Food Stuff 

Using their noodles — A group of Cass Tech students are throwing a Building with Books spaghetti dinner fund-raiser to help build a school in Nicaragua. The group is "committed to bringing formal education to remote villages in developing countries." The funds will allow teenagers to help build a school while living with a host family and immersing themselves in the local culture. The pasta will be served 1-5 p.m., Sunday, May 7, at Cass Cafe, 4620 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-1400; $10 minimum donation.

Say it with Menopause — The Gem & Century Theatres in downtown Detroit want to help you celebrate Mother's Day with a meal and a show. Packages for the May 14 holiday offer a chance to see Detroit's longest-running show, Menopause the Musical, or Jeff Daniels' new comedy, Norma & Wanda. Deals range from $35 for brunch only to $77 for the meal, a mimosa and a seat at the show. At 333 Madison Ave., Detroit. Call 313-963-9800 for reservations.

Pies for proselytes — Shield's Restaurant and Pizzeria is also looking to raise funds for missionaries. On May 4, 10 percent of the day's receipts from locations in Macomb, Southfield, Troy and Warren will benefit PIME Missionaries (, an organization that supports missionaries in 14 countries. For more info, visit


Eat the Page

We're told that reading America's Great Delis: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast by Sheryll Bellman (Collectors Press, $35) will lay to waste the first few weeks of your get-in-shape-for-summer diet. If you are geographically challenged to find a good delicatessen — we Detroiters are not — there are several recipes included that will likely lead you to satisfaction. New York's venerable Carnegie Deli, home of a corned beef sandwich not only too big for your mouth but nearly too big to pick up, is featured along with some of the best from all over the United States. Garlic lovers rejoice.

A Tasty Beverage

If one can judge a book by its proverbial cover, this must be some great wine. A ripe fruity blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varietals, the 2003 Red North Coast is available for less than $15 locally at Simply Wine in Birmingham. Red would be perfect for Sangria, probably a step or two or more up from the $7 or $8 gallon jug wines that were once de rigueur at toga parties. It's bold enough to drink with a steak and tasty enough to sip solo.

It Works

Those corn-shaped corn bread sticks that you saw on the buffet at last year's barbecue were probably made in a Lodge cast iron corn stick mold. The molds will work with your favorite corn bread recipe. We've even made them with creamed corn and jalapeños in the mix and had them come out just fine. You can purchase pre-seasoned molds online at Williams Sonoma ( and Chefs Catalogue ( for about $15. Preheat them in the oven and brush them lightly with butter before filling them.

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