By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D
Recently, the staff of edibleWOW took our weekly meeting on the road in Detroit. We began at Avalon International Breads. Without hesitation I chose the most wonderful chocolate brioche (with house-made chocolate ganache) and Chartreuse organic tea. Offering a variety of artisan baked goods, Avalon was one of the first success stories involving the food and agriculture comeback of Detroit.
From Avalon we had the opportunity to tour a 1.75 acre property owned by MGM Grand Detroit but maintained by the amazing staff of Keep Growing Detroit (KGD). Ashley Atkinson, co-director, hosted the tour. She and only 8 other staff members produce transplants, seeds, perennials, edible flowers, flower bouquets, fruits and vegetables. They also provide education offering more than 100 workshops per year on topics like season extension, building trellises and labor planning. Fourteen other community gardens use KGD as a resource hub for equipment and education. KGD’s goal is to have Detroiters grow the food they consume.
Our last stop before lunch was Our/Detroit vodka in the Hubbard-Richard neighborhood. Our/Detroit vodka is the first micro distillery of its kind in the United States and is run by all women.… Read More