Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 2/10/15

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Chocolate Gelato Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join Zingerman’s Creamery gelato-makers Josh and Guy on a Valentine’s Eve tasty tour of our lovely chocolate gelati offerings. We’ll will try some our all-time favorites like Rocky Ride (hand-made marshmallows & butter-roasted peanuts), Chocolate Turtle (Argentine Dulce de leche & butter-roasted pecans), as well as some newer, more adventurous flavors like Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry (strawberries in a piquant balsamic vinegar syrup) and Stoneground and Smoked (smoked chocolate chunks & toasted almonds). We’ll also provide a couple of unique adult beverages for those that wish to partake, and guests will see how our gelato is made on a tour of the production area with Josh and Guy. Friday, February 13th, 6pm. 

Reserve your seat here


Rum & Chocolate Valentine’s Cocktail Hour – Two Sessions!

There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with rum and chocolate! Come and find out what rum & chocolate have in common. We will taste three hand-selected rums and a special rum concoction, that pair deliciously with chocolate. The perfect complement to a dinner with your sweetheart. Friday, February 13th.

Reserve a seat for the 6-7pm seating

Reserve a seat for the 8-9pm seating


New Orleans Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

The Roadhouse celebrates one of our favorite cities and cuisines with our annual Mardi Gras New Orleans Dinner, this year highlighting New Holland Brewing Company’s finest beers and beverages. Fred Bueltmann, a.k.a. The New Holland Brewing Beervangelist, has paired his favorite beers with our favorite oysters for a five course meal sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied. While our celebration may be a bit tamer then then one happening 1000 miles south, we’ll make the Roadhouse the next best place to be if you can’t make it to New Orleans.. Tuesday, February 17th, 7pm. 

Reserve your seat here


Pot Pie Pop-In at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

Join us Wednesday, February 18, 5-930pm to celebrate Pot Pie Season 2015!
No reservation needed, just stop by Zingerman’s Events on Fourth.

Menu:
• Traditional Wedge Salad – A chilled wedge of iceberg lettuce, tomato, applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese dressing and diced green onion. $4
• Beer Cheese Soup with Popped Corn – $6

Zingerman’s Pot Pies (each pie is made with handmade butter crust) $10/each
Choose from:
• Classic Chicken Pot Pie – Free range chicken, chunks of carrot, celery, potatoes, onions, and herbs.
• Fungi Pot Pie – Vegetarian – Michigan Maitake mushrooms and Tantré Farm organic Shiitake mushrooms with a little Balinese long pepper.
• The Red Brick Beef Pot Pie – Chunks of Ernst Farm natural beef, carrots, potatoes, and fresh herbs.

Dessert:
• Warm Cinnamon Apple Crisp w/ a scoop of vanilla gelato from Zingerman’s Creamery. $5

Beverages:
Wines, Michigan beer, and a full bar available.

FREE Admission!


Cheese Mastery Class #5: Cheddar

On Friday, February 20, 6pm, Creamery Managing Partner Aubrey Thomason shares the history of Cheddar in this fifth session of the Cheese Mastery Class. Cheddar is the most well-known and popular of the milled curd cheeses throughout the Western world. The milled curd style was created in Britain, and is also used (sparingly) by the French. Aubrey takes us through beginnings of this ubiquitous cheese in the English village of Cheddar, the definition of the Cheddaring process, and it’s implications for cheese production in the centuries to come. How did a style with such humble beginnings end up conquering the western world? We will discuss milled curd technology, texture, and flavor, as we taste our way through some classic examples of this popular cheese style. Don’t miss it!

Reserve your seat here


Mastering Mozzarella at Zingerman’s Creamery

Come and learn the secret to making terrific fresh mozzarella from the experts! Stop by the Creamery on Saturday, February 21, at 2pm, and we’ll show you the ins and outs of making this simple, yet delicious cheese. You’ll learn how to pull balls of fresh mozzarella from curd, stretch string cheese, and create rich, creamy burrata. Perfect on pizza, super on a salad, or amazing on its own, this versatile cheese is as much to make as it is to eat. Adults and children over 12 are welcome. Don’t miss it!

Reserve your seat here


Zingerman’s First Annual Wedding Show at Cornman Farms

On Saturday, February 21, 1pm – 5pm, Zingerman’s is bringing our preferred wedding vendors together in our beautifully restored 19th century barn and event space to help guests make their Zingerman’s wedding a distinctive event with memories to last a lifetime. Brides- (and Grooms!) -to-be will discover the extra special touches and amenities that make Corman Farms a unique venue for a beautiful, intimate ceremony and joyous reception.

