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Buy This Shirt to Help Fund the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award


Daphne Zepos was an advocate for traditional cheesemaking and a pivotal figure in the cheese world. dzta-shirtShe was also a friend to Zingerman’s—our co-founder Ari Weinzweig had this to say about her:

“Daphne’s work to educate retailers, chefs, cheese mongers and cheese makers has contributed enormously to a huge improvement in the quality of the cheese on counters across the country. Her passion, the poetry of her cheese descriptions, her never-ending drive for better flavor, for teaching people what makes good cheese good, and for making already-good cheese even better is truly unrivaled.”

Daphne passed away in the summer of 2012, but her legacy continues with the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award (DZTA), a 501c(3) non-profit. Developed from her own vision, the DZTA is an annual scholarship that aims to grow a legion of cheese professionals who will carry on her passion for educating others about everything from the history to the selling of cheese.

The scholarship is open to those who’ve been in the in the food industry for at least three years and are members of the American Cheese Society. Each recipient is awarded $5,000 to fund travel to Europe to immerse themselves in cheese learning. They are then expected to attend the American Cheese Society Conference and share their knowledge.

That’s what you’ll be donating to when you purchase one of our Daphne Zepos Shirts. Five dollars from every shirt goes to the DZTA. Plus, it’s a great shirt that’s coveted among Zingerman’s employees—it’s ultra-soft and long-sleeved with a hood.

If you’d like to learn more about Daphne Zepos and what she meant to Ari, check out the epilogue in Guide to Good Leading, Part 3: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves.

You’ll find the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award shirt at the Deli and online at You can read more about the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award on the official website.

Daphne Zepos library of cheese books was gifted to Zingerman's. It's housed at ZingTrain.

Daphne Zepos library of cheese books was gifted to Zingerman’s. It’s housed at ZingTrain.