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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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Jul 29, 2018

On the show today, host Sven Gustafson talks with Detroit restauranteur, chef to the stars, Food Network Chopped finalist and educator Chef Max Hardy. He owns River Bistro Detroit in Grandmont Rosedale and Coop in the Detroit Shipping Company. Both draw on his Caribbean influences.

Chef Hardy also shares a little-known story about being a finalist on Chopped.

Then, Devon O'Reilly from our column Devon's Detroit pops by to talk openings and closings, as well as the controversial Empire on Woodward in Brush Park.

Finally, Chef Godwin Ihentuge returns to talk about a recent sauce caper at his food truck and share his tips for making a great sauce.

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Jul 20, 2018

Friends, we're back! After a brief hiatus, the Daily Detroit Happy Hour returns with a fresh new episode.

Truth be told, we've been taking some time to refocus the show and what we're about. So you'll notice some new things. In the interests of offering more variety, we'll be doing more and shorter segments, which was always a goal anyway, at a slightly faster pace. We'll still feature great interviews with Detroit's tastemakers and innovators, but we aiming to better embrace the Happy Hour in the Daily Detroit Happy Hour and be like Detroit's dinner party conversation. We hope you like the change.

On this week's episode, we speak with former Happy Hour guest, chef and "Refrigerator Diaries" podcast host Godwin Ihentuge about pancakes. Seriously: pancakes. Specifically, the new downtown IHOPlebee's. We debate pancake styles, because I have strong opinions.

Also, we scored an interview with Kevin Allison, the founder and host of the great storytelling podcast Risk! They’ll be coming to town Aug. 3 for a live show recording at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.

And finally, Jer and I were lucky enough to be invited down to the VIP opening party for the Detroit Shipping Company, which is the new food court/biergarden/gallery/event space made of shipping containers (check out our video tour of the place here). We managed to pull co-owner John Hartzell and chef Petro Drakopoulos, the director of operations, into the new Podcast Detroit studio there to talk about the place and how it came together.

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