Wow, what an amazing weekend we had. On Friday, we hosted over 58 diners at Yemans Street in Hamtramck.
We hosted a more intimate dinner in a canvas draped basement in Ferndale -- an ode to Canvas Underground. The look on everyone's faces as they approached was one of apprehension but just as we predicted nearly everyone left raving about the food and made new friends by the end of the night. Simply magical.
Thank you Shelby Lentz for performing throughout the night. You will crush it in Nashville!
Finally, Peter jackson's menu KICKED ASS. The heirloom tomatoes were mind-blowing...and that Melo Farms pork (I'm jealous of those of you who got to eat the chowder). It was super cool that the farmer, Melody Nye, herself stopped by to share her story with our guests.
If you attended or missed out, here are some photos thanks to our friends at Lovely Trouble.
Thank you again for joining us!
Wow, we are so stoked to be featured on Crain's Business Detroit. We are grateful to Laura Cassar for diving deeper into our story beyond the food -- and also for giving us great tips on where to find the best tomatoes in Michigan. Check out the story here on our Press page.
Also, Chef Peter landed safe and sound with a few pounds of tasso in tow this afternoon. We took him on a tour of Detroit -- starting with Green Dot Stables, then Mexicantown, on to downtown's Guardian Building, Spirit of Detroit, Campus Martius, and finally wrapped up in Midtown's Great Lakes Coffee & Bar, and HopCat. We gave Peter a crash course on Michigan's vast craft beer scene.
I think our enthusiasm for this great city is rubbing off on him.
We CraVe Detroit is gearing up for this week's popup dinners! This past Saturday, our friends Dorothy and Jake of Sarap Detroit took us to Eastern Market to introduce us to their favorite farmers -- specifically Melody and Lynn Nye of Melo Farms. Melo Farms is Michigan's largest pastured heritage breed (Berkshire) pork farm.
Chef Peter is preparing Melo Farms' pork three ways for Friday's menu: Smoke Pork Belly, Grilled Chorizo, and Braised Shoulder with Fresh Corn Tortillas and Mole Chichilo. And he's preparing pork a different way for Saturday: Maple Cured Pork Loin Chop with Potato Leek Pillow, Wild Blueberry Gastrique and Ratatouille Salad.
Back in California, we partnered with sustainable farms like Soul Food Farm of Vacaville and organic River Dog Farm. We know the people behind our ingredients and at our popups we aim to connect the producers to our guests by sharing their stories at dinner.
Melody hails from Castro Valley, CA, which is in San Francisco's East Bay -- where I'm from. She and her husband traded in their corporate life and moved from Oregon to Yale, MI, to start their dream of owning a sustainable heritage pig farm! Lynn, like Craig, is originally from Michigan, they moved here in 2010.
Not only do I love pork (it's in my blood since I'm Filipino) but to find out they share Craig and my journey of trading in the West Coast life for Michigan was even more meaningful.
If you haven't bought your ticket to the dinner on Friday or Saturday, what are you waiting for?
We CraVe Detroit presents Canvas Underground:
Photo credit for Melody and Lynn Nye: Karen De Coster (c) 2012
Photo credit for Eastern Market and of Vera and Dorothy: Vera Devera (c) 2015