TRAVERSE CITY — Carol Lewis has the recipe for a food festival that has something for everybody, foodie or not.
The ingredient list includes an event planner, a royal chef, regional food and drinks, demos, workshops, cooking lessons and a little live music.
Mix it all together and there you have it: the recipe for the inaugural Taste of Traverse City.
The main edible events during the three days, Sept. 13-15, are a Downtown Grub Crawl on Friday night, a Taste of Traverse City at the Open Space on Saturday, the Royal Chef Reception on Saturday evening and a Best of Brunch competition Sunday.
“You don’t have to have a lot of money to be a foodie, and that’s not the atmosphere we want to promote,” Lewis said. “You can enjoy yourself all day for $20, or have a more intense experience for $50 or $60, but either way you’ll get value.”
McGrady will appear at the Taste of Traverse from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday to demonstrate royal recipes and seminars to discuss cooking and entertainment in palace kitchens.
Later, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday night, he will be the guest of honor at the The Box, located in the former Traverse City Cigar Box Factory at Eighth Street and Boardman Avenue. The building is home to Matt and Victoria Sutherland (the main floor), and ForeWord Reviews magazine on the top floor.
McGrady was the personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as Prince William and Prince Harry for 14 years, the last four as Diana’s chef. He is now a chef, author, culinary consultant, event planner and public speaker living in Dallas, Texas.
Lewis, who bought a second home on Old Mission Peninsula two years ago, is no stranger to planning big shindigs. She’s been doing them, as owner of C. Lewis Event Group in Troy, for Detroit auto shows, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s inauguration, conference and trade shows for corporate and nonprofit groups.