The Chalk & Chocolate Art Tour combines the sprawling splendor of sidewalk art with the tastiness of chocolate during a tour that caravans through local downtown businesses and benefits youth art programs. At the delicious opening night event, attendees can run their gums along hors d’oeuvres from many esteemed Royal Oak restaurants such as Andiamo, Lily’s Seafood, and The Rock on 3rd. Gayle's Chocolates and Piece of Cake Liqueur will be on hand to distribute tantalizing hand-made chocolate goodies. In between nibbles, guests can enjoy a social meet-and-greet with the calcite-covered artists while reveling in funky tunes from The Brothers Groove.
Fresh Chef Detroit's owner Chef Kirsten fills homes with custom-tailored plates made using fresh, local ingredients during at-home evenings. A wide-ranging culinary artist with special expertise in vegetarian and global cuisines, Chef Kirsten meets with hosts for a consultation or consults over then phone when guests call to book. During the consultation, she gleans her audience's desired menu, discusses the cost of ingredients needed, and measures tolerance for aprons with funny sayings on them. She then harvests necessary ingredients from grocery stores as well as local produce stands and farmers' markets before returning to the host's kitchen. $100 of groceries are covered in this offer, and the host pays anything over that amount to Chef Kirsten upon arrival. Once guests arrive, Chef Kirsten demonstrates a procession of cooking techniques before guests' hungry eyes and teaches them how to dispatch the night's menu to their hungry stomachs for approximately three hours.
It was bachelorhood—with all of its characteristic one-man meals—that first spurred Heavenly Chicken & Waffles's founder, Aaron Sanders, to hone his cooking prowess. "My mother told me, 'Aaron, you're going to be single for a long time,'" he told a Model D journalist. "I don't know why she said that, unfortunately it did come true, but that's what made me started cooking." But it wasn't until a trip to New York City in 1998 that Sanders finally found his inspiration—chicken and waffles—at a historic Harlem eatery.
In the years since that trip, Sanders has given countless Michiganders their first taste of this soul-food classic. He and his team work tirelessly to make each bite scrumptious—they hand-pick the best Amish chicken wings and breasts, season them overnight, and whisk real milk and cream into the signature waffle batter. All this dedication to quality has earned his restaurant praise from neighborhood regulars as well as local press such as Fox 2.
The City of Southfield Parks & Recreation department helps the community?s citizens stay active year-round by maintaining a network of both indoor and outdoor facilities. At the Beech Woods Recreation Center, more than 17,000 square feet of gymnasium space host youths playing pick-up basketball, aerobics classes working off extra inches, and tennis players honing their fly-swatting skills. Outside, the Southfield Sports Arena boasts a 120-foot waterslide, and flower gardens perfume weddings and concerts held at Burgh Historical Park's gazebo. In the winter months, an ice-skating rink offers open skate hours and drop-in hockey activities.