DIBS is popping up at Detroit Institute of Bagels this weekend with some late night eats, but it's only one of chef Steve Kempner's many culinary pursuits, and one of his many events this weekend. The Detroit native lives in Hamtramck, but he's in Corktown every Friday and Saturday night from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. serving up late night eats to the bar crowd. DIBS is in fact "The Fargin Chef Presents DIBS", as it is an offshoot of The Fargin Chef, his catering and pop-up business.
DIBS delivers to all of the Corktown bars after their kitchens close, and he's gaining a following with his upscale bar food. He makes everything from scratch, even doing his own roast and corned beef for the sandwiches, which use top shelf cheese and ingredients. The menu has about four different sandwiches and six different appetizers, including vegetarian options like Samosas. He says the food has an international flare, but it's hearty, and exactly the kind of thing the late night crowd craves.
Kempner has been in the business for 15 years, and is proud of working with "some of the best chefs in the city". He thinks that pop ups and food trucks are the direction the city's food culture is going in as chefs work to build clientele and gain experience before investing in brick and mortar restaurants. As for him, he's done more than just DIBS over the years, but he has fun with it, often naming his pop ups something punny to relate to the business he's being hosted by (DIBS is a play on Detroit Institute of Bagels nickname DIB). And the food is playful too, and inexpensive. His average ticket is usually just $7-$8 on average.
Want a free cookie this weekend? The weekend will be a "DIBS-A-PALOOZA" according to Kempner, since DIBS is going to be everywhere for the next few days. He has promised a free cookie to anyone that mentions reading about him on Eater Detroit at any of his weekend events. Here's the when and where to cash in on that sweet deal: Friday and Saturday evenings, August 1st and 2nd, he'll be at Detroit Institute of Bagels. Sunday night he'll be serving the DIBS menu at Motor City Wine, and on Monday look for him at St. Andrew's Hall for Slow Roll.
· DIBS Official Page [Facebook]
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