Dining calendar: Culinary tours, restaurant deals and more news
Coney Dog Eating Challenge at American Coney Island: Watch or participate in the annual battle to see who can eat the most coney dogs in 10 minutes. Winner gets a champion belt, free meals at American Coney Island for a year and a weekend trip for two to Las Vegas. Before the main event, members of the Detroit Police Department, Detroit Fire/EMT and Windsor Fire Department will square off to see which team can down the most dogs. The whole event is a fundraiser for the Detroit Police Benefit and Protective Association and the Detroit Firemen’s Benevolent Fund. 5:30 p.m. Thurs. $10-$15 to register, $5 suggested donation for spectators. 114 W. Lafayette, Detroit. (586) 219-0995 or AmericanConeyIsland.com.
Yalla Eat! Culinary Walking Tours in Dearborn: Organized by the Arab American National Museum, these informative and food-filled walking tours give a peek into Dearborn’s culinary landscape. Tours are either of Warren or Michigan avenues, and run 2-4:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 21. Tickets are $45 or $35 for museum members. Visit arabamericanmuseum.org/yallaeat.
BOGO at Andiamo: To celebrate Labor Day, Andiamo restaurants are giving guests a free entree with the purchase of one entree of equal or greater value, good for a maximum of $25 off. Available on Sunday only, for dine-in dinner guests. Not valid for brunch. Visit andiamoitalia.com for locations.
Lobsterfest at Brownie’s on the Lake: Lobster mania continues with specials at this waterfront east side spot. Brownie’s will have featured lobster dishes like Detroit-style lobster pizza, lobster tacos, surf and turf and lobster jambalaya. Starting Sept. 3 for a limited time. 24214 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. (586) 445-8080 or browniesonthelake.com.
Grand Opening at Woodhaven Buddy’s Pizza: The latest Buddy’s Pizza location is Downriver in Woodhaven. The first 100 customers to arrive on opening day Sept. 5 will get coupons for one free pizza per month for one year. Military veterans who dine in Sept. 5-8 get a free, four-square pizza. 21611 Allen, Woodhaven. buddyspizza.com.
Make Food Not Waste – A Community Feast at Eastern Market: Sample food by local chefs who used ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away. The event include a culinary competition among local students and information on how to prevent food waste. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8. Free. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. RSVP via Eventbrite.com.
Taste of Southfield at Shriners Silver Garden Events Center: Sample food from more than 20 restaurants at this annual event which also has a contest for best soul food dish, a marketplace with local vendors, DJ, and a live stream of the Motor City Woman Studios podcast. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 10. $25-$45. southfieldchamber.com/TOS.
Tour de Fork at Eastern Market: Sample food from a vareity of area restaurants while helping raise funds for the Children’s Center, a local nonprofit serving children and families in need. The event also has a bar, a DJ, lawn games and a raffle. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12. $55, $60 at the door, $150 VIP. Shed 3, 1445 Adelaide, Detroit. (313) 262-1085 or www.thechildrenscenter.com/tourdefork.
Cityfest at the Whitney: For the second year, historic mansion restaurant the Whitney will host 10 days of “spirited dining” with special events Sept. 13-23. These include a New England Lobster Fest on Sept. 14, a paranormal dinner Sept. 15 and a Cityfest Legacy Dinner honoring 100-year-old restaurant critic Danny Raskin of the Jewish News. 4421 Woodward, Detroit. For details and tickets, visit thewhitney.com or call (313) 832-5700.
Great American Lobster Fest at Hart Plaza: A variety of food vendors will serve lobster in all forms, from bisque to lobster rolls. There will be other seafood and standard land grub, plus live music and family-friendly activities. 5-10 p.m. Sept. 13 and noon-10 p.m. Sept. 14-15. Free general admission. Jefferson at Woodward, Detroit. americanlobsterfest.com.
VegMichigan in Riley Park: Family-friendly and free, this event celebrates plant-based, vegan cuisine with food trucks, vendors, music and other entertainment. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. 33113 Grand River, Farmington. vegmichigan.org.
Dining and food news
Bona Sera Restaurant closes Sept. 15: Popular Ypsilanti restaurant Bona Sera is closing. According to a Facebook post, the owners are moving on. The last day of service will be Sept. 15. Soon after, the space will become a fourth Bobcat Bonnie’s location. Find it at 200 W. Michigan.
Olga’s looking for new menu ideas: Create your own version of the iconic Olga sandwich, and your idea could wind up on the official menu next year. Olga’s Kitchen and TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants are looking for submissions that are inspired by cultural cuisine or family recipes. Enter starting Tuesday at olgas.com. Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 20. The winning entry will get to have their recipe finalized by Olga’s Kitchen executive chef Chris Amicucci and added to the menu in 2020.
Signature brew for Tour de Troit: Michigan’s New Holland Brewing has crafted a custom ale for the Tour de Troit, a 20-plus mile bike ride on Sept. 14. Dubbed “Vive Le Tour,” the blonde ale beer will be served to more than 5,000 of the event’s riders. For more information, visit tour-de-troit.org.