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Rebuilding the Bridges Between Detroit's Jewish and African-American Worshippers

A pastor and a rabbi are making 'interfaith' more than just a buzzword

An Hour With... Rita Sayegh

Retail Director and Buyer at Mills Pharmacy and Apothecary

Elevate Your Holiday Recipes With These Six Spices

From the classic to the unconventional

Cheers Gala 2017

On Dec. 1, Easterseals Michigan hosted its annual Cheers Gala at the Rochester Mills Production Brewery & Tap House in Auburn Hills. Guests enjoyed 16 craft beers on tap, wines, food trucks, and more. Proceeds benefited Easterseals Michigan, a nonprofit that helps the disabled, specifically those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Cocktail Recipe: Coquito

Hour Detroit's managing editor shares her recipe for a Puerto Rican holiday tradition

Detroit 2017: Our Picks for Who's Been Naughty or Nice

We made our list and checked it twice

10 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec. 8-10)

Enjoy a medley of holiday events, musical performances, and more this weekend

The Way it Was

1956, Comedian Soupy Sales

Review: Inside Detroit Vegan Soul’s New Westside Location

It's one of several restaurant openings in Grandmont Rosedale this year

The Taste 2017

On Nov. 21, Our Lady Star of the Sea hosted its 6th annual Taste event in Grosse Pointe Woods. Attendees enjoyed a selection of fine wine and food samplings from local restaurants. Proceeds from the community event benefited the parish.

Kidney Ball 2017

On Dec. 2, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan held its annual Kidney Ball at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Nearly 600 attendees enjoyed a Candy Bar from Mars Wrigley Confectionery, a performance from Your Generation featuring Fifty Amp Fuse, and more. Proceeds from the "Casablanca" themed event benefited the NKFM's programs and services, helping those with chronic kidney disease.

Christmas Home Tour 2017

On Dec. 1, Christ Child Society of Detroit held its annual Christmas Home Tour in Birmingham. Attendees enjoyed brunch and boutique shopping at the Birmingham Country Club, and toured nearby Christmas-decorated homes. Proceeds benefited the organization, which is dedicated to improving the well-being of local disadvantaged and at-risk children.

Holiday High Tea 2017

On Dec. 1, Alternatives for Girls hosted its 29th Annual Holiday High Tea at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The sold-out event featured tea, snacks, and a silent auction. Proceeds supported Alternatives for Girls in its effort to empower and assist local homeless and at-risk girls and young women.

Contributors: December 2017

Shop Early... and Shop Local

Letter from the Editor

Sanders' Flagship Store Gets a Sweet Update

The Clinton Township candy shop boasts two chocolate fountains

Ferndale Restaurant and ‘Activity Center’ to Open Next Week

The two-story location combines good food, board games, and axe throwing

Michigan's Wine Industry is Adding $5 Billion to the Local Economy

There are more than 130 wineries statewide

The Humble Beginnings of the 'World's Largest Christmas Store'

Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is 45-acres of holiday cheer

Recipe: Pannukakku

The Conserva’s Matthew Baldridge takes on his grandmother’s Finnish custard pancakes

Women's Division for Project Hope Holiday Luncheon 2017

On Nov. 29, the Women's Division for Project Hope held their annual Holiday Luncheon at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. Guests enjoyed lunch, shopping, raffles, silent auctions, and more. Proceeds from the event benefited the Women's Division branch of Project Hope, a nonprofit that provides relief for disasters and health crises globally.

The Future is Still Hazy for Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

But it could become clearer in 2018 with a new licensing process

Must-see Acts Coming to Detroit this Winter

Plus, where to eat and drink after the show

Noel Night Mixes Throwback Charm with Local Shopping and the Arts

For 45 years, the annual event has put Detroit's Cultural Center in a holiday mood

Six Outerwear Trends to Wear This Winter

Brace yourself for frigid temperatures with haute coats and chic accessories

This Season's Hottest Gifts for Everyone on Your List

We sifted through nearly 500 items from local and national brands to help you find the perfect gifts for your friends, family, and coworkers.

Dancing with the Detroit Stars 2017

On Nov. 18, South Oakland Shelter hosted its 9th annual Dancing with the Detroit Stars gala at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The star-filled event featured a silent auction, dinner, and a dance competition featuring local celebrities partnered with professional dancers. Proceeds benefited the South Oakland Shelter, providing support for the homeless community.

