to the event is some great music. That’s handled too, with Bavarian Inn Restaurant house entertainer Linda Lee taking to the stage from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“This is one of our favorite times of the year,” said Bill Zehnder, President and third generation owner of the family business that continues to delight both visitors and area residents.

“When we set out to add even more spice to Frankenmuth’s Friday Fun Nights, we figured there was no better way than to highlight what we’re all known for—sausages and brats!”

Visitors and those who call Frankenmuth home will be able to share all that’s great about the town that continues to put Michigan on the taste map.

“We’re waiting for you!” adds Bill Zehnder.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn matriarch Dorothy Zehnder and her great-grandchildren Luke and Sofia Grossi worked together on the Glockenspiel restoration by freshening up paint on the figurines.

Bavarian Inn matriarch Dorothy Zehnder and her great-grandchildren Luke and Sofia Grossi worked together on the Glockenspiel restoration by freshening up paint on the figurines.

Bavarian Inn Kicks Off 50th Anniversary of Iconic Glockenspiel

Festivities Begin This Summer for Fall Observance

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. May 31, 2017 — This October, the Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel will turn 50, but the celebration is kicking off early on select Fridays this summer.

The Glockenspiel, imported by the late Tiny Zehnder in 1967, is known by many as the most recognizable feature of the Bavarian Inn. Installed in a 50-foot tower, this iconic piece of architecture features a moving stage with figurines that depict the legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln four times every day.

In addition to reaching an important milestone, the Glockenspiel was also treated to a complete renovation earlier this year. Its internal mechanisms were redone, and the figurines on the moving stage were refurbished and repainted.

Dorothy Zehnder and some of her grandchildren led the restoration effort, with help from the Verdin Company, Artistic Decorating and Nuechterlein Electric.

Now Frankenmuth area residents will be invited to play the newly-renovated glockenspiel starting in mid-June. House Entertainer Linda Lee will also be singing Happy Birthday to the Frankenmuth icon periodically at the outdoor Fischer Platz. Guests will be able to commemorate the 50th anniversary with exclusive items sold by the Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant Announces Moms’ Michigan-Made Cookies

Bavarian Inn Family Moms Create Gourmet Treats to Enjoy at Home

Made Fresh with Michigan Ingredients

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. May 8, 2017 – In time for Mother’s Day, four Moms from the Bavarian Inn family have joined forces to create a delicious line of homemade, gourmet cookies that incorporate Michigan-made ingredients and feature six mouth-watering flavors: Alpine, Germantown, Glockenspiel, Heavenly Hazelnut, Peanut Butter Chunkies, and Stollen.

The idea and recipes for Moms’ Michigan-Made Cookies were created, after much research and product testing, by several generations of Zehnder family mothers:  Bavarian Inn matriarch Dorothy Zehnder, daughter and Bavarian Inn Lodge President Judy Zehnder Keller, daughter-in-law and Bavarian Inn Retail General Manager Karen Zehnder, and granddaughter and Bavarian Inn General Manager Amy Zehnder Grossi.

The Michigan-made products used to create the new tasty treats include flour from Star of the West Milling Company, sugar from Michigan Sugar Company, cherries from Traverse City, apples from Hillsdale, and cranberries from Cheboygan. The selection of sources is based on the Bavarian Inn’s longstanding tradition and commitment to the use of Michigan-made and grown products.

Moms’ Michigan-Made Cookies are available for purchase in the Bavarian Inn’s Castle Shop Bakery or visit the online store at http://onlinestore.bavarianinn.com/ select Bake Shop to make your cookie selection.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Make Mother’s Day ‘wunderbar’ at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge

Restaurant offers signature entrees

Lodge’s Mom’s Day buffet: Something to please everyone

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – May 1, 2017  – Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14 promises to be a special time in Frankenmuth, with both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge offering moms and families a fun-filled day of dining, shopping, and spending time together.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant, with founding matriarch and two-time cookbook author Dorothy Zehnder overseeing her 67th year in the kitchen, will be serving all its signature entrees on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Choices include the popular Frankenmuth® Chicken and Shrimp combo, and the Ultimate Five-Meat Family Style Bavarian Dinner. All moms dining in the restaurant that day will receive a free gift from the restaurant’s Castle Shops. Reservations are being taken at 800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

