1) Start your day at Bear’s Mill:
Mornings are a great time to visit the Mill. The sun is just waking up and all is quiet on the Mill grounds. We’ll have freshly brewed coffee waiting for you so you can tour the Mill at your leisure. You’ll learn how local grain makes its way from floor to floor to be cleaned, stored, ground on 160 year old millstones, then sold as the foundation for numerous breads and baked goods, which are available in the Mill Market.
We feature a wide are of unique kitchen items, home goods and cookbooks for the home chef, and if you’d like to try integrating Mill products into your own recipes at home, Bear’s Mill sells freshly ground yellow cornmeal, whole-wheat cake flour, unbleached white cake flour, buckwheat flour, rye flour, spelt flour bran, and pancake mixes.
Before you leave, take a walk through the Mill grounds and spend some quiet time with nature. We have several stopping points along the paths, as well as a sitting deck outside, so bring your camera and prepare for a relaxing, educational start to the day. Bear’s Mill is Slow Food at its best.
2) Mix it up mid-day at KitchenAid®:
Now that you have Bear’s Mill flour in hand, you’ll need some serious kitchen inspiration. A five mile drive into historic Downtown Greenville will lead you to the KitchenAid® Experience Center. We’re very proud of the fact that the KitchenAid® stand mixer has been manufactured in Greenville since 1908. During your visit, you can explore the widest selection of KitchenAid® countertop appliances and housewares anywhere, with special colors, accessories and great gifts for your favorite cook. You can also find refurbished countertop appliances at a fraction of their regular price in the outlet store. If you call ahead for reservations, you may be able to join one of their many cooking classes and demonstrations, or even tour the mixer factory!
3) End with a spectacular local meal:
After all of your earlier food-related fun, we know you’ll be hungry. One of our favorite places to eat in the entire Miami-Valley area is Michael Anthony’s at the Inn, which is a 20-minute drive from downtown Greenville to the small village of Versailles.
Michael Anthony’s is truly a culinary treasure hidden amongst the Ohio cornfields. One would never expect to find world-class cuisine being prepared in a town of 2,500 residents, but Chef Michael Deligatta is making it happen daily. The regular menu at Michael Anthony’s is filled with a wide variety of spectacular entrees, but their seasonal menu is what’s really worth writing home about. The majority of their produce is grown at the restaurant’s very own organic farm, and meats are sourced locally. Recently, Michael Anthony’s installed a wood fired pizza oven in the restaurant where they create old-world style pizzas on organic spelt wheat crust from flour that was ground at Bear’s Mill!
The dining room is filled with French Country charm, and their wine cellar has won 5 Wine Spectator awards. Michael Anthony’s a truly enjoyable culinary experience that is the perfect end to an Ohio foodie adventure.
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