Local Food Trailblazer Visits Traverse City

Acclaimed author, farm-to-fork pioneer and legendary chef Alice Waters visits Traverse City for a week of food-related festivities beginning September 18th, culminating with her guest appearance at the National Writers Series (NWS) on September 24th. Cherry Capital Foods, a purveyor of Michigan-only food products, is sponsoring Waters’ visit to NWS. The event, “A Conversation with Alice Waters,” will be co-hosted by Traverse City chefs Jennifer Blakeslee and Eric Patterson of Cooks’ House.

In the week leading up to the NWS event, restaurants from across the Grand Traverse region will be participating in a “Local Harvest Restaurant Series.” Taste The Local Difference, Michigan’s local food marketing agency, has organized the participating restaurants to either feature recipes from one of Alice Waters’ cookbooks, or offer menu items that are 100% sourced from local ingredients. The parameters of the week long event qualify the inaugural restaurant series as an official Certified Local Food Event. (Pricing of the Local Harvest Specials is not “set” – will vary by restaurant.)  A complete list of participating restaurants and featured dishes can be found at

Additionally, restaurants will be donating 10% of the proceeds from the Local Harvest Restaurant Series to be split between Alice Waters’ non-profit, The Edible Schoolyard Project, and the Groundwork Farm to School program. Groundwork will be sharing a special Farm to School program video, profiling their important work in connecting schools and students to farms and food, right here in our region.  The video presentation along with recognition of local program leaders will take place immediately following Alice Water’s NWS talk on September 24, 2017  – as well as just prior to the showing of a specially selected “foodie” film at The State Theater, on September 20, 2017.