Mama Nezaa + Friends Celebrate Hatch Detroit Top 10 at Ohana Gardens

Paradise Natural Foods is THRILLED to be selected as a Semi-Finalist for 2018’s Hatch Detroit Competition! To celebrate, we joined with our friends and family at Ohana Gardens for a Healthy Fridays Pop-Up. We are so thankful for everyone who has supported us for YEARS. We hope this is an opportunity to share the story of all of us because we want to create a vegan deli that’s for all of us. We need your help to make this a reality, so please help us win by voting every day – here’s how:

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

  1. (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

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.”