I am here is Detroit for #rieslingstudy018 and wow I am extremely impressed with the food scene!
So far we have hit Freja and it was all around excellent.
Warda Patisserie from a French Chef
And the site of our event Ladder4
I have a long list of food related things to come back and discover and will update his thread.
AND if anyone happens to be in Detroit, today, June 18th the after-party for Rieslingstudy018 starts at 9, there will be an insane amount of wine still open and once in a lifetime live musical performances.
Thanks for the invitation but I think I’ll be busy with Father’s Day. I have not made it to Ladder Four yet but plan to go soon. We had a great dinner at Oak and Reel last week(a block from Freya). Chartreuse was started by the Freya owner 10 years ago and is also excellent(and a block from the Art Institute)
Freya is great, Stadtgarten is a cool little [drinking] spot and there are many interesting restaurants that have popped up over the past few years. We just moved back from Chicago last fall… I knew that Detroit and the area had been experiencing a renaissance of sorts, but it’s been great to see how much things have changed for the better over the past decade.
Say hello to Putnam Weekly if he’s there. Was just downtown last night at Lumen before seeing Rodrigo y Gabriela. I think I’ll put some reisling on ice for later today!
dinner is 6-9 but long sold out. The after-party starts at 9 it is going to be quite the party! Two live musical performances from Detroit Hip Hop legend Quelle Chris and LA based Skinny Pablo and an ocean of great riesling going to to the 60s.
Well I officially LOVE Detroit. Our event was a huge success. The musical performances were incredible. Ladder4 did an excellent job with the food and overall organization. There where 100s of bottles of riesling dating back to the early 60s, TBA’s, large format etc.
I will be updating this thread with more restaurant, food & wine info.
Back in Detroit for the Detroit Jazz Festival. I LOVE this city. We did dinner at Ladder4 on our first night and it was all around excellent once again.
We hit Cedarland, a Lebanese restaurant, for lunch and it was very good.
No dinner on Friday as we were at the festival, we did drink some great wine. Karriem Riggins is the artist in residence for the entire festival. Friday he put together and evening with Madlib and a diverse group of musicians that was just incredible. Karriem and Madlib played Riesling pour Robert, named in my honor, for the first time live! Listening to it live while sipping some Ulli Stein riesling is an experience I will never forget!
Our entire crew headed over to Motor City Wine for the Friday festival after party. What an amazing spot, great Jazz with an Ulli Stein Rose and a 2021 Holger Koch Kaiserstuhl Spätburgunder. What could be better!
After touring some Mies van der Rohe homes we were extremely excited to revisit Warda Patisserie, alas the French take extended summer breaks, even in Detroit. They are closed for summer break until 9/6. So we decided to try Fredi the Pizza Man, it was good, a solid B.
For you music geeks I got to meet Louis Hayes! A true OG Elder.