Nigerian BBQ, Sushi & Cocktails: Upcoming Dinner Events in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | August 13, 2014

Dinner out is always a fun treat, but if you’re constantly frequenting the same joint for burgers and fries, you may get a little bored. And your arteries might become a tad clogged. To prevent both scenarios from happening, mix your routine up a little bit! How can you do so? By attending a local dinner event this month.

Instead of having a full menu to pick from, you’ll most likely be given a pre fixe menu with a selection of items already chosen for you. Picky eaters, take note! Take a look at a few upcoming dinner events in the Metro Detroit area, and get your adventurous palate ready:

Friday, August 15 

Revolver, 9737 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, will host French Culinary Institute graduate and famed local chef Kate Williams as she holds a dinner to preview the menu for her new restaurant, Republic Tavern.

The five-course meal will be served at 6 p.m., and there are no vegetarian options available. Sorry, herbivores! The menu is as follows:

  • Greeting: Homemade Caraway Bread with Corn Butter
  • First course: Waygu Beef Tartare, Whitefish Roe, Aioli with Caramelized Onion Cracker
  • Second course: Wedge Salad, Tarragon Green Goddess, Pork Floss and Bleu Cheese
  • Third course: Bone Marrow Fritters with Chickpea, Jerky and Brie Fondue
  • Fourth course: Confit Chicken with Preserved Lemon Rub, Zucchini Risotto and Gremolatta
  • Fifth course: Tiers of Diner Desserts, including Homemade Candy Bars, Donut Holes and Summer Jam Thumbprints

Have plans on Friday night? No worries! The same dinner will take place on Saturday, August 16 as well. The meal costs $55 per person, and tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday, August 16 

Lagos, 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit, a fairly new Nigerian barbecue restaurant, is holding a “Nigerian Street Food Dinner Thing,” where you have your choice of protein between meat or fish.

Ye be warned, the food will be spicy. For $35, you’ll receive either barbecued meat or fish with a ginger, peanut and pepper spice rub. Both plates are served with a side of rice pilaf, fried plantains, steamed vegetables with ground melon seeds and black beans with pepper sauce.

There will be plenty of beer and cocktails on hand for additional purchase. Limited seating is available for walk-in, so you are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time. Get ready, because “the food is spicy and the music is raunchy.” Sounds like a good time!

Sunday, August 17

Iridescence, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, will be the site of a fun meal medley at the end of this weekend. Once a month, chef Benjamin Meyer asks a fellow Detroit chef to join him in the Iridescence kitchen for a cooking duo event.

This Sunday, chef Ariel Millan of Ottava Via and Mercury Burger Bar will join Meyer to prepare a pre fixe menu complete with a cold plate, hot appetizer, entrée and dessert.

The meal costs $50/person, and there will be four different seatings: at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Don’t miss this event, courtesy of the Culinary Guild of Detroit!

Monday, August 18 

The Old Village Restaurant Crawl will take place outside various restaurants throughout Plymouth’s Old Town. For just $15, you can purchase a ticket to sample food from Hermann’s Olde Town Grille, Plymouth Fish & Seafood, Liberty Street Brewing Co., Station 885 and Aqua.

To purchase your tickets, visit the Chamber Office in Downtown Plymouth. This is a great opportunity to sample items from some restaurants (and a brewery) that you might not frequent too often if you stick closer to the main drag in DTP.

Tuesday, August 19 

St. CeCe’s Pub, 1426 Bagley Ave., Detroit, will host a pop-up dinner with not just one special guest chef, but 10! Popupalooza will include cuisine from Sarap, Heavy Nettles, Kung Food, Alegria Pops, M*A*S*H, Dr. Sushi, Demitart Gourmet/Normal G’s Caribbean Food, Aunt Nee’s High Five Taco, DIBS and Native Soul.

You’ll be able to enjoy live music courtesy of local talents like Amy Gore while you chow down. From 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., head to St. CeCe’s, where you can purchase items from each individual pop-up and grab a drink at the bar.

The above dinner events are great ways to test out some cuisine and expand your culinary tastes. Now is the time to be bold with the culinary offerings available in Metro Detroit!