Over at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, a sumptuous spread awaits moms and families at its ever-popular Mother’s Day buffet, served from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in various banquet and dining rooms. The menu includes a wide variety of breakfast items, appetizers, main course selections, side dishes and desserts, with live entertainment rounding out the experience. The buffet is priced at $23.50 for adults, $10.50 for children 9-12, and $8.95 for children 5-8. Kids under 4 dine free. Six percent sales tax and 15 percent gratuity is added to the check. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-775-6343.

Mother’s Day gifts available with dinner, buffet

In addition, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering special gift items with unique themes. The gift packages for Mother’s Day and on Saturday, May 13, will be delivered right to mom or other special lady at her reserved table. Orders for gift packages are required at least two days in advance and must be prepaid. Guests can use credit cards to preorder gifts at 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941 and may choose from:

  • The “Chocolate Lover’s Gift Basket” includes ½ lb. homemade fudge, ½ lb. homemade truffles, ½ lb. chocolate clusters, and 2 chocolate covered pretzel rods.
  • The “Bread & Jam Gift Basket” includes stollen (fruit & nut bread), apple cinnamon raisin bread, two half-pints of jam, and homemade truffles.
  • The “Jam Trio” includes three jars of assorted homemade jam with a serving spoon.
  • Send a special message to mom by choosing either the Frankenmuth Torte or Black Forest Torte and having it personalized.

New this year, spoil your mom with a box of Moms’ Michigan-made cookies, filled with 10 assorted gourmet cookies made with Michigan ingredients. Families may also have a single rosebud or orchid corsage presented to mom at her table.

At the Bavarian Inn Lodge, guests can preorder with their reservation a special $25 Mother’s Day gift package which includes a floral ceramic mug, gourmet caramel popcorn, the Bavarian Inn’s own chocolate truffles, and Bavarian chocolate gourmet coffee.

In addition to delicious food and unequaled shopping, families are encouraged to celebrate Mother’s Day all weekend long at the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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The Bavarian Inn Lodge: Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents Spring Wine Dinner May 5

Explore, taste the flavors of French, Italian, German vintages
Five-course feast features exclusive food and wine pairings

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. April 24, 2017 – Guests are invited to enjoy a wide-ranging tasting tour of European wines at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s upcoming Spring Wine Dinner, scheduled for Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

The Restaurant is teaming up with Cana Distributors of Farmington Hills, Mich., which specializes in small- to medium-size wine producers, to present an exclusive collection of fine European vintages for guests to enjoy, with commentary from Tom Fischer, wine expert at Cana Distributors.

Bavarian Inn Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, a 2012 Silver Plate Award winner, has planned a five-course feast featuring creative food and wine pairings.

The starter course is spring pea risotto with confit pork belly and a balsamic glaze, accompanied by Clos Palet Vouvray from France’s Loire Valley. A serving of Octopus Carpaccio follows, served with Ruby Red Rosé with Grapefruit. It’s a blend of 80% Cotes du Provence Rosé and ruby red grapefruit juice, popular across France for its refreshing flavor.

Next is a salad serving of arugula, Lolla Rossa and butter lettuces, roasted beets, candied pecans, Saint Andre brie, sundried cranberries with a cranberry vinaigrette dressing. The salad course will be paired with Bellavita Sweet Red from Italy’s Veneto region.

Following a refreshing sorbet du jour, the entrée is a beef fillet with Dijon wine sauce over creamy polenta. It will be served with Arcaia Cabernet Sauvignon from Veneto, Italy.

The dessert course is chocolate pretzel peanut butter cup pie, served with the Bavarian Inn’s exclusively imported light, semi-dry Liebfraumilch from Germany’s Rheingau region.

