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Chefs in the Garden is Heating Up!

Growing Hope is so excited to announce that our August Chefs in the Garden will be the very talented Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo of acclaimed local favorite, The Lunch Room!

Phillis and Joel have been delighting diners since 2010 as they demonstrate the breadth and versatility of plant-based whole foods. They use local and organic produce, make everything from scratch from fine ingredients, and emphasize environmental sustainability. The Lunch Room was voted Best New Business 2014 and Best Food Cart in 2012 (before opening as a restaurant) by Current Magazine Readers Choice, as well as receiving rave reviews in the Detroit Metro Times, MLive, and Ann Arbor News. 

We can't wait to see what they come up with, and we know it will deliciously showcase the best flavors of the season!

Tickets for this event, as well as our other two Chefs in the Garden fundraising dinners on September 27th and October 18th are available right now!

These popular events do sell out, so be sure to get yours today. Buy tickets for ALL THREE and save!


We are so grateful and excited for all the enthusiasm and support of YpsiTasty, the local food grub crawl! This event is now completely sold out and no tickets will be available for sale tomorrow. Thanks everyone for your excitement and support of this event. We look forward to seeing you at the crawl!

Huge thanks to all the participating restaurants:
Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery


B-24's Espresso Bar Eats and Entertainment
Bona Sera Cafe
Haab's Restaurant
Harvest Kitchen
Maiz Mexican Cantina Restaurant
Red Rock Downtown Barbecue and Craft Beer
Sidetrack Bar & Grill
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
Tap Room
Ugly Mug
The Wurst Bar
Tower Inn Cafe
Ypsilanti Downtown Farmer's Market
​Ypsilanti Food Co-op

and a very special thanks to the A2Y Chamber and all of our sponsors:

Check out our new Ypsilanti Mobile Farm Stand!

Members of team Growing Hope have been working for months on creating our Ypsilanti Mobile Farm Stand formonths are we're please to have launched our stand three days and locations a week. Check out our days and locations and stop by!

GROWING HOPE  |  922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI  48197 | P.O. Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 | Phone: 734-786-8401 |