Francis Ford Coppola celebrates in Birmingham

Award-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, who certainly has the means to travel anywhere in the world that he wishes, chose to celebrate his 55th wedding anniversary with his wife, Eleanor, right here in Michigan. Francis and Eleanor Coppola, along with Metro Detroiters Andy and Kris Appleby, enjoyed a three-hour feast and celebration at Bella Piatti in Birmingham on Saturday. Over a couple glasses of grappa, Coppola spoke Italian and sang old Italian folk songs with Bella Piatti owner Nino Cutraro well into the evening.

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Beans & Cornbread offers black history lessons in shoebox lunch

In honor of Black History Month, popular soul food restaurant Beans & Cornbread in Southfield is offering shoebox lunches that not only contain a tasty, stick-to-your-ribs culinary experience, but also offer a decorated keepsake box with printed black history passages.

“My mother and grandmother always told me stories about the troubled lives of African Americans in the South during the Jim Crow era,” says restaurant owner Patrick Coleman. “Black people were often barred from eating at restaurants, and when traveling by train, were often not allowed to eat in the dining car. Hence, they packed their lunch in shoeboxes.”

The Beans & Cornbread shoebox costs $1 on top of the price of a lunch or dinner entree. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation. The black history shoeboxes will be available throughout February.

Cutting-edge customers at Prime + Proper

In the same vein as special customers receiving private wine lockers at upscale restaurants, the new and very chi-chi Prime + Proper offers complimentary custom steak knives to some of their favs. “Restaurant guests who are ambassadors and strong supporters of our establishment will be gifted with their own custom steak knife,” says owner Jeremy Sasson.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of and hosts “Chuck’s Closet” Saturdays from 4-5 p.m. on 910AM Superstation.

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