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Dream Cafe

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Popping up during the Allied Media Conference (AMC) within Detroit venues Cass Cafe, Cass Corridor Commons and Folk as well as Miss Kim (Ann Arbor), the AMC Dream Cafe and Community Food Hub is an all-day cafe and then some. It’s a convivial gathering place for the AMC community, and open to all; infused with art, music, stories and images of the communities involved in the food being served.

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DREAM CAFE MEAL DETAILS

Thursday 6/14

FoodLab Detroit at Cass Cafe

Breakfast: 8 am - 11 am (counter service)

Menu:
Crispy Curry Potato Scramble $9.50 
fried potato scramble w/curried collards, veggies and mushrooms. Served w/ marinated tomatoes, topped with fried egg (VEG,GF,DF)
Vegan Crispy Curry Potato Scramble $9.50 

Same as above, w/avocado no egg (V, GF, DF)

Super smoothie bowl $7 
Yogurt or almond butter, greens, banana, pineapple, HONEY. Topped with FRESH fruit, coconut, chia, turmeric-honey almonds (V or VEG, GF)

Lunch: 11 am - 4:30 pm (table service)
Featuring menu collaborations between two FoodLab member businesses: Ryan Eli Salter of Salt + Ko and Reniel Billups of Irie Occasions Catering.

Ryan Eli Salter of Salt + Ko in a white chef coat, holding knives up to their forehead

Ryan Eli Salter of Salt + Ko

headshot of Reniel Billups of Irie Occasions Catering

Reniel Billups of Irie Occasions Catering

3Leches x Liberation Cuisine at Dream Cafe

Dinner: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (set menu, walk-ins only)
New York’s favorite downtown, collaborative, all-you-can-eat buffet dinner slash queer-centering dance party comes to the AMC! Led by chefs Gerardo Gonzalez (Lalito) and Gabriela Alvarez (Liberation Cuisine) and their amazing crews.

Celebrate, Liberate, Elevate: Tres Leches and Liberation Cuisine bring you a celebration of Latinx identity. We invite you to commence the weekend as our families have done for generations: with joy, love, and food that will nourish our community for what's to come. With local harvest from Detroit and traditional recipes from the Latinx Diaspora, the evening's menu will communicate self-affirmation and collective growth.

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Friday 6/15

FoodLab Detroit at Cass Cafe

Breakfast: 8 am - 11 am (counter service)

Menu:
Sausage & gouda frittata $9.50 
Beef sausage, gouda, tomato, cheddar, w/biscuit
Veggie frittata $9.50 
kale, asparagus, tomato, cheddar, W/biscuit (VEG)
Grit Cake & Strawberry compote $5  
Polenta, parmesan, homemade compote (VEG)

Lunch: 11 am - 6:30 pm (table service)
Featuring menu collaborations between two FoodLab member businesses: Lamont Mitchell & Viana Rickett of Simple Goodness Detroit and Le'Genevieve Squires & Brittiany Peeler of Relish Catering.

Le'Genevieve Squires & Brittiany Peeler of Relish Catering

Le'Genevieve Squires & Brittiany Peeler of Relish Catering

Lamont Mitchell and Viana Rickett of Simple Goodness Detroit

Lamont Mitchell and Viana Rickett of Simple Goodness Detroit.

I-Collective at Cass Cafe (set menu, ticketed; walk-ins welcome)

Dinner: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (set menu, ticketed; walk-ins welcome)
An evening presented by I-Collective, an autonomous group of Indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed and knowledge keepers, where the I stands for four principles: indigenous, inspired, innovative and independent. The evening includes a free flowing electronic musical story that will play throughout the evening meal by The Aadizookaan — a dynamic group collaborating in various ways that specialize in multimedia productions & installations. The [ah-dihz-ooh-kahn] translates to “the sacred spirit of the story”, "the story/message/messenger" which is from the language of the Anishinabe [first nations people from the area of Detroit]. As food is medicine so too is sound and these vibrations all connect in a way to promote wellbeing and foster good things within our communities.

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Photo by Ink & Paper Photo

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Photo by Ink & Paper Photo

Saturday 6/16

Breakfast & Beats

Breakfast: 8 am - 11 am
Kick off the weekend right with a sober morning jam! This event is free and open to the public, with DJ and artist Sacramento Knoxx is bringing the beats. The cafe will feature black-owned culinary delights for breakfast, plus a special sober-friendly drink special, all available for purchase. Keep in mind this is a sober event but we are still ready to turn up.

