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This Week at Zingerman’s 6/9/15

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Welcome to Cornman Farms tour

Our Welcome to Cornman Farms Tour is an idyllic and dynamic 90 minute introduction to the rich history, agricultural projects and humane raising of animals. Join us tonight, June 9, 6pm, for a look at our vegetable and herb gardens, goat milking operation and historic restored Farmhouse and Barn—and enjoy a meet-and-greet with our visionary Managing Partner, Kieron Hales.

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ZingTrain Speaker Series: Michelle Segar

Exercising regularly – we all know it’s good for us. If we brainstormed for a minute, or less, we’d probably have a long list of sound, logical, rational reasons for exercising regularly. And yet it’s just so darn hard to do, isn’t it? Pick a different positive health behavior and you’ll probably just be repeating that exercise. Why is that?

Michelle Segar knows why it is. She has done decades of research to try to understand why logic-based reasons for behavior change keep people stuck in cycles of starting and stopping. And to understand why those logic based reasons don’t create change that sticks.

Thankfully for all of us, Michelle took her research a little further to try to figure out what does work! To identify The Right Whys. Integrating research from behavioral science and positive organizational scholarship, Michelle will describe a novel approach to motivating and maintaining healthy behaviors in ways that can foster personal meaning and well-being. And help your organization thrive! Wednesday, June 10, 8am. 

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Cocktail Class: A Very Vodka Evening

Vodka is the cocktail world’s proverbial black sheep. We underutilize this spirit’s almost infinite mixing potential, and it’s high time we paid attention to this crisp and clean liquor: the original “neutral spirit.” Vodka is made for mixing. It is the sugar-cookie-dough of the bar world: a fantastic base that is pleasant on its own but really exists as a vehicle to showcase other ingredients and flavors. Vodka can be made from almost anything starchy: wheat, potatoes, corn, rye, and even grapes! Join us on Thursday, June 11, 7pm, as we doff our cap to this remarkably versatile spirit by mixing three note-worthy cocktails: the Vesper, which is the original James Bond martini; the light, crisp, and tart Cosmopolitan; and the famous citrusy and spicy Moscow Mule. We will discuss the history of vodka and stories behind these cocktails, snack on exquisitely prepared light fare from the Cornman Farms culinary team, and guests will take home recipes for all the cocktails made during the class.

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Ready, Set, Picnic at Zingerman’s Creamery

We’ve raided the shop to bring you the best in picnic fare! Cheeses that travel well, paired up with beers and wines perfect for enjoying with good friends in the sunshine! We’ll also have suggestions and tastes from our pantry selection of jams, pickles, and other treats to get you picnic ready for this summer! Friday, June 12, 6pm.

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A Taste of Traditional Tunisia at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

With special guest, Majid Mahjoub, owner of Les Moulins Mahjoub in Tunisia

One of the most exciting events on our calendar this year! We’ve been waiting three years for Majid and Onsa Mahjoub to make a return visit to Ann Arbor. Their last visit was fabulous that many who attended are still asking when we can do it again. The answer: Monday June 22, 7 pm. The Mahjoub family are growers and producers of some of our favorite products. From organic olive oil and sun dried tomato paste, to amazing harissa sauce, hand rolled, sun dried m’hamsa couscous, naturally cured olives, wild capers and much more. And all will be on the table for this dinner, along with the best of the season’s meat, fish, and vegetables.

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The Spirited Cheese Tasting at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

Join our cheesemongers Tuesday, June 23, 7pm for a spirited evening as we explore the potential of combining a really good cheese plate with our favorite distilled beverages. Happy hour will never be the same and a dessert plate will take on new meaning after an evening comparing the traditions between distillation and cheese production. Whether you are looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift or just want to learn more about really good cheese and mixers with friends, this will be fun for all.

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ZingTrain Speaker Series: Anese Cavanaugh

Anese Cavanaugh knows that you are an impact machine! She believes you have super powers! In fact, Anese believes it so strongly that she came up with the IEP method to help you to tap into that impact machine, that superpower. Because it is totally in your control!

Here’s the thing. Whether it’s your boss your interacting with, or your peers or customers or family, or your dog for that matter – how you Show Up is influencing how they feel, how you feel and ultimately the results you get. Our words only determine 7% of our impact, the other 93% is in how we Show Up. In our intentions, energy, and presence (our IEP).

Join us Wednesday, June 24, 8am, to learn how to strengthen your own IEP (from the inside out) so that you can create the results and relationships you want in a way that leaves you buzzing and blazing versus bummed, busy, and burnt out. And change your relationship with busy, burnout and other things that bum you out, once and for all

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See you soon!

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The Last Day of Camp

Camp Bacon 2015 wound down yesterday with the Bacon Street Fair at the Ann Arbor Sunday Artisan Market in Kerrytown. The event is free, although we suggest a donation to Washtenaw County 4H, one of our favorite good works organizations.