We’ll be serving delicious samples of food and beverages from our famous kitchens, and guests will have the opportunity to meet event and food catering experts from just about all of the Zingerman’s businesses. Attendees will enjoy a relaxing afternoon chatting with some of the very best in the business.

Zingerman’s brings our signature creativity and cleverness to the table, and our preferred vendors include florists, photographers, planners, apparel and transportation experts – all dedicated to creating a memorable wedding day.
Zingerman’s Wedding Show is the culmination of decades of experience in bringing the right tone and flavor to gatherings, parties, nuptials, and celebrations of all sizes.
Please join us!

Reserve your seat here


San Street at Cornman Farms Dinner

Have you HAD these San Street buns? San Street is a local food cart and a pop up restaurant, specializing in traditional Asian street fare, with an emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients and exceptional flavor. A Zingerman’s entrepreneurial venture, San Street is propelling its food cart success toward establishing a brick and mortar restaurant. In the meantime, get a sneak peek of their ridiculously good food at Cornman Farms!

San Street will prepare some of its most popular items for this unbeatable menu:

Gua Bao: Open-faced, fluffy, homemade buns filled with slow-roasted pork belly or sauteed mushrooms
Jeon: crisp, savory pancakes
Tteokguk: Rice cakes in rich beef broth
Beef Jjim: Slow-braised beef in soy garlic broth with winter vegetables, served alongside rice and namul (farm vegetables)
Sake-Poached Pears with Roadhouse Vanilla Gelato from Zingerman’s Creamery
Yuzu Soju Delish: a handmade cocktail featuring yuzu, an East-Asian citrus fruit and Soju, a popular South Korean spirit

Join the culinary genius behind San Street, Ji Hye Kim, and the Cornman Farms team for this unforgettable night of ridiculously good food and drinks. See you there!

Reserve your seat here


February Flips and Fizzes Cocktail Class at Cornman Farms

Show your bartending flair! We’re going to shake it up this month (literally!) at Cornman Farms by making cocktails that require enthusiastic mixing techniques. In chronological order, we’ll whip up a colonial Rum Flip; mix an 1800s-style Brandy Milk Punch; and finish with the classic Ramos Gin Fizz. By the end of this fun and active cocktail class, you’ll have created three cocktails, enjoyed delicious appetizers made right here on the farm, and gained cocktail confidence with your newly honed shaking and pouring skills! You’ll also leave with recipes and instructions for all the cocktails featured in the class.

Reserve your seat here


See you soon!

Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 2/3/15

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Brews, Brats, & The Brinery at Zingerman’s Creamery

Local fermented vegetable luminaries The Brinery make some of the best sauerkraut and pickles around! Paired up with the fresh sausage offerings from Detroit’s own Corridor Sausage Co, we’ll heat up a frosty winter night with amazing sauerkraut, good brews, and tasty brats. Stop by the Creamery on Friday, February 6th, 6pm, for toasty night of belly-warming savory treats!

Reserve your seat here


Mastering Mozzarella at Zingerman’s Creamery

Come and learn the secret to making terrific fresh mozzarella from the experts! Stop by the Creamery on Saturday, February 7, at 2pm, and we’ll show you the ins and outs of making this simple, yet delicious cheese. You’ll learn how to pull balls of fresh mozzarella from curd, stretch string cheese, and create rich, creamy burrata. Perfect on pizza, super on a salad, or amazing on its own, this versatile cheese is as much to make as it is to eat. Adults and children over 12 are welcome. Don’t miss it!

Reserve your seat here


Comparative Cupping at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

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. Sunday, February 8th, 1pm. 

Reserve your seat here


Secret Winter Garden Dinner at Cornman Farms

You might never guess it, but in the depths of winter, we’re growing great things at Cornman Farms! Our hoophouse and greenhouse foster an almost magical array of plants, including microgreens, radish shoots, corn shoots, and sunflower shoots, plus the best spinach and kale you’ll ever taste. On Sunday, February 8th, 4pm, we’ll be featuring these incredible greens for our fourth Farm-to-Fork dinner, complemented with salt-cured whitefish, venison and pork belly, and accompanied by sauerkraut and winter-dug Jerusalem artichokes. Prior to dinner, we’ll hold an optional, interactive presentation with Mark Baerwolf, our Produce Manager, and throw in a warm winter cocktail for your enjoyment. Don’t miss this in-depth look at Cornman Farms’ secret winter garden!

