Fall dessert at Central Kitchen + Bar
There’s more to fall than pumpkin spice lattes, and at Central Kitchen + Bar, they’ve added a trio of special dessert items to celebrate the season and all its flavor. You can walk in and order the Apple Pie Crisp, Chocolate Ganache Tart, the Peanut Butter Semifreddo, or maybe all of them?! In addition to those masterpieces, Central is keeping their popular weekly gelato flavor, housemade sorbet and cookie sandwich, so that’s also on the table. Give your tastebuds what they want at 660 Woodward Ave.
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Dine Drink Detroit is back
Dine Drink Detroit is in its fourth year of bringing deals on meals at over 35 different restaurants for a solid three weeks in Detroit. Restaurants, including Batch Brewing Company, The Block, Bobcat Bonnie’s, Slows, Downtown Louie’s, Gold Cash Gold, Johnny Noodle King, Jolly Pumpkin, Parks & Rec Diner, Republic Tavern, Katoi and Rusted Crow Detroit, have developed special menus for the event in honor of a three week-long party. Visit the launch party on Oct. 3 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at West Riverfront Park, where proceeds from the event benefit the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. There’s no need to make reservations, so plan out your schedule from Oct. 4 through Oct. 20 and get in on the action.
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Fall cocktails at Sugar House
All the cocktails on Sugar House’s new fall cocktail menu are packed with Michigan flavor and wholesome, sweet and full ingredients. Each cocktail on the menu is priced somewhere between $11 and $18, depending on the potency and ingredients used. Sugar House offers a Blackberry and Basil Cooler, made with Two James Rye Dog, a Sassafras Old Fashioned, made with single-barrel cask-strength Long Road wheat whiskey, and an Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary, made with Two James vodka and Sugar House’s Heirloom Tomato Mix. In addition to those tasty libations, there’s also a Blue Spice and Anise cocktail, a Black Walnut and Rye Cocktail, a Coffee Cooler and more to choose from.
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Detroit Grooming Co. teams up with Karmanos
This October, Detroit Grooming Co. will debut their Pink Ribbon, a raspberry vanilla mint-scented bar of soap for the whole family in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The Detroit-based company teamed up with Karmanos on this project as a way to support Karmanos and this month, 20 percent of all sales from the special soap go toward breast cancer research and programs at Karmanos. You can visit the shop at 23236 Woodward Ave.
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Cafe celebrates 35 years all of October
Royal Oak’s Inn Season Cafe, metro Detroit’s longest-running vegetarian and vegan restaurant, celebrates 35 years this October with a month long of specials, giveaways and events. Customers can receive discounted gift cards, free dinners, three-course meals at discounted rates, happy hour specials and more. The cafe is located at 500 E. Fourth St. Visit their Facebook to learn more about the celebration.

Sunday Brunch at Grey Ghost Detroit
Midtown’s Grey Ghost will launch their first ever Sunday Brunch service, starting on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The menu is set to include 10-12 brunchy items including Corned Pork Belly Benedict, Boston Cream Pie Pancake, Caramel Apple French Toast, plus mouthwatering sides. Grey Ghost takes their house Bloody Mary to the next level by adding mezcal and they’ll also serve up other brunch time favorite drinks. The team recommends reservations by calling 313-262-6534 or by reserving a spot via OpenTableGrey Ghost Detroit is located at 47 E. Watson and they can be found on social here.

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Anika Jackson and Kelli Coleman just opened the first ever modern nail bar in Detroit, The TEN, serving up manicures, pedicures, special combo treatments and more, with the option to sip on coffee, tea, wine and champagne, all while waiting for your nails to dry.

Jackson, from Detroit, and Coleman, from Birmingham, have been friends for many years and have both lived and traveled in big cities and wanted to bring an interesting and engaging concept back home for friends, family and busy professionals. They didn’t want people to have to travel outside of the city to get their nails done anymore.

The TEN Nail Bar is located Downtown and is a Bedrock property, making it one of few beauty services in the company’s portfolio, but it’s the first nail salon in the mix.

The two women wanted to bring a service that’s become relatively routine to many right to the heart of the city with a touch class and a big city feel with approachable prices. Nail services range anywhere from $15 to $95, depending on the amount of attention, time and polish you want.

Customers are even able to purchase a membership that comes with two manicures and pedicures a month. If you’re looking for additional pampering, the nail bar offers gel manicures and pedicures in addition to combination sets, hand and feet massages, collagen and nail art add-ons and plenty more.

The TEN’s hours run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays so that customers can come in after work or even on lunch since they offer an express manicure that’s set to last only 20 minutes and cost $20 for nail cleansing, shaping, cuticle care and a polish. The space is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The TEN will book your appointments by phone at 313-315-3010 or through their convenient nail bar app, which is available both on iTunes and Google Play.

The TEN Nail Bar is located at 1215 Griswold St. and can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Northwest Detroit, near the University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College, gains a new spot for hot Germack coffee and delicious Detroit treats at the new coffeehouse, Detroit Sip.

Jevona Watson, a native Detroiter, was a recent recipient of a Motor City Match grant for her idea to expand the offerings in Detroit outside of the more well-known neighborhoods.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time, actually,” Watson said.

Watson went to Michigan State University and said she spent most of her time studying in coffee shops because she found the libraries to be too stuffy and quiet.

When she came back to Northwest Detroit, where she lives now, she realized that there weren’t many spots like the ones she used to frequent so often in school. She realized most students in the area go in and out of campus and never really explore much else.

“It’s one of my motivating factors to drive both the U of D Mercy and Marygrove students beyond those gates,” Watson said.

Watson believes that the right space, the right idea, and comforting snacks and beverages will start to liven up the area and make it feel more like a place you want to stay.

“Everything that is sold in Detroit Sip will be produced within the city limits of Detroit,” Watson said.

The coffee comes from Germack Roasters in Eastern Market and the donuts from Dutch Girl Donuts. The variety of fresh baked goods, tea and more will come from both familiar local names and new businesses in the neighborhood.

“I see it as an opportunity to provide another forum of unknowns,” Watson said.

Watson said that she too is sort of an unknown in the business community since she doesn’t come from a long line of entrepreneurs or a coffee family.

The interior of the coffee shop is very welcoming, like a place to study, read or meet with friends should be, Watson said. Detroit Sip shows off brick walls, visible beams and a full urban look.

The space also has a stage, where open mic nights and other programming will be held, and there’s also a conference room where school groups, businesses and other collaborative forces can come together to meet.

Watson is also a member of FoodLab Detroit and however she can collaborate with them at Detroit Sip, she plans to.

There are also plans to feature young Detroit artists and their work, Watson said.

“I really want to feature the artwork of Detroit students so that they can feel a sense of pride and know that we do still care,” Watson said.

Visit Detroit Sip on Facebook and check out their website to stay updated.

Stop in and see Watson and the team at Detroit Sip, located at 7420 W. McNichols Rd.

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Downtown’s Broadway Street just gained every carb lovers dream – a build-your-own pasta bar. I Luv Cheese, the new spot to indulge, is operated by chef Omar Mitchell of Great Lakes Burger Bar.

This fast-Italian concept debuts a menu packed with options. Prices are moderate, with snacks like Mac & Cheese Fire Balls and Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip starting at $6. Guests can also order off the salad side of the menu, with classics like Caesar, and local creations like the Eastern Market, made with baby spinach, mandarin oranges, applewood bacon, bleu cheese drizzle and a warm balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

The menu also includes craft cheesy sandwiches, like the Grilled Cheese with Bourbon Onions or the Mama Mucci Meatball. And as for the pasta, each dish comes with a side of Old World Crusty Flat Bread and comes with your choice of grilled ahi tuna steak, firecracker shrimp, cilantro and garlic salmon, honey glazed chicken tenders and many more protein options. Vegetarians can also enjoy the Grilled Tofu.

As you go through the journey of ways to make your pasta a dream meal, you can choose your own sauce-marinara, alfredo, cheese, pesto, truffle oil-and add some herbs and other dressings to it, like a fried egg.

Sharp cheddar, mozzarella, stella blue, smoked gouda, shredded parmesan, swiss, goat, feta, ricotta and vegan cheeses are available to take it to the next level.

I Luv Cheese also serves craft soda, raw juices, fruit smoothies and milkshakes, like the Faygo Orange Creamsicle and the Butter Pecan Delight.

