Metro Detroit hosting hot dining events
One-night-only food events are a hot ticket in Detroit’s growing culinary scene. Here are hot singular dining events popping up in the next few weeks:
■Chef Paul Grosz of the Stand in Birmingham has invited chef George Azar to cook with him Wednesday evening at his restaurant. Azar is getting big buzz with his weekend-only restaurant Flowers of Vietnam, which operates out of Vernor Coney Island in southwest Detroit.
Their six-course Wednesday dinner is $50, plus tax and tip. They’ll start with a green mango and papaya salad with aged nuoc mam (a fish sauce), and from there a rare beef dish, pho, salt and pepper shrimp and egg cream coffee. Call (248) 220-4237 to reserve your spot.
■Another upcoming collaboration is a wine party at Mabel Gray in Hazel Park on May 9. Master sommelier Madeline Triffon of Plum Market will present blind wine pairings to complement chef James Rigato’s seasonal dishes. For super foodies, the event also includes trivia and a question and answer session. The price tag is hot on this one — $150 — but for that you get 10 wines and five courses. Call (248) 398-4300.
■Detroit Entrepreneur Week SOUP is on the other end of the price spectrum. For $20 attendees are served an Iranian-style dinner from Peace Meal Kitchen at the Build Institute, 2701 Bagley in Detroit, from 6-8:30 p.m. May 4.
Along with dinner, attendees will be shown presentations by several local entrepreneurs. Guests can vote on which idea they like the best, and entrepreneur with the most votes will be given the money raised that evening to help boost their dream. Visit buildinstitute.org for tickets; a limited number of walk-up guests will be admitted.
■One Detroit entrepreneur, chef Kate Williams, is working on opening a Corktown restaurant, but it won’t be ready to until later this year. To keep her cooking skills sharp, she hosts a pop-up dinner the third weekend each month in Eastern Market.
For May she’s expanded her Lady of the Market event — a play on her upcoming restaurant’s name, Lady of the House — to two nights, May 19 and 20.
Detroit Cultivated, a local sustainable event design company, sets the scene to rustic-chic at the Brooklyn Outdoor Lofts, where Williams presents a five-course meal to a small number of guests. The menu hasn’t been announced yet, but knowing Williams’ style, it will be gorgeous to look at and even better to taste. She kicked off her March dinner with her shrimp butter dish. This item was the first thing I ate at Republic in Detroit when Williams was in the saddle there, and it’s not been forgotten.
Besides combining obvious favorites like shrimp and butter, Williams also focuses on old-world ways of curing meats and pickling vegetables. She will offer a vegetarian option, too.
Visit ladyofthehousedetroit.com to buy tickets for the May 19 and 20 events. Tickets are $82.99 and include beverages.
■A sweet treat. On Sunday Detroit City Distillery, also in Eastern Market at 2462 Riopelle, will join forces with Northville’s Browndog Creamery to present an afternoon of boozy milkshakes. From noon to 6 p.m. they’ll be blending Browndog’s old-fashioned ice cream with root beer, ginger beer, bourbon, vodka and even coffee-infused sweet vermouth. Each drink is $10.
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5, MEX in Bloomfield Hills will offer a $100 margarita with a charity twist. The drink comes in a 24-ounce pineapple-shaped copper cup, which you can keep. It’s filled with 110 proof Herradura Silver tequila mixed with fresh citrus juices, agave nectar and Cointreau.
Proceeds from the drink, which is big enough — and strong enough — to share, benefit Heart 2 Hart Detroit, a nonprofit that helps Detroit’s homeless. Call (248) 723-0800 to make your Cinco de Mayo reservations.