Friday, May 29, 2009

One Week 'til BravoBravo!

Almost 40 different restaurants under one roof serving up samples of their signature dishes in an elegant atmosphere filled with great music and beautiful people all to benefit the Detroit Opera House. Really, where can you go wrong?

BravoBravo! is the Detroit Opera Houses's largest annual fundraiser, and is known to draw sold-out crowds of over 1,000 of metro Detroit's most fashionable culture enthusiasts. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, BravoBravo! is widely considered to be the cultural and social event of the year. And it's next Friday! Tickets are currently $95.00 but will go up in price to $105.00 on Monday, so get them now. Trust me when I tell you it is well worth every penny. Just check out this list of participating restaurants:

American Coney Island
Andiamo Restaurant Group
Angelina Italian Bistro
Bourbon Steak
Cadillac Café At The Detroit Opera House
Canapé Cart
Chen Chow Brasserie
crave + restaurant + sushi + bar
Culinary Associates “A Taste of Elegance”
D'Amato's Restaurant & Good Nite Gracie Jazz & Martini Lounge
Detroit Beer Company
Espresso Jazzy Café
Good Girls go to Paris Crepes
Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters
La Zingara Trattoria
Majestic Café
Mario’s Detroit
Melting Pot of Novi
MGM Grand Detroit Catering
Mon Jin Lau
Moo Moo’s Organic Bistro
Opus One/Opus to Go
Slow’s Bar BQ
Small Plates Detroit
Taste Pizzabar Experience
The Town Pump & Centaur
Tubby's Grilled Submarines, Southgate
Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine
Wolfgang Puck Grille
Zumba Mexican Grille

In addition to this, there are over 30 beverage sponsors (it's kind of like an open bar on speed), and there will be entertainment by the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, DJ Captn 20, jazz musicians in keeping with the vintage roarin' '20s jazz theme, and artists from Paxahau, Fusicology, and Funk Night. Truly a not-to-be-missed event, and for a good cause to boot.

I've had my dress picked out for months! (It has a lot of side ruching, which is good a disguising a belly bloated from over-eating.) I hope to see you there!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Model D: Downtown Pizza Makers Go Gourmet

Featured this week in Model D:

"Metro Detroiters are familiar with Detroit mainstay pizzerias like Buddy's and Pizza Papalis, and let's be honest: the $5.00 Hot-n-Readys from Little Caesar's are a great friggin' deal. But in the last year, Detroit pizza has taken on a new identity -- one that doesn't emphasize the fast-and-cheap so much as taste and quality. (GQ even noticed, naming us the No. 3 pizza town in the country.) We've seen an upswing of new pizzerias that cater to the pizza lover with a discriminating palate, and die-hard pizza aficionados couldn't be happier..."

(Read the rest of the story by yours truly here.)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tea is the New Coffee: Goldfish Tea

I just recently discovered Bean and Leaf Cafe in Royal Oak, which I must begrudgingly admit (only because it's Royal Oak and I still remember the days of the Coffee Beanery and Brazil) I love. Their pastry case is barely a grade above Starbucks's but their coffee selections are phenomenal, and they also host photography exhibits so it's got that whole artsy vibe thing working for it. I was in Royal Oak once again last Monday and was tempted to stop in for another Vietnamese coffee (it has evaporated milk in it--perfecto), but something kept my feet moving until I stumbled across Goldfish Tea.

Goldfish Tea is a wonderfully unique cafe brimming over with authentic Chinese furniture and accessories. They sell ONLY premium loose leaf Chinese teas--there are no herbal teas, no blends, no freakin' chamomile. Chinese loose leaf tea. That's it. And that's brilliant.

(I can appreciate a healthy stubborn attitude in business--and for this business's sake, thankfully so can Royal Oakites who love a good exclusive cultural experience.)

I spent some time chatting up the very knowledgable clerk and discovered the owners actually lived in China for awhile, so all of the items inside are all actually from China--including the nearly immovable had-carved wooden couches and fixtures, all made from reclaimed wood in China, as well as the ridiculously cheap glass and stone jewelry on sale (I bought a sweet necklace of a heavy green glass leaf on a leather cord for $8.00)--apparently the owners, while living in China, would send all sorts of cheap jewelry to the States which would then be re-sold in flea markets, and now have this surplus of extra jewelry on sale in the store. There is also a variety of tea accessories (wooden tea boats, porcelain and clay serving sets) available to purchase.

The overall effect is a lovely, warm and welcoming space saturated in Chinese artifacts for you to enjoy your (albeit pricey) premium tea that you simply will NOT be able to find elsewhere (these aren't teas you can buy in a box at the grocery store), with a knowledgable and friendly staff willing to assist you in your selections and complimentary Wi-Fi access so you can relax and get some work done. And if you're hungry, Goldfish Tea sells a variety of delicate cookies and pastries that pair well with tea brought in daily from the Pinwheel Bakery in Ferndale.

I fell in love with this place immediately, as I'm sure you will too. Although walking around Royal Oak usually saddens me as I see so little remaining of the city it was 10 years ago (a quick mental inventory reveals about 10 original businesses that have withstood this last decade of change), it is new additions such as this that make me believe maybe it's not all that bad.

Golfish Tea is located at 117 West 4th Street, and is open daily 9:00AM-10:00PM.

All photos by Sean McClelland.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Detroit Synergy Supper Club Aboard the Detroit Princess Riverboat

Located directly behind COBO Center, the Detroit Princess is Detroit’s newest addition to the beautifully renovated waterfront. The Detroit Princess opened in June 2005, and is cruising for a wonderful 5th season. The former Louisiana casino has been lovingly renovated into a 5 story dining experience complete with brass ceilings, chandeliers, and engraved mirrors. Come take a step back in time as you experience the sights of the beautiful Detroit/Windsor skylines, enjoying a live Motown show on a dinner cruise.

