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.
Arbor Brewing Company serves organic pub fare that incorporates local farmers’ and growers’ fresh, seasonal meats and produce. The dinner menu showcases Lake Superior whitefish ($13) and the Ar-burger ($13), a 1/3 pound patty of beef from McLaughlin Farm, a local producer of grass-fed, hormone-free cattle. Vegetarians rejoice when served the beer-battered tempeh sandwich ($8) from the lunch menu. Night owls can nosh hearty bar fare from the late-night menu, such as pierogies ($8) or a half pound of chicken strips ($7).
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.
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.
Tasters at the Metro Detroit Beer Sampling savor a diverse set of six Michigan microbrewed beers. Buds and brains alike are captivated as certified sommelier Anthony Minne, a vetted beverage consultant from Plum Market West Bloomfield, discusses the finer points of each pour. Tongues emerge educated in taste, better able discern the qualities of a well-crafted brew and distinguish the difference between a lager and a logger. Taste tipplers sip outdoors on The Community House's brick terrace, soaking up the dusky summer eve atop wrought-iron patio furniture. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside The Community House.