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DSO Volunteer Council Musical Feast
Dreams of Lundi Gras dance in my head as I recall the Echoes of Holiday Splendor – the final event in the DSO Volunteer Council’s 2015 series of 18 Musical Feasts. It was hosted by Lucia Zurkowski in her vintage Bloomfield Hills Tudor and prepared by Doug Grech, aka celebrity Chef Duglass Duglass. (Lundi Gras was an annual benefit for the Archives of American Art that moved from the original London Chop House when it closed to Grech’s Restaurant Duglass in Southfield.) As he did for the Lundi Gras events, Grech showcased his consummately creative classicism.
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 ...more»
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»
09/30/2013 - Michael Collins and David Zawicki will be offering a unique addition to downtown Birmingham in October when they open Lark & Co., 138 N. Maple, Birmingham, which will operate as a modern day general store with a vintage twist. Collins said Lark & Co. is modeled on the general store of the 1940's and 1950's that offered everything from food and clothing to housewares and furniture. "It will offer pretty much everything we can fit in our 1,100 square foot space," Collins said. Collins said Zawicki will run the day-to-day operations of the store and be the face of the shop.
The general store will replace Oliver's Trendz, which Collins and Zawicki operated in the space for the last eight years. Collins said the decision to change from a women's accessory shop to a general store will keep the business nimble and fits into the uniqueness of Birmingham's main street character, rather than an outdoor mall. "I think we need to have a balanced approach. Part of what makes Birmingham so unique is that we have these stores that you don't see in a mall," Collins said. "I'm very much in favor or preserving the brick and mortar stores and the preservation of Main Street America. I believe, and there are studies that show, that every dollar spent in a store like mine ends up going back into the community, but every dollar spent in a national goes to corporate."
Business Matters for the Birmingham-Bloomfield area are reported by Kevin Elliott. Send items for consideration to KevinElliott@downtownpublications.com. Items should be received three weeks prior to publication.