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Bacon Bash, cupcake competitions and more food events

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Bacon Bash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: More than 25 local restaurants and caterers will serve up bacon-inspired dishes, and one will will entry into the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Tickets include unlimited food samples and drink tickets. 7:30-11 p.m. Sat. $55, $70 for VIP with early entry. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Let Them Eat Cake: A Pro-Am Baking Extravaganza at Leon & Lulu: This baking competition is open to amateurs and professionals. Applications accepted through April 4. The public is invited to the tasting and judging event. 1-4 p.m. Sun. 96 W. 14 Mile, Clawson. (248) 288-3600.

Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing at Eastern Market Brewing Co.: Sample a flight of beers that pair perfectly with these famous cookies. 7-8:30 p.m. April 12. $25. 2515 Riopelle, Detroit. Email to reserve a space.

Slice for Life at Buddy’s Pizza: Buddy’s Pizza has raised $3 million for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen with the annual Slice for Life fundraiser. At any full-service Buddy’s, get all-you-can-eat two-topping pizzas and salad for $15 or $7 for kids. A carry-out option is available, although not unlimited quantity. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. April 16. Purchased in advance at or call (313) 579-2100 ext. 170.

Whisky Experience 2018 at Eastern Market: A benefit for the Luella M. Harden Foundation, which raises money for college scholarships and contributes to the Leukemia Society, this spirit-tasting event has samples, swag, some food and more. 5:30-9:30 p.m. April 20. $54.84, $75.95 for VIP. Eastern Market, 2934 Russell, Detroit.

Brunch After Dark at Le Petit Zinc: Networking party with brunch food and champagne. 8 p.m. April 21. $20. 70 Alexandrine, Detroit. (313) 963-2805.

Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center: This five-night dining event pairs two accomplished chefs from Michigan and beyond each night, who will prepare a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Presented by Hour Detroit this year’s featured artist is Anita Bates and the charity partner is Give Detroit Challenge. Chefs Anthony Lombardo of SheWolf and Salvatore Ferro of Old Ebbit Grill are April 23; chefs Paul Grosz of Cuisine and Doug Adams of the Woodsman Tavern are April 24; Takoi chef Brad Greenhill and Jamie Simpson of Vegetable Institute at the Chef’s Garden are April 25; Public House’s Brandon Zarb and Cooks’ House Eric Patterson and Jennifer Blakeslee are April 26; Cork and Gabel chef Matt McGrail and Uchiko chef Edward Sura are April 27. Each event is 6-10 p.m. $125. 24101 W. Nine, Southfield.

Dining Out for Life: Metro Detroit restaurants have signed on to help raise funds for Matrix Human Services’ Community Healthy Division to help those who are high-risk for or are infected with HIV or AIDS. On April 26, dine at Kola in Farmington Hills, Axle Brewing Co. in Ferndale, Brady’s Tavern in Beverly Hills, La Palma in Detroit, Mudgie’s Deli in Corktown, and others. Visit for a full list.

Michigan Jewish Food Festival at Eastern Market: Vendors, caterers, speakers, live music, chef demos and more will celebrate Jewish food. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 26. Sheds 5 and 6, Eastern Market, Detroit.

Saartj at Bank Suey: From chef, writer and activist Tunde Wey comes Saartj, a pop-up restaurant that aims to shed a light on racial wealth disparity. The menu is African, and the cost, menu and experience are “tailored to your privilege.” April 29-May 5. Price varies. 10345 Jos Campau, Hamtramck.

Chef’s Schoolyard Dinner at Great Lakes Culinary Center: A benefit for Detroit Prep, this first annual dinner is a collaboration between local chefs John Vermiglio, James Rigato, Anthony Lombardo, Brad Greenhill, Joe Giacomino, Andy Hollyday, Kate Williams and Alex Clark. 6-9 p.m. April 30. $250. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield.

Sausage Fest at Eastern Market: Gourmet sausages, hot dogs and brats, plus beer and games. Tickets include food and beverage samples. 6-10 p.m. May 11. 425. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit.

Tavolata in Umbria at Cafe Cortina: Enjoy wine and food of the Umbria region, including Urbani black truffles. 5:30 p.m. May 20. $135. 30175 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033 or (917) 770-3589.

Kendall-Jackson Wine Dinner with James Rigato at the Root: Chef James Rigato comes home to the Root Restaurant & Bar for a Kendall-Jackson wine dinner with Tim O’Halloran. 7 p.m. June 11. $100 per person plus tax and tip. 340 Town Center Blvd., White Lake. (248) 698-2400.

Detroit Sushi Festival at Eastern Market: Food from local sushi restaurants and vendors of Japanese of culture. Aug. 24. $27, $54 VIP. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit.

Restaurant and food briefs

St. Julian comes to Troy: St. Julian Winery will open a tasting room at Oakland Mall in Troy this May. The outlet will offer the winery’s full portfolio of wine, cider and spirits. St. Julian is Michigan’s oldest and longest-running winery. Another tasting room will open later this year in Rockford, Michigan.

Traverse City cherries: The Traverse City Whiskey Co. has released a line of all-natural cocktail cherries made and jarred in the United States. Available at Meijer for $15.99 a 16-ounce jar, the cherries are meant for using in classic cocktails or dessert toppings.

Melody Baetens