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Recipe Walk is cookin' in Imlay

Event features 34 stops, almost 100 recipes in this year's Imlay cookbook

April 21, 2010
IMLAY CITY — A growing community tradition returns this Saturday, April 24, when the 2010 "Recipe Walk" sets off downtown.

Sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority, the 5th Annual Recipe Walk runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 34 participating businesses, the most ever registered for the event.

DDA Director Monica Irelan said the "Walk" was moved from its former date in February to April, to take advantage of warmer weather.

"We think more people will want to come out with the nice weather," said Irelan. "We hope our stores and streets are very busy."

Florist Joi Kempf greets recipe walkers during last year’s promotion in downtown Imlay City.

While the primary goal of the Recipe Walk is to increase business traffic downtown, the 2010 Recipe Walk Cookbook offers patrons some immediate gratification.

Irelan noted that this year's cookbook contains nearly 100 appetizing recipes, all of which were provided by local business owners and citizens.

"There's a lot of great recipes," she said, "like chocolate eclair cakes and other goodies. There's even a section devoted to gluten-free recipes."

She pointed out that one of the more unique recipes in the 2010 cookbook, may or may not turn out to be a hometown favorite.

"The Mayor (Rod Warner) has submitted his own recipe for squirrel cakes," said Irelan. "Apparently he likes them deep-fried and breaded."

In addition to the 30-plus business stops, walkers can visit the Vendor Station located at All The Best Bridal, 200 E. Third St., where everything from hand-crafted purses to baked goods will be available for purchase.

While there, Irelan encourages patrons to indulge in the free coffee and orange drink, compliments of the Big Boy and McDonald's restaurants, respectively.

"We anticipate a lot of our businesses will be offering food samples and other giveaways," Irelan added.

Participating businesses include: 4th Street Antiques,

All the Best Bridal, Amazing Grace Book Store, Armando's Grocery, Chick's Barbershop, Corner Stone Staffing Solutions, Creations Floral, CSB Bank, Curves for Women, Edward Jones Investments, Focus Studio, Gem & Diamond Specialists, Gumdrop Junction, Half Pints, Home Goods Emporium, Imlay City Cleaners, Imlay City Florist, Imlay City Monuments, Imlay City True Value Hardware, Jalisco Mexican Café & Bakery, Kelly's Pet Salon, Kitchen Design, Kitty's Place, Lucy's Coney & Sub, Morrice, Lengemann, & Miller, Muir Brother's Funeral Home, Nacho's Taco House, On the Avenue Salon, The Pincushion, Sportsmens Barber Shop, Structures Salon, The Learning Depot/Michigan Business Products, Bee Gee's Family Shoes, CC's Cyber Cafe, Pizza Machine, Shear Hair and Thimbleberry Gift Shoppe.

For more information about the 2010 Recipe Walk, contact Monica Irelan at 724-2135 or visit the DDA website at:

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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