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Food and beverage events
Chefs Hassan Musselmani and Brandon Schatko at Yemans Street: Chef Musselmani was a recent contestant on FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” He’s joined by Top of the Pontch chef Brandon Schatko for a six-course dinner featuring pierogi, oysters, a pork Reuben and tumeric cake for dessert. 7 p.m. Fri. $55. 2995 Yemans, Hamtramck. yemansstreet.com.
Spring Fever Beer Fest at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Sip and sample products from more than 50 craft breweries. 6:30-11 p.m. Sat. $45, $65 VIP. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. royaloakbeerfest.com.
‘Eaternity’ book release and wine social at GreenSpace Cafe: This plant-based Ferndale restaurant hosts celebrity chef Jason Wrobel and former Detroit Piston player and wellness advocate John Salley for a night of vegan treats and Salley’s vegan wine. 4-6 p.m. Sat. $75, plus $25 for signed bottle of wine. 215 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 206-7510.
VegFest at Suburban Collection Showplace: A celebration of a plant-based lifestyle with exhibits and activities, plus special guests like NBA star John Salley and reality show actress Simone Reyes. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, free under age 6, $5 parking. 41600 Grand River, Novi. (877) 778-3464 or vegmichigan.org.
Taste of Iran at Our/Detroit: The Peace Meal Kitchen will serve Iranian food a la carte along with Iranian music and a film. Profits benefit the Omid Foundation, which empowers disadvantaged women in Iran. 1-6 p.m. Sun. 2545 Bagley, Detroit. (313) 466-4405.
Chefs Eve Aronoff, Kate Williams and Rebecca LaMalfa at Eastern Market: Hamtramck’s permanent pop-up Revolver hosts a dinner at Eastern Market featuring chefs Eve Aronoff of Ann Arbor, Kate Williams of Detroit and “Top Chef” contestant Rebecca LaMalfa of Chicago. 7 p.m. Sun. $150. Shed 5, Alfred at Russell, Detroit. revolverhamtramck.com.
Yalla Eat! Culinary Walking Tours in Dearborn: Stroll down Michigan Avenue visiting more than a dozen Arab-American food establishments like Mocha Cafe, Sheeba II, Habib’s Cuisine and more. The two-and-a-half hour tours include free admission to the Arab American National Museum, 1 p.m. Tues. and April 30, May 3, 7, 10 and 14. $20, $15 museum members. Start at AANM, 13624 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 582-2266.
Brunch Bites in downtown Royal Oak: Stroll around the restaurants of downtown Royal Oak to try brunch-style fare. Participating spots include Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, Andiamo, Bigalora, Cafe Muse, La Dulce and others. 9:30 a.m. April 30. $40 in advance, $50 day of. Meet at Bigalora, 711 S. Main, Royal Oak. BrunchBitesEvent.com.
Dining in the Dark Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Chef Tim Castañeda of Zumba Mexican Catering will prepare a four-course meal that diners enjoy blindfolded in a candlelit room. Includes a Tito’s vodka cucumber martini; cash bar available. 6:30 p.m. May 4. $55. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. (248) 687-9168.
Wine Party at Mabel Gray: Master sommelier Madeline Triffon teams up with chef James Rigato for an interactive food and wine event with blind pairings, trivia and Q&A. Event includes five courses and 10 wines. 7 p.m. May 9. $150 plus tax and gratuity. (248) 398-4300.
Gin: the Original Flavored Vodka at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: A celebration of this botanical spirit includes six samples and is guided by sommelier Michael Schafer. 7-9 p.m. May 14. $45. 32 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 881-7511.
Abruzzese Spring Harvest Dinner at Bacco Ristorante: Chefs Luciano DelSignore of Bacco and James Rigato of Mabel Gray prepare a five-course Italian meal. 7 p.m. May 16. $75, $40 additional for wine pairing. 29410 Northwestern, Southfield. (248) 356-6600.
Whiskey Experience at Eastern Market: Angel’s Envy, Dalmore, Elijah Craig, Four Roses and Balvenie are just some of the brands represented at this tasting event. Proceeds benefit the Luella M. Harden Foundation, which raises money for college scholarships and the Leukemia Society. 6:30 p.m. May 20. $80-$100. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. eventbrite.com.