Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 12/2/14

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ZingTrain Speaker Series: Wayne Baker

We’ve known Professor Wayne Baker for so long that we sometimes take his scholarly accomplishments for granted. Which is why we’re so excited to be able to feature him as a speaker this season – so we can revisit his accomplishments, but more importantly, so we can share with you what is, perhaps, his most exciting work yet.
In this session of the Speaker Series, Wayne will talk about Mark Twain, the Apollo moon landing, Lady Justice, Olympic medals, and his family sailboat. What? Yes! The session will be an in-depth exploration of America’s core values through iconic images, personal stories, and colorful anecdotes. It will include a short activity to identify and talk about core values. And best of all, Professor Baker will reveal the surprising findings from his national surveys: That Americans share 10 core values. That a broad common ground still exists in America. Wayne will conclude the session by sharing why an organizational values alignment is critical and how you can uncover the values in yours. Wednesday, December 3, 8-930am. 

Reserve your seat here


Best of 2014 with Ari at Zingerman’s Events on 4th – 1st Session

This time of year we pull out the foods that simply amaze us and taste them together. We reflect on the past year and celebrate. Join Ari Weinzweig and the Deli crew on Wednesday, December 3rd for the most anticipated tasting of the year: an evening of story telling, historical narrative, and ridiculously tasty bites from Ari’s “Best of 2014!”

Two sessions!

Reserve your seat for Wednesday, December 3rd

Reserve your seat for Tuesday, December 16th


Winter Beer Tasting with Arbor Brewing at Zingerman’s Creamery

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a malty cup of Arbor Brewing’s Wenceslas Winter Fuel? Inspired by the traditional English Old Ale-style, this is a full-bodied, darker beer intended to put some steam in you on a cold evening. Since opening in downtown Ann Arbor in 1995, Arbor Brewing Company has become a force to be reckoned with in the craft beer community. Join us Friday, December 5, 6pm, to learn more about Arbor’s great selection of handcrafted beer along with selected pairings of Creamery cheese.

Reserve your seat here


Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie: Cornman Farms Innaugural Book Club Dinner

There are few things in life that make us as happy as good book, but a delicious meal might be one of them. Zingerman’s Cornman Farms announces its Inaugural Book Club Dinner, to be held on Friday, December 5th, 630pm. Honoring author Peggy Wolff and her outstanding book, Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie, the menu will feature quintessentially Midwestern cuisine, and the ticket will also include a festive welcome beverage. Also in attendance will be Bonnie Jo Campbell, a native Michigander, National Book Award finalist, 2011 Guggenheim fellow and contributor to Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie. This is a Cornman Farms occasion not to be missed!
The fine print: This dinner’s menu will be fairly specific, so let us know prior to booking if you or anyone in your party has dietary restrictions. Thanks!

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. 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 on Sunday, December 14, 1pm!

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Sunday Roast Dinner at Cornman Farms

On Sunday, December 14, 5pm, Cornman Farms presents our very first Traditional English Roast Dinner! Managing Partner and Englishman Chef Kieron Hales is tickled to serve a delicious, time-honored meal inspired by his homeland. We’ll welcome you to our historic farmhouse with a glass of spiced, mulled wine, and you’ll enjoy a meal of roast beef, buttery potatoes and seasonal vegetables from the farm. Standard accompaniments will include horseradish and cream sauce, apple and brandy sauce, and Yorkshire Pudding (Made with Kieron’s family Yorkshire pudding mold) and homemade jams. This event comes straight from Chef Kieron’s heart and soul – you’ll taste the difference!

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Best of 2014 with Ari at Zingerman’s Events on 4th – 2nd Session

This time of year we pull out the foods that simply amaze us and taste them together. We reflect on the past year and celebrate. Join Ari Weinzweig and the Deli crew on Tuesday, December 16th, 630pm for the most anticipated tasting of the year: an evening of story telling, historical narrative, and ridiculously tasty bites from Ari’s “Best of 2014!”

Reserve your seat for Tuesday, December 16th


ZingTrain Speaker Series: John U. Bacon

Based on John Bacon’s book Cirque du Soleil, The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives Within Us All, this session explores how Cirque du Soleil manages creativity in the workplace, generating eye-popping innovations without losing the discipline every organization needs to be successful. And how you can apply some of what John Bacon learned while “embedded” at the Cirque (he tried everything from the trapeze at 50-feet to the German Wheel to, yes, make up) to your organization. Wednesday, December 17, 8-930am. 

