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.
The dinner is a result of the organic excitement that is building in Traverse City’s food scene. Last month at The Little Fleet, Roaming Harvest’s Simon Joseph teamed up with Chef Harlan “Pete” Peterson to present the Breaking Bread Dinner.
For several months now, one of the biggest stories on the TC culinary scene has been “The Restaurant to be Named Later,” the coming restaurant that Paul & Amanda Danielson and Myles Anton are opening at the corner of Front & Cass in the heart of downtown Traverse City.
For a decade, Epicure Catering founders Andy Schudlich & Cammie Buehler have been creating local and seasonal menus for weddings and other events. One of the ways they’ve made their name is with an uncompromising commitment to sculpting menus using the food that’s in season. Although most of us are probably looking out the window and seeing nothing but snow in season, it’s there if you know where to look.
Andy says, “The things that are in season in wintertime are the things that are still in the ground, beets, carrots, parsnips, sunchokes. They’re the vegetables that nature will put up on her own – you can leave them in the ground and they’ll get sweeter and better. Of course you still have dig them out.”
Sicily is unique in the sheer diversity of its wine terroirs and indigenous grapes. The best wines don’t taste at all like what you expect from southern wines—they are long and elegant and not at all heavy. This is true of the wines from the high slopes around volcanic Mount Etna to the rolling hills of the interior and the sloping hills of the southern coast. Then of course there is traditional Marsala, and brilliant sweet white wines from the Lipari islands and Pantelleria. In terms of winemaking techniques you can find everything from traditional palmenti—the old stone winemaking huts—to small artisanal producers to large state-of-the art wineries. Around Vittoria, COS is Italy’s number one producer making wines in clay amphorae as the Greeks and Romans did.
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We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your last name, number of guests, and your phone number or call them at 800-616-7615. Read more
Chef Harlan “Pete” Peterson is legendary in Northern Michigan for pioneering farm to table at his restaurant Tapawingo. On Friday, February 28th he will join Simon Joseph of Roaming Harvest at The Little Fleet to present an innovative and seasonal dinner.
With his food truck Roaming Harvest, Simon has become one of Traverse City’s current champions of the local table. He explains, “We’ll have 9 great dishes featuring seasonal and local food that you can enjoy in a family-style setting with a like-minded group of people who really care about what they eat and where it comes from. I think it will be informal, fun and something that will push the culinary envelope.”
While Simon and Pete prefer to surprise you with their unique creations next Friday, I got a look at their menu, and it offers an original and varied selection that includes a vegetarian option for the main course. One of the most unique things about the meal will be the way it’s structured. Rather than a course-by course service, the meal will begin with 6 dishes brought by bowl and platter that are designed to be shared among a small section of the table followed by a main course and a dessert prepared by pastry chef Michelle Rodriguez.
“There can be so much waste with individually plated items, but when you allow folks to pass dishes and take more or less as they prefer, you satisfy everyone and create opportunities for conversation,” says Chef Pete. “If I were opening a restaurant today, I think about half of the items would be shared food. People want to try everything so they’re ordering and sharing – it’s a very organic thing.”
This will be the sixth dinner The Little Fleet has hosted, and owner Gary Jonas says, “The Little Fleet is all about having fun, and we created it with an idea of making a community space where we can bring people together to enjoy good food and drink and each other’s company. I think that this dinner exemplifies what we’re all about. It’s all about having a chance to come together and share some good time with friends you know and maybe make some new ones.”
Join Pete and Simon and the rest of the crew on Friday, February 28th at 7pm for an intimate family-style dinner.
UPDATE: Here’s the menu from the dinner!
We’ve been covered in snow since early November, and after a solid 3 months of bitter cold & snow we’ve all been hibernating to some degree. How many nights have you thrown together creative dinners instead of venturing out into winter to eat exactly what your heart desires?
It’s late February now, the sun has made some welcome appearances, and we’re in the homestretch to warmth! It’s time to unravel your cocoon and discover the flavors that hundreds of thousands travel to Traverse City to experience. In short, it’s time for Traverse City Restaurant Week! Traverse City’s best restaurants have each put together a 3 course menu for just $25 per person from Sunday, February 23 to Saturday, March 1, 2014.
THE YOUNG CHEFS (L-R)
Rebecca Tranchell, Adam McMarlin, Adam Raupp, Eric Hansen, Michelle Rodriguez
On Sunday, March 9th at 6 PM The Cooks’ House is hosting an exciting dinner that will let you taste the future of Traverse City. It’s called the Young Chefs Dinner, and will feature five courses prepared by five up-and-coming Traverse City chefs for just $65.
Cooks’ House co-owner Jennifer Blakeslee explained, “When Eric & I moved here, we didn’t have anywhere to cook. It’s important for chefs without a kitchen of their own to have a chance to cook with each other, present their own food and show everyone what they can do.”
The annual Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival returns to Traverse City this weekend. The main event is Saturday, February 8th from with 30+ breweries packing over 150 craft brew flavors along with local food and a great music lineup. We’ve compiled a collection of the brews & bites that await you over the weekend and can’t wait to see all of you at one of TC’s signature events for food & drink. Tickets are limited and they’ve sold out the last few years, so if you’re planning on attending you’d probably better get your tickets today! Read more
- 2017 Shorts Brewing Anniversary Party
- 2016 Traverse City Beer Week – November 11-17
- Farmers Market Brunches during Cherry Festival
- Selden Standard chef Andy Hollyday and The Cooks’ House Guest Chef Series
- 2016 Short’s Anniversary Party
- Short’s Space Rock now gluten free
- Morel Dinner (and Hunt!) at Black Star Farms
- Morel Love
- Wild Food Wednesday: Morels
- Wild Food Wednesday: Ramps or Wild Leeks