The boat is enclosed with heating/air conditioning as needed, with outer decks for observing the gorgeous views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines from a unique perspective. Come witness the beautiful changes along the riverfront first hand!

Chef Rickey Hussey, formerly of Intermezzo’s (Harmonie Park), heads up a team of impressive cooks on board. For private cruises, the menu is flexible based upon the desires of the booking party. For this two and a half hour cruise, we will feature our most popular dinner menu selected by many parties aboard, also regularly featured aboard the dinner cruises.

June’s Supper Club will be held on Wednesday June 10th, 2009. Boarding begins at 6:30PM, Cruise will depart at 7:00 pm and return at 9:30 pm. The Detroit Princess is offering to Supper Club members VERY SPECIAL cruise price of $30, which includes tax and gratuity (regular pricing is listed on so you must call the office at 1-877-338-2628 to book with the Synergy Supper Club pricing). Cash bar available on board.

Wednesday June 10, 2009
Boarding: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Cruising: 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm

Captain's Five Entrée Dinner Buffet (included):

Prime Rib
Chicken Florentine
Teriyaki Grilled Salmon
Chipotle Apricot Glazed Pork Chops
Vegetarian Lasagna
Potato Dauphinoise
Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Cream Sauce
Wild Rice
Caribbean Vegetable Medley
Assorted Salads, Dinner Rolls

Entertainment (included):

2 ½ hour cruise of the Detroit River
Live Motown Revue show by the Prolifics
The wonderful company of Detroit Synergy members!

If you would like to pre-purchase drinks, we will run a special rate for Detroit Synergy members – 2 drink tokens for an additional $8. If you pre-purchase, you can pick the tokens up at boarding. These drink tokens can be redeemed at the bar for a beer, wine, or well drink. Drinks are still available for purchase with cash on the day of, but will be just at normal bar rates, depending on the drink.

Feel free to pass this information on to your friends, family, and coworkers and purchase your ticket for June’s Supper Club event on the Detroit River Princess by calling the office directly at 1-877-338-2628. We will not be doing online booking for this special event at this price as this is a very special rate.

Space is limited, seats will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. While tickets are non-refundable, they may be transferred to another guest should you be unable to attend on the date you purchased your ticket for.

If you have any questions, please e-mail

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cold Stone Creamery

Last Friday I was taking a pre-summer stroll through the D, and one leg of my adventures took me to the Cold Stone Creamery inside the Greektown Casino. Now let's cut the to quick: Cold Stone ain't cheap. But riddle me this, readers: where else, pray tell, can you find cake batter ice cream?


I had a taste for a little such sweetness, but decided to forgo the much pricier and calorie-packed "Creations" in favor of just the ice cream. While a spoonful of "Birthday Cake Remix" would surely have been heavenly, a cupful probably would have awakened my dormant lactose intolerance and, well, I still had a long walk home.

I proudly (and patiently--those special "Creations" take awhile to make, and if there's any kind of line you'll be waiting for awhile) waited at the counter for my humble 5-oz. "Like It" (that means small) indulgence. Be careful, the staff at Cold Stone Creameries are consistently persuasive, and they will all try to talk you into upsizing your order for only 30 cents more and twice the ice cream. But I don't want twice the ice cream; I want once the ice cream. It's a lesson in moderation and self-control (the sales pitch worked for the two customers before me, however). And still clocking it at a hefty 340 calories and 19 grams of fat, I think I made the wiser choice.

Yes, Cold Stone ain't cheap, and it ain't healthy neither. What this national chain is most famous for is their Signature Creations, utilizing a variety of different "mix-ins" which are blended into the ice cream on a marble slab with large metal spatulas as you watch and wait. (After the novelty wears off, the goods are still tasty.) The particular Creation I resisted contains cake batter ice cream, rainbow sprinkles, brownies, and fudge--not exactly diet-friendly. With all of their various ice cream flavors and available mixers, there are some 11.5 million taste combinations available at Cold Stone. Alas, for this I am not about to be nearly as adventurous as I am with places like (Proof), as my liver tends to bounce back better than my waistline.

For the slightly more health-conscious, there are "healthy indulgences" such as "Sinless Sans Fat" Ice Creams (no fat, no sugar), non-dairy sorbets and smoothies, and fresh fruit mix-ins. Ultimately these are probably about as healthy as a smoothie from Haagen Dazs, but mmmmm...Haagen Dazs...

(Actually the smoothies are all low in fat--save for the Pineapple Coconut Orange--though high in calories.)

After resisting the temptations of upsizing and handing over four bucks for a scoop of ice cream, I was pleased as plums walking out of the place, much to the amusement of the security guards. Apparently they know better than to get between a girl and her ice cream.

Cold Stone Creamery has a number of locations in the metro Detroit area; check the website for details. All are now operating on summer hours (hours vary by location), which for us Detroiters means that from 11:30AM-12:00 midnight seven days a week we can indulge our sweet teeth at the Greektown Casino location.

Hey, we walk more in the summer, it all balances out.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Upcoming Dining Events

Saturday, May 16th: Royal Oak Wine Stroll

Join us on May 16, 2009 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. in downtown Royal Oak for the 5th Annual Royal Oak Wine Stroll, presented by the Royal Oak Restaurant Association in conjunction with the Downtown Development Authority.
As in years past, the wine stroll will offer patrons the opportunity to explore and experience the diverse restaurants the city has to offer. Strollers will enjoy featured wines and signature hors d'oeuvres from downtown restaurants and shops.
Participating restaurant locations include: Andiamo’s, Bastone’s, BlackFinn, Mr. B’s, Oak City Grille, O’ Toole’s, Oxford Inn, Pronto!, and Rock on Third.
Numerous retail locations will also be participating this year. Stores serving wine include: 5th & Fringe Salon & Spa, Bright Ideas Furniture, Chozen by BC, Cloverleaf Fine Wine, Creative Arts Studio, The Annex, Vintner’s Cellar of Royal Oak, Write Impressions and WOW Smile Express.

