Troy time — Diners take note: This week, you'll be able to take advantage of the chance to affordably sample 14 notable Troy restaurants — including Charley's Crab, La Marsa, Loccino Italian Grill & Bar, Ocean Prime, Capital Grille and Tre Monti Restorante. The weeklong promotion includes lunch specials for $15 and dinner specials for $30 at participating restaurants. For more information on Troy Restaurant Week, call 248-641-8151 or see the website for the Troy Chamber (troychamber.com and click on the calendar) .
Steak-table book — The national chain steakhouse, Morton's, is holding a signing for its new cookbook at their Troy location. The event includes cocktails, recipe samples and an auction for a "chef's table," where guests can enjoy a personal wine dinner with pairings from Morton's protein-packed menu. Some proceeds will go to food-related charities. It's at Morton's, 888 W. Big Beaver Rd.; 248-404-9845; $59 per person includes cookbook; second ticket is $30.
Raw movie — There will be a one-time screening of the documentary, Food Matters, at Royal Oak's Main Art Theatre. It's hosted by a company called Regeneration Raw, and all proceeds will go to charity. It happens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. Instead of popcorn, the lobby will have local, organic and whole snacks.
If you really want to know everything you can about America's favorite food, you should have a look at The Burger Bible, in the September issue of Saveur magazine, has tons of information, with sections on choosing the best cheeses, toppings, sauces, seasonings, buns and, ultimately, the best meats to grind. Short ribs and brisket sound like a tasty combination to us. A section on the ultimate fries could be titled Fried Potatoes 101.
Distilled in the highlands of northeastern Scotland, Speyside single malt whiskies are considered some of the finest in the world. And, fortunately, there are still a few bottles that sell for less than a first-born. For $40, Aberlour 12-year-old is a complex whisky matured first in oak and then finished in a sherry cask. We like to pour about two fingers over ice to taste how its nutty sweetness and soft chocolate, fruity finish develop as the drink becomes diluted.
Solo's line of Bare tableware includes a line of "green" plates and cups, made with a variety of renewables, some post-consumer and some annually available sugarcane (which are compostable). We're talking cut-resistant, microwavable-safe dinner plates tough enough for everyday use. The cups come either see-through or in a natural oatmeal color, both made from a bio-based plastic, which, unlike conventional petroleum-based plastics, are compostable. See barebysolo.com for more info.