Zack Sklar's Culinary Dreams
A thriving catering business, a hot new bistro
... what's next?
BY ALLAN NAHAJEWSKI
House at 2 a.m. And while most
seniors spent their Friday and
Saturday nights at the bar, my
team and I were in the newsroom
scanning stories from the archives
and designing pages.
Looking back, I don't regret
anything about the experience.
Not many people can say they
produced a book in college,
and I learned more than I ever
wanted to know about Michigan
football. But more importantly, I
gained three lifelong friends. Only
they have shared the frustration
of leafing through musty 19th-
century pages in an attempt to
find one headline and know what
it's like to spend hours staring at
Bo Schembechler's screaming face.
I still look at the Amazon and
Barnes & Noble pre-order websites
and have trouble believing I
actually made a book — let alone
a book about football. If you can't
believe it either, feel free to order
a copy at michigandaily.com on
Aug. 1. E
Stephanie Steinberg of Walled
Lake was 2011 Michigan Daily
editor in chief. She was a
summer intern at the JN before
college, and later interned
at CNN and USA Today. She
graduated from the University
of Michigan and is currently
interning at the Boston Globe.
The hardcover version
of Michigan Football: A
History of the Nation's
will be on sale at
on Aug. 1 for $39.95.
The soft-cover edition
is available on Amazon
and Barnes & Noble and
at select stores across the
nation for $24.95. For
more information, visit
or contact footballbook@
ome day, when Zack Sklar's vision of his
culinary empire takes shape, he will be able
to point to the kitchen at Temple Shir Shalom
on Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield and
say, "That's where it all started."
The 26-year-old chef just opened his first restaurant
— Social Bar and Kitchen on Maple in downtown
Birmingham. So far, so good. "We've been open just a
couple of weeks, and we have a more than a 21/2-hour
wait every day. It's unbelievable," he says.
The new restaurant is the second step in his
burgeoning career. He continues to operate one of the
largest catering businesses in the area, Cutting Edge
Cuisine, which provides fine food for about 400 events
a year for clients including Neiman Marcus, Ford Motor
Culinary Dreams on page 40
Gearing Up For Playoffs
The latest scoop from ComePlayDetroit.
omePlayDetroit's league have
been gong strong this summer,
and with this weather, we have
had some great tans for our
outdoor sports participants! Over the past
month, we have finished up most of our
regular seasons, and will be hosting our
playoffs over the next couple of weeks for
our championship games. Come out and
cheer the teams on!
• Monday Co-ed Softball on Belle
Isle (championship on Aug. 6 in
• Wednesday Co-ed Sand Volleyball
(championship on Aug. 8 at Z's Villa in Detroit — 6:30-
• Sunday Men's Softball (championship on Aug. 5 at
Inglenook Park in Southfield —10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
• Sunday Co-ed Softball (championship on Aug. 5 at
Inglenook Park in Southfield — noon-2 p.m.)
Nick Fairley Community Kickball Tournament
On July 7, ComePlayDetroit partnered with
H.Y.RE. Athletics to host the First Annual Nick
Fairley Community Kickball Tournament. Each
team had 12-15 kids, and one player from
the Detroit Lions. Players included Cliff Avril,
Ricardo Silva, Sammie Hill and the event host,
Nick Fairley. This was a great event for the
community, and we look forward to working
with H.Y.P.E. and Nick Fairley again soon!
Congratulations to Steven Jaffe
and Lauren Jaffe on their engagement (Yes,
it's odd they have the same last name!).
We are all so excited for them and look
forward to celebrating with them.
We would also like to congratulate
Katie and Jeff Johnston on the birth
of their second child and future
ComePlayDetroiter, Layla Ray
Steven Jaffe and
Johnston, on Sunday, July 15. Mazel
Don't miss out on all of our upcoming
August/September leagues! Register now at www.
comeplaydetroit.com for kickball, softball, volleyball,
dodgeball, basketball, Pilates, personal training and
July 26 2012