Modern Northern Italian with The Baldwins & Testa Barra

Apr 26th

Modern Northern Italian
The Baldwin Family
Testa Barra

We’ve shared our kitchen with some pretty extraordinary chefs this year. But the vision of a whole family taking over the frame plating table. This is quite literally, one of our favorites.

“Family-owned and run” is no marketing gimmick with this gorgeous gastronomic pioneer.
Jeff and Rosemarie Baldwin, with their sons Mike (a CIA graduated chef) and Jeffrey Jr. (who runs operations and is the house sommelier) and daughter-in-law Gabriella (a CIA graduated chef) share one goal:  to uphold their family’s legacy through food, drink, and hospitality with Macomb Township’s Testa Barra.

Bringing us back to another place and era, earning their reputation the only way one can — over time. It’s true All in the family here — a solid kitchen repertoire and a stellar front-of-house reputation.  So much that the Food Network took notice and booked the Baldwins for an episode of Family Restaurant Rivals, where real restaurant families compete, with, of course, family recipes.  Proving that with family, nothing is impossible, The Baldwins took home the winning prize, competing against Chinese-American and Jewish families.

Join us for a wildly special Modern Northern Italian meal with that Sunday Sauce we all dream of. Plus, perhaps a little family drama.
Baldwins, welcome to the frame la familia.

Sunday, April 26th
4:00pm and 7:00pm
$63 per person + tax and service fee

A multi-course Modern Northern Italian dinner by Chefs Mike Baldwin and Gabriella Rodriguez of Testa Barra.
++ Chefs are requesting no dietary changes to their Sunday family meal menu++

A beverage pairing by Jeffrey Jr. of Testa Barra and frame’s beverage team.
++ a la carte additional beers, wine, and frame cocktails

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Tucked quietly behind joebar, frame is a revolving creative hub, home to a carefully curated programs of chef residencies and all round awesome experiences. 

Chef residencies, Sunday at Nonna’s Dinners, rap battles, art workshops, live acoustic sessions, cocktail pairings,  you name it… explore your interests, hone your skills, master a new art craft. meet new friends, share a meal. drink cocktails.  No two days here are ever the same. Seasonal, locally sourced and above all delicious, we’ve built our reputation on the food and drink we serve at frame.

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“Tried out frame as part of the ‘grandma’s basement series’ with Chef James (Mabel Gray) and Chef John (Grey Ghost). Our Italian Family Dinner was delicious! Enjoyed every course (which kept coming). Best meatballs I’ve ever had!! Love the idea of home Cookin with a little flare, shared Family style with strangers. A wonderful evening!”

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Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press

“The vibe at the Frame dinners also reflected the personalities of the chefs, who were able to interact with guests and offer stories about their food memories while cooking rustic dishes without the same expectations that come with their respective restaurants. The food was predictably great and unpretentious, but the series also highlighted the growing importance of personality and storytelling to the modern dining experience.”

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