art and soul culinary arts

Of Rice and Men
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Focusing on dishes. including Peking Duck, a variety of housemade dumplings, with original takes on sushi and wok-fried rice dishes, "Of Rice and Men" restaurant opened downstairs from the Blue LLama Jazz Club on Main Street in Ann Arbor.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Louis Goral, who oversees both restaurants, about their unique Asian offerings and a focus on top-notch service, which he calls "enlightened hospitality."

Tammy Jones / Wonderland Sugar Cookies

An Ann Arbor woman followed her dreams and pursued her passions by creating "Wonderland Cookies."  Using her great grandmother's recipe, Tammy Jones bakes sugar cookies that look like edible works of art. Her cookies will be included in the upcoming Westside Art Hop taking place this weekend in Ann Arbor. She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about her cookie business.

Thompson & Co.

There’s a new restaurant in Ypsilanti located in a refurbished historic building in Depot Town on the site of the old Thompson Block building first built in 1869.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the managing partner of the new restaurant called "Thompson and Co.," Disa Brown.

HOMES Brewery
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HOMES Brewery in Ann Arbor was a labor of love for creator Tommy Kennedy. He makes and serves novel beers and Southeast Asian street food in the Jackson Avenue location and shares some exciting news in this conversation with WEMU's Lisa Barry.

Roger Hewitt
Roger Hewittt / Red Hawk

This week's "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts.  This week, Lisa Barry talks with the owner of the Red Hawk restaurant in Ann Arbor, Roger Hewitt, about the many challenges of staying in business and moving forward as an independently owned and operated restaurant during a global health crisis.

Pizza Replicator
Max Sussman / Pizza Replicator

Max Sussman recently returned to Michigan after he and his brother Eli set up a successful restaurant in New York City now operating out of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. He is now running "Pizza Replicator" as a pop-up pizza restaurant around the Ann Arbor area and talks to Lisa Barry about his pizza creations that he makes himself.

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Known as "Basil Babe," the mother-and-daughter duo work together making Asian dumplings selling and serving them at pop-up events around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Lisa Barry speaks with the daughter, Thai Inhmathong, about how the business got started and what she envisions happening in the future.

Frick'n Good Cookies
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Cookie lovers can find a unique cookie variety at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.  Called "Frick'n Good Cookies," they are named after the Frick family who went into business nearly a year ago making and selling cookies with a unique shape and flavor.

Lisa Barry talks with Mikayla Frick, who helped create the cookie company using her grandmother's secret recipe and technique.

York Food & Drink
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Even though his great-grandmother died in the flu pandemic of 1918 and his great-grandfather warned him it could happen again, the owner of "York Food and Drink" on Packard in Ann Arbor, Tommy York, said he didn't believe that would ever happen.

And now, here he is in the pandemic that began in 2020, doing his best to stay in business and keep the community fed and connected.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with York in this week's "Art and Soul" about how he has done that and his gratitude for all the community collaboration and customer support.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
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Ann Arbor Restaurant Week typically takes place in January.  But because of the continuing pandemic, some changes were made, and it will now take place in late February.  Lisa Barry talks with Sandra Andrade, the executive director of Main Street Area Ann Arbor, about this year's event and supporting the Ann Arbor culinary scene while still enjoying some unique dining experiences.

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After looking for a place to locate in Ann Arbor for several years, master chef of pastries Matt Knio is planning to open a new bakery and restaurant in the next few months.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to him about the eatery, which will be located on Washington Street in Ann Arbor and called "The Great Commoner Cannelle."

Sister Pie
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Sister Pie started in the kitchen of Lisa Ludwinski’s parents in Milford around Thanksgiving 2012.  Since then, the popularity of her unique pie creations has grown and now operates from a corner bakery in Detroit’s West Village on the east side of town.  She talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about her love and passion for pie...just in time for Thanksgiving!

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While many local restaurants are struggling to stay afloat during the current global health crisis, a new restaurant opened in Ypsilanti which has people lined up for food each day and selling out of a popular sandwich almost daily.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with one of the co-owners of Bellflower Restaurant in Ypsilanti, Mark Maynard.

Side Biscuit
Eric Okon

Ann Arbor area chef Jordan Balduf has been called the "Wing King of Ann Arbor."  Originally from Buffalo, New York, he says he's been eating chicken wings since he first got teeth!  After operating a successful chicken wing and biscuit pop-up shop for the past 12 weeks, he's now putting together his own takeout restaurant and tells WEMU's Lisa Barry about that in this week's "Art and Soul."

