Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, wine tastings and more

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Upcoming food and drink events

Negroni Week at Traffic Jam & Snug: Order this classic cocktail — gin, Compari and vermouth — and help raise money for various charities. Negroni Week lasts through Sunday and is celebrated at venues across the country. Traffic Jam & Snug will feature negroni specials to raise funds for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. 511 W. Canfield, Detroit. (313) 831-9470 or

Local on the Lake: Chefs for Vets at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Sample foods from area chefs while helping raise funds for local veterans. Jeff Rose of CAYA Grill, Greg Mudge of Mudgie’s Deli, Brian Kanak of Toasted Oak, John Piazza of Dorsey Schools, Freeman Gunnell of Cornwall Bakery and the War Memorial’s own Frank Turner are on board. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $90. 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe.

Yum Village Food Truck at Villages Biergarten: West African dishes from Yum Village food truck, plus live art shows with Alphonso Cox Fridays and live music Saturdays with Josh Moyer. 5-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through June. 1428 Van Dyke, Detroit.

Cocktails in the Garden at Scarab Club: Smell the flowers and sip on fresh cocktails, plus a menu of farm-to-table food from Salt & Sugar Company including barbecue pulled pork, cornbread, slaw and salads. 7-11 p.m. Fri. $35, $30 members. 217 Farnsworth, Detroit. (313) 831-1250 or

Burger and Brews Bash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Participating restaurants will battle to see who has the best burgers. Voting will be done by attendees and a panel of judges. Tickets to this all-ages event include unlimited burger samples and other food. 7:30-11 p.m. Fri.. $30, $40 VIP. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week: More than 50 restaurants will offer $15 lunch and $28 dinner deals. Some places will have two- or three-course meals for that price, and more casual businesses may have two-for-one pricing. The dining promotion runs Sunday through June 16. Visit for a list of participating restaurants.

Wine Tasting at Italian Happening at M1 Concourse: This car and motorcycle show also includes a food festival and wine tasting. The tasting, $40, includes entry to the event, plus 12 tasting tickets for Italian wine and access to Italian food vendors and market. Event is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun., tasting is noon-3 p.m. 164 South Blvd. W., Pontiac. (248) 904-6749 or

Cono Sur Wine Dinner at Cork Wine Pub: Winemaker and brand ambassador Maximiliano Erlwein will be the special guest at this five course Chilean wine dinner featuring sweet corn and asparagus pie, a pork and pastry dish, potato and pumpkin stew, spiced lamb chop and a fried pastry for dessert. 7 p.m. June 14. $75 per person plus tax and top. 23810 Woodward, Pleasant Ridge. (248) 544-2675.

Terrace Wine Tastings at Rattlesnake Club: Sample six wines paired with five small plates each Thursday June 15 through Aug. 24. The June 15 kickoff features sparkling wines chosen by sommelier Maria Papp. 6 p.m. June 15. $45 plus tax and tip. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.

Vodka Varieties at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Try six different vodkas and talk and learn about the differences. Class includes light fare. 7-9 p.m. June 15. $45. 32 Lake Shroe, Grosse Pointe.

Yalla Eat! Ramadan Tour in Dearborn: First an informational segment at the Arab American National Museum, then a guided tour through Arab American grocery store Dearborn Fresh, followed by dinner at Sheeba Restaurant. 7-10 p.m. June 20. $50, $40 museum members. 13624 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 582-2266 or

Distiller Steve Beam from Limestone Branch Distillery: Bourbon expert and distiller Steve Beam will sign bottles of Yellowstone Select Bourbon and Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey at Red Wagon Wine Shoppe, 5-6:30 p.m., 2940 S. Rochester, Rochester Hills. He’ll also appear 7-8:30 p.m. at Kakos Market, 1555 E. 14 Mile, Birmingham.

Burger Battle at Eastern Market: Not to be confused with the Burger Bash in Royal Oak, this competition pits 25 Metro Detroit chefs against each other for bragging rights to “best burger.” Admission includes all-you-can-eat samples. Noon-5 p.m. June 25. $15. Shed 5, 2801 Russell, Detroit.

North American Belgian Beer Festival at Ashley’s Westland: The largest beer festival in America that showcases only Belgian beers. 7-11 p.m. July 14, and 2-6 p.m. July 15. $40, $70 both days. 7525 N. Wayne, Westland.

Melody Baetens