Looking for something tasty and trendy to munch on this September? Check out this list of foodie events in Metro Detroit.
Compiled by Arianna Smith
PizzaYOLO: How to Make Pizza
4458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit
Have you ever wanted to know how to make Vera Pizza Napoletana? PizzaPlex in Detroit will teach you in its kitchen during a private class 6- 8 p.m. Participants will learn how to roll and season their own dough, get a rundown on how to operate a wood-fired oven and sample Campania wines while mix and matching different toppings. Tickets can be purchased for $50 on Eventbrite. The class is limited to six per session.
Explore Detroit: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Bus Tour
440 Burroughs St., Detroit
The Detroit Experience Factory presents the Explore Detroit tour Saturday, Sept. 8. The tour starts on Burroughs Street near TechTown and will take participants on a sightseeing trip through the city that includes stops at beverage and candy confectionaries like Socra Tea Detroit, Anthology Coffee and Bon Bon Bon Chocolate. Tickets on Eventbrite are $45. The tour begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m.
Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room
3384 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills
This event is for the vegan foodies. Michigan By The Bottle in Auburn Hills is collaborating with The Clean Plate in Shelby Township to host a vegan food and wine pairing 6:30-9 p.m. The dinner, prepared by vegan restaurant owner Amber Poupore, will be multicourse and include a dessert. Gluten-free options are available upon requests. Tickets cost $50 on Eventbrite. The menu is to be determined, and all attendees must be 21 or older.
Tour de Fork
Eastern Market, Shed 13
The fifth annual Tour de Fork, sponsored by SEEN, will take place 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in Eastern Market’s Shed 3. Sample food from over 30 restaurants in Metro Detroit. Tickets cost $55 and can be purchased at thechildrenscenter.com/tourdefork. Proceeds benefit The Children’s Center.
The Great American Lobster Fest
1 Hart Plaza, Detroit
For the fifth year in a row, the Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival will take place Sept. 14-16 in Hart Plaza. The festival will feature live lobster and assorted shellfish flown in from the East Coast and cooked fresh for festival-goers, courtesy of Lobster Gram. The festival will also include live music performances, family-friendly games, raffles and more. For those with allergies, non-shellfish options are available. Tickets start at $29 at americanlobsterfest.com.
Michigan Flavors Dinner
Great Lakes Culinary Center
24101 West Nine Mile Road, Southfield
The annual Michigan Flavors Dinner will highlight the dishes of culinary superstars on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5-9 p.m. The event benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan through ticket sales, donations and a silent auction. Featured restaurants include Maple Row Sugar House, The Southern, Old Nation Brewery and The Farmhouse Deli, with Steven Grostick as head chef. Tickets start at $55 at michiganflavorsdinner.com.
Detroit China Festival
Grand Circus Park
1998 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Enjoy real, traditional Chinese street food at the Detroit China Festival — no trip overseas required. Twenty of the best Chinese restaurants in Michigan will gather in the heart of downtown Detroit to celebrate everything Chinese, specifically the food. Authentic Chinese beverages will be available to compliment the food, including beer, non-alcoholic Chinese drinks such as bubble tea, sodas and bottle water. Singers and rappers from both China and Detroit will perform live music and dance shows. Tickets start at $5 on Eventbrite.com.
Autumn & Apples Tea
4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit
A harvest luncheon will be held at The Whitney restaurant in Midtown, Detroit noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Participants will salute both the fall season and the famous Michigan staple (apples!) by enjoying apple-based teas, ciders and warm cocktails with a four-course meal. Guests will take home recipes and a special mystery gift. Tickets cost $70 on thewhitney.com. Must be 21 or older to attend.