Pop-up dinners, guest chefs, beer tours and more

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Food and beverage events

Slider and beer pairings at Ale Mary’s Beer Hall: A flight of four craft beers from Wolverine State Brewing Co. paired with four sliders such as fried chicken, short rib, a Korean-style and a traditional beef slider. 11 a.m. Thurs.-Wed. $25. 316 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 268-1939.

Korean barbecue blues feast at Root Restaurant & Bar: Chef Nick Rodgers’ five-course meal featuring grilled baby octopus, Korean spiced pork belly and smoked Michigan brisket is paired with the music of Chicago’s Corey Dennison Band. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $55, $20 for additional beverage pairing. 340 Town Center, White Lake. (248) 698-2400.

Cruisin’ for the Trails charity bike ride at Clubhouse BFD: A fundraiser for Friends of Paint Creek Trail, this bike ride along the Clinton River Trail makes a stop at the Lafayette Market in Pontiac. Enjoy a beer at the market, and after the ride at Clubhouse BFD. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Sat. $25 in advance, $30 day of. 2265 Crooks, Rochester Hills.

Bates Street Block Party at the Community House: Sample locally grown food from area restaurants and caterers at this family-friendly, outdoor event, which was formerly called the Farm to Table Food Fest. 4-8 p.m. Sat. $25, $5 for ages 3-12 in advance; $5 more at the door. 380 South Bates, Birmingham.

Brew, Brats and Bands at the Barn: A benefit for Canton Historical Society, this event features more than 50 beeers and brats with all the fixings. The Dale Hicks band plays classic rock covers and All Directions plays R&B standards. 6-7 p.m. Sat. $30, $10 designated driver. Cady-Boyer Barn, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton. (734) 394-5314 or

Lady of the Farm dinner at Acre Farm: Chef Kate Williams of the upcoming Corktown restaurant Lady of the House will cook a four-course meal using produce from the farm and other local sources. 6 p.m. Sun. $72. 2050 Pine, Detroit.

Chefs Brendan Edwards and Hailey Enszer at Katoi: These two chefs prepare a set, six-course meal paired with cocktails from guest bartender Roy Jackson from Wright & Co. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sun. $80. 2520 Michigan, Detroit.

Beer Dinner at Atwater in the Park: A German dinner from chef Jason Medina paired with beers chosen by Atwater head brewer Brad Etheridge. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14. $50. 1175 Lakepoint, Grosse Pointe Park. (313) 344-5104.

Crafts on the Clinton at Yates Cider Mill: Craft beer, wine, food and games at an event to raise funds for the Clinton River Watershed Council. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 15. $40-$55. 1990 E. Avon, Rochester Hills.

Yalla Eat! Culinary Walking Tours in Dearborn: Learn about Arab food and culture with a tour of east Dearborn’s markets, bakeries and specialty food retailers. 10 a.m. Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1. And 1 p.m. Sept. 20 and 27. $25, $20 Arab American National Museum members. Start at the Super Greenland Market, 12715 W. Warren, Dearborn.

Prohibition History Bike and Brew Tour: A 14-mile bike ride visits former prohibition sites in downtown Detroit. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sold out. Tour departs from 511 W. Canfield, Detroit.

Sarap pop-up at Brooklyn Street Local: Sarap chefs Dorothy Hernandez and Jake Williams team up with Seattle chef Garrett Doherty to create a kamayan-style dinner (eat with your hands). Food will be laid out and banana leaves and eaten communal-style. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19. $45. 1266 Michigan, Detroit.

Vine & Dine at Cranbrook Institute of Science: A benefit for Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, this event has domestic and imported wines, strolling buffet dinner, an auction and entertainment. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 21. $85. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 430-7688 or visit

Wine Tours of Michigan’s Wine Trail Bus Tour near Windsor: A tour along the Lake Erie North Shore region to four wineries. Tastings and lunch are included with ticket price. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 1. $70. (248) 891-6809 or

Boatoberfest at Detroit Princess Riverboat: A beer-tasting cruise along the Detroit River. Tickets include 15 drink samples, appetizers and admission on the boat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $55. Detroit Princess docks near Cobo Center. (877) 338-2628 or

Inferno Fest at Packard Proving Grounds: Selection of hot and spicy food, plus a hot sauce market, live music and Halloween activities. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 30. $10 admission, includes a $5 food voucher. 49965 Van Dyke, Shelby Township.

Shawarma Fest at Royal Oak Farmers Market: A selection of Middle Eastern food from the area, plus a hummus competition, raw juice and smoothie bar, vendors and children’s activities. 6-10 p.m. Nov. 2. $10 admission, includes a $5 food voucher. Free for 12 and younger. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Melody Baetens