restaurants http://michiganradio.org en Health officials looking into a cluster of E. coli contamination in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/health-officials-looking-cluster-e-coli-contamination-michigan <p>State health officials say they're working with health departments in Kent, Livingston, Oakland, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties to investigate a cluster of recent illnesses due to the bacteria E. coli O157.</p><p>The state Department of Community Health and the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Wednesday that the suspected source of the bacteria is ground beef.</p><p>More from the MDCH <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-63157_64754-328356--,00.html">press release</a>:</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:27:56 +0000 Mark Brush 17599 at http://michiganradio.org Health officials looking into a cluster of E. coli contamination in Michigan Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-20th-2014 <p>The Justice Department is investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than a million and a half cars. On today's show: how is this recall affecting GM's reputation?</p><p>And, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new Michigan law will now allow you to literally BYOB, bring you own bottle of wine to a restaurant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tarting a business can be hard, but what about starting a business with a mission to help end homelessness? That's exactly what&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Empowerment Plan aims to do.&nbsp;</span></p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;Rick Pluta,&nbsp;Captiol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us to talk about how Lansing plans to spend surplus money.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:21:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16918 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 New law allows you to bring your own wine to Michigan restaurants http://michiganradio.org/post/new-law-allows-you-bring-your-own-wine-michigan-restaurants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new Michigan law will now allow you to literally BYOB, bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant. </span>Chris is the Chief Restaurant Critic and Wine Writer at Hour Magazine, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:19:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16916 at http://michiganradio.org New law allows you to bring your own wine to Michigan restaurants New Michigan law may benefit state wineries http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-law-may-benefit-state-wineries <p>Michigan diners can start bringing their own bottles of wine to restaurants.</p><p></p><p>A new corkage law went into effect on Friday. &nbsp;&nbsp;It says restaurants with liquor licenses can permit outside bottles of wine and charge a corking fee to serve them.</p><p></p><p>State representative Jim Stamas sponsored the bill.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says the law will promote Michigan's wine industry.</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16861 at http://michiganradio.org New Michigan law may benefit state wineries Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-feb-18-2014 <p></p><p>There are more than 70 virtual currencies in the marketplace.</p><p>You may have heard of the biggest players:&nbsp;Bitcoin, Ripples, and Litecoin, which are taking out the middleman and reinventing the meaning of money. The idea is gaining momentum among college students. Today, we heard how virtual money is opening doors for young Michigan entrepreneurs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then, school districts around the nation and right here in Michigan are talking about ways to accommodate transgender students. The ACLU of Michigan's </span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Project (</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman,serif'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is already working on model policies.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And we spoke with some talented Michigan musicians about how their EP (extended play recording) reached No. 2 on the iTunes electronic charts with virtually no promotion.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:50:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 16497 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 Where are the best places to dine in Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-are-best-places-dine-detroit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National leaders are recognizing Detroit’s food movement. Last week it was announced that the federal government is providing $150,000 to support local food cultivation in the Detroit area. The money will mostly go to farmers in the city to help fund infrastructure for growing crops.</span></p><p>Detroit has become a hub for urban farming, but the city is also home to a host of hidden and amazing restaurants. Let’s take a tour of those restaurants with writer Bill Loomis. He wrote the book, "Detroit Food: Coney Dogs to Farmers Markets." He joined us today to give us some recommendations.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:37:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 16491 at http://michiganradio.org Where are the best places to dine in Detroit? Not everyone in Michigan is eating their Thanksgiving dinner at grandmother’s house http://michiganradio.org/post/not-everyone-michigan-eating-their-thanksgiving-dinner-grandmother-s-house <p>Many Michigan restaurant owners are saying thanks today.</p><p>Thanksgiving is a big day for many Michigan restaurants, which offer special menus to sold out seatings.</p><p>In Lansing, Clara’s is open on Thanksgiving for the first time.</p><p>Cindy Jubeck says her father, who founded the restaurant back in the 1970’s, never would have opened the restaurant on Thanksgiving.</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15467 at http://michiganradio.org Not everyone in Michigan is eating their Thanksgiving dinner at grandmother’s house The surprising history of the restaurant menu http://michiganradio.org/post/surprising-history-restaurant-menu <p>We've started noticing something when we've been going out to eat.</p><p>These days, instead of handing out a menu in the traditional plastic-coated paper, some restaurants are handing us iPads.</p><p>Chili's Grill and Bar has been testing tablets that allow diners to order their drinks, desserts and pay the bill without having to flag down a waiter. It's been so successful in the 180 or so test restaurants that the company plans to install tablet menus at most of its 1,266 restaurants in the United States.</p><p>In Ann Arbor, the Real Seafood Company recently began using tablet menus.</p><p>And that got us wondering about menus and going out to eat. What does the way a society eats at restaurants say about us?</p><p><em>Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:00:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 15035 at http://michiganradio.org The surprising history of the restaurant menu Should fast food workers make more than minimum wage? Moo Cluck Moo says yes http://michiganradio.org/post/should-fast-food-workers-make-more-minimum-wage-moo-cluck-moo-says-yes <p>The push by fast food workers to make more than minimum wage has swept across the nation. It's raised the question: can fast-food restaurants pay their workers more than the $7.40 an hour minimum wage? If they do, will they last? Is it sustainable?</p><p>At the fast food restaurant Moo Cluck Moo, the answer is yes.</p><p>Moo Cluck Moo serves up burgers, chicken, shakes in Dearborn Heights in Wayne County.&nbsp; And starting wages at Moo Cluck Moo are $12.00 an hour.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:18:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 14381 at http://michiganradio.org Should fast food workers make more than minimum wage? Moo Cluck Moo says yes Restaurant Week is back in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/restaurant-week-back-ann-arbor <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"One price dining, one week, several options."</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It may not be the catchiest slogan, but <a href="http://annarborrestaurantweek.com/" target="_blank">Restaurant Week</a> offers some enticing deals for foodies Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:01:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12980 at http://michiganradio.org Restaurant Week is back in Ann Arbor Creating just working conditions for restaurant workers http://michiganradio.org/post/creating-just-working-conditions-restaurant-workers <p>'Colors-Detroit' is strengthening the city from the grassroots by providing job opportunities for the community’s unemployed residents.</p><p>Colors is not just any restaurant. It’s a restaurant with a strong mission to create fair and just working conditions for restaurant workers.</p><p>Colors is a project of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan, which is part of a nationwide movement to create fair and just working conditions for restaurant workers.<br><br>ROC-Michigan's research indicates that workers of color tend to be concentrated in the lowest-paying jobs in the restaurant industry and they are the ones most likely to have their rights violated.</p><p>Chef Phil Jones is head chef and general manager of Colors, which is located in the Paradise Valley area of downtown Detroit. You might know it as Harmonie Park&nbsp; right near the Detroit Opera House.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:30:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 12183 at http://michiganradio.org Creating just working conditions for restaurant workers Michigan's smoking ban did not hurt restaurants and bars, according to study http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-smoking-ban-did-not-hurt-restaurants-and-bars-according-study <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/viewer?a=v&amp;pid=gmail&amp;attid=0.2&amp;thid=139d51791d2e053a&amp;mt=application/pdf&amp;url=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/?ui%3D2%26ik%3Dead7c524c6%26view%3Datt%26th%3D139d51791d2e053a%26attid%3D0.2%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&amp;sig=AHIEtbRnSJRAGFzmyrDXIUjzMZFD24TnOg">A new study </a>suggests Michigan’s two-year-old public workplace smoking ban has had little effect on the state’s bar and restaurant industry.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:43:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 9121 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's smoking ban did not hurt restaurants and bars, according to study What The Truck? Grand Rapids considers new regulations for food trucks http://michiganradio.org/post/what-truck-grand-rapids-considers-new-regulations-food-trucks <p>This week Grand Rapids officials will debate whether food trucks should be allowed in the city. People will get a chance to weigh in on the proposed rules Tuesday night.&nbsp;The rules would allow food trucks but limit when and where they could operate.</p><p>Right now food&nbsp;trucks have to&nbsp;part of a special&nbsp;event,&nbsp;like ArtPrize for example.&nbsp;But some have found&nbsp;a way to operate in a sort of legal grey&nbsp;area under the <a href="http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=12116">same rules that mobile ice&nbsp;cream trucks operate</a>.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7825 at http://michiganradio.org What The Truck? Grand Rapids considers new regulations for food trucks Food truck craze coming to Grand Rapids? http://michiganradio.org/post/food-truck-craze-coming-grand-rapids <p>City planners in Grand Rapids are debating whether food trucks should be allowed in the city.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/food-truck-nation-photo-gallery">Food trucks are becoming more popular</a> thanks in part to TV shows like &ldquo;The Great Food Truck Race&rdquo;.</p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 22:01:59 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5311 at http://michiganradio.org Food truck craze coming to Grand Rapids? The 1913 Room restaurant to close after 30 years http://michiganradio.org/post/1913-room-restaurant-close-after-30-years <p>One of the state’s most renowned restaurants will close its doors this spring. <a href="http://www.the1913room.com/">The 1913 Room</a> in Grand Rapids is Michigan’s only <a href="http://ww2.aaa.com/aaa/common/Tourbook/diamonds/whatisthis.html">AAA five diamond-rated</a> restaurants.</p><p><a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/visitors/contact-us/doug-small/">Doug Small</a> is president of <a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/">Experience Grand Rapids</a> – the area’s visitors and convention bureau.</p><blockquote><p>“This is not the end of the world for dining in Grand Rapids. It’s actually something to celebrate.”</p></blockquote><p>The French inspired, super fancy <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/Factsheet.doc">1913 Room</a> will be replaced by a <a href="http://www.ruthschris.com/">Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse</a> this fall. Small says the upscale international chain does their homework before investing in a location.</p><blockquote><p>“They’re seeing something in Grand Rapids that’s alive and well and I believe - the recent numbers that we just published that show that convention business is up. Hotel room revenue is at an all time high during a down economy so it supports their reasoning for coming to this community.”</p></blockquote><p>Small says his group certainly touted having the only 5 diamond restaurant in the state, but says it never closed any deals. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:01:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1032 at http://michiganradio.org The 1913 Room restaurant to close after 30 years