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Cocktail Class at Cornman Farms: Jolly Cocktails!

The air is crisp and cold, the ground covered in new-fallen snow; winter is here! Join us at Cornman Farms on Thursday, December 18, 7pm, as we explore three festive cocktails that will leave you feeling toasty and warm on the chilliest winter evenings! We’ll explore an American colonial tradition by making Hot Buttered Rum, salute the cocktail heyday of the early 1900s with a Brandy Alexander, and end the class by experimenting with versions of the classic Champagne Cocktail – perfect for celebrating the winter holidays. You’ll leave with recipes for these drinks and more, so you can mix warming winter cocktails at your holiday gathering, or to ring in the New Year with style. We’ll also include some tasty and hearty appetizers prepared by the Cornman Farms talented culinary team.

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The Many Faces of the Manchester at Zingerman’s Creamery

Drawing inspiration from a traditional Welsh-English soft-ripened cheese, the Manchester has evolved a uniquely delicious identity distinct from its distant cousin, and we are happier for it! We’re so proud of this versatile cheese that we’re hosting a very special tasting to showcase all of the wonderful ways it can light up your dinner table. From a standard cheese board, to Manchester brûlée, to Manchester Puff Pastries, we’ll sample some of the many ways to serve this amazing cheese. Friday, December 19, 6pm. Don’t miss it!

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See you soon!

Food, Food Artisans, ZingLife

A Small Library of Our Favorite Books…

Books that feed your appetite…

You already knew Zingerman’s Delicatessen sells all manner of wonderful foods from both here and abroad, but did you know that we also sell books?

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We’ve collected some of our favorite cookbooks, books about cheese, or pasta, or beef, as well as a few other interesting tomes, to help you build your own home library of books on the subject of eating well.

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We’ve got Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vols. I & II by the inimitable Julia Child. Journalist Michael Paterniti’s memoir to his time at Zingerman’s and the quest it inspired for the world’s best cheese, The Telling Room. Or if you really want to dig deeper into the world of fermented curd, try The Cheese Primer, by cheese authority Steven Jenkins.

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Looking for David Chang’s Momofuku? That’s on our shelves, as well as titles by Alice Waters, Edward Behr, and many more. How about the Fresh Honey Cookbook by our dear friend, Laurie Masterton, or Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food? You’ll find those here, too.

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We’ve even got all of Ari’s books on management, as well as several other titles from Zingerman’s Press.

So, the next time you’re visiting the Deli, don’t forget to grab something good to read to go with the stuff that’s good to eat!

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See you soon!

Food, Food Artisans

Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie Dinner Friday 12/5

Authors Peggy Wolff & Bonnie Jo Campbell come to Cornman Farms for dinner!

Menu inspired by food essays from the ‘Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie’ collection

There are few things in life that make us as happy as good book – but a delicious meal might be one of them. Cornman Farms will be holding its Inaugural Book Club Dinner this coming Friday, December 5, at 6:30pm in honor of author Peggy Wolff and her outstanding book, Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on FoodThe dinner will feature a conversation between Wolff and National Book Award finalist and Fried Walleye contributor, Bonnie Jo Campbell.

Ari recently caught up with Peggy to ask her a few questions about the collection.

Ari: The new book looks great—a real tribute to the foodways of our part of the world. How did it come together?
Peggy: Years ago I read an essay by (Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter) Rick Bragg about having a meal in his momma’s kitchen. His writing stunned me. It was about food, but it was also about the South, about his bone-naked love for his momma. And his ability to tell a story? It just transcended whatever food was on the table in his momma’s kitchen. I dog-eared that page and said to myself: I am going to do this—-but in the Midwest. I am going to invite authors and radio journalists, pastry chefs and food writers, and pull together a contemporary collection of Midwestern food writing. But it’s just never only about the food. I wasn’t looking for someone to deconstruct bratwurst. That’s someone else’s book.  I stuck to one idea–we call it narrative food writing. And I never let go. That was the genesis of the book.

What were some of your biggest learnings from working on it? 
Great question. I didn’t search out authors with farm roots but it turns out that six of my contributors had either grown up on a farm, or spent a lot of time on a grandparent’s farm, and chose to write about it! Publishing houses I pitched to–thought my collection would be a sentimental walk down “pie lane.”  Ha!
Let me say that so many contributors did want to write about pie (I could put together an entire anthology on pie) but my collection of memoirs and essays is anything but a sentimental stroll through pie-land. In Fried Walleye, there is humor. There is horror. There is some very serious writing about how hard it is to feed a farm family. And some serious writing alluding to  one farm boy’s mother who was having an affair. Another wrote about intermarriage with another culture and how that changes Thanksgiving around the farm table, and another writer tackled  the disappearance of family dinnertime which has all but vanished today. I love these essays and memoirs; they seem to be effortlessly compelling storytelling.

