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This Week at Zingerman’s 7/8/14

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Farm Tours at Cornman Farms

Our first tour is tonight!
This past spring, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms opened its doors to the public and the response has been overwhelming! The Farm has hosted weddings, charity events, and even this year’s Camp Bacon Main Event! But Cornman Farms is more that an events space: it’s an authentic working farm. So we’ve created a suite of tours that will allow our guests to learn about our farming practices, animal husbandry philosophies, and historic significance from the folks who actually run the farm. Seats are going fast, sign up today!


Farm Feasts at Cornman Farms

You can see it all in your mind. The beautifully restored farmhouse and barn in the verdant setting of a traditional working farm. The classic cocktails and wine. The skilled chef and kitchen staff. The vibrant courses made from fresh produce picked mere hours earlier in the fields a few hundred feet away. Sound like a slice of heaven to you? You’re in luck. Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is celebrating our inaugural event season with a tantalizing schedule of farm dinners. As a guest at our farm dinners, you’ll have to opportunity to enjoy the farm’s produce as it comes into full ripe readiness throughout the summer and autumn. Each dinner will follow the cycle of the crop season, spotlighting the freshest farm ingredients in harvest at that time. If you want to an experience that truly represents the very essence of the “farm-to-table” ideal, these dinners are for you! More information here.
Don’t miss these very special dinners!

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Fresh Michigan Fruit and Cheese Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

This Friday, July 11, 6pm we’re heading to the Farmer’s Market to find the best seasonal fruits to pair with our local cheeses. This is terroir at its best; the buttery, grassy flavors of animals in pasture carries through to the summer milk, and enhances the flavor of the cheese. We’ll compliment these flavors with delicious, ripe fruit from right here in the Mitten State!

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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, July 13, 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!

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Summertime Cocktail Class at Cornman Farms

If there’s an official summer spirit, it’s got to be gin. Come to this class you’ll taste and learn about different styles of gin with Tammy Coxen of Tammy’s Tastings. Then you’ll mix and sample several different cocktails featuring this eminently mixable spirit, including a selection of Farm-to-Glass cocktails that take advantage of locally grown produce. Join us this coming Monday, July 14, 6pm.

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Zingerman's Bakehouse Mississippi Mud Pie

Cake of the Month at Zingerman’s Bakehouse

This month’s cake special is named for a pie – Mississippi Mud Pie!
Sink into a special brownie-like chocolate cake covered in rich dark chocolate ganache, toasted meringue and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Bet you can’t finish a whole slice! Enjoy this cake at room temperature or just a little warm. Your patience will be rewarded. 20% off during the month of July!

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Summer Sales at Zingerman’s Mail Order and Zingerman’s Deli

The Deli and Mail Order are having their huge annual Summer Sales! This is serious business. Once a year we take a few dozen of our favorite pantry staples and put them at deeply discounted prices for a few short weeks. This year’s sale continues through July 31st with tons of deep discounts on some of our favorite foods. Stock up and save a bundle! 

Next week and Beyond:

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Michigan Wine and Cheese Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Enjoy the fruit of Michigan vines! Join us at Zingerman’s Creamery on Friday, July 25, 6pm as we taste our way through some of Michigan’s best wines. From deep reds to bright whites, we’ll dive into the basic vinology and what makes our state’s wines unique and delicious. And, of course, we’ll pair these wines with some of our great cheese. Don’t miss it!

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Gelato Mail OrderGelato Sundae Sunday at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join us Sunday, July 27, 1pm on the green at Zingerman’s Southside (next to the Bakehouse) for an afternoon of sweet and creamy refreshments! For just $5, you can choose your gelato flavor and toppings to create a custom sundae. We’ll also have face painting and balloon animals for the kids! See you there!

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A Summer Dinner with Central Provisions at Zingerman’s Deli

Two seatings!
On Wednesday, July 30 Zingerman’s Delicatessen hosts another special evening with Central Provisions with guest chefs Abby Olitzky and Steve Hall. Central Provisions is an upcoming restaurant that has been active in the Ann Arbor community the past few years hosting pop-up dinners, teaching cheese classes, and putting on special events. For this summer meal, they will delve into our unique pantry again to feature favorite American foods as well as the seasonal bounty of their favorite local farms. Each dish will be paired with wine that complements and elevates each bite. Please join us for this wonderful dinner celebrating summer flavors and great eating! Sign up now—these dinners sell out fast! (There will be a vegetarian option available, just let us know)

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Farm Feasts at Cornman Farms

Dinner at the Farm

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You can see it all in your mind. The beautifully restored farmhouse and barn in the verdant setting of a traditional working farm. The classic cocktails and wine. The skilled chef and kitchen staff. The vibrant courses made from fresh produce picked mere hours earlier in the fields a few hundred feet away.

