Local on the Lake Brings the Best Local Food, Local Chefs, and Local Entertainment to The War Memorial

Guests are invited to enjoy an unforgettable evening of locally-sourced food and drink crafted by some of the area’s top chefs

LocalOnTheLake HeroGROSSE POINTE FARMS, MICHIGAN — Local celebrity chefs will showcase their talents on Thursday, October 5 at 6pm, as The War Memorial presents Local on the Lake – Chefs For Vets: The Harvest Moon Edition. Partnering with The War Memorial are EdibleWOW Magazine and Taste the Local Difference, along with five influential chefs who are teaming up to craft a menu featuring local harvest season ingredients and impeccable wine pairings provided by sommelier Michael Schafer, CSW, CSS, CCTP. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit local charity No Veteran Left Behind.

Featured chefs include Chef Frank Turner of The War Memorial (Grosse Pointe Farms); Chef Jeff Rose of C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill (Wolverine Lake); Chef Mike Metevia of Slows BBQ (Detroit); Chef Natalia Tarnavsky of Dorsey Culinary Academy (Roseville); and Chef Bryan Kanak. The evening will be emceed by WDET 101.9 FM’s Ann Delisi, with entertainment provided by Detroit-based musician JC Whitelaw.

Each chef will personally introduce his or her course as guests dine in The War Memorial ballroom, overlooking the harvest moon as it rises above Lake St. Clair. A special barn-chic ambiance has been designed exclusively for this event.

“The War Memorial is proud to bring together some of the top names from Metro Detroit’s culinary world. Our featured chefs, food sheds, and sponsors all have close, authentic ties to their respective communities, and it’s our honor to facilitate collaboration and connectivity between them,” said Charles Burke, President and CEO of The War Memorial. “Every element of Local on the Lake will be locally-sourced, from the ingredients to the music to the décor.”

Tickets include a cocktail hour, passed appetizers, and a five-course meal with beverage pairings. Specialty cocktails are included in the ticket price courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill. A full cash bar will also be available.

No Veteran Left Behind, which will receive a portion of the evening’s proceeds, is a non-profit organization dedicated to assist the men and women who served in the armed forces, and their families, to assure that they assimilate seamlessly back into civilian life and are aware of all of the services available to military veterans and their families.

“EdibleWOW Magazine is pleased to partner with The War Memorial to bring awareness of the needs of our local veterans,” said Robb Harper, publisher of EdibleWOW. “With five highly acclaimed local chefs, we will bring a culinary experience to our guests and much-needed insight and appreciation for the men and women who serve our country.”

Local on the Lake is supported by presenting sponsor EdibleWOW Magazine; sponsors Taste the Local Difference; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Fairway Packing Co.; Event Source; Mitten Crate; Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill; Calder Dairy; Sohn Linen; and Indian Brook Trout Farm. Much of the evening’s showcased food and beverages will be generously donated by the event’s sponsors, and each of the featured chefs have agreed to donate their time and talents.

Tickets are available in two levels: General admission (non-reserved seating) is $90 per person; tables of eight (reserved seating) are $695. All guests will enjoy a free goody bag and a special giveaway will be announced at the end of the evening.

The War Memorial is located at 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms. More information and tickets are available at www.warmemorial.org/localonthelake, or by calling 313.881.7511.


The evening’s menu

Course 1: Chef Brian Kanak
Michigan Shrimp Terrine
With Yuzu emulsion, local petite spinach, pickled daikon

Course 2: Chef Jeff Rose of C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse
Harvest Trout
Indian Brook rainbow trout, butternut squash puree, spiced pepitas, sage brown butter sauce

Course 3: Chef Mike Metevia of Slow’s Bar BQ 
Maple Smoked Berkshire Pork
Pork loin glazed with Vander Mill’s Hard Cider and Dark Horse maple syrup, cinnamon glazed apples

Course 4 (Entrée): Chef Frank Turner of The War Memorial
Herb Roasted Veal Tenderloin
Beef cheek ravioli, sweetbreads, delicata dauphinoise, Michigan chestnutsmorel jus

Course 5 (Dessert): Chef Natalia Tarnavsky of Dorsey Culinary Academy
Walnut Torte
Maple-mocha buttercream, harvest fruit mostarda


About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 200,000 individuals with over 2,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.


About Edible WOW Magazine

EdibleWOW Magazine is your guide to the local foodshed in Southeastern Michigan, telling the story behind the food you want to eat.

EdibleWOW has been telling the stories of this area’s farmers, food and beverage artisans, bakers, brewers and chefs for nearly 10 years. Their coverage area started with Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties — that’s where the WOW comes from — but has since expanded to include all of Southeast Michigan.

Unlike traditional food magazines, EdibleWOW skips the highly personal food reviews and instead focuses on the food producers. They believe that the farmer is as important as the chef, the bartender is as interesting as the brewer and the local people who are changing the food system should be as famous as the Detroit Tigers.


About Taste the Local Difference

Taste the Local Difference is Michigan’s local food marketing agency. It is a social enterprise of the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, based in Traverse City, MI, and is a proponent of the Michigan Good Food Charter and a signatory to their resolution seeking to have 20% of all food sold in Michigan come from Michigan farms and food businesses by 2020. 

Taste the Local Difference helps food businesses and the communities they serve benefit from the economic value of local food, while ensuring that fresh, healthy, local food is available to all consumers.

Taste the Local Difference’s job is simply to sell more locally grown and processed food in the regions we represent. This is accomplished with specialized marketing solutions for their partners from every part of the food system. 


Media Contact

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Director of Community Engagement
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