The space’s interior incorporates a lively feel with bright cheesy colored walls, bright red accents and simple lighting.

All of the ingredients used to mix up the pasta and other menu offerings are purchased locally.

You can view the full menu of milkshakes, cheesy dishes and more here.

Stay current by following I Luv Cheese’s Facebook page and visit the new space Downtown at 1368 Broadway.

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Rohani Foulkes and Kiki Louya are adding to the buzz in Corktown by opening up The Farmer’s Hand, a woman-owned artisanal pantry, market and kitchen. Foulkes was born and raised in Australia and Louya hails from Detroit’s Rosedale Park.

The space on Trumbull is set to open Sept. 30 and it will be Detroit’s first neighborhood platform dedicated to the sale of 100 percent locally grown and produced goods.

Foulkes and Louya were part of this past season’s Hatch Detroit contest and their space is sandwiched between the new ITADAKU, The Bearded Lady and the Hatch Detroit 2016 winners, Meta Physica.

The duo modeled The Farmer’s Hand off of Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor with community as their main focus. The Farmer’s Hand operates as part grocery store, part cafe and part year-round farmers market, housing products from local growers and producers.

Currently, The Farmer’s Hand is working with over 100 market partners and the list includes growers, producers and more. Many of the partners aren’t a far stop from the shop, such as Gus & Grey, Street Eatzz, Artesian Farms, Acre Farms, Detroit Card Company, Tiny Acres, Mindo Chocolates, Avalon, Sunnyside Farm, Sister Pie, Brother Nature Produce and more.  

Foulkes and Louya have created a business plan that allows growers and producers to sell their products at a fair price and connect with customers right in store. The duo also makes sure that growers and producers earn a living wage and are able to represent themselves strongly in the community through The Farmer’s Hand.

Those who shop at The Farmer’s hand can also feel like a part of the community exchange, since 70 cents of every dollar spent goes right back to community of Michigan farmers and producers.

The space is at 1701 Trumbull Ave. and you can learn more about their mission and plans here. Follow the team on Facebook and Instagram to stay current on all things fresh and local.

Be sure to stop in at the Grand Opening Party from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 30.

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From the same group that brought Royal Oak both Bistro 82 and Sabrage comes a third hotspot with a more casual approach and a serious emphasis on loaded potatoes and live music. The Morrie, on Main Street in Royal Oak, is set to open on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The Morrie’s menu is described as “eclectic roadhouse”, with sandwiches, hearty steaks, soups, homemade desserts, salads and more. The restaurant is led by AFB Hospitality Group and executive chef Derik Watson, who put the menu together with the idea to dish out American fare with unexpected twists.

The salad menu includes an Asian Ramen dish, made with crispy chicken tenders, cabbage, orange segment, carrot, bell pepper, radish, bean sprout, crunchy noodles, almond, sesame seed and sweet onion vinaigrette. There’s also a the Beet Salad, made with goat cheese, mixed nuts and honey-balsamic dressing.

The sandwich menu includes the Banh Mi Sandwich, with marinated cucumber, pickled carrot and radish, jalapeño, cilantro, pork pâté, capicola and mayo. The Roadie offers Nueske cheddar bratwurst, the Green Room, with grilled portobello and arugula-walnut pesto, and plenty more for whatever version of hungry you are when you visit.

All of The Morrie’s bread is made in-house, adding an extra tasty element to their offerings.

The menu’s focal point revolves around loaded potatoes that can be dressed to your heart’s desire. The potatoes come in the form of waffle fries, tater tots, sweet potato tots, french fries and potato skins, with topping options ranging from queso fundido and chorizo to pork belly and sunny side eggs.

The space is open seven days a week, opening each day at 4 p.m. and closing anywhere from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., depending on the day of the week. The team behind The Morrie is working on regular music programming, with a general live music schedule on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The space has a full stage to accomodate each band or artist and the seating arrangements vary with communal, booth and high top options, with room for 250 guests. Patio seating is also available.

House-made desserts include caramelized banana splits and peach cobbler, and the place also houses a full bar with a cocktail program. The Morrie also offers an extensive beer and wine list, with many Michigan-made choices.

For more information and for a full menu, visit www.themorrie.com and follow the restaurant for updates on music and specials on Facebook.

