Cocktails, Mystery Dinners, Oktoberfests and more: Fall dining events in Metro Detroit

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Yard House in Troy will serve an Oktoberfest-themed menu through Oct. 20.

Dining calendar

Oktoberfest at Fort Street Galley: Enjoy exclusive Oktoberfest-themed dishes, beer specials, games and music. 5 p.m.-midnight Fri.. No tickets required. 160 W. Fort, Detroit. (313) 230-0855 or

Oktoberfest at Yard House: This beer-centric bar and restaurant will host a German-inspired menu with Bavarian pretzels, pork chops, a stacked Oktoberfest burger, chicken schnitzel and potato salad and more, plus many German-style beers. Menu runs through Oct. 20. 950 W. Big Beaver, Troy. (248) 273-0126.

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. Sat. $45, $85 per couple. Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township.

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. Tues. $120 plus tax and tip. Reservations required. MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1644.

Mystery Dinners at Meadow Brook Hall: Enjoy a three-course meal, cocktails and a chance to solve the murder at a the wedding of a notorious gangster. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 3 and 17. $90, reservations required. 350 Estate, Rochester. (248) 364-6252 or

Detroit Cocktail Classic at Eastern Market: The keystone event of Detroit Cocktail Week (Sept. 30-Oct. 6), this is a chance to sample drinks from many of the city’s best bartenders. Guests can vote on their favorites, which will be honored at an awards ceremony on Oct. 6 at the Monarch Club in Detroit. 7 p.m. Oct. 4. $40 in advance, $50 day of, $65 VIP. Shed 3 and 5 in Eastern Market, Detroit.

Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week: More than two dozen Latin American restaurants will show off their best dishes for this annual dining promotion. Oct. -13. Southwest Detroit.

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 by local chefs. Bulldogs are welcome. 3-7 p.m. Oct. 6. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield.

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

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.

Dining and food news

Half-off pizza if Lions win: The Troy and Southfield locations of Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria will give fans 50% off any pizza every Monday that follows a win by the Detroit Lions for as along as the team stays undefeated. For more information call (248) 637-3131 or visit

Zalman’s offers holiday catering: When planning meals for Yom Kippur, Zalman’s wants you to consider their catering menu of soups, salads, meat plates, platters and desserts. Order deadline for Yom Kippur is Oct. 5. Call (248) 940-2428 or visit

Short’s creates 100% Michigan IPA: Short’s Brewing Company has announced a partnership with Pure Michigan to release Pure Michigan Autumn IPA, a beer made with ingredients that are all native to the mitten state. Expect to find it on shelves next month.

Melody Baetens