The Street Fair featured booths staffed with folks from most of the Zingerman’s businesses, as well as a couple of the speakers from the Camp Bacon Main Event who were pulling double-duty (thanks Fred and Tony!). There was plenty of bacon available for sampling (thanks to Nueske’s and the Zingerman’s Deli!), crunchy Peanut Brittle Bacon Bark from Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory, gelato samples from Zingerman’s Creamery, face-painting for the kids (thanks Britney!), and much more. Despite the imminent threat of rain, the showers held off until after the last of the vendors had packed up. It’s been an amazing week of events, and we were a bit sad to see it end. But now it’s time to plan for Camp Bacon 2016! 

Here are some photo highlights from the event:

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Welcome!

 

This was more awesome that words can express

This was more awesome that words can express

 

Make the world a better place

Make the world a better place

 

The chalk art fairies were busy this morning

The chalk art fairies were busy this morning

 

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Cool goods from New Holland Brewing

 

Sara from Nueske's keeps the bacon comin'

Sara from Nueske’s keeps the bacon comin’

 

Mmm, bacon!

Mmm, bacon!

 

Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing

Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing

 

Mo Bacon (that's really her name!)

Mo Bacon (that’s really her name!)

 

Tessie from Zingerman's Creamery shares samples

Tessie from Zingerman’s Creamery shares samples

 

Mathew from Zingerman's Coffee Company

Mathew from Zingerman’s Coffee Company

 

Britney from Zingerman's Roadshow uses her artistic skills for face painting

Britney from Zingerman’s Roadshow uses her artistic skills for face painting

 

Tara from Gus & Grey and her terrific jams and jellies

Tara from Gus & Grey and her terrific jams and jellies

 

The Bacon Street Fair is a benefit for Washtenaw County 4H

The Bacon Street Fair is a benefit for Washtenaw County 4H

 

Delicious and powerful Cold Brew

Delicious and powerful Cold Brew

 

Plum Market folks sampling amazing bacon-caramel-infused frozen yogurt

Plum Market folks sampling amazing bacon-caramel-infused frozen yogurt

 

Anthony Fiasche of 'Nduja Artisans slices boar salami

Anthony Fiasche of ‘Nduja Artisans slices boar salami

 

When we need to fly, we have wings!

When we need to fly, we have wings!

 

Thanks

Thanks for stopping by!

So long and thanks for all the bacon! See you next year!

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How to Finish a Beautiful Day

After we finished up the Main Event, the Camp Bacon day-long celebration of all things pork, Cornman Farms welcomed the crew from the Zingerman’s Roadhouse in to host the Pig Pickin’ Dinner, a whole hog BBQ. The dinner was a benefit for Washtenaw County 4H, and our crowd of nearly 200 folks were only too happy to support young farmers and fill up on delicious pork at the same time.

Roadhouse Chef Alex Young served up the pig, and diners chose from three of his special house-made BBQ sauces to give it that extra kick. Traditional sides, and refreshing beverages rounded out this classic meal, and we all watched the sun slowly sink over the farm. It was a great way to finish up a wonderful day of friends, fun, and food.

Here are some photo highlights from the event:

Welcome to the big tent!

Welcome to the big tent!

 

Lining up for the pork

Lining up for the pork

 

The Pig Pickin' Dinner is a benefit for Washtenaw County 4H

The Pig Pickin’ Dinner is a benefit for Washtenaw County 4H

 

Our Main Event helper gets a promotion

Our Main Event helper gets a promotion

 

Chef Alex dishes out the pig

Chef Alex dishes out the pig

 

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Main Event speaker Anthony Fiasche hits the sauce

 

Great music from Corndaddy

Great music from Corndaddy

 

More from Corndaddy

More from Corndaddy

 

Pig has reached the end of his shift

Pig has reached the end of his shift

 

The setting sun lights up the barn

The setting sun lights up the barn

 

We leave with full hearts and bellies

We leave with full hearts and bellies

 

Main Event speaker Fred Bueltmann's New Holland trailer is hitched and ready to go

Main Event speaker Fred Bueltmann’s New Holland trailer is hitched and ready to go

 

Catch you on the flip-flop!

Catch you on the flip-flop!

 

See you next year at Camp Bacon 2016!

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Camp Bacon Main Event: A Beautiful Day at the Farm

It was a great day for Camp Bacon out at Cornman Farms. The weather was mild and sunny, the temperatures reasonable, and the food and conviviality top-notch. By all accounts, this year’s camp was best to date.

Thanks to all of our wonderful speakers and guests who took time out of their busy lives to attend our humble gathering. Thanks to our generous sponsors, without whom this would not be possible. And thanks to all of the hardworking Zingerman’s staff who make all of the effort look easy. All of you are wonderful people!

Here are some photo highlights from the event:

Welcome, campers!

