Upcoming dining events, new openings
Hazel’s Lobster Pound takeover is expanded at Hazel, Ravines and Downtown: Due to its popularity, this casual fine dining Birmingham restaurant has expanded its lobster takeover an additional three weeks. More than 5,000 pounds of lobster has been served since last month when they kicked off the dining event, which includes lobster rolls, whole lobster dinner and other specials. The fresh seafood will continue to be delivered fresh daily through Sept. 1 (except Mondays). 1 Peabody, Birmingham. (248) 671-1714 or hrd.kitchen.
Vegan Month at Mabel Gray: Chef James Rigato and his team will serve only a 100 percent plant-based tasting menu. Through Aug. 31. $65, $35 additional for beverage pairings. 23825 John R, Hazel Park. Call (248) 398-4300 for reservations.
Chef Bryon Hogan at Revolver: Direct from Madrid, chef Hogan will serve his Spanish delicacies for four seatings at Revolver. Hogan started his restaurant career in Birmingham, Michigan, and has worked in kitchens in big cities in the United States and elsewhere. Advance reservations are required for the five-course dinners. 6 and 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $55. 9737 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. revolverhamtramck.com.
Corn Festival at Birmingham Farmers Market: A celebration of all things corn, including special crafts and old-fashioned corn shelling. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. 660 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham. allinbirmingham.com.
Indian Afternoon Tea at Revolver: Chef Preeti Sidhu will prepare a meal of masala chai served family-style with savory and sweet finger foods to accompany the tea. 3 p.m. Sun. and Aug. 25. $30, includes everything but gratuity. 9737 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. revolverhamtramck.com.
Food Truck Rally at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Sample food from a variety of local food trucks. 5-9 p.m. Aug. 14. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. romi.gov.
Bastone Beer Dinner at Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant and Taphouse: Enjoy a five course meal paired with exclusive brews from Bastone Brewery. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 14. $50. 419 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 544-6250 to reserve a spot.
Pizza Throwdown at Eastern Market: Tickets include admission, one slice of pizza and one drink. Additional food and drink available for purchase. VIP packages available. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 15. $15 and up. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. thepizzathrowdown.com.
Troy Restaurant Week: More than 20 restaurants in Troy will offer three-course meals for lunch and dinner at a fixed price of $15-$45, depending on the business. For example, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse gives you a salad or soup course, followed by your choice of entree – petite filet, salmon, stuffed chicken breast or filet and shrimp – choice of side and a desert for $43. Aug. 18-21. Visit troyrestaurantweek.com.
Dining and food news
ZZ Market & Grill open in Downtown Detroit: Grab-and-go meals and carry out sandwiches, pizza, salads and more are now available at ZZ Market & Grill. Owners have rehabbed a building from the late 1800s at 210 Henry in Detroit. Besides hot food, the shop also has a market with Michigan-made products. Visit zzmarket.com.
Easy Street Saloon now open in Eastpointe: A new neighborhood bar and restaurant has opened in Eastpointe with barbecue dishes, burgers, steaks, salads, cakes and happy hour specials. Chef Shermone McClain is running the kitchen and churning out signature dishes like steakhouse onion burger, smoked barbecue ribs, shrimp and cheese grits, fried berbere cauliflower and banana pudding. 16101 E. 10 Mile, Eastpointe. (586) 585-1124 or easystreetsaloon.com.
Poppin’ Top Hat opens downtown: Gourmet popcorn company Poppin Top Hat will have its grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and prayer from Marvin L. Winans. The boutique sells more than 50 flavors of gift-able popcorn. 1376 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 427-0400.
Cellar313 debuts tasting series: Learn more about wine every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. during Cellar313’s new Tuesday night tasting series. The wine and cocktail bar, which has small, wine-friendly menu with charcuterie, also has a weekday happy hour 4-6 p.m. with $6 wine pours. 15112 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park. (313) 458-8544.
Firebird adds menu items: As part of their updated menu, the Firebird Tavern has added its kung pao wings to the bill of fare. Topped with chopped peanuts and scallions, the dish won “people’s choice” and “judges’ choice” in the best original wing category at the recent WingOut Detroit chicken wing festival. Other new dishes include Irish nachos on their happy hour menu and an updated version of their fish tacos. 419 Monroe, Detroit. (3130 782-4189.