The Hancock Historical Museum is sponsoring a historic “Taste of Detroit” tour on Wednesday, June 13.
Participants will learn more about the historical development of Detroit, how the influences of several immigrant populations have shaped its culinary and restaurant landscape, tour prominent architectural landmarks and sample cuisine around the city.
The tour will depart at 7 a.m. from the museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. Upon arrival in Detroit, participants will take a walking brunch tour of the Eastern Market, one of the oldest and largest year-round markets in the country, visiting some of the market’s specialty stores and learning about its history. Samples will include cheese pairings at the family-owned DeVries, pizza at Supino Pizzeria, and Greek specialties at Gabriel Import Co. Guests will also view many of the market’s famous murals and see the Motown Room at Bert’s Entertainment Complex, which also features a marketplace and jazz club.
Next, guests will take a driving tour of historic Brush Park, Capitol Park, Woodward Avenue, and the International RiverWalk, as well as an extensive guided tour of the Guardian Building. Known as “Detroit’s Cathedral of Finance,” the 1929 Guardian Building is a National Historic Landmark and one of the world’s pre-eminent examples of the Art Deco style. The lobby beckons visitors with a three-story vaulted ceiling covered in Rookwood and Pewabic tiles.
The tour continues in Mexicantown and Southwest Detroit, with a stop at the family-owned Honey Bee Market to sample homemade guacamole, salsa and tamales. There will also be a guided tour of the historic Ste. Anne de Detroit Church, built in 1886. The parish is the second oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the United States, founded in 1701.
Next up is a driving tour of Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, which was settled by Irish immigrants in the 1830s. Corktown is home to many well-preserved Victorian homes and commercial buildings. In recent years, Corktown has seen a resurgence of investment by a young, creative class.
Guests will take part in a guided tour of the Fisher Building, designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1928. According to the National Park Service, the building displays the finest craftsmanship of any Art Deco building constructed in the United States during the 1920s. While at the Fisher Building, guests will sample baked goods from Stella Café and City Bakery.
The day concludes with a sit-down dinner at Traffic Jam and Snug, a Detroit icon and Michigan’s first brew pub.
Space on the tour is limited and advance reservations are required. The cost of the day trip is $145 for members of the museum, $160 for non-members, and the price covers charter bus travel, guided tours of the destinations above with local tour guides, all samples and tastings, and dinner.
All reservations and payment must be received by June 1. For more information or to make a reservation, call the museum at 419-423-4433 or visit www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org.