Green Friday, A VIP Grand Opening Affair for GreenSpace Café

The health nuts were in green heaven at the private VIP Grand Opening Party of GreenSpace Café in Ferndale on November 28, 2015, but it was just as enjoyable for those of us who tend to eat, well, everything. This awesome new restaurant on 9 Mile Road just west of Woodward is totally plant-based -- even the cocktails. And it opened with a bang when The Social D hosted this amazing event.

Some 200 invited guests were treated to a bevy of tasty hors d’oeuvres, so tasty in fact, that we forgot they were healthy. Some of the favs were - barbecue mushroom crostini trumpets with cilantro, pickled onion, miso mayo; Dollhouse tempeh sliders on a micro bun with jalapeno marmalade, local greens; and phyllo garden bites with swiss chard, yams, cashews, root vegetables, fennel, and leeks.

We watched Fox 2 News personality, Lee Thomas, very closely as he tasted each of the hors d’oeuvres. As a known non-meat eater, we made him our unofficial barometer of what was good and perhaps, what we should leave on the tray. So much for that idea, though. Following Lee’s lead, we ate and relished everything.

Now what we do know about in our wheel house is a good cocktail. Two specialty craft cocktails were served all evening and were startlingly delicious. They were “The Greenhouse” - Gin, Drought #3 (apple, kale, lemon & ginger), elderflower & ginger kombucha; and “Lazy Afternoon” - Chamomile-infused vodka, ginger, pear butter & lemon.

Another treat was a special performance by the incredible classically trained violinist, Siobhán Cronin, who regularly performs with internationally recognized artists including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Earth Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee, Rod Stewart, and Il Volo. A special moment in the evening was when she brought on stage, Joseph Michael Brent, of Michigan Opera Theatre, who sang a selection from Les Misérables.

GreenSpace Café is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that serves artisanal plant-based food and craft cocktails. It is owned and operated by celebrated Dr. Joel Kahn and his son, Daniel Kahn. It will officially open in December for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

GreenSpace Café

215 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, Michigan 48220


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