Food Trucks to Fancy Dinners: May Food & Drink Events in the D

By: Scott Davis | May 4, 2015

It is hard to believe, but we are already five months deep into 2015. Maybe we will finally start seeing consistent warmth and sunshine, but we still live in the Mitten State, so we shall see. Regardless, May brings us many things other than flowers. There are many fun events taking place this month, involving food, beer, wine and more. Let’s delve right in, listed below are some events to keep in mind this month.

Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, has its monthly Food Truck Rally on Wednesday, May 13 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This is a family-friendly event, as Metro Detroit’s finest food trucks set up inside of the ROFM. The event is extremely affordable, and on top of the food, there will be live music and giveaways! Detroit BBQ, Mac Shack, Rolling Stone Pizza, Treat Dreams and many other local food trucks/businesses will be in attendance.

The Root Restaurant and Bar, 340 Town Center Blvd., White Lake, puts on a Michigan Spring Feast on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. The five-course dinner pairs each dish with a beer from Grand Rapid’s Brewery Vivant. As a person who has had a flight of beers from the brewery, I highly recommend you try it. Food items include Michigan Lamb: Two Ways, Spring Pea Gnocchi and more. The Root’s Executive Chef James Rigato has been seen on Bravo’s Top Chef, and has been featured right here on “In the D.”

Rattlesnake Club, 300 River Pl Dr., Detroit, has a Chef’s Taste of Paris event planned for Friday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. The Rattlesnake Club is right on the bank of the Detroit River and provides a beautiful view. This dinner event features French cuisine, and the chefs will be in attendance to discuss the food and French culinary influences. Following a passed dish of the chef’s choice of tiny tastes, the dinner features four additional courses, each paired with a French wine or Champagne. Tickets cost $75 per person.

HopCat Detroit, 4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit, looks to provide a May Beer Dinner with Green Flash Brewing Company on Tuesday, May 26. Green Flash Brewing brings its beer all the way from San Diego for the event. The dinner starts with the East Village Pilsner as a welcome beer, followed by four courses featuring California-Style Avocado Spring Rolls, Mahi-Mahi Fish Tacos, Chicken Stir-Fry and more, each paired with a beer. Tickets cost $30 per person.

Karl’s Cabin, 6005 Gotfredson Rd., Plymouth, is one of my personal favorite establishments. On Wednesday, May 27 at 6 p.m., Karl’s hosts a Widmer Brothers Brewing beer pairing dinner. The five-course meal pairs the perfect combination of food and beer. For example, the second course pairs Crispy Pork Belly with Widmer Brothers Upheaval IPA—a bold, unfiltered Indian pale ale with serious bitterness. Scott Roberts, national sales representative of Widmer Brothers is a guest speaker for the event. Tickets cost $59 a person, and it is well worth it.

Wine drinkers should be aware of the Spring Strolling Wine Tasting and Dinner one week prior at Karl’s on Wednesday May 20 at 6 p.m. The event features 20 different wines to sample and a buffet.

The month of May provides several opportunities to experience the culture, cuisine and ambiance of Metro Detroit’s finest restaurants. Keeping your stomach happy is a priority and the aforementioned happenings, as well as many others in the area, are sure to do that. Bon appétit!