Hour Magazine's five-night "Savor" event has been going on all week and finally wraps up today. Each day, a duo of prominent local chefs collaborated on an over-the-top culinary experience, paired with fine wine. On Tuesday, the featured chefs were Benjamin Meyer from Iridescence atop Motor City Casino and James Rigato from The Root in White Lake Township.
Rigato also will appear on this season's "Top Chef" on Bravo as one of 16 national chefs who will compete for the title. Since the complete season has already been filmed and Rigato knows the outcome, we tried to get him to share. Well, he wouldn't budge.
"I will say it was a very rewarding experience," he grinned. Our money is on Rigato for at least being of the most entertaining chefs on the show. His delightfully aggressive, even shocking, cooking style perfectly matches his personality. At Tuesday's dinner, when he presented the first course — Michigan lamb crudo (ground raw lamb combined with red onion, preserved lemon, yogurt and curried squash) — he proudly announced over the mic: "This lamb was alive on Thursday." The crowd gasped ... and then they devoured the dish. "Top Chef" premiers Oct. 15.
Motown's Marvelettes, Spinners on tap at Rock Hall
So the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame deigned to nominate Motown's Marvelettes and The Spinners for its class of 2015. A little late, right? The Spinners have enough hits on Atlantic to get in, not to mention their Motown roots, starting with their work with Harvey Fuqua and Gwen Gordy before coming to Motown. Inkster's own marvelous Marvelettes should have been in long ago on the strength of 1961's "Please, Mr. Postman" alone. The song was Motown's first No. 1 single and helped kick-start the 1960s girl-group phenomenon, along with "Don't Mess with Bill" and "Playboy."
They and our beloved Spinners are up against some stiff competition; Sting,Lou Reed,Stevie RayVaughan,Green Day, Bill Withers,The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, The Smiths, War and N.W.A. Nominated is one thing, the Rock Hall voters have to vote them in and they're not known for their knowledge of music history.
But you can help by going to rockhall.com to vote. The final list of inductees will be announced in December, and the induction ceremony will be April 18 in Cleveland.
Gladys Horton, who sang lead on the Marvelettes' early hits, died in 2011, but let's hope we get to see Katherine "Kat" Anderson Schaffner and Wanda Young Rogers in April, representing the real Marvelettes (not the non-Motown phonies).
Thanksgiving on cloud nine
Speaking of Motown, furniture giant Art Van is funding a special Motown float this year. It's the first time ever that Detroit's iconic record company will be celebrated during the America's Thanksgiving Parade. The 60-foot-long Motown float will include a big piano, oversized records and Motown songs will play as it rolls down Woodward. The float will be unveiled Oct. 15 at the Parade Co.'s Preview Party. Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van, calls it a "joint 55th anniversary gift" for both companies.