Cheers: Bon Bon Bon crafts the bite-sized cuteness
Bon Bon Bon crafts eye-catching tiny gourmet chocolates that are so flawlessly cute they'll make you want to whip out your cellphone immediately for that perfect Instagram shot.
The confectionery has a storefront in Hamtramck, at 2756 Evalene St., open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays only, and a second location started buzzing three weeks ago in the Chrysler House, 719 Griswold, Detroit. This one is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.
Owner Alex Clark created a spring collection of bonbons that includes rhubarb custard, lemongrass with white chocolate ganache, carrot cream cake, strawberry shortcake, and one she calls "birds nest" with duck egg custard ganache, baklava nest and a golden egg. They retail for $3 each, which may seem steep for just a bite or two, but the presentation, taste and originality make the price seem like a second thought. It's the treat of treats.
Buy one, or mix and match a group of any size and Bon Bon Bon will package it up to keep it stylish and safe, and perfect for gift-giving (Mother's Day is Sunday, remember).
"This is what I've always wanted to do, this is my little kid dream and I'm lucky enough to be doing it," says Clark, who makes all the bonbons in her Hamtramck store. She doubled her staff to four people before Valentine's Day, which helped her get ready to open the downtown spot.
Bon Bon Bon — which was a finalist in the Martha Stewart 2014 American Made contest — has a list of around 100 bonbons that Clark puts into rotation, like the classic Tiramisu with rum-soaked lady fingers, espresso dark chocolate and mascarpone white chocolate. Clark will also take custom orders for special events.
Food and beverage events
Detroit Restaurant Week: Enjoy three-course dinners for $30 at 17 Detroit establishments, including 24Grille, Angelina Italian Bistro, Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, Cuisine, Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille, Detroit Seafood Market, Fountain Bistro, Grille Midtown, La Dolce Vita, Ottava Via, PRISM (in Greektown Casino), Roast, Roma Cafe, Santorini Estiatorio, Top of the Pontch, the Whitney and Wolfgang Punk Pizzeria and Cucina. Promotion runs through Sunday. Visit detroitrestaurantweek.com for menus and reservations.
The eighth annual Michigan Cask Ale Festival at Ashley's Beer and Grill: The largest cask-conditioned craft beer event in the state. Sample from more than 30 breweries across the country. 2-6 p.m. Sat. $45 (includes 12 drink tokens). 7525 Wayne, Westland. (734) 525-1667.
Taste of the Lions at Ford Field: This benefit for Eastern Market includes a strolling dinner, wine, a craft beer garden, silent auction and live entertainment. 6:30 p.m. Tues. $175, $300 VIP. 2000 Brush, Detroit. detroitlions.com/tasteofthelions.
Tequila Tasting at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Wine and spirits expert Michael Schafer teaches this class on all things tequila, plus samples and snacks. 7-9 p.m. May 15. $48. 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 332-4074.
11th Annual Wine Stroll in Royal Oak: Sample wine and food from 18 of downtown Royal Oak restaurants and venues. Proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties. Noon-5 p.m. May 16. $40 in advance, $50 day of. Downtown Royal Oak. DineRoyalOak.org.
Founders Fest 2015 in Downtown Grand Rapids: A celebration of craft beer and music with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more. 3-11 p.m. June 20. Tickets on sale at foundersbrewing.com.