Last night we attended a fine event to raise money for a wonderful cause, Racing for Kids. According to their site, Racing for Kids uses the popularly of motorsports to focus attention and funding on childrens' health needs.
The drivers spend time with hospitalized children wherever they race, and have visited more than 20,000 chronically ill kids over the last 20 years. Our friend Pat Wright runs the organization, and Indy Car driver/team owner Robbie Buhl is a founder and the face of Racing for Kids. He also visits sick kids at each stop on the racing circuit.
And while the event isn't about food, local restaurants rise to the occasion and put out a lovely spread. Amazing thinly sliced beef with celeriac root slaw and truffle oil from the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, crispy chicken spring rolls from Bambu, pulled pork sandwiches with a variety of tasty sauces from Fresh Farms market, savory butternut squash ravioli and beef wellington from Cafe Nini, sushi from the Hill Seafood and Chop House, chicken salad from Jumps and more.
With the exception of the market, which is around the corner, these restaurants are tucked together in a three-block "downtown" known as the Hill on the east side of suburban Detroit. They closed the street on the Hill for the evening to do an auction and Indy car pit stop demos, and as we all gathered outside, at dusk, it was gratifying to see our community come together for Racing for Kids.