Empire Hops Festival this Saturday

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This Saturday (October 4) the village of Empire goes straight to the heart of craft brewing with the first annual Empire Hops Festival.

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Local Farmers in National Geographic

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Photo courtesy Ken Scott Photography

National Geographic News has a great article on America’s aging farmers and how spiraling costs are keeping young farmers out of farming that features several Grand Traverse & Leelanau County farmers!

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Chickens at the Opera House ~ Sunday, Oct 19

Chickens at the Opera House

The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan is hosting a fun and educational event celebrating the latest trend in backyard gardening…chickens! Adults, children and families are invited to celebrate the backyard chicken on Sunday, October 19 at 3 pm at the Traverse City Opera House.

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River’s End Block Party coming Sept 27th!

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On Saturday, September 27th a brand new event debuts in Traverse City, the River’s End Block Party featuring great music, excellent food, fantastic beer & wine and lots of fun!

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Tomato Tour at local farms this Friday

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The Michigan Farm to Institution Network will host a tomato tour this Friday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Sorry folks – this has been cancelled!

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Vegan Dinner with Epicure Catering at Little Fleet

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Next Thursday, September 18th The Little Fleet hosts the first of their offseason dinners: The Clean Plate Club Vegan Dinner with Epicure Catering.

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Great Lakes Fish Boil at Black Star Farms

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On Wednesday, September 17th Black Star Farms will celebrate the 2014 Michigan Schooner Festival with a Great Lakes Fish Boil at their Suttons Bay location.

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Media Monday: Cherry Festival making headlines, WJR live from Workshop Brewing

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Traverse City’s ongoing debate over events & festivals makes the Detroit Free Press and once again it’s coming off as Traverse City saying “NO” to tourism and tourist dollars. The matter is before the City Commission tonight, and we also scan through some positive press for our food scene.

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Photo Friday: BLT Improv by jmgegel

Jessica says that she’s working what her (9 Bean Rows) CSA gave her with a B(PS)T – that’s Bacon, Pea Shoots & Tomato! Follow her on Instagram at jmgegel and learn about 9 Bean Rows fall CSA options at that link.

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Chef James Rigato bringing Young Guns Chefs’ Dinner to Traverse City

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Chef James Rigato is just 26 years old, but since graduating from Schoolcraft’s Culinary Program at age 17 he has worked at some of metro Detroit’s finer restaurants, opened The Root Restaurant & Bar with proprietor Ed Mamou, started the popular Young Guns Chef Dinner Series and is now a contestant on Season 12 of Top Chef. In October, he’s coming to Traverse City, and he’s bringing friends!

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