I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
Good wine, good friends, and a good cause?Wine for Warriors is a non-profit organization that combines all three during educational tasting events to benefit soldiers and their families. A joint effort by the Cellar Door Club and Michael "The Wine Counselor" Schafer, the events are held at Cellar Door's barrel-lined wine room and range from an introduction to wine-tasting with wines from around the world to a crash course on food pairings. During classes, visitors will learn more about wine varietals and how to appreciate them so they can come to their own conclusions about which variety they prefer.
Named Best Neighborhood Bar in 2010 by Real Detroit Weekly, Muldoon’s whets whistles and stuffs bellies with a full bar and extensive menu. Flanked by celery and blue cheese, buffalo wings ($10.95 for 20 pieces) take flight over wide-open plate prairies. Served in warm pita stuffed with tomatoes, onions, and four pieces of succulent lamb, gyros come with a side of cucumber sauce ($5.95). Drink specials such as $5 Jager bombs on Friday and Saturday nights, and $2.75 Long Island iced teas all day on Wednesdays help wash meals down while live music and karaoke entertain ears. Under the soothing hum of a flock of HD televisions, quarrelling coworkers can settle lingering thermostat disputes over a game of pool or darts or prune their synapses with a round of video trivia.
In addition to his NASM certification, Jungle Gym Fitness Studio’s owner Jason Schaefer spent six years as the official trainer for Automotion, the Detroit Pistons dance team, helping him helm a gym where patrons can work out and express creativity in innovative classes. The bare-bones studio hosts indoor and outdoor boot camps as well as nightclub-inspired dance and boxing aerobics courses. Class sizes are limited to about 20 students to ensure each student gets ample attention and personalized technique tips. Along with group classes, instructors lend nutritional advice and assist patrons in training for races and sports-specific goals such as improving golf swings and preventing wrist injuries in ping-pong marathons.
Elvis Presley is alive and well inside Graceland Wine Shoppe: thousands of pieces of memorabilia?all depicting the King himself?line the restaurant and shop's walls. But of course, that's not the only reason people shimmy and shake their way in from far and wide.
The real star here is owner and lifelong Elvis collector Dave, who has earned his own fair share of fans for his Graceland-inspired eats. These include "The King" gyro with tzatziki sauce; "The King" special Chicago-style cheese and pepperoni deep-dish pizza; and the "Heart Stopper" sub, which towers with five kinds of meat, pizza sauce, and Italian dressing. As for the shoppe portion of his restaurant's name, Dave earns that through an onsite retail section which sells wine, beer, and extra letters for sprucing up the ends of words.
Supplying the most seasoned beer- and wine-makers or teaching newbies the tricks of the trade, the folks at Hopman's Beer and Wine Making Supply are eager to share their knowledge with everyone who walks through the front door. Brewers will find an enormous inventory of supplies for home brewing, including fresh whole malts and grains, a plethora of yeasts, and an outlaw attitude. They also have materials and equipment for cheese and winemaking, and classes to learn how to do so.