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Don’t Get Stuck in the Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Zone

It’s easy to get your breads, pastries, cheeses, gelato and coffee at Zingerman’s Southside without hitting the construction on Ann Arbor-Saline Road. 

Here’s a handy detour map:


From southbound Ann Arbor-Saline Road, turn left on Eisenhower Parkway and continue over to S. State Street. Turn right on S. State and head south, crossing over I-94. Turn right onto Airport Blvd., and right again onto Plaza Drive. Zingerman’s Southside is located at 3711-3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48108. Look for the big orange roof!


How to get to Zingerman’s Southside Without Getting Stuck in Traffic

It’s construction season!

The orange barrels and cones are back, and this time it’s the intersection of State Rd. and Ellsworth Rd. that’s getting all the attention. 

But don’t worry – we’re here to help!

Zingerman’s has created this handy map to help you navigate and avoid delays on your way to the Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Zingerman’s Creamery, Zingerman’s Coffee Company, or any of our other Southside businesses!

Use our map to get to Zingerman’s Southside with no delays and no hassles!



See you soon!


Take the Zingerman’s Tour de Food and Help Support Avalon Housing!

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
  • Homeless Veterans
  • Homeless youth
  • Chronically homeless
  • individuals and families

Last year, Avalon maintained 280 Apartments in 25 Ann Arbor locations, serving 400 tenants and 75 Children.

Avalon believes:
– 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.


Wisconsin Cheese, Spirits, and Zingerman’s Chocolate

In anticipation of tonight’s Culinary Collaboration from Across the Lake event at the Zingerman’s Roadhouse, representatives from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Death’s Door Spirits hosted a tasting at the Roadhouse yesterday.

Ari & Wisconsin Cheese reps set up

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.

Death's Door Spirits

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 the Zingerman’s Tour de Food in November/December and Help Your Neighbors in Need!

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.

Learn more about our November/December Tour de Food and get the passport!


A Picnic With A Purpose

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.