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 and Michigan 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. Fall 2016 ticket dates and times outlined below.
Michigan Avenue tours are typically offered every spring. Michigan Avenue in East Dearborn is the newest Arab American commercial district. There are more than a dozen Arab American food establishments along the Michigan Avenue corridor, including the popular Dearborn Fresh grocery store located behind AANM.
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. To view a video of the Warren Avenue tour, click HERE.
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.
YALLA EAT SPRING 2017 TOUR INFORMATION COMING SOON!
QUESTIONS? Contact Nora Mattar at NMattar@accesscommunity.org