Enjoy an a la carte pop-up brunch with 'Corktown Jesse' tomorrow



The name "Corktown Jesse" almost sounds like it might belong to a bandit, but the creative pop-up chef's game is giving, not taking. Actually, Jesse Knott is his name, and he tells us, "Somebody suggested I use a user name online, and it just took on a life of its own. It’s not anything I meant to be secretive about."

If anything, the moniker has helped fuel this upstart's fame. But underneath it all, he has the skills to back it up. He recently did a pop-up at Motor City Wine that showed off his artistry with cheese, for which he turned his hand to a house-made batch of ricotta, jazzed up with some specialties from DeVries and Co.

Curious? You'll have the opportunity to enjoy his artistry for brunch tomorrow, Saturday, April 25. Starting at 10 a.m., he'll be catering to the Eastern Market shopping crowd with a special pop-up at Detroit City Distillery. He intends to serve food until about 3 p.m., earlier if food runs out.

What's on the menu? Beets and ricotta (pictured above), with roasted beets, hand-made ricotta, pistachios, mint, and arugula with a toasted baguette ($9). There's an "Opa! Melt" of braised lamb, flambéed Kasseri cheese, and chermoulaon a brioche bun ($12). Adjustable for vegans, there's a harissa chickpea stew, with spicy chickpeas, roasted cauliflower,
cilantro raita, and a soft scramble ($11). Feast on the "City Plate" of buttery polenta, Menchego cheese, collards and hot sauce with two eggs done sunny ($11). Heck even the egg sandwich sounds special, scrambles with cheddar, smoked paprika aioli, and sunflower sprouts ($8). 

All in all, it sounds like Jesse has some serious tricks up his sleeve, and shoppers will be treated to some terrific mid-morning fortification.

Detroit City Distillery is at 2462 Riopelle St., Detroit; 313-338-3760.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.