Food + Drink – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:35:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 13-15 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:32:10 +0000 The weekend is almost here, and I can’t wait. For some reason this week has been ultra draining, and I really just want to check out for a bit.

There is a ton of things to do this weekend, and I had a hard time culling the list. But I did it, and these are my TOP picks.

I have a feeling I’ll be checking out at least one of the films at the Freep Film Festival starting Friday night.

Let’s get on to the list. I Hope you all have a great weekend.

Freep Film Festival

The Freep Film Festival technically kicked off on Tuesday night, but the majority of the films will be screened throughout the weekend.

This years batch of films are pretty impressive. I was looking over the line up and there are a few movies that have caught my eye.

I’m really interested in checking out the film Bean, Detroit 48202, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. 

If you have been wanting to check out that Mr. Roger’s documentary this is your chance. It will be playing on Friday night at 6 p.m. Maybe I’ll run into you, because I have been dying to see this film.

Check out the Freep Film Festival website for the entire schedule.

The film festival is spread out over more than ten venues. Most of the venues are inside the city, but there are some films that will be shown at Emagine Novi and Royal Oak.

Detroit Whiskey Festival

When I go out for a cocktail I generally stick to Whiskeys and Bourbon drinks.

So of course this event was going to be in my City 5.

If you enjoy a nice smooth Whiskey then you should go to Shed 3 at Eastern Market on Friday night.

There will be tasting stations where you can choose from a mixed cocktail or a straight taste.

Each ticket will come with 12 beverage samples. If you get hungry there will also be food for purchase.

It should go without saying, but this is a 21 and over event. Also, don’t forget to have a DD or utilize Lift or Uber if you’re going to be drinking.

Tickets are $25 per person. You can purchase them online here.

When: Friday, April 13 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 3 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

Dequindre Cut Community Clean Up

Now that the snow is gone (I hope) it is time to start cleaning up the aftermath of a long winter.

This Saturday the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy will be holding a community clean up of the Dequindre Cut and they need your help.

If you’re in the spring cleaning mood the clean up will take place between 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteers can check-in at the Dequindre Cut entrances at Woodbridge, Gratiot, and Wilkins Street.

Be sure to dress for the elements. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. 

Where: Along the Dequindre Cut 

That BIG 80s Party

That BIG 80s Party is coming back to El Club this Saturday night.

You know what that means right? It’s time to pull out all your old day glow, banana clips, and the Stiff Stuff Hairspray.

DJ Dave Paul will be flying in from San Francisco to spin all of those totally hip tunes from the decade that brought you hip-hop and new wave.

If you are a lover of the music and style of the 1980s then you HAVE to go to this party.

Tickets are $10 a person, you can pick them up here.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: El Club 4114 Vernor Highway Detroit, Michigan 48209

6th Annual Detroit Rummage Sale 

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you but I absolutely love a good garage sale.

But the weather is still a bit too unpredictable for garage sale season. So, if you’ve got that itch like I do I suggest checking out the Detroit Rummage Sale this Sunday.

There will be plenty of sellers set up with a good selection of used items, vintage collectibles, to everyday needs.

The best part is the sale is indoors, so if it is too cold or wet outside you can still enjoy your time haggling for a great deal.

Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

When: Sunday, April 15 from 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Where: Tangent Gallery 715 E. Milwaukee Street Detroit, Michigan 48202


Motor City Soul Club: April Soul Stomp

You know the drill, it’s time for the Motor City Soul Club to spin rare soul and funk music from the 1960s and 1970s.

DJ’s Dan Austin, Brad Hales and Erica Aytes will be joined by special guest B. Hill this month for the April Soul Stomp.

There’s no cover and it is a really great crowd.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Where: The Marble Bar 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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Ferndale’s “Voyager” Gets Restaurant Of The Year Honors From Food & Wine Magazine Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:39:31 +0000 There’s high national praise for one of Ferndale’s best dining spots, Voyager. Food & Wine Magazine has named them one of the top 10 restaurants of the year.

Eli Boyer, along with Co-Executive Chefs Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla opened Voyager in 2017, and it’s been a hit from the get-go.

Located just off of downtown Ferndale’s main strip, the seafood restaurant features a menu with creative dishes using a variety of proteins, but has “an oyster obsession.”

