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Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Selects "aerie" from 3,000 Entries
as Name for 16th Floor Restaurant
Ted Cizma Named Executive Chef at the 600 room Northern Michigan Resort 

ACME, Mich. June 18, 2007 -  As part of its massive $14 million renovation, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, near Traverse City, is excited to introduce aerie, the new, unique and spectacular restaurant that replaces the Trillium on the 16th floor of the Resort's Tower. The long-awaited new restaurant is now open to the public. 

In March, the popular 900-acre resort announced a statewide naming contest for the new restaurant.  Over 3,000 entries were received.  The name of the new restaurant was selected from among the Top 10 Names and was announced during an invitation only VIP grand opening reception held June 14.  The Top 10 Names, alphabetically, were:  Aerie, Aurora, Compass, Dreamcatcher, Pinnacle, Sakura, Summit, Turquoise, XVI, and Zia.  Persons who were the first to submit each of those names were invited to attend the grand opening reception  

The new restaurant is the latest in property-wide renovations to transform Grand Traverse Resort & Spa into a grand, new, and inspiring destination experience.  aerie offers a premium casual dining experience like none other in Northern Michigan.  An inspiring restaurant setting designed by Chicago-based Simeone Deary Design Group incorporates the natural beauty of Northern Michigan and highlights the breathtaking views that made the former restaurant, the Trillium, a landmark restaurant for over 20 years. 

The Resort's new Executive Chef Ted Cizma, who was named Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chef in 2000, created the menu.  It expands the Northern Michigan theme by focusing on regional American selections that highlight local produce from the world-class orchards, vineyards and artisan bread and cheese makers throughout the region. The wine collection is expansive and was designed to suit every taste and budget.  The new restaurant also features a lounge. 

"We've created an extraordinary, regionally inspired restaurant, unlike any other, with a contemporary menu and design that reflects the flavor of our area," commented Grant Channing, the Resort's Executive Vice President and General Manager.  "We invite everyone to experience Chef Cizma's spectacular locally driven menu that is truly representative of Northern Michigan."

With over $13.5 million in renovations throughout the property, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is a new experience.  The 600-room resort is located along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay.  One of the Midwest's finest full-service, year-round, golf, spa, vacation and conference destinations, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa offers 600 Hotel and Tower guestrooms and suites, as well as studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom Condominiums, 85,000 square feet of versatile meeting space, and 54 holes of championship golf including The Bear, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, The Wolverine, a Gary Player signature golf course, plus the Jim McLean Golf School. 

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is proudly owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.  


 Grand Traverse Resort & Spa


Also See: The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Begin Three Year $10 Million Renovation of the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa / Aug 2003
KSL Resorts Sells the 660 room Grand Traverse Resort to Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians; Tribe Will Seek Casino Gambling / March 2003



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