Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

The appetizing and bold flavors of Gander’s Restaurant Week 2015 entrees are flavorful and unique because of their philosophy on using Michigan-sourced products and ingredients in dishes that highlight what the state has to offer.

“Over 95 percent of our items are from Michigan,” said William Read, executive chef.  He is constantly searching for Michigan-based products and ingredients to get that closer to 100 percent.

Ganders opened in March highlighting this fervent desire to feature Michigan ingredients and products in everything from their small plates to soups and salads to burgers, sandwiches, and main entrees.  Chef Bill Read, who brings 20 years of culinary experience to Ganders, stated that Michigan grown, sourced, and produced products are what their menu accentuates.  A sign greets visitors to the restaurant stating that, “A Michi-gander is passionate about our state. At Ganders, we’re passionate about Michigan too. Michigan grown, Michigan made, Michigan brewed.”

A diner’s beverage choices also can reflect this passion with the vast array of Michigan-brewed beers, liquors, and wines to compliment the Michigan-inspired food entrees. He said Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery produces special wine blends for the restaurant.  Read believes the Michigan-inspired creations of Ganders also allow DoubleTree Hotel guests from out of town to experience meals and beverages that highlight all Michigan has to offer.  Guests from the area and outside of Michigan will have the opportunity to experience some of the best, delectable creations that resulted from this passion during Restaurant Week 2015.  “We always create a menu from the options that are available at the time,” he said.

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The Restaurant Week menu includes three small plate options to start the dining experience. These include the bold flavor of the Mama Mucci Arborrio risotto with Blis Blast hot pepper sauce, Michigan grown shrimp, coconut tempura shrimp, and Michigan fresh basil with a hint of spiciness.  The filling, grilled flatbread loaded with fresh and appealing toppings from Michigan includes house-smoked artichokes, Ebels smoked ham, a house tomato sauce, baby greens, Farm Country white cheddar and Andruilis Horseradish Famers cheese. The final choice is the S&S lamb pastrami wrapped ahi tuna.  The tasty, succulent main entrée choices include citrus braised Michigan short rib tacos, Mama Mucci garlic parsley linguine, and herb grilled Michigan beef tenderloin. The tacos include a blend of flavors with the pickled red onions, charred shallot guacamole, cilantro lime vinaigrette, baby greens, Remy Picot blue cheese, and roasted pepper salsa. The Mama Mucci garlic parsley linguine is distinguished by its use of Michigan grown shrimp, Detroit chorizo, farm tomatoes, and Michigan herbs blended with the New Holland Dutchess vodka butter cream.  The desserts highlight Michigan’s berries with the choice of the Michigan blueberry and orange strudel, the local farm egg crème brulee with fresh cream and Michigan berries, and the Michigan apple cinnamon sponge cake.

Finding everything from Michigan can be a challenge that Read has learned to take in stride. When questioned as to why he uses all Michigan based ingredients from cheese to meat to spices especially if it is challenging to find items, Read said he believes it is just the right decision. “What other way is there to do it,” Read stated.

Finding products that consistently have the high quality that Read requires is the hardest part. Sysco, Superior Foods Company, West Michigan FarmLink, and local farmers are some of the sources of high quality, local products. “We look at different companies all the time,” Read said. The easiest product to get locally is cheese while the most difficult is beef. Finding Michigan beef that is mass-produced “is hard to get a good, consistent product.”  “Ganders is unique because the main focus is the Michigan ingredients in everything we do,” Read said.

Since menus are based around the local products in season, Read also faces some challenges in developing the spring, summer, fall, and winter menus that other restaurants may not face. The menus are based around ingredients that should become available at certain times, but it leaves him searching for products if something happens that an item is in short supply.  The tradeoff for the challenges he faces are high quality and fresh, local ingredients, knowing where ingredients come from, and knowing he is supporting Michigan’s economy and businesses through his purchases. Read’s preference is to show support for these businesses by listing where he gets the ingredients from whenever possible in his menu.  From northern Michigan to Traverse City to Detroit to the Grand Rapids area, Read gets his ingredients throughout the state. When traveling around Michigan he keeps the restaurant in mind. “I’m always looking,” he said.

Read prefers working with suppliers to have products delivered to his location rather than spending time at markets. This means he can spend his time planning and preparing his entrees rather than gathering supplies.

