Detroit Pop-Up Social Event Leads to Permanent Restaurant

What started as a Detroit networking event co-founded by Jay Rayford and Grace Montero and promoted over social media has led to plans for a permanent restaurant — and could be the latest in a social and food trend.

Originally a pop-up, or as Rayford describes it to The Detroit News, a “social catering experience,” Social Sushi Detroit became a weekly event combining food and social networks where attendees enjoyed Detroit-inspired sushi.

“Once we saw how people were coming together and how people loved it, we were like, ‘Man let’s get this thing going,’” Rayford told The Detroit News. “(We had) no thought about opening a restaurant one day, no thought about ‘Hey, let’s do this for four years.’”

But it is four years old and there are plans to expand Sushi Detroit into a full-time restaurant expected to open this summer. Read more

This Week's Top Dining Events in Detroit

TGIF! The weekend is finally (almost) here, and there are a lot of delicious things going on in Detroit. Seriously. From multiple pop-up dinners, a mystery dinner, new restaurants and a new craft beer hall (yes, another in Royal Oak), your next few days are sure to be filled to the brim. Just like your stomach.

But Let’s Not Forget Father’s Day

The scene: The Whitney. Outdoors. Barbecue. Despite the venue being a resto-mansion, you don’t need to be rich or fancy to attend one of the two seatings (4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). The fixed-price menu includes your typical (really good) BBQ fare: salad, short ribs, chicken, corn, and strawberry shortcake. The “Father’s Day Garden Barbecue” will also feature live music.

Surprise and Delight

Pop-up dinners are, well, popping up everywhere it seems. But each brings its own personality. This weekend, there are a few in town. 

First up: The Dinner Club pop up. Helmed by Chef Matthew Baldridge and artists Janna Coumoundouros and Derek John, this pop-up, located on the patio at Treat Dreams, will feature 4 classic French-inspired dishes. Bonus: Aside from delicious food & wine, guests will enjoy a live painting exhibit at the event.

On June 25th, Detroit foodies will partake in a one-of-a-kind strolling dinner that’ll highlight local fare from Gourmet Gone Wild and Mudgie’s, and drinks from Fieldstone Winery and Brew Detroit. The catch? It’s a mystery meal, so no one knows where it is — yet.

On the 27th, new “community culinary center” The Menagerie will be hosting a pop-up dinner at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. with chef Travis Waynick. The menu is made up of five courses, including Toasted Cauliflower Salad (pinenut, black garlic puree, raisin sambal) and Brased Beef Rib (potato & duck salad, citrus swiss chard, pickled cherry and coriander wild with blueberry reduction). 

For more information and to view a full list of events, read more here.