Food and drink events: wine pairings, VegFest and more


Downtown Street Eats at Campus Martius: Food trucks park at Campus Martius weekdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. through Oct. 13. 800 Woodward, Detroit.

Dining Out for Life: Participating restaurants will donate a significant portion of sales to Matrix MAC Health, which provides HIV and STD testing, counseling and prevention education. Republic and Parks and Rec in Detroit are presenting sponsors and will donate 50 percent of sales. Other participants include Angelina Italian Bistro, Assaggi Bistro, Beans & Conbread, Brady’s Tavern, Brooklyn Street Local, Christine’s Cuisine, La Dolce Vita, Local Kitchen, Mudgie’s Deli, Pronto and the Whitney. Thursday.

Spring Wine Dinner at Gold Cash Gold: Chef Brendon Edwards will serve five seasonal courses — including scallop carpaccio and potato gnocchi — paired with selections from Tuscany’s Villa Collazzi. 6 p.m. Thurs. $99 plus tax and tip. 2100 Michigan, Detroit. Call (313) 242-0770 for reservations.

The FUNdamentals of Food and Wine Pairing at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Learn tips on matching wine with food and taste the results with six wines and light fare. 7-9 p.m. Thurs. $35. 32 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 881-7511 or

VegFest at Suburban Collection Showplace: Vegetarians and vegans unite at this annual conference that showcases 150 restaurants, vendors and exhibitors offering the latest in plant-based cuisine. VegFest also has cooking demos, speakers and kids’ activities. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (877) 778-3464 or

Kitchen Ramarj Liberian/Lebanese Pop-up Dinner at Brooklyn Street Local: This multicourse meal starts with tabouli salad and includes couscous with lamb stew, mloukhieh (a Liberian dish with jute leaves) and more. 7-10 p.m. Sun. $30 in advance only. 1266 Michigan, Detroit.

Provence and Italian Riviera Coast Dinner at Cafe Cortina: The first course of this spring wine dinner will be served on the patio, weather permitting. 5:30 p.m. May 7. $135 per person, all inclusive. 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033.

Motor City Wine and Food Festival at Garden Theater: This year’s theme is Frühlingsfest, celebrating all things German, with a German menu featuring beer brats, pork loin, spaetzle, potato pancakes and more, plus German cars, dancing and live music from the Immigrant Suns. Proceeds benefit the Oakland Literacy Council, which helps adults learn to read. 6:30-10 p.m. May 11. $150. 3929 Woodward, Detroit.

Melody Baetens