Model D Speaker Series: Mo’ Food: Creating a New Local Economy

Last summer, Michigan's new Cottage Food Law opened the door to a whole new world of craft and commerce, allowing budding entrepreneurs to sell food products made in their own kitchens. Since then, Detroit has seen a growing movement of local food enthusiasts experimenting and sharing, some with an eye toward growing specialty food and retail businesses, others with established brands and restaurants.

From underground to upscale, micro-batch to mass-market, what are the emerging opportunities for Detroit's local food economy? Is the city open to new ideas and ways of doing business? How are markets and restaurants moving toward local sourcing? And, perhaps, most importantly: How is food shaping how we think about community?

Join us to hear from an expert panel including Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market Corporation; Todd Abrams, food writer and co-founder of Gourmet Underground; James Garrison, kitchen manager at Honey Bee Market La Colmena; Joe McClure, co-founder of McClure's Pickles; and Jess Daniel, founder of Neighborhood Noodle. The discussion will be moderated by Noah Ovshinsky, WDET reporter and bonafide foodie.

Registration is now closed, but we wanted to remind all you who've signed up in advance that the program is tonight.

Hungry? Arrive early or linger after the program to enjoy Cliff Bell's new dinner & drink menus. Try the new Pork Cracklins, Crispy Frog Legs, Chicken Paillard or Lobster Bisque. Still Hungry? Check out Detroit Restaurant Week (April 1-10) to enjoy hearty three-course meals for $28 at select fine dining locations in Detroit.

At Cliff Bell's, 2030 Park Avenue, downtown Detroit, tonight, March 29. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Program begins at 6 p.m.

The Model D Speaker Series is presented by Model D, WDET-FM and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).