Anne Amie Vineyards, a family owned winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, will once again visit the great state of Michigan this June. Instead of the traditional wine dinner, Thomas Houseman, winemaker and avid cyclist, brings an element of summer fun with a series of progressive winemaker dinners on bicycle called Fête d’ Été (summer party), aptly named for that magical time during the cusp of Summer in the Great Lakes.
In each city, we will travel between 5 restaurants atop bicycles, with the entire dinner party in tow. Each ride, very casual in nature, will encompass no more than 12 total miles round trip. At each restaurant, chefs will pair their dish with one Anne Amie wine. This offers a unique, incredibly joyful experience and a fresh perspective of each city (not to mention it’s great for digestion!). Fête d’ Été dinners have been held in Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus (2012, 2014 & 2016), as well as Detroit, Ann Arbor and Traverse City (2015). It has been embraced by each of the restaurant communities, with everyone working together to bring an amazing energy and enthusiasm to this fun event.
2017 rides will take place in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids & Traverse City. Each dinner is $89 all-inclusive and includes a Fête d’ Été tour t-shirt. Guests are expected to provide their own bicycle. Event details with participating restaurants will be added soon. We hope you’ll join us!