Z-Pic of the Week

November 21, 2014

Seasonal struggle.

Seasonal struggle.


Ellsworth Road closure

The City of Ann Arbor Construction an​d Traffic Controls​​​ reports that a section of Ellsworth Road will be closed Monday, Nov. 17 – Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

“Beginning on Monday, Nov. 17, Ellsworth Road between Stone School Road and State Street will be closed to through traffic so that th​e Ann Arbor Railroad can perform railroad crossing maintenance. Traffic will be detoured on Stone School Road to Eisenhower Parkway to State Street. Local traffic will be able to access properties from Stone School Road to the railroad and from State Street to the railroad.”

Here’s a link to more information, including a detour map. 



Goodbye Deli; Hello Bakehouse

Maddie takes a step forward

This week marks a momentous occasion for me, one that brings with it both excitement and sadness. This week, I will be leaving Zingerman’s deli after more than four years to pursue pastry baking at Zingerman’s Bakehouse. I know its cliché to say, but I can’t believe four years went by so fast.

I started at the deli at the beginning of my sophomore year of college, young, curious, and wildly excited to be a part of the Zingerman’s community. Since that first day, I have been given more opportunities than my wide-eyed 20-year old self could ever have imagined. I blogged, I tasted magical wheels of cheese like Comté and Bayley Hazen Blue, and I served Aziz Ansari a sample of cheese. I made friends who have now become best friends. I participated in Zingerman’s-wide panel discussions. I learned how to professionally taste and assess food. I attended tastings hosted by world-class artisan food producers. I ate more #73 sandwiches than I could have ever thought humanly possible. I wrote schedules, managed shifts, took days worth of sandwich orders, and met the love of my life. I think the only thing I didn’t get to do was meet President Obama (I had the day off!).

In light of this impending move, I’ve been doing a good bit of reflection on my time at the deli and attempting to grasp just how much it has influenced my life. I’m reminded of a quote from The Office, possibly my favorite TV show of all time. In the series finale, one of the main characters, Andy, says, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” Andy, you hit the nail on the head. The past four years at the deli were my “good old days,” and the reality of my leaving is very hard to grasp. That little deli on the corner of Kingsley and Detroit St. became my second home and the people in it, my second family. Although, I will still be a part of the Zingerman’s community of businesses, the deli will forever hold a special sandwich-shaped spot in my heart. To all of my managers, supervisors, friends, customers, regulars, mentors, and everyone else in between, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, your enthusiasm, your inspiration, your advice, and your love. These truly have been the best four years of my life.

In the midst of this big change are some very sweet things, specifically scones, cookies, brownies, pies, and cakes. Ever since I was a toddler, I have had a particular affinity for dessert and sweet things in general—my prerequisite question before a meal was “is it sweet?” So I couldn’t be more thrilled that I will be able to translate this deep love into my new work life at Zingerman’s Bakehouse. During the next two months, I will be helping prepare a smorgasbord of holiday treats, rolling rugelach, scooping cookies, shaping scones, crimping pie crusts, and so much more. And I’ll still be writing every step of the way, so stay tuned for all the buttery details!

- Maddie

Maddie Goodbye Deli



Z-Pic of the Week

October 31, 2014

Vampires' Ball scarecrow

Cornman Farms scarecrow welcomes guests to the Vampires’ Ball.


Giving Corporate Gifts with Zing!

Professional Presents



You may not know it, but Zingerman’s Mail Order has a department of concierge dedicated to corporate gift-giving. In fact, we have been helping companies send the very best gifts for the last twenty years!


Food for thought!

This past Friday afternoon our crack team of corporate gift concierges held their annual Professional Presents open house to kick off the gifting season. Great food was served, champagne flowed, gifts were given away, and general gifting merry was made. We do this each year, and it’s a great way for your company to try our new and classic foods, see our latest gifts, and meet your concierge.


…and great food for the body!


Meeting and planning.


The holidays are just around the corner!



Didn’t make it this year? That’s ok, there’s still time! Call 866.260.6169 or email professionalpresentsatzingermansdotcom to discuss your corporate gifts this year and get on our RSVP list.


We can help!

See you soon!


Z-Pic of the Week

October 24, 2014

'Tis the season at the Deli.

‘Tis the season at the Deli.