Conversations With Sven Gustafson

This is Detroit’s dinner party conversation, with multiple segments with local tastemakers, artists and entrepreneurs. They don’t call it the Paris of the Midwest for nothing! Host Sven Gustafson is a former journalist and bartender, and a fan of tasty food and drink — and Swedish pancakes. He hosts a smart and engaging conversation about Detroit’s fast-changing restaurant, arts and entertainment scene each week with a variety of fascinating guests and quick-hit segments. Join us as we explore the city through a fun and insightful lens.
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Jun 28, 2017

Detroit's culinary scene has been getting a lot of ink as of late. But there's a lot of facets to this story. Sure, the food has to be good. But starting a restaurant or food truck is a lot more difficult than many might think.

How do you make sure that the little guy (or gal) with a great recipe has a chance it happen? That's where Yum Village comes in. 

Sven's guest this week, Godwin Ihentuge, takes his experience and lends it to others to raise the community up.

He also is a weekend regular serving up Nigerian food at the Villages Biergarten in West Village, where you can catch some pretty great flavors along with a beer or a glass of wine. We dived into the finer points of Nigerian cuisine as well.

Beyond the kitchen, Ihentuge has also gone to Washington D.C. to advocate for sustainable wages for restaurant workers and benefits - and he's also an educator for the immensely successful BUILD program.

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Jun 21, 2017

One of the most interesting stories in Detroit is that of the lower east side of the city. The area running from Lafayette Park all the way to Jefferson Chalmers and the Grosse Pointe border has amazing history, a sense of community, as well as residents and activists determined the make this part of town all it could be.

Sven Gustafson sat down with Josh Elling of Jefferson East at Andrew's and talked about how to develop a neighborhood in a truly inclusive manner, the things happening with beautiful historic buildings like the Vanity Ballroom, and how the community has worked together to face and address the challenges of the area.

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Jun 14, 2017

Could Detroit be a little better than Silicon Valley? This guy thinks so.

This week Sven Gustafson sat down with Tom Lawrence of Lawrence Technology Services at the Urban Bean Coffee Shop in downtown Detroit. In a wide-ranging conversation with entrepreneur, technologist, and podcast and YouTube host Tom Lawrence, we touch on a variety of topics involving technology and Detroit.

Beyond being the owner of a technology firm, Lawrence also hosts the popular Sunday Morning Linux Review Podcast and also has a YouTube channel that has received hundreds of thousands of views.

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Jun 7, 2017

Detroit is best by bike.

Slow Roll has taken Detroit and the nation by storm - or, well, by bike. The ride that attracts 3,000-5,000 people per week and winds through Detroit's neighborhoods and by our landmarks has become a phenomenon. Now they're taking it to the next level, not only by showing off the city but partnering with nonprofits and others looking to improve Detroit.

On the patio of Queens Bar, Sven Gustafson sits down with Jason Hall, a co-founder of Slow Roll, and Kelsey Hubbell, their human Swiss army knife, and talk about this truly revolutionary ride and what it's all about.

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