Food & Wine writes:

Voyager breaks the mold of your classic oyster bar (the usual shucked suspects; a musty imperial vibe) and looks good doing it. Restaurateur Eli Boyer built the place on his own terms, in a way that felt right for his hometown. A color-blocked, airy interior makes it the ultimate hangout, and Tootla and Jackson’s menu makes it a compelling destination.

The oyster selection ranges from Barnstable, Massachusetts, to Discovery Bay, Washington, but the best bites at Voyager reach further afield. Peel-and-eat shrimp are dusted with Old Bay and served with umami-packed Alabama comeback sauce. A Caesar salad arrives with creamy, crunchy fried sweetbreads.

“We’re beyond thrilled to receive this honor as one of Food & Wine’s Restaurants of the Year. When you open a restaurant as a small independent crew, your goals are simple: create a viable business by exceeding your guests’ expectations daily. To receive this award is beyond any expectations we’ve ever set, but it inspires us to aim even higher. It’s a testament not only to our incredibly talented team at the restaurant, but also to the support we’ve received from our loyal guests and from the greater Ferndale community,” says Boyer. “We’re looking forward to sharing more of our work as we continue this journey in Downtown Detroit with Lovers Only.”

Speaking of Lovers Only, that restaurant recently opened as well in downtown Detroit’s Capitol Park.

Cheers to Voyager. The visibility of Metro Detroit’s food scene is indeed on the upswing.

You can find Voyager online here and at 600 Vester Street in Ferndale.

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Brunch All The Time? Yes, Please. Meet Corktown’s Newest Cafe, Folk Tue, 10 Apr 2018 02:55:20 +0000 If you love brunch, look no further. Your dream place may arrived.

FOLK, Corktown’s newest café and coffee shop will be opening to the general public on Wednesday, April 18.

The café is owned by Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes. The are also the women behind The Farmer’s Hand. Both businesses are in the building on the corner of Trumbull and Bagley.

We had a chance to take a look around and to try some of the dishes at FOLK before it opens to the public.

The café is small with only 24 seats but it is still inviting. The large windows in the front of the building bring in plenty of light and it makes FOLK feel welcoming.

There are communal tables and seating at the bar that overlooks the open kitchen.

Louya and Foulkes have also made sure the menu is filled with seasonal ingredients from local farms. You can listen to the interview with both of them on the Daily Detroit News Byte below.

The menu has a selection of brunch dishes that are familiar with an international flair. Think quiche, hashes, parfaits, egg sandwiches and meat pies. There is even a section dedicated to different types of toasts.

Since FOLK is a coffee shop there is a nice selection of coffee, espresso drinks, teas, and infused milks.

They also have a nice little sweet section to the menu they make muffins, scones and other goodies in-house. You can also get ice cream from Reilly Craft Creamery and items from Sister Pie.

Let’s run through what we tried in order of what we liked most with the clear caveat that this is a first taste and not a review, as it was a media preview. But it should give you an idea what you’re going to run into here.

The first thing we tried was the Rose Milk, which is one of the three infused milks on the FOLK menu. It is a mixture of beet root powder, ginger, chili powder, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla bean and rose simple syrup.

I don’t think I have had anything quite like it. It was a mix of earthy, floral and warm. The rose simple syrup makes the drink taste how a flower smells.  I liked it, plus it is really pretty to photograph.

The next thing I tried was the Avocado Toast, which has a hearty mix of avocado, beet hummus, tahini, sprouts, radish and a sprinkling of benne (aka sesame seeds.)

I’m not generally a fan of hummus, but the beet hummus was tasty. Not to mention the seeded wheat from Zingerman’s Bakehouse holds up nicely to all of the toppings.

I’m sure there is a joke in there about avocado toast, but I’m not going to be the one to make it. Because I love it. No shame in my game.

Next up was the Basic Brekky, which is FOLK’s take on your standard breakfast of egg on toast with seasoned potatoes and greens.

If you are a fan of soft scrambled eggs, then this dish will be your jam. The greens were dressed nicely and the potatoes were crispy and spiced well.

Finally, on to my favorite thing from FOLK, which is silly since it’s a Yogurt Bowl. The yogurt bowl had ginger honey yogurt, lime apricot compote, lemon basil seed pudding and toasted coconut. 

The lime apricot compote is bright and vibrant. The lemon basil seed pudding looks weird, but it adds texture to the yogurt bowl. Then there is just enough crunch from the toasted coconut.