Welcome, campers!

 

Did we say already welcome?

Did we already say welcome?

 

Your hosts: Ari, Tabitha, and Rachel

Your hosts: Ari, Tabitha, and Rachel

 

Ari introduces Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson, NPR's Kitchen Sisters.

Ari introduces Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson, NPR’s Kitchen Sisters

 

The Kitchen Sisters share stories from their Hidden Kitchens series

The Kitchen Sisters share stories from their Hidden Kitchens series

 

Sara from Nueske's serves up the bacon!

Sara from Nueske’s serves up the bacon

 

Our little helper

Our little helper

 

Ari, Nikki, and Davia

Ari, Nikki, and Davia

 

Susan Schwallie of NPD Group talks about bacon trends

Susan Schwallie of NPD Group talks about bacon trends

 

Laura Susong reads her essay about Irish Back Bacon

Laura Susong reads her essay about Irish Back Bacon

 

Bacon!

Bacon!

 

Leo Landis talks about the pork of Iowa

Leo Landis talks about the pork of Iowa

 

Sara Camp Milam of the Southern Foodways Alliance

Sara Camp Milam of the Southern Foodways Alliance

 

Anthony Fiasche talks about N'duja

Anthony Fiasche talks about N’duja

 

Rolando Beramendi serves up the goods

Rolando Beramendi serves up the goods

 

William Marshall shares the history of the BLT

William Marshall shares the history of the BLT

 

Bacon-battered corn dogs!

Bacon-battered corn dogs!

 

Mmm!

Mmm!

 

Still life with n'duja

Still life with n’duja

 

One of us!

One of us!

 

Monkey King Ale from New Holland Brewing

Mid-afternoon pick-me-up: Monkey King Ale from New Holland Brewing

 

Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing

Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing talks about beer and the Wizard of Oz

 

Greg Laketek talks about the Italian tradition of pork curing

Greg Laketek talks about the Italian tradition of pork curing

 

Steve Carre came all the way from Australia to talk about Kangaroo meat

Steve Carre came all the way from Australia to talk about Kangaroo meat

 

Micki Maynard and Leo Landis

Micki Maynard and Leo Landis

 

Staffer Mo Bacon (that's really her name!) and Ari launch the Bacon for President campaign

Staffer Mo Bacon (that’s really her name!) and Ari launch the Bacon for President campaign

 

Bacon cocktails from Adam Seger and Mitch Einhorn

Bacon cocktails from Adam Seger and Mitch Einhorn

 

Adam Seger and Mitch Einhorn

Adam Seger and Mitch Einhorn

 

Kat Gordon talks about Bakin' with Bacon

Kat Gordon talks about Bakin’ with Bacon

 

More bacon

More bacon!

 

Big thanks to all of our generous sponsors!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Big thanks to all of our generous donors!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

See you next year at Camp Bacon 2016!

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Bacon Ball Lives Up To Its Name

Last night we held our annual Bacon Ball at Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Our special guest for the evening was  Rolando Beramendi, founder of Manicaretti Italian Food Importers. Rolando and Roadhouse Chef Alex Young put together a terrific menu based on the evening’s theme of Pancetta, Pasta, and Passion.

Here are some of the highlights of the evening:

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Rolando and Chef Alex

 

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Documenting

 

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Rolando’s shot: Chef Alex and bacon steak

 

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Dinner componants

 

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Chef Alex and Ari introduce the meal

 

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Rolando and Ari

 

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Sara Camp Milam of the Southern Foodways Alliance

 

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Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing

 

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Cheat sheet

 

Rolando Meat pit

Rolando checks the meat

 

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Rolando and Ari and Alex and Fred

Camp Bacon rolls on with the Main Event tomorrow morning, the Pig Pickin’ Dinner on Saturday night, and then wraps up on Sunday with the Bacon Street Fair. 

See you at camp!

 

 

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In Which We Eat and Watch Movies

Potlikker Film Festival

Camp Bacon 2015 is under way, and what better way to kick it off than dinner and a movie?

A whole bunch of our friends and neighbors joined us tonight at Zingerman’s Events on 4th to view several films by Southern Foodways Alliance filmmaker Joe York. We tucked into a feast of fresh greens, hoppin’ john, fresh baked biscuits with sorghum, and baked ham, among other goodies. During the film, of course, we had popcorn. Because it’s not really movie night without popcorn, is it?

Ari briefs the crowd

Ari briefs the crowd

 

Deli Manager Marshall and Sara Camp Milam of Southern Foodways

Deli Manager Marshall and Sara Camp Milam of Southern Foodways

 

Ari makes a point

Ari makes a point

 

Dig in!

Dig in!

 

The darkened theater

The darkened theater

 

The magic of film

The magic of film

Camp Bacon only comes once a year! Don’t miss the pork-tacular events happening through Sunday!

See you at camp!