Hatch Detroit: Paradise Natural Foods is in the Top 4!

We’re thrilled to announce that Paradise Natural Foods is one of the 4 Finalists in the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by Bedrock. It’s a privilege to be a part of this contest and join other businesses committed to Detroit and its neighborhoods.

  • Paradise Natural Foods is a vegan deli that works to create a community of wellness while bringing people from all walks of life together in their journey toward healthier eating.
  • Neighborhood Grocery is bringing fresh food back to the neighborhoods with small footprint, full line grocery stores in Detroit, targeting underserved neighborhoods that lack access to fresh foods.
  • Slyde’s mantra is simple, gourmet, local. The neighborhood eatery will specialize in seasonal sliders, salads, soups and po’ boys.
  • Toma Detroit will serve fresh, locally sourced simple yet sophisticated cocktails and foods from Latin America. Their tasting room will focus on Tequila and Mezcal and will educate guests about regional distillation methods and styles of Agave.

We hope you all consider voting for Paradise Natural Foods because we look forward to building this dream with you, our community.

Here’s how you can vote EVERY DAY until August 24, 2018, at 11:59 PM:

🗳 Facebook: https://poll.app.do/hatch-detroit-2018-final-4
🗳 Website: http://hatchdetroit.com/vote/

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Hatch Detroit: Vote for Paradise Natural Foods!

We’re SO thrilled to be selected as a contestant in the Comerica Bank Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Bedrock! We need your help to get to the top 4. Please, vote every day to help us reach our goal and get that much closer to winning $50K to help us open a vegan deli on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. We offer Caribbean flavor with a global appeal, and we can’t wait to serve you!

Voting for Hatch Detroit is now open until August 16! There are three ways to vote in the Hatch Contest:

  1. www.hatchdetroit.com/vote (once a day)
  2. Hatch Detroit’s Facebook (once a day)
  3. Community Voting Booths (once per location)

Campus Martius Park — Monday, August 13: 11 am – 2 pm
Eastern Market Corporation — Tuesday, August 14: 11 am – 2 pm
La Feria Detroit — Wednesday, August 15: 3 pm – 6 pm
Grandmont Rosedale Farmers’ Market — Thursday, August 16: 4 pm – 8 pm

Eater Detroit: Seven Food Business Named Semifinalists in Hatch Detroit’s 2018 Contest

We’re thrilled to be in the top 10 of Hatch Detroit! A huge thanks to Brenna Houck for sharing the story with Eater Detroit, you can find the full story on their site.

“Annual small business contest Comerica Hatch Detroit revealed its top 10 lineup of projects on Thursday. This year, the list includes seven food and beverage contestants including restaurants, bars, and bakeries alongside clothing retailers and a facial spa. The participants are vying for a $50,000 from Comerica Bank and $200,000 in free startup services to open brick-and-mortar businesses.

The competition has assisted in the development of some of Detroit’s most beloved new food and beverage projects over the past few years; Sister PieBatch Brewing CompanyLa FeriaRocco’s Italian Deli, and Baobab Fare were all Hatch alums. As of midnight the first round of public voting is open, giving community members a chance to weigh-in on who will advance to the finals.”

Our introduction:

Paradise Natural Foods is a vegan deli startup that’s been hosting pop-ups in Highland Park. The menus feature options like barbecue jerk burgers, spring rolls, and general tso cauliflower.”


Crain’s Detroit Business: Facial spa, pastry shop, grocery among 10 semifinalists to vie for $50,000 in Hatch Detroit contest

We’re thrilled to be in the top 10 of Hatch Detroit! Thanks to Kurt Nagl for sharing the story with Crain’s Detroit Business, you can find the full story on their site.

“A demonstration kitchen, art and cocktail venue, luxury clothing retailer and grocery store catering to underserved neighborhoods are among 10 businesses that will face off in the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.

Semifinalists for the program announced late Thursday afternoon are competing for $50,000 from Dallas-based Comerica Bank and more than $200,000 in pro bono support from nonprofit Hatch Detroit, according to a news release.

The program, founded in 2011, is produced by the nonprofit in partnership with Comerica and presenting sponsor Bedrock LLC. Since its inception, six winners have been crowned and 33 participants — so-called Hatch alumni — have opened storefronts, according to the program’s website. Among them are Sister Pie, Batch Brewing Co., Detroit Vegan Soul, and Baobab Fare, which won last year’s competition.

The program is open to startup restaurateurs and retailers looking to open in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park. More information and applications for future contests can be found at hatchdetroit.com.

The 10 semifinalists will be pared down to four finalists through a public vote. Anyone can vote for “no more than four contestants up to three times per day” on Hatch Detroit’s website, its Facebook page or select locations in the city. Voting opens Friday and closes midnight Thursday.

The four finalists are to be announced Aug. 17. They will pitch their business plans to a panel of judges and audience Aug. 30, when judges and public voting will determine the winner.”


Eater Detroit: Paradise Cafe Is Bringing Vegan Food With Caribbean Flavors to Livernois

A huge thanks to Brenna Houck for sharing our story with the Eater Detroit! Below is an excerpt, and you can find the full story here.

“COMING ATTRACTIONS — Three new restaurants are heading to Northwest Detroit and Hamtramck. Clock Fine Food in Hamtramck is in the process of being renovated for an as-of-yet unnamed Yemeni restaurant. The city will also gain a “California-style burger” spot near Conant and Commor Street. Meanwhile, a Caribbean-influenced vegan restaurant, Paradise Cafe & Juice Bar, is popping up 18 Church St. in Highland Park in preparation for a summer opening. The brick-and-mortar location will be located near Seven Mile and Livernois around the University District. Founder Nezaa Bandele’s menu features dishes like Jamaican jerk barbecue burgers, yam fries, roasted veggie lasagna, and more.”


Detroit Metro Times: A taste of five restaurants in northwest Detroit’s small but mighty Jamaican community

A huge thanks to Tom Perkins for sharing our story with the Detroit Metro Times! Below is an excerpt, and you can find the full story here.

“Though Detroit doesn’t hold the sizable population of Jamaican transplants that you’ll find in New York City or Toronto, the northwest part of town is where to go to taste intensely piquant dishes redolent of allspice and garlic; thyme and scallion; scotch bonnet and ginger; and all the other components of the tropical nation’s flavor profile.

That’s where restaurants like Jamaica Jamaica and Rono’s started trading in jerk chicken 35 to 40 years ago. Caribbean Citchen, a fast-turnaround space, is in its 17th year. Others came and went over the decades, while Mama Rose at Jamaican Pot started building up a reputation for healthy, fresh Jamaican fare in 2014. On Livernois, Mama Nezaa Bandele is planning to turn her vegan Jamaican-inspired food company Paradise Natural Foods into a brick and mortar restaurant, and several grocery stores selling Jamaican and Caribbean foods are scattered throughout northwest Detroit.”