Traverse Magazine’s Red Hot Best Bash Supports 3 Charities

Northern Michigan turned out to the Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best 300 Bash at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel to support three great causes AND have a good time.

Traverse City (May 20, 2011)–Today in Traverse City, after the roadies have packed up the guitars, the last wine glass has been cleared away and the candles have burned out, the effects of the Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best 300 Bash held on Tuesday night, May 17 still glow in Northern Michigan because three deserving Northern Michigan charities will now divide $6,580 in ticket proceeds: The Manna Food Project, Leelanau Conservancy and the Traverse Health Clinic.

The Red Hot Best 300 in 100 categories were chosen by more than 8,000 voters last February and March and first, second and third were unveiled at the party with awards and the first release of the June Best Of issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.

“We wanted to remind Michigan and the world of all the reasons Northern Michigan is the red hot place to vacation this summer so we produced the June issue with more than 300 reasons to visit—our 300 winners in the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan. The public’s response to the voting overwhelmed us and convinced us that the concept was indeed a reason to celebrate,” says Deborah Wyatt Fellows, founder of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine and president of MyNorth Media, the producer of “And what better way to celebrate Northern Michigan and kick off a red hot summer than to raise funds for three great organizations.”

More than 7,000 companies, people and places were nominated during the Best Of voting in February and March. The resulting first, second and third place winners in 100 categories were invited along with the public to the Red Hot Best Bash at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel on Tuesday, May 17 from 6-9 pm. At the Red Hot Best Bash, each winner received a plaque personally signed by Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine founder Deborah Wyatt Fellows.

Nearly 600 party guests including ticketed guests, winners and media came from Traverse City and Petoskey, from Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County. And Manistee, Benzie and Boyne City. They came, dressed in red and red hot tamale boxes and belly dancing outfits. A video of all the hoopla is now available on

More than 25 of the top Northern Michigan wineries, restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses and breweries brought the best food and drink in Northern Michigan to treat the guests at the Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best 300 Bash. Generous sponsors, the Griffin Beverage Company and Northern Natural Wines, shared more great Michigan beer, organic wines and specialty sodas in Turtle Creek’s Level Three Lounge.

Traverse Magazine invited winning entertainers as well. The Bash atmosphere was hot all night with entertainment from singer/songwriter Drew Hale, two twirling belly dancers, singer Katie Holt and guitarist Ben Swan, comedian Anita Merlot and DJ Ricky T.

Each guest left with Red Hot gift bags brimming with a $10 certificate from Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, samples from Pavlova Salon, a free loaf of bread from Crooked Tree Breadworks, a gorgeous Petoskey stone postcard from Grandpa Shorter’s, free appetizer certificate from Magnum Hospitality (Red Mesa Grill, Pearl’s, Cafe Sante) and more.

Also in each gift bag? A copy of the Red Hot Best June 2011 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, containing the list of winners in the 100 Best Of categories—top secret until the night of the Red Hot Best Bash!

“We’ve been getting advance orders for the Red Hot June issue for months,” says Fellows. “Readers have told us they plan on visiting all the winners. And that’s what this is about: getting people out and about in Northern Michigan.

“And the best part of it all … the very, very best part? It all benefited three worthy Northern Michigan causes: The Manna Project in the Petoskey area, Leelanau Conservancy and Traverse Health Clinic!”

Manna Food Project: This food bank warehouse distributes surplus food to 34 pantries and agencies throughout Northern Michigan—helping to assure that no one in our blessed region goes hungry.

Leelanau Conservancy: Has been working tirelessly for over two decades to protect the pristine land and water of the spectacularly beautiful Leelanau Peninsula.

