Dining events, cocktail parties and more this winter
food and beverage events
Novembre in Piedmonte at Bacco Ristorante: A four-course dinner inspired by the Piedmonte region of Italy will be available through November for $38 a person. Add wine for an additional $25 and black truffles for another $15. The restaurant also hosts a seven-course Celani Family Vineyards wine dinner Friday for $120 a person. 29410 Northwestern, Southfield. (248) 356-6600.
Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival at DeVos Place: More than 18,000 people are expected to participate in this three-day food fest that includes workshops, seminars and tons of tastings. 5-10 p.m. Thurs., 4-10 p.m. Fri. and noon-10 p.m. Sat. $15-$20 per day or $40 for weekend pass. 303 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids. showspan.com/GRW.
Chef Robert Boekema at Revolver: The Detroit native will prepare a five-course meal of seasonal items including spiced pumpkin shooters, rosemary skewered shrimp and apple tarte tatin. 6 and 9 p.m. Fri. Sold out. 9737 Joseph Compau, Hamtramck. revolverhamtramck.com.
Winter Magic Weekends at Campus Martius: These tasting events are every Friday and Saturday. This weekend’s theme is vodka. 7 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. through Dec. 17. $20. 800 Woodward, Detroit. wintermagicweekends.com.
A night with winemaker Larry Mawby at Always Brewing Detroit: A wine tasting with appetizers that benefits Arts Detroit. 6:30-10 p.m. Sat. $45. 19180 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 879-1102.
Brunch for Dinner at Rattlesnake: Why wait ’til the morning? This fine dining mainstay is serving cheesy bacon puff pastry twists, chorizo and butternut hash, swiss chard baked eggs, sticky toffee monkey bread and more, along side the regular dinner menu. Nov. 30-Dec. 3. A la carte pricing. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.
A Christmas Carol Tea at the Whitney: Hosted by Ebenezer Scrooge, this luncheon includes four courses, live holiday music and a special gift. Noon-2:30 p.m. Dec. 3. $50, $30 ages 10 and younger. 4421 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-5700.
Tavola in Piemonte at Cafe Cortina: Enjoy foods from the Alpine region of Italy including pasta, fresh truffle, braised meats and chestnuts paired with regional wine. 7 p.m. Dec. 5. $125. 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033 or (917) 770-3589.
Prohibition Dinner at Craft: Located underneath Bastone Brewery, this party and dinner includes food, three drinks, dance lessons and a champagne toast. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1920s cocktail attire. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 7. $50. 419 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 544-6250.
Detroit Beer Book Brewery History Tour: Guided by Motor City Brew Tours owner Stephen Johnson, this tour hits pre- and post-Prohibition sites with lunch at Traffic Jam & Snug. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 21. $50, includes transportation from Royal Oak, lunch and beer. Tour starts at 514 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. motorcitybrewtours.com.