To the House of Doggs and owners Nick and Autumn McAllister, who won a Food Network “Food Court Wars” reality television competition against Traverse City food entrepreneurs Matts’ Beignets. The two teams tested their food products’ concept, menu offerings and marketability. The team that sold the most food at the Grand Traverse Mall Food Court got a one-year lease for a spot there. The couple had $1,469 in sales. McAllister said he will keep his Union Sfreet location open “for the time being.” The show was filmed in Traverse City in November but didn’t air until Feb. 23.
n To some Grand Traverse County 911 dispatch center supervisors whose Facebook page posts have helped the site garner more than 18,000 “likes.” The posts sometimes range beyond who, what and when to balance vital public information about serious matters like traffic crashes and weather emergencies with offbeat humor, often drawn from actual reports, and even music references. Humorous Facebook posts about Halloween radio pranks, fugitives mistakenly dialing 911 and succumbing to the winter blues are awash with appreciative comments from the public.
n To area high school students who competed in Junior Achievement’s Youth Summit for Future Entrepreneurs at the Hagerty Center last week. The competition paired teams of students with local entrepreneurs to plan an event to target 13- to 17-year-olds and present their ideas to a panel of judges who will act like potential investors. The winning team was to receive iPads from the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.
n To state health inspectors for pursuing a case against an Ellsworth man who became Michigan’s first felony “food law” conviction after he sold E. coli-tainted cider that sickened four people. The man sold the cider in defiance of multiple warnings from state health inspectors. In 2012, four people, including two children, fell ill from an E. coli outbreak traced to the cider. The Antrim County prosecutor’s office authorized two felony “food law” violations against the man about a year after the E. coli outbreak.