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A Summer of Detroit Weekends

Hey metro Detroiters, the Motor City is more than just an occassional stop for baseball games and museum visits. There's a living breathing culture in Motown and we think you might be missing out. To wit, our good friends at Model D have put together a list of Detroit weekend events for you to fill the rest of your summer with. They've got you covered, now through Labor Day.

Metro Detroit's Growing Appetite

Food, glorious food! As Metromode rounds the bases for its 350th issue, we look back on one of the things that makes metro Detroit great: comestibles (a.k.a. food!). From restaurants to startups to chefs to markets, our region is flexing its muscle to become a veritable banquet of food innovation.

An Italian Piazza in Metro Detroit

Spawling 30,000 square feet and stocked with foods from around the world, Cantoro Italian Market has been referred to as a culinary Disneyland. Instead, it might be the closest thing to an official Italian piazza this side of New York City. Buon appetito! 

OpEd: Closing the Gap Between Food Producers and Consumers

The biggest barrier to consumer access to fresh, locally-grown food is the distance between food providers and suppliers, says Rachel Leemis, founder of Monty's Beef Company, a Piedmontese beef retailer that keeps its own herd of cattle. But new state support for rural development is planting the way for the state's 52,000 farms to meet this growing trend. 

Bustin' Up the Boy's Club: Metro Detroit's Female Mixologists

The story of metro Detroit's rising craft cocktail culture is not just about men and their mixers. Despite a long history of exclusion (that even included laws prohibiting their place behind the bar), more than a few women bartenders have been bucking stereotypes and making their mark as celebrated mixologists.
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Dining Blogs

Joe Zainea

A peek at the playbills of the Majestic Theater and the Magic Stick live music venues shows that every day is a different act. How does Joe Zainea, longtime owner of The Majestic entertainment empire, keep things fresh from week to week? Follow on for his tales of revival and survival.

Torya Blanchard & Greg Lenhoff

On the menu at Detroit's Park Shelton are young neighboring entrepreneurs Torya Blanchard, chef and owner of Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes, and Greg Lenhoff, owner of Leopold's bookstore. Enjoy some food for thought this week as Torya and Greg discuss what sparks their artisanal ventures.
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Dining Videos

An Early Morning Visit to Detroit's Eastern Market

Every weekday, Detroit's Eastern Market is buzzing with action while most of us are still sleeping. Cass Corridor Films got up early to follow Slow Jams, a producer of artisan jams, on a quest for locally grown herbs at the wholesale market.

Moo Moo's

Put the microwave pizza pocket down. Step away from corndog. Ferndale-based Moo Moo's Vegetarian Cuisine makes the things that make you go, "Yum." With the vegetarian food market expected to reach $2.5 billion this year, owner Michele Rastelli hopes her locally produced entrees-to-go make a little green of their own.

Toast

From Ferndale to Birmingham the Toast empire expands. If you haven't been to this one-of-a-kind... well, now two-of-a-kind eatery you really should. Who'd imagine that a place with Taco Tuesdays could be tres chic? That's the delicious conundrum that is Toast. Cool decor, surprising accoutrements and, always, yummy food.

The Loving Touch

It's a pool hall. It's a philosophy. Chris Johnston has helped shape downtown Ferndale's renaissance with The Emory, Woodward Avenue Brewers and now, The Loving Touch, a former massage parlor turned billiard nirvana.

PALAZZO di BOCCE

Where's the best Boccedrome in the world? If you said Italy you're only off by about 4000 miles. Palazzo di Bocce in SE Michigan is mecca for all things lawn bowling. Yeah, it's a bit outside the metro area but we'd be remiss not to point to you toward this one-of-a-kind sports venue. Drink, bocce and be merry.
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