Tell Us Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing this morning joined Detroit Restaurant Week organizers and representatives from participating restaurants for a news conference to announce details of the Spring Edition of the dinner promotion. It begins Friday, April 16 and runs through Sunday, April 25. The news conference was at The Rattlesnake Club in Detroit.

Seventeen of downtown’s finest dining establishments are participating in the follow-up to last fall’s very successful inaugural Detroit Restaurant Week campaign. More than 27,000 people made reservations during the first one, and organizers hope to meet or surpass last year’s total.

"Spring Detroit Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity for diners to shake off the winter doldrums and enjoy fine dining in Detroit,” said Mayor Bing. “I believe we can build on the success of the first Detroit Restaurant Week, and continue to showcase the great variety of restaurants in the City of Detroit."

New for spring, organizers have added a new restaurant to the lineup with Roma Café, offer a spring-inspired menu, and each restaurant will offer at least one vegetarian dish.

Menus for each restaurant can be reviewed at www.DetroitRestaurantWeek.com.



The price point for a three-course meal that includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert is once again $27 per person (exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity) for the 10-evenings of Detroit Restaurant Week at these fine restaurants:


24Grille – Westin Book Cadillac                   Andiamo Detroit Riverfront – GM Ren Cen
Atlas Global Bistro – Midtown                       Coach Insignia – GM Ren Cen
Cuisine – New Center                                       Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille - Foxtown
Detroit Fish Market – Paradise Valley Forty-Two Degrees North – GM Ren Cen
Iridescence – MotorCity Casino-Hotel Mosaic Restaurant – Greektown
Opus One – Downtown                                     Rattlesnake Club – Stroh River Place
Roast – Westin Book Cadillac Detroit          Roma Café – Eastern Market
Saltwater – MGM Grand Detroit                     Wolfgang Puck Grille – MGM Grand Detroit
The Whitney – Midtown

Reservations for Detroit Restaurant Week Spring 2010
Organizers for Detroit Restaurant Week note that reservations are not required; however they are strongly encouraged so that restaurants can provide an outstanding experience for each guest.

Detroit Restaurant Week Executive Director Jason Huvaere said, “based on last year’s numbers and the fact that many of the restaurants recorded sellout evenings, it would be a good idea to make reservations sooner rather than later.”

To make a reservation, visit www.DetroitRestaurantWeek.com  and select a restaurant to obtain contact information for each establishment. Reservations can be made by contacting restaurants directly or through the Open Table link, which can also be found on the web site.

Prelude Party & Donations to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
Detroit Restaurant Week festivities begin on Thursday, April 15 at 5 p.m. with a prelude party at Iridescence and Amnesia located on the top floor of the MotorCity Casino Hotel to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

“We wanted this year’s prelude event to be a party with a purpose,” said Huvaere. “The partnership we have formed with Gleaners Community Food Bank and the Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace will help to provide less fortunate individuals and families from our region with nutritious foods.”

Entry into the Detroit Restaurant Week prelude party is FREE, however attendees are encouraged to either make a monetary donation to Gleaners upon entry, or bring canned food items to donate.

Upon entering guests will be treated to much more than just the breathtaking views of the Detroit skyline. They will be greeted by models in custom-crafted chef coats; five avant-garde food installations; an array of delicious appetizers and decadent desserts; and entertainment by the John Arnold Trio. A cash bar will also be available.

Detroit Restaurant Week Sponsors & Partners
Sponsors: Dig Downtown Detroit, Metrotimes, Half Off Depot, and Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler Jeep, and Paxahau Event Services. Media Partners: WJBK Detroit Fox 2, Metromix.com, TellUsDetroit.Com, modeldmedia.com, WWJ Newsradio 950, After5Detroit.com, Metromodemedia.com, detnews.com, freep.com, Hour Detroit, The Michigan Front Page, and Yelp.com. Community Partners: City Living Detroit, Inside Detroit Tours and Outings; Eastern Market; The Detroit People Mover, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Detroit Regional Chamber, Pick MI Date, and Opentable.com. Charity Partners: Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Nino Salvaggio International Market Place

History of Detroit Restaurant Week
In 2009 the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) approached the leadership of the greater downtown districts — Downtown, Midtown, Corktown, New Center and Eastern Market — to jointly sponsor restaurant week. DDP then recruited Paxahau Event Services to produce Detroit Restaurant Week.