Several other retail locations will be offering appetizers and/or discounts exclusively for wine strollers, including Douglas J, LadyBug Shoppe, Noir Leather and Shine.

Tickets are on sale now at participating locations for the event, $30 in advance or $40 day of the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan and the Royal Oak Historical Society.

For more information, please visit or, or call 248.246.3065.

Where: Royal Oak
When: Noon-5:00PM
Tix: $30.00 advance, $40.00 same day

Monday, May 18th: Eric Soloman Wine Tasting at Mon Jin Lau

Call Mon Jin Lau for Ticket includes tax and Gratuity-all ticket sales are final
Reservations 248-689-2332 and ask for Sharon or Bryan

Over 2 dozen wines from Eric’s incredible portfolio of Southern France and Spanish wines

Ye Olde Wine Shoppe, Mon Jin Lau and the wine portfolio of Eric Solomon are
teaming up to bring you this incredible walk around tasting featuring some of
the finest wine values in the world! Eric Solomon was one of Robert Parker’s Wine
Personalities of the year, and he is one of this years James Beard wine award
semi-finalists!-Simply put-the wines he brings to us are incredible! The evening
will include access to over 2 dozen handpicked wine selections, Mon Jin Lau’s
famous appetizers and a special “Component table”. Advanced Sommelier Arthur
Black will be on hand offering added insight to the wines at the final table
showcasing some of the aromas and flavor components found in them and techniques
on how to pick them up in your glass. This table will feature 6 world class
wines with reviews of 93-95 points! You are sure to come away from this tasting
having learned something! Local Wine Merchant Dennis Walsh of Ye Olde Wine
Shoppe will also be on hand and offer special show prices on all the wines
presented during the evening. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste some of the
finest wines from the celebrated regions of Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Rias
Baixas, Rioja, Cotes du Rhone and more!

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

Wednesday, May 20th: An Evening With Scott Woodward at Big Rock Chophouse

An Evening with Scott Woodward Owner of Appellation Wine Company:
Hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm
$100.00 per Guest
Inclusive of Tax and Gratuity
To Purchase Tickets
(248) 647-7774

Where: Big Rock Chophouse, Birmingham
When: 6:30PM
Tix: $100.00

Wednesday, May 20th: Central Coast California Wine Tasting at John Cowley’s

Join us twice a month for our Wednesday night wine tasting featuring Sommelier Mike Larranaga. We will sample four wines each paired with a regional cuisine small plate prepared by Chef Zachariah Peterlin.

$30/person - Reservations Required 248-474-5941

Where: John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub, Farmington Hills
When: 7:00PM-10:00PM
Tix: $30.00

Hour Detroit's Menu Guide

This is a comprehensive guide to metro Detroit dining, complete with menus, reviews, and discount offers. A valuable resource for anyone interest in food. Click here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Great Deals at Friday's

Right now at Friday's, you can order from their entire menu of hearty sandwiches and heaping salads for just $5.00 each. Portions are not reduced for cost, either: you still get the same oversized portion of dressing-soaked greens as ever before (the Shanghai Salad pictured below weighs an approximate 2 pounds without the plate). In addition to this, Friday's also offers killer late-night happy hour specials, with half-off appetizers and $2.00 draft specials (as well as great $2.00 and $3.00 drink specials) from 3:00PM-7:00PM and 10:00PM-close. And despite it being a (gasp) chain restaurant, Friday's has always been a good place for some grub and suds. At times overpriced, this limited-time price slash (made to introduce 9 new sandwiches and salads to the menu, only valid through May 31st) is actually more in keeping with what they should have been charging all along (these same sandwiches and salads typically range $8.00-$11.00).

There are locations all over metro Detroit, though I favor the Dearborn and Troy locations for proximity to work, family and friends.

The Cobb Salad

The Shanghai Salad

Monday, May 11, 2009

"Tai Hing" Means "Public Housing"

I feel bad for my ex-boyfriend. For years all he ever wanted to eat was Chinese food. Every time I would ask him what he wanted, I always knew the answer would be (in an extremely insenstive but humorous faux-Chinese dialect) "Chinese foooood?" And inevitably, I would scrunch my nose and roll my eyes. That man only got Chinese food on Christmas when we were avoiding our families. Same goes for the one that followed, who would sometimes come home with Chinese carry-out for himself and a pizza for me.

(I love pizza.)

And now here I am, ordering myself some damn General Tso's and Egg Foo Young. Sweet irony. Honestly, I think I was tainted by all those years my parents dragged me to this one place that used to be on Gratiot and ordered Sweet and Sour Chicken every. single. time. I hate Sweet and Sour Chicken now because of that. (That place did have those electronic/neon landscape wall art signs that look like they're constantly moving, though...that was kinda cool.)

After an aggressive marketing campaign during which time I would regularly step over menus slipped discreetly under my apartment door, I discovered Tai Hing Express, a strictly carry-out and delivery Chinese eatery located at 1114 Holcomb St. at Jefferson (east of Van Dyke). Out of boredom, hunger, and a fast-growing realization that I quite possible eat too much pizza, I decided to go with this new Chinese place.

A perusal of the menu revealed all of the classics: egg rolls, assorted lo and chow meins, almond chicken, sweet & sour everything possible. Make no mistake: this is very much a generic Chinese-American joint, no different than the hundreds of thousands of generic Chinese-American joints that came before it (often located in strip malls or shopping malls). But hey--I'm not looking for anything fancy, just something tasty. Oh, Tai Hing also caters to the sushi trend, offering a variety of standard tuna/salmon/shrimp/avocado rolls and edamame. Cute, but I stuck with a straight pseudo-Chinese slate.

