With menu items like braised rabbit, wild boar pasta and duck fat doughnuts, the Ravens Club’s wild game dinner Thursday is a perfect way to celebrate Michigan in the fall.

Chefs from Metro Detroit restaurants have collaborated for this Ann Arbor dining event, which is highlighted with tastings of seven award-winning bourbons from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky.

Nick Janutol from Forest Grill invented the first course: braised rabbit with chartreuse butter, pickled turnip and cilantro. From Ann Arbor’s Vellum, chef Jeffrey Sartor serves venison maple sausage and brown butter hominy grits with onion-bourbon compote. From Ferndale’s Imperial and Public House, Brennan Calnin is planning a smoked squash, and VIP Motor City Dining Chef Lamar Farhat has the wild boar pappardelle.

The Ravens Club’s own kitchen team will serve the final savory course, a basted quail with sausage and cornbread dressing. The house chefs are also charged with the dessert course: doughnuts fried in duck fat with apple buttered toddy.

Tickets, $100, can be purchased at (or visit Ravens Club’s Facebook page), and a portion of the proceeds benefits educational nonprofit 826michigan. The event runs from 6-10 p.m. Find the cozy Ravens Club at 207 S. Main in Ann Arbor. Call (734) 214-0400.

Downtown Ferndale gets a Twist

Twisted Tavern and Night Club in downtown Ferndale will host a grand opening party Oct. 25. Formerly Boogie Fever dance club, Twisted Tavern is a 150-seat restaurant with small plates, seasonal features, happy hour specials and a fair amount of vegetarian options.

In the same building, at 22901 Woodward, Twisted Tavern Night Club has a dance floor, VIP booths and lush decor. Expect pop and dance music, and bubbly bachelorette and birthday parties.

The Oct. 25 grand opening party starts at 4:30 p.m. in the restaurant and 9 p.m. in the club, and both are open for business now.

More space at Lockhart’s

Lockhart’s BBQ, 202 E. Third in Royal Oak, is expanding to include a lower level with an additional 90 seats, two bars and a private room, all accessible via a spiral staircase from the main level. The $600,000 renovation is expected to be unveiled this week.

Food and beverage events

Brew at the Burgh at Burgh Historical Park: A craft beer and food event with a Halloween twist. 6-8:30 p.m. Thurs. $20 (includes six drink sample tickets). Civic Center Drive and Berg Road, Southfield. (248) 796-4620.

Chef Jeremy Kalmus at Yemans St.: A six-course feast with Chef Kalmus of Local Kitchen and Bar. 6 and 9 p.m. Fri. $65. 2995 Yemans, Hamtramck.

Baconfest Michigan at Royal Oak Farmers Market: More than 1,500 bacon lovers attended last year, and this year is expected to be just as popular. Participating businesses include Holiday Market, Lazybones Smokehouse, Hamlin Corner, Firehouse Subs, Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ, Blackfinn Ameripub and more. 7-11 p.m. Fri. $75. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Vegetarian dinner with Chef Meiko Krishok at Revolver: Four-course meal with arancini, mixed greens salad, mulligatawny and persian love cake. 6 and 9 p.m. Sat. $30 plus gratuity. 9737 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 757-3093.

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. Nov. 9 and 27 and Dec. 7 and 14. $18, $10 children. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.

Detroit Lions Game Day Brunch at Hard Rock Cafe: Pre-football brunch features omelet and waffle stations, fresh fruit, fried chicken, bacon, biscuits and gravy and more, including $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas. Take advantage of free parking and a shuttle to the game. 9 a.m. Nov. 9 and 27 and Dec. 7 and 14. $16, $9 younger than 11. 45 Monroe, Detroit. (313) 964-7625.

Oktoberfest with Leadership Oakland at Oakland County Market: Michigan beer, farm-grown products and networking opportunities. 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22. $25-$35. 2350 Pontiac Lake, Waterford Township.

Takashi Yagihashi Cooking Demo at Macy’s Somerset: Takashi will share his award-winning holiday recipes. Guests can sample, and those who purchase $35 or more in the home department will receive a copy of Takashi’s book and a $10 Macy’s gift card. 6 p.m. Oct. 23. 2750 W. Big Beaver, Troy. (248) 816-4000.

Black Wine Nights at Vinotecca: This blind wine tasting comes with eight wines and five courses of small plates. The wine glasses, food, decor and attire are all black. 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30. $49. 417 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 544-6256.

Melody Baetens

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