Since May, Chef Q has been cooking for the downtown Detroit lunch crowd, serving hot dogs and healthy alternatives from her food cart on Fort near Shelby.

At her mobile lunch operation, Qui Qui Edibles, she sells hot dogs, Italian sausage, red hots and hamburgers as well as healthier options like vegan burgers and dogs, and fresh grilled vegetables. All items are $3-$4, with add-ons like pop and chips for $1.

A mother of four with a supportive and nurturing attitude, Chef Q — her name is Qui’Vonta Gaddis-Job, but she says everyone calls her Chef Q — says she wants to help people out by offering them food that is affordable, fast and healthy.

“I feel like I’m taking the stress off people who work in this area,” she says. “Good, fresh, hot food ... ready to go.”

When she started selling lunch outside of the Comerica bank downtown, she would move about 30 hot dogs a day. Since then she’s tripled those numbers. It’s no wonder why. It’s not hard to find a hot dog in downtown Detroit, but to find a vegan burger topped with mixed greens, tomato and condiments (including dill relish), plus a bag of chips and water for $5 is a treat.

“I’m an entrepreneur doing my own thing,” says Chef Q, who lives on Detroit’s west side. “I’m winning the respect of the people around me and their trust. They started out trusting me with a hot dog, now they trust me with their vegetables.”

Que Que’s Edibles is open daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Find Chef Q in front of Comerica Bank on Fort between Shelby and Washington.



Food & beverage events

Hot Glass Cold Beer at Glass Academy: Live glassblowing demonstrations of beer mugs, Michigan craft beer and food. Tickets include a handcrafted glass to keep. 7-10 p.m. Thurs. $65 in advance, $75 at the door, $200 VIP. 25331 Trowbridge, Dearborn. (313) 561-4527.

Ribs and R&B Music Festival at Hart Plaza: Celebrating 20 years this summer, this annual event brings barbeque experts from across the country to compete for the titles of “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce.” Fri.-Sun. Free. Jefferson at Woodward, Detroit. ribsrnbmusicfestival.com.

Sarap at Yemans Street: Five courses of Filipino street food including kinilaw tacos, summer salad bulalo (roasted bone marrow), sisig (pork shoulder) and halo halo (dessert). 7 p.m. Sat. $55 and up. 2995 Yemans, Hamtramck. yemansstreet.squarespace.com.

Blues, Brews & Local Roots BBQ: Annual summer BBQ at Greenfield Village. This year’s menu includes a whole roasted pig, maple rubbed chicken legs with Local Jam glaze, corn bread with onion jam and fried pies. 6:30-9 p.m. Fri. $68. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. thehenryford.org/events/BluesBrewsBBQ.aspx

Vegan food and wine pairing at Cacao Tree Cafe: This raw food cafe in Royal Oak is teaming up with the Clean Plate club for a multi-course tasting of vegan dishes and wine. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 17. $40. 204 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (586) 843-3690.

Wine and Food Festival at Meadow Brook Music Festival: Sample vino from 150 wineries from around the world. 1 p.m. Aug. 22-23. $25, $10 designated drivers. 3554 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Cider Dayze Festival at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill: This first festival features some of Michigan’s best hard cider makers, plus craft beer, bands and games like barrel races, apple bobbling, beer stein hold and more. Aug. 29 and 30. $30 one day, $45 both days (price goes up $5-$10 after June 29). $5 shuttle from Ferndale available. 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada. ciderdayze.com.

Grape Expectations for Kids at Colony Club Detroit: A wine pairing dinner and fundraiser for Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center. There will also be live entertainment and a silent auction. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 24. $125, $800 for a table for 8. 2310 Park, Detroit. (734) 785-7705 ext. 7087.

Melody Baetens

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