Breakfast and Beats flyer on gold foil background


FoodLab Detroit at Cass Cafe

Breakfast: 8 am - 11 am (counter service)

Menu:
Salmon & Sweet Potato Hash $9.50 
Sweet Potato Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Salmon Croquette w/Sriracha Aioli, Sautéed Collard Greens
Vegetarian Sweet Potato Hash $9.50 
Sweet Potato Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Vegan Sausage w/Sriracha Aioli, Sautéed Collard Greens (VEG)
Yogurt and Granola $7 
Fruit Bowl Topped w/Yogurt and Granola (VEG)

Lunch: 11 am - 4:30 pm (table service)
Featuring menu collaborations between two FoodLab member businesses: Jerome B. Brown & Samuel Van Buren of Detroit Soul and Doniss Hicks of Nu Sol Bowls.
Menu:

Doniss Hicks of Nu Sol Bowls at a farmer's market stand

Doniss Hicks of Nu Sol Bowls
 

Portraits of Jerome B. Brown & Samuel Van Buren of Detroit Soul wearing suits

Jerome B. Brown & Samuel Van Buren of Detroit Soul

Break Bread & Build: (Em)Power Brunch + Building Session at The Commons

Brunch: 11:45 AM - 1: 45 PM
How can we take care of each other, while further supporting folks with whom we`re aligned, locally and beyond? With this "building brunch," co-presented by Nourish | Resist, "Feed The Resistance" + FoodLab Detroit, we`ll hold space for both: first, a meal; then a capacity building session w/a panel on a top food labor issue (the "One Fair Wage" campaign) followed by letter writing to legislators. Participants will leave with a toolkit to replicate this kind of gathering in their communities.

*This session requires registration for AMC*

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Kit an' Kin at Cass Cafe

Dinner, first seating: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (set menu, ticketed; walk-ins welcome)
Dinner, second seating: 8:00 pm - 10:00pm (set menu, ticketed; walk-ins welcome)
Join us for a Caribbean feast with traditional and Jamaican fare. Meet the Kit an' Kin family and feel at home as we open the night with live drumming and carry the vibes with reggae and calypso. We’ll feast on food lovingly prepared by attendees of AMC cooking sessions, Brooklyn's very own FEEST youth leadership, and Chef Anya's family.

Menu:
Appetizer: Potato Choka and Sada Roti | Tart Cherry and Mulberry Chow (V)
Mains: Fricassee chicken (GF) | Rundown with provisions (V, GF)
Sides: Rice an’ Peas (V, GF) | Whole Roasted Plantains and Garlic Scapes with Mudda-in-llaw Pepper Sauce | Callaloo/seasonal greens with Moringa Shoots (V, GF) | Radish, Beet, and Onion Pikliz (V, GF)

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Kit an' Kin family

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Sunday 6/17

The Asymmetrical Table at Cass Cafe

Brunch: 11 am - 2 pm (family-style set menu; walk-ins only)
Chef and artist Amanny Ahmad cooks Palestinian food as a reclamation of cuisine, culture and history. Please join us for this family-style meal, including a premiere at 1 PM of a new short film by JVP: ARTS&CULTURE connecting the Palestianian struggle for freedom to local struggles for just and sustainable food.

Menu:
Small Plate Spread (per every set of 4 people):
Fresh white farmer’s cheese
Crudité: cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, radish
(or whatever veg is readily available)
Foul madamas
Labneh w/ sumac and palestinian olive oil
Shutta hot sauce
Olives + pickles
Pita/lavash

Manakish a la Zeit & Za’atar  (personal size, 1 per guest)

DRINKS:
Sweet n minty black tea
Arabic coffee

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Matriarchy in the Kitchen: Supper Club From Nowhere x Kit an Kin at Folk

Dinner, first seating: 6:30 pm - 8 pm (family-style set menu, ticketed; walk-ins welcome)
Dinner, second seating: 8:30 pm - 10 pm (family-style set menu, ticketed; walk-ins welcome)
Chef Anya Peters and family joins forces with Chef Kia Damon, aka @kiacooks, whose Supper Club From Nowhere sits at the intersection of “love, activism and story-telling.” Hosted at the inspiring woman-of-color owned cafe Folk.

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Kia Damon in front of a table of food in an outdoor setting

Chef Kia Damon of Supper Club From Nowhere

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FREE BRUNCH PROGRAM (at night) at the House of WOH (We Out Here)

Dinner: 6 pm - 9 pm
Wholistic started FREE BRUNCH PROGRAM as a response to the ‘brunch culture’ that has invaded many cities experiencing food insecurity and blight. In the words of the collaborators, from Philadelphia to Detroit: “In the tradition of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense’s Free Breakfast program and in the joyful spirit of many traditions of feeding large groups of people a hearty meal with a side of entertainment and leisure, we welcome everyone to dress fancy and come hungry.

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Tuesday 6/19

Kreung x Miss Kim at Miss Kim (Ann Arbor)

Dinner: 6:30 pm (set menu, ticketed)
What happens when two incredible women chefs cooking traditional and inspired foods of Cambodia (Chinchakriya Un) and Korea (Ji-Hye Kim) meet in the kitchen? Magic.

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Chinchakriya Un serving food

Chef Chinchakriya Un of Kreung

plates of Korean food and colorful drinks on a dark wood table

Photo by Marina Goldi