Cheers: Warm up to history with Market food tour

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Detroit’s Eastern Market is a locally-grown food wonderland on Saturdays.

Feet on the Street Tours is offering foodies an up close and personal look at the restaurants and vendors of the market. The outdoor historic walking tours, titled “Come Hungry, Leave Happy, Learn Healthier,” are popular; this Saturday’s event is sold out.

“We offer behind-the-scenes arrangements with Supino Pizzeria, Devries and Co., Gabriel Imports, Germack’s and Bert’s to name a few,” says Becky Scarcello of Feet on the Street Tours. “At these stops we not only taste their food specialties, we also bring the stories, history and current developments of the Eastern Market District to life.”

More tours will be held on Feb. 20 and March 12, with a 9:15 a.m. meeting at Rocky’s, 2489 Russell. The spring season dates are April 9, May 14, June 4, June 7 and Aug. 30. Tours wrap up around noon.

Tickets cost $31, which includes a $1 donation to Gleaners Community Food bank of Southeastern Michigan, which can buy three meals for a local family.

Lunchtime at Arthur Avenue

New Birmingham restaurant Arthur Avenue kicks off daily lunch service on Monday. The Italian restaurant, at 260 N. Old Woodward, will serve lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. It reopens for dinner at 5 p.m.

Part of Chef Zack Sklar’s Peas & Carrots Hospitality restaurant group, Arthur Avenue’s lunch menu includes $5 appetizers like Tuscan fries, minestrone soup, caponata or Caesar salad. Chopped Italian salad, spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine Alfredo and broccoli pesto are among the $10 entrees.

Also starting Monday, Arthur Avenue and other Peas & Carrots restaurants – Au Cochon and Social Kitchen & Bar in Birmingham and Beau’s Grillery and MEX in Bloomfield Hills – will launch Project Have a Heart.

Through Valentine’s Day, the restaurants will collect toiletries for local homeless people as well as monetary donations, which will be matched with a Peas & Carrots gift card for 50 percent of the donation, up to $50.

On Feb. 8, a portion of each restaurant’s sales also will be donated to the homeless charity Heart 2 Heart Detroit.

Deliciously brief

■Birmingham Restaurant Week runs through Friday, and again Feb. 1-5. More than two dozen businesses participate in the promotion, which features $15 three-course lunches and $30 three course dinners. Visit for a list of restaurants and the menus.

■A Buddy’s Pizza is planned for Ann Arbor. The family-owned local franchise has signed a lease in the Pittsfield Place development on Ann Arbor-Saline Road. The new pizza restaurant could open as soon as late 2016.

■Sports bar and restaurant Ironwood Grill is debuting a new location at 209 Hamilton Row in Birmingham on Feb. 4 and inside Emagine Royal Oak at 200 N. Main on Feb. 5. Ironwood has barbeque fare, as well as Neapolitan-style pizzas and a full menu of craft beer, cocktails and wine.

Food and beverage events

Fins and Flights beer tasting at Sea Life Aquarium: Soak up beer from Granite City Food & Brewery and treats from Achatz Pie Co. while browsing through the tanks at Great Lakes Crossing’s Sea Life Aquarium. 8-11 p.m. Fri. $25-$35, $15 designated drivers. 4316 Baldwin, Auburn Hills.

Catcher’s Rye release party at Two James Spirits: Corktown distillery Two James celebrates the debut of their 98.8 proof rye whiskey with smoked meats from Katoi chef Brad Greenhill and a performance from the Detroit Party Marching Band. 7 p.m. Sat. 2445 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 964-4800.

North American Belgian Beer Festival at Ashley’s Westland: This is the largest beer festival in the United States that features exclusively Belgian beers. Feb. 11-21. $35 and up. 7525 N. Wayne, Westland. (734) 525-1667.

Melody Baetens