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Detroit Vegan Soul


Soul Food Made From Whole Food

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Detroit Vegan Soul


Soul Food Made From Whole Food

 

ABout us

Detroit Vegan Soul was born out of our desire to make good, healthy food accessible to everyone, and to break the cycle of diet related diseases in our families and community. We started our journey in February 2012 with a meal delivery and catering company which served the greater Downtown Detroit area. The response was overwhelming! 

Our mission is to help people live healthier lives by providing great-tasting, high-quality, nutritious vegan food that appeals to everyone, while at the same time doing our part to support a sustainable earth. We partner with local food providers such as The Brinery, Earthworks, Keep Growing Detroit and D Town farms – they provide our seasonal organic produce and we give them our food waste for composting to help them fertilize their farm.

At Detroit Vegan Soul, you can enjoy your favorite comfort foods with confidence that the ingredients are fresh, mostly organic, and completely plant-based. We have several soy free and gluten-free options. Our menu is prepared without GMOs, additives, preservatives, refined flours, sugars, dairy, eggs or animal by products and with  LOTS OF LOVE!

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Reserve Your Spot


We are able to accommodate groups of up to 6 people.

Reserve your spot today!

Make a Reservation

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Reserve Your Spot


We are able to accommodate groups of up to 6 people.

Reserve your spot today!

Make a Reservation

100% Plant-Based • Trans-fat Free • Organic Ingredients • No Hydrogenated Oils • Dairy/Egg/Lactose Free • Naturally Cholesterol Free • Natural Sweeteners Agave Nectar & Maple Syrup.

Carryout Policy: Walk-in carryout orders accepted up until 15 minutes prior to closing. Phone carryout orders accepted up until 30 minutes before closing — call 313-649-2759.

DessertsAssorted desserts available, please ask your server.

Have allergies? Click here to see our Allergen and Sensitivities Guide.

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Meet the Owners


Co-Owner & General Manager Kirsten Ussery and Co-Owner & Executive Chef Erika Boyd

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Meet the Owners


Co-Owner & General Manager Kirsten Ussery and Co-Owner & Executive Chef Erika Boyd

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We’re blessed to not only be business partners, but life partners. In 2010, we decided to adopt a vegan diet after losing Erika’s father to cancer. Erika began experimenting with “veganizing” family recipes to bring that wholesome familiarity to her new found cuisine. The food became a hit with family and friends and she began planning menus for what would become Detroit Vegan Soul meal delivery and catering. Two years later, with a shared entrepreneurial spirit, Erika’s culinary creativity, and Kirsten’s marketing acumen, we opened Detroit’s first 100% vegan soul food cafe in historic West Village.

Kirsten ussery

CO-OWNER & GENERAL MANAGER

Kirsten Ussery, co-owner & general manager at Detroit Vegan Soul, is a North Carolina transplant who got her entrepreneurial skills from her mother. Her mother operated a textile toe seaming contracting business for many years and owned and operated Irene’s Classic Breads & Cakes in North Carolina.  She has since moved to Detroit and is currently the in house baker for Detroit Vegan Soul. 

Kirsten is a graduate of the D:hive BUILD program which is based on a nationally recognized curriculum, constructed especially for Detroit, to support entrepreneurs in the process of turning their ideas for a program, project or business into action.   In eight weeks, BUILD participants focus on sustainability, durability, scale and potential replication; hear from community experts on entrepreneurship; and create a business plan in a collaborative environment.

She worked in food service businesses in high school and throughout college and operated her own business serving coffee at festivals for a year after moving to Detroit.
Kirsten earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Masters in Education from Wayne State University. She has over ten years’ experience as a Communications professional.

Erika Boyd

CO-OWNER & EXECUTIVE CHEF

Erika Boyd, co-owner and executive chef at Detroit Vegan Soul (D.V.S), first became interested in cooking at the age of twelve when her mother began teaching her to prepare family recipes. Born and raised on Detroit’s northwest side, her early cooking influences were from her mother, grandmother, and father. 

At the age of 13, Erika was required to cook for the family, a responsibility that included weekly meal planning and grocery shopping for ingredients. She also shadowed her mother, a nutritionist who worked as a food service manager for the City of Detroit running a community food service program. While assisting her mother, Erika was able to observe and learn all about how to prepare balanced meals and manage food inventory.

From her grandmother, a gifted and talented cook with Georgian roots, well known for her delicious food, Erika learned to prepare soul food dishes. Her father was co-owner and cook at a popular lunchtime café which served comfort food and operated in Downtown Detroit’s Book Tower building for several years.

It is these influences and experiences that have helped Erika to refine her skills and become an excellent cook. She’s been able to reinterpret traditional soul food meals into vegan delights.