Cheers: MotorCity Casino offers breakfast for dinner
If you were raised by a working parent or parents, the concept of eating breakfast food for dinner is probably not strange to you. Sometimes it’s just easier to fry up eggs or pour cereal than it is to cook pasta or a roast.
At Iridescence at MotorCity Casino Hotel they’re taking this idea and putting a fine dining spin on it for one night only, April 26. Iridescence chefs Benjamin Meyer and Andrew Alcid will be joined by breakfast pros Lane Lehman of Birmingham’s Toast and Tom Teknos from Hudson Cafe in Detroit. Chef Ji Hye Kim of Zingermans, MotorCity Casino Hotel’s chef Steve Tironi, Doug Hewitt of the soon-to-open Chartreuse Kitchen and Eric Voigt of Big Rock Chop House also contribute a course.
Look for dishes like duck ham and eggs, smoked Sy Gingsberg corned beef hash Benedict, foie gras bread pudding and dry aged strip steak and eggs. The intro course features pickled chorizo and eggs, taho (a Philippine snack) and maple syrup panna cotta with bacon “snow.”
Each course is paired with a craft cocktail, beer or wine chosen by the Oakland’s Sandy Levine, who is also proprietor of Chartreuse Kitchen.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first course will hit the table at 6:45 p.m. Prices start at $100 per person. To reserve, visit motorcitycasino.com, click on Iridescence under the dining tab and click on “special event.”
James Rigato named one of People’s Best New Chefs
Easily one of the best-known chefs in Michigan, James Rigato of the Root Restaurant and Bar in White Lake has been named the People’s Best New Chef for the Great Lakes region.
The online contest began earlier this month at FoodandWine.com. Restaurant fans were asked to vote on their favorite chef in 10 regions nationwide. Rigato, who was a contestant on last season’s “Top Chef,” got the most votes in his category. He was also nominated for this contest in 2013.
This year, Rigato was up against two other Metro Detroit culinary experts — Marc Djozlija of Wright & Co. in Detroit and Garrett Lipar of Ferndale’s Torino — plus several chefs in the Chicago area and one in Indianapolis.
Chef Cory Bahr from Cotton restaurant in Monroe, Louisana, got the most votes of any chef in the contest and was named the 2015 overall winner of the People’s Best New Chef.
■Granite City Food & Brewery’s Northville location opened last week at 39603 Traditions Drive near Haggerty and Seven Mile. This is the second Michigan location for the national chain. A Granite City is also planned for the GM Renaissance Center later this year.
■Detroit’s Atwater Beer has teamed up with Craft Central beer distributor to deliver Atwater products to North Carolina.
■A Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened last month at 32457 Gratiot in Roseville.
Food and beverage events
Burgers Beer & BBQ Festival in Downtown Wyandotte: Eat, drink and enjoy live music and more. Saturday events include a bean bag tournament at noon. This is a kick-off event for Wyandotte Restaurant Week, Monday through April 25. 6 p.m. Fri. and noon Sat. 3041 Biddle, Wyandotte. (734) 285-0420.
Michgian Craft Beer Tasting at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Learn about local beer and sample products from Michigan breweries big and small. 7-9 p.m. Fri. $30. 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 332-4074.
Bacon Bash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Bacon-centric creations from local restaurants including cocktails and desserts. 7:30-11 p.m. Fri. $55, $75 VIP at the door. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. baconbash.com
Motor City Brew Tours’ Charity Walking Brew Tour in Royal Oak: Walk through and sample products from three Royal Oak breweries: Royal Oak Brewery, Bastone Brewery, Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery. There’s also a stop at Lockhart’s BBQ for lunch. Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sat. $45. 215 E. Fourth, Royal Oak. motorcitybrewtours.com.
VegFest 2015 at Suburban Collection Showplace: Information on vegetarian and vegan eating, food samples and demonstrations. Actress Alicia Silverstone is a featured speaker (12:45 p.m.) 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $10, free for children 5 and younger, $5 parking. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (877) 778-3464.
Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Each night for five nights, two area chefs will team up for a unique four-course dinner with wine pairings. The upscale event presented by Hour Detroit kicks off April 27 with chefs David Seals Jr. of Due Venti and Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux of Bistro FouFou (Traverse City). On April 28 Marais’ David Gilbert will join forces with La Feria’s Pilar Barón-Hidalgo (this dinner is already sold out, but you can get on the wait list). On April 29 it is Paul Grosz of Cuisine and the Stand and Cafe Cortina’s Ernesto Antopia, followed by Chris Franz of Rattlesnake Club and Justin Vaiciunas of Top of the Ponch on April 30 and Zack Sklar (Mex, Social Kitchen) and RJ Scherer (London Chop House) on May 1. Tickets, $125, can be purchased at savordetroit.com. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield.
Michigan Spring Dinner at Wicked Table: Seven course spring dinner paired with Michigan wine and spirits. 6 p.m. April 28. $125. 38503 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-7777.
Seasoned Chef’s Dinner at Big Rock Chophouse: Established and experienced chefs from Metro Detroit restaurants prepare a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Chefs are Chris Johnson from the Meeting House in Rochester, Alan Merhar from Evans Street Station in Tecumseh, Jay Gundy of Cork Restaurant, Iridescence’s Benjamin Meyer, Jeff Rose from C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill and Matthew Fitchett and Eric Voigt of Big Rock Chophouse and the Reserve in Birmingham. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. April 29. $190 (includes tax, tip and valet). 245 S. Eton, Birmingham. (248) 647-7774.
Founders Fest 2015 in Downtown Grand Rapids: A celebration of craft beer and music with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more. 3-11 p.m. June 20. Tickets on sale Friday at foundersbrewing.com.