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Take a trip around the Land of a Thousand Flavors in January and February and help support the work of Avalon Housing. Avalon’s mission is to develop and manage permanent affordable housing with support services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Visit the Zingerman’s Deli, Roadhouse, Creamery, Bakehouse and Coffee Company in a 24-hour period, get this passport signed by a staff member at each stop, and we’ll donate $5 (per person) to Avalon Housing. Passports are available at any Zingerman’s location (on the back cover of our newsletter) or you can download it here. (As a bonus, completing the tour and turning in your passport also gets you entered into a monthly drawing for a $250 gift card!)
Avalon first opened its doors in 1992 as a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing affordable, supportive housing to our community’s most vulnerable residents. Providing this support helps tenants to achieve stability, and be part of a productive community. It also helps them to maintain housing in a safe and supportive environment. Avalon prioritizes serving the following populations:
People with mental illness
People with physical disabilities
Survivors of domestic violence
People with substance abuse disorders
individuals and families
Last year, Avalon maintained 280 Apartments in 25 Ann Arbor locations, serving 400 tenants and 75 Children.
- The most effective solution to ending homelessness is supportive housing.
- Safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right.
- Building community is essential to helping people achieve self-sufficiency.
Zingerman’s is a proud supporter of Avalon Housing and we hope that you’ll join in helping to make an end to homelessness in Ann Arbor. The health of our community is a responsibility we all share. Please help by embarking on the Tour de Food at Zingerman’s, and invite your friends! You may also make a direct donation to Avalon Housing. Find out more at www.AvalonHousing.org.
Attendees were presented with carefully selected parings of artisanal Wisconsin cheeses and several complimentary flavors of Zzang! Bars from Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory. While this might seem surprising to some, it reflects an emerging trend in high-quality cheese pairings.
Wisconsin Milk Marketing’s Heather Engwall explains that historically, fine cheese was paired with wine (“there’s nothing wrong with that!”), and more recently, good beer. But lately, the taste interplay between good cheese and fine quality chocolate has gained recognition as delicious alternative to beverages.
But, good beverages deserve recognition as well, so the good folks at Death’s Door Spirits were on hand to offer (small!) samples of their Vodka, White Whisky, and Gin. The distillers at Death’s Door emphasize handcrafted, small-batch grain spirits made from locally sourced quality ingredients. The result is a smooth, clean-tasting spirit sure to enhance any cocktail.
Culinary Collaboration from Across the Lake tonight 7pm – 10pm at the Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Seats are still available. Please call 734.663.FOOD (3663) to make your reservation.
Take a trip around the Land of a Thousand Flavors and make a contribution to Double Up Food Bucks, an innovative and effective program that provides healthy food to those in need in our state community. When you visit Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Roadhouse, Creamery, Bakehouse and Coffee Co. in a 24-hour period and get your passport signed by a staff member at each stop, we’ll donate $5 (per person) to the Double Up Food Bucks program. Passports are available at any Zingerman’s location (on the back cover of our newsletter) or you can download it here. (As an bonus, completing the tour and turning in your passport also gets you entered into a monthly drawing for a $250 gift card!)
This donation ensures greater access to healthy, fresh food to lower-income residents of our inner cities and “food deserts” while simultaneously strengthening the local economy and improving the livelihood of farmers and rural communities.
How does the Double Up Food Bucks program work?
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shoppers spend their benefits at a participating farmers’ market and receive an equal amount (up to $20 per market day) provided by DUFB in tokens to purchase any Michigan-grown fruits or vegetables at the market. In effect, the SNAP recipients’ food dollars are doubled: by spending $20 of SNAP benefits at the farmers’ market, the shopper comes home with $40 worth of healthy, fresh, regionally grown produce.
Farmers’ markets are not an immediately apparent solution to problems found in lower-income and historically excluded communities–they are often viewed as primarily serving middle- or upper-class families. But the DUFB program shows that it is possible to create a healthier food environment for lower-income consumers and benefit the local farm economy by increasing the number of SNAP dollars being spent in farmers’ markets.
Funded by more than 35 foundations and corporations, the program has spread from a pilot in 5 Detroit markets in 2009 to 77 markets in 2012.
DUFB is demonstrating the feasibility and effectiveness of using incentives to encourage lower income families to purchase healthier food and support farmers. So far the program is almost exclusively supported by philanthropic dollars, but as our food and farm policy is created for the future with the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, we have an opportunity to provide public funding for this very successful approach to nutrition and rural economic development.
If you want to learn more and become engaged with FFN’s policy campaign to “Shrink Food Deserts and Expand Regional Food Systems,” go to www.fairfoodnetwork.org and sign up to become part of our communications network, so you will be poised to take action with us when the moment comes.
Zingerman’s Community of Businesses is proud to support Fair Food Network which also happens to be based here in Ann Arbor! Thanks to this visionary organization and the work it’s doing for our neighbors in need AND providing a boost to Michigan’s farmers.
Mary H. Schlitt, Director of Development and Marketing of Food Gatherers, invites all Zingerman’s friends to come to Grillin’:
Want a glimpse of what Food Gatherers does on a daily basis? Go to Grillin’! Grillin’ is Food Gatherers annual fundraiser, held always the second Sunday of June (rain or shine). Just like our food rescue and food bank program, Grillin’ is a gathering of community goodwill; made possible by good food, caring volunteers and engaged donors. There’s the:
Food! Many of the tasty side dishes and desserts you will see at Grillin’ are donated by local restaurants and distributors who support Food Gatherers food rescue program on a daily basis. Founded by Zingerman’s Deli in 1988, Food Gatherers was the first food rescue program in Michigan and among the first six in the United States. Today, Food Gatherers distributes more than 5 million pounds of food to 150 non-profit programs serving our neighbors in need.
