Menu Guide Contributors 2011


Special Section advertising coordinator Rebecca Pranger and advertising coordinator Roxanne Mullins are the heart of this guide. They traffic the creation of ads from clients through advertising, editorial, and production. Of their team effort, they say, “It’s gratifying when the book is finished and in your hand.”


Drama critics have been known to say they need strong stomachs in order to do their work, but for them, it’s a figure of speech. It’s a reality for Molly Abraham, who has been covering the metro Detroit restaurant scene for longer than she cares to admit. Now The Detroit News restaurant critic and regular contributor to Hour Detroit, she says: “I still love that year-in and year-out, I can depend on the fact that there will be new and interesting places to discover.”


Editorial director Steve Wilke enjoys working on Menu Guide, but looks forward to shipping it to the printer – mainly so he can stop eating lunch at his desk and actually get out to some restaurants with his spouse. The Detroit resident grew up watching his “Oma” (grandmother) prepare Rouladen and other German delicacies, giving him a taste for the finer things in life. His mother accuses him of having “Champagne tastes on a beer budget.”


William Shakespeare had it right. “The wine-cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.” It was in that spirit that DBusiness editor R.J. King researched and reviewed the expanding Northern Michigan wine industry, now more than 70 wineries strong. “Michigan whites are world class,” he says, “and so are the reds when blessed with a warm summer sun.”


Editor Anne Berry Daugherty freelances for a number of Hour Media publications, including DBusiness. After a long day of working, followed by her second job as taxi driver for her teenage daughters, she looks forward to those occasions when she can head to one of the restaurants listed in the Menu Guide and enjoy a relaxing dinner out. The only hard part is deciding which one to try!


Joe Vaughn’s tantalizing photographs of “Specialties of the House” dishes appear throughout this guide. A native Detroiter, Vaughn says the most interesting part of food photography is the people behind the cuisine. A regular contributor to Hour Detroit, Vaughn has also shot for The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Food Network, HBO, and Mario Batali.