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Golf resort opening new restaurant

December 22, 2016
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Blue Stem restaurant deck view
A couple looks out from the deck of the Blue Stem restaurant at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort. Courtesy Gull Lake

A golf resort in the region has added a “casual fine dining” option to its clubhouse.

Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in Augusta said yesterday Blue Stem restaurant, which will overlook the resort’s new “links-style” Stoatin Brae course, is scheduled to open next spring.

Blue Stem will be perched on a nearly 200-foot ridge, which is one of the highest points in Kalamazoo County.

The restaurant will feature a modern American menu that incorporates some traditional Scottish ingredients, such as caraway seeds, leeks and cabbages.

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

The resort is located at 7417 North 38th St. 

Executive chef

Renee Hogge has been selected as Blue Stem’s executive chef.

In addition to her 11 years as executive chef at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Hogge owned and operated the Brighton Bar and Grill in Brighton and Red Cedar Grill in Williamston.

“(Hogge) has a terrific background in culinary arts, and she brings great experience and a love of cooking,” said Bill Johnson, VP, Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort. “She also has excellent management skills that will help with the training and consistency she brings to our existing staff. She is the perfect choice to launch the new restaurant.”

She said she’s “excited” to join the resort and believes she’s “up to the challenge.”

"After having my own business and all those years taking care of private club members, it's a perfect way to meld not just the food and the customer service, but to make sure resort visitors have the perfect experience from the time they get out of their car until they get back in the car,” Hogge said.

Gull Lake View

Featuring five championship golf courses, Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort has been family owned and operated for more than a half century.

In addition to Blue Stem and the Stoatin Brae course, the business has spent more than $1 million on renovating guest rooms, villas and the resort’s original East Course Grill in the past two years.

When Stoatin Brae opens in the spring, it will be the sixth course at Gull Lake View.

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