Don Harrison of UpNorth Memories collects and sells vintage postcards from Northern Michigan and is pretty much a Throwback Thursday every day! He called this postcard to our attention for the ratio of 7 Traverse City restaurants to half a million annual visitors. Quite a change to today’s restaurant/tourist mix!!
He writes: When my wife Karen Harrison and I went to Florida for a week last month, we visited with Phil Balyeat (photographer of this card), who is a handsome, happy 98 year-old Great Guy from TC, still taking high quality photographs, driving, enjoying life and is someone who still has a way with the gals! Here is a FUN look at a pre-Pure Michigan Travel and Tourism Card!
“After a winter like the one we just had, I think we vinters can use all the help we can get.”
~ winemaker Robert Brengman
Asking for help from a higher power is something probably as old as agriculture itself, and something that goes back generations here in Traverse City. While the blossoms are being held up by the new “Endless Winter” plan we are apparently operating under, we hope that things will return to normal soon and offer these upcoming events as a ray of hope.
Twelve years later, he’s still in Traverse City and gearing up to open A’s Food with an Accent at The Little Fleet. Antonio started his culinary career at a family restaurant in Portugal when he was 17 and then spent 16 years working on cruise ships and traveling the world. With his daughter grown and off to college, he’s done working as a home dad and ready for a new challenge. Read more
April is Michigan Wine Month, and many wineries are taking advantage of the national media focus on one of TC’s hottest industries to try and take their wine further. Going the furthest in one sense are Chateau Chantal Winemaker Mark Johnson and Director of Hospitality Brian Lillie. The pair have begun “#DeutschlandExpedition” – their quest for the perfect Riesling pairing in the heart of Riesling country in the Mosel and Rhine Valleys.
oni_one_ (Sarah Hunt) wrote that it will be nice to see these trees white with blooms instead of snow, and apparently our readers agreed when they selected her photo as the winner of our latest photo contest!
Sarah wins 2 tickets to the 2896 Vertical Dinner on Saturday, May 17th at Bowers Harbor Vineyards! You can learn more about the dinner and Bowers’ 2896 wine in this eatdrinkTC feature.
April is Michigan Wine Month, so for our latest chef profile we went out to Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay to talk with their executive chef Jonathan Dayton.
His Start in Cooking
Jonathan said that as with many of us, his mother was the first cook he worked with. “My mom was always in the kitchen, and I always right there beside her. She was a fun, crafty kind of chef who didn’t cook too much out of boxes or cans, and we were always going to the store and picking out fresh ingredients.
“My first job was at Schweitzer’s By the Bay as a dishwasher at 16 years old. As soon as I got in a kitchen, I fell in love with the atmosphere and restaurant life pretty quickly – the camaraderie and teamwork and how there was always something that kept you interested and busy.” Read more
Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the U.S. and that diversity doesn’t stop at the market! Our woods are alive with tasty and nutritious food if you know where to look. In our Wild Food Wednesdays we’ll tip you off to seasonal goodies that you can find around TC and give you a recipe or two so you can enjoy the meal as much as the hike to find it!
We’ve been waiting impatiently for the appearance of actual spring here in Traverse City, and although winter’s grip is starting to loosen, it may be that a little poking and prodding is in order. On our spring break trip to North Carolina we got a taste of spring and violets and we couldn’t resist sharing this delicious and soon to come woodland edible with you! (and yes, we know it’s not actually Wednesday)
In many years, we will have seen Viola sororia (Common blue violet) in the woods and often in our lawns by now. Violets can be found in a variety of soil conditions, from moist and even swampy deciduous forests to drier forests (though not usually near pines). The flowers and young leaves are delicious!
Our latest eatdrinkTC photo contest has a pretty incredible prize, 2 tickets to the Bowers Harbor Vineyards 2896 Vertical Tasting Room Dinner on Saturday, May 17th.
- Weekend Roundup: Hopping down the bunny trail edition April 17, 2014
- Throwback Thursday: Traverse City’s Sugar Sand Miracle Mile April 17, 2014
- Blessing the Blossoms (and vineyards) in Traverse City April 16, 2014
- A’s Food with an Accent coming to Little Fleet April 15, 2014
- Seeking the heart of Riesling on Chateau Chantal’s #DeutschlandExpedition April 14, 2014
- Photo Friday: March Contest Winner! April 11, 2014
- Weekend Roundup: Fill the Bowls Edition April 10, 2014
- Traverse City Chef Profile: Jonathan Dayton of Black Star Farms April 9, 2014
- Wild Food Wednesday: Common Blue Violet April 8, 2014
- 2896: Bowers Harbor Vineyards Langley Vineyard, Wine & Dinner April 3, 2014