Food Stuff

Leaves a good taste — On Friday, June 2, the 11th Annual Dine Out Detroit will offer food lovers a chance to fight AIDS by going out to eat. More than 100 metro Detroit area restaurants will donate 10 percent of that day's breakfast, lunch and dinner sales to the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project (MAPP), Michigan's largest nonprofit AIDS education organization. Restaurants include Fiddleheads, Bucca di Beppo, Atlas Global Bistro, Café Cortina, Majestic Café, Bastone, Carl's Chop House, Union Street, Zumba, and Via Nove. For more information, visit or call MAPP at 248-545-1435.

Six on Nine — Assaggi Mediterranean Bistro is marking six years in Ferndale by offering a three-course, fixed-price dinner featuring exciting seasonal specialties until June 11. That's appetizer, entrée and dessert for $29 per person, plus tax and gratuity. At 330 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-584-3499.

Chew and view — For those who like a side of art with their food, a new exhibit is up at Cass Cafe called Assemble, featuring mixed-media work from Christine Monhollen, Wade Rosenthal, Paul Schwarz and Robin Sommers. At 4620 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-1400.


Eat the Page

Steven Raichlen has not only written some of our favorite books on grilling and barbecuing, but he also runs Barbecue University. That fact should make you want to attend summer school. Hot off the press, his latest book, Raichlen on Ribs, Ribs, Outrageous Ribs (Workman Publishing Company, $12.95) holds the keys to rib cookery, explaining the differences between various cuts of ribs and giving instructions on trimming, seasoning or marinating. He covers direct grilling, smoke-roasting, smoking and spit-roasting. Remember these words: low and slow.

Sensible Rotgut

If wine snobbery offends you, if an $8 bottle of wine seems affordable only to the highfalutin, if you avoid kerosene not for the taste but because you are fearful of ignition, then is your salvation. MD 20/20, Night Train and the venerable Thunderbird are a few of the selections discussed on this Web site, which is proof that you can find anything on the Internet. Rankings include "worst taste," "getting wasted" and "warmth." Conspicuously absent is Charlie Milan's Nature Boy, one of the cheapest buzzes (so we hear) in the bygone '60s for local high-schoolers, now in their 60s.

It Works

If you cannot live without one of these, you must be one hell of a guitar player and pizzaiolo or definitely a wannabe. This Fender Stratocaster Pizza Peel is the coolest pizza tool ever. It would probably make frozen pizza taste good. You'll have to be a woodworker too, as it's not available anywhere that we are aware of. If you can make one of these, is a guitar-shaped pie next? Learn more about the peel at

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