Hamtramck is known for diversity among its citizens, which leads to delightfully diverse food offerings. Adding to the city’s variety, Revolver has opened to offer a dining experience where the food always changes, but the communal atmosphere is consistent.
Located smack dab in the middle of the 2-square-mile enclave, Revolver’s kitchen hosts a different chef each weekend. The meals arrive at your shared table at an easy pace, allowing time for socializing among the few dozen guests.
“When you mix conversation and good food, you really get this powerful experience,” says Revolver co-owner Tunde Wey, who opened the Jos. Campau restaurant with Peter Dalinowski in late September. Wey said he was most interested in opening a restaurant because of his love for hosting.
“I’m interested in hospitality not from a commercial perspective, but more from the standpoint of interacting with people, connecting and sharing experiences with people,” he said. “That’s what gives me joy.”
This weekend’s dinner is from the chefs at the soon-to-open Corktown sandwich shop Rubbed. The five-course meal starts with a choice of shrimp cocktail served on slabs of herbed ice or a purple potato deviled egg. Main entrees are a braised beef shoulder or sweet potato gnocchi. The dinners, $50 per person, are 6:30 and 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat.
On Sunday, chefs Brian Gianola, Brent Foster and Brian Kho will cook up a Dr. Seuss-themed brunch at 11 a.m. This four-part meal will end with a twist on green eggs and ham, naturally. It’ll be done with avocado creme brûlée topped with speck ham nest with a slow-cooked egg. The brunch is $35.
On Oct. 25-26, chef Brad Greenhill will return (he cooked opening weekend) to Revolver’s kitchen to make dinner. Chefs Molly O’Meara and Noelle Lothamer of Beau Bien Fine Foods will serve brunch Oct. 27.
Dinners must be reserved and paid for in advance on Revolver’s website, www.revolverhamtramck.com. Check there for full menus, too.
Olga's adds items, catering
If you’ve been to an Olga’s restaurant lately, you may have noticed new menu items with a Mediterranean twist. Hummus, Italian pasta salad and a chicken shawarma Olga and other options will join the line up of classic salads and sandwiches.
Jonathan Fox became the new president and CEO of the locally based chain earlier this year. Besides adding the new plates, he has added catering services at all 36 Olga’s locations due to customer demand.
Food and beverage calendar
Detroit Beer Week: To celebrate and promote Michigan-made beer and the Detroit area businesses that sell it, Detroit Beer week is 11 days of special events, such as a Bell’s Brewery takeover at Foran’s Grand Trunk on Oct. 24, and a New Holland Brewing Co. residency at Woodbridge Pub Sunday and Monday. Friday-Oct. 27. www.facebook.com/detbeerweek.
Beer Tasting at Grosse Pointe Farms Pier Park Community Building: A fundraiser for the Grosse Pointe Symphony, this Oktoberfest-style event has Michigan craft beer and German food. 7-9 p.m. Fri. $35 donation. 350 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 640-1773.
Oktoberfest at Dakota Inn Rathskeller: Traditional German food and beer, plus live music. Reservations strongly recommended. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Nov. 2. $3 admission. 17324 John R, Detroit. (313) 867-9722.
Strolling Wine Tasting at Andiamo Dearborn: A fall-themed tasting that includes wine and beer, plus light appetizers by Chef Mike. Reservations are required. 7 p.m. Tues. $35. 21400 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 359-3300.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market: This popular event features 400 beers from more than 50 breweries. Oct. 26 is already sold out. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 1-6 p.m. Oct. 26. $35. Eastern Market, Detroit. www.mibeer.com.
Big Crush Wine Stroll in Detroit: Mosey from restaurant to restaurant enjoying wines and appetizers at this event hosted by Detroit Area Art Deco Society. Some of the architecturally significant stops are Rowland Cafe in the Guardian Building, Grand Trunk Pub, Detroit Seafood Company, Small Plates, 24 Grill and Angelina’s Italian Bistro. 1-5 p.m. Oct. 26. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Register at Chez Zara at 1555 Broadway, Detroit. www.daads.org.
Polish Soup Festival at St. Florian Parish: Polish food and beer, Hamtramck Firefighter’s chili, games and live music. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 27. 2626 Poland, Hamtramck. (313) 770-9349.
Whiskey Business at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Sample single malt and blended Scotch, bourbon, Irish, Canadian and local whiskeys. 8-11 p.m. Nov. 8. $40, $60 VIP, $10 designated driver. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 202-4662.