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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 — 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

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

Mexican Cuisine

with The War Memorial’s Executive Chef Frank Turner

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo! Learn how to prepare traditional Mexican favorites with perfect tequila and beer pairings. Blanco, reposado, and anjeo tequilas will pair perfectly with culinary creations!

May 3

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


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An Evening of Wine and Magic

Mind Tapped with Mind Artist George Tait

“Interesting and thought provoking. Five stars.”
–Metro Times

This isn't real. Your experience isn't real. You’re in the audience thinking about the name of your current crush. There’s no way George Tait could know what you’re thinking, but he does! Plucking thoughts out of audience members’ heads, Tait creates a powerful and captivating show. The show is a combination of mind reading and mind control. You'll watch in amazement as you find yourself unable to uncross your arms! You'll laugh in astonishment as thoughts are pulled right out of your mind! Tait impossibly identifies objects held behind his back despite being blindfolded with three layers of duct tape over his eyes. Mind Tapped is an interactive performance involving mind reading, suggestion, psychology, magic, and humor.

George Tait will provide a bit of up-close magic over the course of a cocktail hour while guests enjoy wine in The War Memorial Ballroom. His full 60-minute stage show will follow!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

General admission: $20
EAT season subscribers: Free
If you are a EAT season subscriber, your tickets will be emailed to you automatically
Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle

Doors open at 6:30pm
Cocktail hour with up-close magic at 7pm
Stage show at 8pm


All performing arts event sales incur a $2 fee per single ticket. On large-scale events, there is generally an additional per transaction fee to help defray the cost of ticketing operations. As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to keeping our fees as low as possible while offering excellent customer service at our events.

Grilling and Smoking

with Special Guest Chef Jared Kirkman
Managing Partner – Bonefish Grill, Troy

Grill master tricks that anyone can learn!

June 7
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


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Red, White, and Rosé

with The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

Celebrate our nation's birthday with a stunning selection of all-American wines. Sample favorites from around the country, including mouth-watering bubbles, racy whites, refreshing rosés and rockin' reds. Each wine is guaranteed to delight your palate!

June 28