Get into the holiday spirit with these events
I resisted going “full Christmas” immediately following Halloween this year. Usually I start blaring holiday classics from every device with a speaker the second it is deemed socially acceptable.
Maybe it’s the warm temperatures we’ve had. Singing “Sleigh Ride” when even a light leather jacket feels too hot doesn’t really seem right. But all that goes out the fake snow-decorated window this week because once Thanksgiving hits, it’s officially the ring-ting-tingling holidays and it’s time to celebrate with music, gifts, friends and family and, of course, food.
Here are some holiday-centric food and beverage events that I’d like to recommend — family-friendly and otherwise — happening around town this season:
Holiday Sing-a-longs at Dakota Inn Rathskeller: This 83-year-old German restaurant kicks off its weekend holiday sing-a-longs Friday. Similar to their boisterous Oktoberfest nights, these holiday events feature live music and audience participation. Sing along between bites of sauerbraten and sips of Warsteiner this Friday and Saturday, plus Thursdays through Saturdays until Dec. 23. 17324 John R, Detroit. (313) 867-9722.
Dish and Design at Scott Shuptrine Interiors: The Detroit News publication Homestyle is hosting this holiday event featuring home decor, holiday cocktail tips, cooking demonstrations and gift-wrapping techniques. Worth noting: there will be complimentary wine. The party is 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Scott Shuptrine Interiors, 32301 Woodward, Royal Oak. Visit tickets.detroitnews.com/e/dish-and-design-4/preview for tickets.
Tea Time at the Townsend: This high-end Birmingham hotel hosts afternoon tea year-round with tea, mini pastries and finger sandwiches, but next month they’re hosting one with a holiday twist. Certified pastry chef Jennifer Tilton will give her expertise on decorating holiday cookies while you sip chamomile and other beverages — yep, mimosas — in the early afternoon of Dec. 19. Cost is $50. There’s also a Santa Claus Tea on Dec. 21 ($40). Reservations are required for either by calling (248) 647-2196 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 100 Townsend, Birmingham.
Bad Gingerbread House Competition at Tangent Gallery: Here’s something less cute. The annual Krampus Night Detroit (an alternative art, music and performance event that raises funds for Toys for Tots and Burners Without Borders Detroit) is Dec. 2 at the Tangent Gallery. Part of the festivities is a Bad Gingerbread House Competition. Tune into your dark side and make the “worst” house — it can be evil, ugly, gross or just plain bad, but not dangerous or hateful — and the winner will receive $50 to spend at the event. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. krampusnightdetroit.com.
A Christmas Carol Tea at the Whitney: Back to wholesomeness, this luncheon on Dec. 3, hosted by Ebenezer Scrooge, includes four courses, live holiday music and a special gift. It’s noon-2:30 p.m. and the price is $50, $30 ages 10 and younger. During the holiday season the Whitney is also hosting the Lonetta Miller Toy Drive, asking customers to bring toys to pass on to Cass Community Social Services. The drive is named after late kitchen employee Lonetta Miller, who died last year. 4421 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-5700.
Winter Magic Weekends at Campus Martius: Booze it up in the glow of Campus Martius’ 60-foot, Michigan-grown Norway Spruce holiday tree during these cocktail events through Dec. 17. This weekend’s theme is Merry Mixology with classic cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and next Friday and Saturday it’s all about southern favorites like bourbon, whiskey and barbecue. Dec. 9-10 it’s tacos with tequila and rum drinks, and Dec. 16-17 the theme is wine, craft beer and ugly sweaters. All events start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. The party is inside a 10,000-square-foot heated structure with a view of the park. 800 Woodward, Detroit. campusmartiuspark.org.
Prohibition Dinner at Craft: OK, this doesn’t have anything to do with the holidays; it just seems fun. Located underneath Bastone Brewery, this prohibition-themed party and dinner includes food, three drinks, swing dancing lessons and a champagne toast. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1920s cocktail attire. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 7. $50. 419 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 544-6250.
■On Nov. 30, to celebrate its one year anniversary, Royal Oak restaurant Jim Brady’s Detroit is offering food and prices from 1954, the year the original Jim Brady’s opened. Take advantage of burger and fries for $1.30, Caesars salad for $2.85, cup of chili for 60 cents and classic cocktails for $1.95.
■Chef Preeti Grewal will serve a six-course, vegetarian Indian dinner at permanent pop-up space Yemans Street, 2995 Yemans in Hamtramck, the evening of Dec. 3. The dinner is $42.40 and tickets can be purchased at yemansstreet.com.