Traverse City Events: Traverse Magazine, Red Hot Best Bash

Traverse City Events: Red Hot Best Bash, Tuesday, May 17, 6-9 p.m.

Are you ready for the Traverse City event of the season? Kickoff summer at the Red Hot Best Bash that promises to be one of the most fab Traverse City events of the season. This Traverse City event honors all that is wonderful about Northern Michigan while benefiting three Northern Michigan charities. The Manna Project (Petoskey), Traverse Health Clinic (Traverse City) and The Leelanau Conservancy (Leelanau County).

Imagine the best of everything in Northern Michigan gathered under one roof! The best food and drinks, the most popular entertainment, and hundreds of people just having a great time—all together on Tuesday, May 17th, on the third floor of Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel (near Traverse City). At Traverse Magazine and, we think that sounds like a fantastic way to kick off a Red Hot Summer in Northern Michigan. and Traverse Magazine polled readers of the magazine and online, asking them to nominate and vote on what’s the best in 100 categories. We were overwhelmed by the response—more than 7,000 nominations and 8,000 voters from across Northern Michigan, from all corners of the planet. The first, second and third place results of those votes will be listed in the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan June issue of Traverse Magazine. We’ll unveil the issue and announce the winners of the 100 categories at the Red Hot Best Bash at the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel near Traverse City on Tuesday, May 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Don’t miss sampling the fare from the following winners who will be on hand to help us celebrate:

Fudge from Doug Murdick’s, Ryba’s and Kilwin’s!

Fabulous Northern Michigan wines from L. Mawby, 45 North, Black Star Farms, Brys Estate, Chateau Chantal, and Chateau Grand Traverse.

Watch a red hot belly dancer while you sample Zakey’s Middle Eastern Cuisine in Traverse City; try the hot salsa from Red Mesa Grill in Traverse City; enjoy Cajun food from Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen in Elk Rapids

Taste samples of the stellar brunch from Amical in Traverse City, the whitefish from Apache Trout Grill in Traverse City and the burgers from Bubba’s Restaurant and Bar in Traverse City.

Traverse City’s Poppycock’s and the Top of the Park (Park Place) will be mixing their winning chocolate martini’s.

What about Northern Michigan cherries you say? Cherry Stop in Traverse City will be providing tastes of Northern Michigan cherries in all manner of flavorful forms.

Two of the hottest new restaurants in Northern Michigan, Boyne City’s Café Sante and Twisted Olive in Petoskey will share their fare, as will the hip Knot Just a Bar in Leelanau County.

Traverse City’s famed Right Brain Brewery will pour its righteous brew.

Nibble bread from Crooked Tree Breadworks in Petoskey.

Chocolate Den in Traverse City and Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates in Empire will tempt the chocoholic in us all. And to go with that chocolate, awaken your senses with coffee from Higher Grounds and Great Northern Roasting Company—both from Traverse City.

We’ll keep the temperature high with our readers’ Red Hot favorites, including:

The dance DJ from Streeters
Local singer/songwriter Drew Hale

And you won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet the Red Hot blogger, Anita Merlot—a Texas transplant drenched in attitude and dressed from her southern pout to her Scarlett O’Hara toenails for this exciting Traverse City event!

And there’s more. You’ll mingle with winners from all 100 categories. Meet Northern Michigan’s favorite policemen and firefighters, redhead and proprietors of neighborhood watering holes. Meet the folks who sling the best burgers and take local food to new heights.

Each guest will receive a copy of the June Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, listing all 300 first, second and third place winners from Mackinac Island, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, Leelanau County, Empire, Traverse City and Frankfort.