While some places focus on specialty entrees, the chefs at Detroit’s Finest Soul Food focus on satisfying customers with a whole meal. That’s why they join each entree with a slice of corn bread and a choice of two sides—such as fresh-picked collard greens, mac 'n' cheese made with five cheeses, or spaghetti. They make their meals fresh daily and center them around a chosen cut of meat, such as a slice of hearty meatloaf or chicken in a choice of white meat, dark meat, or barbecue. They often finish meals on a sweet note with crumbly peach cobbler or banana pudding. They also use their grill skills to create half- and full-sized pans of their dishes for weddings, barbecues, and LAN parties.
What was once the meeting spot for the Saint Andrew's Society of Detroit now hosts the hottest live acts and dance parties, including performances by Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Iggy Pop. The Main Ballroom sports a tricked-out sound-and-lighting system, a VIP balcony, a hardwood dance floor, and a bar more than 35 feet long. The lower level of The Shelter lives up to its name, as red curtains and a cabaret offer an escape to mellower pastures. Upstairs at The Burns Room, patrons chill out on lounge furniture under chandeliers while savoring views of Congress and the RenCen.
The Magic Closet owner Sandra Riccio-Muglia is no stranger to the stress of planning a birthday party, since she has two kids of her own. That parenting experience, combined with 14 years of hosting VIP events for adults, equipped Sandra to plan themed parties for children to teenagers in a 2,400-square-foot location. Although they're welcome to stick around, parents can take a load off and sip coffee as the staff take the reins for parties centred around Barbies, Harry Potter, Rockstar Diva, Lego, create-a-bear, or other kid-friendly themes.
When Carmen and Pina Simone emigrated from Italy, their knack for cooking traditional Italian cuisine made it through customs unscathed. The Past House founders' authentic tortellini, ravioli, and gnocchi are crafted from durum semolina flour and real whole eggs, and blended with meats such as Ontario certified corn-fed beef. Their meat lasagna is made without preservatives or artificial flavours, giving diners a hearty meal and Garfield a reason to continue on in spite of his inexorable battle against Mondays.
As the name implies, PicStarz is all about making you the star of your own party. The company hauls its photo booths to special events all around Michigan, where guests proceed to capture timeless moments in all of their high-resolution glory. A PicStarz rental comes with unlimited color or black-and-white photographs, plus a variety of props to infuse shoots with a little extra pizazz. An on-site technician watches over the booth to make sure the flash goes off properly and nobody ever, under any circumstances, presses the red button. In addition to its photo booths, PicStarz brings life to the party with live DJ services.
At Extreme Fun’s inflatable playland, kids bounce, climb, and slide across 27,000 square feet of springy tunnels and obstacles. With feet snug inside socks or thumbless mittens, young ones can explore the climate-controlled play area’s collection of sturdy inflatables, which include Nickelodeon characters, Superman–theme obstacle courses, and Finding Nemo stations that take kids through the cushy mouth of a great white shark. In addition to the inflatables, extreme Fun also features a collection of interactive video games.