Food and dining calendar: Wine, whiskey events and more
Waugh Cellars Wine Dinner at Ocean Prime: Executive chef Sean Force has developed a special menu featuring jumbo shrimp, king salmon, slow-braised short rib and domestic lamb. Each selection is paired with a vintage from Waugh Cellars. Wines will be sold by the glass or bottle. Winemaker Ryan Waugh will be on hand to pour and discuss the wines with guests. 4-10 p.m. Friday. Entrees are $36-$48; wines $15-$46 per glass. 2915 Coolidge, Troy. (248) 458-0500.
Slice for Life at Buddy’s Pizza: Buddy’s Pizza has raised $3 million for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen with the annual Slice for Life fundraiser. At any full-service Buddy’s, get all-you-can-eat two-topping pizzas and salad for $15 or $7 for kids. A carryout option is available, although not unlimited quantity. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.. Purchased in advance at cskdetroit.org/Buddys or call (313) 579-2100 ext. 153.
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 has 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.
Brunch After Dark at Le Petit Zinc: Networking party with brunch food and champagne. 8 p.m. April 21. $20. 70 Alexandrine, Detroit. (313) 963-2805.
Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center: This five-night dining event pairs two accomplished chefs from Michigan and beyond each night, who will prepare a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Presented by Hour Detroit this year’s featured artist is Anita Bates and the charity partner is Give Detroit Challenge. Chefs Anthony Lombardo of SheWolf and Salvatore Ferro of Old Ebbit Grill are April 23; chefs Paul Grosz of Cuisine and Doug Adams of the Woodsman Tavern are April 24; Takoi chef Brad Greenhill and Jamie Simpson of Vegetable Institute at the Chef’s Garden are April 25; Public House’s Brandon Zarb and Cooks’ House Eric Patterson and Jennifer Blakeslee are April 26; Cork and Gabel chef Matt McGrail and Uchiko chef Edward Sura are April 27. Each event is 6-10 p.m. $125. 24101 W. Nine, Southfield. savordetroit.com.
Sonoma Wine Dinner at Wolfgang Puck Steak at MGM Grand Detroit: This event showcases more than 30 wines from the Sonoma, California, region. Sample wine, enjoy appetizers and get the chance to purchase bottles to take home. 6-8 p.m. April 25. $50. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.
Dining Out for Life: Metro Detroit restaurants have signed on to help raise funds for Matrix Human Services’ Community Healthy Division to help those who are high-risk for or are infected with HIV or AIDS. On April 26, dine at Kola in Farmington Hills, Axle Brewing Co. in Ferndale, Brady’s Tavern in Beverly Hills, La Palma in Detroit, Mudgie’s Deli in Corktown, and others. Visit DiningOutForLife.com/Detroit for a full list.
Michigan Jewish Food Festival at Eastern Market: Vendors, caterers, speakers, live music, chef demos and more will celebrate Jewish food. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 26. Sheds 5 and 6, Eastern Market, Detroit. hazon.org/detroit.
Saartj at Bank Suey: From chef, writer and activist Tunde Wey comes Saartj, a pop-up restaurant that aims to shed a light on racial wealth disparity. The menu is African, and the cost, menu and experience are “tailored to your privilege.” April 29-May 5. Price varies. 10345 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. saartj.com.
Spring Lamb Roast at Cellarmen’s: Lamb roast buffet by Felony Provisions and cocktails from Nick Britsky including meadmosas. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29. $25. 24310 John R, Hazel Park. (586) 413-4206.
Chef’s Schoolyard Dinner at Great Lakes Culinary Center: A benefit for Detroit Prep, this first annual dinner is a collaboration between local chefs John Vermiglio, James Rigato, Anthony Lombardo, Brad Greenhill, Joe Giacomino, Andy Hollyday, Kate Williams and Alex Clark. 6-9 p.m. April 30. $250. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. detroitprep.org/schoolyard.
Sausage Fest at Eastern Market: Gourmet sausages, hot dogs and brats, plus beer and games. Tickets include food and beverage samples. 6-10 p.m. May 11. 425. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. facebook.com/sausagefestdet.
Tavolata in Umbria at Cafe Cortina: Enjoy wine and food of the Umbria region, including Urbani black truffles. 5:30 p.m. May 20. $135. 30175 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033 or (917) 770-3589.
Kendall-Jackson Wine Dinner with James Rigato at the Root: Chef James Rigato comes home to the Root Restaurant & Bar for a Kendall-Jackson wine dinner with Tim O’Halloran. 7 p.m. June 11. $100 per person plus tax and tip. 340 Town Center Blvd., White Lake. (248) 698-2400.
Nine Course A5 Japanese Wagyu Dinner at Grey Ghost Detroit: Chef Steve Brown joins Grey Ghost chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino in offering a dinner featuring A5 Satsuma Wagyu and True Hyogo Kobe Beef from Japan. 6 p.m. June 12. $225. 47 E. Watson, Detroit. chefstevebrown.com/cosecha.
Detroit Sushi Festival at Eastern Market: Food from local sushi restaurants and vendors of Japanese of culture. Aug. 24. $27, $54 VIP. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. detroitsushifest.com.
Restaurant and food briefs
Voyager named one of the best: Food & Wine has named Ferndale hot spot Voyager one of its 10 restaurants of the year. The 39-seat seafood restaurant is the only Michigan business on their list.
Zingerman’s Candy comes to MotorCity: Lacquer, the hotel gift shop at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, has teamed up with Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory. A selection of the Ann Arbor business’ products, like chocolate-covered peanut brittle, are available as gift boxes and party tins at the hotel.
Gratzi Midland opens: Restaurant group Mainstreet Ventures opened Gratzi in Midland this week. The public grand opening is at 4 p.m. Thursday at 120 E. Main in Midland. Mainstreet Ventures has a Gratzi in Ann Arbor, and also operates Real Seafood Company and the Chop House in Ann Arbor and other cities.