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Life & Work with Savor Popup

Today we’d like to introduce you to Savor Popup. 

Hello Savor Popup, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Savor started in 2019 as an artist collective group focused around an all-inclusive dining experience. Although we have evolved extensively over the years the one thing that has remained in focus is the aspect of art and food fusion. Our venue spaces always provide a different sensory appeal to pair with the meal itself. That ranges from art galleries, live paintings, musicians, and the very location of the meal itself. We like to think of our tickets as an entry to a multi-sensory art gallery. The original start of the pop-up (supper club as we like to call it now) happened in our home in Keego Harbor. We moved out all of the furniture and transformed the main floor into a functioning dining room, with multiple artists displaying their art on the walls and live jazz music. 

We have cycled through quite a few different spaces and have streamlined our process throughout the years. We have discovered what does and doesn’t work to help us accomplish an ideal dinner; A small communal dining table where everyone can feel comfortable and together, live music (Usually courtesy of jazz pianist Rob Jozefiak), and art. 

We have been fortunate to bring our supper club to Watercolor Cafe on Mackinac Island in 2021. The beauty and location of the cafe as well as the Island and the logistical challenges of even getting there create the perfect blend for an ideal environment. Not to mention everything else Watercolor Cafe has to offer —a hub for creative outlet. You can always catch the owner, Kate, teaching art classes and there are always unique local arts and craft to browse and admire. It really is the perfect environment for Savor. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest struggle for us has been finding the right venue space. What we do doesn’t exactly fit into a standard restaurant layout. The venue also speaks to the artistry of the entire experience. Coming to Mackinac Island we have found the right area to capture the spirit we are looking for. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
We both have spent our entire working lives in the restaurant industry. We met working in restaurants and both have a passion for everything the great Michigan outdoors as to offer. Our journey through different dining establishments through Michigan has brought us to Mackinac where Savor has found a happy home. We operate under the radar. We only offer dinners on a monthly bases usually only for groups up to six in one night. The small size and exclusivity allows the two of us to ensure every dinner is unique and perfectly executed. It has created an awesome crowd of regulars that understand what it is we are trying to accomplish. 

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