For the winner:  This giveaway is valid ONLY during restaurant (August 12th-23rd) week and ONLY for the specified items on the restaurant week menu.  This prize does not include tip, so remember to take care of your server.

Article by Cindy M. Cranmer

Photo Credit: Katherine Thelen

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76 comments

  1. Sarah Paul, July 22, 2015 12:51 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I love that they try so hard to use Michigan products!! I would love to win:)

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  2. Amy Hamilton-Payne, July 22, 2015 12:53 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I really would love to try this out!

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  3. Caroline Sederquist Harbin, July 22, 2015 12:55 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Yum!!

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  4. Megan Bird, July 22, 2015 1:10 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I went one time with my brother, and I’d love to bring hubby. They really are delicious!

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  5. Joshua Levering, July 22, 2015 1:28 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I have heard great things

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  6. Monica Jean, July 22, 2015 1:36 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Yum yum! This would be fun to try!

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  7. Marissa List, July 22, 2015 1:55 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Such delicious looking dishes!

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  8. Debra Lewis-Zammitt, July 22, 2015 5:08 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I would love to try Ganders!! Looks Yummy!!

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  9. Kathy Doorn, July 22, 2015 5:11 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Made in Michigan…love it!

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  10. Jennifer Ann Hayden, July 22, 2015 6:07 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    We just drove by last weekend and my husband asked about Gander’s. We loved the old restaurant and would love to see the new menu.

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  11. Susanne Aldridge, July 22, 2015 6:09 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Wanted to go there last year with a work group for Christmas but they were renovating. Maybe this will get me there

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  12. Darcy Ysseldyke, July 22, 2015 6:28 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Love that they do all local!!

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  13. Fern Sterk, July 22, 2015 6:37 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Yum!

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    Lindsay Wolfarth, July 22, 2015 6:38 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Never been here but looks tasty!

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  15. Miya Jaglowski, July 22, 2015 6:45 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I haven’t been there yet but it is on my list.

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  16. Marlene Clark, July 22, 2015 6:54 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Would love to try Ganders 🙂

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  17. Adrianne Braun, July 22, 2015 7:07 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I have been dying to try Ganders since they changed over from The Spinnaker. This would be a great opportunity!

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  18. Wanda Van Singel, July 22, 2015 7:21 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Would love to try their ever changing local menu; all sounds so good!

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  19. Dianna Atchison, July 22, 2015 7:25 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I haven’t had the opportunity to try Ganders since the change from The Spinaker and love that they use Michigan based foods. Hope to win!

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  20. nicole, July 22, 2015 7:33 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I love what they are doing here. Chef Bill is great! Try the fish tacos! Yum!

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  21. Laura Bouwkamp, July 22, 2015 7:36 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I’d love to try this place out! Love places that use local foods!

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  22. Emily Babic, July 22, 2015 7:43 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I really want to try this place! I haven’t had a chance yet, and restaurant week sounds like the perfect time!

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  23. Jane Sandona, July 22, 2015 7:47 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    We ate lunch at Michi Ganders awhile back and were very taken with the food quality and imaginative Michigan selections!

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  24. Jenn Sanborn, July 22, 2015 8:20 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Love Ganders!

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    Jeff Dundas, July 22, 2015 8:27 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Very excited to “take a gander”. Hope to win!

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  26. Lauren Hills, July 22, 2015 8:36 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Local is pretty much my jam!

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  27. Caitlyn Gledhill, July 22, 2015 8:37 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Haven’t had a chance to try Ganders yet, would make a perfect date night!

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  28. Kelly Leipprandt, July 22, 2015 8:39 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I’ve been dying to check this place out!! Looks delish.

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  29. Jamilah Fields, July 22, 2015 8:41 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Born and raised in Michigan. Just now trully experiencing the amazing local good choices, would love to add this one!

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  30. kc, July 22, 2015 8:47 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Never been there! Would LOvE to try it!!

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  31. Meghan Miller, July 22, 2015 9:03 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I’ve never been, would love to try it!

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  32. Kara Rozin, July 22, 2015 9:10 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Never been here and would really like to try it!

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  33. Anna Baeten, July 22, 2015 9:17 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    All these cool places I’ve not heard of!

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  34. Elizabeth Slagle, July 22, 2015 9:18 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Sounds delicious!

