Notable Edibles: Food Books from Learn Great Foods

August 27, 2009

Eggplant FoodBook from Learn Great FoodsFoodies Rejoice! Get tips and great recipes for using farm fresh produce with FoodBooks from Learn Great Foods


Our favorite tour guides of all things edible have come out with a series of FoodBooks focusing on individual ingredients. Learn Great Foods now offers 16-page full color booklets that give a fresh look at knowledge from a sustainable perspective. Each book focuses on one ingredient, such as Asparagus, while entertaining the reader with a variety of delicious recipes, interviews with farmers and chefs, and an introduction to the unique health and environmental benefits of the food. Best of all, they are written right here in the Midwest!

FoodBook titles include Asparagus, Eggplant, Herbs, Lettuce, Potatoes, Squash, Tomatoes, Beef, Bison and Fish, with more titles in the works. And you can’t beat the price: $2.45 each, or a sample pack of 5 books for $10.95.


FoodBooks are available for purchase locally at Pine Hill Nursery at Village Gardens in Traverse City (behind Randy’s Diner) or online at

If you haven’t taken a farm tour from Learn Great Foods you are missing something special. Last summer my dad and I spent a glorious early September day on the Leelanau Peninsula visiting Sweeter Song Farm, Leelanau Cheese and making a wonderful dinner with chef Nancy Allen. There is no better way to enjoy and appreciate our local farms and artisan foods than with a tour from Learn Great Foods. Check out my photo gallery from the trip (you may recognize a certain Eggplant photo), and watch our blog for an upcoming Hometown Highlights feature on our trip.

Traverse City Microbrewery & Music Festival 8/29

August 26, 2009

Traverse City Microbrewery & Music Festival image1st Annual Microbrewery Festival takes place Saturday August 29th at The Village of Grand Traverse Commons


Whether you’re a die-hard mug-toting Right Brain fan, or relish the trip up to Short’s for a pint in Bellaire, you can’t resist the opportunity to sample them both, and then some, at the Traverse City Microbrewery & Music Festival this weekend. Hosted on the grand lawn in front of Building 50 at The Village, this festival has something for everyone.

Craft brewers from across the state will gather amongs the trees to share samples with guests under the tent. And while you’re sipping brews from the dozens of vendors you can take in the amazing music including GT Pipes & Drums, Mike Moran & Levi Britton and Buckwheat Zydeco.


Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and includes 8 pours and entertainment throughout the evening. Festivities begin at 5pm and close at 10pm. Attendees must be 21 and over with photo ID.


For more details and a complete list of brewers, entertainment and schedule of events check out


Sail Away with Left Foot Charley/Right Brain Brewery 8/28

August 26, 2009

Left Foot Charley wine aboard Tall Ship ManitouHop aboard the Tall Ship Manitou for the Even Keel sail with Left Foot Charley and Right Brain Brewery


We’re all about working together in Northern Michigan. And sometimes we play together too. Right Brain Brewery and Left Foot Charley have teamed up to share the good ship Manitou for a special tall ship sail this Friday, August 28th.

Tickets are $40 for the sail, with a cash bar of Right Brain beers and Left Foot vino available on board. Tickets available at RBB and LFC. Only a few remain, so don’t wait.


For information on other special cruises aboard the Tall Ship Manitou, visit their website at

Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Turtle Creek Casino

August 25, 2009

Budweiser Clydesdale imageLarger than life, the Budweiser Clydesdales are in town to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of distributor H. Cox and Son.


Here are a few fun facts about these amazing icons of tradition

  • A typical Budweiser Clydesdale is 6′ tall and weights between 1800-2300lbs.
  • Drivers must handle 75lbs of rein and tension to control 12 tons of horses and wagon
  • The harnesses alone are worth $70,000
  • Dalmations have traveled with each Clydesdale hitch since the 1950s


Check out these magnificient animals for free at the Turtle Creek Casino. They’ll be on display from Tuesday – Sunday.

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 8/21 – 9/2

August 23, 2009

G.I. Joe movie graphicStar Trek movie graphicDrive-In Movie Features Friday August 21st – Wednesday  September 2nd


G.I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra, rated PG-13

Star Trek, rated PG-13


Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is located on US-31 in Honor, Michigan.

For more information visit their website at For a map to their location visit our Attractions page.


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