A newcomer to Downtown Birmingham, The Bird & The Bread is no novice when it comes to good food and wine. Owner Kristin Jonna is a veteran in the realm of fine wine, and co-owns Vinology in Ann Arbor, and Vinotecca in Royal Oak.
At The Bird & The Bread, you’ll find a dedication to locally-derived food and drinks, with many items brewed, distilled or grown right here in Michigan. Jonna’s current menu offers several suggestions for celebrating Michigan Wine Month.
·Stopping by for cocktail and appetizer with friends? The A2 Spritz features Ferndale’s own Valentine Vodka, apricot, fresh lemon juice, almond extract and 45 North Sparkling Peach Cremant. It pairs well with Nuts & Cheese, a mix of Marcona almonds and Manchego cheese and Spanish olive oil. –If you haven’t tried Marcona almonds, do yourself a favor and head over there right now!
Black Star Farms Riesling pairs well with the Pate & Pickles, a pork, duck and chicken liver terrine en croute with pickled vegetables.
One of this month’s seasonal specials – Verterra’s Chaos Red Blend, which contains Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Gamay and Pinot Noir, goes great with The Bird and The Bread’s housemade Lamb Rope Sausage. The fragrant nose and lusciously smooth palate of the wine is sure to compliment the spice and savory notes of sausage and potatoes.
--Throughout Michigan Wine Month, The Bird and The Bread is featuring three wines from Leelenau Peninsula's Verterra winery – by the glass, carafe, bottle or a flight of all three. In addition to the Chaos Red Blend, try a Semi-Sweet Riesling and Unoaked Chardonnay, which is one of my favorite wines on the Peninsula!
If it’s a burger you’re after, The Bird & The Bread’s Mitten Burger is served up with with a brioche bun, spicy greens, Michigan bacon jam, Michigan brie and cherry aioli, and pairs well with a memorable saison like Brewery Vivant’s Farm Hand. Enjoy it on the patio—once it gets a bit warmer.
Mussels are quickly becoming a menu favorite here. And you won’t find the Ham and Leek Mussels elsewhere. Try them with a Founder’s Centennial IPA.
The Bird & The Bread is now serving lunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and dinner from 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Limited menu items are available 10 p.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday. Happy hour drink and food specials are offered 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Bird & The Bread will begin serving Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. this spring.
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