Reserve your seat here


Chocolate Gelato Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join Zingerman’s Creamery gelato-makers Josh and Guy on a Valentine’s Eve tasty tour of our lovely chocolate gelati offerings. We’ll will try some our all-time favorites like Rocky Ride (hand-made marshmallows & butter-roasted peanuts), Chocolate Turtle (Argentine Dulce de leche & butter-roasted pecans), as well as some newer, more adventurous flavors like Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry (strawberries in a piquant balsamic vinegar syrup) and Stoneground and Smoked (smoked chocolate chunks & toasted almonds). We’ll also provide a couple of unique adult beverages for those that wish to partake, and guests will see how our gelato is made on a tour of the production area with Josh and Guy. Friday, February 13th, 6pm. 

Reserve your seat here


Rum & Chocolate Valentine’s Cocktail Hour – Two Sessions!

There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with rum and chocolate! Come and find out what rum & chocolate have in common. We will taste three hand-selected rums and a special rum concoction, that pair deliciously with chocolate. The perfect complement to a dinner with your sweetheart. Friday, February 13th.

Reserve a seat for the 6-7pm seating

Reserve a seat for the 8-9pm seating


New Orleans Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

The Roadhouse celebrates one of our favorite cities and cuisines with our annual Mardi Gras New Orleans Dinner, this year highlighting New Holland Brewing Company’s finest beers and beverages. Fred Bueltmann, a.k.a. The New Holland Brewing Beervangelist, has paired his favorite beers with our favorite oysters for a five course meal sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied. While our celebration may be a bit tamer then then one happening 1000 miles south, we’ll make the Roadhouse the next best place to be if you can’t make it to New Orleans.. Tuesday, February 17th, 7pm. 

Reserve your seat here


Pot Pie Pop-In at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

Join us Wednesday, February 18, 5-930pm to celebrate Pot Pie Season 2015!
No reservation needed, just stop by Zingerman’s Events on Fourth.

Menu:
• Traditional Wedge Salad – A chilled wedge of iceberg lettuce, tomato, applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese dressing and diced green onion. $4
• Beer Cheese Soup with Popped Corn – $6

Zingerman’s Pot Pies (each pie is made with handmade butter crust) $10/each
Choose from:
• Classic Chicken Pot Pie – Free range chicken, chunks of carrot, celery, potatoes, onions, and herbs.
• Fungi Pot Pie – Vegetarian – Michigan Maitake mushrooms and Tantré Farm organic Shiitake mushrooms with a little Balinese long pepper.
• The Red Brick Beef Pot Pie – Chunks of Ernst Farm natural beef, carrots, potatoes, and fresh herbs.

Dessert:
• Warm Cinnamon Apple Crisp w/ a scoop of vanilla gelato from Zingerman’s Creamery. $5

Beverages:
Wines, Michigan beer, and a full bar available.

FREE Admission!


Cheese Mastery Class #5: Cheddar

On Friday, February 20, 6pm, Creamery Managing Partner Aubrey Thomason shares the history of Cheddar in this fifth session of the Cheese Mastery Class. Cheddar is the most well-known and popular of the milled curd cheeses throughout the Western world. The milled curd style was created in Britain, and is also used (sparingly) by the French. Aubrey takes us through beginnings of this ubiquitous cheese in the English village of Cheddar, the definition of the Cheddaring process, and it’s implications for cheese production in the centuries to come. How did a style with such humble beginnings end up conquering the western world? We will discuss milled curd technology, texture, and flavor, as we taste our way through some classic examples of this popular cheese style. Don’t miss it!

Reserve your seat here


Mastering Mozzarella at Zingerman’s Creamery

Come and learn the secret to making terrific fresh mozzarella from the experts! Stop by the Creamery on Saturday, February 21, at 2pm, and we’ll show you the ins and outs of making this simple, yet delicious cheese. You’ll learn how to pull balls of fresh mozzarella from curd, stretch string cheese, and create rich, creamy burrata. Perfect on pizza, super on a salad, or amazing on its own, this versatile cheese is as much to make as it is to eat. Adults and children over 12 are welcome. Don’t miss it!

