Advertisement Close

Yalla Eat! culinary tour spotlights Arab-American food, history

posted on: May 30, 2015

The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn is again organizing walking tours of Arab-American-owned food-related businesses in Detroit’s Eastern Market. And for those who want to explore similar businesses in Dearborn, the museum has just published a new, free map of grocers, restaurants, bakeries and more.

The Yalla (Arabic for “Let’s go!”) Eat! culinary walking tours of Eastern Market are held Tuesdays and Saturdays through June 13. Docents will share the story of Arab Americans in metro Detroit while leading visitors to a diverse collection of Middle Eastern- and Arab-owned businesses in and around the market. Guests will meet and talk with owners, enjoy some free samples and have a chance to shop.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for museum members) and include the guided walking tour, a Yalla Eat! tote bag, the new Dearborn culinary map and generous food samplings. Tours are about two hours, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online only at Space is limited.

The new culinary map of Dearborn was created by the Arab-American museum and is available free by request at the museum admissions desk (13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn) during regular hours.

It briefly tells the history of Dearborn’s Arab-American food-related businesses and shows a selection of established grocery stores; bakeries and sweet shops; meat and produce markets; coffee, spice and nut sellers; restaurants and cafes, and other food-related businesses operated in Dearborn by Arab Americans.