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Detroit Finally Has an Online Database for Restaurant Inspections

Plus, a James Beard Award-winning writer is kicking off a Food Lab roundtable series

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Detroit restaurant inspections are now online

For the first time, the City of Detroit is releasing the results of local restaurant inspections to the public through its online data portal. The inspections went live on March 1, according to the Detroit Free Press, and are part of the government’s overall push to make data more accessible to citizens. The Detroit Health Department reports list three different categories of violation. The most serious are “priority violations,” followed by “foundation violations,” and minor infractions such as messy dumpster areas called “core violations.” The site also allows visitors to view building permits and other important data that was previously difficult to access.

Beau Bien Fine Foods gives up tasting room

The Eastern Market tasting room for jam maker Beau Bien Fine Foods has been replaced by gift box retailer Mitten Crate. Beau Bien will continue to use a portion of the property for production, according to a release.

Pizza brunch begins

Downtown Detroit’s New York pizza slinger Mootz Pizzeria & Bar is now serving weekend brunch. The restaurant is serving options like lox waffles, blueberry mascarpone pie, and egg toast with arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, pickled red onion, hollandaise. Service runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

James Beard Award-winning author to kick off roundtable series with Food Lab Detroit

Award-winning journalist and author Tracie McMillan will be in town on Monday, March 18 to help kick-off a new monthly Food Lab Detroit event called “On the Table.” The nine-month-long discussion series — a collaboration between Food Lab, Tostada Magazine, and the Work Department — will focus on building a dialogue about how to improve the Detroit restaurant industry and make it a more equitable, safe, and healthy environment for workers. McMillan is currently spearheading a new project called “Great Restaurants to Work” for Food & Wine. She’ll be headlining the first event hosted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Flowers of Vietnam. The cost is $20 for the evening or $100 for the whole series.

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Flowers of Vietnam

4440 Vernor Highway, , MI 48209 (313) 554-2085 Visit Website

Beau Bien Fine Foods

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