Author: Tricia Phelps

Tricia Phelps is the CEO at Taste the Local Differencea female-owned and operated local food marketing agency in Michigan. She lives in downtown Traverse City and loves to navigate town with delicious food and drink as the guide. @tastethelocaldifference

With so many options, how do you choose a brewery to visit when you’re in Traverse City? Every brewery in the region has its own personality and style, and we’ve compiled a great selection for whether you're walking downtown or interested in a day trip outside of the city.

Pick a few from this list,

The Perfect Traverse City Christmas Tree

Thursday, December 3, 2020 12:00 PM by Tricia Phelps


There is nothing quite like a real Christmas tree this time of year! The fresh scent and holiday cheer it provides is unmatched. If you're considering a natural tree, ponder no more! When purchasing your tree from a local farm, you are making a difference by helping the economy and the environment. Not to mention, it's a one-of-a-kind souvenir that you'll remember for years to come! 

3 Must-Try Doughnut + Cider Pairings

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:00 AM by Tricia Phelps

Amber sunlight and leaves changing color make fall in northern Michigan universally picturesque; almost as universal as fall's association with pumpkin spice lattes. But if you ask me what flavor imparts feelings of autumn in the Traverse City area, it's not always pumpkin related, instead it's freshly-baked doughnuts and apple cider. 

The Roadmap to a Local Food Summer

Friday, June 26, 2020 8:00 AM by Tricia Phelps


It’s times like these that a local guide can point you in the right direction. Luckily, we’ve been creating one annually here in Northwest Michigan for over 16 years. The Local Food Guide debuted in June 2020 and now officially covers the entire state, so wherever you’re from, we’ve got the tips to explore Michigan’s food and beverage scene like a local. 

Five of the Best Cheese & Wine Pairings

Thursday, February 6, 2020 9:00 AM by Tricia Phelps


The act of pairing wine with food is a long-standing culinary tradition. Throughout the Traverse Wine Coast, it’s no exception; and as our wines continue to win countless national awards, we get to experience some of the best wines in the world! 

Five Favorite Winter Cocktails

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:00 AM by Tricia Phelps

The snow flurries and cold temps give us the perfect excuse for a delicious cocktail. These five winter favorites and their warm comfy locales are the perfect complement to winter in Traverse City. Meet you at the bar in time for Happy Hour!

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