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Z-Pic of the Week

August 22, 2014

Chad with Prosciutto

Chad rockin’ the Prosciutto di Parma at Piazza Zingermanza.

Featured, Food, Food Artisans

Renowned Chocolatier Visits Zingerman’s for Two September Events

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We’re very happy to announce that founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate, Shawn Askinosie has rescheduled, and will visit two Zingerman’s businesses in mid-September 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 EcuadorHondurasthe 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, September 17, 8am, 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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Tasting at Zingerman’s Deli

Later that day, September 17, 630pm, Shawn will share his story at Zingerman’s Events on 4th, and lead us in a tasting of some of his amazing bean-to-bar chocolates. Join us as Shawn talks about Direct Trade, his relationship with the farmers who grow his cocoa beans, and his commitment to sharing profits with the people at the source. Shawn’s chocolate wins awards year after, and you’ll see why when you taste it. Don’t miss this chance to talk, and taste, great chocolate with one of the best!

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See you soon!

Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 8/19/14

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Pop-up Mustard Store at Zingerman’s Mail Order

It’s Mustardpalooza! Now through September 30Zingerman’s Mail Order is hosting a special mustard pop-up shop on our website! We’ve added a dozen new mustards to our collection for summer sandwich slathering, salad vinaigrettes, hot dogs, hamburgers — you name it. This is a one-time only event! When the new mustards sell out, they’re gone. Check it out today!


Bread of the Month at the Bakehouse and the Deli: Sicilian Sesame Semolina Rounds

The traditional golden sesame crusted bread of Sicily, made with 100% semolina and durum wheat flours. The entire loaf is rolled in unhulled sesame seeds. Makes incredible toast or grilled sandwiches


Cake of the Month at the Bakehouse and the Deli: Buttermilk Cake

Buttery yellow cake filled with raspberry butter cream and covered in smooth vanilla butter cream. The cake itself has an enticing aroma from the sweet Wisconsin butter and the Guernsey family dairy buttermilk.Please enjoy our cakes at room temperature. Your patience will be rewarded!


Imangia All’Italiana at Zingerman’s Deli

Long live Italian cuisine! Our love for Italian foods goes back decades! Some of our Italian producer relationships date back to first few years after the Deli opened its doors in 1982. We’re loaded up with Italian olive oils, cheeses, meats, fish, sauces, pastas, olives, veggies, nuts, gelato; the list goes on and on. Stop by anytime during August and taste your way through our selection.

Next week and Beyond:

Brewing Methods at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Learn the keys to successful coffee brewing using a wide variety of brewing methods from filter drip to syphon pot. This Sunday, August 17, 1pm, we will take a single coffee and brew it 6 to 8 different ways, each producing a unique taste. We’ll learn the proper proportions and technique for each and discuss the merits and differences of each style. Join us!

reserve your seat here


The Art of Growing Great Vegetables at Cornman Farms

On Monday, August 18, 6 pm,  take an inside look at our incredible new working farm in Dexter. This is a chance to spend some time with Farm Manager Mark Baerwolf to learn the secrets of his work with sustainable farming. You’ll head home with a host of farming tips and a bag full of fabulous vegetables from the farm.

reserve your seat here


Cornman Farms Tomato Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Wednesday, August 27, 7pm
Easily the highlight of the harvesting season, our second Cornman Farms dinner showcases the best of the tomato season. Chef Alex and farmers have been caring for the tomatoes and now we get to benefit from their hard work. The tomato bar makes its return — numerous different tomatoes, handmade fresh mozzarella, really good olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and fresh grown basil — fill up your plate as many times as you can! Cornman Farms beef and pork will add to this late summer feast, making it a meal to remember.

reserve your seat here


Foundation of Cheesemaking Class at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join Creamery managing partner Aubrey Thomason on Saturday, August 30, 1pm, for the first in a series exploring the foundations of cheese. In this session, we’ll begin at the beginning with a discussion of milk. When did the milking of dairy animals start? What kinds of animals are milked throughout the world, and how does the milk vary from animal to animal? How does the milk influence the flavor of the cheese? Aubrey will lead a tasting of several different cheeses, and talk about how milk influences the consistency, the texture, and the overall flavor of the cheese. Learn and eat!

reserve your seat here


Lunchtime Delight at Cornman Farms

On Sunday, August 31, 10am, spend the morning with us for an in-depth understanding of what makes Cornman Farms so special. This experience will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the rehabilitated farmhouse, our beautifully restored barn, the new goat parlor, and the hoophouse. You’ll hear from the Farm Manager, our Animal Husbandry Manager, and our Events Department staff. Savor a delicious boxed lunch in the pre-Civil War barn overlooking our educational gardens, and then leave with a special gift from Cornman Farms.

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Intro to Cornman Farms Tour

Enjoy a fascinating introduction to Cornman Farms’ rich history, agricultural projects and humane raising of animals. We’ll even throw in a taste of one of our seasonal vegetables! Thursday, September 4th, 6 pm.

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See you soon!

ZingLife

Z-Pic of the Week

August 16, 2014

Former UM footballer and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard shares a laugh with Brad and Tom from Zingerman's Mail Order.

Former UM footballer and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard shares a laugh with Brad and Tom from Zingerman’s Mail Order, and a genial fellow from UPS.

Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 8/12/14

Intro to Cornman Farms Tour

Enjoy a fascinating introduction to Cornman Farms’ rich history, agricultural projects and humane raising of animals. We’ll even throw in a taste of one of our seasonal vegetables! Wednesday, August 13, 6 pm.