Traverse Health Clinic: Is the largest safety net health provider for the uninsured in Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

Participating Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries, Bakeries and Coffee Houses Sampling at the Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Bash

45 North
Apache Trout Grill
Bay Bread Company
Black Star Farms
Brys Estate
Bubba’s | Grand View Catering | Firefly
Cafe Sante
Chateau Chantal
Chateau Grand Traverse
Chocolate Den
Crooked Tree Breadworks
Doug Murdick’s Fudge
Great Northern Roasting Company
Grocer’s Daughter
Higher Grounds
Knot Just A Bar
L. Mawby
Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen
Red Mesa Grill
Right Brain BreweryRyba’s Fudge
The Cherry Stop
Twisted Olive
Zakey’s Middle Eastern Cuisine

Michigan Beers & Beverages from Griffin Beverage Company

Founders Beer- Grand RapidsKeweenaw Beer- Houghton
Arcadia Ales- Battle Creek
Dark Horse Beer- Marshall
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Traverse City & Dexter
Tri City Brewing- Bay City
Frankenmuth Beer- Frankenmuth
Midland Brewing Beer- Midland
Mash a low calorie soda/sparkling water, bottled in DetroitBoylan Sparkling Beverages, a soft drink bottled in Detroit

About Northern Natural Organic Winery

Northern Natural Organic Winery is comprised of a small group of northern Michigan family farmers committed to growing and marketing premium organic and natural produce, juices, wines and hard ciders. Northern Natural Organics president and CEO, Dennis Mackey, has been an organic grower since the late 1980s and has done extensive work on “mineralizing” the soil and crops he grows to maximize nutrition benefits. His expertise includes organic fruit growing, pressing, packing and marketing throughout the Midwest. That experience drives the company’s belief that the best fruit makes the best juice. Our specialties include certified organic Apple Cider and Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate. Our wines include Rockin Robin wine in apple, cherry, strawberry and peach. Northern Natural Organic Winery also produces Organic Hard Cider in apple, blueberry and apple cherry. Our tasting room is located 7 miles from Crystal Mountain at the blinking light where US 31 intersects M-115. 231-889-0078

About Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel

Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel is located 10 miles east of Traverse City on M-72 in Williamsburg, Michigan. Play your favorite slots from penny to $100 denominations and table games including Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette and Craps. Open 24 hours year-round; it’s always a good time at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel! General contact: 800.922.2WIN

About Griffin Beverage Company

Griffin Beverage Company was started in 1967 when Bob Griffin Sr. and Nancy Griffin entered into a partnership running a West Branch distribution center and Traverse City bottling operation. The combined company produced and sold various soft drinks, from Crush, to Coca Cola. The company also distributed many different beer and wine brands in the West Branch area, including Anheuser-Busch and Stroh’s brands. In the following years other companies were acquired and the partnership changed as did the market coverage area. 

Griffin Beverage Company earned a reputation for being a resilient well-managed company with a commitment to service, proving their mettle in 2000 by recovering from a devastating office and warehouse fire. With the help of all its employees, the local community and fellow distributors, the company was delivering product to customers in only two days! The Griffin Beverage Company continues to grow. Now, it is a complete beverage company with major beer brands to micro beers, soft drinks, mixers, wines, waters and even snacks. With the five locations of Griffin Beverage, it serves nearly half of Michigan.

About MyNorth Media

MyNorth Media, founded as Prism Publications Inc. 30 years ago by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, publishes Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage, MyNorth Vacation Guide and MyNorth Wedding, in addition to several other print and online publications. It also produces, the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. MyNorth Media is also the producer of the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan Bash and the June issue of Traverse Magazine revealing the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan finalists and winners.

Traverse Magazine and its staff have won more than a dozen national and international awards for excellence, including a 2008 silver award for general excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association and the 2007 “Magazine of the Year" award from the International Regional Magazine Association.

MyNorth Media has also published Reflections of a Life Up North, a coffee-table book of stunning photography from Traverse Magazine paired with a collection of Fellows’s columns, The Cottage Cookbook and 101 Ways to Love Traverse City. MyNorth Media is also a proud sponsor of many events including the Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival and Elk Rapids Harbor Days. The privately held company is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information visit or call (231) 941-8174.