Our first stop on the MI Fresh Dairy Tour was Hudsonville Ice Cream. We had an amazing tour of their facilities and, of course, got the chance to sample some of their most popular ice cream flavors. In case you're wondering, the Seaside Caramel is AMAZING!! If you live in the Midwest, specifically MI, IN, OH or IL, then you've probably seen Hudsonville Ice Cream at your local grocery store.
Chef Ray from Hudsonville talked to us about food science and creating new ice cream flavors! (Photo courtesy of UDIM)
The gorgeous spread at Reserve! (Photo courtesy of UDIM)
After a fabulous nights sleep at the gorgeous JW Marriott, we spent our second day in Kitchen Stadium for a team Iron Chef Challenge!
Team Dairy Divas! From left to right: Sheila, Megan, Wendy, Chef, me, Cathy (a local dairy farmer) and Staci (UDIM) (Photo courtesy of UDIM)
Each team was tasked with creating two courses using at least three dairy ingredients and other fresh seasonal ingredients. We all had a blast during the challenge, and luckily when it was all over we got to eat all of our food during lunch! Oh, and I think my team may have won the challenge by the tiniest of margins. It was all in friendly competition of course!
This was our teams' main dish - Yogurt marinated chicken breast with fried butternut squash, roasted onions and peppers with a cucumber salad and saffron and cilantro cream sauce. DELISH! (Photo courtesy of UDIM)
I had a blast at the MI Fresh Dairy Tour! I learned so much, ate amazing food, and enjoyed spending time with my fellow blogger friends. They are all so talented and have fabulous blogs, be sure to stop by and check them out!
Liz from The Lemon Bowl
Kirsten from Comfortably Domestic
Rachel from Rachel Cooks
Lauren from Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood
Wendy from The Local Cook
Sheila from Eat2gather
Megan from What Megan's Making
Lori from Foxes Love Lemons
Deb from Just Short of Crazy
I was graciously hosted for a two-day local dairy tour by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. All thoughts and opinions my own. To learn more about UDIM be sure to connect with them on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.