Dining news and upcoming events in Metro Detroit
Summer Dinner Party at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms: A strolling dinner party with farm-fresh vegetables, charcuterie, cheese, breads, pizza, barbecue and dessert, plus cocktails. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thurs. $75. 8540 Island Lake, Dexter. cornmanfarms.com/events.
Beekeeper’s Honey Wine Dinner at the Whitney: St. Ambrose Cellars of Beulah will host this dinner and beverage pairing with partial proceeds benefiting Bees in the D. 7-10 p.m. Sat. $125. 4421 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-5700.
VegMichigan SummerFest at Madonna University: A celebration of vegan food with local restaurants, food makers and nearly 60 food trucks, plus family friendly fun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 36600 Schoolcraft, Livonia. vegmichigan.org.
National Oyster Day at Ocean Prime: Enjoy half-priced oysters and hall-off bottles of wine priced $99 or less. 4-9 p.m. Sun. 2915 Coolidge, Troy. (248) 458-0500.
Made to Eat in Michigan at Leon & Lulu: Sample and purchase Michigan-made food from candy to hot sauce at this annual market. 5-8 p.m. Tues. 96 W. 14 Mile, Clawson. (248) 288-3600.
Savor Food & Wine Festival at Detroit Zoo: Sample unlimited cuisine from some of the area’s most applauded restaurants, plus beverage tastings and live music. Private tasting seminars are available for an extra fee. 6-10 p.m. Aug. 10. $65 and up. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. Detroitzoo.com.
Melon Festival in Howell: This longstanding community event includes live music, food, the Melon Run, a kids’ melon patch and other melon-related fun. Aug. 17-19. 200 E. Grand River, Howell. howellmelonfestival.com.
Gleaners Community Food Bank Iron Chef Competition at Bordine’s Nursery: Chef Craig Myrand of Adam Merkel Restaurants will defend his title against chef Ryan Louwaert of Bourbons restaurant, and the attendees of this event get to taste and judge for themselves. A panel of experts and past winners will make the final call. Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin serves as color commentator. 6 p.m. Aug. 19. $50. 6347 Grand River, Brighton. ironchefevent.org.
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. detroitsushifest.com.
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. hazon.org/detroit.
Blind Wine Tasting at Rattlesnake Club: Guess what wine is in front of you during this five-course “blind” wine tasting with small plates. 6 p.m. Aug. 30. $65 online, $75 at the door (plus tax and tip). 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400 ext. 6226.
Dining, food news
Arkins Sweet BBQ Pit offers $1 sandwiches: In honor of its third anniversary Arkins Sweet BBQ Pit is rewarding customers with $1 pulled pork sandwiches and $2 brisket sandwiches starting at 11 a.m. Friday until they run out. While you’re there, check out other offerings like non-GMO, antibiotic-free chicken and homemade sides like mac and cheese, collard greens, sweet corn, baked beans, cole slaw and more. Dine in at one of their 20 seats or carry out at 30140 Southfield in Southfield. Call (248) 731-7397.
Southwestern flavors at bd’s Mongolian Grill: Now through Sept. 16, bd’s Mongolian Grill is featuring a lineup of Fajita Fiesta flavors and $5 margaritas. Diners get a chance to build their own stir-fry with fresh ingredients, including a variety of meats and seafood, veggies and sauces, cooked to order (Mongolian-style) on a large, flat top grill. See gomongo.com.
Lobster roll week was a success: The staff at Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop in Corktown survived their popular lobster roll week last week. Owner Greg Mudge thanked staff and customers on social media, announcing that they served more than 7,000 sandwiches.
Jim Brady’s launches brunch service: Jim Brady’s, 1214 S. Main in Royal Oak will serve brunch 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. starting Aug. 11. Look for tater tot hash, candied bacon, salads, breakfast burrito, Frosted Flake-crusted French toast, waffles, frittatas and other egg dishes.
McDonalds releases MacCoins: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac, McDonald’s is launching the MacCoin Thursday. Customers who purchase a Big Mac at participating locations will receive a MacCoin. There are five different designs on the coins, representing each decade the Big Mac has lasted through.