Local Chef to Theatre Owner: 5 Interesting Detroiters

By: Scott Davis | April 17, 2020

Photo Courtesy of The Ringwald Theatre.

As we have covered over the last few weeks, there are plenty of interesting Detroiters that have used the diverse and dynamic Metro Detroit communities as a launching point to become successful. This week we are highlighting those that entertain us, inform us, feed us, or to put it in simpler terms, offer comfort in times of need. So here are five interesting Detroiters that are making a difference in the community in various ways.

Chef

Hazel Park’s Mabel Gray has earned numerous accolades throughout the years, and it all started with chef James Rigato’s vision of an approachable yet energetic menu. The restaurant is offering curbside carryout during this time, and is offering a new menu every day. The menus tend to sell out quickly so be sure to check out their latest offerings on Mabel Gray’s Facebook page.

Radio Host

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson has been the host of WDET’s Detroit Today since 2015. The podcast, available on popular podcast platforms, welcomes fresh and diverse voices on to the show to talk about all the pressing topics. Henderson’s nearly 30 years of journalistic experience allows him to keep Detroiters informed, especially during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Theatre Owner

Community theaters are normally a place to gather and enjoy local talent putting their own spin on classic material, which is normally the case at The Ringwald Theater. The artistic director of the Ferndale theater, Joe Bailey, is fantastic about curating wonderful shows and is currently working to reschedule their spring slate. The theater is a non-profit organization, so if you’d like to make a donation during this difficult time, please visit their official website.

Musician

Jake Webb is the frontman of Detroit’s Jake Webb & The Commitments, a classic folk rock group that continues to impress. Their Bandcamp page is constantly being updated with new singles and EPs, including their latest, “Fake News,” from last year. Be sure to also check out their Facebook page for news on concert dates and even live performances from Webb himself.

Actor

We all know Detroit has produced numerous movie stars, but someone who might be under the radar is Detroit’s own Lin Shaye. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Shaye has made a name for herself over the decades appearing in numerous horror franchises including “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Insidious,” “Ouija,” and most recently “The Grudge.” If you’re looking for a good scare during your quarantine movie watches, we suggest checking out her impressive filmography.