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April 17, 1981 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-04-17

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Jack Freed & Ray Bresler

Your Hosts At The

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And Their Staff

Heartily. Wish -
Everyone

CHEF'S SPECIALS

MON. THRU SAT. NIGHTS

NEW YORK STEAK

A
HAPPY

On A Sizzling Platter or

BROILED FLORIDA

RED SNAPPER
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353-5119

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27822 ORCHARD LAKE RD.
AT 12 MILE OFF 6% 851-4094
Open Mon. thru Sat.
11:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

TAKES GREAT PLEASURE
IN WISHING ITS
CUSTOMERS & FRIENDS
A VERY HEALTHY
AND HAPPY

PASSOVER

THE ONE AND ONLY

DIMITRI'S
NIKO'S

316 N. WOODWARD, 2 Blks. N. of 11

NOT
AFFILIATED
WITH
ANY OTHER
DIMITRI's

542-4880

SOLELY OWNED BY

NIKO & KOSTA KARAGEORGOS
AND ITS ENTIRE STAFF
VERY PROUDLY WISH
OUR MANY
WONDERFUL CUSTOMERS
AND FRIENDS

A Healthy &
Happy
Passover

WITH SO MANY THANKS FOR
YOUR EVERLASTING FRIENDSHIP
AND CONTINUED PATRONAGE

31

DETROIT

Danny Raskin's

The Best of Everythi n g

THE END OF AN era all
his own . . . was the recent
passing of Sammy Lieber-
man, catering king whose
flair for perfection made
him a nationally-known
figure.
Although there were
many, Sammy used to recall
what to him was his finest
moment . . . a week in 1971
when Dodge Division of
Chrysler took over the
entire Raleigh House on
Telegraph and renamed it
"Dodge City" . . . bringing
their wives from all over the
country . . . Everyday, more
than 1,000 people were
being met at Metropolitan
Airport by air-conditioned
buses supplied by Sammy.
It was also in 1971 that
Sammy put on a five-day
food fest for Chrysler at its
Chelsea Proving Grounds
. . . and the bill came to
$350,000 (astronomical 10
years ago).
And there was the out-
standing biggie in Reno
... where Sammy
brought three of his chefs
and 14 waitresses ...
hired another 200 Reno
employees . . . and fe-d
about 8,000 automotive
people in 17 days ... with
seven different kinds of
meals that included a
cocktail buffet, western
barbeque, banquet and
brunch ... A new group
would come in every
three days ... 1,250 at a
time ... to consume items
like 1,000 pOunds of
shrimp, etc.
This was only one side of
Sammy Lieberman's
abilities . . . He was some-
what of a phenomenon
when it came to people .. .
The amount of Bar Mitzvas,
weddings, etc. he catered
are beyond the imagination
. . . and so many people had
to make sure he would be
there before booking the af-
fair . . . It was nothing for
the Raleigh House on Tele-
graph in its prime to have
six parties going on at the
same time . . . and there
was Sammy . . . cigar in
mouth and ruffled front
tuxedo shirt . . walking
from party to party . . .
doing as he said he would
. . . always showing up.
Sammy was more than a
caterer . . . he was a show-
man . . . There was a flair in
whatever he did . . . I'll
never forget that first time
the lights went out at a
Raleigh House affair . . .
People didn't have a chance
to panic . . . Suddenly, there
was a drum roll and the
room was aglow with flames
from a large prime rib of
beef thaf had been rolled
into the room . . . The lights
came back on and waiters in
tuxedos walked by the huge
roast, getting their slices
from Sammy's first head
chef, Geza Lang.
To his final days at the
Raleigh House on Tele-
graph before the big Shriner
mistake of not retaining his
services, Sammy kept up
the flair . . . and also became
famous for having only one

-

Friday, April 11, 1981

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

kind of soup, mushroom
barley that people still talk
about . . . or the lights all
going out again . . . and the
waiters coming in carrying
trays of flaming baked
Alaska dessert.
When somebody asked
for things plain and sim-
ple, Sammy would sit
back in his big plush
office chair, blow cigar
smoke up to the ceiling
and ask, "So why come to
me?"
Sammy was one of 10
House . . . moved to Tele-
giaph and 10 Mile from
Wyoming . . . Before that he
was a restaurateur and ca-
terer in Detroit and Oak
Park . . . and in all the time,
he never forgot who he was
or what he once was .. .
Born in Israel ... in
Chicago for 25 years . . . and
then to Detroit as a waiter
and clothing salesman in
Hamtramck where bread
distributor Leon Waldman
recalls him giving away a
tie with every suit he sold.
Sammy was an institu-
tion ... Like they still say
about Sam Boesky and Dar-
bys, there'll never be an-
other Sammy Lieberman.
His Creative Catering is
being carried on by partner
Mark Stein who admits he
was together with the mas-
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AND THE STAFF OF

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Delicatessen-Restaurant

Wish Their Friends and Customers

ihrg

Anb

Passourr

Thank You For
Making Us
No. 1
In The Metropolitan
Detroit Area

27167 Greenfield
1 BIk. N. of 11 Mile

559-1380

OUR
HOLIDAY
HOURS

CLOSED
3 p.m.
SAT., APRIL 18

• .4

CLOSED
DURING THE
PASSOVER
HOLIDAY

REOPENING
AS USUAL AT
6 a.m.
TUESDAY,
APRIL 28

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