Thanks, Mom — Restaurants are gearing up to help you pamper the mother in your life. For instance, Birmingham's Big Rock Chophouse will host a special brunch at its wine country-style building. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the brunch will feature not just bacon, waffles and an omelet station, but shrimp cocktail, crab claws, chardonnay chicken, seared salmon and more. Tickets are $35.95 per guest, $15.95 for children 11 years and younger, with children under 5 free; reservations recommended. At 325 Eton St., Birmingham; call 248-647-7774 or see

Cancer Fighters — Classes on cancer prevention and survival cooking come to Whole Foods Market in Ann Arbor, May 12 to June 9. The Cancer Project sponsors courses on how to better prevent and survive cancer by improving your diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other foods. With experts linking a third of U.S. cancer deaths to poor diet, a fresh menu may be what the doctor ordered. Classes run 6-8 p.m. most Mondays at Whole Foods Market, Culinary and Lifestyle Classroom, 2nd Level, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor; $65 for the series. Call Angela Henley at 202-244-5038, Ext. 9.


Sur La Table has wares store for serious cooks and stores throughout the States. The only one in our area is located in The Mall at Partridge Creek. Things Cooks Love: Implements, Ingredients, Recipes (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $35) by Marie Simmons and Sur La Table — presumably the staff — is a book about everything that cooks need to put good meals on the table, including ingredients, tools, cookware and even international recipes. Autographed copies are available at an introductory price of $24.95 until May 31, 2008, through catalog and Web site only.


Life can be complicated for craft beer drinkers who enjoy the outdoors. Hiking or boating with a load of heavy glass bottles destroys some of the bliss from a quality quaff at the end of a long good day. Enter Keweenaw Brewing Company. Situated just south of the Houghton-Hancock area, in the heart of copper country, KBC produces a large line of beers. But their "Pick Axe Blonde," "Red Jacket Amber" and "Lift Bridge Brown" all make it into cans. Ask your local beverage retailer to stock a bunch before your next camping trip.


The Grillery sounds like a good name for a restaurant. Considered the Rolls Royce of grills, it is a high quality, long- lasting grill, not a smoker, made in the USA, designed for grilling meats and vegetables. By adjusting the height of the fire, the heat can be controlled, giving the cook the ability to sear and quick-cook the food or to slow-cook over the wood, reminiscent of a campfire. There is a row of V-channels to carry drippings into the basting pan and away from the fire, eliminating flare-ups. For more information visit

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