Butchers, Bakers, & Candy Makers

Locals aim for a slice of the food industry pie


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Everywhere you turn, there’s a new small-batch food product just waiting to be tasted. From stands at local farmers markets to mega-retailers devoting some precious shelf space for regional producers, the “eat local” movement has grown in metro Detroit.

The food culture here has spawned a network of organizations and individuals willing to offer advice, time, and resources.

So who are the new entrepreneurs striving for a proverbial piece of the pie? In some cases, it’s a “when life gives you lemons” response to not being able to find a job. Others hope to support local farmers, help save a neighborhood, or simply share the results of a personal search for a better granola bar, burger, or barbecue sauce.

Some work out of their homes; others rent space in a shared commercial kitchen or operate large brick-and-mortar facilities.

The following pages feature a sample of Detroit-area food entrepreneurs. Their business goals range from a small-batch producer testing the waters to see if the food business is right for them to those seeking an “angel” investor. After all, the next McClure’s Pickles or Garden Fresh Salsa could be coming around the corner — perhaps in a food truck.

Food photographs by Cybelle Codish // Portraits by Justin Maconochie // Illustrations by Kate Bingaman-Burt
Hair and makeup by Kelly Mitre from Flaunt Salon // Prop styling by Erika Patterson
Profile set props from Oddfellows Antiques, Berkley; 248-399-6098; oddfellowsantiques.com
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
The Carr Center and The Arts League of Michigan for hosting our portrait session. The Center is housed in a 19th century building formerly known as the Harmonie Club. It is dedicated to making the arts an integral part of life in metro Detroit. 313-965-8430; thecarrcenter.org
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