SOURCE: Hour Detroit magazine

January 17, 2007 06:00 ET

February Hour Detroit: 2007 Restaurant of the Year - Wines Around the World - Top 10 Romantic Restaurants to Propose

ROYAL OAK, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 17, 2007 -- The February issue of Hour Detroit celebrates metro Detroit's epicurean culture as it names its 2007 Restaurant of the Year, delves into the sophisticated world of wine, and picks the top 10 restaurants for popping the question. Plus, the issue features bold bridal jewelry and inside fashion scoop.

While in strong economic times, many new restaurants thrive on offering unique dishes or conceptual settings; the past year has been tough on metro Detroit restaurants. Hour Detroit chief restaurant critic Christopher Cook faced a challenging task in naming Hour Detroit's 2007 Restaurant of the Year. Cook chose a restaurant that is defined by quality and consistency.

Hour Detroit proudly names The Lark its 2007 Restaurant of the Year. The Lark earned the distinguished title by consistently delivering top-notch food, an expansive wine list, and an unfailing attention to detail. Owner Jim Lark's vision has made The Lark a place where dining is an experience. At The Lark, ambience, service, and cuisine combine on a level that is unmatched by local counterparts.

The February issue of Hour Detroit devotes eight pages to the family story of The Lark, where Jim Lark thoughtfully surveys the waitstaff with the keen eye of an attentive restaurateur. His wife, Mary Lark, lovingly chooses flower arrangements and monitors décor, and daughter Adrian Lark oversees the daily hustle and bustle of the busy establishment. From the menu to the service, The Lark has survived for more than 25 years by remaining true to its original inspiration.

As Hour Detroit considers in the February issue, choosing a good wine is no longer as simple as red or white. Hour Detroit goes around the globe with local wine aficionados, including Madeline Triffon and Luciano Del Signore, who describe the characteristics of wine from various regions and suggest great bottles. Plus, we help make sense of the myriad types of glassware and provide our choices for top local wine bars.

For many couples, a proposal at a favorite romantic restaurant is the first step toward spending the rest of their lives together. From a restaurant with a view from 72 floors up to an intimate French restaurant in a vintage house, the February issue of Hour Detroit names the 10 most romantic places to propose.

After the romantic proposal, the big day arrives. The February issue revisits the old, new, borrowed, blue tradition of bridal style. The Hour Detroit fashion staff proposes a shift toward bold hair, make-up and accessories to blend with traditional bridal attire while taking the special day's look to a dramatic new level.

The February issue of Hour Detroit, on newsstands Feb. 2, also features an interview with bridal designer Kate Bennett, provides advice for dressing age-appropriately, takes a look at a Royal Oak restaurant's live music, and picks the top totes for the season. To subscribe, visit Hourdetroit.com or call 248-660-MAGS (6247).

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Coming in March: A featured look at golf and a glimpse inside Michigan's private schools.

Hour Detroit is brought to you by Hour Media, publishers of Detroit Home, DBusiness, Metro Detroit Bride, New York Home, and Absolute New York magazines. Hour Media also publishes the Metropolitan Detroit Guest and Resource Guide, the Metropolitan Detroit Menu Guide, Very Important Promotion (V.I.P.), and numerous custom publications.

Media Note: To read the Hour Detroit 2007 Restaurant of the Year article online, please visit: http://www.hourdetroit.com/media/2007ROTY.pdf

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