Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Detroit Restaurant Week Prelude at Iridescence

It's next week! Already! Let the games begin!

This "Prelude" party sounds fab...I'll be there with bells on. (You never know. I might have bells.)

Detroit Restaurant Week festivities begin on Thursday, April 15 at 5 p.m. with a prelude party at Iridescence and Amnesia located on the top floor of the MotorCity Casino Hotel to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

“We wanted this year’s prelude event to be a party with a purpose,” said Detroit
Restaurant Week
Executive Director Jason Huvaere. “The partnership we have
formed with Gleaners Community Food Bank and the Nino Salvaggio
International Marketplace
will help to provide less fortunate individuals
and families from our region with nutritious foods.”

Entry into the Detroit Restaurant Week prelude party is FREE, however attendees are encouraged to either make a monetary donation to Gleaners upon entry, or bring canned food items to donate.

Upon entering Iridescence guests will be treated to much more than just the reathtaking views of the Detroit skyline, they will be greeted by models in custom-crafted chef coats restyled by FEMILIA, emerging Detroit couture fashion designers, and enjoy the sounds of the John Arnold Trio.

Guests will immediately be drawn to the four avant-garde food installations. These works of art will be the centerpiece of food stations that will offer party-goers an array of delicious appetizers. The visually stimulating installations will be:

1. A massive Spring onion tree delicately arranged with spring onion flowers.
2. Carrot curls submerged in water and set off by flickering candles.
3. Layers of asparagus covering oversized vases wrapped in leather, lace metal chains and safety pins.
4. A 3-foot POP ART themed artichoke log studded with industrial metal scales,
incorporating both sand art and candlelight.

“We have an ongoing relationship with Gleaners Community Food Bank,” said Rhonda Cohen, COO of MotorCity Casino Hotel. “We value them as a community partner and this event was another opportunity to help advance their mission. We didn’t hesitate to get involved for such a great cause.”

Next door at Amnesia guests will find a fifth food station devoted to decadent desserts, all of which are hand crafted by the 2007 American Culinary Federation’s Pastry Chef of the Year, Patricia Nash.

Soft drinks and warm beverages will also be available along with a cash bar. The menus for each restaurants participating in the 10-evening dinner promotion will
be on display for party-goers to review. Guests should RSVP to rsvp2010@detroitrestaurantweek.com and put “DRW Prelude” in the subject line. Each guest will also receive a small take home gift while supplies last.

Donations to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan

Party-goers will be encouraged make a donation to Gleaners upon their arrival -- by
cash, check, credit or debit card. The donation amount will be left to the discretion of the guest. Donations will then be processed by Gleaners and the order will be placed with the Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, which will deliver the items to a designated Gleaners location.

“We are pleased to be part of Detroit Restaurant Week – an exciting event that celebrates what Detroit has to offer,” said W. DeWayne Wells, president of Gleaners. “Many of our neighbors still struggle to put food on the table, so we are especially grateful to DRW, Nino Salvaggio’s and MotorCity Casino Hotel for stepping up to help those in need.”

Guests may also bring canned and dry goods for donation. Gleaners suggests the following items because they are nutritious, easy for their clients to use, and
continuously requested by their partners for distribution:

Tuna Fish
Dry Beans
Canned Meat
Noodles, Macaroni
Beef Stew
or Baking Mixes
Meat Soups, Hearty Soups
Canned Spaghetti or
Pasta Cereal
Granola Bars
Peanut Butter
Jelly (in plastic jars)
Canned Beans (kidney, pinto, green, yellow, refried or black