Ken Snook wasn't like the other boys in school. His classmates dreamed of becoming basketball players, astronauts, and rock stars, but Ken wanted to be a butcher. The teenager hadn't known it when he took a part-time job at a small butcher shop in Detroit, but he soon fell in love with the trade, developing a knack with the knife and a keen eye for quality cuts. After working as a butcher for years, Ken purchased Colasanti's Market and set up his own butcher shop amid its shelves of groceries and rows of produce.
Today, Ken continues to slice up fresh cuts of USDA Choice black Angus beef, housemade sausages, and fresh seafood. He can even provide an entire hog for a pig roast, complete with electric rotisserie, charcoal, and grill. Beyond his butcher shop lies an entire market of fine foods and groceries where friendly staff members bustle, directing customers to gluten-free goods and refereeing shopping-cart races down the dairy aisle. A deli staff whips up fresh sandwiches, salads, and party trays, and customers sip on complimentary coffee and peruse selections of imported wine and beer. Above their heads, a cheerful model train loops around tracks suspended from the ceiling. Outside, the sun beams on pots of colorful flowers, and ducks amble around a duck pond. The lively market even hosts special weekend events, from wine tastings to summer parties.
Schott's Market's epicurean specialists equip its aisles with a fresh array of USDA Choice meat selections, produce and baked goods and carefully process personal hunting yields to each customer's specifications. In addition to processing and packaging venison to keep it as fresh as an unopened DJ Jazzy Jeff album, the meat market offers freshly ground beef ($2.99/lb.) and more than 20 varieties of store-made sausages ($2.59–$2.99/lb.). Whole chickens ($1.49/lb.) and new york strip steak ($3.99/lb.) also adorn the deli each day, along with chicken and beef kebabs ($5.99/lb.) and other delicacies that eliminate the need for preparing food at home and getting lost in the enthralling plots of cookbooks. Hunters can arrange to have their deer deboned, cut, wrapped in freezer-safe paper, and frozen by the fillet aficionados, who can also transform buckshot bounty into deer sausage ($3/lb.), breakfast links ($5/lb.), jerky ($15/lb.), or smoked salami ($15/stick).
The traditional Dream Dinners experience has customers visit one of the convenient kitchen's prep sessions, where patrons assemble meals out of fresh ingredients to take home and cook when they please. With this Groupon, however, you can pick up six already assembled meals from the Dream Dinners kitchen (three-serving-meal prices average between $11 and $12, with the $25 preparation fee included in the deal), thereby cutting out the work that's already cutting out the work. Select a pickup time that has been set aside for Groupon users, and then choose six meals from the Rochester Hills location's menu sampler, which changes monthly. On the specified date and time, you may retrieve your Dream Dinners meals and escort them home in an insulated limousine filled with ice, or, if chilled limos are unavailable, in a cooler. Once home, Dream Dinners' easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through the stress-free cooking.
Not everyone can say they've eaten food crafted by an Olympic gold medalist. But anyone who dines at Detroit Seafood Market can proudly add this to his or her resume. That’s because the restaurant's executive chef, Leonardo Vulagi, was the proud recipient of two gold medals and one silver medal at the 1988 Culinary Olympics at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Under Vulagi's direction, the staff meticulously creates mouth-watering dishes that flaunt the freshest crab, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and lobster tails available. White-jacketed servers whisk artistically arranged meals to tables as diners lounge in a spacious dining room accented by large, curved booths, sleek hardwood floors, candlelight, and shadow puppets created by diners nearby.
Located in historic Bricktown, Good People Popcorn invites visitors to enjoy volumes of fluffy, freshly popped kernels in its cozy, family-owned space with exposed brick walls. The shop crafts its gourmet corn kablooeys with real butter and local sugar and envelops them in a cornucopia of scrumptious flavors such as caramel, cheese, cinnamon, and chili cheese. Snackers can pull up a chair and enjoy a hot bag of classic butter ($1–$2), kettle ($2–$3), or cinnamon ($2.50–$6) corn with a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade or hot apple cider. One-gallon tins filled with butter ($18) or a toothsome mix of crispy caramel and savory cheddar ($24) corn let patrons dash off with munchies to go, as well as a vast supply of fodder for DIY decorative garlands. Practical and pleasing mementos, such as men's and women's T-shirts ($10) and insulated travel mugs ($5) bearing Good People Popcorn logos, commemorate the art of this treasured treat, discovered after food scientists' disastrous attempts to pop eggplant and rutabaga.