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2017 Restaurant of the Year: Bistro 82

With impeccable attention to details and the subtle evolution of ongoing menu items, the staff at Bistro 82 keeps pushing the envelope in a tireless quest to seek perfection

10 Things To Do in Detroit This Weekend

From whiskey tastings to Broadway shows, there's plenty to do around metro Detroit.

Local Chefs Get Nod on James Beard Foundation Awards List

Shared Plates: Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

Mixing Things Up with Wine-Infused Cocktails

Cozy Home Decor

Inspiration to make you feel at home

What Do Wine Rating Numbers Mean?

Wilfred Wong explains the range in understandable words.

Washtenaw Community College Mardi Gras 2017

On Feb. 4, the Washtenaw Community College Foundation held its 32nd annual Mardi Gras celebration inside the Morris Lawrence building on its Ann Arbor campus. Guests enjoyed a Wizard of Oz themed dinner from the college’s culinary students and regional guest chefs. Proceeds benefitted the foundation, which supports students and faculty with financial and educational tools to succeed.

The Way It Was

The Metropolitan Building, 1927

Six Detroit Date Night Ideas

From fine dining to undie runs, there’s plenty to do around metro Detroit this Valentine’s Day

We're Not Gonna Fake It

Letter from the Editor

An Hour With... Irvin D. Reid

President Emeritus, Wayne State University

Contributors: February 2017

Club Harlem Piano

The piano is a reminder that even during the Great Depression, Detroiters could still dance the night away

Love & Buttercream Expands

Second location means there's even more to Love (& Buttercream).

Recipe: The Buzzed Monk

Cocktail recipe from Kylie Christian, bartender at The Root Restaurant & Bar in White Lake

Battling Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women

Local Pop-Up Chefs Form Multicultural Alliance

How a group chefs are expanding Detroit's ethnic dining scene

Roasted Lamb Recipe from Chapman House Chef Chris Cason

This hearty winter dish offers a hint of spring

Alie's Lebanese Grill Goes Beyond Typical Fare

With a high-end menu, the Sterling Heights restaurant carves a new identity

Mackinac's Grand Hotel Subject of WTVS Documentary

Previewing Detroit Public Television's new documentary about the iconic hotel, debuting in March

Local Museum Pays Homage to Lace Treasures

Exploring the collection of gowns, gloves, and more at Northville's Lace Museum

The Dirty Show Turns 18

Detroit's annual Dirty Show comes of legal age.

COTS Soup City 2017

On Jan. 26, the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) celebrated its 18th annual Soup City event at the Gem & Century Theatre in Detroit. Guests enjoyed live entertainment from Les Williams, Zydeco Hepcats, and the Jerry Ross Band, and food from more than 20 local restaurants. Proceeds benefitted the nonprofit, which provides coaching and mentorship services to help people defeat homelessness and gain independence.

Bates Street Gala 2017

On Jan. 28, the Bates Street Society celebrated their charitable members at the Community House in Birmingham. During the black-tie event, guests enjoyed a three-course dinner, drinks, and live entertainment. The society was founded in 2015 to help recognize donors who make significant charitable contributions to support the work and mission of the Community House in Birmingham.

El Asador Steakhouse Takes a Gourmet Approach to Mexican Fare

El Asador Steakhouse takes a gourmet approach to Mexican fare.

10 Things to Do in Detroit This Weekend to Beat the Winter Blues

Four Tips For Getting Your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track

Big Shots, Little Stars 2017

On Jan. 13, MGM Grand Casino in Detroit hosted the 2017 Big Shots, Little Stars AfterGlow event. Guests enjoyed a complimentary shuttle to and from Cobo Center, dinner, cocktails, live music, and more. The event benefitted the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, which works to improve the health quality of Michigan children.

Bocce with the Brothers 2017

The 5th annual Bocce with the Brothers took place on Friday, Jan. 20 at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights. Guests enjoyed an unlimited buffet, live music, and bocce ball games. All proceeds benefitted the Capuchin ministries, which uses the teaching of St. Francis of Assisi to help those in need, including the poor.

Big Shots, Little Stars 2017

Bocce with The Brothers 2017

Shared Plates: Butternut Squash Skillet with Goat Cheese Recipe

Ann Arbor Folk Festival Celebrates 40 Years

13th Annual Meridian Winter Blast Returns to Campus Martius Park

Shared Plates: February 2017 Contest Winner

May is the New April

This spring, Michigan Wine Month is on the move

Auto Glow 2017

On Jan. 13, Ford Field hosted the 2017 AutoGlow charity event to support The Children's Center. Guests enjoyed a Monopoly-themed night of dinner, drinks and dancing, all while supporting the Detroit-based charity. Since its founding in 1929, The Children's Center works with children who've experienced trauma or struggled with developmental challenges.

NAIAS Charity Preview 2017

On Jan. 13 at Cobo Center, guests enjoyed a first look at North American International Auto Show at the Charity Preview. The black-tie event raised nearly $5.2 million, benefitting a wide range of children’s charities, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. The glitzy fundraiser, touted as the largest in the world, has raised more than $110 million for southeast Michigan children's charities since the gala was established years ago.

NAIAS Charity Preview 2017

On Jan. 13 at Cobo Center, guests enjoyed a first look at North American International Auto Show at the Charity Preview. The black-tie event raised nearly $5.2 million, benefitting a wide range of children’s charities, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. The glitzy fundraiser, touted as the largest in the world, has raised more than $110 million for southeast Michigan children's charities since the gala was established years ago.

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

Make Today the Start of a Heart-Healthy Life

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

Abbott-Detroit automobile, 1911

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.

Car People

Meet some of the people (and their rides) that make up metro Detroit’s vibrant auto culture

Vibrant and Distinct

Ann Arbor’s Cardamom serves up utterly fresh, sophisticated, and authentic Indian fare

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.

Built for Fun

Fitting in family time is a snap at the Legoland Discovery Center Michigan

The Mind-Body Connection

How kickboxing can improve mental health

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