Ari's Top 5

A Terrific Batch of Comté at the Deli, Cream Top Shop, and Mail Order

Incredible Mountain Cheese from Eastern France Writing about grief, as I did last week, always calls up particular memories for me. A loss may have happened a long time ago, but the feelings can still come back as if it were just last month. For me, it’s the passing of my parents, of my pup […]

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Holiday Blend from the Coffee Company

A beautiful brew that can turn any day into a holiday If you’re thinking about what to drink when you dive into a nice bite of pie from the Bakehouse, this seasonal brew from the Coffee Company is the perfect pairing. We’ve been doing an annual Holiday Blend for over a decade now—the 2021 vintage maintains the tradition […]

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Ari's Top 5, Good Food

Benedict on a Biscuit

Start your day at the Roadhouse If you’re thinking of going out for breakfast to eat something you probably never cook at home, you might want to swing by the Roadhouse and order Eggs Benedict. The Roadhouse kitchen crew’s rendition of this classic American recipe is splendid. A buttermilk biscuit cut in half, thin slices […]

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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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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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