I am looking forward to going back on the weekend because there is a Waffle Brekky on the menu that looks amazing.

Everything on the menu is available for carry-out order. FOLK also have some grab and go items, like coffee and the Yogurt Bowl.

Folk is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is closed on Tuesdays. On Saturday and Sunday FOLK is open from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

FOLK is located at 1701 Trumbull Detroit, Michigan 48216

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Vegan Fast-Casual Restaurant Opening In Royal Oak Next Week Thu, 05 Apr 2018 01:31:58 +0000 A new vegan restaurant located in the Royal Oak/Birmingham area is opening on Monday, April 9.

GreenSpace & Go is a fast-casual take on Ferndale’s GreenSpace Cafe. That means the menu is all plant-based, but this version of the concept is all about quick serve options.

A press release says the eatery will have “fresh, healthy, portable cuisine” that “showcases veggies, fruits, grains and beans in creative bowls, wraps, salads, soups, smoothies, baked goods and more.”

“It’s healthy in a hurry,” says cardiologist Joel Kahn M.D., co-owner of GreenSpace & Go and GreenSpace Café. “Inspired by NYC street food and bowls, this venture into fast casual furthers our mission of bringing nutritious, delicious and planet-friendly food to wider audiences.”

Inside there’s a community table and 12 window seats. Being in the ‘burbs, there’s parking both in the front and back.

The restaurant says that their ingredients “are sourced as wholly, sustainably and organically as possible and contain no GMOs or preservatives. They also have allergy-friendly gluten-, soy- and nut-free options. And if you’re not into oil, you they have that choice, as well.

To reinforce this, both GreenSpace Café and GreenSpace & Go have earned certificates from the national PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign. They’re, according to the company, the first in the Midwest.

GreenSpace & Go is located at 32867 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. It’s open for lunch and dinner Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; closed Sundays.

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PODCAST: Exporting Detroit’s Products To The World, Zoo Poo, Brush Park, Buddy’s Pizza Rumors & More Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:01:43 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018:

  • Brush Park could see another residential development
  • The Fillmore will go quiet for renovations
  • Detroit’s Project Greenlight safety program expands to a school
  • It’s getting more expensive to finance a car
  • A hot pizza rumor involving Buddy’s right near Comerica Park
  • The Detroit Zoo is giving away free poo in partnership with Detroit Dirt.. here’s how you get it
  • And a conversation with Sandra Choi from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation about a program that connects Detroit businesses of all kinds to the world

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PODCAST: Affordable Home Prices, Pizza News, A Marvel Mortgage Cameo, Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes & More Tue, 03 Apr 2018 01:56:22 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for Monday, April 2. Here are our stories:

  • Wayne County is among the most affordable places in the nation to buy a home.
  • Detroit Bus Service changes are coming
  • Fuel economy standards may be changing
  • Detroiters line up for free pizza…. and the pizza bots are coming
  • A locally based company is going to be front and center in an upcoming Marvel Studios movie
  • International Dark Sky week is coming
  • And Sven caught up with the CEO of Forgotten Harvest, Kirk Mayes, for a conversation on food insecurity in Metro Detroit

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PODCAST: Michigan State Fairgrounds May Become A Mass Transit Hub & Bring 1000+ Jobs, New Life For The Conner Plant, Happy Birthday Albert Kahn & More Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:17:44 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

  • The State Fairgrounds site is to be bought by the city and could become a regional transit hub and job-focused development. We have words from Detroit mayor Mike Duggan and break it down.
  • The Conner Assembly Plant will find new life as a museum and meeting space.
  • Contractors for Little Caesars Arena come up short on hiring Detroit residents.
  • A proposed law would allow Detroit bars to stay open until 4 a.m.
  • Gayle’s chocolates in Royal Oak is closing.
  • Celebrating legendary architect Albert Kahn’s Birthday with an audio tribute.

If you like the show, be sure to subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Overcast, or wherever fine podcasts are found.

As always, thanks to our sponsors. Milo Digital, Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed on May 3, and our friends at Podcast Detroit.

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LISTEN: New Life For The Old Train Station? Eastern Market Micro-Grants, Dan Carmody, Macomb’s Terrible Roads & More Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:50:49 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.

