Weekend Roundup: National Pie Day Edition

National-Pie-DayJanuary 23rd is National Pie Day, and we at eatdrinkTC can certainly get behind any day  dedicated to pie! The good folks at the Grand Traverse Pie Company can get behind pie as well, offering a free slice of Michigan fruit pie with any purchase at all of their locations today!

Grand Traverse Pie Company founder Mike Busley says “Pie is meant for sharing. Pie connects people. Pie makes people happy. And happy people make the world a better place. That’s why the world needs more pie.”

Amen! The photo to the right was taken by Trish Petrat who celebrates pie day all year long!


Jeff-Daniels-CalumetA few tickets remain for An Evening with Jeff Daniels tonight at the City Opera House. The Emmy-winning actor, musician and Michigan native performs tonight to benefit the City Opera House and will feature his newest album, Keep It Right Here and more. Jeff is doing a web series on YouTube of his UP Tour on his YouTube channel. In case you’re saying to yourself “Sure he’s funny, but can he play?” there’s an episode below featuring his sound check in Calumet.

Don Julin & Billy Strings are recording a live CD at Little Bohemia the next three Thursday nights and are looking for an enthusiastic audience to make some noise. They play 8-10 and if you haven’t seen them yet, you’ll want to get out tonight or on Jan 30!

Enjoy jazz with the Jeff Haas Quintet at Reflect Bistro & Lounge (Cambria Suites) in Traverse City with Jeff Haas on the Grand Piano and special guests Bill Sears & Laurie Sears with Jack Dryden and Randy Marsh on drums. No cover and great food from Scott Neumann’s kitchen available.

Every Thursday former Steppin In It bandmates Josh Davis and Joe Wilson play at The Workshop. These are two very talented musicians and the show is a real treat!


Beard Wars 2014It’s that time of year when beards are as much fashion statement as facial warming element, and if you’re in that mode, then the 2nd Annual Beard Wars at Brewery Ferment just might be for you. You can stop in at the Brewery any time between now and Friday night or share with them on Facebook. Winner announced at 10pm and they will be hosting the Traverse Bay Blues rugby teams for a Rugby Recruit Social!

The Raw Bar & Bubbles Dinner at The Boathouse is just $25/person for oysters on the half shell, shrimp & scallop ceviche and salmon gravlax, all paired with some delicious sparkling wine!

Packing an ample supply of vintage instruments and a sound that brings listeners back to the days of old-time radio, Steppin’ In It is a Michigan favorite who will fill InsideOut with danceable American roots music played by some of the best musicians you’ll have a chance to see! Show starts at 8 with a $10 cover!

Also don’t miss E Minor at Little Bohemia at 9 PM.


Bryon Figueroa at Chateau Chantal

Bryon Figueroa at Chateau Chantal

Every Saturday it’s the Indoor Farm Market at the Village from 10 AM – 2 PM. We say it every week, but if you’re missing the market, you’re missing out on one of the best cabin fever reducers in Northern Michigan!

The days of one dish fits all party planning are gone, but thankfully Bryon Figueroa & Chateau Chantal have a cooking class helping you prepare meals and side dishes to accommodate health nuts, food allergies, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free palates! Just a couple of slots are left – call 1-800-969-4009 to reserve your space!

The Jeff Haas Faction is at InsideOut with a no cover show and some very cool jazz.


Enjoy fine chamber music, delicious food and wines at the first Brengman Brothers Winery Chamber Music Series event with a trio of musicians filling the tasting room with sweet sounds. Call the winery to reserve (231) 946-2764.

Next Week!

Black Star Farms debuts their new Digs & Swigs events that pair wine tasting and some out of the box fun. From Jan 29 – Feb 1 show up with your ugly sweaters, matching plaid and other embarrassing holiday picture and enjoy complimentary samples of two of their Eau de Vie Spirits. Inquiries, call 231-944-1271.

Another event to put on your radar is the Bowers Harbor Vineyards wine dinner at The Cooks’ House on Tuesday, February 4th – we got to taste the wines and hear the brainstorming on the menu and both are going to be DELICIOUS!