Battle of the brunches Seldom Blues and Sweet Georgia Brown will both be holding Easter brunches on Sunday, April 16, offering a fit opportunity to sample the rebirth of downtown Detroit dining. Seldom Blues promises a gourmet Easter brunch and buffet, with fare ranging from high cuisine to homestyle, and live entertainment from the Johnnie Bassett Trio. Sweet Georgia Brown offers an Easter Champagne brunch, with a specially prepared menu and live music from Herbie Russ. Seldom Blues' brunch runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Tower 400 of the Renaissance Center; $42 per person minus tax and tip; call 313-567-7301, ext. 2 for reservations. Sweet Georgia Brown's event runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 1045 Brush St.; $40 per person minus tax or tip; call 313-965-1245.
Growth of the soil Avalon International Breads' has a special Earth Day promotion through the end of April called Dig Detroit. When bread lovers buy any of Avalon's featured products, the bakery will make a donation supporting the Detroit Garden Resource Program, a group that promotes community gardening in the city. At 422 W. Willis St., Detroit; 313-832-0008.
Greasy kids' stuff School lunch was always bad, but now it's often bad for you to boot. That's the impetus behind a competition that asks young people to design healthy lunch menus that eschew the empty calorie. Each semifinalist will win $5,000 to go toward their school to promote healthful eating; grand prize is a $100,000 scholarship. For more information, visit freelunchmoney.com.
Eat the Page
In 1992, Marcel Desaulniers, wrote Death by Chocolate, The Last Word On A Consuming Passion ($35, Rizzoli International Publications Inc.), a predecessor to the many chocolate cookbooks that are being published today, seemingly in the face of our diet-crazed consciousness. This is still a book to drool over, with mouthwatering color photographs. Many of the recipes are uncomplicated, many are not, but the results are guaranteed to make you a star. Try the caramel rum delirium ice cream cake.
A Tasty Beverage
Wines from Down Under have long been considered good buys, and Australia's Penfolds wines are no exception. At any price level, you get what you pay for and then some. Their Koonunga Hill Shiraz available for $9.99 at Papa Joe's in Birmingham is deliciously fruity, tasting of blackberry and loganberry, with a little spice. What's more, at this price, it's worth a try.
If you are concerned about food-borne illnesses that can be transmitted in undercooked meat, or about the flavor and texture of overcooked meat, you need a meat thermometer. At one end of the spectrum is a small, handheld, instant-read probe that you merely stick into the thickest part of the food careful not to touch a bone and immediately learn the temperature. At the other end of the spectrum is the wireless model with a digital readout ($30 and up) that can alert you when the pork butt smoking on your barbecue is ready to shred.Know of any new restaurants, special dinners or food-related events? Let us know. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org