Weekend Roundup: Pedal Into Spring Edition

Our weekend roundup includes a couple of weekend cycling events and a whole lot of fun … now if we could just get Mother Nature to join in and get this party started!

Thursday, April 24th

April is Michigan Wine Month, and tonight Bowers Harbor Vineyards will have a wine tasting at Burritt’s Market. Wines tasted along with delicious Burritt’s food samples will be 2012 Pinot Noir Rose, Pinot Grigio, Unwooded Chardonnay, Medium Sweet Riesling, Pinot Noir and their 2011 Claret, Erica & Langley. Cost is $10 per person and attendees will receive $5 off purchases. 

Join Robert Frost for Fashion, Wine & Relaxation at Grand Traverse Resort. It’s a fun and fashionable night of spa treatments provided by Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, wine tasting from Bowers Harbor Vineyards, appetizers, a fashion show and more! Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit My Sisters House. For tickets call: 231-534-6750.

Also don’t miss Joshua Davis & Joe Wilson at The Workshop and Don Julin & Billy Strings at Little Bohemia.

Friday, April 25th

Tickets are still available for the Garde Manger Grand Reception with Chef Bob Rodriguez’s class at the Culinary Institute. Call Lobdell’s at 231-995-3120 to order your tickets!

Cyrille Aimee has proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in jazz and pop music and on Friday night you can join Cyrille Aimee & Friends at the City Opera House.

The Bon Vin Wine Dinner at Boathouse starts at 6:30pm. It’s an evening of old world wines and cutting edge cuisine.

Singer Songwriter George Heriter plays at Left Foot Charley from 6-8 PM.

“The Art of Work” at InsideOut Gallery is a multi-media art experience which features the art of Nickeless Fisher. As the show’s title infers, the pieces will explore the theme of ‘Work’. The free event runs from 7-11 PM and includes music from Blake Elliott and the Robinson Affair.

Saturday, April 26th

The Celebration for Young Children is a kid-focused and fun filled day in Downtown Traverse City! Various retailers and locations offer craft projects, educational opportunities and activities throughout the day. More information can be found at Downtown Traverse City!

The Village Indoor Farmers Market at Grand Traverse Commons is our favorite way to start a Saturday and this week is the last one indoors before they move outside to the Sarah Hardy Market and the Monday markets at the Commons. 45 local vendors line the ENTIRE Mercato corridor, from Trattoria Stella, all the way to the Village General Store fresh, local produce, fish, meats, bread & baked goods, preserves, honey, soaps, and more.

The Feast of St Vincent at Brengman Brothers is an annual celebration to pray for good weather for the upcoming season. We have some serious feasting to do this year to get the attention of the patron Saint of Wine Workers and ask for help to flip the switch back to normal weather after this abnormal winter. Check out our eatdrinkTC article on the event and May’s Blessing of the Blossoms on Old Mission!


TC Tweed Ride, photo courtesy Gaff Photography

The annual Traverse City Tweed Ride takes over the streets of TC in a fashionable and fun cycling event. Meet at 4 Pm at the Open Space and enjoy the TC Tweed Ride Social at InsideOut following the ride! Check out the Tweed Ride Explainer below for more about this great Traverse City tradition.

The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa has partnered with the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula to create the WOMP Wine Dinner, a tasting event that pairs celebrated local wines with tasting plates hand picked to compliment their bouquet. Eight different wineries will be represented, including 2 Lads Winery, Black Star Farms, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Brys Estates, Chateau Chantal, Chateau Grand Traverse, Hawthorne Vineyards and Peninsula Cellars. $60 per adult and includes 8 wine/food pairing tickets. The event is open to the public and you should probably click right over to the GT Resort’s page for the pairing details!

Short’s is turning 10 years old and they are so excited that we decided to throw an epic street & pub party. Short’s Epic 10th Anniversary Party closes down the streets of Bellaire with 99+ beers on tap, food will be available in the pub and on the street, Joe Short will also give his annual State of the Brewery address and there’s live music from Dean Ween and the Brown Outs, The Ragbirds,Breathe Owl BreatheSteppin’ In It and Don Julin and Billy Strings! We have all the details and some thoughts from Joe on 10 years of Short’s in this eatdrinkTC feature.

Fuki Papa are at The Workshop from 8-11 PM featuring high energy funk and rhythmic soul – free admission, great brew!

Sunday, April 27th

Bo Ssam is a Korean dish made with slowly cooked pork shoulder and served with various fillings and sauces, then wrapped neatly in a lettuce wrap.  Hosting a bo ssam dinner is great fun and Chefs Jennifer and Eric have a couple of slots for Sunday’s Bo SSam class at the Cooks’ House to teach you the ins and outs of this fun dish! Starts at 11 AM – call the restaurant at 946-8700 to register.

Mark LavengoodThe 2nd Annual Pumpkin Pedal is a free group road ride on the Old Mission Peninsula starting at Jolly Pumpkin open to all riders, novice to pro. Come out and enjoy a beautiful group ride on the peninsula followed by great beers and fun in our Peninsula Room. All registrants will be entered into a drawing to win a Jolly Pumpkin Jersey, Beer Club Membership, T-Shirts, and other swag.

The Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza features some of the finest pickers on the scene, including Keith Billik, Derek Smith, Jason Dennie, Spencer Cain, Ben Rolston, Kyle Rhodes and others and brings the bluegrass to Little Bohemia on Sunday at 4 PM.

Chateau Chantal Winery hosts free afternoon jazz from 3-5 PM at the winery with the Jeff Haas Trio performing new arrangements of tunes by Irving Berlin, Horace Silver, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk as well as selections from Haas’ extensive catalog.

Northern Natural Cider House One Year Anniversary Bash takes place Sunday night from 6-9 PM. They have the phenomenal Graham Parsons & The Go Rounds as our musical guest on this special evening! 

Looking forward to Next Week…

New Art by Georgia Taylor at Brew debuting Friday Night

There’s an Open Mic at Left Foot Charley hosted by Blake Elliott on Monday from 6-9 PM and if you’re feeling funny, a Comedy Open Mic at InsideOut from 7-8:30. On Tuesday from 6-9 NMC hosts the Art of Vegetable Cooking: Main Dishes

Next Friday (May 2) don’t miss First Fridays at the Village and also the Downtown Traverse City Art Walk from 5-9 PM with exhibits all over town and art, refreshments, food and music all over town.

Also on tap are a Chateau Chantal Cooking Class – French Cuisine (Saturday)

As promised, here’s a great video from The Mitten Factory explaining the Tweed Ride. It’s from last year but still solid information!