PROST Pointe brings Oktoberfest cheer to Farms

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 30, 2015

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Local residents might assume PROST Pointe is named for longtime local cable TV show host John Prost, but it’s actually an Oktoberfest-themed beer tasting — “prost” is German for “cheers.”


PROST Pointe will take place 4-10 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Hill municipal parking lot in Grosse Pointe Farms. The event, for people ages 21 and older, will include seasonal beer, wine and cocktails, funky rock and blues by the Howling Diablos, games, and what Liquid Events Detroit owner and event co-producer Jason Dritsan said will be “German-inspired street cuisine.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Casey — a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer — and a second nonprofit that hadn’t been named at press time.


Although it’s produced by the same team that puts on the Dabble in the Farms events, PROST Pointe isn’t a sampling event. There have been four prior Dabble in the Farms.


“We’ve had a nice run of events with Dabble in the Farms,” Dritsan said. “We’re changing the format just slightly to liven things up.”


He said PROST Pointe will be a “celebration of all things fall, all things harvest.” It’s also starting two hours earlier than the Dabble gatherings.


“We’re thrilled to debut a new event and exciting concept to the Hill district,” said event co-producer Joe Choma, of Grand Circus Media, in a press release. “It’s our goal to offer a fresh, new experience, but still keep the Dabble standard for premier drinks, food and community spirit.”


Additional musical entertainment will be provided by Yorg and Christina Chriss of Kaleido, and DJ Dante LaSalle.


During a Sept. 14 Farms City Council meeting, City Councilman Martin West told Dritsan that the city loves these events.


“What we love is, it’s bringing people over from the west side of town (to the Pointes),” he said.


West asked if organizers would object to making the inclusion of a Grosse Pointe charity a condition for approval of the event. Dabble events usually had two charitable partners apiece.


Dritsan said they had no problem with that, and at press time, they were in talks with at least one local sports group about having it as one of the nonprofit beneficiaries.


Public Safety Director Daniel Jensen asked that the live musical entertainment be positioned so that the sound would not project directly into an adjacent residential area.


“I’d rather have the Howling Diablos, not the Howling Diablos of McKinley Road,” he said, meaning not sounding like they are in the residential area. “They are a bigger band” than some prior acts at these events, he said.


But otherwise, Jensen said the organizers have worked well with the city.


“They do a great job,” he said. “Their security is top-notch. They work well with our people. Ten o’clock (closing) means 10 o’clock. They get (patrons) out of there (on time).”


The City Council voted unanimously in favor of allowing the event to take place in the city parking lot, subject to conditions that included the naming of a local nonprofit charitable partner for PROST Pointe.


Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event for a commemorative beer stein and two beers, or $15 general admission without the beers and stein. There will be a cash bar and food trucks for patrons to purchase food and beverages.


And if they want, attendees can always raise a stein and offer a toast to John Prost.


For tickets or more information, visit www.dabblegp.com.

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