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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Party in the Pantry: Stromboli with Kristin Karam

Last night eatdrinkTC joined over 200 people at InsideOut Gallery for the launch of the Party in the Pantry cooking show. It was so exciting to see how much energy and interest our local food scene is capable of generating and what DC Hayden and the crew were able to produce!

Watch the first episode of this innovative fusion of cooking, music and fun below. You can read our feature on the show and definitely head over to for Kristin Karam’s delicious and approachable stromboli recipe and lots more.

Asian Carp, Michael Moore on Festivals, Picnic at the Opera & More

There’s so much happening on TC’s culinary scene that we occasionally need to dedicate a day to catch up on things we’ve learned!

2014 TC Wine Fest CrowdJacob Wheeler of the Glen Arbor Sun has started writing for Bridge Magazine. He has a pair of features, one on Traverse City and our “festival fatigue” issue (complete with tourism impact numbers) and an interview with Michael Moore about the issue and other things. Here’s a couple of quotations – read lots more in Bridge!

MSU Tourism expert Dr. Sarah Nicholls: “This is the dilemma of any great tourism town. The visitors also realize this is fabulous place to be, and they impact the lives of residents who can’t get a parking space or a seat at their favorite restaurant or bar.”

Michael Moore: “We should be careful that we don’t miss the next cool thing for Traverse City. What if a more restricted parks policy had been in place in 2005 and prevented the first Traverse City Film Festival from happening? Here’s what would have happened: No TCFF, no State Theatre, no Bijou (a second theater) – and a downtown that would be very different today.”

Also check out TC Commissioner Gary Howe’s take at A Strong Traverse City.

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Party in the Pantry, a new Traverse City cooking show

DC Hayden, photo by Amber Elliott

DC Hayden, photo by Amber Elliott

The Party In The Pantry is a new culinary entertainment program that will pair local chefs, musical artists and high-end production to create a new vehicle for showcasing our region’s culinary excellence. Each episode will feature a local chef cooking with products grown or made by area food producers along with a local musician.

The show is the brain child  local videographer and Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate co-owner DC Hayden who explains, “I was really inspired by a group in Minneapolis who are doing a lot of programming for the city – getting out and about and telling local stories. I really wanted to something here in Traverse City, and I thought what better combination than food & music?”

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Celebrate the wine harvest with Brengman Brothers


Over the weekend of November 22-23, Brengman Brothers will celebrate a successful 2013 grape harvest & crush with an Old World flair with a dinner featuring holiday food with Chef Joe Bologna on Friday and the Festa dell’uva Leelanau Celebration featuring a pig roast and barrel tastings on Saturday.

Owner Robert Brengman says “The Joe Bologna Trattoria is a well-respected restaurant in metro Detroit. Our guests were thrilled with his pairing dinner at the winery this past summer, and we’re excited that he’s returning to share the flavors and the feeling of a traditional European harvest celebration.” Read more

Farm to table at Boathouse Restaurant

WOOD TV’s eightWest program visited the Boathouse Restaurant and spoke with owner Doug Kosch about the restaurant and its farm to table concept.  Check the video out and learn more at

Photo courtesy Boathouse Restaurant