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Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 5:54 a.m.

Produce Station hires new executive chef to enliven prepared foods

By Jessica Webster


Chef Steven Grostick has made the move from Novi's Toasted Oak Grill & Market to Ann Arbor's Produce Station, where he will be overseeing prepared foods and catering.

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There’s a new chef in town, but you won't find him plating tapas in a downtown restaurant, or even prepping tostadas at a taqueria. Instead, Chef Steven Grostick will be applying his culinary skills to prepared foods and catering at the Produce Station, 1629 S. State St.

Grostick has made the move to the boutique Ann Arbor grocery shop after making a name for himself as executive chef at the Toasted Oak Grill & Market in Novi, Table 5 in Northville and Five Lakes Grill in Milford. His trademark has always been an intense focus on locally-sourced ingredients.

Produce Station manager Andrew Gorsuch says that Grostick has the potential to take the Produce Station in new and exciting directions. “I think the prepared foods section will evolve. We’ll tweak our summer grill offerings by spring.”

“His passion is for what he calls ‘Midwest comfort cuisine,’ so he will make that happen here,” enthused Gorsuch. “And he has a passion for charcuterie — sausages, porchetta, terrines and smoked meats. I think once we get all the other things going, we’ll be looking into that as well.”

Gorsuch hinted at other possible changes down the road, including regular In-store tastings, talks and classes with Chef Steven.

When he’s not in the kitchen, you might find Grostick on a friend’s farm in Belleville, where he’s raising several breeds of heritage hogs. He also acts as an advocate for small farmers, working to help match them with area chefs looking to source locally.

Grostick's hiring comes a little over a year after the Produce Station brought former Village Corner wine expert Jorge Lopez-Chavez on board.

Bonus: Here's a video of Chef Steven, filmed at the James Beard House in New York. Grostick was there to prepare a Michigan-themed dinner for the James Beard Foundation.

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Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 1:01 p.m.

Ha. Good luck with that place!

Andrew R. Gorsuch

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 4:20 p.m.

Thanks for the warm wishes. We are excited as well. Cheers! Andrew

Andrew R. Gorsuch

Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 10:16 p.m.

We are so THRILLED to have him on our team. He's very talented. Look for new and interesting happenings at The Produce Station in both prepared foods and catering in the near future. Cheers! Andrew Gorsuch - General Manager - The Produce Station

Tom Teague

Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 9:04 p.m.

The Produce Station's changes to date have made it all the more enjoyable. Jorge has been a great addition and has recommended some fabulous wines that haven't busted the budget. I look forward to seeing what Chef Steven will do with the prepared foods.

Jessica Webster

Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 8:15 p.m.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how things evolve at the Produce Station with Steven Grostick in the kitchen. He's got a very impressive culinary pedigree.


Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 1:22 p.m.

Love this place but way too expensive. Need to bring costs down or i doubt they will survive much longer.


Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 2:45 p.m.

Yeah, they've only been around for 25 years. Obviously their business model is flawed.