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Three like minded individuals with the desire to create a community gathering space decided to leave their corporate jobs and start where comfort begins – in the kitchen.

Nate Vogeli and Kyle and Lea Hunt decided to open Gather Detroit in October 2015 by way of pop-up dinners, and now, after months of searching for the right place to call home, they landed on a spot in Eastern Market. The team plans to open later in the year.

“We love good food, serving people, and being involved in the community and wanted to put these passions into practice,” Kyle said.

Vogeli, the chef and part owner, has occupied all roles in the kitchen from line cook to head chef and he’s done so all over the country. He wanted to come back home, so he took a job as head chef in Grosse Pointe and then took the leap to open Gather with the Hunts.

Growing up in a family of 7 kids, Nate grew up cooking for the toughest critics, his siblings, and has always had it in his blood,” Kyle said.

Lea and Kyle, part owners of Gather, have been married for three years and from the start of their relationship the two wanted to open their own business. They lived in Chicago for a summer and decided  that a restaurant was definitely the business they would open.

After their pop-ups, the Gather Detroit team decided they’d make their venture even bigger and started searching for a place to house their ideas and talents for the community. They found their Eastern Market location in March 2016.

“We were willing to go anywhere in Detroit,” Kyle said. “We looked at many locations. Eastern Market was always on our mind, when we saw the spot, we knew it was the one.”

Gather Detroit offers good, honest food. The three owners all come from blue collar backgrounds and part of their business plan is to make guests feel welcome and have guests linger to mingle with old and new friends. The menu will be entirely cooked over hardwoods and fruitwoods from the surrounding area and the team hopes it brings back memories of campfire times and simpler days.

“The menu will be very focused on the season and what the farmers can provide us,” Kyle said. “We like to call it ‘Eastern Market to table’.  We will have large format items you can share with friends or family and will also feature a good burger for the guest who comes in for a party of one.”

Pending licensing and final touches, Gather Detroit should open later in the 2016 calendar year.

“We are lucky to call ‘home’ a place where quality farmers come with their best produce and you can shake hands and meet the people growing your food,” Kyle said. “To us this is everything.”

Stay up to date with pop-ups, hours, and opening details by visiting the Gather website and by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Nikita Sanches and Jessica Imbronone Sanches, owners of the treasured Rock City Eatery in Hamtramck, opened their long awaited new location in Midtown on Sept. 8.

“The menu is definitely going to expand because we can accommodate so much more,” Jessica said. “The kitchen is six times what we had before.”

The Rock City Eatery team announced their move after three solid years in Hamtramck with hopes to take their restaurant concept and hospitality to the next level.

“We really felt strongly that we wanted it to still feel like Rock City,” Jessica said of the new Midtown space. “So the vibe in the new space is going to be very reminiscent of what we’ve got going on now, but better,” she said.

The Midtown space, located at 4216 Woodward Ave. in the old Bangkok Cuisine location, is 3,600 square-feet as opposed to Hamtramck’s 1,600 square-foot space.

“It’s all really exciting and bittersweet,” Jessica said. “We’ve outgrown the space so much it’s kind of time.”

The new menu includes old favorites, pies and meaty plates, and stays true to the Rock City Eatery feel, but since their kitchen has grown dramatically, they’re excited to start expanding on the menu and offer more flavor. Actual ants, roasted grapes, lobster rolls and other more experimental dishes are available on the updated menu.

Family, friends and the community that Rock City Eatery has built have been helping them make this move work smoothly.

“If you’re not nervous than you’re not doing it right,” Jessica said. “It’s a big deal and of course we want to make sure that everything is perfect and we’ve done so well so far and this is just a natural progression for what we’ve built.”

The team wants you to know you’re at Rock City Eatery when you walk in, so there’s still an industrial and raw look, created with the help of their friend and owner of Ferndale’s Hudson Industrial, Dave Hudson.

“Nikita is a very hands-on guy and kind of a self-made sort of guy and I’m the same way,” Hudson said.  

The space features a 15-foot bar with a floor to ceiling shelving system behind and additional counter space for standing room and sitting room with benches made of wood and steel.

“It’s very raw and industrial,” Hudson said. “It has that kind of a gritty look to it.”

