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Exploring the Latin Cuisine of Southwest Detroit with a Longtime Local

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Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez grew up in southwest Detroit and helped start Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week.

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Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez grew up in southwest Detroit and helped start Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week.Courtesy of Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez
Courtesy of Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez

Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez grew up in southwest Detroit and helped start Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week.

Click the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit Public Radio.

The 2019 WDET Munch Madness bracket has begun. This year, it’s all about tacos.

We quickly realized that food is a very personal thing. It represents who we are and where we come from.

A restaurant review might say how good the food is, but a personal recommendation from someone who has lived in the neighborhood that the food represents is something you just can’t replace with a Yelp review.

Southwest Detroit is well represented in this year’s WDET Munch Madness bracket, so we spoke with Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez—a longtime local and owner of Featherstone Moments, a marketing agency that works primarily with women and people of color—about some of his favorite restaurants and food-related memories from growing up in southwest Detroit. 

Dueweke-Perez is also one of the founders of Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week.

Want to visit Juan Carlos’s recommendations and the other taco spots that made it onto the 2019 Munch Madness bracket? We made this map for you:

Click the audio player above to hear the full conversation with Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez about some of his favorite spots in southwest Detroit.


Ryan Patrick Hooper, Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper is a host of CultureShift and longtime arts, culture and music reporter.

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