Bastone Brewery Raises a Pint to You at Irishfest

Irishfest has come to Bastone Brewery. It is the time of year when craft-brew fans and foodies will toast a limited edition pint glass – filled with Bastone’s award-winning brew – to a mouthwatering menu of seasonal specials to welcome spring.

Irishfest, March 7-31, 2011
Bastone Brewery
419 S. Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan


Irishfest features the following special menu items for a limited time:

Smoked Salmon Mousse: House smoked salmon is blended with cream and spices and served alongside crackers and traditional accompaniments. $7.95

Baked Boursin Cheese: Herbed cream cheese baked with housemade tomato sauce, baked crostini points and olive tapenade. $8.50

Shepherd’s Pie: In true Irish style, this dish features braised ground beef, carrots, onions and rutabaga topped with duchess potatoes that are baked until golden. $14

Braised Lamb Shanks: Slow cooked imported lamb shanks are braised in ale sauce with bubble and squeak (also known as cabbage and potatoes). $18

Dublin Bay Pasta: Shrimp, Scallops and lobster are featured in a dill cream and served over linguine. $18.95

Jameson Chicken: Pan seared chicken breast served in Irish whiskey and grain mustard sauce with Irish potatoes and seasonal vegetables. $15.95   


Bastone’s Irishfest also features beer specials for the craft-brew fan. Limited edition Irishfest pint glass are just $4 while they last. Refills are just $3 through March 20. (Please note Bastone has now sold out of the glasses).
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Hall of Fame 2011: Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond Get Irreverent
'My kids, I paid for their dental bills, and now I pay for their kids' dental bills,' Diamond jokes

Rolling Stone

If the first half of Monday's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction struck a note of awe and reverence, its second half, kicking off with an appropriately raucous and randy performance by Alice Cooper, was a bit more irreverent.

Cooper, who was joined in his performance both by Rob Zombie and a small pack of school children – all of them wearing stage makeup like Cooper's – celebrated the group's abiding spirit of immaturity. "I hope I never outgrow a Pete Townsend windmill chord," he said. "I hope I never outgrow a Jeff Beck lead guitar. I wish I could tell you that being in the Hall now, we'll never embarrass you, but I really can't make that promise. After all, we are Alice Cooper. It's what we do." He took those musings even further in the press room. "I kept thinking, 'Who will be the first band kicked out of the Hall of Fame"?" he joked. "And then I thought, 'Gee, that could be us!'" He praised his inductor Rob Zombie, saying "Rob gets it – horror and music and comedy, all of them in bed together. There aren't too many people who understand that."

Tom Waits was similarly wry, recalling how, at age 15, he'd snuck in to see Lightnin' Hopkins by putting "Wite-Out in my hair and drawing on a moustache," and comparing his induction to receiving the key to the city of El Paso. "They told me there was only one," he said, "but I found out there were a whole bunch of then, and they didn't open anything. So I hope there are some fringe benefits to this baby."

Elton John brought a moment of sweetness, recalling how rediscovering Leon Russell's music on a recent vacation moved him so deeply that he called Russell out of the blue, a conversation that resulted in their 2010 collaboration The Union. A deeply-moved Russell gave the evening's shortest acceptance speech, saying "About a year ago, Elton came and found me in a ditch at the side of the highway and he took me up to the hospital and treated me like a king."

Neil Diamond, who took the podium after a 25-hour flight from Australia, extemporized daffily, providing the evening's loopiest patter. "Where the hell am I?" he joked. "What are we doing here?" He took repeated shots at the audience members at the tables on the floor ("The $3,000 seats," he called them) turning his attention instead to his fans in the balcony. Since he hadn't prepared a speech, he instead embarked on a string of hilarious non sequitirs. He spent minutes on end praising presenter Paul Simon's upcoming record before admitting, "I can’t remember the title. It's a tough album title, Paul." He then asked Simon for $100 for the endorsement. "My kids, I love my kids, I paid for their dental bills, and now I pay for their kids' dental bills," he went on, concluding with, "I'm flying back tomorrow to Sydney fucking Australia. Because they love me there, and I'm gonna keep coming back until they stop loving me."
Mayor Dave Bing during his address last week to Detroit area business leaders said he believes young, talented, creative people are very important to the city’s future growth; and today he took those comments a step further with an endorsement of the Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference being held in Detroit, April 6 and 7, 2011.

“I am very pleased to have the Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference being held in Detroit next month,” said Mayor Bing.  “Creative people and businesses are vital to post-industrial cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.  We will all benefit from the ideas that emerge from Rust Belt to Artist Belt III because creative individuals are doers; they put their ideas in motion. 

“If you look around Detroit today you can see how artists, designers, architects, and other innovative thinkers are making a positive impact on the physical and economic landscape of our city.  They are opening new businesses, erecting art installations for the community to enjoy, and finding new uses for old structures.  Creative people are helping to revive Detroit and I fully encourage it.”

Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference is to explore how post-industrial Rust Belt cities are being shaped by creative individuals with regards to entrepreneurialism, economic and community development, and land use.  It is being hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center in partnership with ArtServe Michigan and Techtown.  The Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference is being sponsored by The Kresge Foundation and Surdna Foundation of New York City.

