Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Closed this Thursday /Open next Thursday, August 5

See you at Sounds & Sights Festival this week. Check out all the scheduled activities at: www.chelseafestivals.com.

Next week, we're soooo excited to be back under the original Yellow Door roof and behind the actual yellow door for Thursday, August 5, breakfast. Chef Alan Merhar of Evans Street Station (of Tecumseh) is joining us in the Yellow Door kitchen. His dishes always comprise the freshest fruits and veggies of the season. We'll post his Thursday menu soon.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Eat local wherever your "local" is at the moment

Juicy, red raspberries, wild blueberries and oh-so-fresh lobster. Dorothy, we're not in Michigan anymore. A two-week road trip to Acadia National Park included dining on mussels, freshly boiled lobster, wild blueberry pie and, eaten by my daughter, the local favorite, "Whoopie Pie." On the return trip home, we ate Vermont cheese, chocolate and maple syrup, took in the Ben & Jerry's icecream tour and stopped at two farmsteads where local cheese, raw milk, maple syrup and granola are produced, and grass-fed cows and free-range chickens pluck at lush, green hillsides. (Incidentally, the creamery owner is from Marquette, Michigan, and a graduate of Ferris State University.)

Apparently, we are not the only Michiganders to travel to Maine this summer. In addition to running into my daughter's schoolmate twice, and Chelsea resident and Yellow Door diner Kathy Mueher and her husband on a whale boat tour (sorry if I butchered your last name, Kathy!), we ran into Michiganders at every point of interest. We Michiganders love our outdoors!

It's fun to experience other local foods and points of interest (anyone been to the world's largest nickel before in Sudbury, Ontario?). It's so, so, so nice to be home, though. After touring several eastern states these past two weeks (and having experienced many western states before), I can honestly say Michigan is one of the most beautiful states in our country. We're surrounded by rich agriculture and four of the five Great Lakes. Chelsea is a charming gem of a community. Give thanks for all the goodness surrounding us!

Friday, July 9, 2010

What is Yellow Door?

Yellow Door is an *underground* breakfast destination* in Chelsea, Michigan, which is open every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Dishes are prepared with fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. Your donation of $10-15 for breakfast benefits Chelsea Community Kitchen, a training center and incubator for food entrepreneurs.

Yellow Door is completely run by volunteers. Volunteers are the heart of Yellow Door. Our volunteers donate an hour (or many hours) to ensure communication, shopping, menu planning, food prepping, cooking, greeting and serving seamlessly occurs each week. Interested in volunteering? We'd love your involvement. Email us at: meetatyellowdoor@gmail.com.

What (and who) else do we love? ('Cause we're full of it.) We love to feature *celebrity* chefs in the Yellow Door kitchen. What do we mean by celebrity? Celebrity is anyone who can cook up a sigh-inducing, I love Michigan for its agricultural bounty dish. Your Grandma may be a kitchen whiz with eggs. Or, maybe your neighbor makes the best breakfast pasties this side of the Big Mac. Super. Contact us! And, yes, we feature chef celebrities like Chef Craig from Common Grill and Paul Cousins, both renowned for their stylish dishes bursting with panache, as well as local flavors. (Hmmm... we'd love to have you both back soon in the Yellow Door kitchen!) You see, we love a variety of celebrities. Get in touch with us today.

* We're not really under the ground. (Geezzzz, breakfast underground? A little too dark and damp for me. We're hush-hush in regard to location. Hint: we're close to downtown Chelsea.)