Food fests, spirit events and more coming up
Taco Tour & Bar Crawl in Southwest Detroit
Travel to seven restaurants in Southwest Detroit, eat tacos and vote for your favorite. The bar crawl also includes drink specials like specialty margaritas and Mexican beers. 6 p.m.-midnight Fri. The self-guided tour includes Mexican restaurants on W. Vernor between Wendell (La Terraza) and Scotten (Armando’s).
Kentucky Derby Party at Kozy Lounge
Watch the Derby in this casual setting with food and drink specials, and a DJ after the race. 11 a.m. Sat. No cover. 150 E. 10 Mile, Hazel Park. (248) 547-5017.
Kentucky Derby Party at Joebar
Watch the race live on TV while sipping mint juleps and spiked sweet tea. The restaurant will also have a Southern-inspired menu. Dress in a derby hat or seersucker suit and receive a prize. 2 p.m. Sat. No cover. 23839 John R, Hazel Park. joebar.com.
KBS and CBS tapping at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout will be tapped at 4 p.m. and other rare beers will be available, as well as Founders giveaways. 4 p.m. Sat. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.
Tequila and Salsa at La Casa Detroit
Tequila-tasting event with Salsa dancing classes. Cigars available for purchase. 7-11 p.m. Sat. $20. 1502 Randolph, Detroit. (313) 285-8332.
A Taste of Italy at Bentley Banquet Center
Sample Italian cuisine from local businesses like Antonio’s Restaurant, Sibley Gardens, Andiamo, Frank’s Restaurant and more. Event is a fundraiser for Penrickton Center for Blind Children. 6-8 p.m. May 9. $35. 646 Biddle, Wyandotte. (313) 565-0671 or (734) 379-9491.
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. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. facebook.com/sausagefestdet.
Titanic Dinner at Mr. B’s Gastropub
This five-course dinner features dishes from the menu on the famous ship, plus wine and cocktail pairings. Formal or 1920s attire is preferred. 7 p.m. May 12. $50. 215 S. Main, Royal Oak. brownpapertickets.com/event/3414767.
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.
50th Anniversary Open House at Frankenmuth Cheese Haus
Free cheese, samples, prizes and a celebration of this beloved cheese store. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. May 23. Free. 561 S. Main, Frankenmuth. frankenmuthcheesehaus.com.
Pierogi Fest at Royal Oak Farmers Market
A sampling Polish cuisine from around Metro Detroit. One vendor will be awarded the 2018 Golden Pierogi Award. 6-9:30 p.m. May 24. $10 in advance, $15 at the door (tickets include $5 food voucher). 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. celebratemetrodetroit.com.
Rum & Tequila Festival at Eastern Market Shed 5
Part tiki party and part Mexican fiesta, this event has cocktails, tacos, a pig roast and a piñata competition for adults. 6-10 p.m. June 8. $30-$40. 2934 Russell, Detroit. app.gopassage.com/events/rumandtequilafest.
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.
Nine Course A5 Japanese Wagyu Dinner at Grey Ghost Detroit
Chef Steve Brown joins Grey Ghost chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino in offering a dinner featuring A5 Satsuma Wagyu and True Hyogo Kobe Beef from Japan. 6 p.m. June 12. $225. 47 E. Watson, Detroit. chefstevebrown.com/cosecha.
Bar and restaurant news
Bløm Meadworks opens
After months of planning, new meadery Bløm Meadworks is ready to open at 100 S. Fourth in Ann Arbor. The grand opening event is noon-9 p.m. Saturday. Sip mead and cider, or house-made soda, coffee and tea, plus Michigan-made snacks.
Stage Deli honors teachers
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, Stage Deli, 6873 Orchard Lake in West Bloomfield, is offering any teacher with proper identification a free sandwich of their choice Monday through May 11.
Spring menu at Giordano’s
Giordano’s Pizza, 1224 Randolph in Detroit, has rolled some limited-time items on the spring menu. Look for Wisconsin cheese curds, artichoke fritters, a harvest greens salad and a meatball dish with house-made marinara and shaved Parmesan cheese with toasted crostini.