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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.

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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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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.