20+ Restaurants • 1 Great Cause
AUGUST 3, 2022 | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Returning (finally!) for its second year, EAT Detroit showcases our city’s diverse culinary scene with a one-of-a-kind experience benefitting our most underserved citizens, all in one night. Enjoy the chef’s featured dishes and craft drinks, as well as live musical entertainment, and help the initiatives of SAY Detroit that provide housing, food, medical care, education, and more to Detroiters in need at any age.
This is a limited event on a first-come, first-serve basis!
General Admission: $150 // VIP: $275
Wear your wristband, visit a restaurant, eat and drink and repeat at the next stop until you’re full or the event ends at 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy food and drink at participating restaurants, and stroll between locations or use our official shuttles for longer distances — and no bill ever arrives! Attendees are also welcome to enjoy a free water ice dessert — at any time during the event! — at the Detroit Water Ice Factory.
With a tasting menu of 3 specialty dishes and 1 signature drink at each restaurant, you won’t go hungry or thirsty. Strolling waitstaff and self-selected starting restaurants, along with recommended routes, will keep traffic flowing and eliminate long lines!
EAT Detroit is modeled (with permission!) after Washington, DC’s Dine-N-Dash with chef José Andrés.
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Baobab Fare is more than a restaurant – it’s an experience. In our journey from Burundi, we have come to cherish our home in Detroit, but we still experience so much joy in sharing where we came from. That’s why we want to share more than just dishes with our community – we want to share our culture.
BARDA Detroit is the first and only authentic Argentinian and Latin American-inspired Restaurant in Detroit. Using ancestral methods of Patagonian cooking, BARDA’s open fire is the very soul of the restaurant’s dining experience. BARDA specializes in simple yet bold dishes, combining techniques and ingredients that reach far across vast geographical terrains.
At Calexico Detroit, live every day like it’s Taco Tuesday. Calexico is a small town on the border of California and Mexico. Take a step south, and you’re in Mexicali; a step north, Calexico. Everything is a hybrid: the people, the language, and especially the food.
Chili Mustard Onions
As a 100% Vegan Coney Island style restaurant, Chili Mustard Onions is one of the most original and best restaurant concepts to launch in metro Detroit in recent years. The menu offers meatless — and mostly organic and non-GMO — versions of many of the coney standards.
Cork & Gabel
Cork & Gabel, a restaurant fusion of Irish, Italian, and German cuisine, opened in 2018 in Detroit’s Corktown district in a light-filled, industrial space with a full bar. They are known for our use of modern techniques on old school classics.
Award-winning noodles, rice bowls and shareable plates like jicama shell tacos top the menu at this modern Japanese noodle shop with locations in Corktown, Midtown and Madison Heights.
la Feria Spanish Tapas
La Feria is Michigan’s only restaurant specializing in authentic, traditional Spanish cuisine. All dishes are recipes from head Chef Pilar’s mother and grandmother, heralding from Sevilla in Andalucia, southern Spain. We serve a variety of shareable small plates in the tradition of Tapas, where food and drink form the core of socializing among friends and family.
Located on the first floor of the Albert building, the new LaLanterna offers a menu of Neapolitan-style brick oven pizzas, salads, paninis, pastas and other classic Italian entrees. A full marble bar, anchored by a selection of affordable wines from California and Italy, are also be available.
With a menu rooted in the savory yet simple flavors that define Lebanese cuisine, and an experience that evokes the simple pleasure of great food enjoyed in good company, Leila sits at the crossroads of sophisticated style and old-world hospitality.
Lumen features new American cuisine with a beer focus and offers sweeping views of Downtown Detroit and Beacon Park from the rooftop deck and patio.
Mootz Pizzeria + Bar
Mootz Pizzeria + Bar is the only authentic New York pizzeria in the heart of Detroit. Mootz offers a relaxed atmosphere with just under 100 seats, a full bar with 20 beers on tap with full cocktail and wine menus, a patio, and a “by-the-slice” counter which is open late and located next to the main restaurant with its own entrance.
