November 11, 2010

KATE LAWSON
The Detroit News

Good Stuff

Faygo lovers, take note now you can have your drink and eat it, too. Just Baked, a Metro Detroit specialty cupcake and bakery shop, has signed a special licensing agreement with Faygo to use the company's iconic name as well as its flavored syrups to create the Just Baked and Faygo cupcakes. The Faygo cupcakes, including red, grape and orange pop flavors, will initially be available at area Busch's and Hiller's stores. Suggested retail price for a six-pack is $6.99. Just Baked has five Metro Detroit locations: Ann Arbor, Livonia, Royal Oak, Novi-Twelve Oaks Mall and soon-to-be-opened Canton Township. The bakery offers 50 varieties of cupcakes in addition to special-occasion cakes. For more information, visit www.justbakedshop.com.

One good offer

Not only is Williams-Sonoma offering free technique classes to help you tackle the Thanksgiving meal, but you can also enjoy a 10-percent savings on a same-day purchase from the store. Each hour-long class is dedicated to a specific topic led by one of the store's culinary experts. On Sunday and Monday, you can learn how to prepare an intimate feast for a small crowd. And on Nov. 21 and 22, you'll receive tips and techniques for preparing a whole turkey in 90 minutes along with some easy sides. Class size is limited, so you must contact one of the three Metro Detroit stores to reserve your space: Somerset Collection, (248) 637-0672; Twelve Oaks Mall, (248) 596-1036; and the Village of Rochester Hills, (248) 375-5891.

One good sweet

Chocolate is perfect enough on its own, but now Diane Decillis, owner of the Lido Gallery, 33535 Woodward Ave., in Birmingham, has turned chocolate into a masterpiece with her line of Masterpiece Sweets, and her work has caught the attention and appreciation of Oprah as well as the White House. Decillis creates 5- to 7-inch chocolate bars that look like works of art. Each bar is elegantly presented in a wood frame, and the edible paintings include the artwork of Van Gogh, Klimt, DaVinci and Renoir. Masterpiece Sweets will also create custom chocolate bars on request. Masterpiece Sweets are $24 per 6-ounce chocolate bar at the gallery, (248) 792-6246, as well as on the gallery's website, www.everythingart.com