Add These Northern Michigan Small Bites to Your Must-Try List –

A black sign hangs over a tiny, cream-colored building on Union Street: Forrest A Food Studio, Private Chef. Inside, Chef Forrest Moline and his wife and business partner Nicole greet customers and send them away with generously filled frozen noodles and bottles of wine. Forrest and Nicole started offering takeaway dinner Thursday evenings, such as:

After Michigan restaurants have reopened for dinner, Forrest and Nicole continue to offer frozen pasta (pre-order online and pick it up on Thursdays between 3pm and 7pm), but swap takeaway dinners for a happy hour every Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. Cocktails and open wine menu. The Food Studio also has an on-site wine shop that sells natural and organic wines (open on Thursdays and when Forrest and Nicole are rolling out pasta dough; stop by if you’re in the area). Each bottle has a note card with suggestions for the combination of dishes so that everyone can easily choose a complementary combination.

What I ordered (and loved): filled ricotta ravioli pasta. For his homemade ravioli, Forrest makes ricotta from Moomers Farm Creamery’s milk and adds basil, black pepper, and chives. I combined my pasta, topped with rosemary goat cheese cream, with a bottle of Loveblock, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. 408 S. Union St., Traverse City

Pssst! The oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are amazing. Don’t go without an order. (Each order contains two cookies; I don’t recommend sharing them. Everyone gets their own!)

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