Dining news and upcoming events in Metro Detroit
An earlier version of this calendar had an incorrect ending time for Firebird Tavern's happy hour. It ends at 6 p.m. weekdays.
Tomato Dinner with Grey Ghost at Detroit Cultivated: Chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino of Grey Ghost serve a six-course menu highlighting tomatoes, including king crab with tomato hollandaise and a red velvet tomato tart. Tickets include cocktail pairings. 6 p.m. Thurs. $175. 4699 16th, Quonset Hut No. 7, Detroit. detroitcultivated.com.
Great American Lobster Fest at Hart Plaza: Lobster will be flown in from the East Coast for this crustacean celebration. Lobster meals can be purchased in advance. General admission is free and includes live entertainment. Noon-10 p .m. Fri.-Sun. $5 suggested donation for general admission, $34 lobster meal experience, $89 VIP. Jefferson at Woodward, Detroit. americanlobsterfest.com.
D’Kalabash, a Detroit ethic food tasting experience at Cleary University: Explore Detroit’s ethnic culinary heritage with food tastings, panel discussion and food demos with chefs Max Hardy and Baobab Fare co-owner Mamba Hamissi. 6-9 p.m. Fri. 8904 Woodward, Detroit. Register at dkalabash.org.
Commissioner’s Brew release at Detroit Foundation Hotel: Detroit’s Atwater Brewery has teamed up with the Detroit Foundation Hotel to create a red lager available exclusively at the hotel. The Commissioner’s Brew is released with a special event 6-11 p.m. Fri. Free. 250 W. Larned, Detroit. (313) 800-5500.
Fall Into Flavor at Le Crepe: Enjoy three drinks, three small plates and three desserts. 7-10 p.m. Fri. $50. 317 S. Washington, Royal Oak. Eventbrite.com.
Anniversary Celebration at Good Cakes and Bakes: Marking five years of serving organic baked goods, this neighborhood bakery is throwing a party with a DJ, face painting, photo booth and free birthday cake. 2-7 p.m. Sat. 19363 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 468-9915.
Irie Occasions at Lost River: A Jamaican food pop-up inside the east side’s newest Tiki bar. 6-10 p.m. Sat. 15421 Mack, Detroit. (313) 720-0673.
Harvest Festival at Birmingham Farmers Market: Michigan-grown produce, plus food trucks, barn animals and a kids zone. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Free. 660 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham. (248) 530-1200.
Evening of Roses at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House: Celebrate Eleanor Ford’s love of roses with flowers, a rose-infused libation from Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails and desserts from Pinwheel Bakery. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20. $60, $50 members. 1100 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Shores. fordhouse.org.
The 5 S’s of Wine at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Learn the basics of wine tasting. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 20. $47. 32 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 881-7511.
Cattle Baron’s Ball at Suburban Collection Showplace: A fundraiser for a local cancer research grant, this event has a strolling dinner and dessert featuring food from area restaurants, plus live and silent auctions, southwestern-themed activities. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22. $200 and up. 46100 Grand River, Novi. cbbdetroit.org.
Vine & Dine at M1 Concourse: A fundraiser for Gleaners Community Food Bank of southeastern Michigan and the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, this culinary event features food from area restaurants like Andiamo, Beverly Hills Grill, Joe Muer Seafood and Big Rock Chophouse, plus beer, wine and a silent auction. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 25. $85 in advance, $95 at the door. 164 South Blvd. W., Pontiac. bbcc.com/vine-dine.
Sardinia and Sicily Dinner at Cafe Cortina: Experience the wines and food of these two Italian islands with a five-course dinner. This dinner marks the longstanding fine dining destination’s 42nd anniversary. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30. $135. 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033.
2018 Pizza Slam at Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina: Some of the area’s top chefs will battle for bragging rights and to have their pizza on the Bigalora menu for a year. Bigalora’s own chef Luciano Delsignore will battle James Rigato from Mabel Gray, John Vermiglio of Grey Ghost, Brad Greenhill of Takoi and Kate Williams of Lady of the House. Proceeds benefit Detroit Dog Rescue. 3-7 p.m. Oct. 14. $50. 6810 N. Rochester, Rochester Hills. Eventbrite.com.
Dining and food news
Hungry Howie’s turns 45: To celebrate its 45th anniversary, Hungry Howie’s is offering a large one-topping pizza for 45 cents with the purchase of a large pizza at regular price. The deal runs through Sunday.
Corridor Sausage teams up with Kroger: Products from Detroit’s artisan meat purveyors Corridor Sausage Co. are now available in 126 Kroger across the state, just in time for tailgate season.
Giordano’s turns one: To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the first Giordano’s Pizza location in Detroit, the downtown location will offer specials all week, starting on Monday with $1 select menu items.
Bavarian Inn named ‘greatest’: Readers of Great Lakes Bay Magazine have named both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge the “greatest in the Great Lakes Bay Region.” The Lodge was also named “greatest wedding venue.”
National Cheeseburger Day is Tuesday: Mention that it’s National Cheeseburger Day at BurgerFi restaurant chain on Tuesday and get a $1 cheeseburger with the purchase of a cheeseburger. There’s one in Northville at 18801 Traditions.
New happy hour at Firebird Tavern: This Greektown spot at 419 Monroe has revamped its happy hour, 3:30-6 p.m. weekdays, with $5 small plates and half-off craft beers and select wines. The small plates menu has new items such as roasted eggplant and mixed vegetable bruschetta, pancetta and artichoke flatbread and smoked chicken salad cups.