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Chelsea Foodways: Fast Facts

chicken dinnerThe Chelsea District Library, anchored in the town's hip and trendy business district, serves as Michigan's first host site to Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways. It's an energizing place to kickoff the statewide tour, considering its 200-year history of milling flour, its entertainment offerings, and its picturesque downtown.

The Home of Jiffy
Jiffy Mix, an international leader in pre-prepared baking mixes, was started in Chelsea in 1930 by Mabel Holmes. She founded Chelsea Milling Company, and the family business now produces 1.6 million boxes of mix each day.

Food and Theatre
In recent years, the combination of chef Craig Common and actor Jeff Daniels has created a significant cultural imprint on Chelsea. The idea was to open a restaurant in town where people could go to enjoy a great meal before or after taking in a play at the Purple Rose Theater, started by Jeff Daniels. On July 26, 1991, The Common Grill opened its doors and has been hailed ever since.

Sauerkraut Dinners?
Our Savior Lutheran Church hosts Sauerkraut Dinners consisting of roast pork, sauerkraut cooked with pork, bratwurst, spätzle, mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, and pies. The dinners reach beyond the congregation to the greater community, without advertising. The church's men's club cooks the dinners, while the women cook the pies.

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Chelsea Farmers Market

Chelsea Market

The Common Grill

Common Grill

Dexter Cider Mill

Dexter Cider Mill

Slow Food Huron Valley

Slow  Food Huron Valley

Sandhill Crane Vineyards

Sand Hill Crane

Zou Zou's

Zou Zou's

Host Site: Chelsea District Library

Shawn Personke
Chelsea District Library
221 S. Main St.
Chelsea, MI 48118
Phone: 734-475-8732
email: spersonke [at] chelsea.lib.mi.us

Chelsea Recipe: Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Hickory Nuts

Events (at McKune Memorial Library unless otherwise noted)

May 26 - July 8, 2007
Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways.

June 14 to July 19. 1 - 3 pm.
Graphic Novel Academy

June 19, 2007. 8:30 pm.
Tuesday Night Food & Film Series. Like Water for Chocolate (R)

June 20, 2007. 2 pm.
Chocolate Fountain and Craft: KidSpot

June 26, 2007. 8:30 pm.
Tuesday Night Food & Film Series. Chocolat (R)

June 27, 2007. 2 pm.
Food with Moods: KidSpot

July 24, 2007. 1 pm.
6--11 Craft Fun: Apron & Tote Bag Decor

July 25, 2007.
noon to 3 pm: Closing Celebration
2 pm: Lords of the Sky

August 1, 2007. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Sushi Demo (registration).



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