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Art & Soul - The Culinary Arts: A True Farm-To-Table Restaurant In Ann Arbor

Jun 7, 2018

Grange Kitchen and Bar in Ann Arbor.
Credit Grange Kitchen and Bar

For this week's Art and Soul, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Jessica Webster and the creator and chef of Grange Kitchen And Bar in Ann Arbor, Brandon Johns.  The restaurant was opened nearly 9 years ago as a genuine farm-to-table restaurant trying to serve as much local produce and meats and fish as possible.  Grange presents itself as a place for locally sourced farm-to-table dining.


Johns talks about the difficulties in finding locally grown produce in the winter months but still strives to serve as much locally-sourced food as the seasons allow.  Johns says he has enjoyed getting to know many of the local farmers he works with obtaining the food he needs to serve at the restaurant.

Brandon Johns visits the WEMU studio.
Credit Lisa Barry

He says Grange has worked diligently to remain "true to form" to the farm-to-table concept.

One of the products offered at Sweet Dirt.
Credit Sweet Dirt

There is also discussion of Grange's pastry chef Melissa or "Mel" Richards, who created Sweet Dirt, which sells French-style ice creams + sorbets made with ingredients sourced from local farms.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu