Traverse City to host City of Riesling


Global Riesling champion Stuart Pigott says, “Riesling’s range goes from bone dry to honey sweet, from feather light to tongue heavy and every single gradation and combination of those things. No other grape variety can do that.”

As the author of the Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story, Mr. Pigott ought to know. Stuart has spent years traversing what he calls “Planet Riesling” in search of the essence and spirit of this remarkable grape. He will bring his book and his insight to Traverse City July 26-28, 2014 as the featured guest for the inaugural City of Riesling. City of Riesling will be a multi-faceted exploration of this diverse and exciting wine set in one of the hot new Riesling regions. Read more

4th of July at Left Foot Charley

Left Foot Charley invites you to their pre-fireworks event featuring some BBQ, Jambalaya, Maxbauer’s hot dogs along with live music by Don Julin and Billy Strings!

BBQ grill is firing up at 5pm and music starts at 6:30 – click below for more from Facebook.

Food, Drink & Blue Angels open the 2014 National Cherry Festival

The 88th annual National Cherry Festival kicks off next weekend with the Blue Angels and three food events at the Hagerty Center right on the shore of Grand Traverse Bay. Read on for all the details!

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Leland Wine & Food Festival This Weekend


2014 Leland Wine Festival Poster by Kris Love

The 29th annual Leland Wine & Food Festival is a northern Michigan tradition that takes place this Saturday, June 14th from 12-6 PM in the Leland Harbor. Just shy of its 3rd decade, it’s the oldest wine festival in Michigan and has expanded to become a 2 day affair.

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Grape to Glass in Northern Michigan with the Wine Warriors


The Wine Warriors reality TV show is holding a Kick-off Reception this Thursday (June 12) at Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons. Read on for the details, information and a great video from the show that follows the trials and tribulations of winemakers & staff at Chateau Chantal, Good Harbor Vineyards and Chateau de Leelanau, along with appearances by Larry Mawby.

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NMC’s Culinary Classes for Kids

NMC ‘s College for Kids summer program is for kids aged 3-17, and their summer series includes several great culinary classes for kids! The classes are weeklong, and financial aid is available for families meeting low-income requirements. Call (231) 995-1700 for a scholarship form and click the link above for registration and the full catalog.

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Left Foot Charley’s 10th Anniversary on June 14th

Since opening in 2004, Winemaker Bryan Ulbrich and the crew at Left Foot Charley have produced 10 vintages. On June 14, 2014 from noon – 3 PM, you will have a chance to taste wines from many of these vintages when they celebrate their 10th birthday with the Left Foot Charley Cellar Raid. This tasting will include a minimum of 10 wines along with charcuterie, cheese and “dramatic readings of their back labels.”

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Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival


This Sunday, June 8th, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons hosts the annual Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival from 9 AM – 3 PM. The Smithsonian recently named this celebration one of 20 can’t miss summer festivals. Read on for the details of this family-friendly, TC original event including the astounding history of Traverse Colantha Walker.

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Explore Chinese Cooking with chef Candice Lee

Next week (June 5-6) Northwestern Michigan College hosts the 20th annual International Affairs Conference. This year’s theme is China and on June 7th – whether or not you’re participating in the conference – you can take your exploration of China into the kitchen with Chinese-American chef Candice Lee assisted by local chef Harlan “Pete” Peterson.

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Culinary Calendar for Memorial Day Weekend

Here’s four unique culinary events that offer opportunities to taste the best beer, wine & food the area has to offer. There’s also a great list of local brat makers if you want to put some local meat on your grill this weekend!

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