Reserve your seat here


Zingerman’s First Annual Wedding Show at Cornman Farms

On Saturday, February 21, 1pm – 5pm, Zingerman’s is bringing our preferred wedding vendors together in our beautifully restored 19th century barn and event space to help guests make their Zingerman’s wedding a distinctive event with memories to last a lifetime. Brides- (and Grooms!) -to-be will discover the extra special touches and amenities that make Corman Farms a unique venue for a beautiful, intimate ceremony and joyous reception.

We’ll be serving delicious samples of food and beverages from our famous kitchens, and guests will have the opportunity to meet event and food catering experts from just about all of the Zingerman’s businesses. Attendees will enjoy a relaxing afternoon chatting with some of the very best in the business.

Zingerman’s brings our signature creativity and cleverness to the table, and our preferred vendors include florists, photographers, planners, apparel and transportation experts – all dedicated to creating a memorable wedding day.
Zingerman’s Wedding Show is the culmination of decades of experience in bringing the right tone and flavor to gatherings, parties, nuptials, and celebrations of all sizes.
Please join us!

Reserve your seat here

See you soon!

Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 1/27/15

Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell

10th Annual African American Foodways Dinner

Strawberry Lessons and Blueberry Blessings featuring author Betty Brown-Chappell.

Betty Brown-Chappell, author of Open Secrets: A Poor Person’s Life in High Education, comes to the Zingerman’s Roadhouse for our 10th Annual African American Foodways Dinner. Betty’s engaging memoir of her experiences during some of America’s most tumultuous times chronicles her progression into higher education, as well as her passion for food and her experiences as a child farmer. This year’s dinner will take place on Wednesday, January 28, at 7pm. 

As migrants from Texas and Kentucky, Betty’s parents brought with them many recipes from that region, including fruit preserves, biscuits, greens with ham hocks, corn pudding and fruit cobblers. Chef Alex has created a menu for this year’s dinner inspired by the meals prepared by Betty’s parents during her childhood in South Haven, Michigan. Join us as Betty shares her stories and memories of these traditional dishes and the farm, as well as the lessons and experiences from her life.

Reserve your seat here


Home Espresso Class at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Get the most out of your home espresso machine. On Sunday, Febuary 1st, 1pm, Learn more about what goes into making a cafe quality espresso. We will start with an overview of the “4 Ms” of making espresso, followed by tasting, demonstrations and some hands-on practice. We will also cover some machine maintenance basics as time allows. This is a very interactive workshop and seating is limited to six people.

Reserve your seat here


1st Sunday Creamery Tour

Join our cheese and gelato makers on Sunday, February 1st, 2pm, for an hour long adventure to learn 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.

Reserve your seat here


Sundae Sundays at Zingermans Creamery

You deserve a treat! Stop by the Creamery for Sundae Sundays! Build your own single scoop gelato Sundae with up to 3 delicious toppings for just $5 (upgrade to a double scoop, add $2). Our amazing toppings include Dulce de Leche, Coop’s Hot Fudge, Hand-chipped chocolate chips, roasted peanuts, roasted pecans, cherries and other fruit toppings, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory Peanut Brittle, Zzang bars, and much more! Every Sunday in January and February!


Brews, Brats, & The Brinery at Zingerman’s Creamery

Local fermented vegetable luminaries The Brinery make some of the best sauerkraut and pickles around! Paired up with the fresh sausage offerings from Detroit’s own Corridor Sausage Co, we’ll heat up a frosty winter night with amazing sauerkraut, good brews, and tasty brats. Stop by the Creamery on Friday, February 6th, 6pm, for toasty night of belly-warming savory treats!

Reserve your seat here


Mastering Mozzarella at Zingerman’s Creamery

Come and learn the secret to making terrific fresh mozzarella from the experts! Stop by the Creamery on Saturday, February 7, at 2pm, and we’ll show you the ins and outs of making this simple, yet delicious cheese. You’ll learn how to pull balls of fresh mozzarella from curd, stretch string cheese, and create rich, creamy burrata. Perfect on pizza, super on a salad, or amazing on its own, this versatile cheese is as much to make as it is to eat. Adults and children over 12 are welcome. Don’t miss it!

Reserve your seat here


Comparative Cupping at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

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. Sunday, February 8th, 1pm. 

