Week of 5.2.16

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Karmanos Cancer Institute Dinner

During its 34 year history, the Karmanos Annual Dinner has been held in unique venues ranging from private estates to auto factories. But it will be hard to top the 2016 version that attracted more than 600 ($750, $525 tickets) to a huge sound stage at the Michigan Motion Pictures Studios in Pontiac. It was co-chaired by Paula and GM’s Steve Kiefer. Steve credited his wife for the food and decor. The latter paired GM vehicles with scenery from Transformers and other movies for dramatic effect. (See photo gallery.) He also saluted past chairs in the crowd – Mark and Kim Reuss and Dan and Pernilla Amman – and named GM CEO Mary and Tom Barra as chairs of the 2017 annual dinner.
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Ale Mary's has market on beer but food's another matter

In 1985, Larry Bell of Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo sold his first beer. Since then, craft beer in Michigan has expanded at a rate faster then the amount of dishes using kale in metro Detroit restaurants. Ritts Hospitality capitalized on this boom and opened Ale Mary’s in 2014. With 28 on tap, 64 in bottles and three in cans, beer is the highlight here, but the suds-friendly menu has earned quite ...more»

Sasson expands dining empire

Jeremy Sasson , the Birmingham owner and restaurateur behind Townhouse Birmingham and Townhouse Detroit , is continuing to spread his wings, developing a steakhouse in the Capitol Park Lofts building at 1145 Griswold Street and State in Detroit, two blocks north of Campus Martius. "It won’t be a steak, potatoes and white tablecloth kind of steakhouse," Sasson said. "It’s like a prime ...more»
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