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10 Things to Do This Weekend (That Aren't The Auto Show)

Whether you’re looking for something to do after your auto show visit or want to do something not even related to cars, there’s plenty going on this weekend all around metro Detroit.

Michigan Producers Offer Options for Fresh Produce in Winter

It may be cold, but that doesn't mean you can't eat your vegetables

Essay: Detroit Can Beat the Gentrification Game

It won’t be easy, but the city can be a national model for inclusive economic redevelopment

MOCAD’s Super Happy Sushi Offers Simple Yet Fun Food

Corner cafe and bar good spot for fresh, quick bite for museum-goers and hungry Midtown visitors alike

Cream of Potato Soup Recipe Inspired by Incompetence

Wolfgang Puck restaurant’s Anthony Matta dishes up new and improved version

Things On Our ‘To Do’ List

Letter from the Editor

Contributors: January 2017

Explore Detroit's Cocktail Scene Through the Five Senses

5 Motown spots to experience through sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell

Recipe: Model Ti Punch

At Browndog Creamery, Have Your Shake and Spike It

Downtown Farmington spot is both ice cream parlor, cocktail bar

The Way It Was

An Hour With ... John Conyers Jr.

Congressman of Michigan's 13th Congressional District

Henry Ford’s First Car

Throughout 2017, we explore Detroit’s history with 12 artifacts — starting with an invention that forever changed the city

Jump-Start Your Fitness Routine with HIIT Workout by Detroit Body Garage

Get Fit with New Year's Gear from Detroit Businesses

Stay stylish while you work off those holiday pounds

Spirit of Giving Awards Gala 2016

Detroit neighborhood human service organization Franklin Wright Settlements hosted its annual Spirit of Giving Awards Gala at the Belle Isle Casino on Dec. 10. Guests posthumously honored Judith D. Jackson and Dr. Gerald Smith for their "outstanding commitment to excellence, innovation, and community service." The evening included dinner, an energetic musical performance by Alexander Zonjic & Friends, and more. For more than 130 years, FWS has been aiding the Detroit community with its self-help strategies, programs, and opportunities.

Who Killed Barry Crane?

In 1985, the Detroit native's body was found at his California townhouse. Despite the discovery of new DNA evidence no one has pinned down who killed the man known as the Babe Ruth of bridge and why.

Luke Cage Star Simone Missick Talks Detroit Upbringing

Before she was Misty Knight, actress was a classical musician and track athlete at Renaissance High School

Annual Holiday Tea 2016

The 28th Annual Holiday Tea to support Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based organization that aims to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women, was held on Dec. 2 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The event featured networking and a silent auction of new and gently used items brought by guests.

Kidney Ball 2016

More than 740 people attended the 2016 Kidney Ball on Dec. 3 at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. The event, which raised $617,000 for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, featured live and silent auctions, cuisine prepared by MotorCity Casino Hotel Executive Chef Raymond Bertschy, and live music by the band Your Generation in Concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse.

Jazzy Holiday Tea

Jazzy Holiday Tea, a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, was held Dec. 3 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Guests enjoyed a traditional tea and fashion show of women's tops, jewelry, and scarves, as well as music by the jazz duo Mike and Mike.

St. Joseph Mercy's 41st Annual Holiday Ball

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor held its 41st Annual Holiday Ball, The Enchanted Voyage Aboard the Queen Mary, on Dec. 3 at Eastern Michigan University. The event, which benefited the Behavioral Health Services at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, featured dinner catered by Forte Belanger, music by Intrigue, and a performance by Dancers Workshop.

2016 Capuchin School Night Out

The Second Annual Capuchin School Night Out was held Dec. 8 at Brew Detroit. The event, which was geared toward young adults, benefited the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and featured hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music, and a brewery tour.

2016 Detroit Historical Society Holiday Ball

The 2016 Detroit Historical Society Holiday Ball was held on Dec. 10 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The event aimed to bring together the metro Detroit community for a celebration of the region’s history while bidding farewell to the Joe in its final season. Guests enjoyed cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, seated dinner with both live and silent auctions, and an afterglow. and silent auctions, and an afterglow.

