By Ryan Fishman

Find out the best places to go for drinks, dinner and dessert.


Known locally for its craft cocktails, Sugar House just picked up a nod from Esquire magazine, naming the Detroit hot spot one of the “18 Best Bars in America.” The magazine noted the bar as best in the country for cocktails and hospitality (2130 Michigan Ave.).

Sugar HouseThe Skip is now open in Detroit’s “The Belt” alley between Broadway and Library (1234 Library St.). The new cocktail bar is an outgrowth of the popular Standby and seats 40 across tables intended for single parties and communal dining. A Latin American street food menu is planned, though not yet available. Outdoor seating for 30 will soon launch in the alley.

I’m not big on beer. Actually, let me rephrase that. I can’t stand beer, and I really don’t understand the appeal whatsoever. Having said that, I’ve been told by a connoisseur or two that good beer can be as carefully cultivated as the things I do drink — like champagne and coffee. To that end, W Labs, a division of Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp., has launched a new in-home system that ferments, carbonates and dispenses beer brewed in your home in just seven days. The Vessi Beer Fermenter and Dispenser marks a dramatic shift in the home-brewing process, allowing you to serve your own beer from the tap in days instead of weeks. Production is scheduled for October, with a launch in test markets in November, and the first 200 units delivered by December. If you want one, you better really like beer — the expected MSRP is a whopping $1,899. There’s a 15 percent discount available for those who preorder at



Benedetto Palazzolo

Tre Monti Ristorante in Troy has a new executive chef (1695 E. Big Beaver). The restaurant announced last week that Benedetto Palazzolo will helm its team after departing Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. He’s a graduate of the International Culinary Academy in New York City and Alma, Parma, Italy. Palazzolo has worked in some of the most prestigious restaurants in the world, including three Michelin-starred Jean Georges in New York City.


Vessi Beer Fermenter and Dispenser

You’ll have to head north for the best ice cream in America, but the readers of USA Today say it’s right here in the Great Lakes State. Moomers Homemade Ice Cream in Traverse City took the top spot in the paper’s four-week poll that set out to find the best ice cream parlor in the country. They’ve carefully cultivated more than 160 flavors at Moomers, with 20 available daily to the crowds that line up for a cone or cup. A panel of experts set a list of 20 nominees, with the rankings determined by popular vote.


For Morel Lovers

There’s good news out of Lansing this week for amateur morel hunters. The Michigan House of Representatives has voted to repeal the certification requirement for both picking and selling the mushrooms. The law has spent just a year on the books, part of a broader mushroom food safety program that required a costly certification course.

If HB 5582 is passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, the morel will go on the list of food items exempt from required food safety training, over arguments from the Michigan Department of Agriculture that without proper training there’s a risk of both illness and death from fake morels. Even if the requirement is repealed, restaurants will still be allowed to purchase only from vendors with the proper training and certification.


Mazel Tov …

To Adam Cole and Samantha Schwartz on their engagement.

To Steven Mamat and Melissa-Ann Dascola on their engagement.

To Nancy Heinrich, the new CEO of Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit.

To Lauren Holder, named marketing director at Farbman Group/NAI Farbman in Southfield.

To New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed a first-in-the-nation executive order that divests all state public funds from investments supporting the virulent Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel.

Happy birthday to Treger Strasberg, Illana Stern, Max Surnow, John Hamburger, Matt Nosanchuk, David Wolkinson, Jesse Bernstein, Steven Mamat, Steven Friedman, Andre Douville, Annie Gordon Thomas, Ian Goldberg, Allie Singer, Hillary Shaw, Steve Elkus, Sam Hamburger, Tamir Oppenheim and Judy Gelman. *


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