Featured, Food, Food Artisans

Renowned Chocolatier Comes to Zingerman’s for Two Events

CHOCOLATE

askinosie-logoWe’re very happy to announce that founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate, Shawn Askinosie will visit two Zingerman’s businesses in mid-May to share his story and his chocolate!

Shawn Askinosie had a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer for nearly 20 years before he founded his Springfield, Missouri chocolate-making business. He was recently named by O, The Oprah Magazine as “One of 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World.” They said,

“Why we’re fans: The philanthropically-minded chocolate entrepreneur aims to get students thinking about business ethics in a way that could have ripple effects for generations.”

Askinosie Chocolate is a small-batch award-winning chocolate manufacturer with 15 full-time employees. Askinosie sources 100% of their beans directly from the farmers, and Shawn travels to regions of Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines, and Tanzania to work directly with the farmers. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers, giving them a Stake In the Outcome™. The Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers, their neighborhood, their customers and each other; sharing the Askinosie Chocolate Experience by leaving the world a better place than they found it.


ZingTrain Speaker Series

On Wednesday, May 14, 7am, Shawn will take the reins at the ZingTrain Speaker Series to tell you his story, the story of how a criminal defense attorney became a chocolate maker. The story of how his business, Askinosie Chocolate, wins more awards for its chocolate than we can keep track of. The story of how his small 15-person business makes a huge positive impact on all it comes in contact with the world over. The story of how you can go about creating meaningful work, creating a business with a vocation.

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Students and non-profit organizations will get a 50% discount for this event!


Tasting at Zingerman’s Deli

On Thursday, May 15, 630pm, Shawn will share his story at Zingerman’s Events on 4th, and lead us in a tasting of a selection of his amazing bean-to-bar chocolates. This event sells out fast so get your tickets today!

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Bonus! If you register for both events, you’ll get three Askinosie Single Origin bars as our way of saying thanks!

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This Week at Zingerman’s 4/22/14

Soul Food Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

soul-food-bookPlease join us tonight, 7pm, for a culinary exploration into the history of American soul food with author Adrian Miller.

In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish–such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and “red drinks” – Adrian uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity. Chef Alex has created a menu direct from the chapters of Soul Food and Adrian will share his knowledge and the history of the foods we will be dining on. Adrian Miller is a writer, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. He has served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., and a Southern Foodways Alliance board member.

RESERVE A SEAT


speaker-series-speech-bubbleSpeaker Series continues at ZingTrain

Please join us Wednesday, April 23, 730am-930am for another thought-provoking session of the ZingTrain Speaker Series.

This week’s session will feature Stephen Gill, Ph.D,  who is co-owner of Learning2BGreat.com as well as owner and principal of Stephen J. Gill Consulting. Stephen’s subject will be: An Arsenal of A’s.

Here’s why it’s a great idea to listen very closely to what Stephen Gill has to say : he’s worked in the field of Human Performance Improvement for decades. He’s written books about it. He’s based his consulting practice on it. He teaches it. He talks about it. And he’s really, really good at it. In fact, Stephen Gill is the guy to talk to if you want to create a culture of learning in your organization and then get concrete evidence that the culture is resulting in performance improvements.

RESERVE A SEAT


olive-oils-and-vinegars-2Spring Oil Sale starts at Zingerman’s Mail Order

It’s spring-cleaning time! The new olive oil harvest will be coming in soon, and that means great deals on our existing oil stock. We have very limited supplies, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. In the meantime, you can pick up some really choice oils like La Spineta from Puglia, or Roi from Luguria. How about Maussane from Provence or Castello della Paneretta from Tuscany? Any of these high-quality oils will add that touch of excellence to any dish you prepare.  Don’t miss these deals!


Spring Oil Change continues at Zingerman’s Deli

spring-sale

Our annual olive oil sale gives you a chance to stock up on your favorite olive oils and get great deals on some that you may not have discovered yet. All of the 2011 harvest oils from Italy, Spain, France and California are on sale: buy 1 bottle at 10% off, 2 bottles at 20% off and 3 bottles at 30% off. Look for the 1-2-3 sticker and stock up!


Bh-Kalacs-FinalSomodi Kalács at Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Somodi Kálacs (“sho-mo-dee-ko-loch”) cinnamon swirl bread. We learned to bake this traditional Hungarian Easter bread in a village in Transylvania during our trip there in 2012. This soft golden pan loaf, is made with fresh eggs and a sweet buttery cinnamon brown sugar swirl. The smell is amazing. The taste is even better. Available through the end of April!


