From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Bourbon dinner
ACME — Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will host a special bourbon dinner at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23.
The dinner will pair a special menu with Buffalo Trace Bourbon selections, from Sweet Potato Steak Frites with Maple Bourbon Gastrique and Orange Pecan Aioli paired with Eagle Rare 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon to Chocolate Bourbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake paired with 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon.
Tickets are $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 534-6000.
Wine Spec awards
TRAVERSE CITY — Seven northern Michigan restaurants are honored in Wine Spectator’s newly released 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards, which highlights the eateries around the globe that offer the best wine selections.
Blu in Glen Arbor; Red Ginger and Harbor 22 Bar and Grill in Traverse City; La Becasse in Burdickville, Teddy Griffin’s Roadhouse and The New York Restaurant in Harbor Springs; and The Rowe Inn in Ellsworth each received the ‘single glass’ award for their wine selections. The Rowe Inn was singled out to receive the ‘two glasses’ award for its outstanding wine list.
This year, 3,793 restaurants were named award winners, spanning all 50 U.S. states and 76 other countries and territories, along with 11 cruise ships.
The complete list of award winners is featured in the Aug. 31 issue of the magazine, available on newsstands Tuesday, July 23.
Front Street chef
TRAVERSE CITY — Phil’s on Front welcomes new chef Adam McMarlin.
McMarlin brings several years of culinary expertise to the position including working with ‘Chef Olive’ at the Farm House and opening The Bay Leaf Restaurant and Bistro FouFou in downtown Traverse City.
His focus is on preparing fine culinary dishes using fresh local ingredients.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments’ guidebook, “Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool Guidebook,” earned a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations.
The guidebook was created to help communities identify food innovation assets in their communities and focuses on the roles that planners, economic developers, elected officials and community champions have in developing food innovation districts — geographic concentrations of food-oriented businesses, services, and community activities.
When supported through local planning and economic development initiatives, the districts can promote positive business environments, spur regional food system development and increase access to local food.
TC Ale Trail
TRAVERSE CITY — A new Traverse City Ale Trail™ is making it easy and entertaining for visitors to find and experience the area’s microbreweries.
TC Ale Trail™ Passports — complete with stamp pad, information on local breweries, and a map — are available at the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau, area hotels and at eight participating breweries.
Visitors to each brewery can get their passport stamped with a unique stamp with any purchase. Once their passport is stamped from all eight breweries, visitors can return the passport to The Filling Station Microbrewery for a free commemorative silicone pint glass. A ninth “extra credit” stamp from Grand Traverse Distillery gets passport holders a bonus prize.
Participating breweries are North Peak, The Workshop, Brewery Ferment, Beggars Brewery, Right Brain, The Filling Station, Jolly Pumpkin, and Mackinaw Brewing Co.