Champagne Wishes

Birmingham-based restaurant Forest held a Champagne Wishes brunch on Dec. 10 to benefit both Wish Upon a Teen and LUNGevity. Wish Upon a Teen provides creative programs and opportunities to teenagers battling life-limiting medical conditions such as cancer, sickle cell, and organ transplants, while LUNGevity's mission is to increase the quality of live and survivorship of people with lung cancer.

Recipe: The Sinker

The Perfect Holiday Pairing: A Michigan-Wine Fueled Fantasy

An ode to some of 2016’s most memorable wines

Luxury Test Drive January 2017

A New Year, A Healthier New You

Five Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Cheers Gala 2016

On Dec. 2, Easterseals Michigan held their largest annual fundraiser, the Cheers Gala, at the World Heritage Air Museum in Waterford. Guests enjoyed a strolling dinner, live entertainment, games, and a performance from their new dance program, the ESM Miracle Dancers. Proceeds benefited the organization, which serves and supports people with disabilities or special needs and their families so they can successfully live, learn, work, and play in their communities.

Advent Evening of Fellowship 2016

held their annual Advent Evening of Fellowship at the Detroit Athletic Club. The black tie event featured guest speaker Ken Katz, conservation and restoration artist. Katz and his team were hired to repair water damage to the ceiling of the main dining room of the Albert Kahn-designed Detroit Athletic Club, eventually leading to a restoration of the paintings hidden beneath layers of old paint. The evening benefitted the chapter's mission of to raising funds to maintain and restore the vast collection of art housed in the Vatican Museums.

Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville Offers Cozy Comfort

Stay for a spell at resort, which features Cottages at Water’s Edge for ultimate rest and relaxation

Will 2016 Be a Good Year for Michigan Wine? Time Will Tell

The weather cooperated this year, but the remaining unknown factor is what the vino will do in the bottle as it matures

Root Vegetable Gratin Recipe Elevates Sunday Potatoes

Diamond Jim Brady chef Sharon Juergens whips up an earthy take that's restaurant quality

Spreading holiday cheer … eventually

Letter From the Editor

Contributors: December 2016

The Taste 2016

On Nov. 19, Our Lady Star of the Sea hosted the 5th annual Taste event in Grosse Pointe Woods. The evening featured fine wine and food samplings from 24 exclusive vendors and live entertainment from the Chris Codish Jazz Trio. Proceeds benefited the parish.

Hob Nobble Gobble 2016

On Nov. 18, the Parade Company celebrated its 27th annual Hob Nobble Gobble, presented by Ford Motor Co. at Ford Field in Detroit. The event welcomed more than 2,000 special guests in honor of America's Thanksgiving Parade. The evening featured carnival rides, games, a performance from award winning hip hop artist Flo Rida, and more.

Nutcracker Luncheon & Boutique 2016

On Nov. 15, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council held the 34th annual Nutcracker Luncheon and Boutique at the Detroit Athletic Club in Detroit. Guests enjoyed an elegant luncheon, raffles, shopping from a collection of vendors, and more. Proceeds benefited the organization, which is an active partner of the DSO in fundraising, audience and membership expansion, youth music education, and volunteer service.

JARC Fall Fundraiser 2016

On Nov. 14, JARC brought the Music of Michael Jackson featuring The Detroit Symphony Orchestra to the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Orchestra Hall in Detroit, for their annual fall fundraiser. Guests of the pre-glow enjoyed a strolling dinner and cocktails before the iconic show. Proceeds benefited JARC, which aims to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through gentle and loving support, valued relationships, and engagement with the community, in accordance with Jewish values.

Casino Royale 2016

On Nov. 12, the the Rugiero Promise Foundation and University of Michigan Diabetes Center held the 6th annual Casino Royale fundraiser at the Edward Hotel and Convention Center in Dearborn. The event honored the memory of Antonio Rugiero who lived with type 2 diabetes for nearly 40 years. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live entertainment, games, and more. Proceeds benefited the Antonio Rugiero Diabetes Research Fund at the U of M Diabetes Research Center, with the goal of reversing the course of the disease to save lives.

The Way It Was

Did Kwame Kilpatrick Actually Help Detroit?

Disgraced and out of appeals, Detroit former mayor will still be sitting in a federal prison on New Year’s Day 2037. But could his corruption have, in an odd way, actually improved the city?

