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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.
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»
12/02/2013 - Ace Hardware in the Bloomfield Plaza at Maple and Telegraph in Bloomfield Township, will be closing its doors in January following more than a quarter century of hardware service at the location. Mark Elmer, who purchased the store in 2007, about two years after the store changed to an Ace Hardware, confirmed the store's liquidation. The former Damman Hardware operated at the location for about 25 years, Elmer said. "Unfortunately, the landlords weren't receptive to negotiating a new lease," Elmer said. "They wanted the rent to go up, and I wanted it to go down." Elmer said failure to establish a lease agreement, combined with aging equipment at the location, economic factors and other issues, were the deciding factors in closing the location. An additional Rochester location, he said, is scheduled to be closed in February for many of the same reasons as the Bloomfield Hills location.
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.