The price for this special food and wine event is $60 per person, with reservations and prepayment required. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941. For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Photo caption: The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant served more than 18,000 pretzels to its guests last year, so celebrating National Pretzel Day is a natural for this landmark establishment.

A Twist on an Old Favorite: National Pretzel Day Wednesday, April 26 at Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill has a special deal

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – April 17, 2015 – They’re portable, dippable, can be stuffed with cheese or enjoyed with your favorite pint of beer. What are they? Pretzels, of course! The average American consumes 1.5 pounds of pretzels each year, clearly showing they’re one of America’s favorite snacks.

To celebrate National Pretzel Day, Wednesday, April 26, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering a beer and pretzel special at its Michigan on Main Bar and Grill. That day, guests can enjoy a large soft pretzel along with one of the bar and grill’s extensive selection of Michigan craft beers for just $8. Cheesy pretzels are available for only 50 cents more.

The Bavarian Inn served more than 18,000 pretzels to its guests last year.

National Pretzel Day originated in Pennsylvania when Governor Ed Rendell, whose state boasts an abundance of German family pretzel bakers, declared it an official observance in 2003.

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

For more information on National Pretzel Day at Bavarian Inn Restaurant, call 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. You can also visit www.bavarianinn.com and click on “special events.”

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Co-Founder Dorothy Zehnder displays the MSA Shoe, the symbol to ‘kick’ MSA – Multiple System Atrophy - through education, patient support and promising research.  Employee donations from the restaurant’s Company Giving Program this year will be directed to the Defeat MSA Foundation.

Bavarian Inn Co-Founder Dorothy Zehnder displays the MSA Shoe, the symbol to ‘kick’ MSA – Multiple System Atrophy – through education, patient support and promising research.  Employee donations from the restaurant’s Company Giving Program this year will be directed to the Defeat MSA Foundation.

Bavarian Inn employees support foundation to fight Multiple System Atrophy

Restaurant team names Defeat MSA recipient of annual company giving program

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – April 12, 2017 – Employees at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant are teaming up this year as part of the restaurant’s annual Company Giving Program to help fight a rapidly neurodegenerative disease that has affected members of the local community.

This year’s Company Giving Program recipient is the Defeat MSA Foundation, an organization dedicated to education, patient support and finding effective treatments for MSA – Multiple System Atrophy. MSA is a rare, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorder which affects multiple basic bodily functions, such as breathing, temperature, muscle control and blood pressure.

For over 30 years Bavarian Inn Restaurant team members have been giving back to community organizations through its Company Giving Program, established to help those organizations that help others.

Each year an organization is chosen, and Bavarian Inn team members spend the year raising funds through voluntary payroll deduction, auctions, candy sales and other activities. At the end of the year, funds are tallied and then matched up to $5,000 by the Bavarian Inn’s Dorothy Zehnder family. The highlight is always the team appreciation party in early January when the Company Giving check is presented.

The program has grown, contributing more than $125,000 over the years with some past recipients being the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, Hospice for Hope, Special Olympics, Saginaw Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, Child Abuse and Neglect Council, and the Saginaw Veterans Center.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn online press room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/

 

About Defeat MSA Foundation

Realizing that much of the current attention is focused on more widely known diseases, Multiple System Atrophy is often overlooked. MSA patients are confronted with a dim prognosis and left with few options. The purpose of Defeat MSA is to support MSA patients, to develop effective treatments, to foster research on the possible causes and to raise awareness about living with MSA. Learn more at www.defeatmsa.org.

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge making Easter dining easy

  • Restaurant rolls out signature menu, bunny-delivered tableside treats
  • At the Lodge, a bountiful buffet awaits

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. March 23, 2017 – There’s no need to spend countless hours cooking and baking this Easter weekend with the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge ready to welcome families and friends, and each location offering special Easter menus to choose from.

