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Salt & Saffron’s Birthday Pop-Up; Fizzy Drinks at 220 Merrill

Essential mid-week updates from around town.

Katoi's Ann Arbor pop-up restaurant.
Katoi's Ann Arbor pop-up restaurant.
Brenna Houck
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

HELP WANTED — Katoi in Exile is in immediate need of a few experienced cooks, partner Courtney Henriette tells Eater. Send resumes to [EaterWire]

POP-UPS — Salt & Saffron's chef Matt Tulpa is celebrating his 27th birthday this Saturday with a 7-course dinner at Yemans Street. The menu features Norwegian fjord trout, chicken, vanilla chiffon cake, 5-spice chocolate pot de crème, and more. Tickets are $60. [EaterWire]

BEER HERE — Surprise! The mitten state loves beer. The beer industry has a $6.6 billion impact on the Michigan economy according to a study by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association. [Freep]

TOP CHEFFAGE — Chef Mario Batali is a known Michigan devotee and recently toured the state on the way to his summer home up north. Batali considers the Grand Traverse Pie Company among his favorite spots. "As an evangelist for Northern Michigan, I tell people, ‘Listen, if you want to wait in line and you want to be where everyone is, don't come to Michigan,'" he says. [Lansing State Journal]

BOOZE NEWS — Fizzy drink lovers be advised: 220 Merrill is hosting Veuve Clicquot from now until 1:30 p.m. Grab discounted glasses of Yellow Label($10) and Rose ($15). [EaterWire]

220 Merrill

220 East Merrill Street, , MI 48009 (248) 646-2220 Visit Website

Yemans Street

2995 Yemans St., Hamtramck, MI Visit Website