  • Ford may breathe new life into the long-empty Michigan central station
  • Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer locks up a big union endorsement
  • Macomb County’s road situation is in dire straits
  • Eastern market is offering micro-grants to boost local businesses
  • Three of Detroit’s Golf Courses won’t close after all
  • Baseball will be played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull again
  • You’ll be able to bring your dog to not just one, but two Tigers games this year
  • A Hatch Detroit contest winner is opening in Corktown
  • Antiques Roadshow is coming to metro Detroit

And we caught up with the head of Detroit’s Eastern Market, Dan Carmody, to talk about what’s ahead for the historic and popular neighborhood.

Thanks to our sponsors, Milo Digital and Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed. 

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Eastern Market Micro-Grant Program Kicks Off To Support Local Food, Local Businesses Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:49:01 +0000

Everyone knows about Flower Day, or going to Eastern Market on Saturdays to pick up some fresh, local food. But there’s a lot more to the market than just farmers and stalls.

One of their many programs is the Eastern Market Growing Communities initiative. Over the last five years the project, in partnership with crowd-funder, has invested more than half a million dollars into small businesses. Those small businesses invest in the city and hire people.

In the podcast above, we talked to Brandon Seng from Michigan Farm to Freezer, a recent winner of a grant who moved their business to the city, as well as Dan Carmody, head of Eastern Market, talks about the program and its impact.

Here’s what you need to know.

The application process starts today – March 20.

If you’re interested in a micro-grant, your business needs to be based in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck but also meet one of a few different criteria. Below are all the nitty-gritty details, direct from Eastern Market:

EMGC Eligibility (companies meeting one of the following criteria):

  • Businesses that sell in the Sheds at Eastern Market. Business must be current in rent and other obligations and have completed one complete season at Eastern Market.
  • Eastern Market District Businesses (bricks and mortar retail, wholesale or production facilities).
  • Business must own or lease a facility in the district bound by Canfield Street, Service Street, I-75 and Chene Street.
  • Detroit Community Markets businesses ( which have completed one complete season at a neighborhood market.
  • Detroit Kitchen Connect Participants
  • Business must be current in rent and other obligations.
  • Urban Growers which operate on land owned outright or secured by a permit or lease in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park.

EMGC is again teaming up with in order to give grantees a greater opportunity to get an increased amount of funding to support their business organizations through a crowd funding page on the platform.

For each dollar raised, Eastern Market Growing Communities will match it up to a maximum of $3000 per grantee.

New for 2018, EMGC is teaming up with the following organizations to provide additional services to awarded grantees: Momentum Bookkeeping – Pro bono Quickbooks/chart of accounts setup and training for up to 5 awardees. Miller Canfield PLC Pro bono legal assistance for 5 awardees.

Types of Funding Requests Available:

  • Equipment
  • Land
  • District Business Signage, Canopies or Lighting

EMGC 2018 Micro-grant Timeline:

Online application submission begins: March 20, 2018

Online application submission ends: Friday, April 6, 2018

Application review period: April 9th – April 13, 2018

Crowd funding training: April 16 – April 27, 2018

Soft Launch of fundraising campaign: April 28 – May 13, 2018

Official start of 2018 EMGC fundraising campaign: May 14 – June 22, 2018

Final Crowd Funding amounts with Matching Awards Announced: June 30, 2018

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Calling All You Drag Queen Bingo Fans, Five15 Has Moved To A New Location Next To Pronto! Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:30:16 +0000 If you have ever been to the popular cafe and gift shop Five15 in Royal Oak you know it was a pretty tight space.

But they have just moved down the street next to Pronto! This move means that not only is the space bigger, but they will now be offering cocktails.

Yes, you read that right.. you will now be able to order a drink during Drag Queen Bingo.

I don’t know about you, but I always find it easier to take a read from a queen after a couple cocktails.

Not only is the spot larger, but they also be able to offer other shows, beyond Drag Queen Bingo. Some of the shows that Five15 will be hosting are the 12 Drags of Christmas, Snow White and the Seven Drags, and Sunday brunch.

Five15 has made a pretty big name for themselves in metro Detroit for hosting Drag Queen Bingo over the past few years.

The weekly series has grown in popularity so much that Five15 now offers it six times a week from Thursday through Sunday.

Five15 and Pronto! will be partnering up to bring customers “unique culinary items and speciality cocktails,” according to a press release.

The first show in the new space will be tonight at 7:00 p.m. There will be an official Grand Opening sometime this spring.

Five15 is located at 600 S. Washington Boulevard Royal Oak, Michigan 48067 

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