Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 18, 2013

Food in Brief: 04/18/2013

Romantic destination

TRAVERSE CITY — Old Mission Peninsula winery/inn Chateau Chantal has been named in’s top 13 list of most romantic food vacations in America.

“Couples don’t just come to the picturesque hotel for views of vineyards and fresh water ... they also visit for the array of cooking classes offered January through April by chef Perry Harmon,” the website stated. “For the wine lovers, guests can explore local wineries located on the two peninsulas extending north from Traverse City — the Leelanau Peninsula and the Old Mission Peninsula.

“The region, famous for its chardonnay, Riesling, and pinot grigio, is particularly attractive for couples looking to find up-and-coming wine regions.”

Dinner and bikes

TRAVERSE CITY — Dinner and Bikes, a traveling road show of vegan food and bicycles, will be featured on Sunday, May 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The City Bike Shop.

Joshua Ploeg will offer a vegan and gluten-free buffet dinner, Elly Blue will present about transportation equity and Joe Biel will show an excerpt from “Aftermass,” his forthcoming documentary about the history of bicycle activism in Portland. The event is followed with a book signing, time for questions, discussion of local issues and perusing the traveling bookstore. Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation Trails, MyWHaT and Oryana are partnering sponsors.

Tickets are $10, available online at If any tickets remain, they will be sold at the door on a first come first serve basis.

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