10 Metro Detroit Food Events to Check Out this December

Eat, drink, and be merry!

This Bank-turned-restaurant is Another Reason to Love Clarkston's Dining Scene

The Fed Community is serving up good food in a kid-friendly atmosphere

10 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec. 1-3)

Celebrate the new month with classical performances, comedy shows, and holiday-themed events

Founders to Open New Detroit Location in December

Savor Detroit Fall 2017

Hour Detroit's Savor Detroit, a five-night dinner series featuring ten top chefs, took place at the Great Lakes Culinary Center October 2-6, 2017.

Hob Nobble Gobble 2017

On Nov. 17, Ford Motor Company presented its 28th annual Hob Nobble Gobble event at Ford Field in Detroit. Presented by the Parade Company, the black-tie event honored America's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Guests enjoyed a Carnival Midway, a Parade of Stars, a performance by Why Don't We, and more.

Gather to Give 2017

On Nov. 9, Gilda's Club Metro Detroit hosted its 4th annual Gather to Give at its clubhouse in Royal Oak. The "Ladies Night Out" themed event featured a strolling dinner and a silent auction. Proceeds directly benefited cancer patients and family care programs.

Brave Knight Benefit 2017

On Nov. 10, the Julian Boivin Courage for Cures Foundation held its 7th annual Brave Knight Benefit at Pine Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield. The charitable event featured a champagne reception, a strolling dinner, and more. Proceeds benefited diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) brain tumor research grants.

Detroit Veterans Gala 2017

On Nov. 10, Central City Integrated Health (CCIH) held its inaugural Detroit Veterans Gala at the Detroit Golf Club. Guests enjoyed dinner, guest speakers, and an art auction featuring pieces from local veteran artist Donald "Sunn" Anderson. Proceeds of the gala benefited the CCIH, providing housing and health services to veterans and Detroit residents.

10 Things to Do This Weekend (November 24-26)

There's way more to do than just Black Friday shopping this weekend in metro Detroit

Recipe: Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

A comforting favorite from Chef Jeff Rose of C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill

11 Metro Detroit Events to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Retail Report: Get Your Holiday Shopping Started at These New Metro Detroit Shops

There’s plenty of new, local retailers to meet all of your gift-giving needs

A Beautiful Me Avant Garde Hair Show 2017

On Nov. 5, A Beautiful Me held its 7th annual Avant Garde Hair Show fundraiser at Zuccaro's Banquets & Catering in Chesterfield. Attendees enjoyed dinner, dessert, and a hair-centric fashion show that showcased the works of Michigan-based hairstylists. Proceeds from the one-of-a-kind event benefited A Beautiful Me in its mission to raise the self-esteem of young women through unique and interactive workshops.

Breaking the Silence on Elder Abuse Benefit 2017

On Nov. 9, St. Anne's Mead held its Evening of Empowerment: Breaking the Silence on Elder Abuse benefit. The informative event was held at The Community House of Birmingham and included dinner, drinks, guest speakers, and more. Proceeds benefitted the nonprofit its efforts to raise awareness of elder abuse and provide memory care for those with forms of dementia.

The Sky’s the Limit

Pilot opens second winery location in Irish Hills

10 Things to Do This Weekend (November 17-19)

Concerts, cocktails, contemporary art – there's a lot going on in metro Detroit this weekend

11 New Art Exhibits to Check Out This Season

Blog: Meeting Ruby Bridges

A University of Detroit Mercy graduate reflects on an encounter with a civil rights hero

Inside Detroit Mercy's Civil Rights 'Immersion' Course

The program is taking students to iconic sites in three southern states

Shared Plates: November 2017 Winner

Recipe: Sweet Pea Gnocchi with Tarragon Pea Cream, Salmon, and Quick Microgreen Salad

Molly's Picks: Common Pub and Kruse & Muer on Woodward

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots

Essay: Why Being an 'Ally' Can Be More Complicated Than You May Think

Even good intentions can miss the mark

Why Your Next Wood Project Should Be Made Out of These Salvaged City Trees

Ann Arbor's Urbanwood Project is taking the reclaimed lumber trend to the next level

Chocolate Jubilee 2017

On Oct. 28, the Alzheimer's Association held its 33rd annual Chocolate Jubilee at MGM Grand Detroit Hotel. Guests enjoyed a keynote address from writer, artist, and anthropologist Dana Walrath, chocolate tastings, and live music from Nouveauté. Proceeds benefited organization in its effort to serve individuals and families struggling with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.

