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Folk Cafe & Market Brings Wholesome, Ethically-Sourced Food To Detroit’s Corktown Neighborhood

This year, the Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grant Program gave a total of $100K to Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent, via 10 separate grants of $10K each. One of these grants was awarded to Folk, a gourmet Market and Cafe housed in the historic neighborhood of Corktown, Detroit. Thanks to its focus on from-scratch meals with ethically and locally sourced ingredients, Folk has developed a wide and loyal fan base and is now expanding into curated gift boxes and catering services.

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Aug 23, 2022 Filed under: Business Spotlights

Boonie Foods: Bringing An Authentic Taste Of The Phillipines To Chicago’s Revival Hall

Recently, Merchant Maverick sat down with $10K Opportunity Grant winner, Chef Joseph Fontelera, to discuss how his business has been faring since he received the grant money. Read on to learn more about Boonie Foods and its dual mission to introduce the delicious universe of Filipino cuisine to people who have never experienced those flavors before — and to be a taste of home for Filipino expatriates.

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Jun 15, 2022 Filed under: Business Spotlights

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