Friday, July 28, 2017

Black Star Farms Harvest Dinner

Black Star Farms Harvest Dinner

Experience the extraordinary Harvest Dinners at the exclusive Inn at Black Star Farms.  The creative farmstead cuisine for these monthly dinners is inspired by the best locally sourced ingredients, expertly paired with Black Star Farms wines.  Seasonal vegetables, fruits and proteins are sourced from northern Michigan’s finest farms including our own farm in Suttons Bay.
The events team at Black Star Farms invites you to an unforgettable culinary event!  The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a welcoming reception in the Aquarius Room featuring a specialty-themed craft cocktail.  Dinner is served in the Arcturos Room or the outdoor covered patio at a long, elegant communal table where conversations and striking up new friendships are encouraged.  During the service our chef will explain the inspiration behind the evening’s menu and a winery representative will describe the chosen wine pairings and share updates on new releases and vintages. Upcoming schedule, ticket links and menus from previous dinners are posted below.  Seats are limited, make your reservation soon.

Upcoming Harvest Dinners

Harvest Dinners are $100 all inclusive (tax & gratuity)
 Attend the dinner while staying at A Breath of Heaven Bed and Breakfast. Make your reservation TODAY! Call 815-383-9999!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live

Jazz, art, food and fun will fill East Front. This popular community block party features a full slate of music, entertainment, food, demonstrations and family activities along the 100 and 200 blocks of East Front Street.
Where: Downtown Traverse City
When: August 4, 2017 - August 25, 2017 - Recurring weekly on Friday Nights
How much: Admission: Free
Time: 5:30 PM


The Vineyard to Bay 25k

The Vineyard to Bay 25k

The Vineyard to Bay 25k is right around the corner! This long-distance race is unique to Traverse City in many ways.  

Vineyard to Bay 

The course alone makes this race very special! The rolling hills, vineyard views and the stretch along the beautiful Leelanau Trail are all notable. It is also the only wine-themed race in Michigan that offers bottles of wine to age group winners. In addition, hand-crafted ceramic tiles from Sporck TileArt are awarded to all 25k and relay finishers. The six vineyards that are part of the 25k course include Brengman Brothers, Shady Lane Cellars, L. Mawby, Ciconne's, Willow and Black Star Farms.

Runners are offered three options of races, all of which are point to point to ensure new scenery the entire way: the full 25k, the 2-person 15k/10k relay, and the 5k run/walk.  The 25k course is one of the few point to point 25k courses in the nation.25K start

2017 Wine & Craft Beer Festival Participants

2017 Wine & Craft Beer Festival Participants

Celebrate the bounty of area vintners and brewers with the Northport Wine and Craft Beer Festival. Our festival is our own special summer party showcasing area wineries and breweries. Join us from 1-6 in Haserot Park. Coming for the dog parade? No problem. We're Michigan's only dog-friendly wine festival. 


Great Wines, Ciders and Beer

Taste the products of these great wine, beer and cider makers:
Aurora Cellars
Black Star Farms
Blustone Vineyards
Chateau de Leelanau
Forty-Five North
Green Bird Organic Cellars
Leelanau Cellars
The Mitten Brewing
Suttons Bay Ciders
Verterra Winery

10th Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival 
Friday, August 11, 5:00 PM
Saturday, August 12, 4:00 PM

The Front Lawn at The Village
at Grand Traverse Commons
1200 11th St.
Traverse City, MI 49684

The Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival will return to the front lawn at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons for the tenth year on August 11 and 12, 2017. This summer’s festival will bring a bevy of hundreds of the best brews in Michigan as well as brews from beyond our high five border.

Participating breweries include, Acoustic Draft Mead, Arbor Brewing Co., Arcadia Ales, Ascension Brewing Co., Atwater Brewery, Ballast Point, Beards Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Big Lake Brewing, Blake’s Hard Cider Co., Bonobo Winery, Brewery Ferment, Brewery Terra Firma, Dark Horse Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Drafting Table Brewing Co., Draught Horse Brewery, Earthen Ales, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Latitude 42 Brewing Co., Left Foot Charley, Loggers Brewing Co., Mitten Brewing Co., Monkey Fist Brewing Co., Mountain Town Brewing, New Holland Brewing Co., Nickel Brook Brewing Co., Nomad Cidery, North Peak Brewing Co., Odd Side Ales, Perrin Brewing Co., Petoskey Brewing, Roak Brewing Co., Saugatuck Brewing Co., Short’s Brewing Co., Snowbelt Brewing Co., St. Ambrose Cellars, Starcut Ciders, Stormcloud Brewing Co., Superior Lakes Mead, Wine & Cider, Tandem Ciders, Unity Vibration Kombucha.

