Try a taste of cities during annual grub crawl

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published June 11, 2015


FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s time to take a bite out of the greater Farmington area at the annual Taste of Two Cities 2015 Grub Crawl.

The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce event will offer a selection of restaurants in the Farmington-Farmington Hills area from 6-9 p.m. June 16.

“If you’ve never been to a particular restaurant, it is a great way to sample their cuisine of their best and favorite dishes,” said Kristin Curle Houchins, director of communications and events for the chamber. “This event is exciting for us because it doesn’t just encompass our chamber members — it encompasses the entire community.”

Eleven restaurants will participate: 2Booli, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cake Luv, California Pizza Kitchen, Greek Islands Bar and Grill, Kola Restaurant and Ultra Lounge, John Cowley’s, Page’s Food and Spirits, Peterlin’s Restaurant and Bar, The Cheese Lady, and Wicked Table.

Joe Mantey, The Cheese Lady co-owner, said his establishment is looking forward to providing free tastings of its 100-plus cheeses.

“The minute we heard about it, we jumped on the opportunity,” Mantey said. “We still are a new business and a growing business, and we’re excited about introducing our shop to new customers.”

The Cheese Lady will also offer beer and wine pairings.

“It will be more than just cheese,” Mantey said.

The business opened in November in downtown Farmington. 

“My wife and I have lived locally in Farmington Hills for over 20 years,” he said. “Downtown Farmington is our downtown. And when we decided to open up a cheese shop, there was no doubt in our mind that it had to be in the downtown, because we wanted to help the community and make it a more desirable place to go. We certainly hope that people do participate (by) coming downtown and taking advantage of great opportunities like this.”

Curle Houchins said this event helps customers get out of their normal food routines to experience new flavors and dishes.

“We try to represent the different types of cuisine,” she said. “All of our restaurants are amazing. Some restaurants have entertainment, a very festive atmosphere, and a lot of them do drink specials.”

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available at and at the chamber office, 33425 Grand River Ave., Suite 101, in Farmington.

For more information, call (248) 919-6917.