Come join Motor City Wine (above Foran’s) from 6:30pm-8:00pm on Friday, for their September wine tasting! Experience a variation of 18 different wines (both red and white) accompanied by cheeses, charcuterie and antipasti!
Mark your calendars for Friday September 28th, and plan on attending a premium wine tasting featuring over 300 wines, light hors d’oeuvres and entertainment at the Westin Book Cadillac in Downtown Detroit.
Visit downtown Farmington Friday from 6:00pm-11:00pm and sample harvest food pairings, sip crafted cider or artisan ales, explore fine wines and meads, or just enjoy the music at this wonderful Fall Festival!!!
Greenfield Village kicks things into high cooking gear during Fall Flavor Weekends, happening this weekend (September 29th & 30th). Get the full flavor during daily cooking demos & tastings at the village farmhouses! I’m going, are you? : )
Stop by St. George’s this Saturday & Sunday for the revival of its Ya’ssoo festival. The event features authentic Greek food, folk dancing, church tours, marketplace, and more. Admission is $2 - children 12 & under are free.
Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at the MBMC Sunday Market from 11am-1:30pm. My favs are their highly addictiveFried Plantains (with hints of toasted sesame & coconut) and a side order of Veggie Dumplings with the spicy/sweet sauce, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!
Fashion’s Night Out will celebrate its 4th year, this September 6th, in cities around the globe. We hope you’ve heard of FNO and look forward to getting out and shopping your city each year, but if not, no worries, here’s a little background on Fashion’s Night Out:
Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative originally created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence and boost the industry’s economy during the recession. On Thursday, September 6, 2012, in response to overwhelming demand, Fashion’s Night Out will return to New York City and cities across the country to highlight fashion and support retail with exciting events that include designer appearances, celebrity guests, fashion shows and musical performances. Purchase items from the 2012 FNO collection and a portion of the proceeds will go to the New York City AIDS Fund in the NY Community Trust. In the United States, the program is a collaboration among American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company and the City of New York. For more information, visit http://www.fashionsnightout.com or FNO on Twitter at @fnonyc (#FNO).
Here in Southeast Michigan we have a number of cities and towns participating in Fashion’s Night Out. There are some really great events planned, so check them out below and let us know where you’ll be celebrating FNO!
PRINCIPAL SHOPPING DISTRICT - Birmingham, MI
Join the world-wide celebration of Fashion’s Night Out in Birmingham, MI with a night of fabulous fashion and shopping, store-wide events, live models and more in downtown Birmingham! Dozens of boutiques, salons and stores will be participating!
Where: Throughout downtown Birmingham
When: Thursday, September 6, 6-9 p.m.
More Info: Birmingham PSD at 248-530-1200
COMPLEX - Birmingham, MI
Swing by COMPLEX in Birmingham for cocktails, cupcakes, music and fun. Check out their new arrivals from Nialaya Skulls, JUMA SCARVES, Paris House, and their amazing new custom scent, SPRAY - Perfect for the store, salon, showroom, studio, etc. Amazing!!
Join editors, individual store stylists, models, fashionistas (and fashionista-wanna-bes), photographers, bloggers, and maybe even a local designers for Fashion’s Night Out at the Village of Rochester Hills on September 6, 2012 from 5-9p.m. As you stroll Village Main, our stores will be offering special opportunities to learn about fashion, have one on one interactions with highly trained stylists and even have a give away or two, Plus, photographers will be taking photos of our local fashionistas having a good time, celebrating fashion and the diversity it brings.
Where: Village Main at the Village of Rochester Hills
Head to Somerset Collection for a Mall-wide Celebration of Fall Fashion! Many stores will have special in-store events including sips and bites, prizes, gifts with purchase and more (see individual stores for details). Enter to win a $100 Gift Card in each store and view fashions from participating stores on their runway.
Where: Somerset Collection - Troy, MI When: Thursday, September 6, 6-9 p.m. More Info: Visit Somerset Collection’s FNO page to see which stores have events planned.
NEIMAN MARCUS @ SOMERSET COLLECTION
The Art of Fashion debuts at Fashion’s Night Out. This is fashion’s biggest night of the year! Enjoy trend presentations, beauty tips and tricks from the pros, sips and light bites, music, special guests, and all the fabulous fashion you can handle. As a guest at the event, receive $50 off your regular-priced purchase of $350 or more on select merchandise in stores only. Enjoy a fabulous Fall Fashion presentation with local celebrity guest models. The presentation will begin at 7pm in the Ladies Shoe Salon.
