Clarkston Union and Union Woodshop at DTE

Jun 13, 2013

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Starting Sunday – at the Toby Keith concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre – DTE fans and Clarkston Union and Union Woodshop restaurant lovers can now get their favorite Mac & Cheese and the Union Woodshop’s Pulled Pork sliders at every show.

The delectable offerings from the Clarkston-based Union Joints restaurants will be sold at new “Mac Shack” stand in The Pine Tap club at DTE and as part of the DTE Arbor club concession stand.

“We've always lived in the shadow of the DTE mountain and I'm sure most of the crew jumped the fence for shows when they were kids,” said Curt Catallo, who co-owns Union Joints with his wife Ann Stevenson and operates it with Managing Partner Erich Lines. “It's an honor to be invited to serve our grub on the DTE grounds. It's very groovy up there.”

For the uninitiated – the Clarkston Union restaurant’s Mac & Cheese is a favorite of Union fans made of Canadian sharp cheddar and mild Pinconning, layered with penne rigate and a crunchy crust, while the Union Woodshop restaurant’s Pulled Pork is tossed in North Carolina-inspired sauce with pickled chilies and coleslaw, served on a Kaiser bun. The menu was created by Union Joints Executive Chef Aaron Cozadd.

The inspired partnership came from a chance introduction at a party on the Detroit River catered by Union Joints. From there, Lucinda K. Treat, Palace Sports &Entertainment’s EVP of Business Strategy and Operations, said PS&E and theUnion Joints team (who also own Vinsetta Garage) realized they had an opportunity to provide a locally cultivated experience for DTE patrons that was exclusive to Southeast Michigan.

“We continue to look for ways to make our venue experience special for our fans, beyond the performances, and Union Joints is a special culinary experience,” Treat added. “We hope it’s the beginning of a very long partnership.”

The Union Joints Mac & Cheese and Pulled Pork sliders will also be among the food offerings at PS&E’s Michigan Beerfest this Saturday, June 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Sept. 14 U.S. debut of the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Detroit at Meadowbrook Music Festival.