Food fundraisers, wine dinners, a seafood festival and more

Food and gastronomic events

Fundraising for Abortion Access at Coriander Kitchen: More than 30 Detroit-based businesses and individuals joined forces for this fundraiser and bake sale. Snack on food from Borikuakitchen, Brooklyn Street Local, Miss Kim, Marrow, Val’s Pizza, Village Hand Pies and more, plus live screen printing, arts and crafts and music. 5-9pm Mon. $20. 14601 Riverside, Detroit. Visit for tickets.

Free lasagna at Carrabba: Dine at this national Italian chain and order one of 18 signature dishes, and Carrabba’s will send you home with a platter of lasagna made from scratch for free. The pound-plus dish has layers of pomodoro sauce, meat sauce, and four cheeses. The offers are valid until Monday. Visit for locations.

Passion fruit at Takoi: A new ‘Summer Patio Party with a Purpose’ at this popular Corktown restaurant will raise funds for a different organization each month. First, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 22, DJs Drew Pompa and Josh Dahlberg will entertain with music, signature cocktails, food, and meet-and-greets to raise money for the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit. Future Passion Fruit evenings will take place on August 12 and September 23. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 2520 Michigan, Detroit.

Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen: For every Blizzard treat sold at participating Dairy Queen locations in Southeast Michigan, $1 or more will be donated to Beaumont Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Since 2003, DQ has donated over $973,000 to Beaumont Children’s pediatric programs. All day July 28 only.

Detroit Seafood Festival at the Music Hall Amphitheater: Seafood lovers gather at this open-air venue for a shellfish feast. Tickets include a 2-pound bag of seafood (with snow crab, corn, potatoes, sausage, eggs, Cajun butter, and lemon) and a soft drink. The party, which has four sessions over two days, also features DJs, games and a cash bar. Additional food available à la carte. 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. on July 30 and 31. $65 to $75, additional companion ticket $10. 350 Madison, Detroit. (248) 543-1000.

Gray Ghost restaurant exterior.

Ghost & Friends at Gray Ghost: To celebrate the restaurant’s sixth anniversary, Gray Ghost chefs and owners John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino will team up with “Top Chef” season 15 winner Joe Flamm of Chicago and Detroit chefs Anthony Lombardo, Eric Lees and Anthony Patton to present a five-course meal menu with drink pairings by Will Lee. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 31. $99.21 per person. 47 Watson, Detroit.

Café Cortina x SheWolf Dinner: Two destination restaurants for high-end Italian cuisine are teaming up for a dinner to benefit the Detroit Kitchen Terminal, which aims to reduce repeat incarceration by training workers to thrive in Detroit’s restaurant industry. 1st of August. $150 per person plus tax and tip. At Café Cortina, 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033.

Detroit Philly Detroit 75 Kitchen food truck.

Food and restaurant news

Detroit 75 Kitchen launches catering services: One of the most popular food trucks not just in Detroit, but the country, Detroit 75 Kitchen launched a food service branch this month. Customers can now rent the food truck for catering, delivery service and on-site catering, including staffed food truck rental. The catering includes Detroit 75 Kitchen’s beloved sandwiches, as well as new “enhanced menu options.” Visit for catering menus or to make a request. The food truck is open for regular service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. at 4800 W. Fort, Detroit.

Steve’s Mediterranean Express is launched at Kroger: Choose from nine ready-to-eat takeaways at Steve’s Mediterranean Express counter inside the Royal Oak Kroger. There’s chicken shawarma, beef skewers, Fattoush salad, vegetarian options and more, priced from $10.99 to $15.99. Expect more take-out kiosks at other Kroger locations in the coming months. 2200 E. 12 Mile, Royal Oak.

Wine Spectator honors Michigan restaurants: Once again, Wine Spectator magazine has honored a number of Michigan restaurants for their commitment to offering world-class wine lists. This year, more than 3,000 destinations from 70 countries have been awarded at different levels. Local attractions include Prime & Proper and Vertical Detroit in Detroit, the Capital Grille in Troy, the Rugby Grille in Birmingham and the Earle and Blue Llama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor. Visit for a full list of 2022 winners.

Insomnia Cookies is now open in Detroit: Known for delivering warm cookies, ice cream and other goodies during the day and late into the night, Insomnia Cookies is opening its first store in Detroit on Tuesday. Signature items include a chocolate chip cookie, ice cream and cookie sandwiches and sundaes, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. Open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sat. and 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sun. 5171 Anthony Wayne Drive, Detroit. (313) 261-6035.

Melody Baetens

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