Reserve your seat here


Secret Winter Garden Dinner at Cornman Farms

You might never guess it, but in the depths of winter, we’re growing great things at Cornman Farms! Our hoophouse and greenhouse foster an almost magical array of plants, including microgreens, radish shoots, corn shoots, and sunflower shoots, plus the best spinach and kale you’ll ever taste. On Sunday, February 8th, 4pm, we’ll be featuring these incredible greens for our fourth Farm-to-Fork dinner, complemented with salt-cured whitefish, venison and pork belly, and accompanied by sauerkraut and winter-dug Jerusalem artichokes. Prior to dinner, we’ll hold an optional, interactive presentation with Mark Baerwolf, our Produce Manager, and throw in a warm winter cocktail for your enjoyment. Don’t miss this in-depth look at Cornman Farms’ secret winter garden!

Reserve your seat here


Chocolate Gelato Tasting

Join Zingerman’s Creamery gelato-makers Josh and Guy on a Valentine’s Eve tasty tour of our lovely chocolate gelati offerings. We’ll will try some our all-time favorites like Rocky Ride (hand-made marshmallows & butter-roasted peanuts), Chocolate Turtle (Argentine Dulce de leche & butter-roasted pecans), as well as some newer, more adventurous flavors like Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry (strawberries in a piquant balsamic vinegar syrup) and Stoneground and Smoked (smoked chocolate chunks & toasted almonds). We’ll also provide a couple of unique adult beverages for those that wish to partake, and guests will see how our gelato is made on a tour of the production area with Josh and Guy. Friday, February 13th, 6pm. 

Reserve your seat here


Rum & Chocolate Valentine’s Cocktail Hour – Two Sessions!

There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with rum and chocolate! Come and find out what rum & chocolate have in common. We will taste three hand-selected rums and a special rum concoction, that pair deliciously with chocolate. The perfect complement to a dinner with your sweetheart. Friday, February 13th.

Reserve a seat for the 6-7pm seating

Reserve a seat for the 8-9pm seating


See you soon!

Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 1/20/15

Manchester from Zingerman's Creamery

Manchester from Zingerman’s Creamery

Cheese Mastery Class #4 at Zingerman’s Creamery

On Friday, January 23, at 6pm, 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.

Reserve your seat here


Mastering Mozzarella at Zingerman’s Creamery

Come and learn the secret to making terrific fresh mozzarella from the experts! Stop by the Creamery on Saturday, January 24, at 2pm, and we’ll show you the ins and outs of making this simple, yet delicious cheese. You’ll learn how to pull balls of fresh mozzarella from curd, stretch string cheese, and create rich, creamy burrata. Perfect on pizza, super on a salad, or amazing on its own, this versatile cheese is as much to make as it is to eat. Adults and children over 12 are welcome. Don’t miss it!

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. Sunday, January 23, 1pm.

Reserve your seat here


Sundae Sundays at Zingermans Creamery

You deserve a treat! Stop by the Creamery for Sundae Sundays! Build your own single scoop gelato Sundae with up to 3 delicious toppings for just $5 (upgrade to a double scoop, add $2). Our amazing toppings include Dulce de Leche, Coop’s Hot Fudge, Hand-chipped chocolate chips, roasted peanuts, roasted pecans, cherries and other fruit toppings, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory Peanut Brittle, Zzang bars, and much more! Every Sunday in January and February!


Iridescence and Zingerman’s Coffee Company Dinner

Zingerman’s Coffee Company is partnering with Iridescence restaurant at the Motor City Casino on Sunday, January 25 at 5pm, to create an amazing coffee and food pairing experience with some of Detroit’s best chefs.
**THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE AT IRIDESCENCE, MOTOR CITY CASINO

From appetizers to dessert, coffee is a great beverage to pair with food. Complex, fruity, acidic or smooth, full-bodied or light, coffee’s many-layered personality makes it a challenging yet oddly obvious partner for a wide range of dishes.

Join us for this unique exploration of coffee and food as chefs from around Detroit attempt to create 7 perfect accompaniments to a variety of coffees and brew methods from Zingermans Coffee Company. Steve Mangigian, Managing Partner and roastmaster at Zingerman’s Coffee Company, will lead a discussion about coffee and share the tasting notes and brewing methods of each coffee served, while the chefs will tell us how they were inspired to create their dishes.

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10th Annual African American Foodways Dinner

Strawberry Lessons and Blueberry Blessings featuring author Betty Brown-Chappell.

