Week of 2.1.16

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Detroit Historical Society Ball
Trust the Detroit Historical Society to come up with a unique venue for its annual charity gala. The December party site wasn’t easy to find but more than 700 history buffs did find Rick Portwood’s Display Group warehouse tucked inside the old Packard Plant. The 475 who came for dinner were welcomed near the entrance by the three co-chairs, Lena Epstein, Alicia Nicholson and Lisa Baruah, before trekking through the huge racks of event furnishings to the cocktail venue. There they socialized, savored passed hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails around a red 1934 Packard convertible.
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Coming full circle on verdict at newly revamped Forest

Back in January of 2015, I made my first visit to Forest Grill in Birmingham. At the time Brian Polcyn was the man in charge and Nick Janutol was chef de cuisine. My experience was underwhelming and the review spoke to issues with execution.
After it was published I had a conversation with another local chef who is a big fan of Janutol, and he assured me that Janutol was an exceptional chef and
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Chef competition

Two Detroit-area chefs compete in the 15th season of Hell’s Kitchen , hosted by noted chef Gordon Ramsay , which premiered on Fox on Friday, January 15, and airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Detroit-native Hassan Musselmani , a local chef/consultant and creator of the Drunken Rooster food truck, and Oak Park-native Jared Bobkin , executive chef of Ferndale’s Local Kitchen and Bar , face ...more»
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