Stories

Local Food Icons: Three Women You Should Know

It’s Women’s History Month! This month is all about amplifying the stories of women, and we’re highlighting a few who have made a significant impact on local food and our food system. While women have ancestrally and historically been a huge part of the food system, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate 3 […]

in Claire Butler, Food Policy, Learn More, Stories

Five Food Focused Films for 2021

I love using film as a method to learn more about food. Each February, I share some films that have impacted my perspective around food. See my picks for this year, in no particular order. Gather – 2020 – Rent on Vimeo  This powerful film tells important stories of Native American’s reclaiming their spiritual, political […]

in Alex Palzewicz, Film, Food Waste, Get Involved, Health, Learn More, Stories

Life Lessons From Culinary School

I recently finished a journey through culinary school, graduating with my fresh Culinary Sales and Marketing degree from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. While I did learn a lot of technical skills and terms in my classes (batonnet, béchamel and blind baking, oh my!), my biggest takeaways have been the lessons that applied to life […]

in Claire Butler, Learn More, Restaurant, Stories, Traverse City

Thanksgiving – Indigenous Style

The Thanksgiving holiday has morphed with time into a great American legend that purports the coming together of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians after the tribe helped the Pilgrims harvest a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables. The story is really a fabricated history that became more popular through Norman Rockwell’s paintbrush strokes. Even though the […]

in Event, farm-to-table, Stories, Thanksgiving

Finding Strength in Seeds

I’d like to preface this article with a land acknowledgment.  We stand here on the stolen land of the Anishanaabe people, the original and current stewards of Waawiyaataanong (the Detroit area).  In November of 2015, I landed in Detroit with nothing more than a piece of carry-on luggage and a few loose seeds. At the […]

in Agriculture, Detroit, Eat Local, Stories

Building Healthy Places: Connecting our Communities to Good Food

For the past 9 months, Taste the Local Difference has partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to implement the Building Healthy Places (BHP) Program. Through this program, the TLD team has connected 22 businesses and community organizations in Northeast and Southeast Michigan to funding and technical assistance for healthy food […]

The Brinery: Tempeh is Back!

The Brinery (Ann Arbor, MI) aims to nourish the community with traditionally fermented foods, such as hot sauces, sauerkrauts, kimchi, and once again, tempeh. Tempeh from the Brinery has been on hiatus since the end of 2017, when they decided to focus on their core vegetable ferments. The Brinery staff, and fans, are excited to […]

in Find Local Food, Specialty Producers, Stories

Changing the Soil at We the People Opportunity Farm

This content originally appeared in We the People Opportunity Farm’s (WTPOF) June Newsletter and is being shared with permission. Sign up for WTPOF’s newsletter here. Our formerly incarcerated paid internship program is off to a GREAT start! We are fortunate to have TWO dynamic interns, Malachai Muhammad and Abdurrahman (Abdu) Banta. Just as my grandmother […]