Betty Brown-Chappell, author of Open Secrets: A Poor Person’s Life in High Education, comes to the Zingerman’s Roadhouse for our 10th Annual African American Foodways Dinner. Betty’s engaging memoir of her experiences during some of America’s most tumultuous times chronicles her progression into higher education, as well as her passion for food and her experiences as a child farmer. This year’s dinner will take place on Wednesday, January 28, at 7pm. 

As migrants from Texas and Kentucky, Betty’s parents brought with them many recipes from that region, including fruit preserves, biscuits, greens with ham hocks, corn pudding and fruit cobblers. Chef Alex has created a menu for this year’s dinner inspired by the meals prepared by Betty’s parents during her childhood in South Haven, Michigan. Join us as Betty shares her stories and memories of these traditional dishes and the farm, as well as the lessons and experiences from her life.

Reserve your seat here


Home Espresso Class at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Get the most out of your home espresso machine. On Sunday, Febuary 1st, 1pm, Learn more about what goes into making a cafe quality espresso. We will start with an overview of the “4 Ms” of making espresso, followed by tasting, demonstrations and some hands-on practice. We will also cover some machine maintenance basics as time allows. This is a very interactive workshop and seating is limited to six people.

Reserve your seat here


1st Sunday Creamery Tour

Join our cheese and gelato makers on Sunday, February 1st, 2pm, for an hour long adventure to learn 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.

Reserve your seat here


Brews, Brats, & The Brinery at Zingerman’s Creamery

Local fermented vegetable luminaries The Brinery make some of the best sauerkraut and pickles around! Paired up with the fresh sausage offerings from Detroit’s own Corridor Sausage Co, we’ll heat up a frosty winter night with amazing sauerkraut, good brews, and tasty brats. Stop by the Creamery on Friday, February 6th, 6pm, for toasty night of belly-warming savory treats!

Reserve your seat here


Mastering Mozzarella at Zingerman’s Creamery

Come and learn the secret to making terrific fresh mozzarella from the experts! Stop by the Creamery on Saturday, February 7, at 2pm, and we’ll show you the ins and outs of making this simple, yet delicious cheese. You’ll learn how to pull balls of fresh mozzarella from curd, stretch string cheese, and create rich, creamy burrata. Perfect on pizza, super on a salad, or amazing on its own, this versatile cheese is as much to make as it is to eat. Adults and children over 12 are welcome. Don’t miss it!

Reserve your seat here

See you soon!

Food, Food Artisans

Ari Interviews Betty Brown-Chappell

Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell is our special guest at this year’s 10th Annual African American Foodways Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse on Wednesday, Janury 28 at 7pm. Don’t miss it! 

Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell

Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell

One of the things I love about living in this community is that we have such a plethora of powerfully creative, inspiring, intelligent individuals who are so willing to share of themselves and their life’s learnings. Being around great people, people who are willing to follow their own path, to speak their minds in caring and constructive ways, to work hard to make a positive difference in the community and the world is, in itself, energizing. The difference that these special people have made and are making inspires me learn and contribute more every day! 

Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell is one of those people. Her teaching, writing and community work are all inspirations for the rest
of us. She has worked hard making her own way in the world, fighting through racial barriers, glass ceilings and the disadvantages that come with growing up poor where access and resources are so often limited. 

This year we’re excited to have Dr. Brown-Chappell as the speaker at our tenth annual African American foodways dinner at the Roadhouse. The event will celebrate Dr. Brown-Chappell’s recent release of her book, Open Secrets: A Poor Person’s Life in Higher Education. Chef Alex Young has crafted a menu that pays homage to her country roots—she grew up in a farm family near South Haven. “Strawberry Lessons and Blueberry Blessings” will pull from some of the food stories in Dr. Brown-Chappell’s book as we continue to pay homage to the great culinary contribution of the African American community in this U.S. The dinner will combine good food, good conversation and stories and insights from Dr. Brown-Chappell. We hope you can join us to pay homage to her work, and to the foodways of the African American farm community. Below is a bit of an interview I did with Dr. Brown-Chappell. Hopefully it leaves you hungry for more! Hope to see you at the Roadhouse on January 28th!    - Ari

Ari: Can you tell us a bit about your new book, Open Secrets: A Poor Person’s Life in Higher Education?

Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell: It is a memoir of my experiences as an African American woman during some of America’s most tumultuous times – 1946 to present.

