Fall beer festivals, dining events and news
Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Hour Detroit’s five-night dinner series will raise funds for Give Detroit Challenge and has partnered with featured artist Tony RoKo. Remaining dinners include London Chop House chef RJ Scherer and the Silver Pig’s Craig Myrand on Thursday and Doug Hewitt of Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails and Christopher Johnson of the Meeting House cook on Friday. Tickets are $125 per person each night, and include a five-course meal with wine pairings and dessert. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. savordetroit.com.
Oktobeer Festival in Downtown Ferndale: Beer and other drinks, plus food, games and contests and local bands. 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., noon-midnight Sat. and noon-9 p.m. Sun. $3. E. Nine Mile east of Woodward, Ferndale. oktobeerfestival.com.
Om Cafe at Nosh Pit Detroit: The folks behind former Ferndale restaurant Om Cafe will dish their loaded vegan mac; dine in or carry out. 5-10 p.m. Fri. 2995 Yemens, Hamtramck. (313) 486-0777.
Fall Scotch Dinner at Rattlesnake Club: Taste and learn about four select Scotches, including blended and single malt. Each will be paired with small plates from the Rattlesnake’s kitchen. 6 p.m. Fri. $75 in advance, $85 at the restaurant, plus tax and tip. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400 ext. 6235 or 6226.
Detroit Uncorked at Gleaners Headquarters: A wine-tasting event to raise funds for Gleaners Community Food Bank with 300 wines from around the world. 6-9 p.m. Fri. $100. 2131 Beaufait, Detroit. DetroitWine.org.
Fall Flavor Weekends at Greenfield Village: Food stories, culinary history, a farmers market, vendors and crafters are all on deck for these seasonal food-centric weekends. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $28, $25.50 seniors, $21 ages 5-11, free for members. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 982-6001 or thehenryford.org.
Boatober Beer Tasting Beer Cruise at Detroit Princess Riverboat: Sample more than 30 fall seasonal beers and ciders while cruising down the Detroit River. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sat. $62.50. 1 Civic Center, Detroit. motorcitybrewtours.com.
Oktoberfest at Axle Brewing Co.’s Livernois Tap: Seasonal beer, all-you-can-eat German food, live music and a cornhole tournament. noon-11 p.m. Oct. 13. $40. 567 Livernois, Ferndale. axlebrewing.com.
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.
Pleasures of Pinot at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Wine expert Michael Schafer demonstrates the nuances of pinot wines. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 18. $47. 32 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 881-7511.
Polish Soup Festival at St. Florian Parish Church Hall: Traditional Polish dancers and the Kielbasa Kings polka band will entertain while folks munch on a variety of Polish soups, dinners, European pastries and Belgian waffles. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 28. Free admission. 2626 Poland, Hamtramck. (313) 871-2778.
Worlds Largest Food Truck Rally at Belle Isle: An attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of food trucks. Noon-7 p.m. Nov. 4. Free admission. Belle Isle, Detroit. facebook.com/worldslargestfoodtruckrally.
Dining and food news
Buddy’s opens in Zoo: Detroit Zoo visitors will be able to dine on one of the region’s favorite pizza brands with the opening of Buddy’s Pizza location inside the attraction Thursday. The 5,200-square-foot restaurant seats 88 inside and 75 on a patio and rooftop deck. Hungry visitors can dine on Buddy’s signature square Sicilian-style pizza, salads and beer.
Provisions to open Detroit store: Ferndale’s Provisions retail shop for cheese and chocolate announced this week that it would open a Midtown shop in late November and the store will change its name to Mongers’ Provisions. The 1,028-square-foot shop will be at 4240 Cass in Suite 111, and will offer high-end, quality cheese and charcuterie boards for big and small gatherings.
Leelanau named top wine region: Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula has been named one of the three top wine regions in the country by the 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest promoted by USA Today.
Diamonds Steak offers 35 cent filet tips: To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Diamond’s Steak and Seafood in Howell will sell filet tip skewers for 35 cents for 35 days, through Nov. 4. The promotion is limited to one order per guest, dine-in only. The shop’s owners are currently readying a second Diamonds location in Royal Oak.