Batali raves about Harvest

Congrats to Simon at Harvest on a king-sized shoutout from Mario Batali on Twitter over Thanksgiving Weekend!

  via Twitter: Wheeyumbang!! @RoamingHarvest is damn fun and DELICIOUS!! We will be back again and again….!!! Thanks a zillion!


Harvest by Mario Batali


Black Star Farms

Simon Joseph of Harvest serves up his first order

Simon serves up a Chicken Schnitzel Slider on opening day at Harvest. #001 (read our article)

20% off for Health Care Professionals every Tuesday at Om Cafe

Downtown TC writes: OM Cafe is now open for dinner 7 days a week! Also, if you work in any healthcare profession, you get 20% off (Tuesdays only). So come on down you nurses, yogis, and all health lovers and enjoy some great food!


Here Comes Harvest: Traverse City’s newest restaurant opens Monday


Prior to the opening of the new restaurant Harvest on Monday, June 9th, we sat down with Simon Joseph and his crew to talk about his new venture.

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2014 Traverse City Restaurant Week

Traverse-City-Restaurant-WeekWe’ve been covered in snow since early November, and after a solid 3 months of bitter cold & snow we’ve all been hibernating to some degree. How many nights have you thrown together creative dinners instead of venturing out into winter to eat exactly what your heart desires?

It’s late February now, the sun has made some welcome appearances, and we’re in the homestretch to warmth! It’s time to unravel your cocoon and discover the flavors that hundreds of thousands travel to Traverse City to experience. In short, it’s time for Traverse City Restaurant Week! Traverse City’s best restaurants have each put together a 3 course menu for just $25 per person from Sunday, February 23 to Saturday, March 1, 2014.

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Photo Friday: There’s comfort food and then there’s this

Mac and Cheese Sandwich

susdotcom (Susan Fisher) writes “This is what @maxhfisher had for lunch today. Yes, Mac and Grilled Cheese.” It’s from The Soup Cup at the old Railroad Depot. You’ll want to stay tuned to Susan’s Instagram, her tweets @wintercomedytc next week for the TC Winter Comedy Festival and also the blog she co-authors Bring Us Bread!

If you’re out and taking photos of eating, drinking and enjoying the Traverse City area this weekend, you can enter enter this month’s #eatdrinkTC Photo Contest by just adding the “#eatdrinkTC” hashtag to your photo on Twitter or Instagram, sharing it to our Facebook or adding it to our Flickr group!

The prize is two 3-course dinners at The Cooks’ House and we’re pretty positive that Chefs Eric & Jen would be huge fans of this sandwich!


Photo Friday: Workshop One-Hander

Workshop One-Hander by Traverse Traveler

This photo of a tasty “one-hander” sandwich at the Workshop Brewing Company was taken by Traverse Traveler yesterday. Is it their Pry Bar Porter or the Wrecking Bar Bourbon Barrel Porter? Probably the Pry Bar which they pair with this Cherry Pry Bar BBQ pork, pickled cabbage, double oat bread sandwich, but either way, it’s a delicious brew for a wintry afternoon!

Visit Brandy at traversetraveler on Instagram for photos of food and fun!

All Brandy had to do to enter this month’s #eatdrinkTC Photo Contest for a prize is 2# of coffee, a Michigan Bold coffee mug and a bottle of fair trade Palestinian olive oil from Higher Grounds Trading Company was to add the  “#eatdrinkTC” hashtag to her pic!

You can enter your own photo or one you think is worthy if you tag it with #eatdrinkTC. (details here)

Traverse City Thanksgiving Dinner Menus

PLEASE NOTE: While some of these restaurants may be doing similar things this year, this list is for 2013!

We have assembled this collection of Thanksgiving day menus from Traverse City Restaurants. Click each menu to view them bigger.

We recommend you call to make reservations as soon as possible, but if you find yourself without a plan on Thanksgiving day do not hesitate to call the restaurants. Many  will have availability and be happy to have you dine with them on Thanksgiving. If you don’t want to cook but you want to stay at home, take a look at these to-go Thanksgiving dinners. Read more

Be a Tourist in Your Town

Fried Oysters : Jalapeño corn bread, poached egg, andouille, Cajun cream, Bibb — at The Towne Plaza.

Fried Oysters : Jalapeño corn bread, poached egg, andouille, Cajun cream, Bibb at The Towne Plaza.

Jaffe Davis, Traverse City director of  A Tourist in My Own Town explains, “We live in such an amazing culinary destination, but so many of us are working so hard all summer long that we don’t have a chance to enjoy it. When we finally get a chance to breathe in late fall or winter, we find that many of the restaurants we were so excited about are closed. We’re creating a mutually beneficial system that allows local people to get out and enjoy where they  live and support our service industry through the lean months.”

The program is simple. For just $60, you can purchase the card that allows you and a guest to enjoy lunch or dinner with a 25% discount on your food and alcohol on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at any of the program affiliates. You can even plan a “staycation” with a 25% discount at participating hotels on those nights. It’s only open to residents of Antrim, Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties and good for discounts through May 20, 2014. Read more

Win dinner for two at Bay Town Kitchen in our #eatdrinkTC contest!

Instagram-Photo-ContestWe know that many people are using Instagram and Twitter to share pictures of the tasty things they’re eating and drinking. We are excited to take things a step further and share tasty things  our first eatdrinkTC Instagram Photo Contest!

The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate* at Bay Town Kitchen located at 420 Munson Ave in Traverse City. Chef Keil Moshier and his crew prepare locally sourced American cuisine. The menu features basic diner style food with an upscale twist and a heavy focus on Michigan products, and they use only the freshest produce and the finest cuts of meat seasoned with a unique blend of spices. The restaurant is family-friendly and open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 AM – 10 PM.

Click here to view contest rules and to see the photos.

*Certificate may only be used for food.