Ann Arbor Chef to be on Top Chef: Las Vegas

8 07 2009

I saw this story in the Detroit Free Press.

Chef Eve Aronoff — chef-owner of eve restaurant in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district — will compete this fall on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Las Vegas,” the sixth season of the top-rated cable series, the network announced today.


Contestants are not allowed to discuss how they fared in the series, which has already been taped.

The season will begin at 9 p.m. Aug. 26, with 17 professional chefs from all over the country. Aronoff is the only current Michigan chef to win a spot on the show.


Press Release – Buy Michigan Now Week

8 07 2009

From a Buy Michigan Now press release….

Buy Michigan Now Campaign Initiates Statewide Celebrations

Livonia, MI (July 9, 2008) – Buy Michigan Now (, a campaign designed to promote and restore Michigan’s economy, requested and received an official proclamation from Governor Jennifer M. Granholm pronouncing the week of July 27th as Buy Michigan Week across the state. The campaign is now urging businesses, residents, and media throughout the state to celebrate by showcasing and supporting Michigan-based companies and Michigan-made products during that week.

According to Buy Michigan Now campaign founder, Lisa Diggs, “While we would like to see every week be Buy Michigan Week, we felt our current economic situation warranted a special spotlight on what is going well in this great state. We have amazing agriculture, terrific beers and wines, numerous independently-owned retailers and restaurants that all deserve some special attention.” Diggs continued, “Michigan is still manufacturing more products than people realize, while simultaneously carving out a leading role in the film, medical, and renewable energy industries. Our citizens need to hear about, celebrate, and support these positive developments.”

To help businesses capitalize on the opportunity, Buy Michigan Now has created flyers, posters, and shelf tags that may be downloaded for free by local communities and businesses to help them highlight Buy Michigan Week. “We recognize that not every business has the budget to create special signage for an event like this,” said Diggs, “so we are offering several designs at no cost to make it more affordable for companies to participate.”

In addition, Buy Michigan Now and Downtown Northville are hosting a festival that runs from Monday, July 27th – Sunday. August 2nd. The event will include several seminars, panel discussions, and entertainment, in addition to active participation by local merchants and numerous vendors/exhibitors that will be on hand from around the state.

Press Release – Girl Scouts and DQ

8 07 2009

From a Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan press release….

Girl Scouts Learn Business Skills at Okemos Dairy Queen

(Lansing –) Girl Scouts in the Heart of Michigan are learning how to run a successful business with the help of their local Dairy Queen owner during the second annual DQ Girl Scout Appreciation Week from July 20 – 26. Girl Scout Appreciation Week is part of a two-month promotion with Dairy Queen that includes the introduction of the new Girl Scouts Tagalong Peanut Butter Patties Blizzard Treat as the July Blizzard of the Month and the return of the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookie Blizzard in August.

Locally, the Dairy Queen store at Meridian Mall, 982 W. Grand River in Okemos, will host Girl Scouts on July 22 from 11 am – 3 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm. During that time, girls will have the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial and leadership skills with a behind-the-scenes tour of the DQ store. Girls will receive tips on running a successful business, see how products are developed, and increase their financial literacy by learning how a restaurant makes a profit. The free event is open to current Girl Scouts and to girls and adults interested in joining or volunteering with Girls Scouts. For more information on this event, contact Elizabeth Duran at 517-699-9400 or email

DQ Girl Scout Appreciation Week reflects the Girl Scouts’ strategy to develop alliances that show girls how their hometown businesses work. “Girl Scout Appreciation Week is a great way to expose girls to savvy business leaders in their own communities,” said Jan Barker, CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. “Our girls are seeing firsthand how community involvement can help them shape their futures.”

Community events such as these help raise awareness for local Girl Scout troops. Troop membership is on the rise and volunteers are needed to lead troops or share their talents through programs for girls. Girls and adults interested in joining Girls Scouts can learn more at or by calling Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Lansing Regional Center at 517-699-9400 to speak directly with a membership or adult recruitment specialist.