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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.
 
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"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. 

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"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.


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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.

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Iron Chef Michael Symon finds Detroit hits the spot for eateries

Iron Chef Michael Symon decided Detroit had what it took to be a culinary destination when he opened Roast in 2008 at the Westin Book Cadillac. Crain's chats with Symon about winning the best burger in America title three years in a row and what other famous chefs say about the Motor City. 
 
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"What are you hearing about Detroit from your peers? 
 
Some of my chef friends make fun of me because my restaurants are in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit. 
 
But when we have success in those cities, there is always an interest. They wonder how you can be successful outside of New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. 
 
I think in the restaurant world, it takes time to change people's perspectives. Chefs that I bring to Roast are always amazed that Detroit is so different than what is shown in the news."
 
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The (less than) skinny on Detroit Chocolat

File under "Things That Make You Say Yum." A teacher starts his day, every day, as an up n coming chocolatier. 
 
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"Chocolate runs in his blood: He’s a fourth-generation chocolatier (the great-grandson of Ervin and Julia Morley of Morley Candy Makers) and he spent a decade working for Morley. Even though he’s a full-time elementary school teacher, Petz was unable to resist the pull of chocolate and in 2010 started Detroit Chocolat in Sterling Heights (to the delight of his mother and his wife whom he calls a “chocolate addict.”)"
 
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Ann Arbor's Domino's Pizza debuts DomiCopter, the future of pizza delivery

Are we looking at the end of pizza delivery dudes? Domino's unveils the DomiCopter, a proof of concept that pizza delivery can be by air.
 
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Solid Dudes Kitchen premieres new episode

The dudes are back! And this time they're making meat popsicles!
 
On the last Sunday in January you can join the dudes as they celebrate their latest episode at The Brooklyn Fireproof (119 Ingraham Street, Bushwick)
 
The party goes from 7:30-10PM but is followed up with a 10–2AM After-party with DJ SET by Dial.81, Composer of DETROPIA Sundance Film Festival winner and Oscar-nominated documentary.
 
Best of all? Admission is free!
 
 
 

Asian grocery stores find a welcome market in Metro Detroit

Dearborn Heights not only has a huge Asian supermarket, it's competing with grocery stores like Whole Foods for customers.
 
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"Kenneth Dalto, a Farmington Hills-based retail analyst, said the supermarket could be the latest example of a trend in ethnic grocers going larger and more upscale to appeal to suburban shoppers with adventurous palates, particularly from the white and black non-Asian population, he said.
 
This breed of store will often compete with high-end grocers, such as Whole Foods Market, he said."
 
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