Demonstration Dinner: Report from the BHV Sushi Party

On Saturday night we went out to Bowers Harbor Vineyards for their Sushi Party wine pairing event. In addition to some great pairings, the dinner featured the sushi chefs from FireFly demonstrating the tips & techniques for rolling your own sushi.

What made it extra fun was how they involved the attendees in the demo. We think BHV is on to something with these “demonstration dinners” and hope to see more of them in Traverse City so you can experience something like this soon!

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Bower’s Harbor turns sushi & wine into a true culinary experience

FLASH GIVEAWAY! Bowers Harbor is giving away two tickets to their Saturday Night Sushi Party! If you’d like to enter, just Facebook or Tweet a link to this article ( to eatdrinkTC (facebook/twitter) or Bowers Harbor Vineyards (facebook/twitter). We’ll select a winner at 4 PM today!

Sushi from Firefly in Traverse CityWe love to see new culinary opportunities pop up in Traverse City, and this Saturday (February 22) we’ll be at Bowers Harbor Vineyards for a fun night of sushi and wine. Firefly’s sushi chef has worked closely with the crew at Bowers Harbor to create a 5 course menu of sushi paired with wines (below).

The evening is about more than just sushi and wine pairings, however. The chef will be in attendance and sharing tips and demonstrating techniques of sushi rolling as you enjoy the paired menu at Bowers Harbor’s tasting room.

We’ve noticed that vegetarians can feel left out of pairing dinners, so it’s great to see that vegetarian and gluten free options are available – just ask about them when you make your reservation.

All courses with wine are just $58 per person and BHV Wine Club Members receive $10 off! To make your reservation, email Kristy at with your last name, number of guests, and your phone number or call them at 800-616-7615. Read more

Michigan Wildlife Dinner benefits Conservation Resource Alliance

Winter RiverThe Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to sensible stewardship of the land that serves a 13-county area in northwest lower Michigan. The wildlife & fisheries biologists, engineers and field technicians of the CRA work with landowners, agencies and businesses to plan and implement collaborative programs that enhance the habitat value and beauty of our region. On Saturday, February 8th The Boathouse Restaurant on Old Mission will host the Michigan Gourmet for Wildlife Wine Dinner to benefit the CRA.

CRA Development Coordinator Matt Thomas says “For years we’ve held our own wild game dinner at someone’s home with staff & supporters. This year Jim Morse, the chef at The Boathouse and husband of one of our staff members Casey Ressl, asked ‘How about we do this for you?’ It’s perfect for us, getting together to eat good wholesome things and talk about sustainable natural resources with old friends and new ones who we’ll meet through the Boathouse.” Read more

Active & Outdoors in Leelanau: Snowshoe Scamper & Women’s Winter Tour!

Next Saturday & Sunday the Leelanau Peninsula hosts two great outdoor events that pair winter fun with wine!

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Bowers Harbor Wine Dinner with Bradford Lewis

Bowers Harbor Vineyards has been a pioneer of “Dining in the Vines” and “Dining on the Fly” and now  is gearing up for a new frontier on Friday, January 25th – the first winemaker’s dinner inside their new tasting room. For this momentous occasion they have selected Chef Bradford Lewis to prepare a delicious 5 course dinner paired with their wines.

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Left Foot Charley, Doug Frost and the Jefferson Cup

Left Foot Charley 7th Hill RieslingThe Jefferson Cup Invitational wine competition features the best of the best from all of America’s wine regions. On the weekend of November 21-22, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri the judges tasted 700 wines selected to showcase the best in viticulture and winemaking from twenty-two states.

The top honor, the Jefferson Cup, was awarded to just 25 wines. Among the recipients were winemakers Bryan Ulbrich and Drew Perry and growers Tom and Linda Scheuerman for Left Foot Charley’s 7th Hill Riesling (2012), the second time in two years that the single vineyard Riesling has won the Cup!

Ulbrich says, “There’s only a handful of competitions we enter, and we’ve just entered this one twice. I like this one because it’s not just a pay your way in – they have to invite you.” Read more

Make it a Local Thanksgiving Feast

When you make it a local Thanksgiving you won’t have to skimp on anything: from turkeys to produce, craft beers and wine, Traverse City has everything Thanksgiving is made of!

Click here for our guide on making it a local Thanksgiving!





Celebrate the wine harvest with Brengman Brothers


Over the weekend of November 22-23, Brengman Brothers will celebrate a successful 2013 grape harvest & crush with an Old World flair with a dinner featuring holiday food with Chef Joe Bologna on Friday and the Festa dell’uva Leelanau Celebration featuring a pig roast and barrel tastings on Saturday.

Owner Robert Brengman says “The Joe Bologna Trattoria is a well-respected restaurant in metro Detroit. Our guests were thrilled with his pairing dinner at the winery this past summer, and we’re excited that he’s returning to share the flavors and the feeling of a traditional European harvest celebration.” Read more

Instagram of the Day: Pressing Pinot Blanc at Left Foot Charley

Our latest featured Instagram is “Island View Pinot Blanc gets pressed!” from the new account of Left Foot Charley and brought to you by the Full Circle Department.

Below their photo we’ve included “Pinot Blanc ready for the crush at Left Foot Charley!” – our own Instagram shot of the very same grapes. Stay tuned for a shot of the wine in the glass coming in 2014 and follow the crush & winemaking process and all the action @leftfootcharley on Instagram!

Pinot Blanc Pressing


Before the Crush at Left Foot Charley

Wine Touring in Traverse City

Wine touring in Traverse City has become a very popular activity for visitors & locals alike. There’s nothing that can compare with tasting a wine with the person who made it, and with over 35 wineries in our area there’s a lot to discover.

We’ve spent years in the wine industry and have put together this simple guide to take the uncertainty out of wine touring and leave you to enjoy the fun!

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