Matterhorn grill at Black Star FarmsBlack Star Farms says, Move Over Fondue!


Raclette Matterhorn grilling is the newest craze at TASTES of Black Star Farms in The Village! But … what the heck is raclette? The name “raclette” comes from the practice of melting cheese and the French word “racler” meaning “to scrape.” The tradition began on the hillsides of the Valais region in Switzerland at the end of the 19th century. During the fall chill, when the wine harvest was coming to an end, grape harvesters took from their sacks a small loaf of bread, some raclette cheese, and a bottle of wine, and set up camp for the night. Legend has it that one of the men stabbed a piece of cheese with a large buck knife, and approached a crackling fire made from vine branches to warm himself while he ate. As the cheese made contact with the fire, it started to melt and run with a crisp, golden texture. As he slowly scraped the melting cheese, the others tasted this novelty. It was indeed excellent.


Enjoy this unique and casual dining experience at TASTES of Black Star Farms with a Matterhorn Grill Dinner. Join in the cooking by grilling meats, potatoes, breads, vegetables and apples on the top of the grill while the Leelanau Cheese Company’s Raclette cheese melts in the trays below. Scrape the melted cheese onto your grilled food and enjoy your own delicious creations.


The dinners are for two, and each guest will enjoy three 4 oz “tastes” of wine with dinner. The cost is $50 per couple. Dinners are served Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with two seatings nightly at 6 pm and 7:30 pm. Reservations are appreciated, and seating is very limited. Please call 231.944.1251 for reservations or email

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