Ford Field heavy on local food brands this season

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

When the Detroit Lions season kicks off this week, football fans can get a taste of the city at Ford Field.

On the club level, fans will notice 100 percent local brands, including Slow’s Bar-B-Q, Bigalora, Russell Street Deli, Zingerman’s, Sugar House and Corridor Sausage Co.

“Detroit’s always had a really great and rich food culture, but it’s really come on strong in the last five-10 years, and we wanted to bring that excitement and that culture here inside the stadium for all of our fans for the game day experience,” says Ford Field executive chef Joe Nader. “We’ve got all these great local Detroit brands in our club level here and throughout our stadium.”

The 65,000-seat venue has new offerings stadium-wide, too. No matter your seat section, fans will have access to the chili cheese fry coney dog, a foot-long Dearborn Sausage Co. hot dog with coney sauce, cheese, diced onions and french fries. Choose a healthier lunch with the Barry Sanders Fresh and Fit Meal, a turkey sandwich on whole grain, fruit, veggies and juice. It comes with a Barry Sanders trading card.

In addition to local food, look for Bell’s, Rochester Mills, Atwater, Kuhnhenn, Dragonmead and other Michigan beers throughout Ford Field. For those Sunday games when it feels too early for beer, check out the the Hail Mary, a heavily garnished Bloody Mary with a stuffed olive, pepper, lime, tomato, cheese and celery. Suck it through a pepperoni stick fashioned into a straw.

Local brands make finals of Martha Stewart contest

The Detroit Pop Shop and Shimmy Shack are two Michigan businesses chosen as finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made competition. The contest is judged by the editorial team of Martha Stewart Living.

The Detroit Pop Shop makes gourmet popsicles in flavors such as Faygo Red Pop float, watermelon basil, kiwi pineapple and cantaloupe mint. Find them at Eastern Market and Rust Belt Market.

The Shimmy Shack’s seafoam green-and-white food truck has been seen all over town, serving up 100 percent vegan burgers, fries, shakes and more.

Out of up to 1,000 finalists, the judges will pick nine winners, and one winner will be chosen by audience vote. Each winner gets $10,000 for their business, a trip to New York City, a feature on and more. Besides food, the contest also awards independent makers in furniture design, jewelry, paper crafts and other categories.

Online voting for the audience choice winner starts Monday at Winners are announced Oct. 15.

Deliciously Brief

■Bistro 82 in Royal Oak has a new happy hour menu, available 4-6:30 p.m. daily, at the bar. Score premium draft beer, wine or well drinks for $5. Snacks, $3, include roasted olives, spiced nuts, wagyu steak sliders and heartier options such as a French bread pizza with white clam sauce ($9) and a salmon tartar ($6).

■Johnny Noodle King at 2601 W. Fort in Detroit (where Johnny’s Ham King was) plans to open Friday, serving what they call “craft ramen” dishes.

■Secreto Cigar Vault has opened at 315 W. Nine Mile in Ferndale. The lounge held a soft opening last week with DJs, craft cocktails and, of course, cigars.

Food and beverage events

View Brew Fest at Louie’s Sports Tavern:

Nearly 100 Michigan-made beers, plus food from Louie’s and cover bands. 3-9 p.m. Sat. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 3301 Davison, Lapeer. (810) 667-1500.

Farm to Table Dinner at Upland Hills:

Enjoy a gourmet, organic meal crafted by chefs from Forest Grill, Cacao Tree Cafe, Olympia Entertainment and the Union Joints. Tickets include hayrides, pony rides, live music and a cow-milking demonstration. 2-7 p.m. Sun. $100, $25 children. 481 Lake George, Oxford. (248) 628-1411 or

Yalla Eat Culinary Walking Tour in Dearborn:

This guided walking tour hits markets, bakeries and specialty food stores along Warren Avenue in east Dearborn. Tours are two and a half hours, and tickets must be purchased in advance, 1 p.m. Tues., Sept. 23 and 30 and 10 a.m. Sept. 20 and 27. $20, $15 for Arab American National Museum members. Tours start and finish at Super Greenland Market, 12715 W. Warren, Dearborn. (313) 582-2266 or

Dining and Dancing Series at Bird & the Bread’s ELM Room:

Wines from Argentina and tango lessons, plus a three-course Argentinian meal prepared by Chef Adam Galloway. 7 p.m. Tues. $50, $85 for VIP which includes wine tasting at 6 p.m. 210 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham. (248) 203-6600.

Guest Chef Dinner with Chef Jason Vincent at Forest Grill:

Chicago’s chef Vincent, along with Forest Grill chefs Brian Polcyn and Nick Janutol, will prepare a five-course feast with wine parings. Vincent was named by Food & Wine as one of the Best New Chefs last year, and he is a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef, Great Lakes. 7-9 p.m. Tues. $125 (includes wine, tax and tip). 735 Forest, Birmingham. (248) 258-9400.

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

Ticket includes transportation to three Warren breweries (Dragonmead, Kuhnhenn and Falling Down Beer Co.), plus beer samples, 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.

Zoo Brew at Detroit Zoo:

Craft beer sampling event with live music by the Hard Lessons, Mod Orange and Laith Al-Saadi. 6-10:30 p.m. Sept. 26. $40 in advance, $25 designated driver. Woodward at I-696, Royal Oak.

Run for the Roses Benefit Dinner at Lochmoor Club:

Tickets include dinner (pasta, meat entree, salad), open bar and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Tigerlily Cat Rescue and Loveabull Paws Rescue. 6:30-11 p.m. Sept. 26. $75. 1018 Sunningdale, Grosse Pointe Woods. (586) 778-3897.

Chef’s Dinner Series at Rattlesnake Club:

Dinner from executive chef Chris Franz paired with wines from Napa Vally’s Ehlers Estate. 6 p.m. Sept. 30. $120 plus tax and tip. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.

Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center:

Each night, two acclaimed chefs will team up for a four-course meal with wine pairings. The dinners are preceded by a cocktail hour with appetizers and drinks made by bartenders from the Sugar House. Chefs include James Rigato from the Root Restaurant & Bar, Benjamin Meyer from Iridescence, Garrett Lipar of Torino, Reva Constantine of Great Lakes Culinary Center and Takashi Yagihashi of Slurping Turtle. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6-10. $125, $1,150 for table for 10. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield.

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.

Baconfest Michigan at Royal Oak Farmers Market:

More than 1,500 bacon-lovers attended last year, and this year is expected to be just as popular. Participating restaurants, food trucks and guest chefs are to be announced. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 17. $75. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.