Check out the site at rockcityeatery.com and follow Rock City Eatery on Facebook and Instagram for menu updates, hours and more.

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For those of us sticking around the Metro Detroit area this weekend, we’ve compiled a list of Detroit’s newest places to check out that will make you feel like you actually went away! Soak up the last days of summer by sippin’ wine, devouring steak, playing games with friends and exploring all that the culinary scene has to offer.

Grey Ghost Detroit

Explore folklore of Detroit at the steakhouse that got its name from a notorious rum running pirate on the Detroit River at Grey Ghost Detroit. The restaurant front is located in Brush Park and the team behind the place is committed to the art of butchery with options of cooked, cured or raw meats. They also commit themselves to creating some of the best cocktails paired with unparalleled hospitality. Order a hearty steak, a carefully constructed cocktail and finish off with their dessert donut…you’ll thank us!


Calexico Detroit

One of New York City’s treasures opened up their Detroit doors earlier this month and have since  been showering Detroit in burritos, tacos, tequila drinks and guacamole. You can dress up your meals with special spicy sauces and extras to make it just how you like it or simply add one of their many sides to your dish to give some variety. They’ve got an outdoor patio, if you want to enjoy your meal with some scenery, or you can take a seat inside in the dining area or around the fully stocked bar. 

CALEXICO DETROIT @ 1040 Woodward Ave.

Queens Bar Detroit

If you love the Bronx Bar in Midtown, it’s time to check out it’s ‘sister bar’, Queens Bar, that opened late this summer in downtown Detroit. It’s small and quaint, but packs a big punch with board games, a plant filled patio and beer and shot specials to help you transition into the weekend. The cocktail team is always experimenting with new specials and Queens has started the occasional brunches with bloodys and brilliance galore. It’s taken over the neighborhood as the place to be so, get out of the house and find out about the buzz.

QUEENS BAR DETROIT @ 35 E. Grand River Ave.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Your wildest Tennessee dreams can come true at Gus’s, the new famous fried chicken stop on Third Street. Order for you and your group and get chicken legs, thighs, wings, tenders and more. Add some fried green tomatoes, grilled cheese, coleslaw, fries, mac & cheese and feast before the fall hits and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be full, very full, but not disappointed.


Wahlburgers Detroit

This place draws a line every time the doors swing open, so work this one into your day of adventuring. Stop in for a brew, a burger, all-American bites and more. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, they’ve got hearty salads, chicken sandwiches and options for even the pickiest of eaters. Carnivores, vegetarians and the inbetweeners are all welcome at Wahlburgers. They’ve got two bars, TVs you dream about and a welcoming atmosphere. Make most of the menu with friends and family at Wahlburgers.


The Royce Detroit

Tradition, sustainability and community come together at The Royce Detroit, Downtown’s new wine and extras shop. Add a little class to your weekend by stopping in for lunch or after work drink and charcuterie board. Wine collectors can find the finest bottled grapes here and casual wine drinkers can have their cheaper tastes met, too. All and all, Detroit just got another great drinking spot!


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Royal Oak will once again be filled to the brim with talent, music, art, food, people and did we mention food at the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. Over 200 music acts, 100 plus artists, food from some of the area’s most talented chefs and more entertainment is set to take over metro Detroit over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 to 5.


The art lineup at Arts, Beats & Eats includes over 135 booth spaces, occupied by artists from Across North America. A highlight of AB&E is the Juried Fine Art Show, which features top artists from across the continent. Artists will display and sell their work while vying for cash awards up to $7,500. Ceramics, digital art, drawing, fabric/fiber/leather, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, wood, sculpture and more will be featured.


The music lineup for the weekend may be the biggest yet for AB&E with legends Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Gavin DeGraw, Our Lady Peace, Buckcherry, Three Dog Night, Cole Swindell, Blackjack Billy, The Ohio Players, Jr Jr, Laith Al-Saadi and local acts like Flint Eastwood, Your Generation in Concert, Stewart Francke, Lilac Lungs and Carolyn Striho.

The local acts will be split between the Country Stage, Alternative Rock Stage, Rock Stage, R&B and Jazz Stage, Acoustic Stage and the International Stage, and notable local talent this year includes Nina & The Buffalo Riders, Last Call, Acoustic Madness and Stone Clover.