You gotta love a place where you order by number (it's the hallmark of all Asian eateries): I opted for A34, General Tso's Chicken and Shrimp Egg Foo Young. This also came with Chicken Fried Rice and an Egg Roll, all for just $8.45. I also added a pint of Egg Drop Soup for $1.32. The price is right as the quantity is enough for two; too bad it was so hard to choke down.
First of all: bland-a-roni. And mind you, I was going into this with low expectations. But even the General Tso's chicken, which should at least have a thick, brownish-red, slightly sweet and spicy sauce was BLAND. The rice was BLAND. The soup was BLAND. The Egg Foo Young was disgusting, but that's partially my fault for not remembering how wholly unappealing it was when my father used to order it (it's basically an omelet slathered in a BLAND gravy). The shrimp was also rubbery and tasted like it had been in the freezer for a year. The egg roll was an egg roll, and much like most egg rolls is only really edible when drowning in plum sauce.

Overall the entire experience was disappointing. I wasn't really looking for anything special: maybe just a place to occassionally scratch my General Tso's and fried rice itch, a non-pizza place to deliver food directly to me when I just don't feel like walking all the way out to the parking lot. Nothing fancy; just decent cheap food. Like a Chinese Little Caesar's. What I ultimately ended up with was almost inedible, and even after braving the leftovers most of it still ended up in the trash. I'm all for giving the local holes-in-the-wall a chance, and have often been pleased enough with the results. But this, dear foodie friends, was more than I could stomach. If only blandness could be their worst crime: it was simply unappetizing. Even the fortune cookie was stale. I didn't even know those things could get stale.

So, the search continues for a decent Chinese diner in Detroit. This is one thing I do miss about Macomb County: Chinese eateries are in abundance and most are pretty decent. (My favorite remains to this day Wok Inn on Hayes in Clinton Township, across the street from Lakeside Mall. Their General Tso's is the bomb-diggity but don't take my word for it--click on the link and check out the comments left by Whytegurl 18.)

Detroit Synergy Supper Club at El Barzon

Detroit Synergy’s Supper Club celebrates the month of May, typically honored as a Mexican heritage month, at Southwest Detroit’s own El Barzón. On Wednesday, May 20th, beginning at 6:00PM, taste the traditional flavors of Mexico as presented by co-owner and Chef Norberto Garita. While you’re at it, why not also try some traditional Italian flavors as well—El Barzón’s menu reflects Garita’s Mexican heritage just as much as it does the eight years he spent as a sous chef at Southfield’s AAA four-diamond upscale Italian restaurant Il Posto…which is why, on any given day, you might see a Mercedes or Beamer parked outside on this otherwise remote and unglamorous corner of Michigan Ave. and Junction. The word is out: El Barzón is in.

Chef Garita is offering a very wide range of his specialty dishes, both the Mexican and Italian, for Supper Club attendees for the very handsome price of $30.00 (inclusive of tax and gratuity). And in keeping with tradition, there will also be an optional two-glass wine flight available for an additional $10.00.

“I want to do a little something for everyone,” says Garita. “I want to make this as memorable an experience as possible for those who are new to El Barzón.”

Garita has included his very popular Mole Poblana dish as a possible contender, though with the variety of other options available the decision won’t be easy. Bring a friend and share!

• Appetizers will be served family-style and include Fritto Misto (shrimp and calamari), Bis Di Pasta (Strozzapreti Norcina—a dense noodle with a truffle-scented sausage and tomato sauce—and Cavatelli alla Boscaiola, a garlic and mushroom cream sauce), and Chiles Rellenos (homemade tomato sauce filled with ground beef and cheese);
• Entrees include a variety of options:
o Mole Poblano—chicken breast with mole sauce made with chile seco, tomatillo, anix, bread, banana, etc.
o Cecina El Barzón—thin-sliced steak with fresh arugula and tomato or sautéed onions and jalapeño pepper
o Barbacoa de Chivo al Horno—slow-cooked steamed goat barbecue
o Cavatelli alla Boscaiola—dry porcini mushroom and cream sauce
o Lasagna—baked pasta layered with authentic Bolognese meat sauce and mozzarella cheese
o Scaloppine al Barolo e Porcini—veal scaloppini sautéed in porcini mushroom and Barolo wine sauce
o Spaghetti e Scampi El Barzón—fresh tomato, basil, garlic, fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh arugula
o Pollo al Limone—chicken breast with lemon sauce and capers, sautéed with white wine
• For dessert, diners can choose between Mexcian Flan and Tiramisu
• There will also be plenty of fresh tortilla chips served with homemade mole verde and mole rojo (green and red sauces) to start

El Barzón offers a wide range of traditional flavors for a wide range of tastes, as well as authentic dishes that you won’t find at the more popular and trendy eateries of Mexican Town. Still considered to be one of Detroit’s best-kept secrets, El Barzón is becoming increasingly popular on the strength of word of mouth and a handful of rave reviews. Join Supper Club on May 20th to be in on the secret buzz, and discover for yourself what local foodies consider to be one of Detroit’s best restaurants!

Tickets are $30.00 in advance at the DSG store,, and include tax and gratuity. There will also be an optional two-glass wine flight available for an additional $10.00. Tickets to this event are available by online purchase only, and all purchases must be made by Tuesday, May 19th. Due to capacity issues, there will be a strict adherence to a 40-person limit. There will be absolutely no walk-ins permitted. Tickets are first-come, first-served.

Check out pictures from the last Supper Club at 24 Grille here! Also, save the date for Wednesday, June 10th, when Supper Club boards the Detroit Princess for a sunset dinner cruise. And if you haven't done so already, join Supper Club's Facebook page here.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Special Feature: Mother's Day Brunch

Ask any mom what she wants for Mother's Day and the answers will inevitably be the same: for one day, to not have to perform her motherly duties of cooking, cleaning, and caretaking.

Start taking care of mom by taking her out for a relaxing Mother's Day brunch. Below are some options to get you started!