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Fresh Mozzarella & Cornman Farms Tomato Party at Zingerman’s Creamery

August is the very height of tomato season at Cornman Farms. And what better way to enjoy fresh tomatoes than with fresh mozzarella? On Friday, August 15, 6pm, Farm Manager Mark Baerwolf will visit the Creamery to talk about the beginnings of Cornman Farms, and the wide variety of delicious heirloom tomato breeds he grows. We’ll taste smoked mozzarella, fiore di latte, burrata, and mozzarella rolls, along with a nice sampling of our heirloom tomatoes. Don’t miss it! 

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Inaugural Dinner at Cornman Farms

Join us on Friday, August 15, 6pm for our very first farm feast! We’ll start off with a champagne cocktail hour and then enjoy a traditional farm meal just a few yards from where the crops are grown. Belly up to our Tomato Bar and taste the unique flavors in our many heirloom varietals. Dig in to our traditional potato latkes made from potatoes fresh from the fields. Savor ham from Niman Ranch hogs smoked in our historic smokehouse just a few feet from the barn. Top it all off with just-picked-blueberry pie for dessert. Roadhouse Chef Alex Young and Cornman Farms Managing Partner Kieron Hales will tell the story of the farm at this very first of many family-style dinners on our farm.

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10th Annual Piazza Zingermanza at Zingerman’s Deli

Join us for our annual August tradition of transforming the Deli’s Patio into an Italian Street Food Fest! There will be great food, music, interesting demonstrations, great specials on food, and lots of good company.  It’s an event not to be missed!
This Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17, 11am — 3pm.

Demonstration schedule:

  • 12:00pm — Our expert cheesemongers will break open an 80-pound wheel of authentic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and turn it into manageable chunks!
  • 1:00pm — Our cheesemongers will transform Bel Gioiso cheese curd into delectable fresh mozzarella balls!
  • 2:00pm — Our Deli retail experts will hand-slice real prosciutto right off the bone!

This event is FREE! 


Bread of the Month at the Bakehouse and the Deli: Sicilian Sesame Semolina Rounds

The traditional golden sesame crusted bread of Sicily, made with 100% semolina and durum wheat flours. The entire loaf is rolled in unhulled sesame seeds. Makes incredible toast or grilled sandwiches!


Cake of the Month at the Bakehouse and the Deli: Buttermilk Cake

Buttery yellow cake filled with raspberry butter cream and covered in smooth vanilla butter cream. The cake itself has an enticing aroma from the sweet Wisconsin butter and the Guernsey family dairy buttermilk.Please enjoy our cakes at room temperature, your patience will be rewarded.   


Imangia All’Italiana at Zingerman’s Deli

Long live Italian cuisine! Our love for Italian foods goes back decades! Some of our Italian producer relationships date back to first few years after the Deli opened its doors in 1982. We’re loaded up with Italian olive oils, cheeses, meats, fish, sauces, pastas, olives, veggies, nuts, gelato; the list goes on and on. Stop by anytime during August and taste your way through our selection.


Next week and Beyond:

Italian Wine and Cheese tasting at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

On Wednesday, August 20, 630pm, spend a late summer evening with Zingerman’s as we taste a fine selection of wine and cheese pairings. Italy has a wide variety to offer in both categories so we’ll embark on a culinary tour that highlights Italy’s different regions and the tasty combinations they produce. Our wine and cheese tastings sell out quickly so reserve your seat soon!

reserve your seat here


Brewing Methods at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Learn the keys to successful coffee brewing using a wide variety of brewing methods from filter drip to syphon pot. This Sunday, August 17, 1pm, we will take a single coffee and brew it 6 to 8 different ways, each producing a unique taste. We’ll learn the proper proportions and technique for each and discuss the merits and differences of each style. Join us!

reserve your seat here


The Art of Growing Great Vegetables at Cornman Farms

On Monday, August 18, 6 pm,  take an inside look at our incredible new working farm in Dexter. This is a chance to spend some time with Farm Manager Mark Baerwolf to learn the secrets of his work with sustainable farming. You’ll head home with a host of farming tips and a bag full of fabulous vegetables from the farm.

reserve your seat here


Cornman Farms Tomato Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Wednesday, August 27, 7pm
Easily the highlight of the harvesting season, our second Cornman Farms dinner showcases the best of the tomato season. Chef Alex and farmers have been caring for the tomatoes and now we get to benefit from their hard work. The tomato bar makes its return — numerous different tomatoes, handmade fresh mozzarella, really good olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and fresh grown basil — fill up your plate as many times as you can! Cornman Farms beef and pork will add to this late summer feast, making it a meal to remember.

reserve your seat here


Foundation of Cheesemaking Class at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join Creamery managing partner Aubrey Thomason on Saturday, August 30, 1pm, for the first in a series exploring the foundations of cheese. In this session, we’ll begin at the beginning with a discussion of milk. When did the milking of dairy animals start? What kinds of animals are milked throughout the world, and how does the milk vary from animal to animal? How does the milk influence the flavor of the cheese? Aubrey will lead a tasting of several different cheeses, and talk about how milk influences the consistency, the texture, and the overall flavor of the cheese. Learn and eat!

reserve your seat here


Lunchtime Delight at Cornman Farms

On Sunday, August 31, 10am, spend the morning with us for an in-depth understanding of what makes Cornman Farms so special. This experience will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the rehabilitated farmhouse, our beautifully restored barn, the new goat parlor, and the hoophouse. You’ll hear from the Farm Manager, our Animal Husbandry Manager, and our Events Department staff. Savor a delicious boxed lunch in the pre-Civil War barn overlooking our educational gardens, and then leave with a special gift from Cornman Farms.

reserve your seat here

See you soon!

ZingLife

Z-Pic of the Week

August 8, 2014

A very welcoming sign...

A very welcoming sign…