Rochester Singer Olivia Millerschin Is Just Getting Started

Former America's Got Talent contestant has racked up quite an impressive resume, but there's still 'a lot of work to do'

Pakistani Refugee Finds New Home in Detroit

Michigan organizations foster hope for those who flee to the U.S. after losing their families to war and violence abroad

Spike Your Eggnog with these Michigan-Made Liquors

Get into the holiday spirit with our boozy pairings featuring Two James, Valentine, Detroit City Distillery, Rusted Crow, and Cabresto

Metamora’s White Horse Inn Worth the Drive

With dishes such as panko-crusted Reubens and Elvira’s Hungarian Goulash, menu boasts upscale comfort-casual fare

Sprout House Has Strong Roots in Grosse Pointe Park

Long before ‘health food’ was all the rage, owners of this shop were early adopters of the trend

Holiday House in Downtown Detroit Offers One-Stop Shopping for Unique Gifts

Hour Detroit’s Chairs for Charity presented by Empathy313

On Nov. 3, the inaugural 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 the chairs to raise funds for dozens of local charities participating in the Give Detroit Challenge.

Good Reads: Reviews on Jack White, Becoming Amish, Heaven Was Detroit

New and Notable Books

The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Prophet Jones

Before a sex scandal brought him down, the 'Messiah in Mink' was one of the more prominent black celebrity preachers of midcentury America

An Hour With... Greg Russell

Movie reviewer for Live in the D

Gala Grandiosa 2016

On Nov. 12, the Detroit Institute of Arts held its annual fundraising gala, this year celebrating Salvador Salort-Pons' first year as director. Guests traveled to Spain for the evening, enjoying an elegant seated dinner catered by Forte Belanger, entertainment from DJ Rock City, and more. Proceeds benefited the DIA, ensuring the museum continues to serve as a place of inspiration and relevance for generations to come.

Shared Plates: November 2016 Contest Winners

Night of Angels 2016

On Nov. 11, Christ Child held its annual fundraiser, Night of Angels, at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market. The evening, themed a "love-in," featured psychedelic music, drinks, munchies, and far-out silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefited the organization, which offers assistance and programming for underprivileged children in the Detroit, including a residential treatment home for neglected and abused boys.

The Whitney

Spicy Peach and Blackberry Crumble - Fresh peaches and peppered blackberries are baked with streusel crumble, then topped with Ray’s vanilla bean ice cream — and the result is heavenly.

London Chop House

Steak Tartare - The steak tartare at the London Chop House features porcini vinaigrette, frisee, soft-poached egg, truffle, and crostini.

Bistro 82

Grand Shellfish Tower - East and West Coast oysters, Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab, littleneck clams, and jumbo shrimp cocktail, together with grains of paradise mignonette, cocktail sauce, and lemon, form this shellfish tower.

2FOG's Pub

Shrimp & Grits - Creamy white grits are topped with four-herb roasted shrimp, bacon, jalapenos, tomatoes, garlic, scallions, sharp cheddar cheese, and a white wine sauce.

Iridescence

32-oz. Tomahawk Steak - The 32-oz. American wagyu tomahawk steak is a guest favorite.

River Crab Blue Water Inn

Wasabi Pea Encrusted Tuna - Soy-sriracha beurre blanc, quinoa-basmati rice, and asparagus enhance the flavors of this tuna selection.

Mitchell's Fish Market

Cedar Plank Salmon - Balsamic glaze, goat cheese, asparagus, sweet peppers, and zucchini make this salmon dish truly unforgettable.

Meriwether's

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib with Coconut Macadamia Shrimp - Smashed redskins, au jus, and horseradish sour cream are the perfect complements to this popular and palate-pleasing prime rib.

Gandy Dancer

Oven Roasted Sea Bass - Sea bass is paired with a vegetable salad of romaine hearts, portobello, and grape tomatoes topped with Asian vinaigrette, and served with a wasabi cream.

Big Fish Seafood Bistro

Skillet Seafood Platter - The Skillet Seafood Platter features flounder florentine, crab cake, lobster tail, shrimp, oysters casino, roasted redskins, and balsamic roasted romas.

Cameron's Steakhouse

Filet Oscar - Savor a mouth-watering filet topped with jumbo lump crab meat and béarnaise sauce, accompanied by asparagus spears.

