Southfield (CW50) – On the debut of COMMUNITY CONNECT, Lisa Germani hits the ground running as she explores four cultural iconic areas that help to make Detroit a true melting pot.

Community Connect Host Lisa Germani along the Detroit River, filming the first episode of Community Connect (Credit: Olivia Bennett/CW50)

First, learn how Greek culture is going through a thriving renaissance in Greektown as she sits with Spero Dionysopoulos, co-owner of the longest standing Detroit Greek restaurant, the Golden Fleece.

Community Connect Host Lisa Germani, with Spero Dionysopoulos, Co-Owner of Golden Fleece (Credit: Olivia Bennett/CW50)

Then, she travels to Hamtramck to talk with Rachel Srodek about how Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage, Co. is helping to keep Polish traditions alive for current and future generations.

The Community Connect crew outside of Srodek’s in Hamtramck, with Community Connect Host Lisa Germani (Credit: Olivia Bennett/CW50)

Next, hear from Jorge Chinea, Professor and Academic Director, for the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University on the diverse cultural groups that helped to make Mexicantown what it is today.

And Lastly, she joins Tania Shatila, co-owner of Shatila Bakery, as she explains how her family carries on the same traditions that her father, Riad Shatila, put forth when he opened the Dearborn bakery 40 years ago.

Watch the Premiere of COMMUNITY CONNECT Saturday at 8:30am on CW50


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