July 13, 2024


Food never sleeps.

‘The Bite Tonight’ Blogger Jewell Dziendziel Spotlights Vegetarian Eats

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Jewell Dziendziel released her site, The Bite Tonight, in 2017, and her podcast, Vegetarian Detroit, in 2020.

It’s not uncommon to doc foodstuff adventures and publish about them on-line. But Jewell Dziendziel observed a way to carve out her individual place in the crowded food stuff world wide web with a web site and a podcast.

She commenced The Bite Tonight web site in 2017 at the urging of a good friend. “In the starting, it was me just striving to figure out what route I desired to take it in,” suggests Dziendziel, who will work as an account professional in provide chain administration by day. “I was nonetheless eating meat when I began The Chunk Tonight and basically centered on one of a kind meals (assume rabbit tortellini from Grey Ghost or squid ink pasta from Selden Typical).”

About a calendar year or so right after that, she stopped consuming meat. “I like to cook dinner at dwelling, and trimming rooster breast began to gross me out,” Dziendziel says. “I also uncovered myself unintentionally not taking in meat. A week would go by, and I recognized I hadn’t eaten any meat, so I thought it would be a great time to give a vegetarian eating plan a go.”

In 2020, she commenced the Vegetarian Detroit podcast with the strategy to do interviews with Detroit chefs from a vegetarian point of view. She was wrapping up recording when the pandemic strike. At that place, she felt it was not suitable to do a podcast advertising eating out when eating places were shut down and faced an uncertain long run. So, she commenced sharing
their stories about how they ended up navigating the pandemic.

Since then, she has highlighted chefs, restaurateurs, and great-food advocates’ perseverance throughout what are very perhaps the most demanding moments still for the industry, from Ederique Goudia, co-owner of Gabriel Hall and co-creator of Style the Diaspora, and Goudia’s collaborator Raphael Wright, who’s opening Neighborhood Grocery in Jefferson Chalmers, to Patrice Brown of Jap Current market and Darraugh Collins of Food items Rescue U.S.’ Detroit chapter.

Dziendziel claims the area food scene has developed “from where it was five, three, even a single 12 months ago.”

“Detroit is a really restricted-knit neighborhood, and the chefs and food items business people aid every single other out,” she states. “We noticed a whole lot of that in the course of the pandemic, but even in advance of, you see a whole lot of chefs collaborating and doing the job alongside one another to develop what the food stuff scene is right now.”

Jewell Dziendziel’s Go-To Record

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Jewell Dziendziel is a lover of Mudgie’s Ivey sandwich — veggies, spinach unfold, sunflower sprouts, and Havarti cheese, on multigrain bread.


Takoi has usually been a single of my favorites. It’s an encounter — great vibes, magnificent patio, and fantastic craft cocktails. The meals is astounding, simple, with bold flavors, and just out of this environment. Every little thing I have had has been delicious, and we have chef Brad Greenhill to thank. The menu is seasonal, so it’s at any time-changing, but if the thrice-cooked sweet potatoes clearly show up yet again, get them!” Takoi, 2520 Michigan Ave., Detroit takoidetroit.com


“Curry Udon at Ima Corktown. Chef Mike Ransom allows his broths simmer for times, and it pays off. The curry broth is so abundant and silky. It is hard to buy anything but this simply because I crave it so much and I’ll end up with a negative situation of FOMO. I ordinarily pair this with a crisp cider or chilled saki. Tip: Buy excess broth to go with your leftovers since the udon noodles will soak it all up and you will be sad.” Ima, 2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit imanoodles.com

Michigan & Trumbull Pizza

“M & T is a person of my favourite spots for a lot of motives. It’s casual, but the food stuff is elevated. Entrepreneurs Nate Peck and Kristen Calverley are some of the nicest, down-to-earth, most remarkable men and women at any time. Be confident to verify out the patio when it is open. It’s genuinely neat and the ideal position to be on a nice heat summer time night in Corktown enjoying a cold 1. My favored pizzas are the McLovin’ and Woodward White (Detroit-fashion) with a aspect of cilantro ranch. The McLovin’ is M & T’s model of a Big Mac pizza with Past Meat, and it’s so very good. The Woodward White has mozzarella, baked ricotta, lemon zest, garlic oil, and pink pepper flakes. The lemon zest usually takes this pie to one more amount!” Michigan & Trumbull Pizza, 1441 W. Elizabeth St., Detroit michigantrumbullpizza.com

Mudgie’s Deli

“The Ivey Sandwich is my go-to. Veggie spinach spread with dill Havarti cheese, avocado, sunflower sprouts, lettuce, cucumber, pink onion, all layered alongside one another on toasted multigrain bread. It’s delightful, hearty, and you just really feel good eating it. Mudgie’s is a terrific neighborhood spot, and they have a lot of great vegan/vegetarian menu goods. Such a tragedy that the group misplaced Greg Mudge, but his legacy lives on in each food that is organized at Mudgie’s.” Mudgie’s Deli, 1413 Brooklyn St., Detroit mudgiesdeli.com

Mexican Village Cafe

“The best cheese enchiladas in city and truly good margaritas. I like Mexican food, and cheese enchiladas are my favored. I often purchase them when I’m out at other places, but none even appear near to the cheese enchiladas at Mexican Village. They are tremendous cheesy and tasty each and every time. They are my consolation food and the best repair when I’m possessing a negative day.” Mexican Village Cafe, 2600 Bagley St., Detroit mexicanvillagefood.com

This tale is from the June 2022 challenge of Hour Detroit. Study far more our digital edition.  


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