Fresh Lunch Options

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D.

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to go out to lunch. This always seems decadent as I generally work from home and much of my work is done in the kitchen. But checking out new eateries is also an important part of writing for a local food magazine, or so I tell myself.

Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale is hardly the new kid on the block. Chef Rick Halberg, developer and executive chef, has years of experience with restaurants such as, R.I.K.’s and Emily’s and is now offering a more casual setting with modern comfort foods. Using fresh and local food is the focus, so some menu items may change with the season. Our soup of the day was a delicious winter squash soup. Expect attention to detail with house-made croutons for the salads and their own ricotta cheese for the crostini. It was a cozy place for lunch in the winter. We sat close to the wood burning fireplace. They also have a great patio for outside seating in summer.… Read More

Food in the Fisher Building

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D.

Mother Nature has been slightly more kind this winter with less snow and ice. Traveling around Metro Detroit has certainly been less stressful. Though, when I do venture out in the cold, I prefer to stay as warm and dry as possible. Visiting the Fisher Building in Detroit offered me the warmth and comfort I was looking for along with warm drinks and hearty meals.

On the ground level of the gorgeous Fisher Building, we began with a warm cup of coffee and hot chocolate at Stella Good Coffee. The coffee shop, with its deconstructed Detroit materials and refinished original marble floors, has an inviting and hip space. They prepare locally-roasted, pour-over coffee along with offering some local bakery favorites from Avalon International Breads, Josef’s European Pastry Shop and Milano Bakery. They also support our local economy by offering Joseph Wesley Tea and Germack Pistachio Company snacks prepared and packed especially for Stella Good Coffee. Linger with your coffee inside the shop or choose to sit outside in breathtaking Fisher Building lobby.… Read More

Honestly Local Food in Grand Blanc

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D.

There’s a trend on restaurant menus to offer “local” or “farm-to-table” products. As agriculture is such a large part of Michigan’s economic success, local food becomes a natural fit for our restaurants. Though a wonderful concept, it is not always well executed. Often I have to ask, “Where do you get your salad greens, chicken or breads?” and I get an inconsistent or unsure answer. So when a restaurant makes “local” their focus and is successful, they have my attention. Right now my attention is focused on The Grafted Root Eatery in Grand Blanc.

The Grafted Root describes themselves well—real food, real simple, prepared on site. The food is creative, yet warm and familiar. I enjoyed the black eyed pea soup with ham and a rosti (a Swiss potato pancake) with homemade applesauce. On their menu they actually list their Michigan sources of foods like cider, chips, dairy products, breads, meats and seasonal produce. They compost on site in the warmer weather and while we were having lunch, Thread Creek Farm stopped by to pick up some composting material for their chickens.… Read More

Grosse Pointe Grub

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D.

Knowing that there is always good food to be found, the editors of edibleWOW set off for the Grosse Pointe area of suburban Detroit.

We began at the well-established icon in Grosse Pointe Woods—Josef’s European Pastry Shop. Two master pastry chefs and their staff produce breads, croissants, tea cookies, biscotti, cakes, pastries and pies showcased in bakery cases lining the warm and cozy shop. Sharing a few baked items enabled us to eat a black and white cookie as well as a cinnamon nut Danish. Also a tasty place to stop for lunch, Josef’s offers sandwiches, salads, quiche and individual pizzas with their house made sauce.

Fresh Farms Market is right in the hustle of downtown Grosse Pointe. Owned and operated for two generations since the 1930s, the market was most recently bought by two brothers, remodeled and reopened in 2006. We visited this full service specialty market and were very impressed by its commitment to Michigan made products. They also have an array of prepared gourmet foods and pizza.

Lunch was our last stop in Grosse Pointe Park at Red Crown Quality Eats.… Read More