Food and food news and events
Italian Opening Night with Bocale Vineyard at Cucina Lab Torino: Spend an evening with the owner of Bocale Vineyard from Umbria, Italy. Entry includes five wine tastings and gourmet appetizers. 5-9 pm Thursday. 55 dollars. We welcome visits. 3960 Crocs, Suite 200, Troy. (248) 525-9098.
Oppa! Greek Feast Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church: Enjoy Greek food, spirits, dancing and more at this 29th annual family event, billed as Metro Detroit’s largest ongoing Greek festival. One of the highlights of this competition is the Iron Chef-style cooking competition at 8pm on Saturday. There are cooking demos throughout the event. 4-11 pm Friday – Saturday. And noon – 8 p.m. Sunday. 760 W Wattles, Troy. Stnicholastroy.org.
Fairway Packing Steak Shop opened: The Fairway Packing Co. opened. Ltd., one of the nation’s largest meat purveyors, has a market in Grosse Pointe Woods. Steak Shop is a 1,300-square-foot market that sells Fairway’s most popular cuts of meat: premium steaks, wagyu, steaks, fillets, and tomahawks, as well as homemade utensils, barbecue accessories, spices, truffles, and more. Grand Opening Ceremony from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. 20877 Mac, Gross Point Woods. Fairwaypacking.com.
Parents Eat Free at Mario’s: Tables of four or more can get a free meal, up to $40, for one father at the table. Offer is only available on Sundays. The restaurant also has a gift card deal, $40 for a $60 gift certificate. 4222 seconds, Detroit. (313) 832-1616. Mariosdetroit.com.
Prime & Proper sells prepackaged barbecue kits: Just in time for Father’s Day or a summer barbecue, popular steakhouse Capitol Park Prime & Proper sells gourmet burger sets with meat, grilling instructions, and seasonings. The smallest set is $100 for four dry burgers, four wagyu dogs, and eight home-baked buns, plus prep. The largest box is $600 for eight burgers, eight dogs, plus dozens of different steaks. Order online until June 20 and collect at the restaurant. 1145 Griswold, Detroit. heirloomgoods.myshopify.com.
Rosé All Day at Statler French American Bistro: Enjoy pink wines from around the world on the outside patio of this downtown Detroit restaurant. Tickets include wine and some food including Country Pate, Lyon French Salad and King Oro Salmon. 7 p.m. June 22, $65. 313 Park, Detroit. (313) 463-7111.
Michigan Taco Festival at Canterbury Village and Wildwood Amphitheater: Tacos, tequila, beer, wine, entertainment, and more are on deck fun for this third annual event. Two sessions with tickets available per day. Noon and 5 PM on June 24, 11 AM and 5 PM on 25 and 11 AM and 4 PM on June 26. $5 per person, $5 for parking. 2325 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion. Michigantacofest.com.
Battle Burger in the Eastern Market: Fairway Packing’s annual Burger Bonanza returns with fierce competition between local restaurants and chefs. Attendees vote for their favorite, and the top five will move on to the final round, which is judged by local celebrities and food critics. General admission tickets include burger samples from 15 restaurants, a game, a DJ, and a souvenir. There is a cash bar and vendors area. 1-4 p.m. on June 26. $25 and up. Shedd 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. burgerbattle2022.eventbrite.com.
Tasting the Diaspora Dinner in the Appliance Room: Celebrate Juneteenth and explore Detroit’s food history at this multi-course dinner hosted by food activists Jermond Booze, Raphael Wright and Ederique Goudia. Expect seasonal dishes including a plate of seafood buns, bucatini lobster and fresh vegetables and a custom cocktail featuring Uncle Nearest Tennessee whiskey. 5:30 and 8 p.m. on June 27. $75 per person. 250 W. Larned, Detroit. tastethediaspora.com.
Royal Oak Taco Feast: A new event from the producers of Fun, Beats and Eats, this taco extravaganza offers food, drinks, games, entertainment, and events like a taco-eating contest. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. July 1-3 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 4, $7. Downtown Royal Oak. royaloaktacofest.com.
La Vieira Festival at Packard Proving Grounds: Eat tacos, shop and enjoy live music at this outdoor festival featuring over 50 vendors, food trucks and more. Noon – 6 PM on July 31. $5 entry for 13 years and over. 49965 Van Dyck, Shelby Township.
Shinola celebrates pride: This month, order a Motown Royale cocktail at the Shinola, Evening Bar, Living Room or San Morello restaurant, and one dollar will be donated to the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit. At the end of July, the hotel will match the total donations. Nearby, Mister Dips sells a colorful “Pride N’ True” cone of custard and cake, with proceeds benefiting the Trevor Project. 1400 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 356-1400. shinolahotel.com.
Schostak Brothers & Company celebrates 100 years with donations: To celebrate its centenary as a company, Schostak Brothers & Company — which includes Team Schostak Family Restaurants, owners of more than 100 restaurants including Applebee’s and Olga’s Kitchen — will donate $1 million to Detroit-based nonprofits. The first recipient is Life Remodeled, a Detroit-based nonprofit, which will receive $100,000 to start a project near Cooley High School. Schostak.com.