Food Stuff

Aug 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

FOOD FOR THOUGHT — The friendly folks over at Detroit Evolution Laboratory haven't just been cooking up healthful vegan meals, they've been trying to educate Detroiters about diet, health and "food security" for more than a year now. As part of that project, they've been hosting screenings of films in their small Gratiot Avenue space. But the response to their latest film event, a screening of the documentary Food Matters, has been so robust they've had to make special arrangements to screen the film in a larger space: Eastern Market. Since it's not exactly a theater, those who come are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on, though there will be some limited seating available. It happens at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Eastern Market's Shed 2, 2934 Russell St., Detroit. RSVP required, though: register at For more information about the film, see or call 313-316-1411.


The International Culinary Schools at the Art Institutes is a system of culinary programs with locations throughout North America. These schools teach how to prepare the foods of the world. The organization has now published International Cuisine (Wiley, $45), which offers 415 recipes from around the world, including fish Veracruz from Mexico and curried lamb from Trinidad, all with detailed recipes. From South America to China to Europe and beyond, this is about as yummy as culinary globalization gets.


The product of extraordinary amounts of Provençal sunshine and a Rhone Valley microclimate, 2006 Domaine Du Vieux Chêne Cuvée de La Dame Vieille is well worth its modest $12 sticker. Deep red, it's an equal blend of grenache and syrah with a nose of sweet, black cherries, olives and lavender. On the tongue its bright fruit is balanced by mild tannins. The vines are tended organically in a sandy loam enriched by permanent grasses that add diversity to the macrobiotic life of the vineyard. Who knew soil science was so delicious?


Ah, yes. This is the one you've been waiting for. Give your guests a good laugh when they see you roasting your weenie on your backyard grill. The Roast My Weenie Stainless Steel Hot Dog Cooker is a metal man, an anatomically correct character who stands on your grill letting you hang onions and peppers on his limbs while your weenie is cooking on his other digit, if you will. Unlike welded facsimiles, this $15 creation has no welds to taint your dog. Grab one at

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