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Laying a foundation: Dr. Chad Audi talks about taking people off the streets and training them in Detroit Rescue Mission’s new Highland Park restaurant

By Jeff Broder

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Food & Drink

On July 27, the 101-year-old Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries opened the Cornerstone Bistro, the only sit-down, non-fast food restaurant in urban Highland Park. Hidden away in the basement of an old residential building, it is an oasis, a beautifully appointed restaurant that surprises every guest ...[MORE]

Morel support: Eastern Market's 'Mushroom Man' on the market, his niche and why truffles aren't trifles

By Jeff Broder

Published: 7/7/2010

Types: Food & Drink

The Eastern Market is a Detroit treasure, especially on summertime Saturday mornings, when teeming crowds — numbering as many as 40,000 people — descend upon the century-old marketplace. In the stores that surround the sheds, people shop the old-fashioned way, rubbing elbows and using al...[MORE]

Eastern grace: With decades of experience, Midtown Shangri-La's Raymond Wong is still ready to work the room

By Jeff Broder

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Food & Drink

Restaurateur Raymond Wong might be considered a grandfather of Chinese food in Detroit and Windsor, having brought some of the regional cuisines of China into an area that was used to Cantonese food — egg drop soup, chop suey and egg foo yung. After 40 years of owning and working in a successi...[MORE]

Toast master: Chef Jeff Rose on how to learn and rise in the kitchen and more

By Jeff Broder

Published: 3/24/2010

Types: Food & Drink

Regan and Thom Bloom opened Toast in Ferndale 10 years ago, and soon began garnering praise for the breakfast dishes that distinguished their restaurant from the pack. A year ago, they took on another, more ambitious project, opening the second Toast in Birmingham, serving breakfast, lunch and dinne...[MORE]

Out of the past: Cliff Bell's owner Paul Howard talks about rejuvenating a Detroit classic

By Jeff Broder

Published: 1/20/2010

Types: Food & Drink

Cliff Bell's opened in 1935, operating as a supper club until the late '60s. The space experienced a few different incarnations, one of which ended when a dead body was found in the since-replaced walk-in cooler. Today the name has been revived — and the club along with it. The Detroit landmar...[MORE]

The cooking life: Picano's Elvira Saragosa talks of food, family and love

By Jeff Broder

Published: 12/2/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Metro Times: When did you start cooking?  Elvira Saragosa: I cook all my life. My mother taught me to make pasta when I was 5 or 6 years old. I went to school only three classes. That's it. No more. I was born in Detroit in 1923. They took me back to Italy when I was 6 months old. Stayed back till ...[MORE]

Praiseworthy pie: Supino's gourmet pizzas have a thin crust and a thick following

By Jeff Broder

Published: 10/7/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Supino Pizzeria, barely a year old, is all the rage. It took less than six months to establish itself as a contender for our Best Gourmet Pizza honors, coming in second among our readers' picks. And if it was busy then, it's swamped now, after a favorable review in a local daily paper, confirming th...[MORE]

Growth of the soil: Farmer Tom Milano talks community-supported agriculture

By Jeff Broder

Published: 8/12/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Tom Milano is the head of Vedic Village, an example of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), located in Whitmore Lake. A CSA farm provides people with boxes or baskets of fresh food for the "shares" of the farm they purchase. The farmer receives a lump sum of money in the beginning of the...[MORE]

Tasting sustainability: It's easy eating green at Rochester's Mind Body & Spirits

By Jeff Broder

Published: 7/1/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Under the guidance of owner Mike Plesz, the folks at Mind Body & Spirits strive to reduce their collective carbon footprint with the use of sustainable practices, whether for procuring food or for restoring their 1890 building. From solar panels on the roof to gathering rainwater to irrigate the...[MORE]

New Mexican

By Jeff Broder

Published: 4/29/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Rojo Mexican Bistro brings a new style of Mexican restaurant to the area, with upscale ambience, a mix of authentic tacos, enchiladas and burritos as well as dishes reflecting the "gourmet" food served in Mexico. Executive chef Luis Garza spoke with us recently. METRO TIMES: Describe the differ...[MORE]

Market maker

By Jeff Broder

Published: 2/25/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Holiday Market has been a fixture on Main Street in Royal Oak for more than 50 years. Founded by Tom Violante and his wife in 1953, it has become something akin to a cluster of separate markets under one roof. The meat department is reminiscent of the practically nonexistent butcher shops that...[MORE]

Great game

By Jeff Broder

Published: 2/4/2009

Types: Food & Drink

As he grew up, "Dixie" Dave Minar hunted, fished and learned how to cook his prey, developing a taste for wild game. Venison and pheasant and other locally available meats weren't enough for him, so he expanded his appetite for the unusual, eventually opening a restaurant in Birch Run that's k...[MORE]

Oasis builder

By Jeff Broder

Published: 1/7/2009

Types: Food & Drink

In the heart of the city of Detroit, several blocks north of the New Center area, sits an oasis in a "food desert." Lisa Johanon is the executive director of Central Detroit Christian (CDC), a faith-based nonprofit whose goals include helping to run food-oriented businesses: The Freeze, an ice...[MORE]

No small beer: Bastone's brewmaster talks serious suds

By Jeff Broder

Published: 12/3/2008

Types: Food & Drink

Craft beers are brewed in small quantities by independent producers who use traditional European methods. At Bastone, the Belgian restaurant and brewpub in Royal Oak, brewmaster Rockne Van Meter carries on this sacred tradition. Since 2005 his ales and lagers, all brewed on-site, have won more...[MORE]

