Square Meals

Three chefs take a geometric approach to entertaining, tucking creative and well-rounded meals into Japanese-style bento boxes.


1. Chicken-salad sandwich with dried cherries and walnuts, Asian slaw with black sesame and Thai sweet chili; and rice pudding with fresh berries, created by Café Muse, Royal Oak; 248-544-4749. Bento box, from Gerych’s Graziella, Birmingham; 248-723-5650, or Fenton; 810-629-5995.

2. Sriracha fire-roasted artichoke with cool ginger aioli, created by Ronin, Royal Oak; 248-546-0888. Bento box, $24.95 at Sur La Table, The Mall at Partridge Creek, Clinton Township; 586-226-1452.

3. Florentine stuffed chicken matson breast (boneless chicken with drumette attached); caramelized red-onion relish; sesame-seed crusted rice cakes with radish sprouts; grilled-vegetable rosemary skewer atop fried sweet potatoes; and a tropical-fruit mix, created by Fórte Belanger catering, Troy; 248-288-3300. Bento box, $24.95, at Sur La Table, The Mall at Partridge Creek, Clinton Township; 586-226-1452.

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