Food, Food Artisans

This Week at Zingerman’s 12/15/15

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1st Sunday Tour at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join our cheese and gelato makers on Sunday, January 3rd, 2pm 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.

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Cocktail Class: Gin-uary, Take Two at Cornman Farms

New and improved! Last January we ushered in the new year with gin in a celebration we named “Gin-uary.” On Thursday, January 7th, 7pm, we’ll again pay homage to the juniper-based spirit in our second installment of Gin-uary; except this time we’re focusing on the less common (but perhaps even more exciting) versions of gin. We’ll explore the history of gin as it spread from Holland to Britain to America by mixing three distinct cocktails. We’ll become acquainted with genever, the original Dutch “gin,” in an 1860s recipe for The Improved Holland Gin Cock-Tail. Then we’ll highlight the English Old Tom style of gin in a drink named the Martinez. Lastly, we’ll embrace a New American type of gin (made right here in Michigan) in a modern cocktail, the Gin-Gin Mule, made with fresh mint and homemade ginger beer. Guests will learn to make all three cocktails themselves while enjoying appetizers made by Cornman Farm’s own chef in the farmhouse kitchen. Guests will leave with a new appreciation for the many styles of gin, as well as the recipes and the confidence to go forth and recreate all the cocktails made during the class.

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An evening in Sicily (via Dexter) at Cornman Farms

Gioacchino Passalaqua, an Italian artisanal food exporter and native Sicilian who co-leads the Sicily Food Tour with Zingerman’s Food Tours is coming to town Saturday, January 9th, 7pm, and he’s bringing one of Sicily’s top chefs with him. Claudio Ruta is a Michelin star recipient for his restaurant La Fenice in the hotel Villa Carlotta in Ragusa, Sicily. The area is renowned for its bounty of amazing foods, and Claudio is bringing many of those signature flavors along with him for a very special dinner at Cornman Farms in Dexter. With the assistance of Gioacchino—an accomplished cook and sommelier in his own right—Claudio will be preparing a menu with wine pairings that showcases the amazing foods of Sicily.

– Eggplant and capers escabeche with calamari, fleur de sel chocolate from Modica and porcini mushroom powder
– Fresh mackerel fillet with crunchy, crumbly pecan nuts
– Potato cream milk shaked with king crab salad and Lampong black pepperFirst course
– Risotto with orange peel, hazelnuts and scallop petals with raw extra virgin olive oil and fig melassa

Second course
– Seared swordfish tartare with wild fennel pesto, tomato and anchovies mayonnaise

– Couscous with hazelnuts crumbly nougat, sundried figs, Cinnamon chocolate from Modica and Passito wine sauce

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Comparative Cupping at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Sample coffees from the Africa, Central and South Americas, and the Asian Pacific. On Sunday, January 10th, 1pm, we will taste and evaluate these coffees using the techniques and tools used by professional cuppers. A brief understanding of coffee will also be presented highlighting different processing and growing methods. This is an eye-opening introduction to the world of coffee.

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See you soon!