Dining and food events coming up this spring

April 18, 2018 GMT

Beer Cocktail Dinner at Mr. B’s Gastropub: A five-course meal paired with beer cocktails. For instance, the second course is seared duck breast with blueberry butter, cheddar bacon biscuits and sauteed rainbow chard and it’s paired with a Collins cocktail made with Soft Parade beer. 7 p.m. Thurs. $40. 215 S. Main, Royal Oak. mrbspub.com.

Whisky Experience 2018 at Eastern Market: A benefit for the Luella M. Harden Foundation, which raises money for college scholarships and contributes to the Leukemia Society, this spirit-tasting event has samples, swag, some food and more. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. $54.84, $75.95 for VIP. Eastern Market, 2934 Russell, Detroit. facebook.com/luellamhardenfoundation.


Yalla Eat! Culinary Tours of Dearborn: Organized by the Arab American National Museum, these walking tours are in intimate and informative trip through Dearborn shops and cafes with food samples and shopping. Choose between exploring Warren or Michigan avenues. 2 p.m. Sat. through June 9 (with the exception of May 26). $45, $35 museum members. arabamericanmuseum.org/yallaeat.

Brunch After Dark at Le Petit Zinc: Networking party with brunch food and champagne. 8 p.m. Sat. $20. 70 Alexandrine, Detroit. (313) 963-2805.

Collabortive pop-up at Brooklyn Street Local: The women of Gabriel Hall restaurant, Relish Catering, Simple Goodness and Sumptuous Spirits have joined forces for a collaborative pop-up. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tues. $60. 1266 Michigan, Detroit. facebook.com/gabrielhalldetroit.

Sonoma Wine Dinner at Wolfgang Puck Steak at MGM Grand Detroit: This event showcases more than 30 wines from the Sonoma, California, region. Sample wine, enjoy appetizers and get the chance to purchase bottles to take home. 6-8 p.m. Wed. $50. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

Dining Out for Life: Metro Detroit restaurants have signed on to help raise funds for Matrix Human Services’ Community Healthy Division to help those who are high-risk for or are infected with HIV or AIDS. On April 26, dine at Kola in Farmington Hills, Axle Brewing Co. in Ferndale, Brady’s Tavern in Beverly Hills, La Palma in Detroit, Mudgie’s Deli in Corktown, and others. Visit DiningOutForLife.com/Detroit for a full list.

Subtleties of Scotch at Village Workshop: Spirit expert Michael Schafer will host a class discussing elements of Scotch whiskey. 7-8:30 p.m. April 26. $45. 455 E. Cady, Northville. (248) 667-7157.

Saartj at Bank Suey: From chef, writer and activist Tunde Wey comes Saartj, a pop-up restaurant that aims to shed a light on racial wealth disparity. The menu is African, and the cost, menu and experience are “tailored to your privilege.” April 29-May 5. Price varies. 10345 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. saartj.com.


Spring Lamb Roast at Cellarmen’s: Lamb roast buffet by Felony Provisions and cocktails from Nick Britsky, including meadmosas. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29. $25. 24310 John R, Hazel Park. (586) 413-4206.

Chef’s Schoolyard Dinner at Great Lakes Culinary Center: A benefit for Detroit Prep, this first annual dinner is a collaboration between local chefs John Vermiglio, James Rigato, Anthony Lombardo, Brad Greenhill, Joe Giacomino, Andy Hollyday, Kate Williams and Alex Clark. 6-9 p.m. April 30. $250. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. detroitprep.org/schoolyard.

A Taste of Italy at Bentley Banquet Center: Sample Italian cuisine from local businesses like Antonio’s Restaurant, Sibley Gardens, Andiamo, Frank’s Restaurant and more. Event is a fundraiser for Penrickton Center for Blind Children. 6-8 p.m. May 9. $35. 646 Biddle, Wyandotte. (313) 565-0671 or (734) 379-9491.

Sausage Fest at Eastern Market: Gourmet sausages, hot dogs and brats, plus beer and games. Tickets include food and beverage samples. 6-10 p.m. May 11. 425. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. facebook.com/sausagefestdet.

Frita Feast at Frame: Chef Eve Aronoff will host a series of dinners at Hazel Park pop-up kitchen Frame. She’ll serve Cuban-inspired street food, family style. 6 p.m. May 12 and 4 and 7 p.m .May 13. $50, plus tax and service fee. Frame is located inside Joe Bar at 23839 John R, Hazel Park. framehazelpark.com.

Tavolata in Umbria at Cafe Cortina: Enjoy wine and food of the Umbria region, including Urbani black truffles. 5:30 p.m. May 20. $135. 30175 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033 or (917) 770-3589.

Kendall-Jackson Wine Dinner with James Rigato at the Root: Chef James Rigato comes home to the Root Restaurant & Bar for a Kendall-Jackson wine dinner with Tim O’Halloran. 7 p.m. June 11. $100 per person, plus tax and tip. 340 Town Center Blvd., White Lake. (248) 698-2400.

Nine Course A5 Japanese Wagyu Dinner at Grey Ghost Detroit: Chef Steve Brown joins Grey Ghost chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino in offering a dinner featuring A5 Satsuma Wagyu and True Hyogo Kobe Beef from Japan. 6 p.m. June 12. $225. 47 E. Watson, Detroit. chefstevebrown.com/cosecha.

Restaurant and food briefs

Valentine Distilling wins: Ferndale’s Valentine Distilling Co. took home 10 medals in the American Distilling Institute’s 2018 Judging of Craft Spirits. Among their awards were three Best of Category wins for aged gin and bourbon.

Toast bar for Zingerman’s: Zingerman’s Coffee Company at 3723 Plaza Drive, #5 in Ann Arbor has debuted a “toast bar,” a menu of topped toasts with sweet and savory options. The toast bar is available 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Call (734) 929-6060.

Le Petit change: Midtown coffee shop and French cafe Le Petit Zinc has expanded weekend hours. They’re open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. at 70 W. Alexandrine in Detroit. Call (313) 963-2805.

Melody Baetens