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.
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.
When baseball season starts for the Detroit Tigers, it's time to celebrate. And at The Opening Day Festival, fans do just that?for 13 hours. The festival starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m. But don't worry, it never gets dull. An epic roster of DJs spins back-to-back sets, and fans can always refuel in a heated beer tent with a full bar and snacks. There's baseball too, of course, playing on an array of HDTV screens. Meanwhile, party buses ferry revelers to and from six different pubs throughout the city, resolving transit concerns more effectively than a single, perseverant dragon.
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham Hotel recharges weary travelers with clean and comfortable accommodations that include complimentary breakfast and access to an onsite fitness center. With the Valentine's Day package—which can be redeemed any night between February 10 and February 19—couples get to spend a night together free from the distractions of in-laws and Law & Order reruns. Rooms come stocked with Valentine's essentials, a bottle of bubbly and a box of chocolates. Guests who book a room on any night will enjoy amenities including free WiFi, access to the 24-hour fitness center, and breakfast of coffee, biscuits, and cinnamon rolls.
As blues and R&B tunes pour from the speakers, the aromas of Southern cooking spill from Beans & Cornbread's open kitchen, making mouths water for what Hour Magazine calls Detroit's best soul food. The dishes don't disappoint. From gumbo and catfish to fried chicken and pork chops, each entree oozes flavor and comfort, backed by the addition of homestyle sides such as candied sweet potatoes and black-eyed peas. It's down-home through and through, but as Gayot pointed out, the chef's "experience in upscale restaurants becomes evident" in each dish. The kitchen strives to use the highest quality ingredients, including fresh salmon filets, local collard greens, and farm-raised catfish that know how to milk a cow.
Metromix praised Beans & Cornbread's "modern elegance . . . with cushy purple booths and Motown and jazz memorabilia hanging on the walls," enough to earn TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. ?The restaurant also encompasses two other ambiance-rich spaces: Sidebar wine and martini bar, a sleek lounge with a copper bar and occasional live music, and Red Velvet, a VIP suite with leopard-print club chairs and an AV system ideal for parties and meetings of up to 50 people.