Sound like a slice of heaven to you? You’re in luck. Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is celebrating our inaugural event season with a tantalizing schedule of farm dinners. As a guest at our farm dinners, you’ll have to opportunity to enjoy the farm’s produce as it comes into full ripe readiness throughout the summer and autumn. Each dinner will follow the cycle of the crop season, spotlighting the freshest farm ingredients in harvest at that time.

If you want an experience that truly represents the very essence of the “farm-to-table” ideal, these dinners are for you!

Inaugural Cornman Farms Dinner

Friday, August 15, 6:00 pm
We’ll start off with a champagne cocktail hour and then enjoy a traditional farm meal just a few yards from where we’re growing the crops and raising the animals. 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 we’ll dig up that day. 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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You Pick Sunday Supper

Sunday, September 21, 4:00 pm
We’ll start the event with a hayride out to the fields where we’ll meet Farm Manager Mark Baerwolf to learn the history of Cornman Farms and harvest the food for the evening. Then we’ll head back to the barn for a cocktail hour while Chef prepares an unforgettable meal that highlights the fantastic flavors of the summer. On the eve of the autumnal equinox, I can’t think of a better way to say goodbye to summer than to share the fruits of the field with family and friends.

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If you want to an experience that truly represents the very essence of the “farm-to-table” ideal, these dinners are for you!

See you down on the farm!

Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 7/1/14

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BBQ Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

“A Dinner of South American Influences”
Join us tonight, 7pm for our annual exploration of really good BBQ! Each year, the Zingerman’s Roadhouse hosts an annual BBQ Dinner as part of our ongoing research into the roots of BBQ. This year, Chefs Alex and Justin explore the BBQ traditions of South America, with its rich history of cattle raising. Inspired by their own experiences celebrating BBQ in the southern continent, the Chefs bring the signature flavors and traditions of Brazil and its neighbors to this year’s dinner. Tickets are still available! Don’t miss it!

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Independence Day Hours at Zingerman’s

american-truckIndependence Day is this Friday, July 4th.
Some of our businesses may have limited hours on the holiday.
Check out this list for hours of operation.

Farm Tours at Cornman Farms

Barn-ProfileThis past spring, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms opened its doors to the public and the response has been overwhelming! The Farm has hosted weddings, charity events, and even this year’s Camp Bacon Main Event! But Cornman Farms is more that an events space: it’s an authentic working farm. So we’ve created a suite of tours that will allow our guests to learn about our farming practices, animal husbandry philosophies, and historic significance from the folks who actually run the farm. Tours begin next week!
Seats are going fast, sign up today!

Cake of the Month at Zingerman’s Bakehouse

This month’s cake special is named for a pie – Mississippi Mud Pie!
Sink into a special brownie-like chocolate cake covered in rich dark chocolate ganache, toasted meringue and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Bet you can’t finish a whole slice! Enjoy this cake at room temperature or just a little warm. Your patience will be rewarded. 20% off during the month of July!

Summer Sales at Zingerman’s Mail Order and Zingerman’s Deli

The Deli and Mail Order are having their huge annual Summer Sales! This is serious business. Once a year we take a few dozen of our favorite pantry staples and put them at deeply discounted prices for a few short weeks. This year’s sale continues through July 31st with tons of deep discounts on some of our favorite foods. Stock up and save a bundle! 

Comparative Cupping at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

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Join us Sunday, July 6, 1pm as we sample coffees from the Africa, Central and South Americas, and the Asian Pacific. We will taste and evaluate these coffees using the techniques and tools used by professional tasters. This is an eye-opening tour of the world of coffee.
 
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First Sunday Tour at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join our cheese and gelato makers Sunday, Juy 6, 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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Next week and Beyond:

cheeses_on_cutting_board_low-resFresh Michigan Fruit and Cheese tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

We’re heading to the Farmer’s Market to find the best seasonal fruits to pair with our local cheeses. This is terroir at its best; the buttery, grassy flavors of animals in pasture carries through to the summer milk, and enhances the flavor of the cheese. Stop by on Friday, July 11 6pm and see how we compliment these flavors with delicious, ripe fruit from right here in the Mitten State!
 
reserve your seat here

Summertime Cocktail Class at Cornman Farms

If there’s an official summer spirit, it’s got to be gin. Come to this class you’ll taste and learn about different styles of gin with Tammy Coxen of Tammy’s Tastings. Then you’ll mix and sample several different cocktails featuring this eminently mixable spirit, including a selection of Farm-to-Glass cocktails that take advantage of locally grown produce. Monday, July 14, 6pm.
 
