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Events and Tastings

September 2015

Celebrating Beef

Sunday, September 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zingerman’s Deli,
422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, 48104

We’re very excited to welcome author Nicolette Hahn Niman to Zingerman’s Deli for an exciting night of dinner, drinks, and a discussion of sustainable agricultural practices. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Slow Food Huron Valley.

In her book Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman, an environmental lawyer-turned-rancher, does exactly as the title suggests by proclaiming everything that can be great about beef if it’s managed properly. Her book discusses sustainability (with a focus on soil health, carbon sequestration, and water conservation), as well as the nutritional benefits of beef, and the positive impacts of biodiversity, managed grazing techniques, and animal health.

For this event, Chef Rodger Bowser and his team have created a unique menu that celebrates American beef and dairy cattle. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour that includes a diverse selection of cheese pairings from a small number of U.S. pasture-based dairies. We’ve hand-picked some of the best, including a soft, luscious spreadable young cheese, a fine blue cheese, and some well-matured aged hard cheese.

The main course will feature perfectly cooked, pasture-grazed and -finished beef, as well as side dishes and salads that highlight the best of the season’s offerings. Some of the menu highlights include:

  • Bone Marrow with grilled garlic crostini and a parsley, caper, red onion and frisée lemon salad
  • Gaucho-Style Beef BBQ shoulder and tri-tip, grilled sweet corn with Calabrian chili butter, pecorino and chives
  • Bean ragout made with Rancho Gordo cranberry beans, green beans, wax beans, tomatoes and basil, and Zingerman’s Bakehouse Westwind bread served with butter from Vermont Creamery
  • Individual-sized Concord grape pies with Roadhouse Vanilla gelato from Zingerman’s Creamery

Courses will be served with tasting-sized beverage pairings (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as water. Additional beverages will be available for purchase.

Because the menu is based on fresh, seasonal products, some selections may be slightly different on the night of the dinner.

$100 per person (price includes one copy of Defending Beef)
$190 for 2 people (price includes one copy of Defending Beef)

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A Tasting Tour of the Basque Country

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Zingerman’s Events on Fourth,
415 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

with Deli Cheesemonger, Sean Hartwig

As a young man, living in the Pyrenees as a student and food lover was life changing. As a specialty food professional, I strive to recreate the flavors and sentiment of place and pace that was so endearing during my Basque food adventures. Join our retail team of flavor finders as we utilize traditional Basque ingredients to re-create some of our favorite small bites (pintxos) and explore the wines that enhance the spirit of region. We will utilize our extensive selection of cheeses, cured meats, tinned seafood, olives and more.

Note: Wine and selected beverages will be served as tasting pours. Full pours may be purchased for an additional fee. Cash only please.

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October 2015

30th Annual Paella Party

Sunday, October 4, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Zingerman’s Deli,
422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, 48104

Our 30th annual September celebration of the fabulous foods of Spain culminates (as it always does) with a two-grill Paella throwdown on Zingerman’s Patio. There will be a special presentation on Paella at noon, then Chef Rodger and his crew deal the goods: Three kinds of traditional Paella — Chicken/Chorizo, Seafood and Vegetarian grilled over Mesquite right before your eyes. Those in the know will be lined up for the Padron Peppers.

New to the occasion this year, a kids’ table featuring Pa amb Tomaquet, jamon serrano, quince membrillo and manchego!

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9th Annual Halloween Hootenanny

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zingerman’s Deli,
422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, 48104

On the Deli Patio
Tickets $5 in advance/$8 at the door

The Hootenanny is a fall-themed, Zingerman’s style celebration for kids. A fun evening of Halloween treats and activities! There will be Pumpkin Drawing, Kooky Cookie Decorating and more! Whether you’re meeting to share costumes and a play date or just stopping by on your way home from school, we welcome you to stop by and play for a while! You’ll enjoy music and complimentary snacks as you participate at your own pace. And don’t worry about dinner that night; we’ll have a tasty hot dog dinner, along with cider & donuts available for purchase. Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged!

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