Our story begins...

in Alpena Michigan, in Grandma Goodrich's kitchen, where Chef and Owner Eric Peterson was first inspired to fill the human spirit with happiness. Grandma Goodrich or GG as Eric affectionately refers to her, shared an experience baking cookies, licking spoons, laughing, packaging, and distributing happiness through delicious hand made love and pure ingredients. To this day Grace Goodrich's handmade cookies are delivered weekly to The Fresh Palate. 


Later in life Eric entertained as host to years of High School shindigs in whatever

apartment he was renting. Often supplying the happenings with food and drink to those attending, again sharing smiles and happiness. Once again Eric was shown the connection to food and entertainment. After graduation in '97 Eric adventured out of Alpena and bounced from South Carolina, to Oregon, to Vagabond, to Hawaiian bum, to Culinary graduate, to California, and back to Michigan. Along the journey always working in the food and service industry honing skills and examining presentation of deliberation on how to please guest and give them that hand made happiness. 

Upon moving back to Alpena in 2002 Eric began as Chef at a local restaurant gaining popularity as a "Cook in this town." At the same time he also started his catering company and taught several culinary courses at Alpena Community College and the local library. Eric finally completed one journey and life goal by opening the Fresh Palate in April 2009 five days before his 30th birthday. 

Eric and Grandma G.G.
"Believe in what you thought your entire life, you couldn't have been wrong from the beginning"

The Fresh Palate was conceived in the mind of Eric Peterson since the smell of that first baked G.G. Cookie, then developed by every human encounter in-between. The general idea is give someone a hand made authentic good perception of reality, and in return they leave your restaurant happy and fulfilled in that moment. 

We strive to bring you the best with an organic hand made food experience.

The Fresh Palate

Gourmet & Catering