Oak Park’s Tai Fai officially opens and expands

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Tai Fai means “great and fast” in Cantonese, and that’s what the carry-out restaurant in Oak Park has been giving to customers since opening last year. Tai Fai quickly became a hit with customers who spread the word of the diverse and affordable Asian fusion menu through friends and online reviews.

It wasn’t until this summer, though, that owner Bonnie Deng decided her spot was ready for its grand opening.

A ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 28 will celebrate the sushi and Cantonese restaurant’s next level, which includes new menu items and the ability to handle big catering orders, Deng says.

Tai Fai added a few new sushi rolls, a brown rice option and a curry entree with choice of chicken, steak, shrimp, vegetable or tofu. You can still add a California roll to any entree order for just $2.25.

Visit Tai Fai at 8505 W. Nine Mile, Oak Park. Call (248) 336-9622.

The Whitney offers loyalty perks, Shakespeare

A fine dining destination for more than a century, the Whitney restaurant in Midtown Detroit is offering guests a special deal that rewards loyalty and also aims to ensure that the landmark continues to thrive as the city grows and changes (especially through the upcoming M-1 construction).

Named the Whitney Preservation Partnership and Social Club, the $100 annual membership fee includes a $25 gift card to the restaurant and 10 percent off food and beverage purchases throughout the year. Members also get a free steak and lobster dinner on his/her birthday, invitation for two to special events and other perks.

Also worth noting, this Sunday the Whitney will host “Brunch with the Bard.” Champagne starts to flow at noon with a plated breakfast followed by an outdoor performance of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” by Shakespeare in Detroit. Tickets, which include a dessert buffet during intermission, are $75.

To learn more about either of these promotions, call the Whitney at (313) 832-5700.

Deliciously brief

■The 2014 fall edition of Detroit Restaurant Week is set for Sept. 19-28. The promotion offers three-course dinners for $30 at soon-to-be-announced Detroit fine dining restaurants.

■Congratulations to North Peak Beer for earning a Gold Medal for its Diabolical IPA at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition this summer. The Dexter brewery offers the unfiltered, dry-hopped beer all year round.



Food and beverage events

Arbor Brewing Company’s Violin Monster release party at Busch’s Fresh Food Market:

Sample beers and listen to a performance from the Violin Monster. 4-7 p.m. Fri. Free. 2020 Green, Ann Arbor. (734) 994-7200.

Cruise & Brew on Detroit Princess Riverboat:

Sample craft beer and hard cider as you float down the Detroit river. Tickets include 15 tasting tickets and appetizers. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. $55. Boat docks at 201 Civic Center, Detroit. (248) 850-2563.

Big Grill Burger Bash at Royal Oak Farmers Market:

More than 25 restaurants vie for the title of Michigan’s Best Burger. Samples include beef, turkey, vegan and vegetarian options, plus craft beer sampling. 8 p.m. Fri. $55, $75 VIP. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. www.TheBigGrillBurgerBash.com

Food and Wine Festival at Meadow Brook Music Festival:

Sample wines from more than 150 wineries and buy bottles to take home. There will also be food, wine seminars and live music. 1-9 p.m. Sat. and 1-5:30 p.m. Sun. $25, $10 designated drivers. 5443 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Return to Your Roots fundraising dinner at Bowers Farm:

Tickets include dinner made by Chef James Rigato with ingredients sourced from Bowers Farm, a wagon ride tour of the farm, games and activities. Proceeds benefit the farm which is an agriculture learning facility. 6 p.m. Sun. $60. 1219 E. Square Lake, Bloomfield. (248) 649-6479 or (248) 698-2400.

Bourbon Tasting and Southern Fare Week at Forest Grill:

A tasting menu of Southern food (hush puppies, collard greens, barbeque sliders, fried catfish etouffee and more) will be paired with a variety of bourbon, including some small batch. 7-9 p.m. Mon.-Aug. 29. $60. 735 Forest, Birmingham. (248) 258-9400.

Food Truck Rally at Southfield City Centre:

Jacques’ Tacos, Eskimo Jacks, the Pita Post and more. 4-9 p.m. Wed. 20300 Civic Drive, Southfield. www.cityofsouthfield.com.

Third Anniversary Event at The Oakland Art Novelty Co.:

Celebrate with the Oakland staff as they take the night off and guest bartenders from other local bars take over. There will be $3 whiskey and beer specials and a champagne toast. 6-11 p.m. Aug. 26. 201 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 291-5295.

Motor City Brew Tours Brewery Bus Tour starting in Royal Oak:

Ticket includes transportation to three Warren breweries (Dragonmead, Kuhnhenn and Falling Down Beer Company), plus beer samples, brewery tours, lunch and snacks. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 20. $55. Pick-up at 514 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. (248) 850-2563.

Detroit Lions Breakfast Buffet at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit:

Before each Lions home game get down on a buffet that has all the breakfast fixings, including an omelet station, French toast, bacon and more. 7-11 a.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and 19, Nov. 19 and Dec. 7 and 14. $18, $10 children. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.

Wine Tour:

Package includes travel to Chateau Aeronautique Winery, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate and Sandhill Crane Vineyards, starting from Fieldstone Winery. Travel, tours, tastings, lunch and snacks are included in ticket price. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11. $60. Reserve by Sept. 26. 223 S. Main, Rochester. (248) 891-6809.