Next week and beyond:

B Nektar logoMead Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Local meadery B Nektar is garnering praise from all corners for their distinctive, locally brewed mead. Beginning as a small, one-off operation for a wedding, the Ferndale-based company was featured in the Metro Times, and has drawn praise from all over the Mitten for their brew. Please join us Friday, May 1st, 6pm as we sample a selection of their fine meads paired with a compliment of piquant Creamery cheeses.

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award-winning-cheeses-webFirst Sunday Tour at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join our cheese and gelato makers Sunday May 4, 2pm on an hour-long adventure to see how we transform local milk into delicious cheese and gelato. On this tour, you will observe mozzarella stretching and taste freshly made gelato. You’ll sample our selection of cow and goat’s milk cheese while learning from Creamery staff how the cheese is made. Tours happen on the first Sunday of each month!

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Oaxacan Mexican Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

mexican-foodWhile Mexican cooking varies from one region of the country to another, no State compares with Oaxaca in the variety of cuisines found within it’s borders. Know as the “Land of the Seven Moles,” Oaxaca is blessed with an abundance of vegetables grown in the central valley; fish and shellfish from the southern coast and Isthmus regions; and a year-round supply of tropical fruit from the lush area bordering Veracruz. On Monday, May 5, 7pm, Roadhouse Chef Bob Bennett, with his passion for cooking traditional Mexican, will prepare a traditionally made menu full of flavor and Oaxacan staples: corn, empanadas, tamales, lentils, black beans and of course, chocolate and moles.

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Don’t Get Stuck in the Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Zone

It’s easy to get your breads, pastries, cheeses, gelato and coffee at Zingerman’s Southside without hitting the construction on Ann Arbor-Saline Road. 

Here’s a handy detour map:

Southside-Detour-Map-Summer-2014-Oak-Valley-Ann-Arbor-Saline.-phase-1-FINAL


From southbound Ann Arbor-Saline Road, turn left on Eisenhower Parkway and continue over to S. State Street. Turn right on S. State and head south, crossing over I-94. Turn right onto Airport Blvd., and right again onto Plaza Drive. Zingerman’s Southside is located at 3711-3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48108. Look for the big orange roof!

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Z-Pic of the Week

April 17, 2014

roadhouse pastries

Mini desserts at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Food, Food Artisans

Bakehouse Staff Favorites for Easter

Ever wonder what the Zingerman’s Bakehouse staff absolutely must have for their Easter celebration?

Here’s a quick list of faves from the people who know!

  • Hot Cross Buns. We only get to enjoy these precious treats four days a year and it’s hard to eat just one. Available 4/17-4/20.
  • Summer Fling Coffeecake.  Our lime and toasted coconut bundt cake. Brad from Zingerman’s Mail Order says “It makes me think of white shoes, chiffon dresses and mint juleps”. See Mail Order Easter specials
  • Somodi Kálacs. Hungarian cinnamon swirl bread for Easter. Find out more. Shawna says “Enjoy! We’ll make more.”
  • Brioche. A fluffy buttery bread that makes any brunch better. Try Craquelin, brioche with orange zest and Grand Marnier (Sundays only).
  • Farm bread. One of our favorite breads. Frank says “It makes a mean grilled ham and cheese.”
  • Easter Egg Cookies. Sara says “My kids look forward to getting one in their basket every year”.
  • Cream Pies. Cool key lime with graham crust, piled high coconut cream pie, or chocolate cream with chocolate cookie crust. Randy says “We can’t decide, so I’m getting one of each.”
  • Easter Bunny Cake. The best kind of table centerpiece. One you can eat! See photo
  • Easter Candy. From our friends at Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory. This time of year we all go for the raspberry marshmallow Bunny Tails and PB&J Fudge Eggs.

We’re open 7am-7pm everyday, even Easter Sunday! Give us a call to reserve your must have list. (734)-761-2095.

Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 4/15/14

blue-cheeseA Night of Blue at Zingerman’s Creamery

Got a case of the blues? Join us on Friday, April 18, 6pm, for an evening of full-flavored blue cheese tasting with Zingerman’s Creamery! Our cheesemongers Ben and Sam tracked down some of the most unique blue cheese our country has to offer. We’d hate for you to miss out and be singing the blues for a whole year!

This event is already full however you can get added to the waitlist below!

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Holiday offerings at Zingerman’s Mail Order

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Three big holidays are coming up, and Mail Order has the perfect assortment of delicious to compliment your fest!