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See you soon!

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Cornman Farms Announces Tour Schedule

Tour the Farm!

This past spring, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms opened its doors to the public and the response has been overwhelming! The Farm has hosted weddings, charity events, and even this year’s Camp Bacon Main Event!Keiron2

But Cornman Farms is more that an events space: it’s an authentic working farm. So we’ve created a suite of tours that will allow our guests to learn about our farming practices, animal husbandry philosophies, and historic significance from the folks who actually run the farm. Check out the list below for all our tour options.

If you’re interested in a custom tour, let us know! We’d be delighted to create an experience to suit your needs. See you soon!

Intro to Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

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! Tour duration 60 minutes.

July 15, 5:00 pm

July 22, 5:00 pm

July 29, 5:00 pm

Art of Growing Great Vegetables

Take a deeper look at our farming practices! Spend some time with Farm Manager Mark, who takes care of all of our fruits and vegetables, and learn about the ins and outs of sustainable, responsible agriculture and honoring the local farming community. Take home a bag of something seasonally grown! Tour duration 90 minutes.

July 8, 5:30 pm

Harvest Tour of Cornman Farms

Available Labor Day through Thanksgiving only. Autumn is magical at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms. Let us teach you a bit about the harvest season here. We’ll even throw in some cider and tasty donuts! Tour duration 90 minutes.

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Afternoon Delight

Spend the afternoon 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 Farmhouse, Barn, Goat Parlor, and Hoophouse, talks with our Produce and Animal Husbandry Managers, and our Events Department. Savor a delicious boxed lunch in our pre-Civil War barn overlooking our gorgeous educational gardens, and depart with a special gift from Cornman Farms. Tour duration 180 minutes.

July 20, 10:00 am

The Big Tomato

For serious Farm Fans only! Enjoy a hearty breakfast in our lovely historic Farmhouse, then spend the morning with both our Produce and Animal Husbandry teams, tour the pre-Civil War barn, observe our goats and sheep in their homes, and pick a basket of seasonal vegetables to take home with you after a simple, lovely farm lunch. Tour duration 5 hours.

dates coming soon

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New Tuna Swims into Zingerman’s Deli

Zingerman’s Deli recently started using a different brand of tuna on their sandwiches. We caught up with Deli Managing Partner Rodger Bowser to get the lowdown on the new tuna. Here’s what he had to say: 

How did you first hear about Skipanon tuna?

tobago-tunaI first discovered Skipanon through Ari, who had heard about them but hadn’t had the chance to try their products yet. This sparked my interest, so I called them and began emailing with them. I also checked out their website and thought they looked pretty cool. I had the owner, Mark, send us some samples. He send some large bulk cans and a mess of other canned fish. The more I found out about the company and their fish, the more I liked them. This was especially true after I tasted the tuna. After two months, I was able to visit their cannery in Oregon while I was visiting the area. I got to meet the entire crew and watch their production line in motion. It was a wonderful visit and this solidified the new relationship even more.

What can you tell me about Skipanon?

If you want to know more about Skipanon, I’d recommend watching this video that I came across recently. You’ll hear about them straight from Mark Kujala (the owner). His passion for what he does really comes through. Small family-run canneries are sort of a thing of the past. I was surprised to even hear of this small custom cannery, operating out of Warrenton, OR. It was started in the 70′s by Mark’s father, Paul. They can salmon, tuna, steelhead, sturgeon, among other fish. They fish for the salmon on their own boat, and the tuna is hook and line caught from 3 to 4 other boats. They fish using sustainable practices and keep freshness in mind at all times. Their fleets and canneries have multiple certifications and awards in recognition of this too.

What is it about Skipanon tuna that makes it better for our sandwiches and salads?

After tasting the tuna in our recipes, it was a no-brainer. It simply made a better American-style tuna salad. We use a simple, but tasty recipe for our tuna salad, and this tuna is perfect for it. We like to let the tuna do the work. The tuna salad tastes great, and the portioning and moisture of the fish allows for a fluffier texture. Since its cooked in its own juices, we are not draining a bunch of water off the tuna once we open the can. We get cans full of tuna instead of cans of tuna and tuna-flavored water.

Using Skipanon tuna is better for our 3 bottom lines (Great Food, Great Service and Great Finance):

• It’s better tasting.
• It’s full-flavored and traditionally caught and processed.
• Skipanon’s service is the kind of service that we love to give.
• We like to work with companies that do things right.