Volunteers! Those friendly faces who will be grilling your sausage, setting up the event and playing some groovy music onstage are volunteers; they are the passion and power behind your Grillin’ experience. These event volunteers are just a small sample of the nearly 6,000 individuals who donate their time to Food Gatherers operations annually.
Donors! From the sponsors to the Grillin’ guests, and to the food donors and silent auction donors; there are hundreds of folks who help ensure that most of the funds raised from Grillin’ fight hunger in our community. You can get involved! By purchasing just one adult ticket to Grillin, you can provide up to 120 meals for the 1 in 7 adults – and 1 in 6 children- who struggle with hunger in Washtenaw County. Food Gatherers exists because of the caring and generosity of many individuals in the community!
So slather on some sunscreen, bring a friend and your appetite, and we’ll save a seat for you! Grillin’ for Food Gatherers is Sunday, June 10 from 3-8PM at Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds. In addition to great food, there will be live music from George Bedard and the Kingpins, The Appleseed Collective and Back Forty,kids activities, a food-inspired silent auction – it’s the best party of the year! Purchase tickets online now or at ticket sale locations: Zingerman’s Deli, Bakehouse or Roadhouse; Saline Picture Frame Co. and Dexter Picture Frame Co. or call 734-761-2796.
What a difference a year can make right? Ask me this time last year — with 365 days of continuous film programming, live concerts and speaking engagements already keeping us up to our eyeballs in exciting activity here at the historic Michigan Theater — how close we were to delivering the first-ever international film festival for southeastern Michigan and I would have politely said, “I’m sorry, whaaaa?”
CINETOPIA International Film Festival, a dream of our executive director Russ Collins, for decades longer than it’s fair to say anyone should have to hold onto a dream without seeing it come to fruition, took its preliminary steps after a trio of successful years conducting events with Sundance Film Festival USA. That project, SSFUSA, was one of my first “wow” moments I helped with here at the Michigan when I walked in its doors as part of the executive team in late 2009.
To explain, Sundance as an organization wanted to expand its reach beyond its hometown of Park City, Utah and it did so with Russ and a network of art house cinemas across the country to deliver a concept called Sundance Film Festival USA. SSFUSA took Sundance-approved films of that given year’s festival and send them out to cities across the U.S., right when Sundance was still taking place each year in January to communities who may never get to see a film festival.
The success of Sundance Film Festival USA over the past three years here in Ann Arbor alone has helped expose a wider audience to the power of cinema of what was being debuted at this acclaimed winter international film festival. It has helped bring visionary directors like the Duplass brothers (CYRUS), Miguel Arteta (CEDAR RAPIDS), and soon-to-be success Jamie Travis (FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…) to our town of Ann Arbor and leave in love with how we embraced their films. Brought respected screenwriters and actors like Oscar® nominee Jonah Hill, Lauren Miller and U-M alum James Wolk (ABC’s HAPPY ENDINGS) in front of sold out crowds of over 1,700 within our historic main theater to see what our friends and neighbors can really do to give a standing ovation to the art and entertainment of film.
If we could deliver that type of excitement for the area for three years, how hard could it be to do that same thing over four days in one year? Now THAT, is a good question and one we asked ourselves in late 2011. From it, came the genesis of this new venture: CINETOPIA International Film Festival. “Cine” from French “cinéma”, or the shortening of “cinématographe” (term coined by the Lumière brothers in the 1890s) and from Ancient Greek κίνημα (kinēma, “movement”) coupled with “topia” or the Ancient Greek of τόπος (topos, “place, region”). CINETOPIA aspires to be an international film festival that brings the best of the festival circuit, be it Tribeca, Toronto or yes, even Sundance to our market; powerful film from the foreign movie distribution groups we work with that may not see major distribution here in the States; the power of 3D as a medium and how close we can get to being there with the illusion of this expanding technology; and a focus on a near and dear product of the University of Michigan: screenwriting.
Now, sounds great on paper, or being relayed via blog post, but then what? Well, fast forward to the months over the first part of 2012 and you would witness an experiment in making something out of nothing. We looked to other film festivals like the Cleveland Film Festival to the south, Michael Moore’s incredibly successful traverse City Film festival to the north of us, to see what we could learn. We also looked to all of you through local businesses and partners to make sure as a non-profit we could fund such an undertaking. Many nails bitten to the quick, we are happy to say with folks like the team at Zingerman’s that we are able to deliver what you will see later this month, happening across three venues (one screen at the Michigan, one screen at the State Theatre, an U-M Angell Hall, Aud. A), over 30 films, and over the course of four days: Thursday, May 31 – Sunday, June 3 and you’re invited. All of Michigan and its neighboring states are invited. Heck, invite your relatives from anywhere and show them just how great Ann Arbor can be when we look to collectively welcome thousands to our humble downtown and show what it really means to love film!
How did we pick all these films and themes? Like everything Zingerman’s does, organically of course! A project of this size can’t just grow on hope alone. We needed to see what was out there building momentum, what films were getting the right amount of buzz, the right amount of care and the right amount of thought-provoking promotion to then welcome them to Ann Arbor. From that we have reached out to indie distributors, nationally respected movie houses and a mountain of other resources to get what you can now look at in its final form on our website. Trust me, it wasn’t easy (PLEASE NOTE: no Michigan Theater employees were injured during the deciding process of this festival) but completely worth the work and effort of our team.
We hope you consider yourself a part of this little nugget of local history and join us for as many films as you can over this special four-day fest. With your help, it can be nurtured and grow into something that we can all take pride in, look back years from now and say: “we made this” and smile as a town, a community and a landmark for cinema and culture.