Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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oakland confidential

July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...more»
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New Meeting House opens in Rochester

The Meeting House
Lightly smoked chicken breast, maple basted spaghetti squash,
baby carrots snap
peas sage (gf).
Photo: Laurie Tennent
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01/04/2013 - What are the chances? A three-year-old learns to handle pasta dough from his great-grandmother.

Thirty years later, after earning an Oakland Community College culinary degree, working under chefs Steve Allen and Rocky Rachwitz at Steve & Rocky's in Novi, then nine years with the Roberts Restaurant Group, rising to Executive Chef of Roadside B&G in Bloomfield Township, Chris Johnson partners with 34-year-old Jason Mood in their new Rochester eatery, The Meeting House. It opened December 4, 2012.

The partners met when both worked at Beverly Hills Grill. "For four years," says general manager Mood, "we entertained the idea of our own restaurant. Because Chris was born, raised and now lives with his family in Rochester, this city was on our radar."

It's easy to note that both partners are passionate about food perspectives with the cornerstones of great food and warm hospitality.


Patrick Thompson of PTD Design in Detroit masterfully captured a somewhat zen-centric setting with touches of vibrance captured by red arm chairs at four-top tables, against an essentially black background, highlighting blond wood tabletops. Tables for two line a wall and offer seating flexibility.

Although modern, it's easy to catch glimpses of an original 1887 building brought to life in the 21st Century. It's simple, classic, comfortable, and current.

It creates the perfect backdrop for the "simple, seasonal, good American cooking," Chef Johnson brings to the table. "I want our menu to be approachable with sophistication and refinement."

What's on the menu?

Avoiding the well-worn categories using French terms such as entrée incorrectly, Meeting House dubs appetizers suitable for sharing, "Smalls & Such." Here, tasty stuff has a balanced price point, $4-$9. Chicken Wings are cold smoked and wood roasted, garnished with white truffle oil, toasted garlic, and parmesan. Fire-roasted Wild Mushrooms are enhanced by roasted garlic and goat cheese. Littleneck Clams are enlivened by cooking in white wine and finished with smoked paprika butter.

Daily seasonal soup specials are offered by the cup or bowl. Traditional salads are small while main course size are creative. Grilled Flat Iron Steak is accompanied by a corn tortilla, avocado and blue cheese dressing, $14. Apple Cider Pulled Chicken Salad highlights crushed hazelnuts, Fuji apple, mixed greens with Michigan maple dressing, $12.

Three wood fired pizzas offer a casual note. Chef Johnson has developed the wood fired oven into more than a way to cook pizzas. Fire roasting and smoking of other items create unique flavors.

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