Growing our city

By Jeff Broder

Published: 11/5/2008

Types: Food & Drink

In recent years, especially with rising unemployment and more vacant land in the city than ever, people have begun to farm the available soil to provide food for their families. Ashley Atkinson is the Director of Urban Agriculture at the Greening of Detroit, a community-based program that enco...[MORE]

The real thing

By Jeff Broder

Published: 10/1/2008

Types: Food & Drink

Jim Genuwine has been a fixture at the Oakland County Farmers' Market for 25 years. He and his family have had prime spots selling corn, potatoes, tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, melons, green beans, broccoli and more, all grown at his 75-acre farm. METRO TIMES: When did you become a farmer? JIM GE...[MORE]

Feeding growth

By Jeff Broder

Published: 8/27/2008

Types: Food & Drink

We usually think of restaurants as places that feed and entertain us — but they often nourish and enliven the neighborhood they occupy. That point isn't lost on Edith Castillo, deputy director of the Southwest Detroit Business Association. This community development corporation's members ...[MORE]

Fish story

By Jeff Broder

Published: 7/23/2008

Types: Food & Drink

Founded in 1945 by John and Huldah Cross, John Cross Fisheries has provided fresh and smoked fish in northern Michigan to restaurants and retail trade. Family patriarch John was a hardworking, sometimes stern man who built the foundation of what is today still a family-run business. For many y...[MORE]

Growing great

By Jeff Broder

Published: 6/18/2008

Types: Food & Drink

Judy Day, a retired schoolteacher, has a 12-1/2-acre farm in Milford, where she has grown organic fruits and vegetables for more than 25 years, long before "going organic" was popularly embraced. Her asparagus, the first crop of the season in Lower Michigan, was great, freshly picked on a recent...[MORE]

Try something else: Tacqueria Lupita's Adan Lopez

By Jeff Broder

Published: 5/14/2008

Types: Food & Drink

Adan Lopez is the owner of Lupita's and Los Altos, two of Detroit's authentic Mexican restaurants. Where else can you get a plate of tacos served with rice and charro beans for around three bucks? The food is the real deal, not covered with mountains of melted cheese after being deep-fried in way to...[MORE]

Sweet and upscale

By Jeff Broder

Published: 4/16/2008

Types: Food & Drink

Douglas Cale owns Schakolad, the chocolate café that recently opened in Birmingham. The parent company, Schakolad Factory, based in Orlando, Fla., is run by the son and grandson of the founder, who got into the business in 1969, combining his name and the word chocolate. The Schakeds have...[MORE]

The tandoor trap

By Jeff Broder

Published: 3/19/2008

Types: Food & Drink

Indian cuisine, with its complex blends of seasonings — masalas — has grown in popularity in this country. But those squeamish about curries may not realize that all the dishes of India have different flavors, depending on the mix of spices and use of ginger, garlic, onions and chi...[MORE]

Stirring the pot

By Jeff Broder

Published: 2/20/2008

Types: Food & Drink

Zoup!'s Eric Ersher and co-founder David Elias feel that "soup has powerful and intangible qualities that provide comfort and promote a genuine sense of well-being for many people." That's why they've set out to provide varieties of fresh soup to please everyone's taste. With more than 100 dai...[MORE]

Dante's journey

By Jeff Broder

Published: 1/16/2008

Types: Food & Drink

Tucked away in a strip mall in Lake Orion, Vannelli Express has a provocative sign in the window that reads, "Let Dante do it." The "Dante" in question is Dante Vannelli, 65, who stands behind the counter in a starched white chef's coat preparing such Italian staples as pasta, paninis, salads ...[MORE]

Russell it up

By Jeff Broder

Published: 12/12/2007

Types: Food & Drink

Ben Hall and Jason Murphy recently bought Russell Street Deli, a long-running and popular breakfast and lunch spot in Detroit's Eastern Market. On market Saturdays, when many shoppers drive in from the suburbs, the eatery often has a line out the door — even in a light rain. The place was even...[MORE]

Culinary contender

By Jeff Broder

Published: 11/14/2007

Types: Food & Drink

Less than a year ago, former Kronk boxer Al Irish and his good friend and business partner Rachel Stern opened NOMI, a hip, contemporary restaurant and martini bar in downtown Northville. They recently introduced their fall menu with an emphasis on small plates and a bold exploration of several ...[MORE]

Getting scooped

By Jeff Broder

Published: 10/17/2007

Types: Food & Drink

Guernsey Farms Dairy was founded in 1940 by John McGuire, whose recipes are still in use today. For 67 years this has been a family-owned and -operated business, one of the oldest in Novi. Their processing plant and dairy store and restaurant are all located in the same location on Novi Road. M...[MORE]

C’mon in!

By Jeff Broder

Published: 9/19/2007

Types: Food & Drink

Joe Vicari opened the first Andiamo in 1990 at 14 Mile and Van Dyke roads. Today, the family-run operation has 10 restaurants, all Italian, but all different, and scattered throughout the metro Detroit area. Another is scheduled to open soon in Livonia at 7 Mile Road and I-275. METRO TIMES: H...[MORE]

Growing trends

By Jeff Broder

Published: 8/22/2007

Types: Food & Drink

Anthony Curtis is the produce buyer for Papa Joe's Gourmet Market and Catering in Rochester and Birmingham. With 500 items in the produce department alone, home cooks and professional chefs alike can find the ingredients to prepare authentic recipes from anywhere in the world. Metro Times: We f...[MORE]

Steak holder

By Jeff Broder

Published: 7/25/2007

Types: Food & Drink

Curtis Nordeen was the managing partner at the Capital Grill in Troy for six years before leaving to start Crust, the pizza and wine bar, and then Fleming's, the latest addition to metro Detroit's many steakhouse choices. Metro Times: For the last several years, I've heard more people claim the...[MORE]

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