FoodLab members are specialty food makers, processors, retailers, and distributors operating in Metro Detroit, who are actively running or in the process of starting a business, and who share a long-term vision for a more healthy, fair, and green food economy in our region. Through our food businesses, we make connections, build relationships, improve our businesses, and create opportunity.  

Being a FoodLab member means being active and engaged in cultivating relationships to build collective well-being. We are conscious of our impact on the natural environment and neighborhoods. We commit to each other, and to a culture of sharing and learning day-by-day what it means to be a good food business owner in Detroit. We make mistakes. We don't agree on everything. But we're are open and work hard to operate our businesses in a manner that is joyful, generous, and worthy of our community's trust. We do our best to hold ourselves accountable to all Detroiters and, in that, they work together to cultivate a diverse membership (race, age, gender, beliefs, business type and size, income) to benefit people from all neighborhoods and backgrounds.

FoodLab members are your neighbors, your family, your friends. We're everyday people looking to make a living and contribute to the communities where we live.

To see more about what our members are up to, check out the updates below.

Recent Posts

What is FoodLab Detroit's Annual Network Gathering? At FoodLab you won't hear us preaching about “design thinking”. While we're fans of it, we think it’s flawed, because it’s a system that continues to have...

Good Food. Good Jobs. Throughout the first two collaborative work sessions, FoodLab Detroit's community of good food entrepreneurs, with the help of The Work Department, was able to develop a set of guiding principles and expectations for food...

Transforming How We Think about Good Food + Good Jobs. Throughout the second of three co-labs, the FoodLab Detroit Strategy Council members worked to further refine what it means to be a provider of good food and good jobs. Taking the findings...

In the Media

July 10, 2018
Launching & Running a Hobby Food Business At Farmer's Markets

Do you have a family recipe that your friends and family just rave about? Do you have the passion, desire and motivation to start your own food business at a local market? Join our Launching and Running a Hobby Food Business at Local Markets workshop series that explores storytelling, crafting...
June 29, 2018
FoodLab Detroit July Open House with Lester Gouvia: Join us for breakfast!
FoodLab's Open House is a great informational session for folks who want to learn more about FoodLab Detroit. Each Open House includes a overview of FoodLab Detroit, a presentation by a current FoodLab member businesses, and each session focuses on a different FoodLab Guiding principle....
June 26, 2018
FoodLab Detroit

HEALTH, FOOD AND THE RECOVERY OF DETROIT — One of the standout speakers at Aspen Ideas/Spotlight Health over the weekend was Devita Davison, executive director of FoodLab Detroit, a membership-based nonprofit that is using food as a way to improve the health of Detroiters — and...