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The chef and owner of Zingerman's Cornman Farms grew up in England and started his cooking career at age 13.  A few weeks ago, he began offering a Wednesday-only, pop-up fish and chips dinner at the farm that sells out quickly.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Kieron Hales about his journey and what he calls "the perfect British comfort food."

Peter Glatz
Lynda Covert

For 40 years, Dr. Peter Glatz put dental instruments inside the mouths of patients in Illinois, and now that he's retired, he's providing a different type of "filling."  At the age of 67, Dr. Glatz is staying in his "Bertha Bus" in Ann Arbor while helping out on a local farm and using his passion to cook and create at area restaurants.  He tells WEMU's Lisa Barry about his culinary journey.

Micah Bartelme
Micah Bartelme

As Ann Arbor bars and restaurants prepare to reopen after being closed by the pandemic since mid-March, things will definitely be different.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Micah Bartelme, principal and CEO of BarStar Group, which owns and operates several Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants, including Nightcap, LoFi, and Babs Underground in the downtown area.  Also a board member of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, he talks about the far-reaching effects the global health crisis has had on the Ann Arbor restaurant scene.

Ann Arbor
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Restaurants were one of the first and hardest hit by our current health crisis and looks like they will remain closed for a while.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with John Reyes of about how Washtenaw County restaurants are evolving during the current health crisis and what they are doing to try and still serve customers and maintain their bottom line.



This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts, but due to the current coronavirus pandemic, most restaurants have had to figure out a new way to operate, and some have had to close.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk about what your local dining options are and how you can support local grocery stores and restaurants in new ways, due to rising health concerns.

24th Cheesecakerie
24th Cheesecakerie / Facebook

24th Cheesecakerie in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti is a family-owned and operated business incorporating the concept and culture of family into everything they do.

WEMU's Lisa Barry and John Reyes of talk to one of the business's owners, Sean Brezell, who brought several family members with him to the interview about how they strive to bring value--and cheesecake--to the Washtenaw County community.

Dessous /

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by writer John Reyes, who talks about some Valentine’s Day dinner options in the Ann Arbor area.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
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Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is a semiannual event that celebrates the Ann Arbor dining scene, with 50+ area restaurants participating. WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Sandra Andrade, executive director of Ann Arbor’s Main Street Area Association, about what to expect from the dining event scheduled to begin January 12th. 

Bobcat Bonnie's
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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk to one of the partners and managers at the new Bobcat Bonnie's restaurant in Ypsilanti, Brittney Gryzwa.  She describes the restaurant as having "good food, a fun environment at a fair price."

Lisa and Jessica also talk about traditional holiday food, as well as new Christmas dinner traditions.

Go! Ice Cream
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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the diverse and delicious dining destinations around Washtenaw County.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the owner of Go! Ice Cream in Ypsilanti, Rob Hess, about serving the local community, as well as delicious creative ice cream concoctions, and award-winning cooking instructor and cookbook author Molly Stevens, who will be at Zingerman's Roadhouse November 12th.

Kristen Jackson / Sweetwaters

This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the culinary arts in Washtenaw County.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk to Kristen Jackson, the owner of two Ann Arbor Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea locations.  She talks about her efforts to connect customers with locally made food and baked goods to keep community connections strong by creating a comfortable "third place" for people to visit and enjoy.

Marcy Harris

This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the culinary arts.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster speak with Tammie Gilfoyle, a local artist, dog rescuer, and now known to some as the “tomato evangelist” because of the fresh vegetables she's growing in Dexter.

Antonio's Coney Island
Antonio's Coney Island

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts, focusing on the many food options in our community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk to the owner of Antonio's Coney Island in Ypsilanti, where diners might be surprised to find a non-typical, coney island menu focusing more on Central American specialties.

Jason Thrasher

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk to renowned southern food and history writer John T. Edge, who will be speaking at Zingerman's upcoming Camp Bacon.  

Rachel Waring

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by her regular co-host for this segment, Jessica Webster, and community “connector” Patti Smith talking about the history of beer in Ann Arbor.

Amalia DiRita / Mikette Bistro & Bar

This week, "Art and Soul" is all about the culinary arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster are joined by Adam Baru, who owns three local restaurants, Mani Osteria, Isalita, and Mikette in Ann Arbor.  Baru talks about the re-launching of Mikette’s menu with a Mediterranean flare.