Celebrity Chef and Author to Visit Traverse City

The National Writers Series is ready to welcome its next author to Traverse City. Celebrity Chef and literary food writer Mario Batali will be in town this weekend. Batali will host an hour-long event, including dinner and a Q & A session with the audience. It will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. on the front lawn of the Grand Traverse Commons. 2,000 tickets will be sold for the event, which organizers call the “largest-ever seated dinner.” Proceeds from ticket sales, and a portion of proceeds from sales of Mario's latest book, will go to the National Writers Series scholarship fund for high school students. For more information: www.nationalwritersseries.org www.porterhouseproductions.com