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Chef Jessi Patuano Will Head Up the Kitchen at Corktown’s All-Day Brunch Cafe

Plus, forthcoming restaurant Magnet plans preview dinner series

Michelle and Chris Gerard
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.

Chef shuffles

After a little more than a year running the kitchens at Gather in Eastern Market, chef Jessi Patuano is making the leap over to award-winning, all-day brunch cafe Folk in Corktown, according to the Detroit Free Press. The owners of Folk and its sister market the Farmer’s Hand recently joined forces with the team from Marrow and open a restaurant called Mink. Folk is also expected to receive a liquor license this summer. Patuano, who’s worked at several celebrated restaurants including the Root Restaurant and Bar and Torino, took the helm at Gather in October 2017. Rece Hogerheide will take her place at the restaurant. Patuano is expected to begin retooling the menu at Folk at the end of June with more components of dishes made in-house. Folk co-owner Rohani Foulkes tells Eater the “food philosophies and style” of Folk’s menu will remain consistent.

Anti-gentrification shirts go on sale in Eastern Market

Russell Street Deli is continuing to troll Eastern Market landlord Sanford Nelson and other Detroit developers with shirts reading “United Against Speculation,” Deadline Detroit reports. The shirts, which retail for $25, were made by artist Rikrit Tiravanjia and are available at the deli. In April, Russell Street Deli announced it was closing this fall due to a bitter landlord-tenant dispute with Nelson. Many Eastern Market residents and fans fear the neighborhood will lose its character as a result of the increased property speculation in the area. The owners are currently looking into alternative locations for the deli business.

Forthcoming Core City restaurant hosts pop-up previews

Magnet, a new restaurant in Core City from the people behind Takoi, is hosting a series of dinners this summer to test menus and preview the project. The series will be hosted at Takoi’s commissary kitchen next to Ochre Bakery and across from the new restaurant, which is currently under construction. Tickets are now on sale on Tock at $50 per person. The meals will feature components cooked over a fire pit and are BYOB.

Chefs jump behind the bar for charity

Detroit-based chefs including April Anderson of Good Cakes and Bakes, James Rigato of Mabel Gray, Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla of Voyager, Brad Greenhill of Takoi and Magnet, and more will be participating in a charity bar event called Cheftail this month. The event takes place at Lady of the House from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 24. Each chef will represent a different local charity and compete for cash prizes for that charity. The cost is $35 per person for entry with cocktails for sale at the bar.

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