Family-style dining is the hallmark of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, which is presenting its Easter Signature Menu on Saturday, April 15, and Easter Sunday, April 16, from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. In addition to the popular all-you-can-eat Frankenmuth® Style Chicken dinner, the restaurant will be serving an all-you-can-eat Frankenmuth® Style Chicken and Ham dinner, and “The Ultimate 5 Meat Family Style Bavarian Dinner,” which includes smoked pork loin, sauerbraten, bratwurst, schnitzel, plus Frankenmuth Chicken. Also on the menu: Broiled Lake Superior Whitefish, Wiener Schnitzel, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Grilled New York Strip Steak.

In addition, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering diners the opportunity to pre-order Easter baskets and treats, personally delivered tableside by the Easter Bunny on both Saturday and Sunday. Guests may pre-order a personalized Frankenmuth or Schwarzwalder Easter torte to top off their holiday feast. Prepayment is required, and orders must be placed at least two days ahead of table reservation date. Visit http://www.bavarianinn.com/dine/holiday-dining to view the array of gift and torte choices, and call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941 to place an order and to reserve a table.

It’s Easter “brunchtime” at the Bavarian Inn Lodge –  Let the Bavarian Inn Lodge spoil your family and friends with their bountiful Easter Sunday brunch on April 16 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The brunch includes not only tasty breakfast items like fluffy scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes and banana bread, but also all the food that the Bavarian Inn is known for: famous Frankenmuth® Chicken, carved roast beef and ham, whipped potatoes with gravy, spaghetti with meat sauce, baked cod and delicious side dishes. Be sure to leave room for dessert – choices include Edelweiss torte, apfel strudel, chocolate mousse, and more.

The cost for this special Easter brunch is $23.50 for adults; $10.50 for children 9-12; $8.95 for children 5-8; children under 4 are free. Tax and gratuity will be added to the check. Reservations are required. Call 888-775-6343 to make your reservation today.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at http://www.bavarianinn.com/.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants – all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor miniature golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: http://logos-communications.com/bavarianinnlodge/

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Raise a mug! Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill Hosts Annual Release of Bell’s Oberon Ale and Monthly Gathering of Beer Society

Favorite Summertime Brew Arrives Monday, March 27, 2017

Beer Society to Meet March 30, 2017

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. March 17, 2017 – It’s one of the “rites of spring”—the release of Bell’s Brewery Oberon Ale—and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill will once again be the only venue in the Frankenmuth area to host the event on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Just a few days later, on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., the Bavarian Inn Restaurant will also play host to the monthly gathering of the Beer Society, just in time to celebrate spring with beer and cheese.

Guests at the release event for Bell’s Oberon Ale will have the chance to participate in games, giveaways, prizes and one-on-one discussion with Brewery representatives. In addition, guests will be able to order food items from the menu designed to complement Bell’s Oberon Ale.

Available only until September, Bell’s Oberon Ale is a wheat ale described as a “classic summer beer” with a spicy hop character blended with mild, fruity aromas.

Admission to the March 30 Beer Society event is $20 per person, which includes a tasty soup and salad meal as well as one beer during the social, which begins at 6:30 p.m. There are five beer and cheese pairings and informational presentations will take place.

Reservations for the Beer Society gathering are appreciated and can be made by calling (800)-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com and view the calendar of events.

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Top Row: Michael Zehnder, Kimberly Zehnder, Don Keller, Karen Zehnder, Martha Zehnder Keller, John Kaczynski (Martha’s fiancé) and seated: Judy Zehnder Keller, Dorothy Zehnder, and Bill Zehnder.

Dorothy Zehnder, Bavarian Inn matriarch, honored as a ‘Woman of Achievement’ by Great Lakes Bay YWCA

Company founder recognized for entrepreneurship

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 16, 2017 – Dorothy Zehnder, founder and managing director of the family-owned Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge, received a 2017 Women of Achievement Award from the Great Lakes Bay YWCA at a special awards ceremony and dinner on March 15 at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw Township.

