See “Chef” Sneak Preview at the State Theatre!

This Tuesday (May 6) at 7:30 PM you have a chance to see Chef at the State Theatre. It’s one of the hottest food movies in recent memory, and Traverse City Film Festival Director Deb Lake says “I saw Chef at Tribeca where it won the Audience Award, and it just may have been my favorite film of the over 40 I saw. It really is that good.”

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Taste summer in Traverse City with a local CSA share!

michigan-grownWinter has been spirit-crushingly long, and we’re all hungry for the flavors of spring & summer. The good news is that the growing season has arrived!

Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, and northern Michigan is the growing heart of that bounty. It’s driving our culinary scene and, if you make your plans now, you can get that locally grown goodness every week in the form of a CSA. “CSA” stands for “Community Supported Agriculture” and CSA Farms of Northwest Michigan writes:

Members sign up for a share of a particular CSA farm’s harvest during the growing season. They pay in advance which supports their farmer and reserves their “share” of freshly harvested farm produce. The share costs vary from farm to farm and often depend on variables like length of the season and products offered. Members receive weekly boxes, or come to the farm to pick up a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.

Most summer CSAs start in June, and we’ve got contact and share information for as many as we could find. If you know of one we forgot, email us the share details and contact or post a comment and we’ll add them!

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Changes at the 2014 Sara Hardy Farmers Market

by Tricia Phelps: Farmers Market Manager (farmersmarket@ecoseeds.org)

There’s new developments coming to the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market this year, so who better than Market Manager Tricia Phelps to share the whys and wherefores behind the changes? Thanks to Tricia and the Farmers Market for the photos!

Sara Hardy Market, May 4 2013

May 4, 2013 at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market

The beginning of the Outdoor Farmers Market season reminds us that summer is finally on its way. It’s a beautiful image of the community coming back to life after a long, cold winter.

This year is the 30th year for the market, and it’s been 30 years of growth and change. Early on in its history, the Sara Hardy Farmers Market Committee made the decision that this market be a growers’ market. That may seem like an obvious statement, but actually it’s a strong commitment and has been at the foundation of management decisions for the community market ever since.

After the 2013 season the management staff sat down with market vendors to discuss the good and the bad of the market. We determined the most critical issues and brainstormed solutions together. Here is a list of the major changes that will impact the Sara Hardy Farmers Market this year and quick answers as to Why?

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Blessing the Blossoms (and vineyards) in Traverse City

“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.

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A’s Food with an Accent coming to Little Fleet

Antonio-Simao-As-Food-with-an-AccentAntonio Simão aka “A” says, “When I asked my wife Kim, ‘Will you marry me?’ she said ‘Only if you move to Traverse City.’ I asked where that was and she raised her hand to show me the map.”

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

Wild Food Wednesday: Common Blue Violet

Spring Speak - Violet by Ken Scott

Spring Speak … violet by Ken Scott

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!

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2896: Bowers Harbor Vineyards Langley Vineyard, Wine & Dinner

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.

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Young Chefs Pop! at Little Fleet

On Friday, April 25 at 7:30 PM, Roaming Harvest will team up with four up-and-coming young chefs to present the “Pop!” Dinner at The Little Fleet.

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.

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The Franklin, Traverse City’s New Restaurant from the Trattoria Stella Team

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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.

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Traverse City Working Lunch: Elixir Cafe and Restoratives

Today we welcome a new writer to the eatdrinkTC team, Kelly Korbel. Kelly works at Hagerty Insurance in downtown TC and will be doing regular features on fast and delicious lunch options downtown for the working crowd.

I had no idea what to expect when I walked into the brand new Elixir Cafe and Restoratives, but let me just begin by saying, WOW!

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