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.
Built in 1891 as a railroad hotel on Battle Alley (so named for the drunken brawls common among wayfarers), the Holly Hotel's three-story Queen Anne-style building put up countless country-crossers in those turn-of-the-century boom years. It also saw a raid by Carrie Nation, two fires separated by 65 years to the hour, time served as a transient boarding house, and a monumental two-year renovation. The building's long, strange history has inspired countless legends and ghost stories—phantasmal cigar smoke from the inn's 1890s owner has been seen floating through the halls—but nowadays, the Holly Hotel is just as devoted to modern niceties as historic myth.
Three stories tall again, newly renamed, and sporting the warm, dark oak and Axminster carpeting of its wonder years, the Holly Hotel was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, the red-brick manse keeps its footing firm between past and future. The menu's signature dishes such as the beef wellington in veal-thyme reduction and the steamed Scottish salmon have gone unchanged since 1979, and every afternoon owner Chrissy hosts a Victorianesque tea party served on antique china. At the same time, the chefs employ an improvisational culinary method on the list of daily specials, rendered from fish, game, and other ingredients flown in fresh from across the world.
Beyond gourmet meals, the hotel also regales its guests with top-notch entertainment. Truth Be Told, a monthly storytelling even hosted by master raconteur Norm Stultz, invites everyday people onstage to recount tales on the night's theme, with a winner chosen by the audience. The onsite comedy club features locally and nationally known jesters on weekends, offsetting the Victorian gas fixtures, stained-glass windows, and velvet wingback chairs with a healthy dollop of modern mirth and a cyborg wait staff.
The staff at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital knows the negative effect an unhealthy lifestyle can have on a person. They decided to fight back with a preventative strike by opening AL!VE: Your Community Well-Being Place. The 65,000-square-foot facility uses every inch of its space to promote healthy living. The sprawling site is nestled amid an 18-acre outdoor setting and houses countless fit-friendly amenities, including an exercise area and multi-purpose gym, walking paths, a women’s-only health center, and a space for physical, occupational, and speech outpatient rehabilitation.
With this much space comes a slew of programming and fitness classes for adults, teens, and kids that change with the seasons. Exercise isn’t the only component of the mission at AL!VE, however; the facility houses a demonstration teaching kitchen where guests can learn how to cook fresh meals. There's also a café where they can imagine how they’d look in a chef hat while a real chef prepares their meals.
The world of wine can be intimidating for beginners?but the wine enthusiasts at The Cellar Door believe it doesn't have to be. Designed as a venue for classes and special events, the space frequently plays host to illuminating courses in both wine and food. Ranging in subject from Wine 101 to holiday pie-baking, wine experts and chefs lead small groups through hands-on sessions meant to demystify, educate, and prepare students for DIY sessions. The Cellar Door's rustic and charming interior is often transformed to accommodate guests during special events, ranging from private parties to intimate wedding rehearsal dinners.
Inside Trifles's vintage-style space, staff members bake specialty wedding cakes, gourmet chocolates, and cupcakes. The bakers adorn their signature cakes in flavors such as banana, carrot, and cherry nut with vanilla buttercream frosting and sugar flowers.
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.