The Michigan Brewers Guild wanted something very specific when it turned 15: it asked the state’s breweries to concoct a 15th-anniversary ale for its summer beer fest. Chef and home brewer Amy Sherman, host of Great American Brew Trail, went behind the scenes at the celebration, where she interviewed local breweries’ staff members about their celebratory brews. Reports like these are typical of her show, Great American Brew Trail, for which she travels to microbreweries across the country and unveils the creative and culinary processes behind beer.
When Dorothy and Tony Myers first hit the local farmers’ market with their kettle corn, lines wrapped around the corner for the fluffy treat. Inspired by the huge demand, grandson Kyle Behm transformed the mom-and-pop stand into a thriving storefront dubbed Dorothy and Tony’s Gourmet Kettle Corn. Kyle and his staff, with occasional help from Grandpa Tony, set kettles of kernels over open flames, following a secret family recipe to craft the low-calorie snack. They avoid gluten, preservatives, saturated and trans fat, and the withering stares of hardcore caramel-corn enthusiasts.
The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Market helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel.