Kate Williams brings Detroit culinary traditions to pop-up series

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Almost a month after her much-loved and beloved Lady of the House restaurant in Corktown closed for good, Chef Kate Williams presents a series of pop-up dinners with Detroit history in mind.

Dinners highlight Detroit’s culinary history from 1853, 1907, 1926 and 1946.

Williams drew on his own family’s history in Detroit to plan the menus, along with Bill Loomis, a Detroit native and author of “Detroit’s Delectable Past.”

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“Food is an integral part of Detroit’s history, and this series will show the evolution of food in the city,” Williams said in a press release. “We have chosen years that highlight key moments in the history of the region and are delighted to share these menus with the community and create a unique and memorable dining experience.”

Chef Kate Williams and her Lady of the House restaurant in Corktown.

The dinners will take place at Karl’s, which will become “Kate’s” for the series. Karl’s is Williams’ restaurant inside the Siren Hotel in Detroit with a 1950s theme.

Each dinner includes five courses and guides guests through Detroit’s culinary tradition.

Tickets are still available for the Saturday seats of the first in the series, “The Bachelor’s Eating House”. Two seats are available, at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and reflect the story of 1853, the year Williams’ ancestors arrived in North America. Dinner will include oysters for the table, carrot soup and Johnny cakes with whipped maple butter, smoked butter poached potatoes with a caper relish. The main entree is salted lamb and fermented cabbage with mustard sauce, followed by whiskey pudding and a brown bread cookie for dessert.

The remaining three pop-ups are:

  • “A Night in French Detroit” March 26-27.
  • “Detroit’s Glamor and its Wurlitzer” April 2-3.
  • “The American Home Cuisine Boom” April 9-10.

Williams is an award-winning and highly acclaimed chef. In 2019, she was nominated for a James Beard Award in the Best Chef of the Great Lakes category. The Detroit Free Press named The Lady of the House one of the 2018 Best New Restaurants in the Detroit Metro. In 2018 Williams made the Food & Wine Best New Chefs list, the same year GQ named Lady of the House to their Best New Restaurant List.

Tickets for each pop-up cost $ 120 per person and can be purchased in pairs or in groups of four.

Purchase tickets through Eventbrite or the Williams’ Lady Land website.

Contact Detroit Free Press Culinary Editor Susan Selasky and email food and restaurant news to: 313-222-6872 or [email protected] Follow @SusanMariecooks on Twitter.

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