Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Week We Ate (The EID Week in Review)

The children of Quickenstan will now be well-caffienated, and there's also robots to hold their attention because you cannot possibly spend the bulk of your waking hours inside of a seizure-inducing Dan Gilbert building without being easily susceptible to stimuli. [Deadline / Curbed Detroit]

Greektown Casino has a new fine dining restaurant, a new food court, and an inexplicable obsession with the letter "z." With Design Disaster Dapper Dan making a bid for a controlling interest in the casino, these changes are probably just a glimmer of what's to come. [Model D]

Maccabee's at Midtown opened quietly but has gained huge buzz fast. Here's a bit more info on the owner and how he came around to opening Midtown's newest hotspot. [Model D]

Grace of India Restaurant is opening soon in Midtown! And judging by the tremendous buzz this one photo received on Facebook, this place can't possibly fail because apparently EVERYONE IN DETROIT is madly clamoring for Indian food. [EID FB]

Baconfest Michigan tickets are now on sale and we're selling through them fast (one-third of available tickets went in the first day). Get them NOW! [Thrillist / EID FB]

The Oxford Inn is going to re-brand as a cowboy/country western bar, in answer to that burning question, "Just HOW could Royal Oak get any douchier?" This is how. [RO Patch]

A "refined Spanish, Asian and French" fusion restaurant offering a "chic, luxurious experience you won't find elsewhere in the city" with a "curated" audience that isn't just "cashing in on suburbanites" that also has the same name as a famous Rick Bayless restaurant but is not named after it. I'm just quoting the story here, people. [Det News]

St. Cece's Pub is now serving Saturday brunch. I, for one, am very excited by the prospects of this new Saturday brunch trend I'm seeing emerge. [St. Cece's FB]

Mae's now has new hours which should pair nicely with their new liquor license once they get the blessing from the Most High Exalted MLCC. [Mae's FB]

Ann Perrault of the hugely successful triple-bottom-line business Avalon Breads speaks about what success really means to her. [UIX]

The Valentine Distillery has now released their new Liberator Gin! And it's really freakin' good, guys. [Valentine FB]

Sometimes the best news leads come from job postings. Holiday Market will be expanding their catering and prepared foods operations to include some serious barbecue and are looking for a bonafide pit master. Detroit BBQ City. [Monster]

This year's Motown Winter Blast has some new features including a S'more Happy Hour, a hockey shot competition and even a visit from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan's cookie van. [MLive]

Whole Foods! Food desert! Urban farming! Artisan food producers! This story has it all! [Bridge MI]

Is it wrong of me that I do not consider this to be a completely outlandish solution? Because we've certainly seen worse recently. [Deadline]


Batch Brewing is trying to Indiegogo themselves into existence in Corktown. Vote "yes" for this nanobrewery with your dollars here. [Batch Brewing FB / Indiegogo]

Wolverine State Brewing Co. is expanding, doubling their brewing capacity. [Promote Michigan]

51 North Brewing is now open in Lake Orion. [MittenBew]

Clarkston Union Bar + Kitchen, Champane's Wine Cellars in Warren, HopCat, Founders Brewing Co., Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, and Siciliano's Market (Grand Rapids) all made the Ratebeer Best of 2013 list of top retailers by state. [RateBeer]

Bell's Brewery is one of several partner breweries working with Ashley's Ann Arbor on a special brew celebrating the nationally-acclaimed beer bar's 30th anniversary. This release will ONLY be available at Ashley's A2 and Ashley's Westland. They're working with a new brewery each month for this whole year so stay tuned! [Beer Pulse]

Thing status: achieved. Wheat wines (okay so technically I said barleywines would be the next big thing but I clump wheat wines in the same general category) are officially A Thing, thanks to Imbibe Magazine. (Shout out to New Holland Brewing Co. for their Pilgrim's Dole!) [Imbibe]

~This brings a whole new meaning to the term "food porn." [FWF]

~Well. Here's a good reason to not drunken Facebook. Or to just not be in PR. [some blahg]