Oak & Reel
HOUR Detroit’s “2022 Restaurant of the Year” owned and helmed by Michelin-starred chef Jared Gadbaw. The contemporary Italian menu features fresh seafood and housemade pastas in a beautiful, warm setting. Complimentary on-site parking.
Prime + Proper
Born out of the renaissance of Detroit, Prime + Proper is a modern interpretation of the classic American Steakhouse and offers a marriage of traditional Steakhouse fare with elevated contemporary culinary mastery.
*VIP Reception*, Serving in Shinola Hotel's Birdy Room
Inspired by the spirit and piazzas of Southern Italy and Sicily, San Morello is Chef Andrew Carmellini’s urban Italian neighborhood restaurant in downtown Detroit serving authentic, wood-fired dishes, pizzas and house-made pastas using local, seasonal ingredients.
Slows Bar BQ
Detroit’s award-winning barbecue destination since 2005.
Supergeil is inspired by the energy and food of Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. Not unlike Corktown, it is a neighborhood on the edge of center, a multicultural place where artists, students, and Germany’s largest Turkish population live together. A cocktail menu features vibrant colors, spices and punchy flavors, while a light and dark beer selection are a reference to the “branded” corner bars scattered throughout the neighborhood. The food is diverse, direct and craveable.
Takoi, located in Corktown, offers unique Thai fusion plates, as will as delicious craft cocktails. Nominated for the James Beard “Best New Restaurant of 2017.”
Created from our passion and respect for “American comfort food” and the opportunity to provide our guests with inspired interpretations of their favorites by elevating them with fine dining hospitality and culinary techniques. TOWNHOUSE aims to validate modern American comfort food and libation flare with world-class service.
Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine was created in 2005 to give Detroit’s palette an authentic taste of Cuba! Our recipes have been handed down through generations of the Vazquez family. The romantic milieu of Havana effortlessly transports you with extraordinary scents of exotic dishes and the rhythmic sounds of salsa music.
VIP Dessert / GA Dining
Completed in 1894, the world famous Motor City landmark retains the exquisite charm of Detroit’s early upper echelon as a venue for all to enjoy. The Whitney now provides several unique features within the historical property: the fine dining restaurant, The Katherine McGregor Dessert Parlor, The Ghostbar and Gardens.
- In an exclusive dining experience presented by San Morello, VIP patrons will join Mitch Albom and other special guests at a pre-event reception at 5 p.m. at Shinola Hotel’s Birdy Room. The bright and airy Birdy Room conservatory features vaulted glass ceilings and lush greenery, offering a refreshing respite from the energy of downtown Detroit. Fully glass enclosed with a private bar, the Birdy Room also has a small outdoor garden attached with views of the city’s iconic Opera House, sports stadiums and People Mover.
- An additional 5 exclusive VIP-only restaurants. VIP-only restaurants allow diners to avoid any potential crowds and spend more time in these restaurants.
- Your VIP experience ends with dessert: After 9PM, enjoy a final course of flaming desserts and miniature pastries in the iconic Ghostbar at The Whitney. Relax in the hauntingly beautiful and classy space featuring an ornate wood bar and antique decor.
- VIP shuttles from Shinola Hotel to begin your evening with one of the five exclusives you select at ticket purchase.
- Check in and get your wristband at the VIP reception
- VIP concierge desk located in the Atrium at One Campus Martius (you’ll pick up your wristband there if you can’t make it to the pre-event reception.)
» BEFORE AUGUST 3rd
Read the FAQs!
» GETTING YOUR TICKETS
Buy your tickets here. You can purchase up to 6 tickets. You will choose your starting restaurant based on the ticket you buy!
VIPs will begin their night at the VIP Reception at Shinola Hotel, catered by San Morello, but will purchase a ticket for the first restaurant they want to visit after the reception.
» WHEN YOU ARRIVE
Have your tickets ready to check in!
Present your print-at-home or mobile ticket. The ticket buyer must distribute a ticket to all members of their party.
General Admission – Go to the restaurant on your ticket by 5:30 p.m.
Check in at your starting restaurant (you choose it when you buy your ticket). Individual attendees will get their ticket scanned, receive a wristband, and a guide map. Follow the instructions provided by your restaurant hosts and the process will run quickly and smoothly.
