May 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

Pop-up Sarap Detroit looks to bring some Filipino-fusion to area

Pancit, a Filipino noodle dish, is one of the items that may be on the menu at future Sarap Detroit pop-up event. (Dorothy Hernandez)

When Dorothy Hernandez first moved to Detroit from Chicago, she was shocked at the lack of Filipino restaurants. This inspired her to found Sarap Detroit, a Filipino-fusion pop-up.

Sarap Detroit will debut next month with a dining event inside the popular Eastern Market spot Supino Pizzeria (2457 Russell). Seatings are at 5 and 8 p.m. June 22. Dinners, $35, must be purchased in advance.

Formerly a nutrition education coordinator, Hernandez hasn’t settled on a menu yet for Sarap’s debut pop-up, but she says the food is a lot of Asian fusion, with influences from Spain, China and America.

“What I want to do is make these classics but with a modern twist, for example the longanisa (Spanish sausage),” she says. “We’re going to make our version but serve it like a hot dog with a homemade tamarind mustard and pickled vegetables in ube (purple yam) rolls.”

She also may serve escabeche (fried fish popular in Spain and Latin America), lumpia (a version of spring rolls) or pancit, a Filipino noodle dish.

After the Supino pop-up, Hernandez has a 7 p.m. June 23 dinner scheduled at Kate’s Downtown, 231 Huron in Port Huron. All dinners have vegetarian options. To reserve a spot, visit

Deliciously brief ...

■Bagger Dave’s Woodhaven location at 20900 West Road opens at 11 a.m. Sunday. The restaurant will seat 200 and employ 80 workers.

■June 15-21 is “Farm Week” at (moo cluck moo), 8606 N. Telegraph in Dearborn Heights and 42126 Ford in Canton Township. The all-natural restaurant will invite representatives from the local farms where they get their beef, dairy and poultry, so customers can learn more about (moo cluck moo)’s sustainable ingredients.

■The annual booze and barbeque event Pig & Whiskey returns to downtown Ferndale July 19-21. The fun takes place outside Woodward Avenue Brewers on Troy, just east of Woodward.

Food and beverage events calendar

Zoo Brew at Detroit Zoo: Stroll through the zoo and enjoy Michigan craft beer, plus music from the Hard Lessons, Mod Orange and Laith Al-Saadi. 6-10:30 p.m. Thurs. $35-$40. Woodward and I-696, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717.

Free Apps Thursdays at Somerset Collection: Purchase $50 or more at Somerset and receive a gift card for a free appetizer at any of the collection’s six restaurants. Thursdays through September. 2800 W. Big Beaver, Troy. (248) 643-6360.

Yalla Eat! Culinary Tour of Dearborn starting at Super Greenland Market: Learn the history of how Arab Americans revitalized this retail area of Dearborn with a two hour culinary walking tour. 2 p.m. Sat. (also June 3, 7, 10 and 14). Free, but registration required. 12715 W. Warren, Dearborn. Register at or call (313) 582-2266.

Chef Zack Sklar at Revolver: Chef Sklar, owner of Social Kitchen & Bar in Birmingham and MEX in Bloomfield Township, will create a four-course meal at Hamtramck’s Revolver. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $55. 9737 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 757-3093.

Dabble in the Farms Spring Edition at the Hill: A benefit for the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, this craft beer tasting event also includes samples of wine and spirits. 6-10 p.m. Sat. $40 in advance, $45 at the door, $15 designated driver. 41 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Tequila Mundo at Royal Oak Farmers Market: More than 60 premium, infused and flavored tequilas will be on hand at this new liquor event, which also includes salsa tasting, live music, games and vendors. 8-11:30 p.m. Sat. $45, $65 VIP (get in an hour early), $10 designated drivers. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Summer Garden Terrace Tastings at Rattlesnake Club: This summer-long series kicks off with eight-10 wines from southern France paired with small plates and live music. 6 p.m. Wed. $45 in advance, $48 at the door. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.

Grand Reopening Party at Honi Honi at the Oakland: Craft cocktail lounge the Oakland celebrates spring with a pig roast on its tiki patio Honi Honi with Detroit BBQ Co. 3-9 p.m. June 8. No cover. 201 Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 291-5295.

Egg Dinner featuring Michael Ruhlman at Forest Grill: A dinner that highlights eggs with food writer and author Michael Ruhlman, who is promoting his book “Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient.” Chefs Brian Polcyn and Nick Janutol will design a seven-course meal paired with wines and cocktails from sommelier Joseph Salerno and bartender Matt Ashley. 7-9 p.m. Thurs. $150 (includes book). 735 Forest, Birmingham. (248) 258-9400.

Michigan Beerfest at DTE Energy Music Theatre: Sample suds from four dozen regional and national breweries. Tickets include 10 4-ounce samples, plus access to seminars and live music. Fill up on lunch from food trucks such as Dago Joe’s, El Guapo Grill, Mac Shack, Shimmy Shack and more. 1-5 p.m. June 14. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $10 designated drivers. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.

(un)Corked Wine Tasting at White Lotus Farms: Hosted by the Produce Station, this event features wines paired with White Lotus Farms’ goat cheeses. 4-6 p.m. Sat. $20. 7217 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 663-7848 or

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week: More than 50 restaurants will participate in this dining promotion that includes $15 lunches and $28 three-course dinners (for one or two people, depending on the restaurant). June 22-27.

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival at Riverside Park: One of the largest and most popular beer festivals of the year, this annual event boasts more than 800 beers from 80 Michigan breweries. 5-9 p.m. July 25 and 1-6 p.m. July 26. $35-$40. 5 E. Cross, Ypsilanti.

Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor: Nine days of beer-friendly events throughout two cities. Aug. 1-9.