What struck as you being unique about the Midwestern attitude to food and cooking?
You know, I have read these essays a gazillion times, and what I keep seeing, what I keep getting back to is that there’s a strength of character, a hardiness, and a willingness to go the extra mile. There’s an attitude to cooking that I could sum up this way:  Midwesterners share the conviction that nothing is as eternally satisfying as feeding people you love.

We’re particularly lucky that Bonnie Jo Campbell is coming to read some of her great work at the dinner as well.  Can you tell us a bit about her, and her writing?
Let’s talk about Bonnie Jo’s book Once Upon a River. Because that’s the book that I looked at to see how Bonnie wrote, what her writing style was. In this novel, the world is not kind to girls, especially one abandoned by her mother. So Margo Crane, a teen, needs to figure out life mostly on her own. Margo is the female heroine in the story and she learns to be a sharpshooter. In order to write this novel, Bonnie went and took gun lessons. And it shows, in the depth of knowledge about cleaning, loading, target practice, and shooting. It’s a page-turner.

We’re excited to have you at Cornman Farms for the dinner. The 1830s barn and farmhouse look great and this is the perfect venue for a Midwestern foodways dinner. Are you excited to come out to Ann Arbor?  
Excited?! This is the most perfect place I could ever think of to bring a collection of Midwestern writing!

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About the guests: 

Peggy Wolff’s stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune the Los Angeles Times and several other newspapers. She is the food editor for realizemagazine.com and has written articles on ultra sports, art, design and photography for numerous publications, including Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune SUNDAY Magazine and ArtNews. Peggy is a Chicago native who also spends her time in Park City, Utah.

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of several books including, Q Road, Once Upon A River, and American Salvage, among others. For her work, she’s won the AWP prize for short fiction, the Pushcart Prize, and she was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011. She lives in Western Michigan with her husband and a menagerie of animals.

See you there!

Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 11/25/14

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Thanksgiving Weekend Sunday Tour at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join our cheese and gelato makers on Sunday, November 30, 2pm, an hour long adventure of how we transform local milk into delicious cheese and gelato. On this tour, you will observe Mozzarella stretching, as well as experience truly fresh gelato, as well as taste some of our cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses while hearing directly from the makers how they are made. After the tour, make time for tasting our selection of American cheeses and provisions, as well as house made gelatos and sorbets in our cheese shop. $10 per person.

Reserve your seat here


ZingTrain Speaker Series: Wayne Baker

We’ve known Professor Wayne Baker for so long that we sometimes take his scholarly accomplishments for granted. Which is why we’re so excited to be able to feature him as a speaker this season – so we can revisit his accomplishments, but more importantly, so we can share with you what is, perhaps, his most exciting work yet.
In this session of the Speaker Series, Wayne will talk about Mark Twain, the Apollo moon landing, Lady Justice, Olympic medals, and his family sailboat. What? Yes! The session will be an in-depth exploration of America’s core values through iconic images, personal stories, and colorful anecdotes. It will include a short activity to identify and talk about core values. And best of all, Professor Baker will reveal the surprising findings from his national surveys: That Americans share 10 core values. That a broad common ground still exists in America. Wayne will conclude the session by sharing why an organizational values alignment is critical and how you can uncover the values in yours. Wednesday, December 3, 8-930am. 

Reserve your seat here


Best of 2014 with Ari at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

This time of year we pull out the foods that simply amaze us and taste them together. We reflect on the past year and celebrate. Join Ari Weinzweig and the Deli crew for the most anticipated tasting of the year: an evening of story telling, historical narrative, and ridiculously tasty bites from Ari’s “Best of 2014!”

Two sessions!

Reserve your seat for Wednesday, December 3rd

Reserve your seat for Tuesday, December 16th


Winter Beer Tasting with Arbor Brewing at Zingerman’s Creamery

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a malty cup of Arbor Brewing’s Wenceslas Winter Fuel? Inspired by the traditional English Old Ale-style, this is a full-bodied, darker beer intended to put some steam in you on a cold evening. Since opening in downtown Ann Arbor in 1995, Arbor Brewing Company has become a force to be reckoned with in the craft beer community. Join us Friday, December 5, 6pm, to learn more about Arbor’s great selection of handcrafted beer along with selected pairings of Creamery cheese.