Zehnder was honored as an entrepreneur in recognition for her accomplishments as the driving force for one of Frankenmuth’s – and Michigan’s – most popular vacation destinations.

The purpose of the annual event, part of the YWCA’s mission of empowering women, is to honor leaders who have made outstanding contributions in business, community leadership, education, healthcare, entrepreneurship, or lifetime achievement.

Dorothy, who celebrated her 95th birthday last December, continues doing what she enjoys the most – working in the kitchen of one of the nation’s largest and most successful restaurants.

“I like working,” she says. “I like to cook, and I like people. What else is there that I would like better?”

Dorothy also helps oversee the family’s entire business operations, which, besides the restaurant and lodge, includes its “Curbside to Go” carry-out business, Castle Shops, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, a specialty line of food products, and online merchandising.

She’s also the author of two cookbooks, “Come Cook with Me,” published in 2011, and the follow-up “From My Kitchen to Yours,” published in 2014.

Dorothy, who was born in nearby Reese, Michigan, founded the restaurant with her late husband, William “Tiny” Zehnder, having purchased the former Fischer’s Hotel in 1950. At that time, Dorothy, Tiny and their 12 employees served about 50 people a day. Today the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has 400 employees, serves thousands of people a day in 12 dining rooms and annually ranks among the country’s largest family-run restaurants.

Today Dorothy’s main mission is to oversee quality control in the kitchen – including making sure the mashed potatoes are whipped to perfection, and that the entrees, like the Bavarian Inn’s famous Frankenmuth Chicken®, meet her high standards before heading to the dining room.

 

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn online press room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/

 

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants – all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: http://logos-communications.com/bavarianinnlodge/

YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region focuses on the economic advancement of women in the Great Lakes Bay Region, encompassing Bay, Saginaw, Midland, and Isabella Counties.  Located in Bay City, Michigan, its community education program offers education and professional development opportunities to the public. The organization also operates the YWCA Women’s Resource Center which includes a full technology center and provides education, resume development, job searches, computer literacy skills, legal assistance referrals, financial literacy and other support services to assist women in becoming economically self-sufficient. Learn more at https://www.ywcaglbr.org .

 

 

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents Eastertime ‘Bunny Lunch’

Family event features magic show, activities, and more

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 13, 2017 – Kids of all ages are invited to “hop on over” to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant on Saturday, April 8 as the restaurant hosts “The Bunny Lunch,” an opportunity for families to feast and have some fun with the Easter bunny. It all begins at 11 a.m.

The event includes the Bavarian Inn’s famous Frankenmuth® Chicken Plate Luncheon with all the fixings, dessert, and choice of milk, coffee, tea or fountain soft drink. Guests will be entertained with a magic show and balloon artist. In addition, there will be photo opportunities, an Easter-themed coloring activity, and each guest receives a special gift from the Easter bunny.

Price for “The Bunny Lunch” is $20 per person, and includes meal, all entertainment and activities, gift, tax and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required. Reservations are being accepted by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

 

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Bavarian Inn ‘marching’ to spring with three big events

German wine dinner, scrapbooking weekend, ‘girls’ night out’ slated for March

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – February 13, 2017 – Looking to shake off those wintertime blues? The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is planning three events during March to please food and wine aficionados, scrapbook hobbyists, and ladies just looking to have a little fun.

Enjoy a tasting tour of some of Germany’s most beloved wines as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents its ever-popular German Wine Dinner, which takes place Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The Inn is teaming up with Fabiano Brothers to present an exclusive collection of fine German vintages for guests to enjoy, with commentary from the distributor’s own sommelier, Belinda LaDouce. Bavarian Inn Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, the 2012 Silver Plate Award winner, has planned a five-course feast featuring creative food and wine pairings.

The starter course is a Bavarian Inn “hausmade” soft pretzel with aged sharp cheddar beer cheese, accompanied by The Seeker Riesling from Germany’s Mosel region. Next comes a serving of applewood smoked pork loin served over roasted leek and cauliflower purée, with a serving of Schmitt Söhne Piesporter Michelsberg.

