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Members of SF’s Groundbreaking Food Incubator La Cocina Visit Detroit This Month

Plus, Detroit Beer Co. gets brunch and Jolly Pumpkin joins the square pizza craze

a photo of Reem Assil at the La Cocina Conference in 2018
Reem Assil, chef and owner of Reem’s California and formerly Dyafa, speaks at the La Cocina Conference in San Francisco in April 2018.
Shelly Waldman Photography via Eater SF
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.

La Cocina goes on tour in Southeast Michigan

Members of Bay Area-based nonprofit food incubator La Cocina will visit metro Detroit and Ann Arbor this month as part of a tour promoting the organization’s new book, We Are La Cocina. The group, which helps cultivate food businesses operated by women, immigrants, and people of color, will kick off their tour with an appearance on Monday, July 15 during FoodLab Detroit’s On the Table series discussing workforce development. Chef Reem Assil of Reem’s in Oakland, California, will be participating in the panel. Assil will follow up the event up with a dinner collaboration with Flowers of Vietnam chef George Azar on Tuesday, July 16. Other events are being hosted by Pages Bookshop, Frame, Zingerman’s Bakehouse, and Zingerman’s Roadhouse.

New beer brunch downtown

Broadway microbrewery Detroit Beer Co. is introducing a new brunch service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The downtown Detroit brewpub’s menu features items like shrimp & grits, chilaquiles, and cinnamon french toast rolled in Cinnamon Toast Crunch. There are also a variety of brunch cocktails on offer including sangria and a michelada.

More Detroit-style pizza lands in Royal Oak

Jolly Pumpkin Royal Oak is the latest restaurant to jump on the Detroit-style pizza trend. The brewpub began serving Detroit-style pizza in June. The menu features four different versions ranging from a mushroom with garlic cream sauce to a classic with pepperoni, white cheddar, mozzarella, pecorino, and red sauce on top. The pizzas are served Monday through Thursday in the evenings and are $20 each with a beer.

Hot dog chain aims to open in Detroit

An Atlanta-based hot dog chain called the Original Hot Dog Factory is aiming to bring roughly 10 new franchise locations to metro Detroit, according to Crain’s. The company is reportedly scouting for locations in Midtown and Southfield for its first restaurant, which could possibly open by December. The chain specializes in regional hot dog styles like Seattle Dogs with cream cheese but also serves items like chicken sandwiches and burgers.

Brunch and a schvitz

Coriander Kitchen and Farm in Jefferson Chalmers is popping up this summer at Detroit-based sauna and events space, the Schvitz Health Club. The restaurant will be serving meals during women’s hours from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and during Sunday women’s-only brunch hours from noon to 4 p.m.

Mountain Dew mishap

During a new advertising campaign for the “DEWnited States,” sugary yellow drink maker Mountain Dew mistakenly ceded the Upper Peninsula to Wisconsin on a drink label. Now the beverage maker is apologizing and promising to release a special edition label devoted to the U.P.

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Detroit Beer Co

1529 Broadway Street, , MI 48226 (313) 962-1529 Visit Website

Bastone Brewery/Jolly Pumpkin

419 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067 (248) 544-6250 Visit Website

Flowers of Vietnam

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


23839 John R Road, , MI 48030 Visit Website