Celebrating One Year of Food Trucks in Traverse City

TC-Green-Lights-Food-TrucksOne year ago today, the Traverse City City Commission passed an ordinance allowing food trucks to operate on city property. A year later, that decision has really paid off with (at last count) a bakers dozen of food trucks operating in and around Traverse City.

Read on for more including our listing of Traverse City food trucks!

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See “Chef” Sneak Preview at the State Theatre!

This Tuesday (May 6) at 7:30 PM you have a chance to see Chef at the State Theatre. It’s one of the hottest food movies in recent memory, and Traverse City Film Festival Director Deb Lake says “I saw Chef at Tribeca where it won the Audience Award, and it just may have been my favorite film of the over 40 I saw. It really is that good.”

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A’s Food with an Accent coming to Little Fleet

Antonio-Simao-As-Food-with-an-AccentAntonio Simão aka “A” says, “When I asked my wife Kim, ‘Will you marry me?’ she said ‘Only if you move to Traverse City.’ I asked where that was and she raised her hand to show me the map.”

Twelve years later, he’s still in Traverse City and gearing up to open A’s Food with an Accent at The Little Fleet. Antonio started his culinary career at a family restaurant in Portugal when he was 17 and then spent 16 years working on cruise ships and traveling the world.  With his daughter grown and off to college, he’s done working as a home dad and ready for a new challenge. Read more

Beer and Food Pairing Dinners for Traverse City Beer Week

To celebrate Traverse City’s first annual Beer Week (November 9-15, 2013), several restaurants have created beer dinners. Beer and Food pairings to make your heart sing. These events will sell out fast, so get your reservations right away.

Saturday (Nov 9)

Hangover Breakfast at The Towne Plaza  9-3
This a la carte breakfast includes your meal and beer pairings, presented by the people of Greenbush Brewery.  For once, enjoy the headache of your hangover, as you have a little hair of the dog! Prices are a la carte, and based on consumption. Reservations are strongly recommended but not required. 231-929-0900 Read more

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

Food Trucks roll into Mawby

In September & October, the L Mawby/M Lawrence/Big Little tasting rooms will welcome a couple of the leaders on the Michigan food truck scene to their wineries. The Purple Carrot Truck, Michigan’s first farm to truck food stand, work directly with local farmers to bring the freshest, local ingredients to their truck. As the good folks at The Purple Carrot say, ” food is only as good as the ingredients you start with.”  Roaming Harvest was TC’s first food truck and they seek & deliver delicious, local, and seasonal food from Traverse City area farms.

Here’s the dates – come out and enjoy the taste of fresh & local on your plate and in your glass!

  • Saturday, September 7: Purple Carrot Food Truck
  • Saturday, September 14: Roaming Harvest
  • Saturday, October 5: Roaming Harvest
  • Saturday, October 26: Purple Carrot Food Truck

Here’s the map on Foursquare.

photo via Purple Carrot Food Truck Facebook

U-turn on Food Trucks

Beth Milligan has a feature in today’s Ticker about a restaurant owner who has had their thinking on food trucks shift 180 degrees. From Brick-and-Mortar to Whitefish on Wheels begins:

As a restaurant owner, Karen Simpson originally was concerned about the sudden arrival of food trucks around Traverse City in June. Today she’s the proud owner of one, with the launch of “Harbor on the Side” this past weekend.

What changed her mind, and exactly what’s involved for a restauranteur to add wheels to their existing brick-and-mortar eatery?

Simpson owns Harbor 22 in Traverse City, which opened in 2012 in the former Scott’s Harbor Grill building on M-22. Early this summer, when the City Commission relaxed an ordinance, food trucks began popping up in increasing numbers downtown.

Simpson and others were concerned about the way food trucks would be regulated and if they’d have to play on a level playing field with restaurants. She soon became intrigued by the potential they offered – not only to expand into catering (a goal of Simpson’s) but to extend the Harbor 22 brand beyond the restaurant’s four walls.

“We first got the idea to do this because of the catering business,” Simpson explains. “But in the process, we realized that having a truck would allow us to have a presence at events and festivals and downtown. We plan on 50-60 percent of our business coming from catering, with the rest coming from (food truck) sales.”

Read on at the Ticker and click here for Harbor 22’s food truck.

Food Trucks Roar into TC

Via the Traverse City CVB. Photo courtesy Roaming Harvest Facebook

Long known for its scenic beauty and recreational bounty, the Michigan resort community of Traverse City has also been attracting attention as one of America’s most unique culinary destinations, thanks to fans like celebrity chef Maro Batali, and was named one of the country’s Top Five Foodie Towns by Bon Appetit. But for all its restaurants, wine bars and brewpubs, the town has lacked one key ingredient of a vibrant urban food scene: good, cheap street food.

Until now.

After months of heated debate, local officials agreed this spring to make it easier and less expensive for mobile food vendors to operate in the city. Almost immediately, a half-dozen food truck operators announced that they were setting up shop in Traverse City’s shady downtown district — and a pair of transplanted New York restaurateurs has even opened a bar whose parking lot serves as a base for the trucks and their customers. Read more