Iron Works Cafe Photo Update

IWC Photo Update

Iron Works Café Progress Update

Well, it has been a while since our last update.  The drywall is up, the paint is complete and the fire doors are installed.

Electricians are working diligently and the hood system for the kitchen is about 75% complete.  The plastic coating is up in the kitchen and the tile installation is done.  While it is taking longer than expected we are very excited to open and are hoping to do so before the end of the year.

We have six students in place and cooking classes are under way.  The next step is to get them Serve Safe certified.  We also have a good base of volunteers – Thank you to all who are involved and for your continued support.

Finally, funding is still a challenge but we are pursuing a grant through the Michigan Department of Agriculture.  Additionally, we had to replace six of the large windows which we are using as a fundraiser.  If you “purchase” one of the windows you can have your logo placed on it.  We have sold three and have three left.  If you are interested in helping in any way, contact Al at or (202) 277-1363.

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Third Annual Smoked Fish Cook-Off

Manistee Community Kitchen, Seng’s Marina and Manistee Jaycees are hosting

the 3rd Annual Smoked Fish Cook-off!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Seng’s Marina

33 Lake St

Manistee, MI 49660

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This event is open to the public.  The public will be the judges for the event.

Tickets can be purchased for $5.00 at the door to judge your favorite smoked fish.  Proceeds will benefit the Manistee Community Kitchen whose newest project is the Iron Works Cafe.

There will be live music featuring Carrie Selbee and Company at 5:30 and DJ Bridget D at 7:30.  There will also be a Michigan craft beer and wine garden.

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It is $20 to enter your fish into the cook-off.  The fish must be from any fresh water lake and

would need to be smoked prior to the cook-off.  Prizes include:

1st Place: $250

2nd Place: $100

3rd Place: $20

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For more information or to enter please contact:
Al Frye

Help Kickstart the Iron Work’s Cafe!


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The Iron Works Cafe project will create a training facility and 2-acre community farm on main street in downtown Manistee.  The campaign has raised over 80% toward our $12,000 goal.  Consider making a pledge today and help push us over the edge!


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