Off to the Races: and Three-Course Dinners for $25 During Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week: a Chance to Try Chef Dan Marsh's Great Food at Red Ginger


Whew! What a weekend!

First there was rain, then wind, then sunshine, and finally some long-awaited snow. But hey, it was a wonderful Cherry Capital Winter Wow!fest! I was stunned at how many people turned out night after night and day after day to defy the elements and enjoy themselves. You folks amaze me!

Now we can start planning for the 2012 Wow!fest, right?

Ah, but that would mean we’ve got nothing else to do – and even though there’s only one more week left in February, there’s still a lot going on in Traverse City. (Does anybody remember when this used to be our quiet season?)

Just for one example, as many as 150 snowmobile racers are expected to turn out on Saturday to Blaze a Trail — a major snowcross event at the  Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel. The event will be part of the 2011 Michigan Snow X Series. Gates will open at 8 am; the races begin at 9:30 and go until around 5 pm. Admission is $10 at the gate, and entitles you to a $10 E-credit at the casino (you have to be at least 18) and a $5 Coupon towards the Season’s Buffet or Bourbons 72 Restaurant.   Children 6 years & under are admitted free.

A Food & Beverage Tent and a Beer Tent will be open on the grounds from 9am until racing ends, and the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel is offering an  $89 per room, per night special. If you’re interested in more information, call 800-922-2WIN or visit

Speaking of specials, next week (Feb. 27 through March 5) is Traverse City’s first-ever Restaurant Week. Most of you know that TC has been getting all kinds of national accolades lately as a “foodie” town. Well, here’s a chance to try some of that amazing cuisine at a very reasonable price. During Restaurant Week,  15 of our  finest restaurants will offer special three-course dinners especially prepared for this gourmet week for only $25 per person.

Participating restaurants include Amical, the Blue Tractor Cook Shop, The Boathouse, The Cook’s House, Hanna Bistro, Jolly Pumpkin, Lil Bo Pub & Grille, Minervas, Mission Table (Friday & Saturday Only), Mode’s Bum Steer, North Peak Brewing Co., Patisserie Amie/Chez Peres, Phil’s on Front, Red Ginger and Trattoria Stella.

Restaurant Weeks like this one are becoming increasingly popular in communities all over the country, and the Downtown Traverse City Association decided that the Traverse City region would be a natural fit.

“We’re excited see Traverse City Restaurant Week grow and become not only a community favorite, but also a tourist attraction in an otherwise slow time of year,” said DDA marketing director Colleen Paveglio. And if that $25-a-plate menu isn’t enough incentive, diners who participate in Restaurant Week and also enter to win a prize package that includes $50 gift cards to each participating restaurant.

Visit the website for further information on participating restaurants and menus.


About mikelovestc

These days, I’m the media relations guy for the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau, but before that I spent 25 years as a reporter and columnist at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, a job that frequently took me out into the most remote backroads, forests, beaches and islands of the beautiful Grand Traverse Region. My strategy was pretty simple — just drive, paddle, ski or walk until you’re certain you’re lost, and then find somebody to talk to. It was a great job! I never intended to live in Traverse City. I grew up in Grand Rapids, spent four years in the Coast Guard in places like Miami Beach, Monterey and San Francisco, and when I finally graduated from college I took a summer job at the Miami Herald. To my surprise, I discovered I didn’t like the tropics nearly as much as I thought I would — and when the Record-Eagle offered me a job I took it, figuring I’d put in a year or two and head off to someplace like Seattle or Portland. What I discovered very quickly is that this place gets to you in a variety of unexpected ways. The beaches here are as lovely as anyplace else I’ve ever been, the weather is mild all year round — warm enough for swimming in September and cold enough for skiing in December — and just about the time you’re getting tired of one season you get another one every bit as pleasant. The people are laid-back and friendly, the music and arts scene is awesome, and the place still hasn’t gotten so sophisticated that a guy like me feels out of place.
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2 Responses to Off to the Races: and Three-Course Dinners for $25 During Restaurant Week

  1. Julie White says:

    Are reservations required or can we just show uo? How do we get the tickets??

    • mikelovestc says:

      Hi, Julie!
      As I understand it, this is just like any other night out. No special tickets are required. On the other hand, reservations are STRONGLY encouraged because so many people will be wanting to take advantage of this offer. And this is only for your dinner itself; it doesn’t cover beverages, taxes and gratuities — you DO want to tip that hard-working waitress, right?

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