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FOLK - A Wholesome Taste of Detroit

By Robere Lett | Publisher

Finding hidden jewels in the city is becoming more and more exciting, It seems each week I come across a great new place to eat! After an incredibly productive meeting my dear friend and Haute Is Style Editor Nicole Carter we decided that a meal was in order. So I suggested we try FOLK.  The new restaurant game in town according to my quick internet search and off we went, happy to try something new.  Female owned and operated, this gem of culinary coolness is a bright spot within the new landscape of Downtown Detroit.

The decor is simple, sweet, cozy and intimate without being intimidating and off-putting. I often find that when business owners create a new space, the emphasis is so centered on the look and visual presence that they bypass the personality.  Not with Folk; I immediately felt a fresh modern and organic vibe.

Next, the food - I ordered the Breakfast Quiche served with a side of greens and sausage, and Nicole ordered the Folk Bowl2 which consisted of baby potatoes, radish, tender asparagus, pickled garlic scapes, pickled egg, local greens and red wine shallot vinaigre.  Both were an excellent choices, the quiche was light and flavorful, although my sausage was a bit hard but still tasty, and Nicole's FOLK bowl was colorful and visually stunning (she did note that the egg comes over easy and runny and that should be mentioned before ordering), but our waiter quickly remedied that.  All in all a great dining experience with fantastic ambiance and we both agreed that a return visit is a must especially since we did not get a chance to sample the tasty looking ice creams, pies, and cookies!


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FOLK was founded on a deep-rooted desire to gather people together around wholesome food and shared experiences. An extension of The Farmer’s Hand, we use fresh ingredients to create nourishing, seasonal fare inspired by recipes that have been passed down through generations.

We also carry over the food philosophy of The Farmer’s Hand by supporting and using ingredients that are as local as possible, as often as possible. We source locally, organically, humanely and sustainably and prepare as much as we can from scratch. At FOLK, we utilize many time-honored ingredients from around the world to create global yet familiar dishes.


Kiki Louya, the Owner, is a Detroit native with degrees from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Le Cordon Bleu College (Chicago). Her journey through the hospitality industry began in 1996, and since then she has worked as a bartender, server, savory cook and baker, training under some of the world’s most famed chefs including Chris Pandel (The Bristol, Balena) and Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Avec, Nico Osteria).

Rohani Foulkes, the Owner, is a native of Cairns, Australia, and began her career in food at a young age with a trade apprenticeship in culinary arts. She went on to work as a professional chef for over ten years in restaurants, hotels and island resorts along the East Coast of Australia. Later, Rohani coupled her love of food with education, acquiring a Masters Degree in International Education at the University of Sydney and went on to work in community development and food empowerment with various non-profits in Australia and the United States.

Emily Cunningham, Head Chef, has a range of experience from farming to non-profit to cooking. Emily, born and raised in Michigan, ran a small organic garden at HAVEN. Most recently, Emily was the sous chef at Lafayette Market.

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New From Chidoriya: Sake-Kasu Milk Bath The Ultimate SUPERFOOD!

By Robere Lett | Publisher

Our dear friends at Chidoriya World gave Haute is... Online first scoop on their latest beauty and wellness product "Sake-kasu" Milk Bath, this amazing product not only contains skin defining nutritional value as a soothing milk bath and face mask but you can also consume it in drink form, whether in a hot drink or a delicious smoothie allows for even more nutrients.  Check out the information and recipes "Sake-kasu" Milk Bath now available for purchase. ####

Chidoriya's newest product "Sake-kasu" powder is freeze-dried sake lees collected from the Daiginjo-shu manufacturing process.  During the sake production process, the liquid extracted from he unrefined Sake goes on to be used as the popular alcoholic beverage.  The remaining residue becomes the sake lees or Sake-kasu.  Nutrients left over from the yeast remain in the Sake-kasu, including carbohydrates, protein, fibers vitamin B and more.  The nutrients contained in the Sake-kasu make it an incredible health food as well as a very natural skin care ingredient.  You can use Sake-kasu for daily dishes such as Kasu-jiru (Sake-kasu soup), pickles and desserts. Another great use is in beauty treatments thus Sake-kasu Milk Bath.

The benefits of Sake -Kasu

Skin brightening:  Kojic acid is a by-product of the fermentation process of sake.  The skin brightening effect of Kojic acid was discovered purely by chance while at a Japanese sake brewery, a scientist noticed that the hands of the workers looked beautiful and young. Sake-kasu is packed full of Kojic acid, vitamin D, B1 and a variety of other elements that inhibit the performance of melanin, the main culprit of sun spots, age spots, and freckles.

Skin moisturizing:  Sake and Sake-kasu have the unbelievable moisturizing capability as opposed to other alcoholic beverages.  Sake-kasu baths have incredible moisturizing and heat-retention effects.

Rough skin prevention:  Sake has been used as a skin toner for centuries in Japan.  Sake contains plenty of saccharides and amino acids that are used in cosmetic materials.

Allergy prevention:  Drinking Sake-kasu as a hot drink (mix two teaspoons of Sake-kasu power with hot water, add a small slice of ginger and honey or maple syrup) may prevent allergies from pollen, food, and dust mites.

Aging skin:  Sake-kasu contains antioxidants called Ferulic acids, a powerful UV light absorber that helps in preventing skin aging.

Toxic relief: Toxins in the body appear through the skin because the skin is an excretory organ.  By improving ones' dietary habits, you can naturally treat skin roughness and pimples, skin conditions that are not easily cured through external treatments.  Sake-kasu contains dietary fibers that can help strengthen the digestive system.  Also, troublesome skin conditions become increasingly easy to treat with each cell-division cycle of the skin, due to the natural capabilities of vitamin B in increasing skin cell metabolism.  Sake-kasu holds a high nutritive value rivaling any super food.

Directions for skin care:  For a relaxing Sake-kasu Milk bath, sprinkle one pack of Sake-kasu into a full bathtub.  Stir the water thoroughly and enjoy a soothing bath.

To create a calming Sake-kasu face mask at home, take 1 tbsp of Sake-kasu and place it into 2 tbsp of water(1:2) stir the mixture into paste form, Gently apply the Sake-kasu mask on the face, avoiding the eye area and making sure not to block any air passages.  Allow the mask to sit for 5-7minutes, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Directions for a professional facial Spa Treatment:

Place a wet gauze on the clients face. And apply a watered down Sajke-kasu mask (e.g., 1 tbsp of Sake-kasu with 3 tbsp of water, it will allow for easier application on gauze) on top of the gauze, avoiding the eye area and making sure not to block any air passages.  Utilizing a brush eases the application process, as well as being a softer material on the face.  Allow the mask to sit for 5-7 minutes.  Remove the gauze then wipe off any remaining residue with a warm, damp towel. Allow the client to wash their face if they so desire.

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