• Signature Drink: The Dandy

     
    POSTED August 20, 2018
     

INGREDIENTS
—2 ½ ounces Dubonnet Red
—1 ounce Elijah Craig bourbon
—1 ½ ounce triple sec
—1 dash Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS
Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange zest.

Courtesy of Butcher & Banker

Butcher & Banker is uniquely tucked inside a former bank vault under the New Yorker Hotel. The hotel, which opened in 1930 (at the height of the Great Depression), was the largest hotel in the city at the time and attracted a who’s who of entertainers and dignitaries from around the world, including Muhammad Ali, JFK, Joan Crawford and Nikola Tesla, who died in the hotel. The bank later closed in 1980, but the opening of Butcher & Banker in 2017 marked the first time in 37 years that the public had seen the vault. 

Now this dining room, with a wall of original safe deposit boxes left intact, is known for its steaks and locally sourced seafood. The menu features a dozen USDA prime, dry-aged steaks from a Tomahawk rib steak to a cowboy bone-in rib eye topped with oysters and brown butter Béarnaise sauce to a Coulotte Sirloin (top sirloin cap). An in-house smoker allows chef Scott Campbell’s team to smoke pastrami-rubbed long-bone short rib, while Norwegian salmon is cold smoked, hand-carved and served with fresh horseradish crème fraiche for an appetizer or hot smoked for a main course with mushroom fondue and Hollandaise sauce. Beyond beef, Campbell applies his creative touch to kitchen specialties such as five spice duck steak, filet mignon, tuna Florentine, sea scallops and foie gras with cabernet-shallot risotto. 

As the number of vaccinations across the country increases, the amount of live events and gatherings will hopefully rise with it. However, that doesn’t mean the way people gather will go back to normal instantly: there may be an adjustment period before bars, theaters, stadiums and churches are all full of people again.

 Spacing, social distancing, and creativity will be vital for planners and venues in the meantime, and tools like staging, seating, and more will be crucial for the execution of these.

 

2020 was on track to be a record year. For some catering companies across the state, continuous growth year-over-year had set them up for success, and they thought it would be their best 365 days yet.

And a record year it was—but not for good reasons. Layoffs and furloughs, major losses in sales, and too many cancellations and postponed events to count made 2020 a year that catering companies will never forget.

 

Well known for its envelope pushing cocktails served with a down-to-earth approach, Standby Detroit has not only helped to garner acclaim for Detroit’s cocktail scene, it’s continued to inspire and connect—even in the wake of a pandemic.

On-site cocktail catering and private events at the bar may be on hold through April, but guests can still enjoy creative stirred, shaken and carbonated bottled cocktails to go or book a private cocktail class to perfect their home bartending skills.