General Admission tickets include 5 tasting tokens and a commemorative tasting glass, access to a full lineup of national music and talent, merchandise, Rare Brew Tour, and the Homebrewer’s Challenge and more!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

9 New Restaurants and Shops to Check Out

9 New Restaurants and Shops to Check Out in Traverse City

Check out these new Traverse City restaurants and downtown shops!

Harvest | 127 S. Union St.
Has a new (bigger) home. The casual eatery serves up legit Asian and Mexican street-style fare. Quality ingredients and execution.
Alley’s Market | 113 E. State St.
Harvest’s old location is the new neighborhood market. The one-stop shop has staples like milk, eggs and produce, plus beer, wine and a delish Detroit-style pizza.
Olives & Wine | 201 E. Front St.
Mediterranean mezze plates and an expertly curated, 56-bottle Enomatic wine dispensing system. What’s that? Pick a wine, insert credit card, vino served.

The Coin Slot | 346 E. Front St.
Pinball wizards, this recently expanded vintage arcade has craft brews, outdoor seating and food truck eats from Rockwich, MIddleboys Savory Waffle Cones and Wingz & Thingz (also known as “The Lot” and “The Spot”).
Millie & Pepper | 120 S. Union St.
A modern day general store with home décor, kitchen goods, sustainable fashion and local art.
State Street Marketplace + Monkey Fist Brewing Co. | 329 E. State St.
TC’s newest brewery and an eclectic community marketplace with gourmet meats, Mediterranean dishes, BBQ, vintage clothing, made-in-Michigan gifts—the list goes on.
Red Spire Brunch House | 800 Cottageview Dr.
Brunch all day. Benedicts, French Toast, gourmet mac and cheese. Find between Stella’s and PepeNero at Grand Traverse Commons.
BallarĂ³ Wine Lounge & PepeNero |  700 Cottageview Dr.
PepeNero’s younger brother is serving Italian tapas, Old World wines, fine scotches and whiskeys. Get small plates before dinner at PepeNero.
Earthen Ales | 1371 Gray Dr., Suite 200
Beer lovers, head toward the Grand Traverse Commons water tower. Pints poured below. Bring lunch/dinner from nearby Spanglish or Pleasanton Bakery.

Traverse City Film Festival

Day 1 at the Traverse City Film Festival (Must-See Movies + Restaurants)

The Traverse City Film Festival has an impressive lineup of cinematic creations for viewers of all ages. You won’t want to miss Northern Michigan’s movie event of the year. Here’s a look at day 1 of Traverse City’s highly touted film festival along with a few tips as to where you ought to eat and the films you’ve just got to see.

Day 1: Tuesday, July 25

It’s opening night of the Film Festival, which means it’s time to roll out the red carpet and get ready for a night of dancing and good food under the Traverse City night sky. Grab your favorite guy or gal and head over to Front Street for a night of celebration and great movies.
Start your date night at the glowing State Theatre for a 6 p.m. showing of I, Daniel Blake also playing at the City Opera House at 7:30 p.m. (there’s another show at the State at 10 p.m). After the movie, stick around for the Opening Night Party. at 8:30 p.m. Front Street will shut down and the stars will come out. With your all-access passes, you and your date will share some of the best food, beer and wine Traverse City has to offer during this red carpet evening. Tickets are $50.
If the party isn’t your scene, the classic comedy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, will be screened at the Open-Space Outdoor Cinema for free at 9 p.m. (Find more free films here!)
Other Movies We Want to See:
  • Long Strange Trip,Dutmers at the Dennos Museum, 9 a.m., music documentary on the history and legacy of the Grateful Dead.
  • Gilbert, Nauti-cat, 9 p.m. the unknown life of Gilbert Gottfried, stand-up comic and voice of Iago in “Aladdin,” and the Aflack Duck.
Nearby Food Venues: