The Vegetarian Detroit Podcast: Episode 2
How has the pandemic affected Detroit restaurant scene? Mark Kurlyandchik, the former restaurant critic for the Detroit Free Press chats with Jewell Dziendziel about the impact the pandemic has on Detroit restaurants. Mark dedicated five delicious years to the Detroit Free Press not only critiquing dishes, but building long lasting relationships in Detroit’s restaurant scene. Prior to his departure, Mark released an amazing piece, Food Fighters on the Frontline, highlighting chefs and restaurateurs who made a difference in their communities during the pandemic.
Mark and I chat about how the pandemic forced restaurants to pivot into markets, add walk up windows, and get creative with meal kits. Mark explains the importance of supporting local and how consumers dollars would go further if more people skipped the drive thru. During a time when eating healthy is crucial, we are seeing an emphasis on healthy eating and approaching food as medicine.
We’re definitely going to miss Mark’s stories and reviews, but I have a feeling that we’ll still see him around. Follow Mark on social media @curlyhandshake to see his next adventure. And listen to the episode to hear Mark’s positive pandemic pick.
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