When it comes to food, Detroit is a tale of many cities. Food meccas like Midtown boast dozens of trend-setting restaurants and cafés—and the city’s first Whole Foods (a second is in the works, as is a Meijer’s). New food havens are springing up in neighborhoods like Southwest and Grandmont Rosedale, where two-year-old Always Brewing has become a magnet for longtime residents.
“It’s really encouraging that so much positive is happening,” says 2012 University of Michigan School of Public Health graduate Mr. Noam Kimelman, founder and owner of Fresh Corner Café, which delivers healthy food to small-scale retailers throughout Detroit. Among the scores of new eateries opening citywide, many are “really intentional about sourcing Michigan- or Detroit-grown produce and other local products,” Mr. Kimelman adds.
Mr. Kimelman was able to start Fresh Corner Café in Detroit in 2011, during his last semester at the School of Public Health, where he was studying health management and policy. In 2014, he won the Young Entrepreneur Award from SCORE, a national organization that aids small businesses. More recently, he was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2015 ’20 in their 20s,’ a class of local up-and-coming business people who are in their 20s.
“We now have 25 stores across the city,” he notes about the spread of Fresh Corner Café. “We work with corner store gas stations and small-scale retailers to develop a sustainable distribution model that can continually increase access to quality healthy food in Detroit.”
Mr. Kimelman wants to spread the culinary wealth.
“The best comment I’ve gotten from a customer was the 70-year-old man who told me, ‘I tried your chicken caesar sandwich the other day and realized I‘ve been eating wrong my entire life.’ That totally made my day.”
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