Something to Chew on
Carla Hall from ABC's foodie show "The Chew" was in town recently filming some of the favorite local hot spots of WXYZ-TV anchor Carolyn Clifford (the show aired Wednesday). Hall was particularly blown away by the success of Southfield's Beans & Cornbread. She and Beans owner Patrick Coleman struck up an immediate camaraderie, sharing laughs, hugs and high fives. "She seemed especially impressed with our longevity, the fact that we've been in business for 18 years," said Coleman. "She said, 'That's elephant years in the restaurant industry.' " Hall is planning on opening her own little bistro somewhere in the Big Apple soon and is gathering notes from restauranteurs she meets who are doing it right. "I guess that's us," adds Coleman. "She assured me that as things progress with her new venture, she'll definitely be giving me a call for tips and suggestions. I think that's pretty cool and I'm happy to help."
Several hundred fashionable and compassionate women gathered at Neiman Marcus at the Somerset Collection Wednesday to celebrate "The Beauty Within," a cocktail/beauty party to benefit Humble Design. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and complimentary beauty treatments, but they were also told about the nonprofit's important work helping families transition out of homeless shelters by providing furnishings and design services. "We turn their empty house into a clean, dignified and welcoming home," explained Humble Design co-founder Treger Strasberg. "It's a very simple idea that can change a family's future."
One of the organization's clients, "Angela," who lived in a van with her five children for three years, told a story about how Humble Design helped her, leaving no dry eyes in the house. And though this party was primarily a women's event, some very brave and caring men were there in support, including Rick Van House of Know Advertising, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, and Treger's husband, Doner Advertising co-CEO Rob Strasberg.
■Yes, famous Detroit Tigers fan Jack White was at the Tigers' game Thursday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida, and you'll get no guacamole jokes here, just the wonderful synchronisity, passed on by our sunburned Lakeland source, that White was talking to Jose Iglesias just as the shortstop's walk-up music, "7 Nation Army" (by JW's White Stripes) was playing. Considering that several Tigers (including Justin Verlander) have had Eminem tracks as walk-up music, maybe a visit by Mr. Mathers to the Grapefruit League is in order?
■Country star Trisha Yearwood, in town to open for her husband Garth Brooks' numerous late February concerts at Joe Louis Arena, slipped into Birmingham's Community House last weekend to lead a strictly private yoga class of 10 people.
■Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago will team up for a concert tour this summer that will bring them to DTE Energy Music Theater Aug. 26. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 13.