Savor Detroit Event

Savor Detroit Event

Twice a year Hour Magazine puts on five dinners where different local chefs collaborate for a special five course meal for 150 people at the Great Lakes Culinary Center.

I’ve thought about attending since its inception, but since the menu is not released ahead of time, I was always too scared to actually buy tickets and go. When I found out Mei Lin, the winner of the most recent season of Top Chef was going to cook along with James Rigato from The Root and Mabel Gray, I put my fears aside and bought tickets, ready for a culinary adventure.

I enjoy trying new foods, but some things freak me out – raw meat and seafood and offal high on that list. However, I tried to go with an open mind and just enjoy myself. What was the worst that could happen? I leave hungry. Oh well, there’s always more food to be had.

Savor Detroit

With Jessica

My parents and I met with our friends Art and Jessica for the evening. It was even Jessica’s birthday! Happy birthday, Jessica!! The location is quite beautiful. It’s an open space with and open kitchen, so we could see some of the action. And it was packed – I don’t think there was an empty seat in the house.

I didn’t get a chance to try any of the appetizers, though I’m sure they were amazing. Before long, we headed to our table and the meal began. The chefs introduced each course and were assisted by a team to make sure each course arrived to us promptly. A plethora of waiters and waitresses delivered the wine pairings, as well as the food.

Sea Scallop Crudo

My worst fears were realized when sea scallop crudo, clams, and pork tongue were on the menu. I tried to have an open mind, but told myself I wouldn’t try the scallops. When that first course arrived at the table, however, it smelled and looked beautiful. I reminded myself that I may never have the chance to have a chef of Mei’s caliber cook for me again, so I threw caution to the wind and tried the sea scallop crudo with ponzu sauce and some light fresh vegetables.

I loved it! It was one of my favorite courses because of the silky, sweet scallops. Next up were the clams with a spicy coconut milk sauce and bacon made by James. The clams were a little chewy (the only thing I didn’t like or eat the entire night), but the sauce and bacon were outstanding. I just ate the sauce like a soup.

Manila Clams with Coconut Milk

The pork tongue with celery root puree, harissa, and sunchoke chips followed. Everyone at our table was leery of this, but I tried it and was pleasantly surprised to find it tender and super flavorful. It really had almost a corned beef quality to it. I ate the whole plate and would happily eat a bowl of the celery root puree.

Pork Tongue with Harissa

The smoked pork with apple kimchi, cabbage, and lardo that Mei cured herself was the main course and it did not disappoint. I practically licked the plate. It was such a comforting, satisfying dish, which was nice to see at an event like this. The apple kimchi was such a surprise – juicy raw apple spheres coated in that classic kimchi spice. They would make an awesome snack.

Smoked Pork with Apple Kimchi

Finally came dessert. Though I’m not much of a wine drinker and found the wine served throughout the night okay, the port that was served with dessert totally had me. It was robust and flavorful. I’ll be picking up a bottle of that!

Persimmon cake with buttermilk ice cream, butternut squash caramel, and candied pecans rounded out the meal in the best possible way. We all wanted another plate of it.

Persimmon Cake with Buttermilk Ice Cream

I was so sad to see the night come to an end, but we did manage to say hi to James and Mei on the way out. Their meal was so impressive and delicious. I’m so glad I went because it was a fun night and pushed me out of my culinary comfort zone. I tried many new foods and found that I really enjoyed them.

Savor Detroit is a really unique, special experience, and I definitely want to go back next year!

Cookies and Cream Fanta Floats

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpookySnacks #CollectiveBias

Cookies and Cream Fanta Floats

I’ve gone Halloween crazy. You should see my pantry … or maybe you shouldn’t. It’s kind of a mess because I’m running out of places to put all the candy and seasonal treats. Of course that’s not stopping me from buying more. I just have to find new storage places … so don’t open any cabinets!

My latest find was the Nabisco Spooky Edition Classic Mix that I picked up on my most recent trip to Walmart. The package was just so fun that I couldn’t resist. It’s full of little bags of Mini OREOs, Ritz Bits, Chips Ahoy, and Nutter Butters. I’m always hooked by mini things. They’re just so fun to eat.

Shopping at Walmart

These little packs would be great to hand out for Halloween to trick or treaters or in lunch boxes as a fun surprise at school. Of course, I wanted to have some fun with them on my own. You know I’m just a kid at heart :)

I picked up some vanilla ice cream and Fanta to make Cookies and Cream Fanta Floats. This is such a fun and easy to make recipe that kids will love to help make. They’ll also love to eat it for a fun after school treat or dessert.

Mixing the ice cream

I let the vanilla ice cream soften for about fifteen minutes so that it would be easy to mix the Mini OREOs into it. I chopped those up fine and used a spoon to mix them into the ice cream. I also made one with the Nutter Butters for myself. It was super yummy too!

I placed the ice cream in a fun glass and topped it with Fanta. In no time I had the most amazing afternoon pick me up. My friends enjoyed the OREO ones and I devoured the Nutter Butter one. I can’t wait to have another Halloween inspired girls’ night in to make more of these floats. In fact, I’m going to keep the Halloween fun going all October long and you should too!

Filling the glass

Pouring the Fanta

OREOs and Fanta go so well together and to further demonstrate that Evette Rios, host of the CBS show Recipe Rehab created a Walmart-exclusive recipe that is featured on the #SpookySnacks social hub. You have to check it out for more fun ideas!

Cookies and Cream Fanta Floats

Cookies and Cream Fanta Floats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 float


½ pint vanilla ice cream

1 bag Mini OREOs

1 can Fanta


Set ice cream out and allow to soften for about 15 minutes. Chop OREOs into small pieces. Mix OREOs into the ice cream.

Place the ice cream into a tall glass. Top with the Fanta. Serve immediately.

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