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.
The Social Connection scans the cultural horizons of Detroit and plots to add an extra dose of fun to all it has to offer. One example: Gears and Beers Tours take participants around the city's bars and historic neighborhoods. For more than a decade, The Social Connection has been putting together viewing parties all across the city, in glamorous spots such as chartered yachts, rather than just in houses with their roofs sawed off. The other 364 days of the year, the team stays just as busy putting together network-expanding events such as dinner parties, pub crawls, and craft-liquor tastings.
Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.
Inside Small Plates’ villa of victuals, visitors discover appetite-sating secrets in a menu full of delicious tapas, pizza, and sandwiches. After observing the amber-colored walls and wood floors that lightly complement the browns of chairs and high-backed booths, unfold a miniature trampoline to bounce into a pile of veggie spring rolls served with hoisin, spicy mustard, and plum sauces ($8). Then, snag a Broadway baguette ($8), save the Boursin cheese and roma tomatoes for later, and force-feed yourself a plate of baby-back barbecue ribs with hand-cut fries ($15) or an eight-inch, thin-crust, brick-oven Italian sausage pizza with gorgonzola cheese and caramelized onions ($10). Once your stomach has gotten used to its new guests, sweeten your palate with the signature chocolate chunk cookie sandwich ($7), or with alternating nibbles of cheesecake ($7) and crème brulée ($6).
A buzzing hive of entertainment in downtown Detroit, Greektown celebrates its heritage and kicks off fall in tasty fashion with the Greektown Harvest Festival on October 4. On this evening, dozens of local restaurants, breweries, and wineries turn Brush and Monroe into the most ambrosial corner in the city by setting up shop and doling out their goods. Attendees and scarecrows who requested this weekend off months ago have the chance to bite into brats from Firebird Tavern, deep-dish slices from Pizza Papallis, and many other local favorites. They can also sip beers, cocktails, and wines poured by producers from all over the country, as well as some other favorites from Michigan.
On March 31, Detroit Home Opener Festival takes over the Madison Avenue Festival Grounds with the Detroit Home Opener Festival, a block party celebrating the opening day of the baseball season. Starting at 9 a.m. and going into the night, fans can converge in heated tents where bartenders pour beer and mix cocktails. After grabbing their drinks, they can head outdoors for a food-truck rally and other entertainment. Block partiers can play festival games or pitch balls at a dunk tank, wherein Home Opener girls sit precariously above cold water. Meanwhile, a hot-dog-eating contest keeps eaters satiated, and live bands and local DJs entertain crowds with games of vinyl frisbee.