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April 17, 2013

Southfield introduces first Restaurant Week

By Jessica Strachan
C & G Staff Writer

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Steven Sorensen, pub manager at Gastronomy, shows off his Redicollection cocktail. As one of the city’s newest restaurants, they are hoping to put their menu on display by taking part in the inaugural Southfield Restaurant Week.
Manager Ray Grimes, of Beans & Cornbread on Northwestern Highway, holds a dish of salmon croquettes with sweet potatoes and green beans. Southfield Restaurant Week runs April 22-27.
 

SOUTHFIELD — The best of Southfield is being served up on a platter next week, featuring some of the tastiest eats, top chefs and newest dining scenes in the city.

It’s Southfield’s first-ever Restaurant Week, hosted by the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The six-day culinary celebration has an underlying mission to really give locals a taste of what can be found in the “premier business address” after hours, organizers say.

“It is important to kick off this Restaurant Week to showcase some fantastic restaurants in our area. This will also help keep our business people in Southfield after 5,” Chamber Executive Director Tanya Markos-Vanno said. “We as a chamber want to do as much as we can to sponsor our business and drive consumers into their establishments. … So many of our communities have been successful in launching restaurant week, we hope to be, as well. And who knows — maybe this will bring in new restaurants to Southfield.”

In the lineup for the city’s first go at Restaurant Week are Tango’s, inside the Westin Southfield; Gastronomy; Bacco Ristorante; Pizzeria Biga; Franklin Street Grill at Embassy Suites; McVee’s Bar and Grille; Beans & Cornbread; and Skyline Club.

Southfield Restaurant Week will offer complete three-course or “prix-fixe” meal offerings — starter, entrée and dessert for fixed price points — ranging from $15-$33, at participating restaurants April 22-27.

“We are excited about our first-ever Restaurant Week,” said Markos-Vanno. “We intend to spotlight some fabulous chefs and a wide variety of culinary venues in Southfield.  This event will go a long way in helping to promote the great restaurants in our city.” 

Markos-Vanno said organizers hope the list grows this year, and of course in coming years, but that the roster now spotlights the diversity, award-winning establishments and numerous cuisines that can be found in Southfield eateries.

Beans & Cornbread has been Southfield’s soul food and Southern cuisine staple since 1997. Manager Ray Grimes said they wouldn’t pass up such an opportunity.

“We are a fixture in Southfield, and we want to be involved in everything good in Southfield,” he said, adding that this week celebrates everything the community has to offer, collectively. “We want to absolutely draw in new business, but during this week, we are excited to just be a part of it. It shows people we are still here, we are going to be here and we have the best soul food in the area.”

Skyline Club, located at 2000 Town Center, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Bacco Ristorante, the Italian eatery on Northwestern Highway, was named the Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year for 2013. Owner and chef Luciano Del Signore of both Bacco and Pizzeria Biga has received many nods in the industry over the past several years, including recognition as a semifinalist for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award with a nomination for the 2012 Best Chef, Great Lakes Region.

Gastronomy, one of the city’s newest establishments with an American Bistro flair and a “mixologist” on hand, will also be included, showing off the best of their menu for first-time guests and even those who have become regulars already.

Overall, the hope is Restaurant Week will send the message that Southfield can dish out top-notch cuisine.

“(Restaurant Week) is designed to bring individuals from surrounding cities and suburbs into our city to see first-hand why Southfield is a great place to live, work and play,” Markos-Vanno added. “It is a win-win for everyone.”

For more information about Southfield Restaurant Week, call Markos-Vanno at (248) 557-6661. Visit www.southfieldchamber.com/restaurantweek for an updated list of participating area restaurants.SOUTHFIELD — The best of Southfield is being served up on a platter next week, featuring some of the tastiest eats, top chefs and newest dining scenes in the city.

It’s Southfield’s first-ever Restaurant Week, hosted by the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The six-day culinary celebration has an underlying mission to really give locals a taste of what can be found in the “premier business address” after hours, organizers say.

“It is important to kick off this Restaurant Week to showcase some fantastic restaurants in our area. This will also help keep our business people in Southfield after 5,” Chamber Executive Director Tanya Markos-Vanno said. “We as a chamber want to do as much as we can to sponsor our business and drive consumers into their establishments. … So many of our communities have been successful in launching restaurant week, we hope to be, as well. And who knows — maybe this will bring in new restaurants to Southfield.”

In the lineup for the city’s first go at Restaurant Week are Tango’s, inside the Westin Southfield; Gastronomy; Bacco Ristorante; Pizzeria Biga; Franklin Street Grill at Embassy Suites; McVee’s Bar and Grille; Beans & Cornbread; and Skyline Club.

Southfield Restaurant Week will offer complete three-course or “prix-fixe” meal offerings — starter, entrée and dessert for fixed price points — ranging from $15-$33, at participating restaurants April 22-27.

“We are excited about our first-ever Restaurant Week,” said Markos-Vanno. “We intend to spotlight some fabulous chefs and a wide variety of culinary venues in Southfield.  This event will go a long way in helping to promote the great restaurants in our city.” 

Markos-Vanno said organizers hope the list grows this year, and of course in coming years, but that the roster now spotlights the diversity, award-winning establishments and numerous cuisines that can be found in Southfield eateries.

Beans & Cornbread has been Southfield’s soul food and Southern cuisine staple since 1997. Manager Ray Grimes said they wouldn’t pass up such an opportunity.

“We are a fixture in Southfield, and we want to be involved in everything good in Southfield,” he said, adding that this week celebrates everything the community has to offer, collectively. “We want to absolutely draw in new business, but during this week, we are excited to just be a part of it. It shows people we are still here, we are going to be here and we have the best soul food in the area.”

Skyline Club, located at 2000 Town Center, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Bacco Ristorante, the Italian eatery on Northwestern Highway, was named the Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year for 2013. Owner and chef Luciano Del Signore of both Bacco and Pizzeria Biga has received many nods in the industry over the past several years, including recognition as a semifinalist for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award with a nomination for the 2012 Best Chef, Great Lakes Region.

Gastronomy, one of the city’s newest establishments with an American Bistro flair and a “mixologist” on hand, will also be included, showing off the best of their menu for first-time guests and even those who have become regulars already.

Overall, the hope is Restaurant Week will send the message that Southfield can dish out top-notch cuisine.

“(Restaurant Week) is designed to bring individuals from surrounding cities and suburbs into our city to see first-hand why Southfield is a great place to live, work and play,” Markos-Vanno added. “It is a win-win for everyone.”

For more information about Southfield Restaurant Week, call Markos-Vanno at (248) 557-6661. Visit www.southfieldchamber.com/restaurantweek for an updated list of participating area restaurants.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Jessica Strachan at jstrachan@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1108.