Inaugural "Savor The Art Coast" Festival A Tasty & Enjoyable Hit For Locals And Area Visitors Alike
Saugatuck - A record crowd gathered to participate in the area’s newest craft beverage and artisan food festival - Savor The Art Coast - on August 30.
The event, which paired the area’s most innovative restaurants, breweries, wineries and cideries showcased the regions culinary skills. Rachael Ruiz Wood, TV talk show host, and Jason Kakabaker, owner of Cakabakery and winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”, teamed-up to judge the top entries in this year’s competition.
Top prize for best “Savory Entry” went to veteran chef & food-festival champion Chef Matt Balmer, owner of Lucy’s Little Kitchen, for his Memphis Style BBQ ribs.
Top Prize for “Best Pairing” went to Chef Chris Ferris, owner of Farm House Deli, for her petite BLT gougeres filled with fresh chevre, crisp Applewood bacon, heirloom tomatoes, pickled red onions and local organic greens paired with Griffin Claw Craft Beer.
Chef Renee Waddell, owner of Respite Coffee House, walked away with two blue ribbons. She received top award for ” The Most Attractive Booth” and top award for “Best Sweet” for her incredibly delicious lemon bars.
According to Felicia Fairchild, Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau executive director and event organizer, “All reports indicate that people really loved this event and it’s cutting-edge approach to highlighting the culinary arts here on the Art Coast of Michigan.
“We owe a deep debt of thanks to all of our sponsors because this event would not have been possible without their financial support.”
A HUGE community “Thank You” to the following individuals and businesses for making “Savor The Art Coast” a reality and for supporting our great communities as new and exciting events are created for the enjoyment of all:
IRON CHEF LEVEL SPONSORS
Liz Engel, Realtor/Associate Broker,
Century 21 Affiliated (overall event sponsor plus sponsored both bands - Rock Shop & Random Play”
David Hulst, Realtor/Broker, COLDWELL
BANKER ( overall event sponsor )
CHEF DE CUISINE LEVEL SPONSORS
Laree Waanders, Branch Manager, Chemical Bank Saugatuck (Sponsored the entire Kids
Zone plus the Critter Barn)
Mike Gallagher, Owner, The Local Observer Newspaper
Christopher Payne, Comcast Corporation, sponsored the live-stream broadcast )
John & Pat Huyge, Executive Directors, Lake Shore Arts Alliance
John O’Malley, IHS Distributing Company
SOUS CHEF LEVEL SPONSORS
Patrick Murphy, Owner, Patrick Murphy
David Simmons, Owner, Macatawa Disposal
CHEF PATISSIERE LEVEL SPONSORS
Michael Tischleder, Owner, Amazwi
David Braschler, Owner, Golden Brown Bakery Bill Wester, Owner, Saugatuck Golf Carts
FINE DINER LEVEL SPONSORS
Dr. Rebecca Mahar, DVM, Mac’s Landing
Cathy & Tom Halinski, Owners, Evergreen Lane
Finally we wish to acknowledge the owners of the following lodging establishments for their generous contributions of two-night getaways for our Grand Prize drawing: Pat & Peter Lion, owners of Rosemont Inn; Anne & Jeff Mathieu, owners of The Amble Inn and Toni Trudell, owner of Park House Bed & Breakfast