Reserve your seat here


Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie: Cornman Farms Innaugural Book Club Dinner

There are few things in life that make us as happy as good book, but a delicious meal might be one of them. Zingerman’s Cornman Farms announces its Inaugural Book Club Dinner, to be held on Friday, December 5th. Honoring author Peggy Wolff and her outstanding book, Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie, the menu will feature quintessentially Midwestern cuisine, and the ticket will also include a festive welcome beverage. Also in attendance will be Bonnie Jo Campbell, a native Michigander, National Book Award finalist, 2011 Guggenheim fellow and contributor to Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie. This is a Cornman Farms occasion not to be missed!
The fine print: This dinner’s menu will be fairly specific, so let us know prior to booking if you or anyone in your party has dietary restrictions. Thanks!

Reserve your seat here

See you soon!

Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 11/18/14

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Séka Hills Olio Nuovo at Zingerman’s Creamery

The Creamery has just received stock of a very special new olive oil produced by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Native Nation in the central valley of California.
Séka Hills Olio Nuovo is the very first pressing of the estate olives, which translates into very fresh oil. If you’re a fan of the “green” and peppery notes of fresh oil, Séka Hills is for you. Stop in for a sample today!
Read more about this amazing oil here.


We Want You! to Work for Zingerman’s Mail Order

Zingerman’s Mail Order is hiring holiday staff! We’ve posted several positions on our Jobs site and we’re taking applications right now! Apply today!


Cheese to Make you Melt Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

A frosty winter night is much improved with a warm pot of melted cheese fondue and some friends. Join us as we taste a variety of mountain-style cheeses perfectly suited for melting. This Friday, November 21, 6pm, we’ll share our favorite cheese-melting techniques, as well as a selection of our favorite fondue cheeses at this belly-warming tasting. A creamy, rich fondue is sure to add a classic touch to any holiday gathering.

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Cheese Mastery Class: Semi Lactic Cheeses at Zingerman’s Creamery

Please join us this Saturday, November 22, 2pm, as Creamery managing partner Aubrey Thomason breaks down the most complex and challenging forms of cheesemaking. Technically known as “semi-lactic,” this cheese is also called soft-ripened or sweet curd cheese. Semi-lactic is a hybrid of the lactic- and rennet-styles of cheesemaking, and the results are delicious and fragrant. Learn about the technical details of the style that gives us our gooey favorites such as Brie, Camembert, and many other mouthwatering varieties of this cheese family.

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Brewing Methods at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Stop by this Sunday, November 23, 1pm, and learn the keys to successful coffee brewing using a wide variety of brewing methods from filter drip tot syphon pot. 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.

Reserve your seat here


Thanksgiving Weekend Sunday Tour at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join our cheese and gelato makers on Sunday, November 30, 2pm, an hour long adventure of how we transform local milk into delicious cheese and gelato. On this tour, you will observe Mozzarella stretching, as well as experience truly fresh gelato, as well as taste some of our cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses while hearing directly from the makers how they are made. After the tour, make time for tasting our selection of American cheeses and provisions, as well as house made gelatos and sorbets in our cheese shop. $10 per person.

Reserve your seat here


ZingTrain Speaker Series: Wayne Baker

We’ve known Professor Wayne Baker for so long that we sometimes take his scholarly accomplishments for granted. Which is why we’re so excited to be able to feature him as a speaker this season – so we can revisit his accomplishments, but more importantly, so we can share with you what is, perhaps, his most exciting work yet.
In this session of the Speaker Series, Wayne will talk about Mark Twain, the Apollo moon landing, Lady Justice, Olympic medals, and his family sailboat. What? Yes! The session will be an in-depth exploration of America’s core values through iconic images, personal stories, and colorful anecdotes. It will include a short activity to identify and talk about core values. And best of all, Professor Baker will reveal the surprising findings from his national surveys: That Americans share 10 core values. That a broad common ground still exists in America. Wayne will conclude the session by sharing why an organizational values alignment is critical and how you can uncover the values in yours. Wednesday, December 3, 8-930am. 

Reserve your seat here


Best of 2014 with Ari at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

This time of year we pull out the foods that simply amaze us and taste them together. We reflect on the past year and celebrate. Join Ari Weinzweig and the Deli crew for the most anticipated tasting of the year: an evening of story telling, historical narrative, and ridiculously tasty bites from Ari’s “Best of 2014!”

Two sessions!

