Soup and pols
Tom and Diane Schoenith unveiled The Roostertail’s holiday décor on Tuesday with a “Soup for Supper” party. Chef Paul Hohendorf and his crew served more than 10 soups, including curried broccoli and cheddar served in a sourdough bowl and split pea with ribbons of prosciutto. Guests included Richard and Jane Manoogian, Police Chief James Craig, and former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and wife, former 36th District Judge Trudy DunCombe Archer. That same night, on the upper level of the waterfront complex, Warren Evans’ supporters were celebrating his victory as Wayne County Executive-elect, so when the Archers arrived, they were immediately steered to the Evans party. “We’re here as guests of the Schoeniths for the soup party,” Trudy Archer whispered. “They saw us and assumed we were going where the politicians are. Not this time.”
Puck in the D
If it’s Friday afternoon and you think you see Wolfgang Puck on the patio outside Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina at MGM Grand Detroit — yep, that’s him. Puck is signing his new cookbook “Wolfgang Puck Makes it Healthy” from 3:30-5 p.m. at his pizza restaurant. Later, from 5-11 p.m. today, the chef/restauranteur will be at his Wolfgang Puck Steak at the MGM Grand hosting a five course, prix fixe dinner that includes grilled New York strip, braised short rib, Maine lobster and other delights. For $150 per person, $200 if you opt for wine (and they throw his new cookbook in as well), you can also meet and chat up Chef Puck himself. For reservations, call (313) 465-1644.
MC Coleman Young?
Some of the biggest names in Detroit hip-hop have been invited to 1701 Cigar Bar in Cadillac Square on Nov. 16 for a private listening party featuring rapper Mic Phelps of the Detroit hip-hop collective Cold Men Young (yes, as in the former mayor). The event will debut Phelps’ latest collaboration, “Grand De$ign,” produced by djkage. “We’re very excited about this project because Mic Phelps is one of the coldest rappers in Detroit, and the way we teamed him with some of the best artists around on this CD — he’s unstoppable,” said djkage. The guest list includes Passalacqua,JP from the HP and Lokye, who are featured on the album. “Grand De$ign Detroit” will be available Dec. 30 at granddesigndetroit.bandcamp.com. A public record release party will be held at Tangent Art Gallery the same day.
Chili Cook-off to benefit Detroit firefighters
Restaurant owners Grace Keros (American Coney Island) and Dean Bach (M-Brew and Dino’s Lounge) are teaming up with Fox2 Detroit’s Charlie LeDuff to host the “Metro D 10 Alarm Chili Challenge” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday under a heated tent in the parking lot of the Corktown Tavern. The challenge will pit teams of Metro Detroit firemen against each other in a competition to see who’s serving the best firehouse chili. “This is going to be so much fun for such an important cause, and it’s only $10 to come, to eat, to judge and to give back,” Keros said. Proceeds will benefit the Detroit Firemen’s Benevolent Fund, which serves injured firefighters, their families and retirees.