Cheers: Fresh is the focus at Chartreuse Kitchen

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Continuing the trend of local, seasonal ingredients and a frequently changing menu, Midtown's Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails debuted Tuesday at 15 E. Kirby at Woodward.

Owner Sandy Levine, who says the new restaurant's concept will be hospitality-orientated, picked chef Doug Hewitt to man the small kitchen, which will put out inventive dishes like mussels with shrimp and popcorn, sweet chili potato chips and hot and cold small plates.

It's not just Hewitt's cooking style that will keep the menu super fresh and local, it's also a necessity. Levine says that because the kitchen is tiny, storage space is limited and many ingredients will be used the same day they're delivered.

Because Levine is also the owner of the Oakland, a craft cocktail lounge in Ferndale, you can bet that the bar at Chartreuse will be interesting and creative. Look for a pair-able and seasonal cocktail menu with the namesake French liqueur popping up as an ingredient.

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails plans to start a lunch service this summer, but for now its open for dinner only, Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m.

Reservations are made via Yelp by visiting or by calling (313) 818-3915.

Deliciously brief

■Those lunching in downtown Detroit will get more sandwich options than they can handle when Which Wich opens next month at 645 Griswold in the Penobscot Building. The new location is owned by Nabil Shurafa and Mike Berschback, who opened Metro Detroit's first Which Wich in Grosse Pointe last spring.

■Oregon's Deschutes Brewery will expand its distribution to include Oakland and Macomb counties on June 1. Look for the Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Twilight Summer Ale and Black Butte Porter, one of the highest-rated and best-selling porters in the country.

■The Zingerman's kiosk in the McNamara terminal at Detroit Metro Airport is open. Besides coffee, travelers can pick up baked goods, cheese, sandwiches and candy. Find it near gates 70-78.

Food and beverage events

Pop-up Sunday Brunch at Living Zen Organics at Detroit Zen Center: In celebration of Buddha's birthday, this Hamtramck zen center is offering coffee, tea and pastries in its downstairs cafe. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun. $15. Reservations required: (313) 366-7738 or

"Best Bars in America" viewing party at Cafe d'Mongo's Speakeasy: Watch as this Detroit bar is featured on the Esquire Network show "Best Bars in America." 6-10 p.m. May 27. 1439 Griswold, Detroit.

Taste of Ann Arbor: More than 40 restaurants will offer samples of their best food for as cheap as 50 cents up to $4. The family-friendly event will also have live music. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 31. Main between William and Washington, Ann Arbor.

Chef Jordan Ceresnie from The Root Restaurant & Bar at Yemans Street: This five-course dinner starts with asparagus soup with creme fraiche, chive blossom and black garlic oil. Chef Ceresnie will also serve a local greens salad, pea and ricotta tortellini, smoked lake trout and roasted strawberry and matcha shortcake. 7 p.m. June 18. $50. 2995 Yemans, Hamtramck.

Michigan Brewers Guild's 2015 Summer Beer Festival at Riverside Park: Sample from 800 products from 80 Michigan breweries at this popular annual beer fest. 5-9 p.m. July 24, 1-6 p.m. July 25. $35-$40 in advance, $40-$45 at the gate. W. Cross and N. Huron, Ypsilanti.

Melody Baetens