Dining events, beer parties, food news and more

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Dining and spirit events

Free milkshakes at Wayback Burger: To celebrate the first day of summer and National Selfie Day, Wayback Burgers is giving away one 12-ounce black and white milkshake to each customer starting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. 22000 Ford, Dearborn Heights. (313) 395-2931. Visit waybackburgers.com for more area locations.

Art of the Cocktail at M-Brew and Valentine Distilling Company: Bartenders from Ferndale restaurants will enter drinks and attendees will crown one the “Official Cocktail of Ferndale.” The art-centric event also has entertainment, a silent auction and appetizers. 6-9 p.m. Thurs. $40. 177 and 161 Vester, Ferndale. facebook.com/downtownferndale.

Orin Swift Wine Dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: A four-course meal paired with Orin Swift’s wines. 6:30 p.m. Fri. $100 per person. 323 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham. (248) 723-0134.

Summer Solstice bottle release at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.: Celebrate the release of Summer Solstice beer with a seated seafood boil and steak dinner. 5-8 p.m. Sat. $55, add $15 if you want a lobster. 5919 Chicago, Warren. (586) 983-8362 or kbrewery.com.

Chef Clash Sunday at Birmingham Farmers Market: Birmingham’s top chefs compete for the title of Master Chef. 10 a.m.-noon Sun. Farmers market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28. N. Old Woodward at Vinewood, Birmingham. birminghamfarmersmarket.org.

Grand Opening at Marco’s Pizza: Entrepreneur Wally Lazar celebrates the opening of his Marco’s Pizza franchise in Royal Oak with live entertainment, a pizza box-folding competition, free pizza, raffles and a pizza-eating contest featuring the Royal Oak Fire Department. 1-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 4070 Crooks, Royal Oak. (248) 965-9449.

Grand Opening at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant: This national restaurant chain will open a 10,531-square-foot Partridge Creek location with dining room, covered patio and private barrel rooms that aim to mimic the Napa experience. It opens Monday. 17440 Hall in Clinton Township. (586) 464-9463.

Red, White & Rose wine class at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Sommelier Michael Schafer talks about American wines while you taste. 7-9 p.m. June 28. $45. 32 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 881-7511 or warmemorial.org.

Cerveza Delray launch party at Brew Detroit: To celebrate the release of their easy-drinking beer Cerveza Delray in 16-ounce cans, Corktown’s Brew Detroit is having a party with food trucks, games, giveaways and brewery tours. Noon-6 p.m. June 30. Free. 1401 Abbott, Detroit. (313) 344-7185.

Drink Pink — Rosé the Night Away in Eastern Market: A celebration of all things rosé, this event has wine, cocktails and champagne from around the world, plus food and desserts. 7-11 p.m. July 13. $55-$275. 2932 Russell, Detroit. drinkpinkdetroit.com.

Michigan Summer Beer Festival at Riverside Park: More than 1,000 craft beers made by around 150 Michigan breweries will be on hand to taste. 5-9 p.m. July 27 and 1-6 p.m. July 28. $40-$45 in advance, $45-$50 at the gate. 2 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. mibeer.com/summer-festival.

Restaurant and food briefs

New chef at Menagerie: Jessica Terrell-Hyde has been named the new executive chef at Pontiac’s Menagerie Lounge, which serves southern, French, Creole, Tex-Mex, and Spanish cuisine. A new menu will roll out soon. Menagerie, 155 N. Saginaw, is open for dinner Wed.-Sat. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Call (248) 648-1505.

Wings at Breeze: Locally based Detroit Wing Company is now open inside MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third, at the Breeze Dining Court. It serves all-natural traditional wings, boneless wings and chicken tenders, plus sides.

Empire starts brunch, happy hour: New American-style bistro Empire Kitchen and Cocktails launched happy hour this week. Weekdays 4-6 p.m. guests can take advantage of select draft and bottled beer for $3, and certain wines and cocktails for $6. There’s also a discounted menu of food at the bar priced $5-$7. The new restaurant also started serving brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Empire is at 3148 Woodward in Detroit.

Pure ice cream: To celebrate the first day of summer Thursday, Treat Dreams ice cream shop has release three “Pure Michigan” flavors, available for two weeks. “Gone fishing” is blue moon ice cream with cupcake goldfish, “trail mix” has chocolate ice cream with chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate sauce, and “sunny sandbar” is coconut ice cream with graham cracker and chocolate shards. Treat Dreams has locations in Detroit (4160 Cass) and Ferndale (22965 Woodward).

Melody Baetens