TIP: Neiman Marcus is the only place, locally, that is carrying the great tees and tote bags from this year’s FNO Collection. Buy them there.
Where: Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection - Troy, MI
When: Thursday, September 6, 6-9 p.m.
More Info: Visit NeimanMarcus.com/fashionsnightout
SAKS 5th AVENUE @ SOMERSET COLLECTION
Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at Saks 5th Avenue at Somerset Collection in Troy. Saks will host “KICK UP YOUR HEELS”, an event benefiting Haven. Saks is partnering with Haven, a women’s domestic violence and abuse prevention shelter that provides support programs and service. Haven is kicking off its 2012/2013 capital campaign with the slogan “Dig in your heels against domestic violence” and Sakes will join in to “Kick Up Your Heels” in support of Haven. Enjoy a “Girls’ Night Out Shoe Party” with wine, hors d’oeurvres, dj, psychics, make-overs and mini-manicures, shoe runway and and Shoe Personality Quiz, a $25 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card, and a chance to win a pair of designer shoes. To purchase patron tickets, $100 each, or benefactor tickets, $150 each, and for more information, call 248.334.1284, ext. 346, or visit www.haven-oakland.org.
FNO at Briarwood Mall will proudly host “Fashion’s Night Out,” a celebration of style and beauty created by Vogue Magazine, on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6- 8 pm in Center Court. Sponsored locally by Styleline Magazine and Women Making Connections, Fashion’s Night Out will honor the latest in design while contributing to a good cause.
It’s been a while since i’ve done a proper review, so this posting will focus on metro Detroit’s newest hotspot: Vinsetta Garage!
As you may know, the owners of Union Woodshop transformed this former automotive repair shop into a restaurant, and it has quickly become one of the most sought after dining spots around Detroit. NO they don’t take reservations, and forget about stopping by in the evening. A typical wait time for dinner is 2 hours, no thanks!
My suggestion:Go here for lunch! It’s less congested, you won’t wait more than 15 minutes, AND there’s plenty of seating to choose from!
Was the food worth the trip??? Yessir! For starters, i ordered their White Bean Chili Verde Soupwhich had a perfect balance between spicy, savory, and hearty flavors. Next, we ordered their Pizza Margherita - coal fired pizza topped with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. One bite, and you could taste the quality of the ingredients. Although the pizza was good, the dough was bland & uneventful. I probably wouldn’t order pizza on my next visit, instead i’d go for a burger or wings.
Lastly, leave room for sweets - you’ll thank me later! Vinsetta Garage’s pastry chef is a culinary genius - making everything from scratch & creating masterpieces of deliciousness with each carefully crafted dessert. The Rock & Rye Ice Cream(topped with Pop-Rocks) was inventive and their Keylime Piewas superb!!! : )
The main draw, besides the food of course, is the restaurant’s amazing decor! Nice open feel, plenty of natural lighting, and lovely little touches of Vinsetta’s automotive past are mixed in with a modern/industrial flare without it looking kitschy.
So, does Vinsetta Garage live up to its hype? Definitely!!!
Food, Service, Atmosphere were all fantastic! But, as i mentioned previously, go here for lunch (not dinner) and enjoy! : )
We’re working on a google map that documents cases of violence against women in the Detroit area.
Feel free to help us research/edit the map.
We may wind up editing it to be more specific to just Detroit, but for right now, we are just conducting research to get a general layout of how the media is reporting violence against women.
As of 2009, there was currently one domestic violence shelter in Detroit. We’re hoping a map like this will help to raise awareness, gather resources, and create a movement against violence against women and girls in Detroit.
On Friday August 10th from 8pm-10pm the Rockin’ on the Riverfront summer concert series will transform the Riverfront Plaza with a highly-anticipated lineup of classic rock all-stars. There will also be an Andiamo food & drink concession stand.
August 10th-12th will bring three days of outstanding mouth watering barbecue and live entertainment to Hart Plaza. Attendees can eat, drink, shop and revel in a festive atmosphere while enjoying the sounds of musical greats!
