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.
Named Best Neighborhood Bar in 2010 by Real Detroit Weekly, Muldoon’s whets whistles and stuffs bellies with a full bar and extensive menu. Flanked by celery and blue cheese, buffalo wings ($10.95 for 20 pieces) take flight over wide-open plate prairies. Served in warm pita stuffed with tomatoes, onions, and four pieces of succulent lamb, gyros come with a side of cucumber sauce ($5.95). Drink specials such as $5 Jager bombs on Friday and Saturday nights, and $2.75 Long Island iced teas all day on Wednesdays help wash meals down while live music and karaoke entertain ears. Under the soothing hum of a flock of HD televisions, quarrelling coworkers can settle lingering thermostat disputes over a game of pool or darts or prune their synapses with a round of video trivia.
The seasoned chef at Filippa’s Wine Barrel pays homage to the history of American cuisine with a menu of classic comfort dishes, seafood, and steak-house cuisine created from seasonal ingredients from local sources whenever possible. A large, rotating wine list includes pours from local Michigan wineries, as well as Napa Valley reds. Diners tuck into the upscale eats inside cozy, horseshoe-shaped booths or sup al-fresco on the patio surrounded by a lush landscape of high grasses, the gurgling of a small pond, and the soft, lilting melodies of an opera-singing garden gnome.
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.