Food Stuff 

Iberian delights — The Matt Prentice Restaurant Group will be hosting wine events on the first Wednesday of every month this year. Each tasting will include at least 10 wines and a spread of hors d'oeuvres. The next Wednesday wine event will be on March 7, at Northern Lakes Seafood Company, and will focus on the wines of Spain and Portugal. Whether you've trod the rugged terrain of the Iberian peninsula or only sampled the rich reds from a distance, the event promises to reveal the best-kept secrets in Spain and Portugal. What's more, retail licenses allow you to take a bottle of your favorites home if you like. At 6 to 8 p.m., at the Radisson Kingsley Hotel, 39495 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-646-7900; $40 per person; call for reservations.

'Born again — The good news keeps coming for the Westborn Market grocery chain. In addition to growing sales at its remodeled Berkley store, it has received the 2006 Retailer of the Year Award from the Michigan Food and Beverage Association and its affiliate the Detroit Association of Grocery Manufacturers' Representatives. Westborn Market was the only retailer to win the award, which was presented at an association banquet in December. "It is truly an honor to be recognized by our peers and members of these fine associations," said Mark Anusbigian, one of three brothers who manages the family business, which was founded in Dearborn in 1963. For more information, call 313-274-6100 or see westbornmarket.com.

 

Eat the Page

Have you ever wondered how to make pickles or how we can be a cultured society when we only eat canned, pasteurized and otherwise embalmed food? Then Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live-Culture Foods (Chelsea Green, $25) is for you. Celebrate Southeast Asia by eating homemade miso and kimchi. Impress your friends by topping their barbecue brats with authentic Detroit sauerkraut. Beer, bread, wine, cheese and chocolate — it's all made by the magical transformative process of fermentation — and it's all good.

A Tasty Beverage

We're always looking for a local pub that pours Motor City Brewing Company's Ghettoblaster beer. Dark and mild, it has a big taste with slightly less alcohol by volume than similar brews. This is important, because a pint of Ghettoblaster drinks so silky and easy you're going to want more than one. Malty flavors of nuts and toffee are superbly balanced with a gentle finish of citrus from the hops. We can't think of a better beer to wash down mouthfuls of pizza or fries. Not drinking? Check out one of the Ghettoblaster Detroit music compilation CDs recorded at the brewery.

It Works

A versatile roll of cheesecloth commands a permanent place in our kitchen drawer. It converts a sieve into a fine strainer. It makes a bouquet garni by wrapping up spices and herbs to flavor soups, stocks and other liquids without worry. It helps keep roast turkey breast moist and can be used as a stuffing bag on the inside. Use it as a tack cloth when putting a finish on wood furniture, make it into a butterfly net or turn your kid into a Halloween mummy. We guess you could even use it to make cheese.

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