Celebrate Burns Night with Scottish food and drink

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Upcoming food and beverage events

Burns Night Celebration at Urbanrest Brewing Company: A celebration of the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns, Burns Night will be celebrated in Ferndale with food from Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery of Redford. The menu will included haggis, sausage, rolls, Scotch eggs, macaroni and cheese pies, shortbread and more. Expect house-brewed beer from Urbanrest and traditional Scottish bagpipers and Highland dancers. 5-10 p.m. Thurs. Free admission, a la carte menu. 2615 Wolcott, Ferndale. facebook.com/ackroydsscottishbakery.

Haitian Food and French Wine at The Conserva: A five-course meal inspired by Haiti paired with French wines. A donation will be made to Consolation Center Haiti, a organization for women and girls. 7-9 p.m. Thurs. $75. 201 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 291-6133.

Subtleties of Scotch at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Sample six types of Scotch and learn about the differences with beverage expert Michael Schafer. 7-9 p.m. Thurs. $45. 32 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. warmemorial.org.

YumVillage dinner at Colors Restaurant: YumVillage chef Godwin Ihentuge creates a five-course meal. The event also includes live music and live art. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $65. 311 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 496-1212.

Wine Dinner at Rattlesnake Club: Sample wines from around the world chosen by sommelier Maria Papp to pair with a dinner from executive chef Jeff Lanctot. 6 p.m. Fri. $70 plus tax and tip. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.

Burns Night Celebration at Painted Lady Lounge: Raise a glass for a night of Scottish whiskey, food and poetry in honor of Robert Burns. There will be Balvenie and Glenfiddich whisky tasting and a prize for best poem or speech. 8 p.m. Sat. 2930 Jacob, Hamtramck. (313) 874-2991.

Indulgence at Royal Oak Farmers Market: A festival of desserts and cocktails with more than 100 flavored alcoholic beverages to sample. 8-11 p.m. Sat. $35, $50 VIP. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. indulgenceevent.com.

Sunday Night at Grandpa’s at Great Lakes Culinary Center: An ongoing dinner series that features local grandparents, this dinner features cuisine from Polish grandpa Kevin Gawronski, including dill pickle soup, pierogi, cucumber salad, stuffed cabbage and more. Cash bar available. 5:30-8 p.m. Sun. $33, $18 for 10 and younger. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. (248) 286-3100 or glculinarycenter.com.

Birmingham Restaurant Week: Nearly two dozen restaurants in Birmingham will offer three-course lunches for $15 and dinners for $30 on Monday-Feb. 2 and also Feb. 5-9. Visit BirminghamRestaurantWeek.org.

Shore Leave takeover at Voyager: A tropical one-night-only takeover with tropical cocktails and a special menu of Chinese classics like walnut shrimp, sweat and sour crab and orange beef. 4-10 p.m. Tues. Reservations recommended. 600 Vester, Ferndale. voyagerferndale.com.

Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl in Downtown Mount Clemens: Neighborhood pub Three Blind Mice will defend its crown as chili champs at this year’s event. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 1. $15, $25 per couple (includes wristband good for chili sample at each stop. Downtown Mount Clemens. (586) 469-4168 or downtownmountclemens.com.

Mina’s Liberian/Mediterranean Pop-Up Dinner at Brooklyn Street Local: Chef Ameneh Marhaba blends Liberian and Mediterranean cuisine at her monthly pop-up dinners. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 7-10 p.m. Feb. 3. $43.23. 1266 Michigan, Detroit. kitchenramarj.com.

Vegbash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: A celebration of vegetarian and vegan cuisine from a dozen local restaurants, plus music, product exhibits, vendors and more. 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 8. $10 for ages 12 and over (includes $5 food voucher). 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. vegbash.com.

Red wine class at Village Workshop: Explore six varieties of red wines just in time for Valentine’s Day with wine expert Michael Schafer. 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 8. $45. 455 E. Cady, Northville. (248) 667-7157 or thevillageworkshop.com.

The Pizza Throwdown at Eastern Market: Area pizza-makers gather under one roof for sampling and pizza-related discussion. Tickets include five sample slices. Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 11. $15. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. dinedrinkdetroit.com.

Ferndale Pride Fundraising Dinner at GreenSpace Cafe: Only 50 seats are available for this five-course dinner that benefits Ferndale Pride. 7-10 p.m. Feb. 11. $65, $35 for additional wine pairings. 215 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. eventbrite.com.

Inverno in Toscana at Cafe Cortina: A winter Tuscan dinner paired with five regional wines, 5 p.m. Feb. 11. $135 per person, all inclusive. 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033.

Michigan Brewers Guild 13th Annual Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark: Tickets are on sale for this annual celebration of Michigan beer in the Grand Rapids area. 5-9 p.m. Feb. 23 and 1-6 p.m. Feb. 24. $45-$50. 4500 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park. mibeer.com.

Napa vs. Sonoma Wine Seminar and Dinner at Rugby Grille: This interactive wine dinner is led by sommerlier Nidal Daher and includes a three-course menu. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. $95, plus tax and tip. Reservations required. 100 Townsend, Birmingham. (248) 642-5999.

Whisky Experience 2018 at Eastern Market: A benefit for the Luella M. Harden Foundation, which raises money for college scholarships and contributes to the Leukemia Society, this spirit-tasting event is samples, swag, some food and more. 5:30-9:30 p.m. April 20. $54.84, $75.95 for VIP. Eastern Market, 2934 Russell, Detroit. facebook.com/luellamhardenfoundation.

Melody Baetens