Festa Della Mama at Via Nove in Ferndale

11:00AM-7:00PM, $18.00 per person with a complimentary mimosa for mom

Buffet Menu:

Cold Food
Italian antipasto salad
Cheese & Crackers
Tomato bruschetta
Grilled vegetables

Hot Food
Roast ball tip of beef
Roasted rosemary chicken
Penne pasta with palomino sauce
Farfalle pasta with Alfredo sauce
Roasted red skin potatoes
Italian green beans

Fresh fruit

Mother's Day at the Rattlesnake Club

11:00AM-2:00PM, $38.00 per adult, $10.00 per child 12 & under

Enjoy their brunch menu with items such as a Chef prepared Omelette & Waffle Station,
Crab Cake Benedict, Smoked Scottish Salmon, Carved Spice Crusted Roast of Prime Rib of Beef,
Wild Alaskan Halibut, Salads and many more Rattlesnake specialties including a lavish Dessert table!

Mother's Day Brunch at D'Amato's in Royal Oak

Seatings at 12:00PM and 2:00PM, $26.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids

Buffet offerings include an omelet station, crepes, assorted pastries, quiche, wild berry display, fresh fruit, bacon, ham, sausage, and much more!

Mother's Day Vegan Brunch Kitchen Class at Detroit Evolution Laboratory

11:00AM-2:00PM, $45.00 per person

This Mother's Day, teach mom a little more about wellness through food and the edict of "you are what you eat." Angela will present incredible egg and dairy substitutes, mock meats for breakfast and lunch, the divine secrets of the sweet side of brunch, and preparation tips that will forever change your vegan kitchen experience.

Mother's Day Dinner at Cuisine

4:00PM-close, $35.00 per person

Okay, so it's not quite brunch, but the four-course prix-fixe menu is superb!

Ala Carte Menu will include Softshell Crabs, Colorado Spring Lamb, Spring fiddlehead ferns, fresh morels. All Moms receive a complimentary dessert.

Brunch at Opus One

12:00PM-3:00PM, $22.00 2-course, $28.00 3-course

This is one of the finest brunches at the best prices in the city.

The Opus One Sunday Brunch includes you choice of either a tempting appetizer and entree or an entree as well a selection of one of our famous desserts. Also included with you meal are two complementary beverages of your choice. Choose from a selection of Mimosas, Bloody Marys or Opus Orange Mojitos as well as coffee and fresh juices all for only $22.

Or Select an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert along with your choice of beverages all for $28.


Petite Raspberry Stuffed French Toast
Raspberries Cream Cheese and Chambord Stuffed inside of Cinnamon Swirl Bread finished with Creme anglaise

Fresh Lobster Spring Roll
Sliced Lobster, Fresh Spring Vegetables and a Soy Reduction

Poached Eggs Oscar
Two Soft Poached Eggs on English Muffins Topped with Alaskan King Crab Meat and sauce bearnaise served with Asparagus

Broiled Norwegian Salmon
Served over Basmati Rice with garlic grilled zucchini and sauce beurre blanc

Harvest Apple Flan
Crisp Granny Smith Apples tossed with cinnamon and sugar baked atop puff pastry with Carmel sauce and Cinnamon ice cream

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at the Majestic Cafe

11:00AM-3:30PM, $21.95 adults, $12.95 children 12 & under

Pastrami-style lox
Smoked whitefish
Fresh fruit
Caesar Salad
Assorted Pastries

Stuffed Chicken
Baked Ham
Banana Walnut French Toast
Fresh Sausage
Springtime Veggie Pasta
Tortilla-crusted tilapia

Pancake Station
Made to order with banana, ginger, nutmeg, and caramel cream sauce or fresh blueberry and strawberry with vanilla bean sauce

Choice of ham, sausage, bacon, tri-colored peppers, tomatoes, onions, artichokes, spinach, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese, and feta

Other Mother's Day Brunch Specials

42º North
Join us for a Mother's Day Brunch at forty-two degrees north 12-4pm. Enjoy an international view & a spectacular Mother's Day Brunch.

Coach Insignia
Offering our regular menu.

Sunday: come into Mosaic for a delicious brunch featuring made to order waffles & omelettes, a carving station, & much more!

Cameron's Steakhouse - Birmingham
Cameron's Steakhouse Selections, a 3-course meal for $33. Featuring a salad, entree, and a personal dessert. Choose from 3 delicious entrees: Filet Mignon, Park Farms Chicken and Salmon Filet.

Join us on Mom's day for our family-style prime rib dinner featuring salads, whipped potatoes, veggies, & dessert ($19 person). Come hungry... seconds an on the house!

Maggiano's - Troy
Offering family-style dining only w. an assortment of Maggiano's favorites ($29.95/adult; $14.95/child 6-12; under 6 free).

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Troy
Celebrate Mother's Day w. our brunch buffet, served 11am-3pm. Traditional dinner menu will be available 3-9pm.

Mitchell's Fish Market - Birmingham
Have we got a great catch for you. Presenting Mitchell’s Favorites, a 3-course meal ($19.95), feat. a salad, entrée, & a dessert. Choose from 3 delicious entrées: lobster & shrimp cakes, shrimp & scallop mixed grill, or Asian salmon duo. (Locations in Livonia, Southfield, and Rochester are offering the same specials.)

Morton's The Steakhouse - Troy
Mom deserves the best...treat her to Morton's this Mother's Day! Featuring a specially priced prix-fixe menu ($59), or Morton's signature a la carte menu. Special hours: 1pm-9pm. (Southfield location offers the same.)

Rugby Grille
Mom deserves the finest. Treat her to a 4-course prix-fixe menu featuring wild king salmon, prime filet, & seared organic chicken. Seatings at 11am & 1:30pm ($55++).

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Troy
Your gift to Mom this Mother’s Day is dinner with you at Ruth’s Chris. Our gift to Mom Mother’s Day Weekend is a $25 Guest Card for a future visit. Serving 3-course prix-fixe menu ($39.95).

