The Best Of Everything
Even "sliders" passed around from
Mark Papazian's Hunter House ham-
Listening to Mel's saxophonist,
Dominic Lombardi, brought back a
lot of memories as he blew his horn
like so many jazz greats of yesteryear.
More than 750 attendees ... a far cry
the 150 who were present at the
ISA 'N DATA ...
in a sector at Somerset
No, Bill Kruse has never
Like two peas in
forgotten Chuck Muer ...
the pods prepared
Neither have so many other
by their chefs ...
in Troy will host its second annual
restaurateurs who owe their
Both knew food and people
Men's Event to benefit prostate cancer
careers to his fine leadership
and business ... And as friends
research ... Monday, Oct. 31.
... and like Bill, in whose
they gave each other something
It'll begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails
hearts Chuck's wonderful
of which good friends are
6 p.m. ... followed by dinner and
memory will never die.
made ... ultimate respect for
prizes. Tickets will be $500, with
Plus Bill's Rochester Chop
of it tax-deductible.
House and its Kabin Kruser
So in 1972, when Chuck
Local Columnist Oyster Bar in downtown
The Men's Event was begun over
Muer hired Bill Kruse to be
Rochester ... other Kruse and two decades ago by the Palm
dining room manager at the
Management Corporation ... and has
Muer restaurants include Kruse and
Sundog on Michigan Avenue in
raised over $2 million for prostate can-
Muer locations in downtown
Dearborn ... that incidentally had the
Rochester, the new Village of Rochester
first and only salad bar ever in a Chuck
ONCE BILLED AS Suzie and Dan,
Hills, Grand Blanc and Lake Orion.
Muer restaurant ... it began a meld of
were among the top duos in town
A grand gesture for a grand guy by a
togetherness that grew from a strong
as the Warren Commission,
employee-employer relationship into a
songstress wife Suzie (Marsh) and key-
RECENT 10TH ANNUAL Black
board stylist hubby Dan Warren are
Tie Ball by the Partners group of
During the next 20 years, Chuck
more popular than ever.
Karmanos Cancer Institute, made
and Bill spent many hours together
They appear every Wednesday
another mark at becoming one of the
fishing off the back of Chuck's power
at Norm LePage's Big Rock
top social events of the year.
boat, Charley's Crab ... sitting in a duck
in Birmingham ... and are
It was held in the stunning new
blind, probably sharing a few brandies.
among the busy musical bodies seen at
Detroit World Headquarters of Peter
In 1983, Bill left as vice president of
so many events.
Karmanos' Compuware ... with its
the C.A. Muer Corporation to start his
Come Oct. 26
own restaurant company ... Chuck
through Nov. 2,
liked the concept that Bill developed
Suzie and Dan will
so much that he asked to be a partner
do one of the spots
in the venture.
at Riviera Hotel in
Needless to say, Chuck was wel-
comed by Bill with open arms.
They played the
It has been 10 years since Chuck
recent dinner for
Muer was sadly lost at sea in 1993 ...
over 45 people by
But Bill has never forgotten all the
Eleanor and Bill
wonderful times they shared ... and
Wolf ... in the
on this 10th anniversary of the
tragedy that befell Chuck, he contin-
room at Andiamo
ues to memorialize him and his love
West on Telegraph
Through Nov. 9, guests who visit a
Township ... No
Kruse and Muer restaurant will be
special occasion ...
able to enjoy some spectacular seafood
just a reason to
creations that Chuck and his great
The late Chuck Muer was a partner in Bill Kruse's
have some folks
corporate executive chef, Larry
together ... But mil-
lions of thanks
Excellent signature dishes like
from many of the
huge gym, large exercise room with
Shrimp Danielle, broiled in garlic but-
folks they hadn't
state-of-the-art equipment, full-size
ter and almonds; Maryland Crabmeat
and the chance
cafeteria for the many Compuware
Cakes; Lobster Larry, Maine lobster
employees and its guests, beautiful atri-
stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat;
THE MOVIE PORTRAYING her,
um with stage and dance floor, etc.
stuffed flounder topped with lobster
the Ropes, starring Meg Ryan as
Strolling dinner with numerous
cream sauce ... and one of Chuck's all-
is slated to open here in
food stations, passed hors d'oeuvres all
time culinary loves, his Down East
the early part of next year.
evening, silent and live auction, ele-
Seafood Feast, a bucket filled with lit-
But she'll be in the local area much
gant sweet table ... and dancing to Mel
tleneck clams, mussels, snow crab legs,
Ball and Colours ... a very talented
a Maine lobster, corn on the cob and
book, Hit Me With Your Best
Restaurateur Bill Kruse remembers Chuck Muer
on 10th anniversary of lost-at-sea tragedy.
Shot, has been updated and will be
available in paperback on Oct. 1.
The former localite will be at
Borders on Orchard Lake Road and 14
Mile in Farmington Hills, Friday, Oct.
10 ... and at Borders on Crescent Blvd.
in Novi, Saturday, Oct. 11.
Both book signings by Jackie are set
for 7 p.m.
THAT ADDED spring in hair styl-
ist Al Nettle's walk is the real thing ...
from a real spring.
The Clippers barber works in those
new-fangled health support shoes.
Couple of doors away is the Z-Coil
footwear store opened by sisters-in-law
Clare and Ellen Bushman who have
people "limping in" and "leaping out"
... Well, not exactly, but the added
spring in their steps with healthful
comfort seems to do away with a lot of
pain, especially in the foot, leg or back.
So if you see Al or Clippers owner
Hersh Gross hopping around
Southfield's Applegate Square, they're
just enjoying some ups and downs.
WHERE THEY ARE DEPT. ...
Jackie Sunday ... former organiza-
tional director hereabouts ... now liv-
ing in Washington, D.C. ... and
owner of a frame shop called "Chevy
Chase Gallery" ... on the border of a
city called Chevy Chase, a wealthy
"We do all types of art framing,"
writes Jackie, "from canvas arts, shad-
ow boxes, diplomas, photos, watercol-
ors, mirrors and even posters.
"Yes, a lot different from the non-
profit world of raising money."
THIS YEAR'S INDUCTEES to the
annual Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of
Fame ... Monday, Nov. 3, at
Congregation Shaarey Zedek, are ...
Steve Fishman, basketball; Eugene
Mondry, sailing; Willie Stone, squash;
and George Maskin, sports writer.
Tom Izzo, Michigan State University
basketball coach, will be given the Al
Foon Memorial Award.
BEING ON KIDNEY dialysis her-
self for about 12 years, energetic PR
gal Mida Giragosian said she was going
to do something to help others with
the same problem ... and has made
sure it wasn't just lip service.
As a result, Mida's "little baby,"
now 5-years-old, has grown up to be
The 5th annual Soiree On the River
by National Kidney Foundation of
Michigan held recently at the
Roostertail in Detroit, raised about
$65,000 ... with around 400 people
each paying $75 for the sumptuous
strolling supper, live and silent auctions