The Other Side of Detroit






Urbanophile

That picture is of a house in the city of Detroit. Surprised? Don’t be. Detroit actually contains numerous intact neighborhoods ranging from working class to upscale. These are seldom shown in the voluminous photo tours of the city that tend to focus exclusively on decay, and too often on the same handful of sites such as Michigan Central Station, a practice Vice Magazine dubbed “ruin porn.”


The decay is there. The collapse is real. That is the story. But it’s not the whole story. Amid the truly legitimate and titanic struggles of Detroit there’s another side, one that’s too seldom told. In the interest of completeness, I’ll share some of it today.

Most of this material is not original to me. It was created by two people I know only by their handles of “hudkina” and “LMichigan”. I don’t know who they are, though I get the vague impression they work for the state of Michigan. They seems to spend most of their time engaged in quixotic message board debates about Detroit. I’d suggest they start blogging instead. At any rate, credit to them for the ideas and picture links, though the data is mine.

Strange But True

Detroit is Big. When you hear about Detroit, a mention of its population collapse can’t be far behind. Detroit’s population fell by 50% from its peak and it was the first city to fall below one million in population after first exceeding it. The region has fallen out of the top ten metro areas in size nationally. But the other side is that Detroit is still big (perhaps too big, but that’s for another day). The city of Detroit has 912,062 people, making even the city still the 11th largest in the United States. Detroit has 100,000 more people than San Francisco and is 50% bigger than Boston.

Detroit’s metro area has 4.4 million people, making it the 11th largest in the United States. That’s about the same size as Boston or Phoenix. But wait, there’s more. Nearby Ann Arbor is technically not part of the Detroit MSA, but probably soon will be. That’s another 350,000 people. And Detroit doesn’t include anything on the Canadian side of the river because it is in another country. The Windsor, Ontario area adds another 300,000+ people.

Detroit is Dense. You’ve seen the pictures. I’ve even posted some. The miles of empty streets and “urban prairie”. A recent comprehensive survey recently discovered that fully one third of Detroit’s lots are vacant. But despite this, the overall density of the city is far higher than you might expect.

The city of Detroit has 6,571 people per square mile. That’s almost 60% more dense than Portland, Oregon (4,152)! Detroit’s density is roughly comparable to Seattle (7,136) and Minneapolis (6,969). It’s more dense (sometimes much more dense) than Denver, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Milwaukee, or St. Paul.

And if one third of Detroit is vacant, then localized densities must be much higher.

Detroit Has Money. Detroit may be a very poor city, but with so many people in it, there are still a significant number of folks with money living inside the city limits. There are 18,140 households in Detroit with income over $100,000 per year. Milwaukee, hardly a basket case, has 19,297. Upscale Minneapolis only has 29,460, a mere 10,000 household gap vs. Detroit in high earning households. Now both of these cities are smaller (Minneapolis much smaller) and so are proportionately much richer. But the point is that in total, there actually are a material number of households in the city of Detroit with significant incomes.

The Detroit metro area also has numerous upscale suburbs that hold their own with any around the country.

Detroit Has Immigrants. Another thing that distinguishes Detroit versus other struggling cities is that it has been able to retain a significant foreign born population. Detroit metro is 8.5% foreign born, which does trail the US average of 12.8%, but it is well above places like Cleveland (5.8%) or Cincinnati (3.6%).

Detroit has also established itself as the hub of Arabs in America. Muslims frequently get a bad rap, but unlike Muslim populations in Europe, which are often stuck in marginalized ghettos, the American Muslim population is more educated and makes more money than the population as a whole, according to some reports. They range from Arab party store owners to Pakistani Ph.D.’s. Detroit’s Arab population is, like many immigrant groups, highly entrepreneurial.

While over 350,000 domestic migrants left the region, Detroit metro saw nearly 100,000 new international migrants move in during the 2000’s. For these people at least, Detroit is still a land of opportunity.