Reserve your seat for Wednesday, December 3rd

Reserve your seat for Tuesday, December 16th


Winter Beer Tasting with Arbor Brewing at Zingerman’s Creamery

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a malty cup of Arbor Brewing’s Wenceslas Winter Fuel? Inspired by the traditional English Old Ale-style, this is a full-bodied, darker beer intended to put some steam in you on a cold evening. Since opening in downtown Ann Arbor in 1995, Arbor Brewing Company has become a force to be reckoned with in the craft beer community. Join us Friday, December 5, 6pm, to learn more about Arbor’s great selection of handcrafted beer along with selected pairings of Creamery cheese.

Reserve your seat here


Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie: Cornman Farms Innaugural Book Club Dinner

There are few things in life that make us as happy as good book, but a delicious meal might be one of them. Zingerman’s Cornman Farms announces its Inaugural Book Club Dinner, to be held on Friday, December 5th. Honoring author Peggy Wolff and her outstanding book, Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie, the menu will feature quintessentially Midwestern cuisine, and the ticket will also include a festive welcome beverage. Also in attendance will be Bonnie Jo Campbell, a native Michigander, National Book Award finalist, 2011 Guggenheim fellow and contributor to Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie. This is a Cornman Farms occasion not to be missed!
The fine print: This dinner’s menu will be fairly specific, so let us know prior to booking if you or anyone in your party has dietary restrictions. Thanks!

Reserve your seat here

See you soon!

Food, Food Artisans

Looking Back at the Pasta Secrets Event

Featuring special guests Rolando Beramendi, Gianluigi Peduzzi, and Ari Weinzweig!

Ari, Gianluigi, and Rolando

Ari, Gianluigi, and Rolando

Last night, we were very fortunate to welcome Gianluigi Peduzzi of Rustichella and Rolando Beramundi of Manicaretti Italian Food Importers, arguably two of the most influential voices in the world of traditional pasta.

Gianluigi and Rolando

Gianluigi and Rolando

Ari introduced the two luminaries, speaking of our long history of featuring their products at Zingerman’s. He then turned it over to Rolando and Gianluigi, who talked about the history and care that goes into this delicious, high-quality pasta. Gianluigi is a third-generation pasta maker from the Abruzzo, whose Rustichella pasta line has long been one of THE best in Italy and the U.S. Rolando Beramendi is one of the country’s premier importers of fine Italian foods, and whose excellent palate and passion for traditional Italian food have significantly altered the food scene here in the US.

Awaiting pasta...

Awaiting pasta…

Throughout the evening, guests were served samples of various Rustichella pastas as our two speakers talked about the pasta, how its made, and the best way to serve the various styles.

Chef Bill oversees the cooking.

Chef Bill oversees the cooking.

First up was a delicious Whole Wheat Penne, the first pasta Rustichella imported into the US. The pasta was served very simply as aglio, olio, e peperoncino (garlic, oil and spicy peppers). This was the recipe that was written on the original Penne bags.

Linguine.

Linguine.

Next, we tried a  Linguine tossed with the simple tomato and basil sauce, with a bit of grated Parmigiano Reggiano over the top. The serving style really showcased the flavor of the pasta.

Orecchiette.

Orecchiette.

Orecchiette came next, served alla Pugliese, with kale and Zingerman’s housemade sausage. This pasta works well with heartier fare.

We tried an Egg Pappardelle next, served with just melted butter, and sauteéd mushrooms. Another simple, yet excellent dish.

PrimoGrano Sagne a Pezzi.

PrimoGrano Sagne a Pezzi.

Gianluigi introduced their premier PrimoGrano Sagne a Pezzi next, which is a 100% Abruzzo product, travleing 0 kilometers from sowing to harvest. The grain really makes a difference, and Gianluigi proved this by serving this pasta with just a splash of extra virgin olive oil. Outstanding flavor!

Enthusiastic guests.

Enthusiastic guests.

The duo finished up by introducing a new pasta line, ZeroTre, that’s aimed a kids. Guests enjoyed Alfabeto, tiny alphabet letters served in Zingerman’s famed chicken broth. This delicious comfort food was a great way to complete our culinary journey through the Abruzzo countryside.

Rolando, Gianluigi, and Chef Bill.

Rolando, Gianluigi, and Chef Bill.

Thanks again to all of our guests, and to Rolando and Gianluigi for traveling so far to share their amazing pasta with us!

Gianluigi Peduzzi.

Gianluigi Peduzzi.

See you soon!