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  35. Lis Bokt, July 22, 2015 9:24 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I went to Ganders for the first time this past weekend. I will be back.

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  36. Stephanie Rensland, July 22, 2015 9:31 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    This sounds wonderful!

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  37. Sarah Ferguson, July 22, 2015 9:47 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Love restaurants that use local options!

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  38. jennifer white, July 22, 2015 9:57 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Would love to try this new restaurant!!! Looks awesome

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  39. Stormy Steigenga, July 22, 2015 10:01 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Need to get over here again for this season’s dishes!

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  40. Andrea Gray, July 22, 2015 10:24 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Never been, would love to check it out.

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  41. Kate Ralston, July 22, 2015 10:41 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I’ve been wanting to try this place ever since I saw the pic of the apple jacks dessert!

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  42. Lindsay Vronko, July 22, 2015 11:06 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Would love to try Ganders!

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  43. Patty Russie, July 22, 2015 11:54 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I’ve heard good things about Ganders!

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  44. Cassandra Nelson, July 22, 2015 12:16 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Yum! Hope I win!

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  45. Patti Feeback, July 22, 2015 1:00 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Ganders! YUM!

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  46. John MacKenzie II, July 22, 2015 1:22 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I love the word play on the name.

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  47. Kathy Ruiter, July 22, 2015 2:03 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I would love to try this restaurant!

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  48. Michael DiBlasi, July 22, 2015 4:11 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I love this place, great food and so close to work!

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  49. Zoe Sun, July 22, 2015 4:11 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    They have delicious foods!

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  50. Connie Flachs, July 22, 2015 5:29 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I’ve always wanted to try out Ganders!

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  51. Kristen Gearhart, July 22, 2015 6:06 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Awesome food–great staff and service!

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  52. Andy Gear, July 22, 2015 6:29 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    love this place

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  53. Kerry Ferrone, July 22, 2015 6:46 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    looks yum!

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  54. Cindy Perkins, July 22, 2015 8:52 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. Andrea J. Masvero, July 22, 2015 8:54 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Sounds amazing. I would love to go!

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  56. Kimberly Jackson, July 22, 2015 9:03 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Pass here weekly saying we are going to try it. This would be the ultimate push to get us in the door!

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  57. Jess Hart, July 22, 2015 9:13 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Would love to try this place!

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  58. Antonella Gaglio-Martin, July 22, 2015 9:14 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I try to support locally grown food as much as possible!

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  59. Kristen Nauss, July 22, 2015 9:28 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    food, glorious FOOD! 🙂

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  60. michele, July 22, 2015 9:45 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I met my husband at Spinnaker…we would love to try out Ganders and see what has changed.

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  61. Diane George, July 22, 2015 9:55 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Great food with great friends…always a great place to meet up 🙂

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  62. Patty Surman, July 22, 2015 10:06 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Whoo hoo! Pick me!

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  63. Matthew Abel, July 22, 2015 10:07 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Come on, Rafflecopter! Stop letting me down!

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    Cheryl Noordhoek, July 22, 2015 10:07 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Yes Please, Pick Me!

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  65. Beth Herro-Ledesma, July 22, 2015 10:50 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I have never been there and would love to win!

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  66. Jennifer Kampfschulte, July 22, 2015 10:54 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Would love to try it!

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  67. Stacy Loew, July 22, 2015 11:11 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    That risotto!!! need this again!

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  68. Liz DeVree, July 22, 2015 11:11 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    What?! Another restaurant I haven’t tried?

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  69. Sue Castor, July 22, 2015 11:13 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    How do you manage to keep finding places I need to try?

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  70. Carrie Mae, July 22, 2015 11:14 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Looks delicious!

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  71. Yvette Mendler Gabriel, July 22, 2015 11:19 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Really need to try Ganders!!

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  72. Jeniffer Lee, July 22, 2015 11:21 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Something new…to me!

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  73. Erica Wozniak, July 22, 2015 11:47 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Maybe this time. :))

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  74. John Schafer, July 22, 2015 11:59 pm - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    Would love to try It!

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  75. Brad Fitzgerald, July 23, 2015 12:31 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I would love to try Ganders.

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  76. Dora Hulett, August 7, 2015 5:59 am - Ganders restaurant week giveaway.

    I love to try new restaurants!

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