Doors open at 5:30 PM at your starting restaurant.
VIP – Go to Shinola Hotel’s Birdy Room
Pick up your VIP wristband(s) any time after at 4:30 p.m. at the VIP pre-event reception, which will host an exclusive dining experience brought to you by San Morello from 5 – 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.). Please use the hotel’s Farmer Street entrance at 1435 Farmer Street next to MadCap coffee.
By 6:15 p.m., take a provided shuttle outside of Shinola Hotel or walk to the starting restaurant selected at the time of ticket purchase.
» DINING & DASHING
After your starting restaurant, you choose your next dining option: Stroll within the neighborhood, hop on a shuttle to a neighborhood farther away – OR – stroll to the next nearest neighborhood. We’ll have updated recommendations for how to plan your night depending on where you start soon.
Eat…drink…repeat at the next restaurant until 9:30 p.m. or until you just can’t take one more bite!
Keep your wristband on at all times, it’s your access to participating restaurants and the bill never arrives. Attendees must have a VIP wristband in order to access VIP-only restaurants. It is recommended that VIPs enjoy all VIP-only restaurants before trying other restaurants.
» GETTING AROUND
Shuttles run nonstop and make all stops on assigned routes from 5 – 10 p.m.
Shuttle routes, recommended paths, and shuttle stops will be shared with you soon.
You’ll receive a printed map with all restaurant addresses and shuttle stops, but you can star and save this this digital version to Google My Maps on your smart phone (you must have Google Maps installed or log-in to your Google account on your browser).
- *Baobab Fare
- Chili Mustard Onions
- Cork & Gabel
- La Feria Spanish Tapas
- La Lanterna
- Lumen Detroit
- Mootz Pizzeria + Bar
- Oak & Reel
- *Prime + Proper
- *San Morello (catering VIP reception at Shinola Birdy Room)
- Slows Bar BQ
- *Townhouse Detroit
- Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine
- The Whitney (+ the Ghostbar at The Whitney**)
*VIP ticket only.
**VIP Dessert after 9PM in the Ghostbar, GA dining 5:30 – 9:30PM
Thank You Sponsors!
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How do I get tickets?
Tickets may only be purchased online through Freshtix.com. You can purchase up to 6 tickets.
PLEASE BE AWARE OF DISCOUNT TICKET SCAMMERS! We do not allow resale, and if any special ticket discounts are made available, they will be listed as official on this website.
Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?
YES! Each GA attendee must bring their print-at-home ticket or show their mobile ticket in order to check in, pick up their wristbands, and enter the previously selected restaurant on your ticket to begin your dining experience.
VIP attendees should bring their print-at-home tickets or show their mobile tickets at the VIP pre-reception and receive their wristband for entry into their starting restaurant and other VIP-only restaurants.
NOTE: Ticket buyers must distribute tickets to their guests. If you purchased more than one ticket in your order, please distribute a print-at-home or mobile ticket to the guests who will be joining you before the event so each attendee can check in and pick up their wristband individually. EVERY ATTENDEE NEEDS A TICKET AND EACH TICKET MAY ONLY BE SCANNED ONCE. More here and here.
What if I arrive late?
If you’re GA, your wristband will be waiting for you at the starting restaurant you selected until 6:30 p.m. After 6:30, please check in at the help desk at One Campus Martius.
If you’re VIP, your wristband will be waiting for you at the VIP reception at the Shinola Hotel until 6:30 p.m. If you arrive after 6:30, please check in at the help desk at One Campus Martius.
Where do I park?
We’ve outlined several options below. We suggest parking near your starting restaurant or near where you’d like to be to get home. Please contact garages directly to confirm availability and pricing (subject to change).
Flat-rate parking for $10 for the evening (beginning after 4 p.m.) is available at the following list of parking garages. Please note these garages are self-serve and accept debit/credit card payment only.Cash will not be accepted.
