Ann Arbor Restaurant Week kicks off today
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week starts now and runs through Feb. 10. With its diverse array of restaurants and cuisines, there is a lot to choose from during the week-long event. There are lunch options, menus for two, family meals to go, and vegetarian and vegan fare. More than 30 Ann Arbor restaurants are participating this week.
Among the specials is a three-course tasting menu from Of Rice and Men for $35 per person, not including tax and gratuity. At Avalon Café & Kitchen, there’s a lunch for two option for $30. Choices include soup or salad and a mushroom burger or a chicken sandwich. Zingerman’s Roadhouse has a three-course lunch, dinner, and vegetarian meal for $32-$48. Options offered are appetizer, entrée and dessert.
For a list of participating restaurants go to annarborrestaurantweek.com.
Amazon ups grocery spend benchmark for Prime members — by a lot
If you're an Amazon Prime member who orders groceries online through Amazon Fresh, get ready to spend more if you want to avoid a delivery fee.
The e-commerce giant is raising the spending benchmark that Prime members need to get free grocery delivery — by a lot. Prime members will need to spend at least $150 or more to avoid a fee. Previously the spending threshold was $50. For orders under $150, there is a service fee of $3.95, for orders of $100-$150 it's $6.95 when you spend $50-$100 and $9.95 for orders under $50.
Amazon said the new service fee would help keep prices low in both online and physical stores and better cover grocery delivery costs. Prime members were notified of the change in an email.
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Anchor restaurant announced for Sakura Novi
Sakuri Novi, an Asian-themed mixed-use development, announced it's signed a lease with a high-end Korean steakhouse as a tenant.
Dancing Pine Korean Steakhouse will be an anchor tenant among its collection of Asian-themed restaurants. The Korean steakhouse is owned by Seven York Inc., which also owns several metro Detroit restaurants, including Kimichi Box, Dae Jan Keum, Tomo Sushi, The Seoul, Blue Fish Asian Cuisines, and Mama Satto. Sakura Novi's collection of restaurants will include a variety of Asian cuisines from Korea to Japan to Hawaii, Mongolia, and China.
Among the collection of restaurants, the Sakura Novi will offer retail shops, services, and townhome apartments. A highlight of the development's center with a Japanese-themed garden patio, a pond, and a public plaza for community events according to a news release.
Taste the Diaspora returns for Black History month
Taste the Diaspora (TDD), a local initiative launched during Black History month 2021, is back again with month-long events. During the month, the focus will be on celebrating food and culture while bringing awareness to how African Americans used food to resist historic and ongoing oppression. Events include TDD’s shoebox lunches, merchandise, community collaborations, pop-ups, and cooking demonstrations.
Here’s the schedule:
Chef Jermond Booze, TDD’s co-creator and chef Amber Bechham hosts “Vinyl Tasting,” a five-course dinner inspired by an album and Dilla’s Donuts 6-9 p.m. Feb. 19 at Freya. Tickets $65-$80.
Keep Growing Detroit free cooking demonstration with Taste the Diaspora’s chef Ederique Goudia highlighting some of her favorite dishes, is 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Location is to be announced.
Taste the Diaspora closes out the month with a “Resistance Shoebox” lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Freya. Shoebox lunches, two choices, are $40 each. The event also features Detroit Black artists, a DJ and cocktails. A percentage of proceeds from the shoebox lunch sales will be donated to Hospitality Included Full Hands In, Full Hands Out. The program provides training for young Black adults interested in entering the hospitality industry.
For information and tickets go to tastethediaspora.com.
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