Because I want to be part of the solution to the problem of low graduation rates for those who, like me, may be the first in their family to attend or graduate from college and who may come from a low-income background I also provide some lessons I have learned in higher education. I have also tried to provide some of the hard-fought lessons I learned during my journey for folks in high school, college or graduate school; families, friends and counselors may also learn from these lessons.

You grew up in southwestern Michigan. What was that like?

The area was very rural – you might say “rough and tumble.” We did not have lights, indoor sanitation, or running water for much of my early childhood years; we lived on a dirt road. Also, the predominantly white population was at times violently racist. As a young child I was physically assaulted on the playground and taunted with racial epitaphs. There was even an instance where some neighbors set a fire in our backyard. Over many years our white neighbors and schoolmates stopped the violence.

Most Americans know little about the story of African American farmers in this country. It’s been a very difficult road – sadly there are so few African Americans still farming. Can you tell us more about that?

The African American families that I knew in the southwestern part of Michigan during my childhood generally farmed part-time. My father and his friends often worked in light industrial jobs that supported the automobile industry. Once they completed an eight-hour shift at the foundry, then they returned to their farms to work for several hours. Like most of the women in the area my mother was a housewife with a large broods of children, eight, to care for.

I learned in 2013 that my parents were part of the 70,000 farmers of color who were discriminated against by federal and local loan practices. Farm loans had been subsidized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for many decades, but Black farmers were systematically excluded from the benefits of federal banking policy. In 2012 over a billion dollars was offered to repay these farmers, yet with our parents deceased no one in the family knew that we should apply for the reparations. Taken together with the trend to concentrate farming into large corporate entities, this historic discrimination in loan practices effectively prevented many African Americans from operating viable farms in today’s economy. This is a simplified version of the many obstacles African American farmers have experienced.

In your book you have chapters titled “Strawberry Lessons” and “Blueberry Blessings.” Tell us more.

Virtually no day goes by without news media that bemoan the loss of the middle-class. The African American families of my childhood who entered the middle class were able to do so not only because they worked day and night for what proved to be a living wage, but also because they were very frugal. They literally learned to spin straw into gold! These two chapters recount my family’s dependence on and gratitude for access to the lower-middle class due to the yield’s of these two crops. My experiences as a child farm worker led me to be an optimist: many things are possible with creativity and hard work. I also learned to enjoy and appreciate the nutrients provided by fresh foods. I can’t wait until it’s time to plant my backyard vegetable garden next spring!

Can you share a few of the lessons that you have learned?

Two lessons have been particularly important to both me and to my students at Eastern Michigan University: (1) To complete a degree you need support. Friends and family regardless of your financial situation will be important, but be grateful to whoever provides you with support. (2) Mentors can make or break the student who seeks a degree; students should seek them out, treat them with respect, and allow them to provide guidance.

What is the struggle of “twoness” that you mention?

This idea originally was used to describe the experience of Jewish citizens as they attempted to “melt” into the American culture. Black scholars built on the concept to mean “ . . . blacks operate with a “twoness” of behavior where one uses knowledge, manners, dress, and verbal cadences of the dominant culture to navigate in professional situations . . . while one alternatively speaks, acts, and dresses appropriate to the Black world where one most likely passes all non-professional time.”

Throughout your life – life most African Americans—you have experienced bias and prejudice. Can you reflect on that?

A student recently asked me which of the three types of discrimination that I have experienced, classism, racism, or sexism has presented the greatest obstacle for me. My answer was classism because I have done without the necessities of life – that is experienced poverty – as a child and young adult. To me poverty is largely intransient in America and is no longer an “in” topic for civic discussion. Yet child poverty among the innocents, young children, will dictate their life chances in many ways during adulthood. Classism also means that large swaths of our society who have means stick together, help each other out or trade favors. But the poor have a lot less to help each other with.

The menu this year will reflect a lot of the diet that you grew up with in South Haven, MI. What was the food like in your childhood?