Local Musicians, Visual Artists, Culinary Artists, and Stage Performers will showcase their skills for the city to see - Saturday August 11th from Noon-8pm! Also, there will be a food truck line-up with Frank’s Anatra, Green Zebra, Ned’s Travel Burger, & more!
Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at the MBMC this Sunday from 11am-3pm. My personal favs are their highly addictiveFried Plantains (with hints of toasted sesame & coconut) and a side order of Veggie Dumplings with the spicy/sweet sauce, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!
Every night, more than 800 homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in Detroit have no choice but to sleep on the streets. These young people have either been kicked out of their own homes for being LGBT or escape to the streets to flee abusive homes.
If you asked most of these young people where they sleep at night, their answers would chill you to the bone. They sleep in abandoned homes and buildings, on park benches, squat with friends, or engage in survival sex work just to get a roof over their head for a night. In the winter, this number increases to a staggering level.
People often ask us: “If there are so many homeless youth in Detroit, why do we only see adults on the streets?” The tragic fact is that Detroit’s cash-starved runaway and homeless youth services have few options other than to send many of these youth back to the homes they fled in the first place.
That’s why the Ruth Ellis Center, which already provides support services to more than 4,000 homeless, at-risk, and runaway LGBT youth each year, is launching the End the Chill campaign to give these invisible youth a voice and a warm place to stay this Winter.
End The Chill
By donating to the End the Chill campaign you can help us meet our minimum goal of $20,000, which local corporations have pledged to match. That community funding will allow us to keep our drop-in center open longer as a place for our homeless LGBT youth to find warmth on cold winter nights.
This situation is unacceptable, but no one in Detroit, or in the rest of the country, has to accept it. A small donation can make a big difference in these kids’ lives, and help move us closer to a day when no youth has to sleep in a place like this simply because they are LGBT. We hope that the Detroit community, and the LGBT community around the country, will join us in helping us End the Chill.
I had several friends back when we were all coming out to each other and our families who were beaten badly by their parents, mostly young men, but the occasional young woman. And I mean badly as in, in one case, a neighbor stepped in before my friend S’s dad killed him in the front yard where he’d crawled looking for help.
I, for one, don’t think she has anything to be ashamed of. The tennis star’s Wimbledon C-Walk is no more an homage to gang culture than it is to pop culture. Where was all the outrage when “You Got Served” — a movie that prominently featured a C-Walking dance battle — came out? Is the C-Walk suddenly more taboo as a dance because it happened on the Olympic stage rather than in a second-rate movie?
Brent Barry, a former NBA basketball player who grew up in California, did the C-Walk once at NBA All-Star Weekend. Was he disgracing the game? No, he was just dancing, I guess.
To be fair, MTV did ban videos featuring the dance at one point. But to act as if Williams was somehow trying to celebrate the violence that has taken countless lives in this country misreads the cross-pollination between pop culture and the environments that inspire its dances and songs.
And, if anyone knows about the scourge and pain of how gang violence can rip apart families, it’s Williams: In 2003, her half-sister Yetunde was killed in an incident that was gang-related. Winning a medal wouldn’t suddenly make her forget about a family member getting gunned down in the street.
And let’s not pretend the Olympics are not the place for such brash celebrations, even if loosely affiliated with anything morally inept. The most decorated event of the entire process is something that was introduced by one of the most despicable people to ever walk the earth.
Yes, Adolf Hitler is the one that brought the torch relay to the Olympics. More specifically, it was the idea of a man named Carl Diem who helped organize the Games of the XI Olympiad in Berlin in 1936. Hitler thought it would be a good propaganda tool for his Nazi party.
The man responsible for one of the most horrific and destructive acts of genocide in human history created a tradition that to this day is still one of the most televised events on the globe. And Serena Williams hitting her C-Walk is too offensive for the Games?
Frankly, there was a certain part of me that loved what Williams did. It was one of those subtle moments of celebration that was inclusive and illustrative of her unique upbringing, no matter how complicated that upbringing may be to the outside world.
What you saw Saturday in London on that grass court wasn’t a replication of the steps popularized by a group that terrorized urban communities for years — it was a small example of the cultural zenith that we’ve reached in certain circles. It showed us all just how far we’ve come and also, how far we have to go.