First Congregational Church of Detroit Restoration Fundraiser 2017

On Nov, 4, the First Congregational Church of Detroit hosted its annual fundraiser and restoration dinner. The fundraiser honored Rev. Dr. Cindy A. Rice as she celebrated her 3rd year as pastor of the church. Guests enjoyed dinner, music, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefited the restoration of the historic church, which serves as the site of the Underground Railroad Living Museum.

Cranbrook Art Museum’s Latest Exhibits Explore Street Art

Keith Haring, Jean Michael Basquiat, and Detroit artists will be on display

New Cranbrook Exhibit Remembers Keith Haring

The show comes 30 years after the contemporary artist's visit to Bloomfield Hills

Shop Hour December 2017

Your Guide to Food and Drink Events in Metro Detroit this November

10 Things to Do This Weekend (November 10-12)

Enjoy comedy shows, concerts, art exhibits, and more this weekend in metro Detroit

This Detroit Lawyer Turns Cookie Maker on the Weekends

Hamtramck’s Le Detroit Macaron is worth a Saturday visit

A New Year – A Healthy New Smile!

The Way It Was

The Great Depression, 1930

How to Look Sharp for Your Next Dinner Party

Detroit-based menswear stylist and blogger Michael-Anthony Spearman dishes out his best advice

Let’s Go Shopping for a City!

Letter From the Editor

Contributors: November 2017

Cocktail Recipe: Run For Your Money

Harvest Moon Ball 2017

On Oct. 27, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital hosted its 10th annual Harvest Moon Ball at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel. The extravagant evening featured dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, and more. Proceeds benefited oncology services at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

Making the Auction House Cool Again

A new generation is keeping this family-owned Detroit institution relevant

River Bistro is One of Detroit's Hottest New Restaurants – and It's Not in Downtown

The Northwest Detroit restaurant is just the beginning for the hometown chef

Chairs For Charity 2017

On Nov. 2, the second annual Chairs for Charity fundraiser showcased the talent of the local art and design community at the Garden Theater in Detroit. During the unique pop-up gallery of extraordinary chair installations, attendees sipped cocktails, enjoyed gourmet bites, and bid on beautiful works of art to raise funds for dozens of local charities participating in the Give Detroit Challenge.

Steps to Success 2017

On Oct. 25, Services To Enhance Potential (STEP) held its Steps to Success event on the second floor of Cost Plus Wine Shop at Detroit's Eastern Market. The fundraiser featured wine tastings, strolling hors d'oeuvres, and an art auction. Proceeds supported STEP in its efforts to provide and support disabled adults seeking employment opportunities.

SOCK Dinner 2017

On Oct. 27, Capuchin Soup Kitchen held its annual Support Our Capuchin Kitchen (SOCK) dinner at Cobo Center Grand River Ballroom in Detroit. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auctions, and more. An Afterglow reception continued the night's festivities. Proceeds benefitted the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, providing food, clothing, and assistance to those in need.

Rugiero Casino Royale 2017

On Oct. 28, the Rugiero Promise Foundation held its 7th annual Casino Royale at the Ford Community & Arts Center in Dearborn. The charity event featured an open bar, strolling dinner, and a performance by The Toppermost Band. Guests danced and placed bets in various casino games. Proceeds benefitted the Rugiero Promise Foundation in its effort to find a cure for diabetes.

Dutton Farm's Fashion Show 2017

On Oct. 22, Dutton Farm held its 5th annual fashion show at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Guests and models dressed in trends from their favorite decades. Attendees enjoyed strolling hors d'oeurves, drinks, desserts, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefitted the nonprofit's special needs employment program, providing dignified employment to people of all abilities.

Judge Damon J. Keith 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration 2017

On Oct. 28, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History celebrated Judge Damon J. Keith's 50 years of service on the federal bench. The black-tie optional event featured live music by The Gabriel Brass Band and Jimmy McKee & The Upsetters, dinner, and a dessert reception. Proceeds benefitted the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law and the museum.

Michigan's Microbrew Scene is Stocked with Some Edgy Labels

But when does clever cross the line?

