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

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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Traverse City Thanksgiving Dinner Menus

PLEASE NOTE: While some of these restaurants may be doing similar things this year, this list is for 2013!

We have assembled this collection of Thanksgiving day menus from Traverse City Restaurants. Click each menu to view them bigger.

We recommend you call to make reservations as soon as possible, but if you find yourself without a plan on Thanksgiving day do not hesitate to call the restaurants. Many  will have availability and be happy to have you dine with them on Thanksgiving. If you don’t want to cook but you want to stay at home, take a look at these to-go Thanksgiving dinners. Read more

Be a Tourist in Your Town

Fried Oysters : Jalapeño corn bread, poached egg, andouille, Cajun cream, Bibb — at The Towne Plaza.

Fried Oysters : Jalapeño corn bread, poached egg, andouille, Cajun cream, Bibb at The Towne Plaza.

Jaffe Davis, Traverse City director of  A Tourist in My Own Town explains, “We live in such an amazing culinary destination, but so many of us are working so hard all summer long that we don’t have a chance to enjoy it. When we finally get a chance to breathe in late fall or winter, we find that many of the restaurants we were so excited about are closed. We’re creating a mutually beneficial system that allows local people to get out and enjoy where they  live and support our service industry through the lean months.”

The program is simple. For just $60, you can purchase the card that allows you and a guest to enjoy lunch or dinner with a 25% discount on your food and alcohol on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at any of the program affiliates. You can even plan a “staycation” with a 25% discount at participating hotels on those nights. It’s only open to residents of Antrim, Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties and good for discounts through May 20, 2014. Read more

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

Beer and Food Pairing Dinners for Traverse City Beer Week

To celebrate Traverse City’s first annual Beer Week (November 9-15, 2013), several restaurants have created beer dinners. Beer and Food pairings to make your heart sing. These events will sell out fast, so get your reservations right away.

Saturday (Nov 9)

Hangover Breakfast at The Towne Plaza  9-3
This a la carte breakfast includes your meal and beer pairings, presented by the people of Greenbush Brewery.  For once, enjoy the headache of your hangover, as you have a little hair of the dog! Prices are a la carte, and based on consumption. Reservations are strongly recommended but not required. 231-929-0900 Read more

Farm to table at Boathouse Restaurant

WOOD TV’s eightWest program visited the Boathouse Restaurant and spoke with owner Doug Kosch about the restaurant and its farm to table concept.  Check the video out and learn more at boathouseonwestbay.com.

Photo courtesy Boathouse Restaurant

Instagram of the Day: Cook’s House Beer Dinner

Via The Cooks’ House Instagram:

Beer tasting with Fred from new holland brewery…….. 5 course beer dinner at the cooks house next Tuesday October 22 at 7 pm…..#newholland #beerdinners#cookshouse #beer

Click through to their Instagram for more pics including a shot of Fred & Eric at Second Spring Farm – Event details on the eatdrinkTC Calendar!

New Holland beer dinner at cook's house

All-star lineup for the Pigstock TC Dinner

Dessert by Chef David

The annual Pigstock TC Dinner takes place on Wednesday, October 23 at 6 PM at the Hagerty Center. The evening features dishes prepared by some of our leading chefs that feature different parts of the Mangalitsa pig. This seven-course, wine-paired dinner showcases some of our best local talent all in one room and is a fundraiser for Taste the Local Difference.

Featured Chefs

“It’s all fun. This is an opportunity for us to catch up after a busy summer season and have some fun with the local Mangalitsa pigs that we’ve been feeding all year long with our compost,” Paul Olson says. “My favorite part is tasting what our talented chefs do each year with the different parts of the animal.” Read more

Harbor 22 receives Wine Spectator Award of Excellence!

MyNorth reports that Harbor 22 has received a major award from Wine Spectator for their wine list:

Harbor 22 Bar and Grill of Traverse City has been named by Wine Spectator magazine as a recipient of its 2013 Award of Excellence. Located on the shore of West Grand Traverse Bay, Harbor 22 features an extensive wine list with over 133 selections. Along with a wide selection of California wines, Harbor 22 features many varieties from local vineyards. “We are especially proud of the Wine Spectator award since this marks our first full year of business”, said Karen Simpson. The Simpson family, Ian and Karen and Ian and Veronika, purchased the former Scott’s Harbor Grill in 2012 and have extensively remodeled and redecorated the entire restaurant as well as adding a new bar on the outdoor deck overlooking Harbor West Marina and the Bay.

Congrats to Karen and the crew at Harbor 22 and check out the award-winning wine list right here!