Welcome to this week’s roundup – we wanted to make sure to highlight the Empty Bowls Benefit on Sunday from 11-2 at the Hagerty Center. It benefits Northwest Michigan Food Rescue, an outstanding organization that gets food from restaurants & stores to hungry folks in the region!
Thursday, April 10th
No time to prepare fresh meals every night? Prep Once, Eat Healthy All Week! All it takes is some planning and NMC has done the leg work for you with a how-to guide for preparing all your meals on the weekend and eating for an entire week. Demonstration, discussion, hands-on, tasting, and take-homes – from 6-9 PM – click the link to register.
Friday, April 11th
On Friday at 8 PM the City Opera House hosts The Broadway Dolls, a “Best of Manhattan” concert experience featuring a roster of the most dynamic women of the Broadway community. A celebration of Broadway music, rock ‘n’ roll, 60s girl groups, and dance, this unique pop/cultural experience is the undisputed official “girl group” of Broadway.
The Traverse City Trail Running Festival at Timber Ridge Resort is northern Michigan’s premier celebration of off-road running and takes place Friday and Saturday. The courses will take runners through the Pere Marquette Forest on a variety of singletrack and two track trails. The festival begins with a two-person 10k relay (each runner runs 5k) on Friday evening, and the individual 11k, 25k, and 50k run get underway on Saturday.
Stormcloud Brewing Company and The Betsie Current are hosting an Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser to benefit the Frankfort High School School Newspaper & Benzie Central Schools Music & Arts Program. Up to 20 two person teams ($25 entry fee) will compete for prizes, surprises and all around good fun for an excellent cause. Click that last link for details.
Saturday, April 12th
Our favorite way to start a Saturday is at The Village Indoor Farmers Market at Grand Traverse Commons from 10-2 PM. 45 local vendors line Mercato corridor with fresh, local produce, fish, meats, bread & baked goods, preserves, honey, soaps, and more.
This Mexican Independence Day you can host the party with the best eats thanks to the Cinco de Mayo Cooking Class at Chateau Chantal. From 12:30 – 4:30 Chef Bryon Figeuro will teach you to prepare a menu that is all about the prep work, so you can have margaritas with the guests! Cost is $95 and includes wine pairings and the food you prepare – click the link to register.
The 3rd annual NMC Dirt Fest takes place on Saturday from 1pm-7pm at the Welcome Center on NMC’s Main Campus. It’s NMC’s free community Earth Day celebration and features music, art and interactive workshops. Music includes Blake Elliott and The Robinson Affair, The Appleseed Collective, Steppin’ In It and The Accidentals and workshops include Community Sustained Compost Project with Ty and Carter Schmidt and Regenerative Agriculture with Craig Schaaf. They will also have various arts and crafts tables set up at the event for folks of all ages and delicious food samples from many leading local organizations.
Teens Love to Cook Desserts from 11-3 PM at NMC’s Oleson Center is a class for students grades 8-12 who will learn to create elegant and impressive desserts. Gain experience with kitchen equipment and cooking techniques by baking Cherry Clafoutis with homemade pastry dough and strawberry ice cream to rival Ben & Jerry’s, a show-stopper Raspberry Souffle and Vanilla and Chocolate Truffles! Click the link for details and registration.
Saturday is an Oyster Social Saturday at Brengman Brothers from 2-7 PM. Your $30 admission includes the featured wines and (minimum) dozen oysters. Sausage, cheese and crackers will also be served.
Bell’s Brewery faces off against Bowers Harbor Vineyards at the Beer vs. Wine Dinner at the Boathouse at 6:30 PM. Reservations are required (call 231-223-4030) and your $65 includes a wine & beer pairing with every course including Seared Sea Scallops, Duck Duo and a Cocoa Panna Cotta!
Every Saturday at 3 PM Northern Naturals hosts their Kids Open Mic at 3 PM, The Accidentals and Crane Wives play at the Art Building in Leland at 7:30 and Billy Strings & Don Julin play The Workshop on Saturday night!
Sunday, April 13th
The Empty Bowls Benefit is a grassroots effort to fight hunger that takes place from 11-2 PM at the Hagerty Center. It supports the work Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan (check out a video about them below). Area artists, educators, and community members create handcrafted bowls, symbolizing the many hungry people around the world whose bowls are empty. At the event, guests are served a meal of soup and bread and receive one of these handcrafted bowls to take home. The event will also feature a silent auction including donations from local businesses and artists! Silent auction and ticket proceeds will support Food Rescue’s mission is to collect soon-to-expire fresh food and redistribute it, same-day, and free-of-charge, to our neighbors in need!
You can Sip and Dab Paint Date with Shelly Morey from 3-6 PM at Northern Natural Cider House. Work on your own paint on canvas masterpiece (all experience levels welcome) as you sip on local wines and ciders. Cost is $35 – click the link for more.
Sunday evening you can join Eric Nassau & Friends at Brew from 8-10 PM.
On the Radar for Next Week…
April Think/Drink takes place on Tuesday (April 15) at Brew. It’s a networking event with a focus on the future of TC. Speaking of networking, April Green Drinks takes place Thursday (April 15) at The Little Fleet from 5:30-7:30 with $1 off Michigan taps and $1 off at the Raoming Harvest food truck for Green Drinkers!