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Asian mega mart opens in Madison Heights

Remember when Metromode proclaimed Madison Heights to be the Asian food capital of southeast Michigan? We weren't kidding. This week, an Asian foods superstore called 168 Asian Mart opened at 32393 John R (just north of 13 Mile).

According to the Detroit Free Press, the market is "located in a space formerly occupied by Mervyn's." The store, an amazing 38,000 square feet, "has more than a dozen aisles of fresh produce, a full-service seafood counter, a meat counter and much much more."

Read more in the Detroit Free Press.

Thrillist Detroit ranks the 16 best bars in Detroit's suburbs

The city of Detroit is a drinking town. From Belle Isle to 8 Mile, the city chock full of great bars, new and old. But as Nicole Rupersburg writes in a recent piece for Thrillist Detroit, "there's plenty to love about the area just beyond Detroit's borders." So she did you a favor and listed her 16 favorite bars in Detroit's suburbs. From the epic beer selection at the Berkely Front to the magical burger at Miller's Bar in Dearborn, you can't go wrong with any of these suggestions.
Read more on Thrillist Detroit.

3 metro Detroit chefs nominated for Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef award

Sylvia Rector of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that three local chefs -- Garrett Lipar of Torino in Ferndale, James Rigato of the Root in White Lake Township and Marc Djozlija of Wright & Company in Detroit -- have been nominated for Food & Wine magazine's annual People's Best New Chef award.
The winner of this national award will be decided by public online voting. Cast your vote here.
Read more in the Detroit Free Press.

Reddit's guide to good ethnic food in metro Detroit

Looking to get out of your comfort zone and try some more adventurous cuisine? That's how Reddit user petee0518 felt when he asked posted the following to r/detroit:

My friends and I want to branch out a bit and try some more ethnic eateries around town, so I was hoping to get a few suggestions here. It's pretty easy to find a good amount of the "standard" fare like Indian, SE Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean. We had our first outing at Taste of Ethiopia in Southfield yesterday, and would love to find some more options. Google/Yelp can be helpful, but I have to imagine some more under-the-radar places are out there. Does anyone know of any good spots in the area for something a bit more unusual? Anywhere within an hour or so of Detroit is feasible.

Users chimed in with all sorts of recommendations, from Bosnian sausage and Yemeni food in Hamtramck to Russian dinners in Harper Woods to Chaldean food in Sterling Heights.

For the full list of suggestions or to add chime in with your own, click here.

McClary Bros. delivers on new taste for craft vinegar

Vinegar is much more than the standard base of garden-variety salad dressings, or even balsamic. Here's an artisan maker that's using fruits and vegetables to craft gourmet, drinkable vinegars, soon to be found in stores around the country.


"While craft beers and spirits are gaining much of the buzz, craft cocktails are also seeing a rise in consumer interest. With bars like  Sugar House  and  Punch Bowl Social  in Detroit and  The Oakland  in Ferndale wowing their customers with craft cocktails, there is also a DIY movement for those looking to change up their at-home imbibing. 

That’s where  McClary Bros.  drinking vinegars come in.

Farmington-based McClary Bros. uses locally grown fruits and vegetables to create drinking/culinary vinegars. These vinegars are not like the ones you use to clean out the coffeepot. These are considered “colonial-era drink mixers” in that these recipes are formulated using unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with added natural ingredients...

A semifinalist in the 2014  Comerica Hatch Detroit  business competition, McClary Bros. expects to have distribution for its infused vinegars in 13 or 14 states soon, thanks to word-of-mouth among high-end retailers operating in several states."

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Nation to soon enjoy a piece of Achatz pie

The rest of the country will soon be treated to one of Michigan's famous desserts: Achatz fruit pies. The company is known for sourcing most of its ingredients from local farms.


"The Achatz Handmade Pie Co. has sold its franchise rights to a Florida firm, which expects to establish 150 locations across the United States in the next five years.
The much-loved brand, founded 21 years ago in Armada, makes its natural desserts in Chesterfield Township...

The award-winning pies have been showcased on "The Rachael Ray Show," "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America Weekend as well as in "Bon Appétit" and "Food & Wine" magazines."

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Michigan among states with the most farmers markets

It's the high season for farmers markets, and in Michigan, you're never far from one.


"There are a lot of farmers markets in the United States, though obviously some areas have a higher concentration than others. Just 10 states (California, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia and Missouri) account for nearly half of all markets nationwide."

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Detroit Custom Coach outfits food trucks, vans, and limos with new interiors

Here's a company on a roll outfitting coaches with luxe new interior swag.


"As the owner of  Detroit Custom Coach LLC, he knows a few things about building out food trucks. For the past four years, he's been fabricating custom food trucks — such as the newly finished  Eskimo Jacks  ice cream sandwich mobile — as well as turning limos and vans into rolling dens of luxury...

It's a good line of work that allowed Ramos to turn former competitors into clients. His first business was a shuttle service called  Night Moves Transportation. But when Ramos realized he could charge more to rent a party bus, he decided to build one...

Recently a client hired DCC to turn a van into a rolling humidor, complete with high-end TVs and sound system. And while that was a big job, the most extravagant vehicle in DCC's portfolio is a custom project for  Jim Beam.The bourbon distiller wanted the passenger shuttle running at its distillery in Clermont, Ky., to look like an old 1930s truck delivering barrels."

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In time for grill season, stuffed chicken burgers become a Michigan & East Coast delicacy

Stuffed chicken burgers have lit a fire under their maker, Great Fresh Food, which is rushing to meet the demand.


"Most burgers can be made on a grill in just a few minutes, but Jack Aronson and Dave Zilko's burger business strategy took about 2 ½  years to reach serving temperature for the masses.

Now their time and $6 million investment appear to be paying off as their  Jack's Special Grilled stuffed chicken burgers have hit the shelves in Michigan and on the East Coast, and the 26-employee parent company, Clinton Township-based  Great Fresh Food, fights to keep up with the unexpected level of demand."

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Detroit is one of nation's top 7 most underrated food cities

There's no better way to make the foodie radar list than having "underrated" next to your name.


"Being in Detroit puts you in ridiculously close proximity to some of the most authentic, best-tasting food you'd normally need a passport to enjoy. With the proper research/guidance, it's totally possible to travel the culinary world in 20mi, leaving you with a TON of leftover cash to blow on the important things... like even more food."

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Local turkey farmers have full plates of business this Thanksgiving

Detroit-area turkey farms see demand for local, organic as something to be thankful for this year.


"Christine Roperti, owner of Roperti's Turkey Farm in Livonia, is gearing up for Thanksgiving.
"People are always thanking me for being here," she said. "They say, 'I don't care if it's $5 a pound. You can't beat your turkeys.' I love doing it."...

Mike Liabenow, manager of meat and seafood at Joe's Produce in Livonia, said his department began carrying organic turkeys raised in Michigan for the first time this year.

"It's something that's been on the rise a couple years in the  business," he said. "Everyone wants to keep everything in Michigan."

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Michigan growers use new technology to put apples to sleep

After last year's pittance of an apple crop, Michigan apples are an economic sweet spot again.


"This year's Michigan apple crop is expected to be 10 times as plentiful as last year's puny output.

While the big bounce-back is welcomed in the nation's third-largest apple-producing state, the bounty presents its own challenges: How do growers, packers and processors maximize storage to avoid flooding stores with the fruit, thus crashing the market and lowering growers' profits?...

A fairly recent innovation called 1-methylcyclopropene, or 1-MCP, temporarily stops apples' ability to respond to their own cues for ripening...

Known commercially as "SmartFresh," it "has been a game-changer for apple storage and is partly responsible for the up-trending consumption of apples in the U.S. over the last 5 to 10 years," Michigan State University horticulture professor Randy Beaudry said. He is involved in updating a traditional apple refrigeration method known as "controlled-atmosphere storage," or "CA," to double the time Honeycrisp apples can be stored.

In a typical year, Michigan's 9.2 million trees produce 20 million to 23 million bushels, pumping up to $900 million into the economy...The state distributes to 26 states and 18 countries."

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Schramms Mead sweetens Ferndale's bar scene

The Metro Times (Ferndale's newest media resident) has a terrific profile of mead connoisseur  Ken Schramm and his newly open tasting room.
"Now, at 54, Schramm is finally getting into the production game. With laughing candor, he says, “I’ve had the books out for 10 years, and now I’m finally getting into the business when other people have had a five-year head start — and I’ve told them all my tricks! What kind of a businessman goes out and teaches everybody everything they need to know to be more successful than you are? Apparently that’s me.”"
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Dearborn's Arab American National Museum to sponsor culinary tours of Eastern Market

This fall, grab a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine (and its ingredients) at Detroit's Eastern Market. 


"The YallaEat! Culinary Walking Tours kick off Tuesday and will be held on selected Tuesdays and Saturdays in September and October. "Yalla" means "let's go" in Arabic.

Organizers say the goal of the free, guided tours is to share the story of Arab Americans in the Detroit area. Participants will visit Middle Eastern businesses that are family-run and founded by immigrants — while snagging some free samples and shopping."

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Bye Bye Brooklyn, Hello Detroit

Business-minded couples getting squeezed out of Brooklyn are taking the combo of affordable rents and the supportive arts-minded communities of Detroit and its close-in city cousins.


When Sandi Bache Heaselgrave and Andy Heaselgrave made the well-worn migration from New York City to Detroit, they didn't realize they'd be starting a trend...

But when the couple, who worked in the photography industry, decided to leave in 2010, they were the first of what would become six couples (and counting) relocating from the tiny enclave of Red Hook, Brooklyn, with entrepreneurial pursuits in mind....

So when Ann St. Peter, owner of  Pinwheel Bakery,  offered to let them open in the front half of her shop in Ferndale, the couple jumped. Bache Heaselgrave had planned to sell Pinwheel pastries anyway. 

She spent $35,000 renovating the space, buying her equipment and giving the shop an airy feel. She also took over responsibility for sales so St. Peter could focus on pastries instead of running a retail location. Bache Heaselgrave increased prices and improved the coffee, becoming the only café in the Detroit area to sell Portland, Ore.-based  Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

More here.
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