Bites: December 2014

News and notes about the metro Detroit food scene


Drink Up, Detroit

Shades of Prohibition, only in this case it’s perfectly legal: Detroit City Distillery at 2462 Riopelle St. in the Eastern Market, where gin, whiskey, vodka, and other spirits are made and dispensed in a dimly lit, brick-walled room with lots of “Joe-sent-me” vintage appeal. Detroit City Distillery took over a former meat-packing space, brought in a gorgeous old wood backbar, and makes all of its own ingredients as well as the liquor itself. Chuck Gellasch is the head bartender as well as a principal in the company ... 

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Not Hour, Our

Another local distillery, Our/Detroit, is run by Sara Aldridge and Kate Bordine at 2545 Bagley Ave. in a renovated building. Our/Vodka is made with a recipe provided by French company Pernod Ricard. Each city producing the vodka uses as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, adding its individual character to the liquor. Local artists designed the furniture in the tasting room. JeanneMarie Morrish is in charge of the distillery operation for the all-female crew ... 

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Turkish Times 22

Turkish fare is a rarity here, the ancient cuisine upheld by Ayse Uras, whose Ann Arbor restaurant, Ayse’s Café on Plymouth Road, has just gone into its 22nd year serving Sultan’s moussaka and borek ...  

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Wicked Packages

The Rattlesnake Club has Dec. 12 and 19 tickets to Wicked at the Fisher Theatre, and will offer them paired with four-course dinners. On the 20th, the package will feature a DSO holiday performance at Orchestra Hall ...  

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Meet The New Boss

Dr. Michael McCall will become the new director of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University on Jan. 1.

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