Chef Fahrenbruch is also preparing beef rouladen with Bavarian Inn spätzle, accompanied by Bavarian Inn Dornfelder, a smooth-textured dry red varietal and one of Germany’s most popular red wines. The dessert course is the Bavarian Inn’s famous Viennese sacher torte, paired with  Schmitt Söhne Relax Cool Red.

Cost for this special food and wine event is $60 per person.

Scrapbooking – long one of the most popular crafts in the nation – comes to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant March 17-19 as it presents its “Scrapbook Weekend 2017.”

The event offers scrapbook creators and their fellow hobbyists the opportunity to get together for the weekend in a fun and creative atmosphere while experiencing Bavarian Inn food and hospitality.

The weekend restaurant package, priced at $199 per person, includes all meals from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, the Bavarian Inn’s pretzel-rolling experience, a 10% discount coupon valid all weekend at the Inn’s Castle Shops, and upon departure Sunday afternoon, each guest will receive a 10-piece chicken meal value pack to bring home to friends and family. And, there will be plenty of time for scrapbooking and socializing – until 2 a.m. each evening.

 

Overnight accommodations are available at the Bavarian Inn Lodge at a discounted room rate of $154 plus 11% tax per night for up to four guests. “Scrapbook Weekend” attendees planning overnight stays should call 888-775-6343 for reservations, and reference group number 12E19B. Discount rate is based on room availability.

It’s time for a little “Cocktail Therapy,” the name of this “girls’ night out” event coming Friday, March 31 beginning at 6 p.m. Guests and their gal-pals will enjoy a stress-free night of hors d’oeuves, dinner, makeup sessions, hands-on cocktail crafting, photo opportunities, a comedy act, and more. Guests can then partake in after-hours shopping with special discounts at Girl Talk, Calla Lilies, and Emile B’s, all located at the nearby Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

The cost, $50 per person, includes dinner, activities, and a flight of martinis at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant plus a beverage while shopping at the River Place Shops.

Reservations and prepayment are required for all these events. For more information, call the Bavarian Inn at 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Employees Raise Funds to Help Others

Volunteer Campaigns Raise $18,500 for Charity in 2016

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan. 30, 2017 – Through its more than 30-year-old Company Giving Program, Bavarian Inn Restaurant employees raised a total of $12,586 to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, assisting the agency in its mission to provide nourishment to the hungry in 22 Michigan counties. The total was announced and a check for the entire amount was presented to the charity at a post-holiday employee party, Jan. 9.

According to Joe Putnam, 2016 chairperson of the Bavarian Inn Company Giving Program, the funds were raised through voluntary payroll deduction, candy sales, a holiday open house event and other activities throughout the year that were coupled with $5,000 in matching funds from the Frankenmuth landmark. “Bavarian Inn Restaurant has over 400 caring team members who give so generously each year to help those in need,” he said.

Bavarian Inn Marketing Manager Mandy Borsenik explained that, based on the purchasing power of the Food Bank, the group’s 2016 donation equates to approximately $75,516 in food to help the less fortunate.  She also listed past charities aided by the Company Giving Program:  Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, Hospice for Hope, Special Olympics, Special Days Camp and Saginaw Habitat for Humanity.

At the same time, nearly 300 employees at the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge raised a total of $2,959 in 2016 employee donations that were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Lodge for a total contribution of $5,918. By employee choice, the contributions were awarded to: Child Abuse Network, American Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation.

“The Bavarian Inn Zehnder family has always encouraged charitable contributions to the local community so it is no surprise that our employees have voluntarily followed suit in helping the less fortunate among us,” commented Lodge Marketing Manager Joanna Stratman. “We expect to see similar efforts in 2017,” she concluded.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn online press room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: http://logos-communications.com/bavarianinnlodge/

 

About the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves as a common solicitor, storehouse and distributor of food to member non-profit and charitable organizations in 22 counties. Once food arrives at the Food Bank, it is sorted, inspected and made available to partner agencies such as churches, soup kitchens, and food pantries to distribute to those in need. Learn more at www.fbem.org.

