The Assumption Greek Festival’s weekend of carnival attractions and Greek-themed festivities douses guests in Hellenic culture and family-friendly amusements. Professional dancers in traditional Greek costumes sashay to live music on an open dance floor, pausing to teach visitors traditional dance steps and the ancient Greek word for “macarena.” Guests can browse handmade keepsakes from Greece, Venetian glass jewelry, and original oil paintings in the marketplace, or they can feast their minds on the Assumption culture room’s exhibits on Greek history and art. Meanwhile, kids can clamber up a climbing wall, zoom down a giant slide, or catch air in the bounce house before heading to the afternoons-only petting zoo to mingle with farm animals and feral shag carpets. Detroit Tigers mascot, Paws, will also make an appearance from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20.
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.
In the midst of wedding-planning chaos, a Detroit bride-to-be hit a wall. She couldn’t find a quality photo booth nearby and within her budget. So, with the help of three tech-savvy friends, she made her own. The booth was such a hit at her own wedding that the four friends decided to open The Picture Closet as a full-time endeavor. In its short life span, the company has entertained partygoers, fundraiser-gala attendees, and wedding guests with whimsical booths that double as a good place to sequester people when the ex-girlfriend makes her speech. Each booth comes with professional attendants to help subjects get gussied up in a range of costumes and props, and they also come with two instant photo strips per shoot. The Picture Closet can even emblazon snapshots with a customized event logo.
Without tents, chairs, tables, and popcorn machines, a party is just a bunch of hungry people standing in the hail. With this in mind, Four Way Party Rentals’ party specialists curate all-inclusive packages for graduation and anniversary get-togethers that seat up to 75 guests. For custom events, they can furnish more exotic rentals, such as tiki-hut bars, moonwalks, and cotton-candy machines.
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.
Praised by patrons and local press, Ridley's Bakery Café crafts hearty sandwiches with quality ingredients on hand-sliced bread. Every morning, the eatery's bakers rise at 2:30 a.m. to watch their favorite infomercials and to prepare the shop's fresh bread, available in a half-dozen varieties, including asiago and sourdough. The menu satisfies sandwich devotees from all walks of life with vegetarian and low-fat options, such as the fat-free tuna-salad sandwich ($6.25). Teeth crunch through sliced cucumber, roasted red pepper, and lemon-herb dressing atop the turkey garden club ($6.50), while stomachs fill pastry vacancies with a rotating selection of savory 10-ounce muffins ($4.75), packed with herbs, seasonings, vegetables, and cheeses. Miniature explorers sail across the top of a 12-ounce bowl of creamy chicken-wild-rice soup ($3.35), occasionally docking at the edge of a bread bowl ($2 extra) or mistaking a piece of poultry for India.