Be still, hungry hearts! SOLID DUDES KITCHEN will fill your soul with good food and laughter all in the same bite: this cooking show is not for your average Martha Stewart fan. Birthed in 2007 by local Detroit bassist Derek Swanson, who at time was playing with the local Michigan band Heads Will Roll, along with drummer, Dave Graw Solid Dudes Kitchen has acquired quite a following. With clear conversational chemistry, the duo started a collaboration for a short cooking mini-series filmed out of Derek’s Ferndale apartment.
The series was originally structured as a 22-minute segment, but soon they realized their humor and tips were best served in elaborate bursts of 5-7 minute educational hilarity. Neither gentlemen have an official culinary background-watch here to see them delicately address the issue- but with over 38,000 Youtube views and hundreds of dedicated fans, this duo’s internet credibility isn’t lacking. Each episode they serve up an interesting recipe for dishes like pot brownies, macaroni and cheese. and regional favorite venison pasties; it’s obvious a few episodes in that these ‘dudes’ are just as concerned with making laughs as well. In an interview with Derek he describes their food as, “a reason to congregate,” but regarding their mini-episodes, says:
[The show is]…more of a vehicle for us to hang out and talk.” -VIA Metro Media
In the beginning of 2012 the ‘Dudes’ premiered their second season DVD with an exclusive viewing party with a packed house at the historic Belle Isle Casino.
Watch the Season 2 trailer below!
With the launch of Season 2, the Solid Dudes branched out into on-set locations like Royal Oak’s premiere sushi spot, Ronin. Watch the episode below titled “SUSHI” as the guys cook with the sushi chef and chat with the co-owner, Hugh Yaro.
In episode, “The Hang,” bartender Chris Brock teaches us about the cocktail called, “The Last Word.” This drink was born in Detroit during prohibition, Brock explains, at the Detroit Athletic Club, it’s a gin-based cocktail with green chartreuse, maraschino liquor, and lime in equal parts.
Watch the guys partying “pinky out” below.
In the most recent episode, the ‘Dudes’ visit Smalls in Hamtramck on Fat Tuesday for “Packzi bombs”, the traditional polish pastry, creatively re-imagined by Small’s bartenders by filling them with Hard Luck Vodka, a local candy-flavored booze.
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