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10/8/14 — Oktoberfest Pop-Up Dinner at The Filling Station

Oktoberfest Pop-Up Dinner UPDATE: Sadly, tonight’s pop-up dinner has been postponed due to weather. We will update this page with a new date once that has been determined.

Ticket holders: We will be in touch with you shortly if we have not been already.


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The Filling Station finds the right pairing with Goodwill’s Mi Fresh Start Training Program

Fall is near, and so is Goodwill’s next Pop-Up event! In celebration of Oktoberfest, we’re partnering with The Filling Station to pair a traditional German menu with their local craft beer.

Join us at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 16th on The Filling Station patio. Under the warmth of the outdoor heaters, we will celebrate the fall harvest and provide great on-the-job experience for Goodwill’s latest Hospitality Training graduates. Enjoy tasting from several food stations and sip on a complimentary Oktoberfest ale of your choosing.

As always, our menu will be sourced locally. This event features traditionally-made sausages from Gabe’s Market in Maple City and ice cream from The Cherry Cone in downtown Traverse City.

Our last pop-up event exemplified the benefit that these hands-on training programs provide. George, a recent Goodwill training graduate, worked alongside chefs Eric and Jen of The Cooks’ House. They were so impressed with his work in the back-of-the-house that they offered him a job in their restaurant at the end of the night, which George happily accepted.

When asked about the pop-up dinner format for job-training, Brandon Seng, Director of Goodwill’s Food Programs said, “It just works. We are able to provide an amazing hands-on learning experience for our trainees, while celebrating local producers and restaurants.” This is Goodwill’s third pop-up dinner this year. The others featured Red Ginger and The Cooks’ House, “We have been so pleased with the response from the hospitality leaders in our community. Their support has driven the success of this program,” added Seng.

About the Event


An Oktoberfest-themed Pop-Up Dinner Event featuring The Filling Station
$50.00 per ticket – only 100 tickets will be sold!


Thursday, October 16th, 2014
6:00 PM


The Filling Station Patio
642 Railroad Place
Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Event Menu

Beer & Sausage Soup

Creamy String Bean Stew

German Franks over House Sauerkraut

Smoked Brats

Kaese Spaetzle

German Style Potato Salad

Apple Strudel with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Limited Seating! Only 100 Tickets available for this unique event.

For more information and reservations call Goodwill’s Mi Fresh Start at (231) 944-5844.


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