The Oakland County Kids Stage will open up for fun, interactive and informative performances for the whole family. On Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., families are able to visit the Kids Zone for science activities (hands-on) and live demonstrations. Rosco the Clown, Pure Imagination Magic, puppet shows, jugglers, and many other kid-fun interactive shows will add an extra facet to AB&E.

Additional kid-fun will be brought to the festival with The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music as they kick off the weekend as the Kids Stage opening act. The Michigan Science Center is also set to bring “Science Spectacular”, a show that highlights the wonder of science through chemistry and physics demonstrations for kids.


The Eats part of the AB&E schedule showcases cultural dishes, classic American cuisine, summer food, desserts and more, and this year, the lineup packs as much variety as possible.

The new restaurants added to the lineup this year are La Dulce, a modern tapas restaurant, Woodpile BBQ, with smoked meats and sides, and Café Muse, a Royal Oak staple.

Healthy foods will also be available, with Priority Health Healthy Options, which features vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, sugar free and low carb items from a number of restaurants and eateries. Island Noodles promises a dish with more than 18 different vegetables and Monty’s Beef specializes in low-fat and high protein organic beef.

The following restaurants and caterers will offer their dishes:

  • American Soul Food Andre’s Louisiana Seafood
  • bd’s Mongolian Grill Bowlder’s Concession
  • Bigalora Café Muse
  • Café Sushi Cool Jacks
  • Famous Dave’s Fun Food’s
  • Green Lantern Pizzeria & Lounge Holy Smokes
  • Jackson’s 5 Star Catering La Dulce
  • La Marsa Lockhart’s BBQ
  • Marconi’s Pizza Mercurio Foods
  • Monkey Business Monty’s Beef Co.
  • Noodles & Co. Peking House
  • Srodek’s Polish Deli Redwood Grill
  • Rockefellers Oyster Bar Ryba’s Fudge
  • Saigon Diamond Sister Loves Treats Italian Ice
  • Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine Taste and Tell
  • Treat Dreams Union Jacks
  • Vintage House Woodpile BBQ
  • Yuzu Sushi


Kroger adds family-friendly fun with a Kids Zone and the Arts & Scraps tent (free to all guests). Kids and their families will be able to create their own instrument out of recycled materials.

Mid America Shows will provide a Kiddie Carnival, where kids will have the option to ride ten different rides, all of which are geared towards families.

A Detroit Red Wings Hockey Skills Challenge will be in the kid area, and it promises an interactive hockey zone to the festival with a chance to win prizes.

Our Credit Union, a sponsor of AB&E, is hosting the annual food drive that benefits Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Those who participate in the food drive are able to receive one FREE admission to the festival by bringing three or more nonperishable food items to any of the following four OUR Credit Union locations between Monday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Sept. 1.

Ford plans to incorporate interactive displays throughout the festival to show off the latest vehicles and technology. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to test drive an all-new Ford vehicle. The attractions offer skill competitions, technology demonstrations and the opportunity to win prizes, including a new Ford vehicle of your choice up to $30,000. Each adult that registers at any of the Ford display locations will automatically receive $750 bonus cash towards any Ford vehicle.


  • Take a Test Drive in a New Ford Vehicle – Stop by 4th and Lafayette streets to take a spin in any one of the new Ford vehicles. Experience a smooth ride, while learning about cool new Ford technology.
  • Ford Experience Tour – Stand in front of a green screen on 6th and Center Streets to get a picture with the Arts, Beats and Eats branded postcard to take home. Patrons can also take a look at the new technology offered in Ford vehicles at this interactive display.
  • Great Lakes EcoBoost Tour Display – Push the life-size fuel pump button to activate the slot machine instant win. If three matching Ford EcoBoost vehicles line up, patrons will win a cash jackpot.
  • Ford on Fourth – On 4th Street off Washington Avenue, contestants can win prizes by playing the F-150 Key Fob Activity, by spinning the EcoBoost Wheel and experiencing the new SYNC 3Demonstrations.
  • Various Ford Oval Count Challenges – Patrons can test their estimation skills by guessing the quantity of Ford ovals inside the box to win prizes.

For additional information on daily activities, where to park, and other information, visit www.artsbeatseats.com or call 248-541-7550.

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