Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 6/2/15

Bacon strips

Camp Bacon begins Wednesday!

Please join us June 3-7 for the 6th Annual Camp Bacon!
Each year, bacon lovers from around the globe make the trek to Ann Arbor for Zingerman’s annual 5-day celebration of cured pork, Camp Bacon. This year’s camp runs from June 3-7, and enthusiasm is stronger than ever: three new events have been added to the 2015 lineup to help celebrate the sixth year of bringing home the (really good) bacon.

Camp Bacon was inspired by an idea Zingerman’s co-founder Ari Weinzweig had while writing his book Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon:

“When the Southern Foodways Alliance sponsored a field trip to Louisville a few years ago they called it Camp Bacon. While I didn’t get to Kentucky to take part in the bacon festivities, the name “Camp Bacon” has stuck with me ever since. There’s just something about the idea of Camp Bacon that conjures up great images. Bacon roasting over the bonfire. . .blue jeans and black hooded sweatshirts with shredded cuffs smelling sweetly of pork belly. . .maybe classes in bacon cooking and slicing, bacon-sack races, bacon making merit-badges. . .”

In the year after the book was released, Ari decided that maybe Camp Bacon didn’t just have to be a fantasy. “We have close ties to so many great bacon curers and other folks in the food community, and I think people look to us to do something different. So, we figured, let’s put it together and see if people come.” The first year sold out and included a performance from Chicago area R&B musician Andre Williams (whose 1957 hit “Bacon Fat” won him a prominent spot in the Guide to Better Bacon.) Andre returned for an encore performance at the Ark for the second Camp Bacon and the downtown street fair was added to the lineup.

As always, Zingerman’s Camp Bacon is a benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of food traditions, and Washtenaw County 4H.

To reserve your seats for Camp Bacon events, please visit our website. 


Welcome to Cornman Farms tour

Our Welcome to Cornman Farms Tour is an idyllic and dynamic 90 minute introduction to the rich history, agricultural projects and humane raising of animals. Join us Tuesday, June 9, 6pm, for a look at our vegetable and herb gardens, goat milking operation and historic restored Farmhouse and Barn—and enjoy a meet-and-greet with our visionary Managing Partner, Kieron Hales.

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ZingTrain Speaker Series: Michelle Segar

Exercising regularly – we all know it’s good for us. If we brainstormed for a minute, or less, we’d probably have a long list of sound, logical, rational reasons for exercising regularly. And yet it’s just so darn hard to do, isn’t it? Pick a different positive health behavior and you’ll probably just be repeating that exercise. Why is that?

Michelle Segar knows why it is. She has done decades of research to try to understand why logic-based reasons for behavior change keep people stuck in cycles of starting and stopping. And to understand why those logic based reasons don’t create change that sticks.

Thankfully for all of us, Michelle took her research a little further to try to figure out what does work! To identify The Right Whys. Integrating research from behavioral science and positive organizational scholarship, Michelle will describe a novel approach to motivating and maintaining healthy behaviors in ways that can foster personal meaning and well-being. And help your organization thrive! Wednesday, June 10, 8am. 

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Cocktail Class: A Very Vodka Evening

Vodka is the cocktail world’s proverbial black sheep. We underutilize this spirit’s almost infinite mixing potential, and it’s high time we paid attention to this crisp and clean liquor: the original “neutral spirit.” Vodka is made for mixing. It is the sugar-cookie-dough of the bar world: a fantastic base that is pleasant on its own but really exists as a vehicle to showcase other ingredients and flavors. Vodka can be made from almost anything starchy: wheat, potatoes, corn, rye, and even grapes! Join us on Thursday, June 11, 7pm, as we doff our cap to this remarkably versatile spirit by mixing three note-worthy cocktails: the Vesper, which is the original James Bond martini; the light, crisp, and tart Cosmopolitan; and the famous citrusy and spicy Moscow Mule. We will discuss the history of vodka and stories behind these cocktails, snack on exquisitely prepared light fare from the Cornman Farms culinary team, and guests will take home recipes for all the cocktails made during the class.

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Ready, Set, Picnic at Zingerman’s Creamery

We’ve raided the shop to bring you the best in picnic fare! Cheeses that travel well, paired up with beers and wines perfect for enjoying with good friends in the sunshine! We’ll also have suggestions and tastes from our pantry selection of jams, pickles, and other treats to get you picnic ready for this summer! Friday, June 12, 6pm.

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A Taste of Traditional Tunisia at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

With special guest, Majid Mahjoub, owner of Les Moulins Mahjoub in Tunisia

One of the most exciting events on our calendar this year! We’ve been waiting three years for Majid and Onsa Mahjoub to make a return visit to Ann Arbor. Their last visit was fabulous that many who attended are still asking when we can do it again. The answer: Monday June 22, 7 pm. The Mahjoub family are growers and producers of some of our favorite products. From organic olive oil and sun dried tomato paste, to amazing harissa sauce, hand rolled, sun dried m’hamsa couscous, naturally cured olives, wild capers and much more. And all will be on the table for this dinner, along with the best of the season’s meat, fish, and vegetables.

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The Spirited Cheese Tasting at Zingerman’s Events on 4th

Join our cheesemongers Tuesday, June 23, 7pm for a spirited evening as we explore the potential of combining a really good cheese plate with our favorite distilled beverages. Happy hour will never be the same and a dessert plate will take on new meaning after an evening comparing the traditions between distillation and cheese production. Whether you are looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift or just want to learn more about really good cheese and mixers with friends, this will be fun for all.

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ZingTrain Speaker Series: Anese Cavanaugh

Anese Cavanaugh knows that you are an impact machine! She believes you have super powers! In fact, Anese believes it so strongly that she came up with the IEP method to help you to tap into that impact machine, that superpower. Because it is totally in your control!

Here’s the thing. Whether it’s your boss your interacting with, or your peers or customers or family, or your dog for that matter – how you Show Up is influencing how they feel, how you feel and ultimately the results you get. Our words only determine 7% of our impact, the other 93% is in how we Show Up. In our intentions, energy, and presence (our IEP).

Join us Wednesday, June 24, 8am, to learn how to strengthen your own IEP (from the inside out) so that you can create the results and relationships you want in a way that leaves you buzzing and blazing versus bummed, busy, and burnt out. And change your relationship with busy, burnout and other things that bum you out, once and for all

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See you soon!