Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 10/21/14

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Zingtrain Speaker Series: Robert Wright

Dr. Bob Wright believes in engaging in life to maximize adventure and encounter versions of our selves that we had never imagined possible. Not surprisingly, the people he coaches and trains see him as a master agent of empowerment—a trump card in their lives. In fact, Dr.Bob believes that each and every one of us has potential beyond anything we’ve ever imagined.
In this session of the Speaker Series, Dr. Bob will tell you that the most powerful way to look at leadership is not in terms of the people we lead, but in terms of our selves – who we are, how authentic we are and who we want to be. In other words, to look at leadership from the inside out, to look at how it transforms our lives. He calls it Transformational Leadership and in this session he’ll lead us through an exploration of the adventures, opportunities and markers of Transformational Leadership.
In classic Dr.Bob style, be prepared for a session that is highly interactive, involves some “real juicy” (Dr. Bob’s words!) conversations and an epiphany or two! Wednesday, October 22, 8am.

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Holiday Staff Positions at Zingerman’s Mail Order

Zingerman’s Mail Order is hiring holiday staff! We’ve posted several positions on our Jobs site and we’re taking applications now! Apply today!

8th Annual Halloween Hootenanny at Zingerman’s Deli

The Hootenanny is a fall-themed, Zingerman’s style celebration for kids. Thursday, October 23, 4-7pm will be a fun evening of Halloween treats and activities! There will be Pumpkin Drawing, Kooky Cookie Decorating and more! Whether you’re meeting to share costumes and a play date or just stopping by on your way home from school, we welcome you to stop by and play for a while! You’ll enjoy music and complimentary snacks as you participate at your own pace. And don’t worry about dinner that night; we’ll have a tasty hot dog dinner, along with cider & donuts available for purchase. Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged!

Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door.

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Cheese Mastery Class: Lactic Cheeses

Join Creamery managing partner Aubrey Thomason for the third class in a series exploring the foundations of cheese. In this session, Aubrey will talk about the simplest (and most difficult to master!) form of cheesemaking: lactic cheeses. Lactic cheeses are made using little or no rennet to help firm them up. Instead, the lactic cheesemaking process relies on the natural progression of milk lactose into lactic acid, which then binds the proteins together to form curd. This process takes much longer, but the results can be stellar. This is the process that gives both Cream Cheese, as well as our delicious Lincoln Log. Join us on Saturday, October 25, 1pm, as we discuss the chemistry behind lactic cheese, and tasting the various cheeses made using this process.

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Coffee and Food Pairings at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

You may be familiar with wine and cheese pairings, but why not a coffee and food pairing? Here at the Coffee Co, we’ll be taking some of our favorite coffees and tasting them with some foods to find the best combination. Great for the coffee and food connoisseur who wants to try something different. Class is limited to 10 people, so sign up quick. Sunday, October 26, 1pm.

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Intro to Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

Join us Monday, October 27, 530pm and enjoy a fascinating introduction to Cornman Farms’ rich history, agricultural projects and humane raising of animals. We’ll even throw in a taste of one of our seasonal vegetables!

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9th Annual Vampires’ Ball Cornman Farms

Vampires’ Ball is a festive, upscale gathering benefiting Food Gatherers Community Kitchen and Job Training Program. For the first time, Vampires’ Ball will take place at the newly opened Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, a working farm and premier event venue. Guests enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by award-winning Chef Alex Young in the historic farmhouse. Dinner is followed by a night of drinks, dancing and treats in the renovated barn—the perfect setting for Washtenaw County’s best Halloween party! Wednesday, October 29, 6pm.

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1st Sunday tour at zingerman’s creamery

Join our cheese and gelato makers for an hour-long adventure as we transform local milk into delicious cheese and gelato. You’ll watch our fresh mozzarella stretched into shape, taste our cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses while our staff explain the cheesemaking process, and sample our delicious fresh gelato. 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. Sunday, November 2, 2pm. 

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A chat with Jacques Dahan of Michel Cluizel Chocolate

Join us on Monday, November 3, 630pm, as we welcome special guest Jacques Dahan of Michel Cluizel Chocolate for an evening discussion and tasting of our favorite family-owned French chocolate from Normandy. Jacques, a chocolate expert and importer for the past 28 years, will illuminate us of the entire production process at Michel Cluizel, from sourcing beans to the final production of chocolate from milk to dark. We’ll also be introducing a brand new chocolate from Chiapas, Mexico. And if an evening surrounding chocolate wasn’t enticing enough, there will be wine too!

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Traditional Beefsteak Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Beginning in the 1860’s, butchers would sneak choice cuts of meat into the kitchens of nearby saloons, grill them over coals and feast on them during Saturday nights-on-the-town. This New York City tradition became known as a “Beefsteak” – a simple, masculine feast of beef, lamb chops, kidneys and beer – with simple etiquette rules: knives, forks, napkins, tablecloths – even plates – were entirely optional. The Beefsteak became to New York, what a barbecue is to the South, or crab feast is to Maryland; a place to gather a community, often around a political cause or fundraiser.

On Tuesday, November 4, 7pm, Chef Alex will revive an almost-lost 19th century American tradition, crafting a meal using all Cornman Farms’ meats. Jan Longone, the Curator of the American Culinary History at the William Clements Library at the University of Michigan and the proprietor of the Wine and Food Library, will join Chef Alex and share the history of the Beefsteak.

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Taste of Tantré: Pencils and Parsnips at Zingerman’s Deli

Join Zingerman’s Delicatessen and Tantré Farm on Wednesday, Novermber 5, 630pm, as we gather for our annual Taste of Tantré feast where we will eat great food and raise awareness, goodwill, and money to further the mission of The Agrarian Adventure, a leader in our community farm-to-school movement.

The Agrarian Adventure celebrates its 10 year anniversary championing efforts to connect students with food, health, community, and agriculture. They created and help to sustain a bountiful and diverse school garden at Tappan Middle School in Ann Arbor, lead a Farmer in the Classroom program that reaches all Ann Arbor Public Schools, and work to foster ongoing relationships among farmers, teachers, parents, administrators and students.

$80 of the ticket price is tax-deductible!

Support Farmer Visits to Classrooms
The Agrarian Adventure mentors area farmers to give fun hands-on lessons to over 800 elementary students a year, connecting them with our regional food system and locally grown produce. Help us bring this great program to more schools! Each $250 donation pays for one month of Farmer in the Classroom programming. This includes planning, materials, and a stipend for the visiting farmer for a month of weekly visits.

Your total sponsor-a-month donation is a tax-deductible contribution to The Agrarian Adventure, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, federal tax id is 20-1275718.

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See you soon!