Freeze your assets off Frankenmuth's not just about all-you-can-eat chicken dinners anymore. The city's Bavarian Inn, famous for stuffing its guests with platters of poultry, now features a fresh take on the entrées-to-go concept. "Frozen Assets" carryouts will allow customers to participate in packaging made-from-scratch orders, including choosing meats, veggies and spices. The end result will be six ready-to-cook-and-serve entrées for a family of four with choices such as baked pork chops and apples, herb crusted chicken, meatloaf, breakfast casserole and enchiladas. Customers will also have their taste buds teased with luncheons previewing one of the inn's new main dishes, served in the dining room.
Events are scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 24. Kitchen sessions are at either noon or 3 p.m.; preview luncheons for both groups take place at 2 p.m. Cost is $149 per session and advance payment and reservations are required by calling 800-228-2742 or visiting bavarianinn.com.
As an added incentive, everyone in attendance gets a 10-piece Frankenmuth chicken value pack, a 10 percent discount coupon for the inn's Castle Shops and a travel cooler for their carryout entrées.
Now that's cool. Or frozen, as the case may be.
Eat the Page
John Folse is not as well known in this area as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril LeGasse. That doesn't make him any less an authority on Louisiana cooking than they are. His latest offering, his seventh, The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine (Chef John Folse & Company Publishing, $49.95), contains more than 800 photos and more than 700 recipes and includes some of the history behind recipes that range from "... the simplest fare eaten by laborers on a plantation morning to the elaborate feasts enjoyed by the height of Creole society." For more info and recipes galore, go to www.jfolse.com.
A Frosty Beverage
The furthest thing from our minds in the midst of this summer's heat and humidity is a blizzard. We're about to change that thought. Think Caramel Choco CheeseQuake Blizzard Treat. Imagine a thick forget about a straw cold, luscious, dairy treat filled with real pieces of cheesecake, rich caramel and chocolate chunks Dairy Queen's Blizzard of the Month. If that doesn't send you, then try one of the others: the Oreo CheeseQuake or ChocoCherry Love or the Banana Cream Pie or the Brownie Batter Blizzard treat. The trick is to finish before it melts while avoiding a "brainfreeze."
Well, this time we're not actually sure they work, but at these prices, you can buy them to display. We're talking about all of the kitchen gadgets and cookware in the new IKEA catalog. How about a set of two Teflon Classic coated aluminum pans, (8-inch and 10-1/2-inch) at $5.99 for the set or a ridged non-stick coated aluminum grill pan (10-1/4-inch x 14-1/4-inch) at $14.99? And knives at prices too cheap for us to repeat! We've wanted to see the store anyway.Know of any new restaurants, special dinners or food-related events? Let us know. Send materials two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.