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.
A brick oven imbues each of Luigi’s Restaurant’s pizzas with a distinct flavor and crispy crust. Chefs adorn these bubbling hot discs with 20 toppings that range from veggies such as jalapeños and mushrooms to meaty morsels of hamburger and pepperoni. They also handcraft their own spinach ravioli, meatballs, soups, lasagna, and abstract finger paintings. Servers deliver these lovingly prepared meals to tables, which populate an intimate dining room decorated with framed photographs.
The 17 acres inside the Michigan Renaissance Festival? don't obey the rules of the outside world. Instead, they bring the 16th century back in vivid tapestry-color?and though the celebration only lasts a few short weeks, the festival has been a beloved local tradition for more than three decades, drawing more than 250,000 people each year.
Step through the gates, and explore recreated Renaissance-era buildings including stables and a castle. Nearby shops host more than 300 artisans, selling wares such as metal sculptures or lavish costumes. Tavern owners roast turkey legs over open flames, while entertainers continuously weave throughout the streets and perform on 17 themed stages. Comedy, music, and full-contact jousting unfolds to the delight of the crowd, which may even include Queen Elizabeth herself, assuming she remembers where she put her horse keys.
The theme is simple at Heart of Michigan: everything in the store is Michigan-made. Owners Karen and John Wing support the local economy by stocking the shop's shelves with Michigan-made jams, ice cream, books, and beer. A recent profile of the store on the local news showcases the shop's many gift baskets, which include pre-designed options that focus on Michigan themes such as sports and cherries, as well as build-your-own options. For those who come into the store hungry, chef Ron prepares freshly made pasties perfect for a quick snack or a slow snack, depending on how fast you eat.
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.