Motor City Moments: The Detroit Institute of Bagels

 A delicious new food business in a reemerging city.

Lucinda Scala Quinn
Executive Editorial Director Food
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My sons and brother, their beloved Uncle Beau, walking into the refurbished century-old building.

Stop number one on my recent whirlwind day in Detroit was the Detroit Institute of Bagels.

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DIB founder Ben Newman

Like my sons friend George Roberts (who recommended DIB), owner Ben Newman is a native Detroiter and University of Michigan graduate in urban planning. Ben started with a simple prospect: start a nonprofit business to teach food start-ups, and create jobs in his beloved yet beleaguered hometown. Then he decided he had to run his own food business first.

 

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I admit, I was ill prepared for a knocked-out-of-the park bagel, just like the many homeruns hit in the nearby original Tiger stadium field!  DIB believes “each bagel is a work of art. And even though each bagel carries such prestige, it is still a bagel, achievable and eatable by anyone with a dollar and an appetite.” Bagel for the masses is their motto, and I am so down with that message! If you’re passing through the motor city, this is a must stop. And if you live in the area, get your butt over there STAT! Follow DIB on twitter @dibagels

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Ben explains what makes the perfect bagel, noting the bubbles and crevices within the soft chewy dough, encased by an almost crisp (but not really) smooth outside.

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The Lew Silver was my mouthwatering breakfast of smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, tomato, and capers on a poppy seed DIB bagel.

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This was the coolest piece of machinery in the back—particular to the bagel shaping process.

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One of the last things to glimpse on the way out.

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I noticed this just as we left. It's our next stop so stay tuned for the next post . . .

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