1234 Library St, 48226
One Campus Martius Deck
1188 Farmer St, 48226
1001 Brush St.
1001 Woodward Garage
35 State St.
419 E. Fort St.
One Detroit Center Garage
200 Larned St.
Two Detroit Garage
160 E. Congress St.
Opera House Parking Center
6540 Cass Ave
Buhl Parking Garage
525 Griswold St
Additional parking options include:
Ford Employee Lot in Corktown – FREE
1941 Fisher Fwy (entrance will be off of Michigan to Vermont)
Oak & Reel: private lot
The Whitney: $5 parking in lot across the street (corner of Canfield and Woodward)
Cork and Gabel: private lot
What is the dress code?
While this isn’t a black tie affair, we encourage you to choose at least smart casual attire. Be tasteful, be neat, and most importantly, be comfortable on your feet. You’ll be standing, strolling, and wherever possible – dancing! – so you’ll want to make sure you’re able to do so without being hindered by footwear.
How do I get around?
Restaurants are primarily located in “clusters” that are walkable – enjoy the summer stroll! Special shuttles will help get you between the clusters. Shuttle stops and routes, as well as recommended paths, will be shared soon.
What if I need help during the event?
Greeting you at each restaurant – and on the shuttles and route stops – will be our EAT Detroit volunteers, who’ll be eager to answer your questions. You’ll recognize them because they’ll all be wearing our official 2022 EAT Detroit apron. Volunteers hail from our A Time to Help group, generous fellow citizens, and our local charity partners with whom SAY Detroit works to provide services and support to Detroiters in need throughout the year. Ask them about their work.
Do I really have to dine at my “starting” restaurant I chose when buying tickets?
PLEASE HELP US HELP YOU: To help the night run more smoothly, we ask that you honor your first restaurant assignment and meet up with other parties afterwards. Our distribution is intended to ensure that your first dining experience is not overcrowded, and help guide the rest of your traveling path accordingly.
Can I order from the restaurant’s menu?
Not as part of EAT Detroit. Chefs are preparing a special menu that is a minimum of 3 specialty small plates and 1 signature craft cocktail.
Is it OK to go back to the same restaurant several times?
During the event? No. Anytime after EAT Detroit? YES, please do!
EAT Detroit is a great opportunity to try many different hot spots and cuisines. Please help us make sure that your fellow attendees also have a chance to try everything by following the recommended routes and adhering to recommended capacity limits.
We encourage you to visit these restaurants again for a full night of dining after your EAT Detroit experience, keeping in mind that they are adding this special dining service during our event to help support SAY Detroit’s mission to better the lives of Detroiters in need.
Is there a group sale price?
We do not have a group rate.
Is there alcohol on this tour?
Yes, each restaurant is offering a minimum of 1 specialty craft cocktail to EAT Detroit attendees. Please make sure you have your proof of age with you. Note: Chili Mustard Onions is substituting a mocktail.
What’s the refund policy?
There are no refunds. This is a rain or shine event.
How can I volunteer?
Is my ticket tax-deductible?
SAY Detroit is a fully-formed 501(c)(3) charity (EIN 20-4786626). Your ticket purchase is tax-deductible, and your confirmation email is your donation receipt. Your federal income tax deduction for your contribution through the purchase of a ticket is the amount of your contribution minus the value of the premiums your receive. We estimate the deduction value for each General Admission ticket is $115 and for each VIP ticket it is $225. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
I have food allergies / special diets — will I be accommodated?
A final menu from each restaurant is not yet available, and diet/allergy considerations are addressed individually by each restaurant in accordance with their policies and regular menu considerations. While we encourage restaurants to consider variety and inclusion for all patrons when creating their EAT Detroit tasting menu and signature cocktail (and non-alcoholic beverages), we cannot guarantee accommodation and substitutions cannot be requested on the day-of.
Are your shuttles ADA-accessible? Are the restaurants?
Currently, all participating restaurants have wheelchair-accessible entrances. We are committed to making this event as inclusive as possible, and are currently working to confirm the rental of ADA-accessible shuttles to provide a VIP / GA experience. We will confirm and list those tickets for sale as soon as possible, with a guided experience prioritizing the most accessible locations. Due to a high volume of rentals for various events, we have found a limited availability of private shuttles overall. We thank you for your patience, and invite you to email email@example.com if you have any questions.
I’ve got questions, who has answers?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, questions, and tips.