Prohibition Relics Hide in Plain Sight at Abick's Bar

A century-old cash register is the centerpiece at this southwest Detroit dive

Try These Locally-Inspired, Bite-Size Candy Apples

Elevate the fall favorite by wrapping it in Michigan-made snacks

Top Docs Party 2017

On Oct. 26, Hour Detroit's 12th Annual Top Docs Party was held at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. The professionals named on the 2017 Top Docs list celebrated with their colleagues and enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, and live entertainment.

An Hour With... Steve Neavling

Aka the Motor City Muckraker

5 Takeaways About Life and Career from Influence 2018

Panelists from GirlBoss Media, Teen Vogue, More, Shared Insight at the Michigan Women’s Foundation Event

10 Things to Do This Weekend (November 3-5)

Daylight Savings Time may be ending, but the fun is just beginning in metro Detroit this weekend

Are the Detroit Suburbs Headed for Trouble?

The American dream is no longer in suburbia

Could this Detroit Native be the Next Pope?

How the weight-lifting, piano-playing, former football player became part of the Roman Catholic hierarchy

Red Dunn Kitchen Boasts an Imaginative Menu with Plenty of Originality

Expect the exceptional at the Trumbull & Porter hotel’s restaurant

Recipe: Nutella Pizza

Sweet memories spur Testa Barr Co-Chef Gabriella Rodriguez’ take on 'za

Excellence in Care: Beaumont Health

Hour Detroit presented Beaumont Health with an Excellence in Care Award for this extraordinary medical case. The case was featured in this video at the 2017 Top Docs Party at the Gem Theatre.

Excellence in Care: DMC

Hour Detroit presented the DMC with an Excellence in Care Award for this extraordinary medical case. The case was featured in this video at the 2017 Top Docs Party at the Gem Theatre.

Excellence in Care: Henry Ford Health System

Hour Detroit presented Henry Ford Health System with an Excellence in Care Award for this extraordinary medical advancement. The story was featured in this video at the 2017 Top Docs Party at the Gem Theatre.

Excellence in Care: McLaren Macomb

Hour Detroit presented McLaren Macomb with an Excellence in Care Award for this extraordinary medical case. The case was featured in this video at the 2017 Top Docs Party at the Gem Theatre.

Excellence in Care: St. Joseph Mercy

Hour Detroit presented St. Joseph Mercy with an Excellence in Care Award for extraordinary medical collaboration. The story was featured in this video at the 2017 Top Docs Party at the Gem Theatre.

Here’s How They Change the Ice into Hardwood at Little Caesars Arena — Overnight

It’s not how you may think

A Night to R.E.M.ember 2017

On Oct. 20, Sweet Dreamzzz Inc. hosted its annual A Night to R.E.M.ember event. The fundraiser was held on the cobblestone streets of the Detroit Historical Museum, and featured live and silent auctions, a signature 'Heads or Tails' event, and more. Proceeds benefitted Sweet Dreamzzz, educating disadvantaged kids and families about healthy sleeping habits.

10 Things to Do This Weekend (October 27-29)

Halloween-themed events, horror movie screenings, sci-fi scores, and more

It’s Detroit Fall Beer Weekend

Eastern Market event to offer samples from nearly 120 Michigan breweries

New and Notable Books by Local Authors to Add to Your Reading List

Plus, what our staff is reading right now

Pinot Blanc: The Charming Cousin

Traditionally derided or ignored, this varietal is attracting a swell in interest at Michigan wineries

Taste of Southfield 2017

On Oct. 10, the 2017 Taste of Southfield was held at the Southfield Town Center Atrium. Presented by the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the premier event featured samplings from 20 local restaurants, shopping from local vendors, and an Edible Creations competition. A portion of the proceeds benefitted the American Heart Association.

St. Mary Mercy Livonia Gala 2017

On Oct. 13, St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital held its 25th annual fundraising gala at the Laurel Manor in Livonia. The gala was themed after Cirque de la Vie and featured dinner, auctions, and circus performers. This year's event raised $250,000 for the Healthy Livonia initiative, providing the community opportunities to get and stay healthy.

Women of Vision Benefit Luncheon 2017

On Oct. 10, the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section, held its Women of Vision benefit luncheon. The annual event took place at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield and featured New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner as the guest speaker. Proceeds from the event supported programs of the National Council of Jewish Women/Greater Detroit.