Grand opening at null Cafe & Taphouse:

In the works for decades, the bar is at the 70,000-square-foot Jolly Pumpkin brewing facility. The name null stands for Northern United Liquid Libations. 7 p.m. Fri. 2319 Bishop Circle East, Dexter. (734) 426-4962 or

Chili Cook-Off at Dakota Inn Rathskeller:

For more than a quarter century, this long-standing German bar and restaurant has hosted this chili competition that features more than 20 teams. 1-8 p.m. Sat. Live music from Tommy Schober and the Sounds of Sorgenbrecher, 3-8 p.m. Proceeds benefit Karmanos Cancer Institute. 17324 John R, Detroit. (313) 867-9722.

Farm to Table Block Party Food Fest at Community House:

Tasting event featuring chefs from area restaurants, Michigan vendors, local breweries, kids activities and more. 4-8 p.m. Sat. $25 (includes one drink ticket), $10 children. 380 S. Bates, Birmingham. (248) 644-5832.

Lone Oak Vineyard Estate Wine and Food Dinner at Hard Knock Grill:

Chef Candy of Hard Knock Grill fixes a six-course meal paired with wines from Grass Lake’s Lone Oak Vineyard Estate. Enjoy Parmesan-crusted whitefish, grilled prime rib kabob, chicken Ramona, chicken bruschetta, maple-glazed salmon and creme brulee with bananas. 6 p.m. Sun. $35. 3705 Ann Arbor, Jackson. (517) 962-5415.

Yalla Eat Culinary Walking Tour in Dearborn:

This guided walking tour hits markets, bakeries and specialty food stores along Warren Avenue in east Dearborn. Tours are two and a half hours, and tickets must be purchased in advance, 10 a.m. Sept. 13, 20 and 27 and 1 p.m. Sept. 16, 23 and 30. $20, $15 for Arab American National Museum members. Tours start and finish at Super Greenland Market, 12715 W. Warren, Dearborn. (313) 582-2266 or

Brew, Brats and Bands at Cady-Boyer Barn in Preservation Park:

Tickets include seven drink tickets each good for a four-ounce beer sample, brats with toppings, keepsake beer tasting mug and music by cover bands the Dale Hicks Band and All Direction. 6-9 p.m. Sat. $25 in advance, $30 after Sun., $10 designated driver. 500 N. Ridge, Canton. (734) 394-5314.

Bacon Bash at Royal Oak Farmers Market:

Tickets include unlimited sampling of bacon dishes from participating restaurants and one drink. VIP tickets include three drinks and entry an hour early. 8-11 p.m. Sat. $40, $60 VIP. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. www.thesocialconnec­

Guest Chef Dinner with Chef Jason Vincent at Forest Grill:

Chicago’s chef Vincent, along with Forest Grill chefs Brian Polcyn and Nick Janutol, will prepare a five-course feast with wine parings. Vincent was named by Food & Wine as one of the Best New Chefs last year, and he is a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Best Chef, Great Lakes. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 16. $125 (includes wine, tax and tip). 735 Forest, Birmingham. (248) 258-9400.

Motor City Brew Tours Brewery Bus Tour starting in Royal Oak:

Ticket includes transportation to three Warren breweries (Dragonmead, Kuhnhenn and Falling Down Beer Co.), plus beer samples, brewery tours, lunch and snacks. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 20. $55. Pick-up at 514 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. (248) 850-2563.

Detroit Lions Breakfast Buffet at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit:

Before each Lions home game, get down on a buffet that has all the breakfast fixings, including an omelet station, French toast, bacon and more. 7-11 a.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and 19, Nov. 19 and Dec. 7 and 14. $18, $10 children. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.

Run for the Roses Benefit Dinner at Lochmoor Club:

Tickets include dinner (pasta, meat entree, salad), open bar and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Tigerlily Cat Rescue and Loveabull Paws Rescue. 6:30-11 p.m. Sept. 26. $75. 1018 Sunningdale, Grosse Pointe Woods. (586) 778-3897.

Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center:

Each night, two acclaimed chefs will team up for a four-course meal with wine pairings. The dinners are preceded by a cocktail hour with appetizers and drinks made by bartenders from the Sugar House. Chefs include James Rigato from the Root Restaurant & Bar, Benjamin Meyer from Iridescence, Garrett Lipar of Torino, Reva Constantine of Great Lakes Culinary Center and Takashi Yagihashi of Slurping Turtle. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6-10. $125, $1,150 for table for 10. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield.

Wine Tour:

Package includes travel to Chateau Aeronautique Winery, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate and Sandhill Crane Vineyards, starting from Fieldstone Winery. Travel, tours, tastings, lunch and snacks are included in ticket price. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11. $60. Reserve by Sept. 26. 223 S. Main, Rochester. (248) 891-6809.

Baconfest Michigan at Royal Oak Farmers Market:

More than 1500 bacon-lovers attended last year, and this year is expected to be just as popular. Participating restaurants, food trucks and guest chefs are to be announced. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 17. $75. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Melody Baetens

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