Chef Mario Batali to appear at Traverse City Borders

By Paula McIntyre

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mario Batali will autograph his new book, Molto Gusto, at Borders in Traverse City on Saturday, July 17 at 2 p.m. The superstar chef, television personality, best-selling cookbook author of and winner of a James Beard Award, Batali lives in New York City and also frequents his place on the Leelanau Peninsula. Colored wristbands for the event will be given out when the store opens that day.

About the Book:

Chef Mario Batali's zest for life infuses the casual Italian fare that has made his restaurant Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in New York City a perennially popular destination. Take the taste of Otto home with Molto Gusto, a collection of recipes for everyone's favorites: pizza, pasta, antipasti, and gelati. Mario writes the definitive book on great pizza making for the amateur, the novice, the foodie, and the gourmet cook, teaching them how to make really great pizza at home without any fancy equipment. Here too are recipes for 'stuffed pizza,' including calzone, Stromboli, and pizza rustica from Puglia. Looking for something a little lighter? Try the antipasti. Based on simple seasonal vegetables with a few showcasing seafood and meat, these dishes can make up an entire, healthy meal. Also included are some of Mario's favorite simple pasta dishes, and to finish it all off, five base recipes for gelato, plus dessert variations from Sicily, Naples, and Emilia Romagna. Filled with Mario's infectious personality and robust flavor, Molto Gusto makes it easy to spend a night on the town without leaving home.

Some Sponsorships


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Next Tuesday is Taste the Local Difference: Select Northwest Michigan annual summer event.

Cherry Capital Foods is going to help try to boost the Michigan Land Use Institute's membership base. We are pledging to match 4:1 the first 50 new members who join between the event and July 9th. In other words, we'll put up $40 against your $10 if you sign up to be a new member of MLUI. Note that this applies to new members. The goal is to continue to build the member base for MLUI.

The other upcoming event is Food For Thought | Green Cuisine.

Starting in 2006 as a relatively small event (about 200 people) Green Cuisine has turned into one of the most acclaimed "Foodie Fests" of the year. Last year, over 1000 people showed up to enjoy locally made beer and wine, as well as gourmet cuisine from local restaurants and food artisans. The success of this "zero-waste" event is largely attributed to the fact that attendees also have an opportunity to meet the people who make it all happen; from winemakers and brew-masters to chefs and restaurant owners.

As our own Evan Smith says, "A vibrant and sustainable local food economy is important to our community and our overall well being. Green Cuisine reminds us and educates us with its annual celebration of our shared values. We are proud to be a part of this exciting event,"

And Rick Schmitt from Crystal Mountain echoes the sentiment. "Crystal Mountain is honored to sponsor such a dynamic and important event as Green Cuisine. The Grand Traverse Region is a better place because of the companies, individuals and participants associated with Green Cuisine, we are proud to be one!"

Greens, Beets, Garlic and Peas

By Paula McIntyre

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A beautiful day for pick-up at Birch Point Farm. The smell of green garlic filled the car on the ride home, prompting me to use it for dinner tonight. The farm newsletter provided just the right recipe: saute the green garlic in olive oil, add baby beets and saute a few minutes, then add the beet greens and cook down, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes. Mix with toasted walnuts, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and pepper and a sprinkling of goat cheese. I'd forgotten how good beets are fresh from the farm!

That's Michelle greeting CSA-ers at pick-up.

Looking for the Best Buffets & All-You-Can-Eats

By Mark

Monday, June 21, 2010

I produce Discover Good Food for Steve Stewart here at WJR Detroit. We're rapidly becoming one of the best friends Michigan Foodies have in the Detroit Area. And we're considering doing a show in the near future on the best All-You-Can-Eats and serve-yourself Buffets around the Great Mitten.

I'd love to hear yours. Please tell me which restaurant, cafe, pub, or diner is the absolute tops in your book. And give me a little story about your favorite night there!

For example, one of the restaurants I'm considering is the Silver Creek Tavern on M-123, on the Bay Mills Reservation in the UP (just off Whitefish Bay). It's a charming little cabin owned and operated by Indigenous Michiganders that serves an exquisite All-You-Can-Eat Whitefish dinner with squash, warm rolls and all the trimmings. Before my family and I dined at this modest and humble little joint, I detested fish of any kind. It was tasting this place's Whitefish that snapped me out of my ignorance and set me on the path of a better diet based more in fish than the way I was headed.

What's your vote? It can be a big chain restaurant, a medium sized small business, or a plywood shack in the sticks that just happens to have a license to sell the most divine cuisine you've tasted.

The only catch is that it has to be All-You-Can-Eat, or one of those big, bountiful serve-yourself Buffets.

Feel free to submit your entry to me at WJR Radio in Detroit at Thanks for your help! And thanks for sharing your stories to help Michigan Discover Good Food!

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