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September 19, 2018

Dining calendar

Bloktoberfest at Atwater Brewing: This longstanding Detroit brewery is celebrating 21 years at its annual Blocktoberfest event with its German-style beer of the same name, plus food, live music and games. Noon Thurs. $10, $25 for VIP. 237 Jos Campau, Detroit. (313) 877-9205 or atwaterbeer.com.

Evening of Roses at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House: Celebrate Eleanor Ford’s love of roses with flowers, a rose-infused libation from Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails and desserts from Pinwheel Bakery. 5:30 p.m. Thurs. $60, $50 members. 1100 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Shores. fordhouse.org.

Two James Dinner at Three Cats Cafe: Billed as “History of Hooch and How to Enjoy It,” this four-course meal is presented by Leon & Lulu’s Three Cats Cafe with spirits expert Benjamin Senseney of Detroit’s Two James Distillery. 6-9 p.m. Fri. $85, includes dinner, cocktails and tastings. 116 W. 14 Mile, Clawson. (248) 288-4858.

Rockin’ the Shores Beer, Music & Bourbon Festival in St. Clair Shores: Beer, bourbon food trucks, games, vendors and live music, including a set by 1990s hitmakers Sponge at 9 p.m. Sat. First band hits at 2 p.m. Sat. Free admission, $20-$30 for bourbon sampling event. Greater Mack south of Nine Mile, St. Clair Shores. rockintheshores.com.

Cattle Baron’s Ball at Suburban Collection Showplace: A fundraiser for a local cancer research grant, this event has a strolling dinner and dessert featuring food from area restaurants, plus live and silent auctions, southwestern-themed activities. 6:30 p.m. Sat. $200 and up. 46100 Grand River, Novi. cbbdetroit.org.

Vine & Dine at M1 Concourse: A fundraiser for Gleaners Community Food Bank of southeastern Michigan and the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, this culinary event features food from area restaurants like Andiamo, Beverly Hills Grill, Joe Muer Seafood and Big Rock Chophouse, plus beer, wine and a silent auction. 6-9 p.m. Tues. $85 in advance, $95 at the door. 164 South Blvd. W., Pontiac. bbcc.com/vine-dine.

Meet, Greet and Eat Meat Celebration at Farm Field Table: Everyone is invited to this family-friendly event mixing Michigan farmers, restaurant and chefs and neighbors that use the products at this new butcher shop. The party has food, craft beer tastings and educational seminars. 1-5 p.m. Sept. 30. $35. 1030 Woodward Heights, Ferndale. Eventbrite.com.

Sardinia and Sicily Dinner at Cafe Cortina: Experience the wines and food of these two Italian islands with a five-course dinner. This dinner marks the longstanding fine-dining destination’s 42nd anniversary. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30. $135. 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033.

Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Hour Detroit’s five-night dinner series will raise funds for Give Detroit Challenge and has partnered with featured artist Tony RoKo. Chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino of Grey Ghost partner with Jessi Patuano of Gather Detroit on Oct. 1; Parc’s Jordan Hoffman and the Whitney’s Natasha Vitta cook on Oct. 2; Matt Baldridge of the Conserva and Jeff Scharf of the Sardine Room are on Oct. 3; London Chop House’s RJ Scherer and the Silver Pig’s Craig Myrand are Oct. 4; Doug Hewitt of Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails and Christopher Johnson of the Meeting House cook on Oct. 5. Tickets are $125 per person each night, and include a five-course meal with wine pairings and dessert. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. savordetroit.com.

Boatober Beer Tasting Beer Cruise at Detroit Princess Riverboat: Sample more than 30 fall seasonal beers and ciders while cruising down the Detroit River. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 6. $62.50. 1 Civic Center, Detroit. motorcitybrewtours.com.

Detroit Uncorked at Gleaners Headquarters: A wine-tasting event to raise funds for Gleaners Community Food Bank with 300 wines from around the world. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5. $100. 2131 Beaufait, Detroit. DetroitWine.org.

2018 Pizza Slam at Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina: Some of the area’s top chefs will battle for bragging rights and to have their pizza on the Bigalora menu for a year. Bigalora’s own chef Luciano Delsignore will battle James Rigato from Mabel Gray, John Vermiglio of Grey Ghost, Brad Greenhill of Takoi and Kate Williams of Lady of the House. Proceeds benefit Detroit Dog Rescue. 3-7 p.m. Oct. 14. $50. 6810 N. Rochester, Rochester Hills. Eventbrite.com.

Pleasures of Pinot at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Wine expert Michael Schafer demonstrates the nuances of pinot wines. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 18. $47. 32 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 881-7511.

Dining and food news

Free gyros for new Estia location: Estia Greek Street Food of Troy is opening its second location Oct. 1 at 5753 12 Mile in Warren. To celebrate, the first 50 people in line on opening day will win one gyro a week for a year. Starting Oct. 1 the 3,000-square-foot fast-casual spot will be open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Detroit Wing Company opened in Southfield: The newest and fourth location of Eastpointe-based Detroit Wing Company is now open at 23327 Greenfield in Southfield. The restaurant serves all-natural wings with 10 sauces, plus homemade sides. It’s open at 11 a.m. daily.

D’Vine Cookies & Dough opened in Detroit: This Ferndale-based gourmet cookie company opened its first Detroit outpost this week at 3031 W. Grand Blvd. in the New Center area. It’s open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Bacco offers Tour of Italy: Bacco Ristorante in Southfield will highlight a different region of Italy each month with a three-course meal for $32. September’s region is Puglia, and Bacco will offer a variety of entree items like orecchiette pasta, braised chicken meatballs, a salmon dish and tomato braised top round rolls. Come back in October for dishes inspired by Tuscany. 29410 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield. (248) 356-6600.

MOD Pizza celebrates Pizza Month: October is pizza month, and all locations of the Michigan-based casual chain MOD Pizza will celebrate by donating $1 from every specialty, custom pizza to a nonprofit making an impact in the community.

Melody Baetens

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