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Dining news and upcoming events in Metro Detroit


This story has been updated to clarify Hungry Harvest's support of Forgotten Harvest.

Food and beverage events

Midwest Cheeses at Urbanrest: Provisions cheese shop in Ferndale will serve Midwest cheese boards with chocolate and charcuterie to Urbanrest Brewing Company. 5-9 p.m. Thurs. 2615 Wolcott, Ferndale. (248) 468-4487.

50th Anniversary Open House at Frankenmuth Cheese Haus: Free cheese, samples, prizes and a celebration of this beloved cheese store. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. May 23. Free. 561 S. Main, Frankenmuth.

Michigan Wine & Cider Festival at Eastern Market: Sample products from more than 40 Michigan businesses, plus food trucks. 5-8:30 p.m. May 25. 2934 Russell, Detroit.

Pierogi Fest at Royal Oak Farmers Market: A sampling of Polish cuisine from around Metro Detroit. One vendor will be awarded the 2018 Golden Pierogi Award. 6-9:30 p.m. May 24. $10 in advance, $15 at the door (tickets include $5 food voucher). 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Garden Brunch at Lafayette Greens Urban Garden: A benefit for the Greening of Detroit with brunch food from local restaurants, plus a Tito’s vodka Bloody Mary bar, mix-your-own mimosas and live music. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3. $45, $80 for unlimted drinks, $150 four-pack. 132 W. Lafayette, Detroit.

Taste of Ann Arbor: Dozens of restaurants offer samples priced $1-$4, plus local bands. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3. Free admission. Main and Liberty, Ann Arbor.

Rum & Tequila Fest at Eastern Market Shed 5: Part tiki party and part Mexican fiesta, this event has cocktails, tacos, a pig roast and a piñata competition for adults. 6-10 p.m. June 8. $30-$40. 2934 Russell, Detroit.

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.

Food Truck Rally at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Music, family fun and a variety of local food trucks. 5-9 p.m. June 13. Free admission. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 246-3079.

Detroit Sushi Festival at Eastern Market: Food from local sushi restaurants and vendors of Japanese culture. Aug. 24. $27, $54 VIP. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit.

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, 2934 Russell, Detroit.

Restaurant and food news

Hungry Harvest comes to town: Farm-to-doorstep produce delivery service Hungry Harvest is now serving Detroit and Ann Arbor. The company rescues fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste due to cosmetic imperfections or surpluses, packs it in variety boxes and delivers to subscribers' doors.  Every delivery fights food waste and supports produce donations to Forgotten Harvest. Delivery options start at $15. Use the code HEALTHYMI to get $5 off your first box at

Wu Tang pizza at Pie-Sci: To celebrate Wu Tang Clan’s appearance at the upcoming Movement electronic music festival in Detroit, Woodbridge pizza joint Pie-Sci (5163 Trumbull) has debuted a Wu Tang-themed pizza. Named “Cashews Rule Everything Around Me,” the vegan ’za is topped with chimichurri sauce, mushrooms, lemon asparagus, house-made cashew cheese and strawberry-rhubarb-mint drizzle. A small pie is $9 and a large is $15. Call (313) 818-0290.

Empire Kitchen & Cocktails now open: A new upscale casual American cuisine restaurant opened Monday on the ground floor of the Scott and Brush Park apartment building at 3148 Woodward. Empire serves craft cocktails with a focus on locally made spirits, and shareable bar food like pizza, charcuterie board, wings and shishito peppers, plus salads, sandwiches, a house burger and entrees like prime New York strip and parpadelle pasta. Call (313) 315-3131.

Melody Baetens