Southfield/Bingham Farms

Have brunch w. us in Shiraz Gardens! ($29.95/adult; $15.95/child 13-6). 10am-3pm

Farmington Hills

Tribute Restaurant
Treat your special Mother to Tribute's fabulous 3-course brunch ($29.95). Live piano, exciting food, & sparkling service will show Mom just how much you care!


Brookshire Restaurant at the Royal Park Hotel
Please join us for a classic 3-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Colin Brown. 3 choices of appetizers, entrees, & dessert ($34-$38).

Ann Arbor/Saline

Bella Ciao
Join us for a Mother's Day Brunch 2-4pm. A delightful 3-course menu ($20). We'll return to our regular dinner menu at 4pm.

Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor
Offering our regular menu.

Gratzi - Ann Arbor
Offering our regular menu.

Mouth-watering Mother's Day Buffet! Make your mom's dream come true & bring her to Mediterrano! All moms will receive a fresh flower complements of Mediterrano.

Melange - Ann Arbor
A special Mother's Day Brunch will be offered 12-4pm on Sunday as well as our regular menu 5-9pm.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Upcoming Dining Events

Friday, May 8th-Sunday, May 10th: 12 Angry Men and Dinner at D’Amato’s


Package Includes 2 Really Good Seats at the Theatre and Select Dinner or Brunch Menus - $60.00 All Inclusive


Choose from one of the following dates:
1. Friday, May 8, 2009 - 6:30pm Dinner Reservation, 8:00pm show at Stagecrafters
2. Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 6:30pm Dinner Reservation, 8:00pm show at Stagecrafters
3. Sunday, May 10, 2009 - Brunch at D'Amato's, 2:00 Show at Stagecrafters





Stagecrafters' Baldwin Theatre is at 415 S. Lafayette- or go online to
MAY 10, 2009 Make Your Reservations Now Enjoy Our Classic Brunch & Lunch Buffet, Omelette Station, Deserts and More.
$26.00 Adults $7.00 Children

Where: D’Amato’s, Royal Oak
When: See schedule above
Tix: $60.00 per package (for two), all-inclusive

Friday, May 8th: Rotary’s 7th Annual Wine Tasting at the Reserve

Birmingham Rotary’s 7th annual wine tasting fundraiser will be hosted at the Reserve in Birmingham on Eaton Street on Friday, May 8 from 6pm to 11pm.
The event will feature special premium wines and a 50/50 raffle. The evening includes generous strolling hors du voures and desserts.
Three non-profit charities will benefit from this years event including, Childhelp, Orchards Children’s Services and the International Rotary Project.

Where: The Reserve at Big Rock Chophouse, Birmingham
When: 6:00PM-11:00PM
Tix: $50.00

Saturday, May 9th: Rock ‘N Roll “Amplified” Wine Tasting at Scores

An “Amplified” wine tasting. Making wine more accessible, less pretentious, and more fun by pairing it with live music in interesting venues. On Saturday, May 9th, Rock ‘n Roll Wine gets rockin' at Scores Bar & Grill in Farmington Hills.

Local rockers The Violators will be providing the live entertainment. Recently, they were named as one of Michigan's best cover bands by Doug-FM. They will be paired with a brand-new mix of unusual and interesting wines from around the world.

A $25 advance ticket covers all of your music and wine. The cost goes up to $30 the day of the show. First pour is at 7:00pm, live music begins shortly thereafter.

Where: Scores Bar & Grill, Farmington Hills
When: 7:00PM-9:00PM
Tix: $25.00 advance/$30.00 at the door

Sunday, May 10th: Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch with Marcus Belgrave at Bert’s Theatre
[NOTE: There will be a separate Mother's Day brunch post forthcoming]

Detroit Jazz Musicians Co-Op, Inc, is pleased to announce MOTHER’S DAY SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH – at Bert’s Historic Eastern Market!!. Join Detroit jazz luminaries, Marcus Belgrave, Joan Belgrave and Charlie Gabriel, as they celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, May 10, 2009. The festivities begin at 2:00pm at Bert’s Entertainment Complex, 2739 Russell Street , in the historic Eastern Market (Hastings Room). TREAT YOUR MOTHER & YOURSELF!! Come join in the festivities….blending the signature sounds of Marcus & Joan Belgrave and Charlie Gabriel with time-honored lyricism and emotive classic melodies. – The concert will be video recorded as part of a national record label television project entitled – “Ray Charles – Genius” – to include an interview and performance by Marcus Belgrave… the only surviving member of the original Ray Charles horn section. This is your chance to be part of history! “A Michigan Jazz Master and Detroit jazz guru.., Marcus Belgrave,” says Destination Jazz host and longtime WDET personality, Ed Love. Sunday’s live performance includes Marion Hayden (Bass), Bill Meyer (piano), & Gayelynn McKinney (drums). - Also to appear a special guest Mother’s Day Performance ensemble… Detroit Jazz…. The next generation…

Recently named Jazz Master Laureate for the City of Detroit, Marcus Belgrave spent many years on the road with Ray Charles and Charles Mingus, among others; while Gabriel, a fourth generation New Orleans jazz musician, & current member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, brings deep and historical roots to the music. Classically trained and nurtured in the Baptist church tradition, Joan Belgrave soars confidently through lyrics set forth by some of the great Divas of jazz, while making them uniquely her own.

Admission is $25, - or $40 for ( 2) and includes live performance, and a Soulful Brunch Tickets are available at the door the day of the event. Doors open at 1:30. For event information call M. Walden : 313.393-3299 or Bert’s Market Place 313-567-2030 or visit For Media Information, contact M. Walden at 313.393-3299

Where: Bert’s Theatre, Detroit
When: Doors 1:30PM
Tix: $25.00 single, $40.00 for two

Monday, May 11th: Luciano’s Wine Dinner at Luciano’s in Clinton Twp.

