Yalla Eat! (Arabic for Let’s go eat!) is an immersive culinary experience offered by the Arab American National Museum (AANM). Through guided walking tours of Detroit’s historic Eastern Market and Dearborn's Warren Avenue, participants learn the story of Arab Americans in metro Detroit, including the history of Arab merchants in and around Eastern Market and on East Dearborn's busy commercial strip.
On the Yalla Eat! tours, you will meet small business owners eager to share with you the story of their family-run enterprises. You will savor the sights, sounds and delicious scents at bakeries, nut + coffee merchants and fruit + vegatable markets. Traditional Arabic hospitality is on fully display, as generous samples are offered.
Warren Avenue tours are generally offered every fall; they begin and end at Super Greenland Market, 12715 W. Warren, in the heart of the Arab American shopping district in East Dearborn.
In addition, AANM has published a Yalla Eat! Culinary Map of Dearborn for self-guided exploration. It's available free at the Museum admission desk 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. To view the map online, click HERE.
Eastern Market tours, offered in late spring, begin and end at Germack Coffee Roasting Company, Roastery & Espresso Bar, 2517 Russell St., Detroit. *Note: Two of the Eastern Market stops are at active meat-processing facilities.
TICKETS + INFORMATION
Tickets for Yalla Eat! tours are available in advance only on the AANM site; all participants receive a Yalla Eat! shopping tote, a Yalla Eat! culinary map of Dearborn (for self-guided exploration) and one complimentary admission to the Arab American National Museum.
Each tour is led by a Museum docent and is limited to 12 people to allow for an intimate and interactive experience. Tours run approximately 2.5 hours; comfortable walking shoes required. Many stops offer free food samples, and shopping is encouraged.
$20 general public
$15 Museum Members
|10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015||
|1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015|
|10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015|
|1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015|
|10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015||
QUESTIONS? Contact Dr. Matthew Jaber Stiffler at 313.624.0205 or HERE.