The dishes not to be missed while enjoying the concerts


Pine Knob Music Theater is back to its classic name of yesteryear. And it’s back with a full concert program of 50 events and celebrating its 50th anniversary.

What’s new? There are new food offers.

Tater tots topped with bacon and smoked pork. Reuben sliders with house dressing. Street corn on a stick.

Loaded Tavern Tots will be served for the 2022 Summer concert season at the Pine Knob Music Theater on Friday, May 20, 2022.

These are just some of the new food selections on offer at Pine Knob when the season at the Clarkston outdoor venue kicks off next Friday.

The new dining options will be available at Pine Knob, including those offered by the Detroit Grille House in Shelby Township, Planet Sub in Clarkston and Fraiser’s Schott’s Market.

From Planet Sub, several healthy, made-to-order, sub and wrapped sandwiches. Offerings include his oven-baked subs topped with low-fat meats and low-fat provolone cheese, topped with various vegetables. New this year is Planet Sub’s Veggie Hummus Wrap with homemade hummus, onions, tomatoes, banana peppers, olives and lettuce. A gluten-free bread option is available.

Planet Sub's Superhero Sub will be served during the 2022 Summer Concert Season at the Pine Knob Music Theater, featured at the 313 Presents press conference, Friday, May 20, 2022.

A staple of Schott’s Market is their street corn on a stick. For Friday’s new food reveal to the media, street corn was served in cups for convenience. It’s fresh corn steamed, with a mixture of cheese, coriander and paprika. The corn was very fresh and all the flavors blended well.

This season, the Detroit Grille House presents the “PK Burger”. The burger will evolve with Michigan’s seasons, said Darren Stowell, owner of Detroit Grille House. The first is a burger with smoked wild mushrooms and Pinconning cheddar, roasted spring onions and garlic mayonnaise. Next month, says Stowell, it’s a barbecue burger.

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Detroit Grille House will be making Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches at Pine Knob Music Theater for the 2022 Summer Concert Season at Pine Knob on Friday, May 20, 2022.

Levy, the theater’s foodservice provider, introduced new items that will be available at the Trinity Healthy Ivy Lounge – an exclusive VIP location for Pine Knob season ticket holders. The lounge is open before, during and after the events.

Here, Levy’s executive chef, Scott Johnson, has created some on-trend offerings. A favorite is the loaded tater tots. Crispy tater tots are topped with house-smoked pork over cherry wood, topped with barbecue sauce, bacon, fresh giardiniera and cheese sauce. Reuben sliders with thin slices of corned beef topped with sauerkraut also come with Levy’s house dressing. On the light and healthy side, there is a Michigan summer salad with fresh seasonal fruit and a raspberry vinaigrette. Johnson also added a fried chicken sandwich to the menu that includes a layer of chipotle aioli and is topped with smoked gouda.

313 Presents is previewing a sample of beverages that will be served during the 2022 Summer concert season at the Pine Knob Music Theater at a press conference, Friday, May 20, 2022.

These food and drink venues are also back for the season:

  • The Tree House by Lume is an open beer garden and outdoor terrace offering food and drink. There are craft and traditional beers. At Union Mac Shack, you’ll find Union Joints famous mac and cheese and pulled pork sliders. Founders Brewing Company are also features.
  • The Coppercraft Club offers picnic-style seating and barbecue dishes, including beef brisket and pork. Here, you’ll see Levy’s Smokehouse in action as all of the BBQ food, brisket and pork, is smoked over cherry wood. There is also beer and specialty cocktails.
  • Honcho Post: From the folks at Union Joints Restaurant Group, Honcho returns for its fifth season. He will be offering a variety of offerings from his take on Latin street food. There are nachos, tacos, burritos and margaritas.
  • Little Caesars Pizza will have large slices of its cheese pizza and cheese and pepperoni.

Prices at concessions open to all are between $9 and $15. At Trinity Health Ivy Lounge, expect items between $15 and $20.

Contact Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press food editor, and send food and restaurant news to: Follow @SusanMariecooks on Twitter.

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