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Harvest at the Commons

Enjoy fabulous food, local libations, and lively entertainment at Harvest at the Commons, an annual farm to table community feast at the historic grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons on October 7, 2017.​ For the fourth year, the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities invites you to join us for this premiere community celebration that gathers friends and neighbors to break bread and revel in all that is unique and beloved about northern Michigan.

This Certified Local Food Event features a three-course family-style meal prepared by Traverse City's own Harvest Restaurant and NMC Culinary Institute, as well as a selection of regional wine, beer and cocktails. ​

Afro-Caribbean Salsa band Grupo Ayé will turn up the heat with their irresistibly danceable rhythms as we celebrate another year of working to protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and build community.

  • 5:00 - 6:00pm, mingling, drinks and raffle
  • 6:15 pm, farm to table family-style meal
  • 8:00 pm, music and dancing with Grupo Ayé

Early access tickets will be available to Groundwork members on July 31st and on August 7th for past attendees. Tickets open to the general public on August 9th.

Proceeds benefit Groundwork’s mission to strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and build community







Featuring Harvest Restaurant and The Great Lakes Culinary Institute

Traverse City's own Harvest Restaurant along with chef Fred Laughlin and students of NMC's Great Lakes Culinary Institute will prepare an amazing family-style feast featuring the finest ingredients from local farms. The Little Fleet will serve up local libations from Short's Brewing Company, Mawby Vineyards, and Mammoth Distilling. Special thanks to Pure Water Works for providing quality water for the evening.




Taste the Local Difference® is proud to announce that Groundwork's Harvest at the Commons is a "Certified Local Food Event." This community celebration marks its third year sourcing nearly 100% of the ingredients from local farms to prepare a family-style meal.

A "Certified Local Food Event" demonstrates commitment to supporting the local food community—from farm to fork, to compost and back again. It's an important step forward to be intentional about sourcing locally grown food and supporting zero-waste initiatives. This badge signifies commitment to a sustainable future for the community as a whole.


Harvest at the Commons is backed by Taste the Local Difference®—a program with more than a decade of experience strengthening the local food and farming community. Find out how Taste the Local Difference® can certify your next event.




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Thanks to the following sponsors: