Chick in the Mitt has just joined the 30 Ways, 30 People, 30 Days Challenge – put on by DEAP in Love organization, which is dedicated to offering support and hope to teens and adults struggling with depression, self-injury, and suicide.
From May 18th through June 18th, DEAP in Love will share a new person or organization and their way to spread love for the day. The hope for the 30 Ways, 30 People, 30 Days Challenge is to spread love in all corners of the world and raise awareness and funds the DEAP in Love mission.
Our contribution to this challenge is spreading love in Detroit by taking care of a neighborhood park for the summer through Mayor Duggan’s Adopt-a-Park initiative, which will keep 150 parks maintained and usable for residents to enjoy as the weather gets warm.
The Chick in the Mitt team making progress on our park!
We are taking care of our park from May 1st through October 31st. If you are interested in helping us maintain the park, here are some ways you can get involved:
- Stay updated: on the blog by subscribing and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Spread the word: share our posts or tell people you know who may want to get involved.
- Donate: Make a monetary donation to be put towards the park (flowers, benches, playground), by clicking here.
- Volunteer: Sign up to help us out here.
It’s not blatantly obvious – but soon after I entered Detroit’s new Wright & Company restaurant, I noticed there was a subtle diamond theme throughout the place. After quickly checking Google, I learned that this space was occupied by the Wright-Kay jewelry firm from 1920-1978, hence the name and the decor. I’m a sucker for historic meaning, so my interest in this restaurant was peaked from the beginning….
The dining area, overlooking Woodward Ave.
…And continued to peak all the way through two “snacks” four “plates” one “dessert” and the array of craft cocktails served throughout the meal. I had a feeling that the food and drinks would be stellar considering Wright & Company is a joint venture between Sugar House owner Dave Kwiatkowski and Marc Djozlija, former head chef at MGM Grand Detroit’s Wolfgang Puck Steak.
Wright & Company is located at 1500 Woodward Avenue Second Floor Detroit, MI 48216.
There is lots of metered parking available along Woodward and John R, which run on either side of the building. Also, the People Mover stops at Broadway St. which is just a 2 minute walk to the restaurant. Once you park, head towards the entrance on John R (it’s towards the back of the building) and then take the elevator to the second floor. I know it might sound a bit confusing but there are Wright & Company signs that direct you. Believe me, it’s worth the hunt.
Wright & Company’s menu offers nine “snacks” ranging from $6-$10, nine “plates” ranging from $10-$18 and three “desserts” which are $7. That may seem like a limited menu, but each dish offers a HUGE variety in taste and cuisine. The portions are a shareable size and between three of us we tried the warm dates, fresh potato chips, brussels sprout salad, tuna tartare (my personal fav), pork tenderloin and the seared teres major. Every dish was beautifully plated, flavorful and unique.
Brussels Sprout Salad.
Though the decor is a stunning mix of classic/modern – complete with a marble bar top and a murono glass chandelier – the vibe is surprisingly chill. The servers are relaxed but know everything about the menu and drink options. We highly recommend sitting in Lauren Deming’s section, she’s fabulous. The crowd that fills the half-circle leather booths and quaint tables are diverse and clad in everything from jeans to a suite and tie; making it the perfect place to stop after work or visit on a weekend night out.
Detroit seems to be doing things right lately, especially when it comes to the food industry. You don’t have to go far to find hip and delicious restaurants. Corktown is no exception to this with a slew of new spots popping up along Michigan Avenue. Mercury Burger & Bar in the Corktown neighborhood puts out tasty eats, has a chill atmosphere and makes “a burger Detroit can be proud of!”
Michigan Ave. Corktown
If you haven’t heard of The Epicurean Group then surely you have heard of or frequented one of their outstanding restaurants; Coach Insignia, Epic Café, Northern Lakes Seafood, Novi Chophouse, the new and highly anticipated Atwater in the Park or Plaza Deli. I recently found myself craving a deli sandwich and in my experience, you cannot just go to any restaurant to fulfill that type of craving, you must make your way to a deli. I am a sucker for delis, a creature of habit and definitely have my favorites, but my recent experience at Plaza Deli has added this place to the list.
