-- The North American International Auto Show was teeming
with food, drink and hospitality for the media that covered the
event, giving a taste (yes, pun intended) of the optimism that
the auto industry now has for the future. And the optimism was
not just a front, or wishful thinking, you could really sense
it; a far cry from just two years ago.
From the sake
bar and expresso at Infiniti and appetizers at the Cheli’s
van, to the huge shrimp-filled ice sculpture at Honda, Cobo Hall
was a feast equal to any medieval mead hall during a generous
king’s jousting festival. Although cappuccino followed by
hot, then sweet, sake might not be everyone’s cup of tea,
it certainly had the potential to increase enthusiasm for covering
an already stellar auto show.
up a Red Bull giveaway at it’s media counter by tossing
the best barbecue in Michigan into the melee by throwing a party
at Slow’s Bar-B-Q in Detroit’s Corktown area.
The only thing
bad about this Hyundai celebration of saucy meats and beer was
having to leave the repast at Cobo Hall to head over to Slow’s
for achieving gluttony Nirvana. But, as is usual with Slow’s,
it was more than worth it. This is barbecue worth waiting for
in line on a Friday night. Getting it buffet style for free? Yum.
too many NAIAS hospitalities offered to cover, and no one reporter
could attend them all, but I’ll try harder next year! I
think I can safely speak for most of the reporters and photographers
covering the Detroit NAIAS when I say thank you to everyone who
participated in making this show a fantastic event for the media
and everyone who attends!
Auto Show 2011: The Renaissance of a Classic?