Metro Detroit Foodie: April Events in the D

By: Amber Ogden | April 8, 2015

Springtime means many things in Metro Detroit. April brings Opening Day, warmer weather and overall, boosted morale thanks to the sunshine.

There are so many great things happening in southeast Michigan this month, it’s difficult to not be excited for all of them! Whether you’re looking for a dinner event to attend, or a brunch for a great cause, there are plenty of items to fill up your social calendar with (not to mention your stomach). Here are just a few to consider:

For the history buff…

The Holly Hotel, 110 Battle Alley, Holly, often hosts dinner events, and this month, the hotel is holding a pretty interesting one: “The Last Night Aboard the Titanic” dinner. The event takes place on Sunday, April 12, and includes an eleven-course dinner, souvenir item and live entertainment. I don’t know about you, but if you’re planning on eating an eleven-course meal, you better start preparing now!

Tickets can be purchased for $90 per person (or $72 for club members and guests), and period attire is recommended. The evening will begin with a champagne reception at 4 p.m., followed by seating at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will retire to the lounge for drinks after dinner at 8 p.m.

The meal will include items such as Poached Salmon Mousseline, Filet Mignon with Chateau Potatoes, Chilled Asparagus Salad, Waldorf Pudding and more.

For the Michigan beer aficionado…

Karl’s Cabin, 6005 Gotfredson Rd., Plymouth, will host one of its famous (and fabulous) beer pairing dinners on Wednesday, April 15. The six-course meal will feature Founders Brewing Company, along with special guest speaker Beau Loncharte of Founders.

The spring beer dinner begins at 6 p.m. and includes the following menu, expertly put together by Chef Jason:

  • First course: Sausage and Kraut Fritter with Founders All Day IPA
  • Second course: Chopped Romaine Salad with Founders Rubaeus
  • Third course: Potato Leek Soup with Founders Dirty Bastard
  • Fourth course: Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Orange Chipotle Glaze and Cheddar Mashed with Founders Reds Rye IPA
  • Fifth course: Northern Jambalaya with Founders Curmudgeon
  • Sixth course: Brownie a la Mode with Founders Imperial Stout

Tickets cost $59 per person (tip is included, tax is not), and can be purchased online.

For those who enjoy global cuisine…

Dr. Sushi, a master of his craft, is known for hosting a pop-up at St. CeCe’s at the end of every month, as well as offering hands-on classes in the Metro Detroit area. This month, sign yourself up for a pop-up Izakaya-style dinner at Checker Bar, 124 Cadillac Square, Detroit, on Thursday, April 16.

Dr. Sushi’s Wonderful Food Evening will consist of a variety of dishes, including Edamame, Sesame Seared Tofu Salad, Pork and Pickled Shitake Gyoza and Smelt Tempura. The pop-up event begins at 7 p.m. and plates are priced individually. While Dr. Sushi’s April DIY Rolling Workshop is sold out, sign up for the one taking place in June now!

For those with a (really) adventurous palate…

SPAM Dinner at Supino’s is a pop-up dinner event not for the faint of heart. Supino Pizzeria, 2457 Russell St., Detroit, is known for dishing up some of the area’s best pizza pies, but on Sunday, April 19, the Dinner Club Pop Up trio will take over!

The four-course meal will include the following spread:

  • First course: Spam and eggs (panko crusted Spam cubes with Stoli vodka crème fraîche)
  • Second course: Grilled Spam with creamy turnip greens, quail egg, Sriracha pea dust and mustard drizzle
  • Third course: Caramelized Spam
  • Fourth course: Pineapple upside down cake with Treat Dreams Spam ice cream

All of the above costs just $25, and this is a BYOB event, so you can bring whatever you’d like to wash it all down with. There will be two seatings, one at 5 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m., so you have two chances to join in!

For the health buff…

VegFest will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, on Sunday, April 19. The vegan taste fest and expo provides cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, eco-friendly products, a food court, samples and more.

There will be experts in plant-based nutrition and other vegan-friendly fields on hand to chat, along with cruelty-free fashion, vegan cookbooks and more for purchase. Special events throughout the day will include an African Peanut Soup demonstration by Russ Hagy at 1:15 p.m. and a Vegan Chocolate Cake demo at 2:15 p.m. by Bekah Galang.

Admission to VegFest costs $8 if purchased in advance, $10 at the door. The show runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For the dog lover… 

The 26th Annual Bow Wow Brunch will be held at MGM Grand Detroit Hotel, 1777 3rd St., Detroit, on Sunday, April 26. The event is put on by the Michigan Humane Society and will include a champagne reception, silent auction, a chance to mingle with dogs and puppies available for adoption, a gourmet brunch and, finally, a live auction.

Live auction items include a ride-along with the MHS Animal Cops, dinner for 12 at a restaurant and the opportunity to have your very own pup plastered on the cover of next year’s Michigan Humane Society calendar.

Tickets to the Bow Wow Brunch Cost $100 to $500 and all proceeds directly benefit the Michigan Humane Society’s efforts to find homes for needy animals, support spay and neuter programs and more. The Bow Wow Brunch begins at 11:30 a.m., and tickets can be purchased online.

April is full of fun activities and events to take advantage of in southeast Michigan. Enjoy every minute of springtime in the D!