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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+.

Holiday Cooking Class

Christmas cooking secrets are revealed!

December 14
Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.



Spinach and Goat cheese salad
Dried Cranberry and Maple dressing, Marcona Almonds, red Michigan apples

Stress-free Holiday Turkey
Let us show you how to take the hassle out of the holiday dinner with this prep ahead turkey trick

Brussels Sprouts with Apple Smoked Bacon and Heirloom Tomatoes

Potato bread and Braeburn apple dressing
With Chicken & Apple Sausage from Detroit's own Corridor Sausage Co.

Burda's Berries Cranberry Orange Relish
Fresh Cranberries from the west coast of Michigan 

Gluten and dairy-free pumpkin bars

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Subtleties of Scotch

with The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

Discover six vastly different styles of this classic beverage. Scotch is unique for a variety of reasons — and you'll have a chance experience them this winter evening! From smooth and silky to rich and peaty, join us and learn what makes Scotch such a popular whiskey.

January 25


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



Spedini Appetizer without the stick 
White wine braised Prosciutto and Mozzarella appetizer with fresh basil

Braised fennel and potato soup
With Swiss Raclette cheese from Black Star Farms Creamery

Beef Osso buco
Braised In Montepulciano and rich beef stock and topped with Pine nut Gremolata

Braised red cabbage

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Beer Tasting

with Bell's Brewery

March 8, 2018
Additional information coming soon!

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


Spring in Michigan

with Chef Frank

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

April 10
Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.




Morel Mushroom Bisque
Ramp Creme Fraiche

Chicken Galantine
Served Pan Seared with Morel Mushrooms, spring micro sprouts and brandy,
wild mushrooms cream sauce

Michigan Asparagus and Morel Risotto

Wild leek crusted Whitefish
Served with sauteed yellow grape tomatoes, and baby spinach saute.
Chardonnay Sauce 

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Best of the Boot

with The Wine Counselor® Michael Schafer

There is so much more to Italian wine than Chianti! Together we'll enjoy six of the best the “boot” has to offer. From a sparkling white to deep and dark reds, your palate will shout grazie after this entertaining class. (And you'll very likely discover your new favorite pizza wine!)

April 19


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. Blanco, reposado, and anjeo tequilas will pair perfectly with Chef Frank's culinary creations!

May 3

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


Grilling and Smoking

with Chef Frank

Grill master tricks that anyone can learn!

June 7
Come hungry! This class includes a full meal with wine pairing.




Flank Steak Satays
Lemongrass Cilantro ginger blessing

Cherry Smoked Chicken and tofu pate
Whole grain crackers

Grilled Peach Salad
Lavender poached and grilled peaches, smoked fresh cherries. Local artisian
greens, Raspberry yougurt dressing

Grilled Salmon the simple way
Grilled Salmon with fresh herb Aioli, Lemon thyme grilled vegetables

Chilled Strawberry Soup

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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