Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Macomb Now: Metropolitan Cafe's Chef Alexis Henslee

"The concept of seasonal foods using locally sourced ingredients may not be news to those living in Ann Arbor, but in Shelby Township, the concept is fresh and new. At Metropolitan Café, Executive Chef Alexis Henslee is able to demonstrate her creative culinary expression as well as satisfy her passion for Michigan’s homegrown foods at this unexpectedly urban, contemporary restaurant.

'Metropolitan Café, a labor of love for owners Gary and Jennifer Barney, has been making big waves recently in the local press for its level of culinary sophistication in an area typically known more for chain restaurants than upscale cosmopolitan dining. Best described as a modern American bistro, it can’t be easily pigeonholed into any one category. The eclectic menu caters to a wide range of palates, offering everything from burgers and fish & chips to fresh seafood specials and an inventive small plates menu with items like chorizo-stuffed dates. The cuisine is truly metropolitan in its cross-cultural sensibilities: think influences of Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin cooking incorporated into a menu that’s a melting pot of contemporary American..."

Read the rest of the article here.