Author: Claire Butler

Claire Butler is the Content Strategy Specialist for Taste the Local Difference and loves U-Pick cherries and receiving dried cherries in her winter CSA! You can reach her at 

Headed to Traverse City this fall? Be sure to take in the local flavors while enjoying the sights. Northern Michigan offers a rich agricultural heritage to take part in, and food makers who simplify eating truly local. Use our dining decision map to find the perfect bite (or sip!) while you’re in town this harvest season: 

RSVP to Sustainability!

Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:00 PM by Claire Butler

In Traverse City, it’s easy to support sustainable food options. From local and ethical sourcing of ingredients to environmentally conscious farming practices, to commitments to livable wages and just hiring practices, food businesses throughout the region are working hard to make our food community a long-lasting success. How can you take part? Head to events and workshops in the area that allow proud local food makers, farmers, and environmentalists to explain why they do what they do! 

Pi Day by the Slice

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 4:00 PM by Claire Butler

Pi Day is when math enthusiasts and eaters come together to celebrate the best of desserts – pie! In Traverse City, it also means plenty of local options for sweet ways to raise a fork (or a pint!) on 3/14. 

How We Celebrate National Cherry Month

Monday, January 30, 2023 2:00 PM by Claire Butler

If you’re a fan of the cherry season in Traverse City or plan your yearly trip in timing with the cherry blossoms of spring, you might be surprised to find that National Cherry Month actually falls in snowy February. Luckily, cherries still rule the day in the Cherry Capital with producers making perfect bites (or sips!) throughout the area.

Three Fall Food Day Trips in Traverse City

Thursday, September 29, 2022 9:00 AM by Claire Butler

Craving cool days and warm apple cider? A town steeped in food and farming culture, Traverse City offers incredible opportunities to connect with your food – even to the point of picking it yourself! These three fall afternoon trips are perfect for finding bright foliage, perfect sips, and great


If you’re a visitor to the Traverse City area, you’re most likely acquainted with some of our bigger events, like Cherry Festival. But you may not know about the best time to be a foodie in Traverse City, which is indisputably Restaurant Week, which takes place from Feb. 20th until the 26th of this year.

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