This tuna will cost more, but it’s well worth the increase in price. I suspect the sandwich price will go up about $1. But this isn’t a bad thing, when you consider how much better this sandwich, costly slightly more, will taste. Our customers know a good thing when they taste it. And, they also know that great ingredients from great companies cost a little more. This increase in cost isn’t due to inefficiency, but rather from the extra time spent carefully crafting a great product, hiring skilled workers, and being an active part of their community. This is a methodology that we understand and can relate to. We want our vendors to be fairly compensated so they can keep doing what they love to do best for a long time to come, and we can create a long-lasting relationship with them.

Stop by the Deli for a taste! 

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This Week at Zingerman’s 6/24/14

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Summer Sales at Zingerman’s Mail Order and Zingerman’s Deli

The Deli and Mail Order are having their huge annual Summer Sales! This is serious business. Once a year we take a few dozen of our favorite pantry staples and put them at deeply discounted prices for a few short weeks. This year’s sale continues through July 31st with tons of deep discounts on some of our favorite foods. Stock up and save a bundle!

spain-map-with-regions-mykA Taste of Extremadura at Zingerman’s Deli

This is a big week for fans of España! Zingerman’s Deli will be featuring foods from Extremadura, an autonomous region bordering Portugal known for yielding an extraordinarily generous harvest. The region is full of plantations of tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, rice, carrots, asparagus, and olives, rivaling Andalusia as a producer of the latter. All week long, we’ll feature samplings throughout the day of the finest foods that Extremadura has to offer, so be sure to stop by for a taste of Spain! We’re also hosting two very special events with some of the people who make it possible to enjoy the foods of Extremadura here in the U.S.


Cheese and Wine of Extremedura at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

Join us on Wednesday, June 25, 630pm, as we welcome special guests Juan Figueroa and John Cancilla. Enjoy a relaxing evening of food, wine, and family intrigue with the cheesemaker of the world-famous torta from Trujillo, Spain called Finca Pascualete. Help us welcome Juan to Ann Arbor and listen to him share his family’s amazing story. It begins with a fashion model from New York (who happens to work for the CIA), arriving in World War II Spain and catching the eye of a dashing young Spanish Count…

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pour-side-darkCooking with Sherry Vinegar at Zingerman’s Next Door Upstairs

Join us on Thursday, June 26, 630pm, at Zingerman’s Next Door Upstairs as long-time Spanish food importer Kitty Keller shares her expertise in Cooking with Sherry Vinegar. Sherry will lead us in tasting many different sherry vinegars, and discuss their uses in the kitchen. Find out what makes one dry, PX, sweet, or just down right delicious. Don’t miss it!        

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Three Events with Hungarian Food Experts, Gábor and Carolyn:

hungry-for-hungaryHungarian Wine Tasting at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Join us tonight, 6pm, for Hungarian food, wine and personal stories about life in this still emerging Eastern European country. Carolyn and Gábor own the premier food tour company in Hungary today, Taste Hungary, and Carolyn is the author of the rich and highly informative book The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary. Wehave been traveling and tasting with them in Hungary for four years,  and last fall we partnered with them to lead our first public food tour to Hungary (our next Hungary food tour is May 2015). Winemaking began in Hungary with the Romans and today is a thriving industry with both small and large producers making a full range of dry red and white wines as well as famous sweet dessert wines. If you think Hungarian wine is Bull’s Blood come and learn the more in-depth story. Enjoy a guided tasting of 5 wines along with Hungarian appetizers. Read a short interview with with Gábor and Carolyn. 

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Hungarian Home Cooking & Storytelling at Zingerman’s BAKE!

One of our favorite parts of traveling with Gábor is listening to him tell stories from his family’s past. They bring alive the struggles of WWII, the challenges of a doctor’s family sent to the countryside during communism and insight about how he and Carolyn, entrepreneurs, navigate in an economy still trying to figure out capitalism. While we hear all of this there are always foods mentioned and references to Gabor’s mother’s cooking. On Wednesday, June 25, 6pm, Gábor and Carolyn will share these stories as well as demonstrate how to make at least 3 of Gábor’s childhood favorite homey dishes: porkolt (a stew), lecsó, and sour cherry cake. We’ll listen, watch, taste and enjoy some Hungarian wine together. This class is a demonstration and tasting only.

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A Hungarian Feast at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

On Thursday, June 26, 6pm, guests will enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by Zingerman’s Delicatessen Chef and Managing Partner Rodger Bowser with the guidance of Gábor and Carolyn. We’ll enjoy a selection of Hungarian wines and chilled cherry soup, morels with foie gras, fried Mangalitsa pork chop with handmade pasta, lecsó, classic cold salads, palacsinta pancakes with mulberry jelly and more! Gábor and Carolyn will give introductions to the food and will share stories of Hungary.

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