Great wine begins in the vineyard! Airfield Winery is the largest producer of wine grapes in Washington state, totaling over 850 acres of vineyards. Some of these vineyards are amongst the best in the state. The vineyard is located at the foot of Rattlesnake Mountains in the Yakima Valley. All of the vineyard blocks are situated within a 3 mile radius of the orifinal WWII airbase. These are World Class wines with the write up and the medals to prove it.

The incredible menu follows:
Airfield Chardonnay served with Calamari and Shrimp Ai Ferri - grilled shrimp topped with an oil/herb vinaigrette.

Airfield Cabernet served with Eggplant and Ricotta - fried eggplant stuffed with our ricotta and topped with a ripe red tomato, basil and garlic sauce.

Airfield Bombshell served with Rigatoni and fresh tomato, basil and garlic sauce - This sauce is lighter then the eggplant sauce and Luciano puts his own special touch on this one.

Airfield Merlot served with Barbeque Short Ribs - Barbeque sauce is Lucianos special recipe with a splash of orange zest served along side pan-fried potatoes and onions.

Airfield Merlot served with Cotelettes - N.Y.steak cut very thin, breaded and pan fried served with ammoghio sauce on the side (which is a fresh tomato, garlic and basil sauce). Served with pan fried potatoes and onions.

Airfield Riesling - Rosa's Homemade Cheesecake and Cannoli

This menu is specially made by Luciano himself freshly made daily, so please know that Luciano is showing off his hard work and great Italian cooking. He takes a lot of pride in serving his customers quality!

Monday, May 11, 2009, starting at 6:30 pm
45$ Per Person - Call TODAY, limited seating.

Where: Luciano’s (on Garfield Rd.), Clinton Twp.
When: 6:30PM
Tix: $45.00

Tuesday, May 12th: World Wine Tour: South America at Angelina Italian Bistro

Our Wine Dinner series continues with "Exploring South America". Executive Chef Joel Vassallo and Angelina's Wine Buyer Ericia Bartels invite you to "Exploring South America", a culinary journey that explores the traditional fare of five regions: Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Argentina. Each course is artfully paired with a complementing libation.

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Time: 6:00 p.m. Seating and a glass of Torrontes (to wet the appetite!)
6:30 p.m. Dinner

BRAZIL STUFFED BANANA LEAF - Carmelized Plantain / Roasted Brazil Nuts

COLOMBIA CHICKEN PAELLA - Chorizo Sausage / Saffron Rice / Red Bell Peppers

CHILE PAN SEARED CHILEAN SEA BASS - Sofrito Rice / Cucumber Salad

PERU ROASTED WILD BOAR LOIN - Peruvian Purple Potato / Green Beans / Natural Jus


Where: Angelina Italian Bistro, Detroit
When: 6:00PM
Tix: $55.00
Reservations required by May 8th; call 313-962-1355

Tuesday, May 12th: Toscana Wine Dinner at Assaggi Mediterranean Bistro

Assaggi Welcomes Elena Capobianco representing the wines of Tenuta Sette Ponti and Feudi Macari Featuring the Famous and acclaimed " ORENO " 2006 (96 Points) Join us for an amazing 4 courses with these great wines ....

Where: Assaggi Mediterranean Bistro, Ferndale
When: 6:30PM-11:30PM
Tix: $115.00

Wednesday, May 13th: Deals & Meals Luncheon Series at Fleming’s Prime

The Woodward Avenue Action Association presents the Deals & Meals Luncheon Series; Business Warfare, Attracting & Retaining Clients in a Volatile Economy. In these tough economic times, maintaining and increasing your business can be tougher than ever. Now is the time to stop accidentally giving free consultations, get unique with your product and get to no quickly.

Join us on Wednesday, May 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse for a lunch and learning session with the award winning sales trainer, Daniel Ottney from Gerry Weinberg & Associates, hosted by dBusiness editor-in-chief R.J King. Nationally noted at your best kept secret sales weapon, Ottney will give invaluable lessons to make you and your sales staff stronger no matter what your business is. Whether you deal in services, goods, government and more you will walk away with newfound knowledge of how to be an effective and successful salesperson.

Tickets are $35 for WA3 members and $50 for non-members.This event is sponsored by dBusiness Magazine and Allied Printing. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit or contact Nicole Brown, Outreach and Promotions Coordinator at 248-288-2004.

Where: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Birmingham
When: 11:00AM-1:30PM
Tix: $35.00 for member of WA3, $50.00 non-members

Wednesday, May 13th: 3rd Annual DSO deCanted

The very popular DSO deCanted, a wine tasting and auction, sponsored by the Volunteer Council of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will be held at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Avenue, Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. From 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, friends and supporters of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will enjoy sampling an outstanding selection of wines from Argentina that will be expertly paired with an array of savory hors d’oeuvres. Oenophiles will have the opportunity to nurture their love of fine and unusual wines by bidding on any number of exceptional wines, some from the personal cellars of serious collectors, along with other unique wine related items. Adding to the evening’s festivities, this year’s feast of fine wine and strolling dinner features a live auction led by WDIV-TV personality, Andrew Humphrey which will begin at 7:15 pm.

Celebrity auctioneer, Andrew Humphrey, promises to energize guests eager to bid on several fun and interesting items during the live auction. An in-store cooking demonstration and wine party for up to 34 people; a “Detroit Experience for Two” providing tickets to the DSO, hotel, dinner and salon gift certificate; and the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the signature sound of the DSO while sitting onstage during a live concert will be available to the highest bidder. All proceeds from both the silent and live auction will benefit the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its educational and outreach programs.

Where: Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit
When: 6:00PM-8:30PM
Tix: $95.00-$175.00

Wednesday, May 13th: Wine Dinner with Bob Egelhoff at Roast

A featured wine dinner with Bob Egelhoff, the winemaker of great cult wines such as Axios, David Arthur, and Amizetta. This will be a 6 course dinner with wine pairings. The cost is $150 per person including gratuity. Please RSVP.

