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Brazilian Food Event, 3/13, Troy, MI

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VTB Mar 11, 2011 07:01 PM

Here is something, about which I heard from my trustworthy expat coworker, that may be interesting and enjoyable for Sunday lunch: A Brazilian Feijoada charity cookout. Noon 3/13 at 3668 Livernois in Troy (Zion Christian Church). Tickets are $6 kids / $12 adults.

Okay, let’s just say it, there probably will be a lot of Brazilians there and they, more often than not, look gorgeous even dressed in winter clothing. Secondly, proceeds go to an orphanage in Brazil (http://www.associacaorefugio.org/); surely a good cause, knowing my coworker.

The aspect about which I have no first-hand knowledge is the food. But, I’m looking forward to finding out, either way. The following describes the dish’s idea - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feijoada . The ingredients are being donated by Gaucho Steakhouse of Northville, so that should at least be a good start. :-)

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39550 7 Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167

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    donbui82 RE: VTB Mar 13, 2011 03:53 PM

    so did you end up going?

    My GF and I made our way there around 1300 when the party was already in full swing. Steel drum band, random item auction and all.

    The Feijoada was pretty good. They were a touch skimpy on the meats, but the beans and flavors were all delicious. It was my first time eating it, but culturally I find the food fascinating. Stewed collars greens, flavored rice, over a salty stew with beans and any meat you can get your hands on. All washed down with strawberry Crush!

    Don

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      boagman RE: donbui82 Mar 13, 2011 04:00 PM

      Sounds pretty good! I thought about going, but by the time I was ready for a big meal (4PMish?), I wasn't sure that the whole shebang would still be going on, and didn't want to drive all the way to Troy to find out I was wrong, and missed out.

      Glad it was good for you. Was the Crush included in the price?

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        VTB RE: boagman Mar 13, 2011 06:35 PM

        Hi Don and Sir Boagman. Yes, I went and was glad I did. My summary would mirror donbui's quite closely, minus the free soda pop. :-) Glad you made it, Don! For a huge church style banquet, the quality and freshness of the food was extraordinary, and it was very nutritious and interesting. Makes me want to try making the dish at home.

        I was a bit unclear as to the policy regarding seconds, but I think if one had eaten at 12:20pm, and then walked up again at 12:45pm, another whole plate could be had, given that there were three seperate full stations (albeit positioned along the same single, long row of tables) and tickets weren't being checked.

        The atmosphere was a bit more serious than I had envisioned. As it turns out, the benefited orphanage is a precious pet project of that particular church, as opposed to a deal where a fun loving, benevolent bunch of stylish Brazilian expats were just independently renting a church hall. Hence, I feel like a bit of a jerk for having touted the event as a prime opportunity for taking in some Rio-esque eye candy... But, hey, even a jerk's (my) money is accepted currency at the orphanage's mortgage bank; and, in all my shame, I indeed was taking in the sights...but only AFTER the all-in 12:15pm group Grace prayer.

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