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Adding to the List of Natural Laws of Business

#20: You need high hope to get to greatness Fourteen years before we opened the Deli in 1982, the Trappist monk Thomas Merton went out west to travel. In 2019, writer and permaculturist Fred Bahnson published a thoughtful piece about that trip, entitled “On the Road with Thomas Merton.” Aside from the fact that I […]

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Vintage 2021: A Deep Dive into Denmark and the New Nordic

A new “limited release” from Zingerman’s Food Tours Writing in National Geographic, Erica Jackson Curran says: Among the pandemic’s many challenges: quarantine measures greatly reduce our ability to create new experiences and connect with other people. And we’re craving those connections and their social benefits more than ever. Planning and anticipating a trip can be almost […]

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Pan Fried Padron Peppers

Buy at the Farmer’s Market, fry ’em up in your own frying pan When I was working on Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating some twenty years or so ago, I created small sidebars that I called “Travelers Advisories.” They were about foods that I really loved, but weren’t available in the United States. Iberico ham was one […]

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Food for Future Organizational Thought

Sharing some background on our “Community Shares” program On his new album All Round the Light Said, Irish singer songwriter Joshua Burnside sings about “A Man of High Renown.” Who we hold in high renown, who we learn from, who we admire, and who we aspire to emulate has a huge influence on how we live […]

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The Seemingly Small Act of Knowing People’s Names Can Make a Big Difference

Honor our colleagues and improve our organizational culture   In 1980, a couple years before we opened the Deli, the psychologist Carl Rogers wrote his classic A Way of Being. Rogers, who was born in 1902, the same year the Deli’s building was built, concluded that the country was moving towards a new future—one in which […]

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Mirzam Chocolate with Coffee & Cardamom

A cup of amazing Arabic coffee in chocolate bar If you like both great dark chocolate and a good cup of coffee, as I do, you might well want to check out this terrific chocolate bar made by Kathy Johnston and her team at Mirzam in the unlikely origin of Dubai. I’ve gone back to […]

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