This Week at Zingerman’s 4/22/14

Soul Food Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

soul-food-bookPlease join us tonight, 7pm, for a culinary exploration into the history of American soul food with author Adrian Miller.

In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish–such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and “red drinks” – Adrian uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity. Chef Alex has created a menu direct from the chapters of Soul Food and Adrian will share his knowledge and the history of the foods we will be dining on. Adrian Miller is a writer, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. He has served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., and a Southern Foodways Alliance board member.


speaker-series-speech-bubbleSpeaker Series continues at ZingTrain

Please join us Wednesday, April 23, 730am-930am for another thought-provoking session of the ZingTrain Speaker Series.

This week’s session will feature Stephen Gill, Ph.D,  who is co-owner of Learning2BGreat.com as well as owner and principal of Stephen J. Gill Consulting. Stephen’s subject will be: An Arsenal of A’s.

Here’s why it’s a great idea to listen very closely to what Stephen Gill has to say : he’s worked in the field of Human Performance Improvement for decades. He’s written books about it. He’s based his consulting practice on it. He teaches it. He talks about it. And he’s really, really good at it. In fact, Stephen Gill is the guy to talk to if you want to create a culture of learning in your organization and then get concrete evidence that the culture is resulting in performance improvements.


olive-oils-and-vinegars-2Spring Oil Sale starts at Zingerman’s Mail Order

It’s spring-cleaning time! The new olive oil harvest will be coming in soon, and that means great deals on our existing oil stock. We have very limited supplies, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. In the meantime, you can pick up some really choice oils like La Spineta from Puglia, or Roi from Luguria. How about Maussane from Provence or Castello della Paneretta from Tuscany? Any of these high-quality oils will add that touch of excellence to any dish you prepare.  Don’t miss these deals!

Spring Oil Change continues at Zingerman’s Deli


Our annual olive oil sale gives you a chance to stock up on your favorite olive oils and get great deals on some that you may not have discovered yet. All of the 2011 harvest oils from Italy, Spain, France and California are on sale: buy 1 bottle at 10% off, 2 bottles at 20% off and 3 bottles at 30% off. Look for the 1-2-3 sticker and stock up!

Bh-Kalacs-FinalSomodi Kalács at Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Somodi Kálacs (“sho-mo-dee-ko-loch”) cinnamon swirl bread. We learned to bake this traditional Hungarian Easter bread in a village in Transylvania during our trip there in 2012. This soft golden pan loaf, is made with fresh eggs and a sweet buttery cinnamon brown sugar swirl. The smell is amazing. The taste is even better. Available through the end of April!

Next week and beyond:

B Nektar logoMead Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Local meadery B Nektar is garnering praise from all corners for their distinctive, locally brewed mead. Beginning as a small, one-off operation for a wedding, the Ferndale-based company was featured in the Metro Times, and has drawn praise from all over the Mitten for their brew. Please join us Friday, May 1st, 6pm as we sample a selection of their fine meads paired with a compliment of piquant Creamery cheeses.


award-winning-cheeses-webFirst Sunday Tour at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join our cheese and gelato makers Sunday May 4, 2pm on an hour-long adventure to see how we transform local milk into delicious cheese and gelato. On this tour, you will observe mozzarella stretching and taste freshly made gelato. You’ll sample our selection of cow and goat’s milk cheese while learning from Creamery staff how the cheese is made. Tours happen on the first Sunday of each month!


Oaxacan Mexican Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

mexican-foodWhile Mexican cooking varies from one region of the country to another, no State compares with Oaxaca in the variety of cuisines found within it’s borders. Know as the “Land of the Seven Moles,” Oaxaca is blessed with an abundance of vegetables grown in the central valley; fish and shellfish from the southern coast and Isthmus regions; and a year-round supply of tropical fruit from the lush area bordering Veracruz. On Monday, May 5, 7pm, Roadhouse Chef Bob Bennett, with his passion for cooking traditional Mexican, will prepare a traditionally made menu full of flavor and Oaxacan staples: corn, empanadas, tamales, lentils, black beans and of course, chocolate and moles.


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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!


Z-Pic of the Week

April 17, 2014

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Mini desserts at Zingerman’s Roadhouse


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April 11, 2014


In the old cellar at Cornman Farms.


Z-Pic of the Week

April 4, 2014


President Barack Obama visits Zingerman’s Deli

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President Obama visits Zingerman’s Deli

The chief executive stops by for lunch

On Wednesday, Zingerman’s Deli received a surprise visit from the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. The president, who was in town to deliver a speech promoting an increase in the minimum wage at the University of Michigan, decided to have lunch at Zingerman’s Deli.

Zingerman’s co-founder, Paul Saginaw has been a strong proponent of increasing the minimum wage. This past January, he joined other business leaders from around the country and traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with US Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez.

Just after that meeting, U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-MI, State Rep. Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor, and State Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor met with Zingerman’s Deli staff and Ann Arbor business owners at the Deli to discuss proposed increases in the state and federal minimum wage. Rep. Dingell praised Paul’s trip to Washington, saying, “It says that there’s conviction there…” President Obama must have agreed with that sentiment, because he invited Paul and Lori Saginaw to attend the speech, and arranged to have them driven to the event.

Instead, Paul, Lori, and the Deli staff were happily surprised when the presidential staff informed them that the president had decided to have one of the Deli’s world-famous sandwiches prior to giving his speech. At that point, police and U.S. Secret Service agents secured the Deli and the surrounding area, closing it off to all traffic.

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A few minutes later, the presidential motorcade arrived and out stepped President Obama, along with U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-MI. Paul and Lori met the pair inside the Deli, and gave them a quick tour before ordering lunch.


President Obama ordered a classic #2 Reuben sandwich, along with a crunchy garlic pickle and a side of spinach salad. Rep. Peters joked that since the president was buying, he’d have the same.

President Obama and Rep. Peters then greeted Deli staff and guests, shaking hands and smiling for photos and smartphone videos. One guest briefly lamented that he would be late work, but a guest at another table assured him, “Don’t worry–you have the best excuse ever!” A few minutes later, he was overheard on his phone saying, “You’ll never guess what happened…”






The President then went upstairs to have a private lunch with three servers in various metro area restaurants. The workers, Graham Kovich, of Warren; Aisha Thurman, a mother of three; and Mira Friedlander, a senior at the University of Michigan are all in favor of an increase in the minimum wage.

After lunch, the president again greeted Deli guests:






Then Paul and Lori again joined the president, and all traveled to the University of Michigan’s IM building for the main event. During his speech, President Obama talked about why he decided to stop at Zingerman’s. The remarks were captured on video:

Thank you, Mr. President!

MLive reporter Jessica Webster wrote a nice first-person account of the president’s visit.

Listen to Paul’s remarks about increasing the minimum wage on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program, and about the president’s visit on  Michigan’s Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels.

 Hail to the Chief!