Plaza Deli off Northwestern Highway
Earlier this week we had the privilege of volunteering with a group of teens, from the Good Girl Comeback, while restoring the the park we adopted. On Tuesday, June 17th, we worked for 3 hours mowing, hauling garbage, mulching and weeding. These teens did a FABULOUS job volunteering their time to make a difference in our community.
It was wonderful to see the West Bloomfield/Commerce community take interest in our Detroit park – the Oakland Press even ran the story on the FRONT PAGE of their paper!
Not too long ago, we posted about the park we adopted after seeing Mayor Duggan on Channel 7 discussing the Detroit Adopt-a-Park Initiative. Next week, on June 17, a group of teens, from the non-profit Good Girl Comeback, will travel down to help us continue our journey to restore it.
The Good Girl Comeback’s main goal is to help teens see the goodness in themselves and others and one way to accomplish that is through volunteering their time to help us clean up the park.
You can read the Daily Tribune article about it HERE.
Progress since May 1.
What started as a service station in the 1940’s has turned into a superb dining experience on the streets of Downtown Northville. In 2012 the building, that has been a gas station or two, a Chrysler car dealership, a dry cleaner, and a garden shop, was renovated and turned into a stylish place to grab some grub. Unlike the past, I’m confident The Garage Grill & Fuel Bar is here to stay.
Main Street in adorable Downtown Northville. 202 W. Main Street. (more…)
Supino Pizzeria is known to many as Detroit’s best pizza. I am ashamed to say that I only recently visited Supino’s. As many times as I have walked by there, I have always had other meal plans or the line was out the door and I was too impatient. I am disappointed that I have been missing out on that thin crust deliciousness all this time, but plan to make myself a regular anytime I am downtown Detroit. Supino’s has been recognized on many best of Detroit lists, by Guy Fieri on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and is truly a favorite of many real Detroiters… need I say more?
2457 Russell Street. Eastern Market.
Typically restaurant goers do not love the idea of waiting to be seated, but I am a firm believer that a little patience goes a long way when you leave feeling 100% satisfied after a meal out. The morning after a night out in Detroit, my husband and I were determined to grab some good eats before heading back to the suburbs. My brother and sister-in-law swear by The Hudson Café and they appreciate delicious, quality food as much as I do, so I trust their taste bud’s judgment. Being known as a “brunch café” and serving only breakfast and lunch, it was perfect timing for us to check it out. We were able to quickly park our car on Woodward and chose to sit outside in the sun for our 50 minute wait even though they have a large and inviting waiting area that doubles as seating for their café counter.
Watching the food arrive at the tables around us made for very difficult decision making when grazing the menu. They have everything and every single plate that came out of the kitchen looked incredible and smelled amazing. The pancakes and orange juice are worth a quick personal mention… fresh squeezed orange juice that forced me to savor every sip and crave more when the glass was empty and pancakes so light, so fluffy, so rich the only thing that made them better was the bottle of warm syrup we were given to drench them with.
The OJ & Pancakes
On the corner of Kercheval and Parker in Detroit’s West Village, you will find a quaint store front called Parker Street Market; a true neighborhood market. David Kirby moved to Detroit from Brooklyn knowing that now was the time for entrepreneurs to make their dreams come true in our beloved city. He notes that he could have never opened a store like this in New York. In my opinion, he didn’t need to because he has successfully developed a place that gives you the feel of a big city corner market. David is still blown away by the fact that he has a lease and a business that began on an idea, no money and a slew of Lowe’s gift cards. David speaks very highly of his experience so far, saying that the neighborhood has been really good to him and things are better than he could have ever expected.
1814 Parker Street. Detroit’s West Village