Bourbon Trail 2015

Bravo offers some great small batch bourbons but I wanted to make sure we had the latest. Bourbon sales have increased by 40% in the last 5 years and our guests know many of the small batch bourbon distilleries, so I decided it was time for another tour of the Bourbon Trail. I drafted two bourbon aficionados to take the tour with me, my wife Whitney, who grew up in Tennessee, and Dean MacVicar, who has great palate for whiskeys and his wife Linda, our navigator extraordinaire.

The drive to Louisville is about five and a half hours so we decided to stop for brunch at Milktooth Restaurant in Indianapolis. This building is a former gas station converted into an amazing breakfast and lunch restaurant. I had met the chef at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. He was selected as one of their top 10 Best New Chefs. Bon Appetit also named Milktooth as one of the 20 Best New Restaurants in the country and they are only open for breakfast and lunch. It was amazing!

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Team Bravo! Exploring the Food & Wine Classic In Aspen 2015

Team Bravo!

Team Bravo! arrived in Colorado a few days before the 32nd Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. This year is another sold out event and it helps kick off the summer season for the town of Aspen. The weather was fantastic with sunny skies and 80 degree temps all week.

After arriving, we shopped for some basic supplies for the house: Beef Tenderloin, Caviar, Wine, etc, and then headed out for a hike. At almost 8,000 ft., it will take us Michiganders awhile to get used to the altitude. As we drove up toward the historic ghost town of Ashcroft we saw a large Cinnamon Bear! OK, we were still in our car when we encountered the big guy, but it was still exhilarating especially recognizing we all share the same goal, the pursuit of fine food! The hike was amazing, with warm weather, (something we haven't seen in Kalamazoo for a while) and snowcapped mountains as a backdrop. We packed a picnic of rustic bread and chicken salad made with olive oil that we enjoyed on the back deck of a camp house that was across the street from the old mining town.

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More Coffee And Beers Are Coming In The Same Glass

Excerpted from an article in SouthWest Michigan's Second Wave

Nick Chard of Bravo! in Kalamazoo has been using in his java stout Water Street’s espresso blend, which he finds to have a low bitterness level, leading to a more enjoyable drinking experience.

"It has a lot of darker features, like chocolate, which was what I was going after, it doesn’t seem too abrasive. I put a lot of roasted malts in there that already had some of that roasted coffee flavor, so it seemed like a good fit," Chard says.

Bravo! recently released Chard’s java stout on draught but has also held a portion back to age in bourbon barrels. Chard intends to release the bourbon barrel java stout in the near future and pair it with special menu items.

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Aspen Food & Wine 2014

Day 1

Monday was travel day for team Bravo! We landed in Denver and started our trek to Aspen. First stop was in Golden Colorado, not to see Coors Brewery but to grab lunch near Parfet Park. Yes, it's named after Don's great grandfather George Washington Parfet. He was a clay miner in Golden and an admired civic leader. He was the first president of the local Kiwanis Club in Golden. After his death the park was named in his memory. One of his sons, George William Parfet was the Worshipful Master of the local Masonic Lodge and read the burial rites at the burial of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Yes, this is true. We even traveled up to the top of Lookout Mountain to see the burial site and the Buffalo Bill Museum.

The Buffalo Bill Museum
The Buffalo Bill Museum

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Bravo! serves up bacon to Kalamazoo Marathoners

Thiry pounds of bacon left our restaurant this morning that will not be coming back! Enjoy runners! And good luck to you! For anyone who is not participating, come try our bacon during our delightful brunch today.

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Caribbean Night At Bravo! Restaurant

Bravo Restaurant Caribbean night

Friday April 4, 2014

Bravo! Caribbean Rum Punch
An incredible island drink that even comes with its own umbrella

Fried Conch Fritters with Lemon Aioli and Sweet Potato Chips
Our tasty fritters will transport you to your favorite Caribbean Island

Baked Red Snapper with Mango and Papaya Relish
Served on Spiced Bacon and Bean Caribbean Rice

Let us spice up your life with some Island fun!
Wear any Island attire and get a 10% discount on your bill

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