It's time to get crafty with We CraVe Detroit and Method's Chef Jared Dellario. We've just released a limited number of tickets to our Oktoberfest celebration: a Deconstructed Beer Dinner. Join us in a fabulous secret location in Bloomfield Hills on Saturday, October 17.
Amuse: "Starter Wort"
Maple Creek Micro Greens tossed in Citrus Emulsion, Berkshire Bacon, Bosc Pear with English Style Pale Ale
1st Course: "Yeast and Malt" Fish and Chips
Rosemary Pomme Frittes, Amber ale, and Malt-battered Perch
2nd Course: "Mash Making"
Red Devil Squash, Serrano and Thai Chile Hybrids, Pineapple heirloom tomatoes, Sweet Onion Marmalade, Zingerman's Great Lakes Cheshire cheese with Reduced Wheat Ale
3rd Course: "Sparging & Boil" Blueberry Duck Duo Confit
Duck Confit and Grilled Breast Over English Hops and Lemon Balm Risotto with IPA Blueberry Compote.
4th Course: "Cooling" English Shortbread Sandwich
Ginger and Vanilla Shortbread Cookies, Cinnamon Basil Gelato, and Vanilla Stout Cream Sauce
Grab your hats (literally!) and join We CraVe Detroit and Method by Chef Jared Dellario in the Mad Hatter's garden for a tea-inspired dinner featuring hand-picked, single origin teas from Joseph Wesley Tea's collection. Savor an early autumn evening with fellow foodies and cozy up to a familiar flavor presented in a whole new way. Instead of drinking tea, we're gonna eat it!
Tip your hat to Lewis Carroll by feasting on the following:
About Joseph Wesley Tea:_ A finalist for Martha Stewart's Best American Made Food award, Detroit-based JWT works directly with some of the most famous tea growers in the world to produce exceptional hand-picked, hand-made premium teas (and ice tea).
About Jared Dellario: Jared Dellario is a Michigan based chef. Growing up in Kalamazoo he enjoyed the revolving seasons, community of artists, sports, family and friends. His passion for fine food came when living as a snowboarder in Avon, Colorado he worked at acclaimed Toscanini (fine dining Italian restaurant) in Beavercreek ski resort village. There he developed skills and worked with friends which guided him towards a career path back to Michigan. He has cooked professionally for the last 13 years in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Las Vegas, New York, Ann Arbor, and now in Metro Detroit.
Wow, what an amazing weekend we had. On Friday, we hosted over 58 diners at Yemans Street in Hamtramck.
We hosted a more intimate dinner in a canvas draped basement in Ferndale -- an ode to Canvas Underground. The look on everyone's faces as they approached was one of apprehension but just as we predicted nearly everyone left raving about the food and made new friends by the end of the night. Simply magical.
Thank you Shelby Lentz for performing throughout the night. You will crush it in Nashville!
Finally, Peter jackson's menu KICKED ASS. The heirloom tomatoes were mind-blowing...and that Melo Farms pork (I'm jealous of those of you who got to eat the chowder). It was super cool that the farmer, Melody Nye, herself stopped by to share her story with our guests.
If you attended or missed out, here are some photos thanks to our friends at Lovely Trouble.
Thank you again for joining us!
Wow, we are so stoked to be featured on Crain's Business Detroit. We are grateful to Laura Cassar for diving deeper into our story beyond the food -- and also for giving us great tips on where to find the best tomatoes in Michigan. Check out the story here on our Press page.
Also, Chef Peter landed safe and sound with a few pounds of tasso in tow this afternoon. We took him on a tour of Detroit -- starting with Green Dot Stables, then Mexicantown, on to downtown's Guardian Building, Spirit of Detroit, Campus Martius, and finally wrapped up in Midtown's Great Lakes Coffee & Bar, and HopCat. We gave Peter a crash course on Michigan's vast craft beer scene.
I think our enthusiasm for this great city is rubbing off on him.
We CraVe Detroit is gearing up for this week's popup dinners! This past Saturday, our friends Dorothy and Jake of Sarap Detroit took us to Eastern Market to introduce us to their favorite farmers -- specifically Melody and Lynn Nye of Melo Farms. Melo Farms is Michigan's largest pastured heritage breed (Berkshire) pork farm.
Chef Peter is preparing Melo Farms' pork three ways for Friday's menu: Smoke Pork Belly, Grilled Chorizo, and Braised Shoulder with Fresh Corn Tortillas and Mole Chichilo. And he's preparing pork a different way for Saturday: Maple Cured Pork Loin Chop with Potato Leek Pillow, Wild Blueberry Gastrique and Ratatouille Salad.
Back in California, we partnered with sustainable farms like Soul Food Farm of Vacaville and organic River Dog Farm. We know the people behind our ingredients and at our popups we aim to connect the producers to our guests by sharing their stories at dinner.
Melody hails from Castro Valley, CA, which is in San Francisco's East Bay -- where I'm from. She and her husband traded in their corporate life and moved from Oregon to Yale, MI, to start their dream of owning a sustainable heritage pig farm! Lynn, like Craig, is originally from Michigan, they moved here in 2010.
Not only do I love pork (it's in my blood since I'm Filipino) but to find out they share Craig and my journey of trading in the West Coast life for Michigan was even more meaningful.
If you haven't bought your ticket to the dinner on Friday or Saturday, what are you waiting for?
We CraVe Detroit presents Canvas Underground:
Photo credit for Melody and Lynn Nye: Karen De Coster (c) 2012
Photo credit for Eastern Market and of Vera and Dorothy: Vera Devera (c) 2015
Are you a rebel? A hungry rebel? Dine at one of San Francisco’s most secret supperclubs as it’s team lands in Detroit.
Join a table full of new friends and a five course chef’s choice menu bringing Chef Peter Jackson’s Bay Area cuisine to you. Our hostess with the mostess, Vera Devera, moved to Detroit this past winter and Peter’s flying in to prepare dishes reflecting his travels abroad.
Join us for 2 nights only in Detroit, first at Yemans Street, and then in a secret location in Ferndale in metro Detroit.
August 7: A Taste of Mexico: It’s Not Taco Night
7:00 p.m. - Yemans Street, 2995 Yemans Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Chile Ancho Relleno con Hongos
Mushroom stuffed chile ancho fried in a masa “tempura” batter
Ensalada de mariscos ceviche
Cooked and citrus marinated seafood with chiles serranos, tomato, avocado and cilantro
Sopa de Flore de Calabaza
Squash blossoms, tomatillos, fresh goat cheese and cream
Carne de Cerdo Cocida Tres Maneras
Smoked pork belly, grilled chorizo and braised shoulder with fresh corn tortillas and mole chichilo
Helado de Maiz
Sweet corn ice cream with piloncillo and chocolate sauces
August 8: Canvas Does Detroit
7:00 p.m. - private location in Ferndale, MI revealed only to ticket purchasers
Cucumber and Smoked Salmon
Cardamon-Saffron Yogurt Sauce, Pickled Red Onion
Corn and Roasted Chile Chowder
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Goat Cheese, Pistachio Oil, Wild Arugula
Maple Cured Pork Loin Chop with Potato Leek Pillow,
Wild Blueberry Gastrique and Ratatouille Salad
Summer Berry Compote
Lemon-Lavender Meringue, Vanilla Bean Sabayon