Traverse City Fall & Winter Culinary Classes

Don’t just eat the best that Traverse City has to offer, learn to cook with the best!

Everyone can cook. We are born to eat and born to prepare the food we eat. To be a good cook all you need is to immerse yourself in a few great dishes and learn new techniques.

Eric Patterson and Jen Blakeslee at the Box

Eric Patterson and Jen Blakeslee at the Box

Traverse City is blessed with a rich bounty of fresh ingredients, and it’s no surprise that so many great chefs have chosen to make their home here. Many of these folks have a passion for food that is matched by their passion to share techniques with you. We’ve gathered a full lineup in our calendar of Culinary Classes and will add to them as new classes are announced! Here are some highlights: Read more

Weekend Update for October 17-19, 2013

Here’s a look at some highlights of what’s on tap this weekend in and around Traverse City. Click the links for event details or for a complete list, head over to the eatdrinkTC Calendar and if we’re missing something, email the details or a link to eatdrinkTC@gmail.com!

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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

What’s happening in Traverse City tonight? Saturday October 12th

Oktoberfest Party at The Workshop Brewing Company starts at 5pm. Celebrate the release of Oktoberfest lager, Tap & Die! Live music by G-Snacks,  serving up commemorative steins of beer, and incredible German fare!

Season Premiere of “Good on Paper” Improv 11pm-12am Old Town Playhouse.

Insideout Gallery~ RACHEL BROOKE 8- 11 $5 cover

Billy Strings and Don Julin at Shorts Brewing Company 7:30-10:00. As it’s the perfect day for a drive we’ve including this show at Shorts Brewing Company tonight even though it’s 45 minutes north of Traverse City.

Screams in the Dark – Hayride, Trail, The Swamp Of Suffering & Pandemonium 7-11 Northwest Michigan Fair Grounds.

Traverse City Beer Week ~ November 9-15, 2013

The new Traverse City Beer Week looks to add another way to celebrate the beauties of brew – through a decentralized celebration of craft brewing that focuses on our breweries, tap rooms and restaurants. Kalamazoo-based Imperial Beverage used this model to get the Kalamazoo Beer Week going:

“Traverse City Beer Week will help restaurants, bars, and retail locations to do what they do well even better,” says Ann Drummond, marketing and public relations with Imperial Beverage. “It’s not intended to pull consumers away from the places where craft beer is already appreciated. Instead, these events are fashioned for the sole purpose of craft beer appreciation, consumer education, and experiential learning in the breweries, brewpubs, restaurants and retail locations of Traverse City.”

right brain tapsImperial Beverage, named Craft Beer Distributor of the Year in 2010, used the same model to create a successful Beer Week in Kalamazoo two years ago. The idea is not to organize a festival at all, she says, but to give local breweries and restaurants a chance to host their own events on their own premises while promoting closer relationships among brewers, chefs and retailers who sell craft beer.

For instance, a brewery or restaurant could schedule a “special release” tasting with a presentation by the brewer or a “vertical tasting” where participants can taste examples of the same beer from a series of consecutive release years. Or a restaurant could hold a workshop on how to pair beers with food, presentations on home brewing, tastings of special seasonal brews, cheese/beer pairings, and cooking demonstrations where beer is a featured ingredient in the recipe.

Stay tuned to Traverse City Beer Week updates at traversecity.com/beerweek or via Traverse City Beer Week on Facebook.

Photos courtesy Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Food Truck Dinner Series kicks off at Little Fleet

The Little Fleet will be holding the first dinner in their new Food Truck Dinner Series on October 15th at 7:30 PM with Roaming Harvest. Roaming Harvest features food in their truck that is grown, raised or made by local businesses and sustainable farms.

Tickets are $45 per person and include 4 courses and 4 drinks. Seats are limited so reserve your tickets ASAP by either emailing thelittlefleet@gmail.com or signing up at the bar!

Food Truck Dinner Series

Left Foot Charley Harvest Festivus

The annual Harvest Festivus at Left Foot Charley is a FREE German themed, all ages event celebrating the grape harvest!

On Sunday, October 6th from noon to 6 PM LFC (located at the Grand Traverse Commons) will offer kids activities, winemakers in Lederhosen, German Oompah music and horse drawn carriage rides throughout the event. Food and beverage are available for purchase and include fresh apple cider, hard cider, wine and more!