Friday, April 17, 2009

Upcoming Dining Events

Friday, April 17th: Winemaker’s Spring Celebration Gala Dinner at the St. Clair Center for the Arts in Windsor

After the rigors of the past winter, it’s time to celebrate the return of spring, and the budding out of the vines in our local vineyards, with a special evening out.
Treat yourself to a spectacular gala dinner and world-class local wines, all while supporting Harrow Rotary’s local and international projects.
•Opening sparkling wine reception;
•A five course dinner, prepared by Chef Daniele Palanca and the Staff of the St. Clair Centre for the Arts;
•Wines from 6 of Essex County’s outstanding wineries, selected to compliment each course. Each course will be introduced by the winemaker;
•A spectacular venue overlooking the Detroit river and Detroit skyline;
•A Silent Auction of items of particular interest to wine and food enthusiasts;
•Proceeds to be directed to the Harrow Family Health Team, and Rotary International’s PolioPlus program.

Where: St. Clair Center for the Arts, Windsor
When: 6:30PM-11:00PM
Tix: $125.00 CDN, $110.00 USD
Presented by the Rotary Club of Harrow

Saturday, April 18th: “Heart of the City”

Join the Junior Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit as we heighten your senses and ignite your passion for making a change at "Heart of the City" Saturday, April 18 at Mercedes-Benz of St. Clair Shores.

Dance the night away to the pulsating sounds of DJ's Tom T, Captn 20 and Urban Organic while enjoying exquisite food and drinks from 15 of the area's hottest restaurants and bars, a live art show and more. Join the area's elite tastemakers and style leaders as they give back to the youth of metro Detroit. General admission tickets for this event are $55 and VIP Booth packages are available and can be purchased at

Where: Mercedes-Benz, St. Clair Shores
When: 9:00PM-midnight
Tix: $50.00

Sunday, April 19th: South African Wine Tasting and Relaxation Seminar at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The CPN invites you to the South African Wine Tasting and Relaxation Seminar. This event will include a South African Wine Merchant offering fabulous wine selections and instruction. The fundamentals of relaxation will be learned through the Yoga & Tai Chi inter-active demonstrations. We will have special performances by Thiosane Performing Arts Company, which is a Youth "Traditional Dance" Troupe. Throughout the evening there will be guided tours of the Charles H. Wright Museum, which is "the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience." Also, there will be a silent auction with items including wine, artwork and so much more.

Proceeds to benefit Brightmoor Child Care Provider Network: Quality Early Child Care and Education Programs for Children Birth to 5 years old.

Dress comfortably and prepare to release, relax and revive.

Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit
When: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Tix: $30.00 advance

Tuesday, April 21st: Wines of South America at Mon Jin Lau

In recent years, the wines of South America have captured the imagination of the American wine consumer.

From 2002 to 2006 exports to the USA tripled and that trend has continued over the past two years.

The wines of Chile and Argentina represent a stunning array of everyday values to world-class cellar-worthy collectibles.

Join Mon Jin Lau Restaurant and Red Wagon Wine Shoppe for a Tasting of South American Wines.

Strolling Nu-Asian Appetizers.

Where: Mon Jin Lau, Troy
When: 6:00PM-8:00PM
Tix: $30.00 advance, $35.00 at the door

Wednesday, April 22nd: Breakfast at the Townsend

Please join us for a delicious breakfast at the Townsend Hotel on April 22, 2009 to learn more about Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit and meet some of our scholars, past and present. It's all free, including the parking, so please stop by and learn more about this wonderful organization and the leaders it is producing.

Where: The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham
When: 7:30AM-8:30AM
Tix: Free admission

Wednesday, April 22nd: Fisher Vineyards Wine Maker Dinner

Fisher Vineyards Wine Maker Dinner
With Owner Fred Fisher
April 22, 2009

Reception 6:30 pm

Passed Appetizers
2006 Fisher Vineyards, Mountain Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma

Dinner 7:00 pm

Fish Course
Smoked Halibut
Watercress, Morel and Hazelnut Salad
2006 Fisher Vineyards, Mountain Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma

Pasta Course
Veal Cheek Ravioli
Celery Root Puree, Sweet Peas, Apple Consommé
2006 Fisher Vineyards UNITY Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Main Course
Roast Lamb Loin
Wild Mushroom Pierogi, Braised Ramps, Lamb Nage
2005 Cameron Napa Valley Red Wine

Warm Chocolate-Stilton Brioche Pudding
Vanilla- Red Chili Ice Cream, English Toffee
2005 Fisher Vineyards “Coach Insignia” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Chocolate Barks and Bites

French Press Coffee Service
Bon Appétit
Executive Chef Brian Henson

Where: Big Rock Chophouse, Birmingham
When: 6:30PM-9:30PM
Tix: $150.00 including tax, tip, and valet

Thursday, April 23rd: D’Amato’s Madiran Wine Dinner

Featuring Wines from Alain Brumont from Madiran, France
Thursday, April 23, 7pm
$55 excluding tax & gratuity

First Course
Duck Prosciutto, Pastrami Cured Scottish Salmon, Chicken Liver Pate
2005 Chateau Montus

Second Course
Veal Poached Sage & Roasted Garlic Sausage
with Meyer Lemon Risotto & Shaved Grilled Zucchini
2006 Torus

Third Course
Wild Alaskan Halibut
wrapped in Puff Pastry with Porcini Mushroom Duxelles, Prosciutto di Parma,
Fiddlehead Ferns, tossed in a light Tomato Vinaigrette
2007 Brumont Blanc

Fourth Course
Strawberry & Pistachio Tortoni Cake Roll
with Pistachio Gelato, Strawberry Puree, Fresh Mint
2007 Brumont Rose

Fifth Course
1990 Chateau Montus "Cuvee Prestige"
1 oz. Tasting Portion

Chef: Myles McVay
Wine Director: Christian Stachel

Where: D’Amato’s, Royal Oak
When: 7:00PM-10:00PM
Tix: $55.00 plus tax and gratuity