Have you ever noticed that when you’re traveling you’re stuck with a dark, dreary hotel restaurant. The food isn’t very good, the atmosphere is worse but you’re tired and stuck. Thankfully while this seems to be the case, it’s not always the case. Nestled inside the The Baronette Renaissance Hotel in Novi is the Toasted Oak Grill and Market, a combination of wine store, charcuterie, and sit down restaurant.
Last week, Toasted Oak Grill and Market celebrated their 5th anniversary in style, and invited me to enjoy the event. VIP ticket holders were treated to a flight of Hennessy cognac and pairings curated by Cathy Chan, the Moet Hennessy U.S. Ambassadors. The VIP tickets also included engraved bottles of Hennessy with custom messages. All guests were then treated to champagne tastings as well as small plates created by chef Brian Kanak.
While it’s no surprise that a restaurant with fantastic food can be found in Novi, what was a bit of a surprise for me is the Farm to Table approach. This trend is happening nation wide, and finding more localvore type restaurants is a relief to anyone likes local food and high quality ingredients.
Guests can enjoy hand made tacos with fresh tortillas, fried perch sandwiches, slow roasted pork and even bison burgers on fried macaroni and cheese buns. Custom drinks included Faygo Orange Creamsicles and other creations. The menu was vast and allowed everyone to find what was perfect for their diet and since it was all scratch made, it was easy to find something if you have allergies or concerns. This is one of the joys of Toasted Oaks menus, with local ingredients, it’s easy to find something on their menu you may like, and the menu will change with the seasons and what is available.
As part of the five year celebration, Toasted Oak also offered a silent auction with all of the proceeds benefiting The Greening of Detroit. The Greening of Detroit benefits the local communities by providing locally grown food, food education and training throughout the Metro Detroit area. You can check out their website to see how you can become involved.
Before last week, I had never been to the Toasted Oak Grill and Market, but I have a feeling I will be back often. With locally sourced food, a creative menu and a knowledgeable staff – it’s a great place to stop in, enjoy a drink or find a delicious meal.