FLINT, Michigan — A first-of-its-kind fundraiser dinner is being planned under the lights in Buckham Alley. Featuring a four-course, upscale, Vietnamese-Soul Food fusion menu, Dinner Under the Lights plans to seat all 100 attendees of its inaugural event together — at one, really long, table.
“We want to bring more events that showcase our downtown flint, specifically the alleys, as very unique and beautiful spaces for people to spend time,” said Emily Doerr, secretary of the Friends of the Alley board, which is hosting the dinner and is also the force behind the annual Alley Fest in July. "The lights are such a great community investment and we really want to show them off."
The May 17 event starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each course will have multiple offerings including the likes of wings two ways, cornbread muffins stuffed with sweet potatoes, spicy lemon cod, BBQ pork ribs and grilled curried minced beef wrapped in a betel leaf.
Tickets cost $75 and include two drink tickets. A cash bar also will be available.
Dinner will be served family style through a unique collaboration between local chefs Tony Vu, owner of MaMang restaurant in the Flint Farmers' Market, and Therman Sisco, owner of Sisco's Catering.
“It will be unlike anything else,” Doerr said.
The string lights over Buckham Alley were first installed temporarily as part of the very first Alley Fest in 2011. Through successful fundraising efforts, the lights were permanently installed in Buckham Alley and then added in 2017 to Brush Alley.
Tickets can be purchased online here
. For more information, visit FriendsoftheAlley.org