Detroit Has Real Assets

Detroit also has some legitimate and impressive assets. First is “Brand Detroit.” In one of the famous Cleveland tourism videos, the song ends with “at least we’re not Detroit.” Actually, Cleveland might actually be better off if it were. As with winning the NBA draft lottery, it’s better to be worst than second worst. Detroit has a powerful brand that literally resonates around the world. I think it’s fair to say that for people overseas with any familiarity with America, Detroit is one of the cities they know. Most other places are ciphers.

Detroit is the main gateway to trade with Canada. It also has a world-class airport that was just ranked as the most passenger friendly large airport in the United States by JD Power. Originally a Northwest hub, it is actually benefiting from that carrier’s merger with Delta. Detroit is the second largest Delta hub and its primary gateway to Asia. In an era where global connections are more important than ever, Detroit has or soon will have flights to London Heathrow, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong among other destinations.

Detroit also has a globally important legacy of innovation in popular music, ranging from Motown to electronica to hip-hop. Artists like Eminem, Kid Rock, and the White Stripes still call Detroit home. Also, it is home to the well-regarded Cranbrook school of art, as well as the College for Creative Studies. If creativity really is key to the future economy, Detroit has it.

Pictures of the Other Detroit

Here are a selection of Detroit photos you aren’t likely to see in the latest “ruins of Detroit” survey.

A farmers market at Eastern Market:


Click HERE to see the full article more photos highlighting the beautiful architecture in Detroit.

D. Tour Spa at MotorCity Casino Hotel is among the Michigan participants in Dove Deodorant’s national Spa Week promotion. The bi-annual event promotes $50 full-service treatments at the finest spas across the country. Spa Week runs from April 12-18.

D. Tour Spa is a 8,000 square foot facility complete with thermal whirlpools, steam rooms, dry saunas and rain shower facilities. The spa has 10 treatment rooms.  It is located at 2901 Grand River Avenue inside Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel.

D. Tour is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. D. Tour is closed Tuesdays.

As a participant in 2010 Spa Week, presented by Dove Deodorant, D. Tour Spa is offering the following treatments for  $50 each:

*A 45-minute D. Tour Drive Scrub with Sugar Scrub – This signature service offers gentle body exfoliation and massage treatment sure to lift the spirits.

*A 45-minute Express Manicure and Pedicure – Stop in for nail shaping, cuticle exfoliation, moisturizing and polish with a flash dry finish.

Appointment: Call (313) 309-4595 or visit www.spaweek.com  


Brewers from six continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges this week in the 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup—the world's largest-ever commercial beer competition. The eighth bi-annual competition announced awards to brewers from 19 countries ranging from Australia and Italy to Iceland and Japan.

This year, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states vied for awards with 3,330 beers entered in 90 beer style categories. The entries in each category were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards. Judges presented a total of 268 awards.

The 2010 World Beer Cup eclipsed the record of the Brewers Association's own Great American Beer Festival (GABF) to become the largest commercial competition ever. There were 3,308 entries judged in the 2009 GABF, compared to the 2010 World Beer Cup's 3,330 entries judged.

A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup Fact Sheet.

"Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing ability," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996. "For a brewer, a World Beer Cup gold award allows them to say that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world."

Detroit Area Winners:


Old Ale, 15 entries
Gold: Fourth Dementia Olde Ale, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren, MI

German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf, 26 entries
Silver: The Detroit Dwarf, The Detroit Beer Co., Detroit, MI

Belgian- and French-Style Ale, 57 entries
Silver: Saison du Bastone, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI

American-Style India Pale Ale, 104 entries
Gold: Norm’s Raggedy-Ass IPA, Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham, MI

Imperial India Pale Ale, 69 entries
Silver: Bonnie’s Raggedy-Ass Imperial IPA, Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham, MI


Other Michigan Winners:



Herb and Spice Beer or Chocolate Beer, 109 entries
Bronze: Black Licorice Lager, Short’s Brewing Co., Bellaire, MI


Category 61: Robust Porter, 64 entries
Silver: Founders Porter, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI


Category 62: Sweet Stout, 25 entries
Silver: Cream Stout, Redwood Brewing Co., Flint, MI


Category 67: Strong Ale, 26 entries
Silver: Dirty Bastard, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI


Category 82: American-Style India Pale Ale, 104 entries
Silver: Centennial IPA, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI


Category 89: American-Style Imperial Stout, 37 entries
Bronze: Imperial Stout, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI



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