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Gala proceeds benefit Eastern Market’s mission to improve access to fresh food, support work to incubate and accelerate the development of food entrepreneurs and enhance the experience of the public market.

 125th Anniversary Gala features a five course menu created by Chefs Andy Hollyday of Selden Standard and Dave Mancini of Supino and La Rondinella

DETROIT – Eastern Market Corporation (EMC), the nonprofit organization that operates historic Eastern Market, will celebrate its 125th anniversary with an epicurean tour of Eastern Market’s local harvest and a public celebration during the popular Saturday Market. Co-chaired by three Eastern Market heritage families – the Bonahoom, Germack and Grobbel families – the ultimate farm to fork feast event, the 125th Anniversary Gala, will take place Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. in Eastern Market’s Shed 3. The 125th Anniversary Celebration, a free public event open to all, will occur Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Eastern Market’s DTE Energy Plaza, just outside Shed 5 along Russell Street. 

At the 125th Anniversary Gala, taste buds will be captivated by the menu created by Chefs Andy Hollyday of Selden Standard and Dave Mancini of Eastern Market’s Supino and La Rondinella. The locally sourced and grown five-course meal will be prepared in partnership with Henry Ford College’s Culinary Arts team. Meanwhile Mark Randisi and the Motor City Horns will add classic big band sounds to a most magical evening.

Proceeds from the 125th Anniversary Gala benefit Eastern Market’s mission to improve access to healthy, fresh food, support work to incubate and accelerate the development of food entrepreneurs and enhance the experience of Eastern Market for shoppers and guests. 

The free public event, the 125th Anniversary Celebration, will feature fun for the entire family throughout the Saturday Market. Guests will get to experience historic Eastern Market, while enjoying free walking tours provided by the Detroit Experience Factory at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., a Scavenger Hunt ending at the Welcome Center or Barrel Train rides for children. In addition to these activities, guests will be entertained by the Detroit Edison Public School Academy drum line, fire eaters and stilt walkers. Free giveaway gifts will be available while supplies last. 

“Our 125th anniversary provides an excellent opportunity to reinforce EMC’s important work to improve food access and foster the creation and growth of food businesses,” said Dan Carmody, President of EMC. “Since 1891, Eastern market has been nourishing the community to support a healthier, wealthier and happier Detroit. While most Metro Detroiters know about our spectacular Saturday Market, these celebratory events are a chance to spotlight our other programs, which improve the health of area residents and expand the local economy.” 

Patron tickets for the 125th Anniversary Gala are $250 each, and Benefactor tickets are $500. Tables of 10 are available for purchase. To purchase tickets, visit or call 313-833-9300. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to make a contribution, please call Tracy Rivard at 313.833.9300 x 113 or email

EMC also is gathering at least 125 stories of how the market has played a role in the lives of shoppers, farmers, business owners, neighbors, community leaders and Detroiters. These stories will be displayed over multiple platforms to help Metro Detroit and the world better understand the true breadth and depth of the Eastern Market experience. Anyone interested in contributing his or her story should visit

About Eastern Market Corporation

Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) is the nonprofit that manages Eastern Market on behalf of the City of Detroit. Our vision is to enhance Eastern Market’s role as the place that nourishes Detroit by creating the most inclusive, resilient, and robust regional food hub in the United States. For more information call (313) 833-9300, visit our website at, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @EasternMarket using #EasternMkt, and Facebook: EasternMarketDetroit.

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