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Grab a Bite Nearby

There are many food options in the immediate area for you to explore during lunch and dinner. Ask a local for a recommendation, browse Yelp! or Google for options in Midtown Detroit, or swing by Room 112 in State Hall to grab a bagged lunch between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the weekend.

Help us raise awareness of the AMC by telling restaurant staff that you are coming from the conference. Please tip generously!

The Dream Cafe & Community Food Hub

New this year, AMC presented the Dream Cafe & Community Food Hub — an epic exploration of food and community — at Cass Cafe and beyond!

Popping up within Detroit venues Cass Cafe, The Commons, and Folk as well as Miss Kim (Ann Arbor), the AMC Dream Cafe and Community Food Hub is an all-day cafe and then some — a convivial gathering place serving the AMC community but open to all, infused with art, music, stories and images of the communities involved in the food being served. It is more than a restaurant, while also serving as an experiment in running a restaurant based on the principles of our movements — cooperation, sustainability, network building, creativity, autonomy, and interdependence.

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The Dream Cafe is designed according to the Allied Media Projects Network Principles. Through collaborative partnerships between urban farmers, local ally food businesses, food sovereignty organizers, and chefs within the Detroit area, centering people of color, it will contribute to capacity building and a vibrant living local food economy. It will also offer space to exchange knowledge and strategies with creative culinary workers from around the world using food to heal, empower, and transform their communities.

By coming together, the local and national partners of the Dream Cafe are able to produce on a more ambitious scale than they could individually, pooling resources, interests, and ideas to create bigger, better, and bolder food and collective action, while nurturing a supportive network of skill sharing that feeds the AMC community creatively and literally.