Fall wine dinners, pop-ups and more in Metro Detroit
Taste of Auburn Hills at Hub Stadium: Sample food and beverages from local restaurants while playing Bombowling and Axe-Throwing, which the Hub Stadium offers regularly. Partial proceeds benefit the Senior Service Meals program. 5-7:30 p.m. Thurs.. $40 in advance, $50 at the door. 2550 Innovation Drive, Auburn Hills. (248) 853-7862 or auburnhillschamber.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 Thurs. $100-$125. 250 W. Lared, Detroit. DetroitUncorked.givesmart.com.
National Pasta Day at Olive Garden: Enjoy unlimited servings of pasta, soup and bread sticks starting at $10.99. You get your choice of seven types of pasta and six sauces, plus add-ons like meatballs, chicken or vegetables. All day Thursday at participating locations. Olivegarden.com. Also: Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations will have pasta specials for $10 through Sunday.
Royal Oak Restaurant Week: More than 20 eateries in downtown Royal Oak will offer three-course lunches and dinners for a fixed price of $15-$35 as a way to sample the best of what each restaurant has to offer. Look for Tito’s Handmade Vodka’s pink drinks, which are part of an effort to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. Friday-Oct. 27. Downtown Royal Oak. dineroyaloak.org.
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 Sunday. 950 W. Big Beaver, Troy. (248) 273-0126.
Shuck Yeah at Otus Supply: The Metro Times’ annual oyster-centric event has tons of seafood from local restaurants, a hot sauce bar, craft beer, cocktails, live music and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. $40 in advance, $50 at the door. 345 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. Mtshuckyeah.com.
Blue Zones: Talk and Dinner with Dr. Joel Kahn at GreenSpace Cafe: Chat with nationally recognized cardiologist and restauranteur Dr. Kahn about Blue Zones, five regions of the world where the population lives the longest and the healthiest. Tickets include dinner, dessert and a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage. 6-8 p.m. Sun. $50. 215 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. greenspacecafe.eventbrite.com.
Free pizza at Sicily’s Pizzeria: To celebrate National Pizza Month and its new pie, longstanding Detroit pizza shop Sicily’s is offering a free medium pizza to the first 100 customers at 10 a.m. Oct. 22. The Benchmark is a new pizza made with fresh mozzarella and Romano cheeses. A fixture in Southwest Detroit for 30 years, Sicily’s Pizzeria makes regular, thin crust and Detroit-style pizzas, plus calzones, subs, salads, lasagna and more. 10 a.m. Tues. 3554 Vernor, Detroit. (313) 554-0755.
Wine Down Wednesday at Bistro 82: Select bottles of wine are half-off every Wednesday, including Domaine Chevreau Sauvignon Blanc ’17 from Sancerre, France and Stags Leap Chardonnay 17 from Napa Valley. The upscale restaurant also has a happy hour 4-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. with snacks and small plates under $10. 401 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. (248) 542-0082 or bistro82.com.
Chef Omar Anani at Frame: Feast on modern Moroccan cuisine from chef Omar of Saffron de Twah. His small Gratiot Avenue restaurant and carryout spot has limited hours, so this is a way for guests to enjoy his food at dinner time, and with a full bar. Shakshouka, lamb tagine and baklava gelato are all on the menu. 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26. $55 per person plus tax and service fee. 23839 John R, # 2, Hazel Park. framehazelpark.com.
Detroit Cocktail Camp: Deepen your education of spirits and cocktails with this event series that kicks of Oct. 26 at Peso Bar, where students will learn the differences between blanco, anejo and reposado tequilas. The classes are Saturdays through the fall at various Detroit cocktail bars and restaurants. $59 per event. detroitcocktailcamp.com.
Polish Soup Festival at St. Florian Parish: Sample a dozen Polish soups, plus other food, European pastries, Belgian waffles, Polish beer and live entertainment with the Kielbasa Kings. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 27. Free admission. 2626 Poland, Hamtramck. (313) 871-2778 or stflorianparish.org.
Halloween candy and wine tasting event at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Learn which candy pairs well with vino at this fun wine dinner that also includes passed appetizers. 5-7 pm.. Oct. 31. $45. 17400 Haggerty, Livonia. (734) 542-9463. 323 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham. (248) 723-0134.
Uncork for a Cure at Cauley Ferrari of Detroit: Enjoy a strolling dinner prepared by the city’s top chefs while sipping wine and mingling among luxury cars, all for a good cause, breast cancer research and patient support. Luicano Del Signore, Brad Greenhill, Kate Williams, Sarah Welch, Takashi Yagihashi and James Rigato are among some of the many chefs participating. 7 p.m. Nov. 9. $375. 7070 Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield. uncorkforacure.org.
Holy Mole IV at Kiosko Banquet Hall: A showcase of Mexico’s national dish and the women who make it. Learn about Mexico’s mole-making regions and taste a variety. 2-5 p.m. Nov. 17. 7271 Dix, Detroit. (313) 268-2325.
Dining and food news
A surf-style Jolly Pumpkin coming to Dearborn: Michigan sour beer-makers Jolly Pumpkin are preparing to open a Dearborn outpost called the Longboard by Jolly Pumpkin. The new restaurant will have a surf culture vibe with tiki drinks and Pacific-inspired dishes. It’s expected to open this fall on Michigan; they’re hiring now.
TC Whiskey acquires Cocktail Crate: Michigan’s Traverse City Whiskey Co. has purchased Cocktail Crate, a New York-based company that produces non-GMO craft cocktail mixers. This means significant growth for the distiller’s non-alcoholic offerings.
Nick Offerman gets his own single malt: Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky has given comedian and manly-man Nick Offerman his own spirit. Lagavulin Offerman Edition Aged 11 Years is a limited-edition Scotch that Offerman helped develop. It’s available in the U.S. starting this month and retails for $74.99.