Reservations can be made at 313.361.2500.

Where: Roast, Detroit
When: N/A
Tix: $150.00 including tax and gratuity

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Indi Edibles

There's been quite a bit of buzz lately here in Detroit over urban farming, urban gardens, community gardens, locally-grown organic food, sustainable cuisine, and an all-encompassing push towards all things green. These are things you've most likely heard about already; what you perhaps have not heard about are the growing number of advocacy groups and businesses dedicated entirely to the growth, awareness, and promotion of such urban agricultural endeavors. These are people that have chosen local organics as a lifestyle, not just to support local farmers but because it is healthier, it tastes better, and really--all the cool kids are doing it. The call is for a shunning of highly processed food products not meant to be consumed by the human body and a return to nature.

Enter Indi Edibles, a Detroit-based video production business which is focused entirely on promoting urban farming, better health through organic foods, and the advocacy group G.U.R.U. (Growing Urban Renewal Underway). They produce how-to videos for people to learn more about growing their own food, as well as videos documenting the progress of various urban farms and any number of other similarly-minded projects. Their website also boasts a blog, a forum, a store, links to music selected by the IE family (and music by some of the IE family), a variety of useful links to other resources, as well as pictures of the IE family members (I suspect you'll see a lot of familiar faces, or at least recognize names such as Frank Raines, Funk Night DJ). $5.00/month gets you access to all of their videos and keeps you in the loop with all of the continued growth and progress of Detroit's urban farming/greening scene. Their studio is even located inside the Russell Industrial Center, keeping it all homegrown.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

James Beard Award Winners 2009

Well, one of our own sort of won. In the sole category that sported a Michigan nominee--"Best Chef, Great Lakes" with Zingerman's Alex Young repping the mitten--the one who took home the award was ultimately Michael Symon for Cleveland's Lola. Which is almost a Michigan win, since Symon recently opened Roast inside the Westin Book-Cadillac which, in light of his increasing fame (first made a nationally-known name amongst foodies and Food Network fans with his Iron Chef win), is bound to get increasing amounts of national attention. Good for him and good for us. Congrats on the win, Mr. Symon, though I think the Rattlesnake's Jimmy Schmidt can still claim the sole Michigan title-holder!

For the complete list of this year's JBF winners, go here.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Baile Corcaigh Will Say "Failte!" No More

After over a year of rumors and assumptions, word has it that Corktown's Baile Corcaigh (pronounced bal-ya cor-kee) has officially closed its doors. The space was beautiful with all the old stained glass and solid oak interiors (like a real bonafide Irish pub), and the beer selection was top-notch, offering Irish creme ales and other brews not found anywhere else that dares to proclaim itself "Irish" (the Old Shillelagh could be the poster child for this). However, $11.00 sandwiches and $15.00 fish and chips in a glorified pub coupled with sporadic and inconsistent hours in a remote location with little promotion is not the recipe for a successful business, even in the best economies. It is sad to see this place go, but honestly, it comes as a surprise to no one.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Upcoming Dining Events

Saturday, May 2nd: Detroit Historical Society’s Tour of Eastern Market

Linda Yellin, with Feet On The Street Tours, will lead this popular walking and tasting tour, blending history, stories and updates about the market district. You’ll visit specialty shops and meet the vendors offering unique food items. Enjoy the old time flavor and historical buildings that date back to the 1890s on a vibrant, fun-filled tour.

Where: Eastern Market, Detroit
When: 11:00AM
Tix: $20.00 Society members, $30.00 guests

Saturday, May 2nd: TCA Travel Club University Wine Tasting 101 at Tom’s Oyster Bar

With our goal of making wine more accessible, less pretentious, more fun by paring it in interesting venues, TCA Travel Club is offering a class for beginners "Wine Tasting 201" on this Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Tom's Oyster Bar, 519 East Jefferson Avenue at Beaubien Street in Downtown Detroit. The class time from 3:00 -- 6:00 PM

In this class you will taste wines from around the world, learn how to taste, tasting techniques, proper glassware, the health benefits of drinking wine and rate the wines while having fun. Between sips of wine and bottled water, you will also sample cheese, crackers, and a Tom's Specialty.

Everyone is welcome. Advance Registration Fee is $15.00 and includes course materials. Registration the day of event is $20.00. Club members $10.00. Class size is limited so register today online by visiting our web site TCA University in the specialty class section, or call 313-869-8141.

Where: Tom’s Oyster Bar, Detroit
When: 3:00PM-6:00PM
Tix: $15.00 advance, $20.00 at the door, $10.00 members

Wednesday, May 6th: New Zealand Wine Tasting at John Cowley & Sons

Join us twice a month for our Wednesday night wine tasting featuring Sommelier Mike Larranaga. We will sample four wines each paired with a regional cuisine small plate prepared by Chef Zachariah Peterlin.

Where: John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub, Farmington Hills
When: 7:00PM-10:00PM
Tix: $30.00
Reservations Required 248-474-5941

Friday, May 8th-Sunday, May 10th: 12 Angry Men and Dinner at D’Amato’s


Package Includes 2 Really Good Seats at the Theatre and Select Dinner or Brunch Menus - $60.00 All Inclusive


Choose from one of the following dates:
1. Friday, May 8, 2009 - 6:30pm Dinner Reservation, 8:00pm show at Stagecrafters
2. Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 6:30pm Dinner Reservation, 8:00pm show at Stagecrafters
3. Sunday, May 10, 2009 - Brunch at D'Amato's, 2:00 Show at Stagecrafters





Stagecrafters' Baldwin Theatre is at 415 S. Lafayette- or go online to
MAY 10, 2009 Make Your Reservations Now Enjoy Our Classic Brunch & Lunch Buffet, Omelette Station, Deserts and More.
$26.00 Adults $7.00 Children

Where: D’Amato’s, Royal Oak
When: See schedule above
Tix: $60.00 per package (for two), all-inclusive