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Username: Lowell

Post Number: 4808
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 10:41 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This in from the mail bag and a use for the "Gone, but not forgotten Restaurants in Detroit" thread in the HOF:


Blue plate deal allows tourgoers to experience Detroit at significant discount
May 9, 2008 – The American Table Culinary Tours today unveiled a new price for its upcoming tour,
Laboring Over the Stove: A Working Definition of Detroit Cuisine (June 26-28, 2008), citing concerns that
the rising prices of fuel and foodstuffs were preventing hungry travelers from indulging their appetite for
culinary adventure.

“Folks across the country are struggling to pay their bills these days,” American Table director Hanna
Raskin said. “Everyone could use a tasty vacation.”

The American Table has slashed the price of its three-day Detroit program to $475. The deeply discounted
price includes seven full meals, drinks, snacks, on-site transportation by air-conditioned charter bus, an
American Table t-shirt and the expert-led workshops, seminars and hands-on classes which have become
an American Table hallmark.

Tour highlights include countless one-of-a-kind experiences unavailable to the everyday eater, such as:

- A progressive lunch of tamales, pierogies, baklava and other homemade ethnic favorites specially
prepared for our group by congregants at Polish, Greek, Mexican, Middle-Eastern, and African-
American landmark houses of worship
- A five-course dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse honoring award-winning Ann Arbor author and
Detroit chronicler Harriette Arnow, featuring a menu created by Ari Weinzweig and prepared by
James Beard-nominated chef Alex Young
- Talks on Detroit and its foodways by homegrown experts, including Bill McGraw of the Detroit
Free Press and UAW vice-president Jimmy Settles
- Intimate group baking lessons with celebrated makers of Hungarian kifli, Mexican pastries,
Middle-Eastern sweets, and the best sweet potato pie in the north
- Personal introductions to Eastern Market vendors on a special tour arranged by Lois Johnson and
Margaret Thomas, authors of Detroit’s Eastern Market
- A behind-the-scenes tour -- and a coney dog, Vernors float and Sanders sundae festival -- at the TPlex,
where the Model T was invented and women first worked the assembly line
- Pizza dough tossing pointers from a Buddy’s Pizza veteran
- A moveable feast of Detroit flavors with a driving tour of Detroit in privately-owned antique cars,
custom-arranged with a Model T club
- A fully-catered picnic feast on Belle Isle, showcasing centuries of Detroit’s favorite foods
- An evening of Belgian beer, mussels and feather bowling lessons from top competitors at the
legendary Cadieux Café
- A private visit to Germack Pistachio Co. with Tigers’ baseball superstar, and Detroit lover, Curtis
- Custom events hosted by special arrangement at the new DIA, Dossin Museum, and Russell
Industrial Center, the chassis factory reborn as an artists’ enclave
- A tribute to Detroit’s bygone restaurants by renowned visual artist Lowell Boileau, creator of

The American Table Culinary Tours, a non-profit organization, offers multi-day tours throughout the
United States, plumbing its kitchens, cafes and other eating places for remarkable food and unique cultural
insight. Its mission is to celebrate and contextualize our nation’s diverse vernacular foodways by
facilitating meaningful experiences for adventurous eaters. Past participants have described American
Table tours – which always feature food and drink aplenty -- as “superb” and “exceptional.”

For more information on the American Table, and a full itinerary for Laboring Over the Stove, visit
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Username: The_rock

Post Number: 2362
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 6:50 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ah, the name of James Beard appears! He was a friend of Les Gruber, former owner of the world famous Detroit restaurant, The London Chop House.
I remember seeing Gruber and Beard sitting at Booth #1 in the restaurant, two friends sitting and dining and having the time of their lives. Just like a couple of school kids.
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Username: Retroit

Post Number: 124
Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 2:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

All that in three days?! I have a stomach ache already! I think I gained five pounds just reading that! And now I'm hungry again! Thanks a lot, Lowell!

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