 

 

Bavarian Inn Restaurant Adds Valentine’s Day Treats

Surprise your sweetheart or family with an extra special package

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan. 26, 2017 – Bavarian Inn Restaurant plans to extend and make your Valentine’s Day celebration even more special. Guests dining at the restaurant from February 10 through February 14 can preorder from a selection of special enhancements that will be delivered directly to the table.

Special Valentine additions include:

  • Couples packages that range from boxed homemade truffles at $10; a “Sweetheart Basket” with Bavarian Inn signature homemade fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, and caramel corn at $16; to a “Romance Basket” with a bottle of Bavarian Inn Red Currant Wine and assorted homemade truffles at $24.
  • A Valentine’s Day “Family Basket” that includes four bottles of Bavarian Inn Root Beer, a half-pound of Jelly Belly® jelly beans, salt water taffy and the Bavarian Inn’s own Butter Mini Twist Pretzels all for just $25.

The special Valentine packages are available for delivery from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14. Reservations and prepayment are required by a minimum of two days prior to dining. Reservations for this special treat may be made by calling:  1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Put Some Sizzle in Your February at the Bavarian Inn

  • Wine vs Beer Dinner on Sat., Feb. 4 pits wines from Bryn Mawr Vineyards against beers from Short’s Brewing Company
  • Frenzy Fever Lunch with Elsa and Anna returns on Feb. 19

 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan, 23, 2017 –February promises to be a little brighter as the result of two events at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant, both designed to appeal to their own particular audience.

On Saturday, February 4, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents “Wine vs. Beer,” a course-by-course “rivalry” dinner that puts wines from Bryn Mawr Vineyards up against beers from Short’s Brewing Company.

Mouthwatering menu items such as grilled chicken Pozole soup—a traditional Mexican stew of hominy corn, lime, grilled chicken and radishes—will each be accompanied by a select wine and beer offering. There’s even a chocolate-covered pretzel peanut butter brownie to wrap things up—again with a pairing of wine and beer.

The “Wine vs. Beer” dinner is priced at $60 per person, which includes the meal, listed beverages, tax and gratuity.

The February 19 Frenzy Fever luncheon event at Bavarian Inn Restaurant is for kids who love everything from the Disney movie. Participants will get to mingle with Elsa and Anna, enjoy a musical performance by Elsa, take part in a coloring activity, receive a special gift, participate in photo opportunities and more. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. and costs $25 per person. Lunch includes a Frankenmuth® Chicken plate, homemade bread and butter, mashed potatoes and gravy, and buttered corn, along with a royal dessert and milk, coffee, tea or fountain soft drink.

Reservations and prepayment are required for all the Bavarian Inn Restaurant events. To reserve a place, call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941. For more information, visit www.bavarianinn.com/play/calendar-of-events.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill hosting ‘Michigan’s Firkin Birthday Celebration,’ celebrating state’s 180th birthday

Rochester Mills Beer Co. produces commemorative blend

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – January 5, 2017 – To mark the State of Michigan’s 180th birthday, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill is having a “Michigan’s Firkin Birthday Celebration” on Thursday, Jan. 26. The fun begins at 6 p.m.

The featured beer that evening is Chocolate-Covered Cherry Flavored Milkshake Stout, produced by the Rochester Mills Beer Company of Rochester, Mich. The special brew features two favorite state-sourced flavors – Traverse City-grown cherries, and Bavarian Inn chocolate.

In addition to the “Firkin Birthday” flavor of the day, Michigan on Main plans several food and drink specials for the state birthday celebration, in addition to its full menu of locally and regionally sourced and inspired appetizers, salads, and entrees, all served in a fun, casual atmosphere.

What’s a firkin, one may ask? The term originates in Great Britain, and equals a fourth of a barrel of beer, or 10.79 U.S. gallons.

For more information, call the Bavarian Inn at 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.