  • As Passover continues and we have a very nice selection of Passover treats to help make your holiday memorable.
  • Easter is this coming Sunday, and our selection of Easter foods make a nice addition to any table!
  • And if that’s not enough, you can expect to see our special Mother’s Day catalogs arriving very soon featuring all kinds of things that mom will love on her special day!

Roaster-Pick-April-FinalApril Roaster’s Pick at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

We like Burundi Dukorere Ikawa for it’s crisp up-front acidity and hints of savoriness. It has a really pleasant tang that sweetens as it cools. Given the brightness if finishes with a remarkably buttery mouthfeel. This coffee is well suited to individual filter methods, like the Chemex and cone. It also benefits from a slightly finer grind, tastes slightly fruity in an Aeropress and somewhat citrusy in a Syphon.

Stop by for a sample!


chocolate-orange-passover-torteHoliday Treats at Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Don’t forget the Bakehouse when you’re planning your holiday feast!

Passover Specials are available April 1st-30th

  • Macaroons
    Moist creamy coconut centers with a chewy toasted coconut crust, in vanilla bean or dark chocolate varieties. Buy them by the big luscious piece or petite macaroons by the dozen in a handsome gift box. (6 of each flavor in the box).
  • Chocolate Orange Torte
    A Bakehouse Passover classic. A moist layer of chocolate cake made with matzo and ground almonds, flavored with orange oil, glazed with dark chocolate ganache, all surrounded with more toasted almonds. 6” cake. Serves 6-8.
  • Lemon Sponge Cake
    A delightful way to end your Passover feast. Light and lemony sponge cake with lemon curd between the layers and a caramelized meringue exterior. Wheat free too! (made with potato starch)

We’re open Easter Sunday 7am-7pm

  • Easter Egg Cookies
    Egg shaped butter cookies with a hint of fresh citrus zest that are delightfully decorated with our own marbled vanilla fondant. Great in an Easter basket or at each place setting on the dinner table. Available April 1st-20th.
  • Easter Bunny Cake
    Set the scene with this adorable bunny face cake. This is the best kind of centerpiece for your holiday table- fun to look at and delicious to eat. Inside you’ll find soft layers of vanilla chiffon cake and blackberry butter cream, outside vanilla butter cream and a hand-made vanilla fondant bunny face. 6” cake serves 6-10. Available April 1st-20th.
  • Hot Cross Buns
    A traditional treat on Good Friday, a soft yeasted bun made with a bit of potato to keep the dough moist, raisins, currants, candied orange peel and topped with an icing cross. Available April 17th-20th.
  • Somodi Kalács
    (sho-mo-dee-ko-loch) A traditional Hungarian Easter bread we learned to bake in a village in Transylvania on our trip there in 2012. This soft, golden loaf is made with fresh eggs and a sweet buttery cinnamon sugar swirl inside. The smell is amazing. The taste is even better. Enjoy it while you can! Available Fridays thru Sundays, this month only!

Spring Oil Change at Zingerman’s Deli

spring-sale

Our annual olive oil sale gives you a chance to stock up on your favorite olive oils and get great deals on some that you may not have discovered yet. All of the 2011 harvest oils from Italy, Spain, France and California are on sale: buy 1 bottle at 10% off, 2 bottles at 20% off and 3 bottles at 30% off. Look for the 1-2-3 sticker and stock up!


Next week:

Soul Food Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

soul-food-title

Please join us Tuesday, April 22, 7pm, for a culinary exploration into the history of American soul food with author Adrian Miller.

In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish–such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and “red drinks”–Adrian uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity. Chef Alex has created a menu direct from the chapters of Soul Food and Adrian will share his knowledge and the history of the foods we will be dining on. Adrian Miller is a writer, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. He has served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., and a Southern Foodways Alliance board member.

RESERVE A SEAT


speaker-series-speech-bubbleSpeaker Series continues at ZingTrain

Please join us Wednesday, April 23, 730am-930am for another thought-provoking session of the ZingTrain Speaker Series.

This week’s session will feature Stephen Gill, Ph.D,  who is co-owner of Learning2BGreat.com as well as owner and principal of Stephen J. Gill Consulting. Stephen’s subject will be: An Arsenal of A’s.

Here’s why it’s a great idea to listen very closely to what Stephen Gill has to say : he’s worked in the field of Human Performance Improvement for decades. He’s written books about it. He’s based his consulting practice on it. He teaches it. He talks about it. And he’s really, really good at it. In fact, Stephen Gill is the guy to talk to if you want to create a culture of learning in your organization and then get concrete evidence that the culture is resulting in performance improvements.

RESERVE A SEAT