We lived in an area with an abundance of wildlife such as pheasants and rabbits that my father shot and my mother served for dinner. Probably what offset our extreme poverty (besides the assistance of relatives) was that we generally had adequate nutrition such as fresh or canned fruits and vegetables from our farm. While our protein sources were also the pigs, cows, and chickens we raised we also ate a lot of navy beans. As migrants from Texas and Kentucky my parents brought many recipes from that region: sweet potato pie, candied yams, corn pudding, or fruit cobblers. My father was a cook in the Navy during WW II and he insisted that we have fish once a week. Seafood was a rare treat. Some of the foods they favored such as fried okra or rhubarb pie I have never been able to stomach…

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Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 1/6/15

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Brewery Vivant Beer & Cheese Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Jason Spaulding was one of the founders of New Holland Brewing Company back in 1997. Following his heart, he left and enrolled in the Doemens Brewing Academy in Munich. He returned to the states, worked for a year as the Bar Manager at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, then headed west again to found Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids. Jason Spaulding is a revolutionary brewer with a passion for sour beers and other unique styles, and his reputation is growing. Join us to learn more about Brewery Vivant, and taste their unique selection of brews along with our own Creamery cheese and accoutrements. Friday, January 9, 6pm.

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Home Espresso Class at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Get the most out of your home espresso machine. On Sunday, January 11, 1pm, learn more about what goes into making a cafe quality espresso. We will start with an overview of the “4 Ms” of making espresso, followed by tasting, demonstrations and some hands-on practice. We will also cover some machine maintenance basics as time allows.This is a very interactive workshop and seating is limited to six people.

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Sundae Sundays at Zingermans Creamery

You deserve a treat! Stop by the Creamery for Sundae Sundays! Build your own single scoop gelato Sundae with up to 3 delicious toppings for just $5 (upgrade to a double scoop, add $2). Our amazing toppings include Dulce de Leche, Coop’s Hot Fudge, Hand-chipped chocolate chips, roasted peanuts, roasted pecans, cherries and other fruit toppings, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory Peanut Brittle, Zzang bars, and much more! Every Sunday in January and February!


Good-a Gouda Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Gouda is one of the world’s most popular and least-understood cheeses. We’ve selected our favorite Goudas of 2014 and gathered them together for a celebration of this wonderful cheese. Take a guided tour with one of our cheesemongers through a brief history of this famed Dutch curd, and taste delicious Gouda of all different ages, both domestic and imported. Friday, January 16, 6pm. 

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It’s Gin-uary Cocktail Class at Cornman Farms

Gin is herbaceous and floral, warming and refreshing, and can be served in both sweet and savory libations. Join us on Friday, January 16, 7pm, as we focus on the wintry and robust side of this centuries-old spirit as we mix three seasonally appropriate gin cocktails. We’ll start with the hearty Negroni, a classic born in Italy in 1920; then we’ll embrace a new herbal twist on an old favorite with the Rosemary Gimlet; and we’ll end the class with a sweet and satisfying Spiced Pear Fizz. You’ll mix your own cocktails, enjoy hearty appetizers prepared by the Cornman Farms chefs, and then leave with recipes and the know-how to make these cocktails at home.

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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. 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. Sunday, January 18 or 23, 1pm.

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Cheese Mastery Class #4 at Zingerman’s Creamery

On Friday, January 23, at 6pm, 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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Mastering Mozzarella at Zingerman’s Creamery

Come and learn the secret to making terrific fresh mozzarella from the experts! Stop by the Creamery on Saturday, January 24, at 2pm, and we’ll show you the ins and outs of making this simple, yet delicious cheese. You’ll learn how to pull balls of fresh mozzarella from curd, stretch string cheese, and create rich, creamy burrata. Perfect on pizza, super on a salad, or amazing on its own, this versatile cheese is as much to make as it is to eat. Adults and children over 12 are welcome. Don’t miss it!

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10th Annual African American Foodways Dinner

Strawberry Lessons and Blueberry Blessings featuring author Betty Brown-Chappell.

Betty Brown-Chappell, author of Open Secrets: A Poor Person’s Life in High Education, comes to the Zingerman’s Roadhouse for our 10th Annual African American Foodways Dinner. Betty’s engaging memoir of her experiences during some of America’s most tumultuous times chronicles her progression into higher education, as well as her passion for food and her experiences as a child farmer. This year’s dinner will take place on Wednesday, January 28, at 7pm. 

As migrants from Texas and Kentucky, Betty’s parents brought with them many recipes from that region, including fruit preserves, biscuits, greens with ham hocks, corn pudding and fruit cobblers. Chef Alex has created a menu for this year’s dinner inspired by the meals prepared by Betty’s parents during her childhood in South Haven, Michigan. Join us as Betty shares her stories and memories of these traditional dishes and the farm, as well as the lessons and experiences from her life.

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See you soon!