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“As I ate the oysters…and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

Ernest Hemingway’s words from A Moveable Feast are a true testament to the intense power of food and drink. It’s in this same spirit that The War Memorial is delighted to introduce our new series of culinary and libations programs — EAT | Engage, Aspire, Taste.

Together with our series partner EdibleWOW, EAT brings together such industry leaders as Brut Detroit, Tito’s Vodka, Social Sushi, Bell's Brewery, Detroit City DistilleryThe Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer, and The War Memorial’s own highly decorated executive chef, Frank Turner — showcasing the crème de la crème of culinary masterpieces, wine, and spirits.

Join us all year as we offer special classes, tasting programs, and unique insights into the world of cooking, wine, spirits — and socializing!


Purchase your tickets a la carte, or buy a subscription and save!

Individual event: $45

Two events: $40 each
Three events: $39 each
Four events: $38 each
Five events: $37 each

EAT BuildYourOwn

Tickets admit one person per class. Subscription tickets must be purchased at once. All EAT events are restricted to ages 21+.


Bourbon is Back

with The Wine Counselor®, Michael Schafer

Enjoy eight distinct selections of bourbon, learning about their history, creation, and individuality.

September 28
7–9pm

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Wine 101: Tasting and Pairing

with Brut Detroit

Learn the basics of wine by tasting the classics! Join Brut Detroit and local sommelier Mike Fifer, as we guide you through five wines, adding insight about each, educating you about their origins, and discussing how to properly taste wine. We will feature five common varieties of wine from around the world.

Featured wines will include —

Bubbles
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Cabernet Sauvignon

Brut is Detroit’s pop-up wine bar offering wine tastings, private events, and adventures to help people experience the world through wine.

October 20
6:30–8:30pm

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Vodka Tasting

with Tito's Handmade Vodka

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’s oldest legal distillery. Designed to be savored by spirit connoisseurs and everyday drinkers alike, Tito's Vodka has earned a reputation for greatness, and, by the end of this spectacular tasting, you'll know exactly why! Tito's creation process is similar to those used to make fine single malt scotches and high-end French cognacs, requiring more skill and effort than others — but it's well worth it.

November 8
7–9pm

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Holiday Classics

with The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

Sample perfect wines to pair with your holiday dishes and classic combinations to impress your friends and family. 

November 16
7–9pm

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Preserving a Season's Harvest

with Chef Frank

A few simple (and not so simple!) methods for preserving your harvest and having home grown or local food all winter.

November 28
6:30–8:30pm
Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.

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Super Sparklers

with The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

Bubbles are everyone's favorite for the holidays! Sample a wide range of super sparkling wines that will delight you and your guests this year.

December 1
7–9pm

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Holiday Cooking Class

with Chef Frank

Christmas cooking secrets are revealed with Chef Frank Turner!

December 14
6:30–8:30pm
Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.

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Subtleties of Scotch

with The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

Discover eight very different styles of this classic beverage. From smooth and silky to rich and peaty, you'll learn what makes Scotch such a popular whiskey.

January 25
7–9pm

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Simple Braising Tricks That Wow

with Chef Frank

Learn to braise like the masters! These simple techniques will help take your kitchen skills to the next level.

February 8
6:30–8:30pm
Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.

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Sip and Sushi

with Brut Detroit and Social Sushi

Join Social Sushi and Brut Detroit as we learn the tips and tricks to making gourmet sushi rolls paired with select wines.

March 23
6:30–8:30pm
Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.

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Spring in Michigan

with Chef Frank

Gear up for spring with new recipes to make summer feel even closer. 

April 10
6:30–8:30pm
Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.

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Best of the Boot

with The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

Everyone loves Italy! Savor a wide range of exquisite wines from the Italian peninsula. From sparkling to dessert wines, you'll be on expert on these classic Italian wines.

April 19
7–9pm

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Mexican Cooking — It Ain't No Texmex

with Chef Frank and The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo with Chef Frank Turner and The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer as they show you how to prepare traditional Mexican favorites, with perfect tequila and beer pairings.

May 3
6:30–8:30pm

Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.

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Grilling and Smoking

with Chef Frank

Grill master tricks that anyone can learn!

June 7
6:30–8:30pm
Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.

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Artisanal Spirits

with Detroit City Distillery

Join Detroit City Distillery Distillery mixologists as we sample their best drinks and learn how to recreate them in your own home. You'll become your friend's favorite bartender as you learn how this Detroit-born distillery has made its mark in an ever-challenging market of craft cocktails and American-made spirits.

June 13
7–9pm

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Red, White, and Rose

with The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

Just in time for our nation's birthday! You'll tour the USA via wines from around the country. Crisp and zesty whites, refreshing roses and bold reds representing America's bounty will be enjoyed. Six super examples of "homegrown" excellence are sure to tempt your palate.

June 28
7–9pm

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Beer Tasting

with Bell's Brewery

March 8, 2018
Additional information coming soon!