To learn more about the conference and register visit

About Detroit Creative Corridor Center
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center ("DC3") is an entity supported by Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies whose vision is to establish Detroit as a global center of creative business, creative innovation and creative talent. Visit  
The Detroit Revialization Fellows Program is designed to attract, develop and retain promising young professionals who will help lead the economic revitalization and development of Detroit. This talent pool is being cultivated in order to build the capacity of public, for-profit, nonprofit and quasi-public organizations, including Detroit’s anchor institutions. The Detroit Fellows program is an outstanding opportunity for those looking to build a career in the fields of economic and business development, real estate and urban planning. It is also an outstanding opportunity to be a key contributor to the transformation of Detroit... to creating the Detroit of tomorrow.

The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program is modeled after the successful Rockefeller Foundation Redevelopment Fellowships launched in 2007 in New Orleans.  That program, administered by the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania, enabled key redevelopment organizations in New Orleans to recruit qualified professionals from across the country to work on the rebuilding process there.

Full-time employment for a minimum of two years, working on initiatives that will turn the vision for Detroit into reality.

Each Detroit Fellow will be working in various project management and leadership roles as an employee of one of the organizations actively shaping the Detroit of Tomorrow.

During the first phase, the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program will include up to 25 mid-career professionals working with a variety of local organizations. Organizations that have agreed to employ Fellows include the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Invest Detroit, the City of Detroit, the University Cultural Center Association, NextEnergy, and the Woodward Corridor Initiative. A special effort is also being made to build capacity in a variety of other community development organizations across the city.

Organizations interested in participating in the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program are requested to email us at:

Click HERE to view their website
World's Most Underrated Cities
Jennifer Chen, Donna Heiderstadt
Travel+Leisure Magazine

Sure, popular cities have their place. But if you like exploring, there's interesting stuff in the world's most underrated cities.

During his career as a model, Phillip Cooley lived in some of the great metropolises of the world. But when the Michigan native decided to lay down some roots, he chose Detroit—a city synonymous with urban blight in post-recession America. And he hasn't looked back.

Welcome to the urban underdogs—cities that aren't on the radar for most travelers. Some, like Slovakia's capital of Bratislava, might be overlooked because of their proximity to better-known cities. Others, like Detroit, can't seem to live down a bad rap. But if undiscovered art scenes, experimental cuisine, great architecture, and interesting neighborhoods are on your travel checklist, then these cities deserve a second look.

Taipei, for example, suffered for years from both obscurity and a reputation of being one of Asia's most polluted metropolises. But thanks to official efforts to crack down on car emissions, improve public transportation, and create more parks, Taiwan's capital has become one of the region's most livable cities. Meanwhile, neighborhoods such as Xinyi and Da'an districts have grown increasingly sophisticated, with refined restaurants, elegant boutiques, and eclectic cafés and bars.

In Valparaíso, Chile, residents worked with what they had—gorgeous 19th-century houses from the city's glory days as South America's most vital port. Throughout the city, you'll find painstakingly restored houses converted into restaurants, hotels, and galleries.

And then of course there's Detroit. What most people would consider as evidence of Motor City's sad decline—empty lots, abandoned houses, and disused factories—others view as unparalleled opportunities for artists, designers, and other creative types. In fact, Patti Smith and David Byrne, two of music's eternal cool kids, recently exhorted budding artists to move to Detroit, and young people are heeding their advice, moving into neighborhoods like Midtown and Woodbridge.

For a traveler, the main appeal of these neglected cities is authenticity. "You go to the Old Town in Prague, it's mostly tourists. In Bratislava, it's all locals," says Jaroslave Vitazka, a project manager for a private equity firm who has called the city home since 2002. Or, as Phillip Cooley says about Detroit: "It's real, it's honest. You can spend the day at an urban farm, and then head off to a Tigers game or the opera, just like the locals do."


A new breed of urban homesteader is helping to revive Motor City. Abandoned factories and warehouses like the Russell Industrial Center have been turned into studios for artists and artisans, while gardens now flourish in formerly vacant lots. The exuberant Heidelberg Art Project turns urban blight into a symbol of hope. Detroit's food scene, meanwhile, is taking off. Foran's Grand Trunk micropub, the Eastern Market, Supino Pizzeria, and Slows BBQ are just some of the gastronomic must-dos. Don't forget the city's museums, including the Detroit Institute of Art, home to Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" murals, and the delightful Motown Museum.

Don't Miss: If you're there on the weekend, swing by Café d'Mongo's, an antiques-filled speakeasy with live jazz that's open only Friday nights.

Click HERE to find out what other cities made the list!

With the theme of health and diet in the mix, Interactive You  is asking people to post on Facebook and Tweet what makes them "Michigan Strong". The top 3 most creative, fun, motivating responses will win a freebie. 

As we all know, times in the state of Michigan are challenging, but we remain strong! In the most creative, inspiring, humorous way possible, tell us what makes you “MI Strong” on our Facebook and/or Twitter (hashtag “#MIStrong”).
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