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Michigan’s Firkin Birthday Celebration at Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill: Rochester Mills Beer Co. has produced a special Chocolate-Covered Cherry Flavored Milkshake Stout to celebrate Michigan’s 180th birthday. They’ll tap the firkin (a small cask of beer) and the restaurant also will serve other food and drink specials. 6 p.m. Thurs. 713 S. Main, Frankenmuth. (800) BAVARIA.

Art Seen: Coffee. Tea. Chocolate at Detroit Institute of Arts: Hosted by the Founders Junior Council, this food and art event aims to engage all five senses. Tickets include the exhibit “BitterSweet Coffee, Tea & Chocolate,” guided by curator Yao Gen, plus sample domestic and international tea, Germack small batch coffee, chocolate and kombucha beer and tea. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thurs. $60, $50 FJC members. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-4005.

Bubble Fest at Blackfinn Royal Oak: This sparkling wine tasting event includes 10 samples, appetizers, music and giveaways. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fri. $20. 530 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 582-9460.

Spencer Trappist Ales at Ale Mary’s Beer Hall: Try four beers from Spencer Brewery, which makes the first and only certified Trappist beer made in the United States by monks. 1 p.m. Sun. 316 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 268-1939.

Mina’s Liberian/Mediterranean Dinner at Brooklyn Street Local: Start with lentil soup, kala (a Liberian-style doughnut) and diced plantains, followed by chuck rice, peanut butter stew and burgul-lentil pilaf. 7-10:30 p.m. Sun. $25. 1266 Michigan, Detroit. eventbrite.com.

Birmingham Restaurant Week: More than two dozen restaurants will offer $15 three-course lunches and $30 three-course dinners throughout Birmingham. Some participating restaurants include Forest, Bistro Joe’s, 220, Townhouse, Bird & the Bread, Phoenicia, Rugby Grille and Streetside Seafood. Promotion runs Mon.-Feb. 3 and Feb. 6-10. birminghamrestaurantweek.org.

Detroit Restaurant Week: More than two dozen restaurants in downtown Detroit and beyond are participating in this 10-day dining promotion featuring three-course dinners. Restaurants participating in the $29 level are Detroit Vegan Soul, Mario’s, the Block and more. The $39-per-meal participants include 24Grille, Andiamo Riverfront, Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Craft Work, Cuisine, El Barzón, PRISM, and Top of the Pontch. Promotion runs Feb. 3-12. Reservations are suggested and should be made with each restaurant directly. Visit detroitrestaurantweek.com.

Double IPA Release Party at Roak Brewing Co.: This Royal Oak brewery celebrates its new super-hoppy Mosaic Hop Double IPA beer with a release party. Limited edition pint glasses will be given out to the first 40 guests, and everyone can take advantage of beer and pizza discounts. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3. A la carte pricing. 330 E. Lincoln, Royal Oak. (248) 268-8780.

Greater Detroit VegBash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: A celebration of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, this family-friendly event features restaurants, caterers and food trucks. 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Admission includes a $5 voucher toward food purchase. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. myfavoriteshowsandevents.com.

Wines for Lovers at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Sample and learn about a selection of alluring wines with romantic food pairings. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 10. $35. 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. warmemorial.org.

Michigan Brewery Bus Tour: Start from Royal Oak and get bused to Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall, Bifferhaus Brewing in Jackson and Jolly Pumpkin’s Dexter taphouse. Tickets include transportation, guided tours, beer samples at each stop and lunch. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 11. $75. 514 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. motorcitybrewtours.com.

Dining in the Dark at K.O. Kitchen: Taste blindfolded at let your sense of smell and taste flourish at this popular dining event. The fixed-price meal has a Valentine’s Day theme, and guests will be shown photos of what they ate after the meal, which will be prepared by chef Jeremy Kalmus. 6:30 p.m. check in, 7 p.m. dinner Feb. 14. 2995 Yemans, Hamtramck. (248) 687-9168 or diningdarkdetroit.com.

Melody Baetens

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