The Bavarian Inn team with their Corp! magazine Food & Agriculture Award. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant was also named an overall winner in the Retail category. From Left: Amy Zehnder Grossi, General Manager – Bavarian Inn Restaurant; Jennie White, Hospitality Manager-Bavarian Inn Restaurant; Kim Whalen, Front Desk/Revenue Manager-Bavarian Inn Lodge; Lisa Sheppard, Food Production Manager-Bavarian Inn Restaurant; Dorothy Zehnder, Co-founder of the Bavarian Inn; William Zehnder Keller, Retail Management – Frankenmuth River Place Shops; and Mandy Borsenik, Marketing Manager – Bavarian Inn Restaurant.
William A. Zehnder
“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Zehnder, a lifelong resident of Frankenmuth. “I’m proud to be part of a family that places service at the center of everything we do: Service to God, our customers, the community and each other.”
Since 1980, Zehnder has served as President of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, Inc., and Managing Partner of Frankenmuth River Place. For most of his life, Zehnder has been a leader in the community, giving his time to the Jaycees, the Michigan Restaurant Association, the Rotary Club, the Michigan State University Alumni Association and the Chamber of Commerce.
The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is also being honored as the overall winner in the Retail category for making Michigan’s Food and Agriculture industry a source of pride and economic growth. The restaurant is one of the largest single consumer of Michigan’s food basket, serving a wide variety of Pure Michigan dishes and desserts. During the course of a year the Bavarian Inn will serve 1.5-tons of whitefish, 2,650 gallons of sauerkraut, more than 70 tons of Blue Hubbard squash, 125-tons of potatoes and enough dark beer to float a battleship. And that’s just a small sample of the Michigan products used in Bavarian Inn’s kitchen.
“I tell everyone to buy Michigan,” said Zehnder. “Everything produced in our state is on par or superior to what you’ll find around the world. Consumers can directly and positively grow our state’s economy by purchasing Michigan made and Michigan grown products. It keeps the state’s residents working and spending, and our businesses thriving and hiring. It makes good sense all around.”
Agriculture represents the second largest industry in the state, employing 1 million Michigan residents and adding roughly $60 billion to the state’s economy.