Welcome to the peasant's pantry


The Peasant's Pantry is a café and delicatessen located in Sawyer, MI, and features enticing cuisine available for both dine-in and carry-out.  Our deli offers some of the finest meats and cheeses available as well as a variety of prepared foods.


The Team


Michael Faltum

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Michael Faltum’s family was full of exceptional home cooks and through them he learned the basics of European cuisine, including the French classics.  Michael graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and later received his master’s degree in history from Loyola University in Chicago.  Michael went on to become a historian while working as a Director of Compliance for HIPAA and health care policy.  All the while, Michael desired a return to cooking.

Michael began hosting lavish dinner parties for friends and family where he strengthened his culinary skills and technique.  Soon, Michael started catering private events and after three years, The Peasant’s Pantry was born.  As a frequent visitor to the Harbor Country area, Michael is excited to bring his family’s recipes and impeccable hospitality to Sawyer, Michigan. 

For Michael, The Peasant’s Pantry is a labor of love.  Very few could match his passion for food and entertaining and he’s excited to share that passion with southwest Michigan.  Michael believes the goal of The Peasant’s Pantry isn’t just to become a success in the food industry, but also to become a part of the community.  As one receives more in life, the longer their table should be. 


Sarah McDonnell

A native of Petoskey, Michigan, Sarah McDonnell has always found herself drawn to the culinary arts.  Sarah graduated from Central Michigan University in 1998 and then she attended culinary school at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.  For more than 20 years, Sarah has worked in Chicago as a professional chef at such places as Union League Club, Bistrot Margot, Fountainhead, Trellis, and Sidebar.

Chef Sarah also enjoyed a part-time career as a chef instructor at Robert Morris University educating new and aspiring chefs on various innovative culinary techniques as well as introducing them to fresh and exciting ingredients.  Based upon her strong family foundation that centered on the family dinner, Sarah is inspired most by sharing her love of food and cooking with her fellow chefs, eager students, and clientele.

Sarah is excited to return to Michigan where she can share her vast experience and passion for food with those in Harbor Country.  According to Sarah, The Peasant’s Pantry is an extension of her home.  Great food first and exceptional hospitality always.