Anne Amie Vineyards, a small, family owned winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon, will be visiting our region for their annual sales call. This year, will offer a twist on the traditional winemaker dinners. Instead of 5 courses in 1 restaurant, they will host a series of progressive bicycle winemaker dinners. In each city, Anne Amie will travel between 5 restaurants in general proximity, atop bicycles, with the entire group in tow. This should offer not only a unique and incredibly joyful experience, but a fresh look at the fabric of each city. Kimberly McLeod (National Sales Manager) and Thomas Houseman (Winemaker) wanted to bring an element of Portland, Oregon, to the Great Lakes. This event has been embraced by each of the restaurant communities, and everyone has worked together to bring a youth and energy to a format that can often seem stuffy or intimidating. Each dinner is $80 all-inclusive and comes with a t-shirt with the Fête d’ Été-logo for the event and the “tour dates”. Fête d’ Été (literally means summer party)-so named, as we are on the cusp of Summer here in the Great Lakes, and there is a sort of magic in the air this time of year, and a hunger to be outside. Each ride, very casual in nature, will encompass no more than 10 total miles round trip. Guests are expected to provide their own bicycle. The event details are as follows, each event begins at 6pm:
Sunday, May 18th-Cleveland-The tour will wind will begin and end in Ohio City, along the way, we’ll visit Downtown, The Flats & Tremont. Monday, May 19thThe Olentangy river trail is one of the most beautiful rides in Ohio and we will include several miles of this trail on our ride, along with The German Village, Downtown and The Short North. Tuesday, May 20th-Cincinnati will be a tour of gorgeous suburbs surrounding Hyde Park and Oakley. Finally-the whirlwind tour concludes on Wednesday, May 21 in Toledo Ohio as we tour The Old West End, Downtown Toledo, and it’s Riverfront.
Routes will be announced by May 1. We will list participating restaurants they are confirmed. Reservations can be made at anneamie.com/biketour. No more than 40 slots are available on any date, so early reservations are encouraged. Upon signing up, we will keep you abreast of all developments. For any question-please contact firstname.lastname@example.org