A Beautiful Me Avant Garde Hair Show 2016

On Nov. 6, A Beautiful Me held its 6th annual Avant Garde Hair Show fundraiser at Zuccaro’s Banquet Center in Chesterfield. The one-of-a-kind event featured everyday women walking the runway, ranging in age, weight, and ethnicity, and confidently adorning elaborate hairstyles. Proceeds benefitted the organization, helping provide local girls the opportunity to attend interactive after-school self-esteem workshops that build self-worth proactively in the next generation of women.

Culinary Program at Michigan Prison Nourishes Raw Talent

Prisoners learn more than the technical skills needed to be a cook — they learn what it takes to be a chef

Mandaloun Bistro Dishes Up Sophisticated Middle Eastern Fare

Culinary twists signal homage to Old World with decidedly New World influences at Bingham Farms restaurant

Chef Marcus Samuelsson To Take Over Detroit's Central Kitchen and Bar

44th Annual Noel Night to Light Up Detroit’s Midtown

A Night to Remember

Ringing in the New Year with style

Get Personal

Holiday gifts for your foodie, sports fan, music lover, and more

Candy Cane or Coal?

The Hour Detroit staff hands out annual gifts to those newsmakers who have been nice … and those who have been naughty. See who’s on our list this year.

Shared Plates Winning Recipe: Crawfish Etouffee

Virtually in the Vineyards

Social media gives fans an inside look at Michigan wineries

Six Metro Detroit Stores to Check Out on Small Business Saturday

Lost and Found

Detroit Artifactry builds a business around eclectic home decor

Got Leftovers? Try This Turkey Stew From El Asador Chef

Hometown Hero

How metro Detroit native Dylan Larkin became the Red Wings’ next great hope

The Hand That Feeds

Corktown grocery store aims to bring the neighborhood 100 percent locally sourced goods

Recipe: Italian Import

Café Cortina’s Antonio Giannola shares Nonna Rosa’s meatloaf secrets

Superhero Soiree 2016

On Nov. 5, Kids on the Go held its Superhero Soiree at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. Emceed by Brandon Roux of WDIV, the evening included a a strolling dinner, tastings, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by the Ben Sharkey Quartet and speed artist Dave Santia. Proceeds benefited children with special needs ages 3-14, providing free summer therapy.

An Hour With... Kym Worthy

Wayne County Prosecutor

Good Reads: Reviews

New and Notable Books

Putting on a Political ‘Party’

Letter From the Editor

Statue of Limitations

Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard is still controversial, even 75 years after his election

Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed Fashion Show presented by Somerset Collection 2016

Metro Detroit’s most fashionable attended Hour Detroit's Best Dressed Fashion Show presented by Somerset Collection on September 29, 2016 at The Fillmore Detroit.

Wishes Gala 2016

On Nov. 4, the House of Providence held its annual Wishes Gala at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. The evening, hosted by Chuck Gaidica, featured strolling hors d’oeuvres, an elegant dinner, and more. Proceeds benefited the Providence House, a therapeutic home which welcomes children and youth who have been the victim of extreme abuse and neglect, and offers them a healing environment.

Recipe: Spanish Coffee

Dutton Farm Fashion Show 2016

On Oct. 27, Dutton Farm held it's 4th annual fashion show at the Woodside Bible Church in Lake Orion. Dutton's farmers strutted the catwalk in the latest trends, and guests enjoyed a silent auction, coffee, and desserts. All proceeds benefited the non-profit, which serves individuals with mental, physical, and emotional impairments through an array of activities that foster self-belief and satisfaction.

New Kid on the Vine

Developed in a Minnesota lab, a hearty wine grape called marquette is gaining ground in Michigan

SOCK Dinner 2016

On Oct. 21, Capuchin Soup Kitchen held its 44th annual SOCK (Support Our Capuchin Kitchen) dinner at the Cobo Center Grand Riverview Ballroom in Detroit. The evening was highlighted by a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment, as well as the new “Second Helping” afterglow, featuring drinks, a dessert bar, a coffee station, and more. Proceeds benefited the organization which serves Metro Detroit by providing food, clothing, and human development programs to those in need.

Shop Hour December 2016

SOCK Dinner 2016

Keep Your Smile Healthy and Bright

Welcome to Pheasantville

Thundering Aspens Sportsman Club is bringing back a favorite of hunters