Raclette & “Gewurzling” Tasting Event at Left Foot Charley

January 27, 2010

Left Foot Charley Introduces "Gewurzling" at Special Tasting Event Friday, January 29th

Left Foot Charley Winery partners with Werner and Margrit Kuehnis to share a traditional Swiss meal – a half wheel of Raclette cheese grilled with potatoes, Black Forest ham, country style bread, pickled veggies, fresh fruit and assorted Swiss sweets. Left Foot Charley introduces the 2009 "Gewurzling" on tap. You guessed it…Gewurztraminer and Riesling blended and served *loose from the tank. Additional Left Foot Charley wines to be named later, and hard cider will be included.

Call 231-995-0500
to reserve your ticket for this event. $35 per person

You will not want to miss this tasty event!

*Loose (adj.)\LUS: (1) not rigidly fastened; (2) not tense, informal;
(3) an Italian convention describing wine sold direct from tank.

Free Skating Clinic at Centre Ice 1/24

January 18, 2010

figure skate image for Learn to SkateCelebrate National Skating Month with a Free Learn to Skate Clinic at Centre Ice

The Twin Bays Skating Club will host a free Learn to Skate Clinic and Exhibition on Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 2-4pm at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City.


The family friendly event includes a free 30-minute group lesson, and skate rental. Members from the skating club will perform short programs, including the Northern Lights Synchronized Skating team, fresh off a 3rd place performance at the Mid-America Synchronized Skating Championships in Fraser, Michigan.
Following the exhibition, skaters and their families will be invited back on the ice for a free open skating session.
Pre-registration for the Learn to Skate clinic is encouraged. Contact the skating club at 231-947-2267 or email twinbays@live.com. The event is open to children and adults of all levels, ages 3 and up. Pre-school age children must bring a helmet to participate in classes.

The free Learn to Skate Clinic is offered by Twin Bays Skating Club to celebrate National Skating Month. U.S. Figure Skating reports over 350 events will be held nationwide to introduce children and adults to the sport of figure skating.

Downtown TC Chili Cook-Off 1/16

January 12, 2010

Chili Cook-Off to Heat Up Downtown Traverse City


Warm up your winter at the 16th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off on January 16. Participants can sample the mild to the wild as the area’s top restaurants vie for awards in various categories.  Northern Michigan’s ultimate chili challenge takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Park Place Dome in Downtown Traverse City. 

Area restaurants will be cooking up their special recipes as they compete in eight different categories – 1, 2 and 3-alarm, white, vegetarian, no bean, seafood and ethnic as well as the coveted “people’s choice” award.  The event will also be feature two organic chilies!

Chili lovers can choose a sampler of eight chilies for $8 or single bowls of their favorites for $4.  Pepsi products will also be available.  All proceeds from the event help support such Downtown community activities as Friday Night Live, the Halloween walk, the Downtown Art Walk, holiday activities and many other free downtown events throughout the year.

In an effort to reduce waste at community events, in 2009 the DTCA made an investment into trays for the Downtown Chili Cook-Off, eliminating cardboard pizza boxes. Previously, over 1,100 pizza boxes were disposed of and recycled when possible at the event. The plastic trays make for very little waste to be created at such a large event. All plastic bottles and soda cans are also recycled.


Here’s a peek at who will be competing:

Blue Tractor Cook Shop                                Oryana                                  
Catch Island Grill                                           Red Ginger
Cherry Republic                                             Scalawags
Freshwater Lodge                                         Schelde’s Grille & Spirits
Lil Bo Pub & Grille                                         Serenity Tea Bar & Cafe
Minervas                                                        Slabtown Burgers & Cafe                  
Mt. Holiday                                                    Travino Wine & Grille          
Omelette Shoppe                                
Morsels Bite Sized Bakery & Gourmet Coffee will be serving cornbread morsels to compliment the competing chilies.

The Annual Chili Cook-off is hosted by the over 200 merchants, restaurants and businesses who are members of the Downtown Traverse City Association.  For more information or to volunteer, call the DTCA office at (231) 922-2050 or email colleen@downtowntc.com.

Ethnic Night at The Bluebird 2010 schedule

January 8, 2010

The Bluebird card imageLooking for a dinner with a twist, check out Ethnic Night at The Bluebird in Leland


Foodies across the area look forward to Wednesday and Thursday nights each winter for one reason: the fine wine and food pairs at Leland’s oldest family restaurant, The Bluebird. Tempting dishes from Greece to South America, Thailand to France, give us something warm and spicy to celebrate when the bitter winds blow.


If you haven’t been out for one of these festive events, you might want to take a look at the schedule and plan ahead. Here’s the list. Let the mouth watering commense.


The Bluebird 2010 Ethnic Nights
Wednesday and Thursday nights, 5pm – 9pm

Jan. 13 – 14  Mediterranean – Southern Spain, France, Italy, and Greece

Jan. 20 – 21  45th Parallel Feast – Food and Wine bounty from our region

Jan. 27 – 28  South American Cuisine – Focus on glorious Malbec from Argentina

Feb. 3 – 4  Chinese/Thai – Sparkling wines and aromatic whites from Leelanau

Feb. 11 – 12
  France – Celebrate Valentines Day, great food and the wines of Bordeaux

Feb. 17 – 18  New Orleans – Wines you have never heard of. We will root out hidden gems.

Feb. 24 – 25 
The Cuisine of India – A sampling of this aromatic, delicious, healthy cuisine.

March 3 – 4  Southwest – The “real” Tex/Mex

March 10 – 11
  Asian Fusion – A glimpse of China, Japan, Thailand, etc.

March 17 – 18  St. Patrick’s Feast – Local Beers from Short’s and Right Brain Breweries

March 24 – 25  The American South – Recipes from “Southern Living” and regional wines.

April 7 – 8
  Greek Islands – As always, great food, toss in some outstanding Greek wines

April 14 – 15  New England – Enjoy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy and America

April 21 – 22
  France – The Rhone Valley – Chateauneuf du Pape, Cote Rotie, Hermitage

April 28 – 29
  Greatest Hits – An amazing array of Cuisine, and legendary wine sale.


The Bluebird Restaurant is located in Leland, Michigan. To make a reservation call 231.256.9081. For more details on the ethnic night dinners visit their website at www.leelanau.com/bluebird