Praise be to bread Detroit's Avalon International Breads announces reopening

click to enlarge Avalon/FacebookIn non-crummy news but alsocrumby Avalon International Bread's flagship bakery in the Cass Corridor has announced its plans to reopen for curbside pick-up and takeout services because maybe god isn't dead after all.We are thrilled/relieved/nervous/grateful to announce that Avalon on Willis will be re-opening on May 19th! a social media post published on Wednesday reads.The post also promises a new menu, upcoming opportunities for pre-ordering, and the same customer service the Detroit bakehouse has promised since opening its doors in 1997: to create an oasis of healing and compassion in a world sorely in need.Even though it's been closed, Avalon has stayed in the news lately. Last week, it appeared onlist of 100 best bakeries in America, and in April, Avalon co-founder Jackie Victor penned an op-ed published byin which she illuminated glaring issues with the Small Business Administration's Payment Protection Program. Avalon was among one of the small-business recipients to be approved for the loan-forgiveness program designed to keep businesses afloat by keeping workers on the payroll.Avalon's Willis Street location is set to reopen on Tuesday, May 19. All of Avalon's other locations, however, remain temporarily closed, including Avalon Cafe + Bakery located in downtown Detroit, as well as Ann Arbor's Avalon Cafe + Kitchen.Avalon's flagship store will be open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.For more information, see

Forthcoming French diner Savant to host preview pop-up at Frame

click to enlarge Courtesy of Jordan Whitmoreclick to enlarge Courtesy of Jordan Whitmoreclick to enlarge Tom PerkinsSavant's Cass Corridor restaurant. Among the year's most anticipated restaurant openings is that of Savant, a French diner planned for the Cass Corridor that will offer everything from caviar bumps with edible gold to Waygu beef cheeseburgers It's on schedule for a fall opening in the former Bolero space, but chef Jordan Whitmore and mixologist Rebecca Wurster are offering a sneak peek at Hazel Park's Frame. The event sold out within 24 hours, but Whitmore says it's possible that a second night will be added if the waitlist gets long enough.The restaurant is also taking reservations on its website for its limited-seating soft opening.The pop-up courses are as follows:Ossetra Caviar bump," edible gold, and champagneFrench onion soup with Waygu beef dashi and gruyere popoverVegan carpaccio with blood orange, cashew cheese, and mintKorean fried chicken with Cholula beurre monte, Michelin Star ranch, and celery curlsHeirloom fruit sorbet, Michigan honey with black walnut granolaEscoffier scramble with black truffle, gruyere, brioche, and chiveCroissant biscuits sausage gravy with peppercorn melangeDutch baby with Saigon cinnamon, apple butter, and lemon confitJapanese pancakes with dark chocolate, matcha, and Michigan mapleCreme brle with passionfruit caviar and candied mintWurster will offer communal siphon cocktails infused at the table. Wine will be poured by Frames resident wine director and sommelier, Bryan Lamorena.The dinner is Friday, Aug. 23, with seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person plus tax and a service fee, and are available at . The evening includes a DJ set of French lounge music.