Wild game, German food, wine dinners and more: Fall dining events in Metro Detroit
Gourmet Wild Game Dinner and Auction at Meadow Brook Hall: Executive chef Patrick Gazzarato will serve a four-course meal featuring an entree of Michigan whitetail deer medallion with caramelized onion demi-glace and pretzel-crusted lake trout. A fundraiser for the venue, the 14th annual event also has live and silent auctions, a chance to win a gun and self-guided tours of the hall. 6-10 p.m. Thurs. $150 and up. 350 Estate, Rochester. (248) 364-6200 or meadowbrookhall.org.
Blocktoberfest at Atwater Brewery: Wash down Bavarian-influenced food with beer from Germany at this annual event, which is held both inside and outside of the brewery. 11 a.m. Sat. $5-$35. 237 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. bloktoberfest.brownpapertickets.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. Sat. Tickets are $45 or $35 for museum members. Visit arabamericanmuseum.org/yallaeat.
Oktoberfest at the Belt: The Skip cocktail lounge teams up with Batch Brewing in Corktown for their alleyway Oktoberfest celebration. They’ll get kegs of German beer, and have hired Moose & The Sharks to perform live. The event is dog-friendly 2-4 p.m. and a portion of proceeds will benefit the D.A.W.G. no-kill shelter. 4-9 p.m. Sat. $20. Alley between Broadway and Library, and Gratiot and Grand River, Detroit. facebook.com/TheSkipDetroit.
Detroit Foodie Fair at Eastern Market: Sample bites from an array of local restaurants and food maker, plus browse food-related vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Free. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. detroitfoodiefair.com.
Grand Opening Brunch at Pink FlaminGo To Go: This grand opening brunch party will celebrate the debut of Pink FlaminGo To Go carryout restaurant from Guerrilla Food. A $20 ticket gets you a healthy brunch buffet and other fun. Party is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Restaurant is opening for business starting at 3 p.m. 17740 Woodward, Detroit. guerrillafooddetroit.com.
German Bierhaus at Frame Hazel Park: This sit-down dinner by chef Rebecca LaMalfa is a five-course feast starting with house-made sauerkraut pretzel with fermented mustard and ends with apple strudel. In between is herring crudo, beer cheese soup and breaded chicken breast with parsley potatoes, tomato and a cucumber and onion salad. 4 and 7 p.m. Sun. $53 per person plus tax and service fee, beverage pairing is extra. 23839 John R, #2, Hazel Park. framehazelpark.com.
Paolo Scavino Barolo wine dinner at Cafe Cortina: A multi-course, seasonal dinner paired with wines from Italian wine maker Paolo Scavino. 5:30 p.m. Sun. $165 per person, including tax and gratuity. 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033 or (917) 770-3589.
Ackroyd’s 70th Anniversary Pop-up at Hazel, Ravines & Downtown: Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery of Redford is celebrating seven decades of service with food, drink and bagpipes at a party hosted by Hazel, Ravines & Downtown. 5-9 p.m. Mon. Pricing is a la carte. 1 Peabody, Birmingham. (248) 671-1714.
The Taste of New Zealand at Vinotecca: Explore the fruits of New Zealand’s wine industry at this walk-around event with light appetizers. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 25. $40, $30 club members. 210 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham. (248) 203-6600.
Oktoberfest at Macomb Community College’s Culinary Institute: Students will prepare a German-style dinner buffet. There will also be an open bar and a live Bavarian band. 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 28. $45, $85 per couple. Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township. tinyurl.com/2019oktoberfest.
Food and Wine Dinner at Wolfgang Puck Steak: A four-course dinner with blackened scallops and lobster risotto, plus a wine paired with each dish. Guests will learn how to select the right wines for pairings. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. $120 plus tax and tip. Reservations required. MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1644.
Rockabully Chili Cook-off at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Detroit Bulldog Rescue hosts a chili contest with live music, an auction, raffles and food made my local chefs. Bulldogs are welcome. 3-7 p.m. Oct. 6. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. detroitbulldogrescue.org/chili-cookoff-2019.
Fall Italian Festa Dinner at Paesano: A multi-course, farm-to-table dinner with wine expert Chaad Thomas and live entertainment from tenor Aaron Caruso. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. $100 per person plus tax and tip. Reservations required. 3411 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. (734) 971-0484 or paesanosannarbor.com.
Detroit Uncorked at Apparatus Room: A fundraiser for the Rainbow Connection, this 15th annual wine-centric soiree returns with food from 20 restaurants and hundreds of wine varieties. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 17. $100-$125. 250 W. Lared, Detroit. DetroitUncorked.givesmart.com.
Dining and food news
Amar Pizza opens Troy location: Beloved Hamtramck halal pizza joint Amar Pizza has expanded to a second location in Troy. Amar is known for gourmet specialty pizza with flavors such as tandoori, dry fish, Philly steak and the super hot ghost pepper pizza. Open at 11 a.m. daily, the Troy location is at 3728 Rochester. Call (248) 250-6266.
James Beard Foundation tweaks awards: The national James Beard Foundation has made some changes to its regional restaurant and chef awards. The regional Best Chef awards are being expanded from 10 to 12 geographic areas. Among the changes are California and Texas each becoming their own regional category, and New York state will pull away from the “Northeast” region to join New York City as one category called “New York State.” The region representing Detroit, “Great Lakes,” was not affected and will still include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Sullivan’s Public House named best Irish pub: A bar and restaurant in Oxford has topped the list of best Irish pubs outside of Ireland. The poll was conducted by IrishCentral.com, which included more than 5 million readers. The 5-year-old pub has been named Best Irish Pub in Michigan by this and other outlets in the past. Find Sullivan’s Public House at 23 N. Washington, Oxford. sullivanspublichouse.com.
More locations for Detroit Wing Company: This local chicken wing chain is expanding to two new locations. A Troy spot at 2928 W. Maple is planned for later this year, and a Grand Rapids location of Detroit Wing Company is expected to debut in the spring.