Tastings and Events

  • Most of our current events are VIRTUAL, but some are IN PERSON – please read the description carefully!
  • Zoom links will be sent by email no later than the day before the event
  • All of our virtual events have Live Transcription (Closed Captioning) enabled on Zoom
  • Tasting kits will be available for pickup or Ann Arbor delivery starting at 11am the day before the event
  • Only some tasting kits can be shipped.  Information is provided in each event description
  • You can use a credit card or a Zingerman’s Gift Card to pay for your event
  • We understand that life happens! We offer a full refund when you cancel 48 hours ahead of the scheduled event
  • If you are interested in scheduling a private event, please fill out our inquiry form and someone will get back to you soon
  • If you have any questions, contact our Deli Events team at [email protected]
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October 2020

Dark Chocolate and Dark Beer: A Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$5.99 – $75

Join us for a virtual happy hour on the darker side.  Spend your Thursday Happy Hour in the comfort of your home as you kick back and learn about one of our favorite fall combinations–dark chocolate and dark beer!  Zingerman’s Chocolate Specialist Jennie Brooks will be joined with Zingerman’s alum and Edelbrau Brewing Company owner, Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt to lead you through tasting.  Teo will walk us through his brewing process and thoughts on what makes Ann Arbor's nano-cannery so special. …

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January 2021

Chocolate and Mead Pairing with Bløm Meadworks

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$6 – $55

We think pretty much anything goes with chocolate, but it does take an expert level of knowledge to match up just the right chocolate with the something special.  We are excited to bring you some exciting beverage pairings–chocolate with mead and cider!  Join Deli Chocolate Specialist, Jennie Brooks, and Bløm Meadworks owner Lauren Bloom for a virtual chocolate, mead and cider pairing event! Bløm Meadworks is located in Ann Arbor Michigan and brews with all Michigan-sourced ingredients. Jennie and Lauren…

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February 2021

Virtual Happy Hour: Chocolate, Cheese & Cocktails

Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $65

Chocolate & cheese are two classic pairings with cocktails. Just in time for the weekend of Valentine's Day, two of our favorite Deli product experts have teamed up to bring you a chocolate, cheese and cocktail happy hour at home.  Our Chocolate Specialist Jennie Brooks and resident Certified Cheese Professional, Tessie Ives-Wilson will be your hosts for the evening (yes, those are real jobs ... jealous?!)  We will talk about some of our favorite cheese and chocolate pairings and help…

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April 2021

Notable Noshes: Chocolate from Around the World

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $35

Zingerman’s Next Door Café’s chocolate corner is full of Notable Noshes–offering you a full spectrum of all things cacao from the traditional to the avant-garde.  Our Chocolate Specialist Jennie B constantly curates our offerings, which has expanded over the past few years to include products from Hungary and Iceland, and continues to offer some of our longtime favorites, like Askinose and Michigan's Grocer's Daughter.  We keep up on the latest news in chocolate and stay in close touch with our…

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May 2021

Meet the Maker: Truffles with Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $40

“Most of the confections we make at Grocer's Daughter Chocolate feature an ingredient from a local partner, from our dairy to the honey we use in our caramel recipe to dried fruits, jams, teas, flowers and spirits.”  –Jody Hayden, owner of Grocer's Daughter Grocer's Daughter Chocolate is a small family-owned specialty chocolate shop in the village of Empire, Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  They have a retail shop and also wholesale their truffles, bars, and other products…

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June 2021

Sundae Suprise! Build you own Sundae at Home

Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $45

Sundae Surprise!! School is out and summer is in full swing!  Nothing says summer like ice cream!!  While we enthusiastically promote having ice cream every night of the week, we've got something extra special planned for this evening.  We've put together a make at home sundae kit for 3-4 people and will join you on zoom to hang out and talk about our favorite gelato and sundae toppings!  A FUN FRIDAY for the whole family or a group of friends.…

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July 2021

Virtual Happy Hour: Chocolate Tasting with Ann Arbor Distilling Co.

Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$50 – $65

We think pretty much anything goes with chocolate, but it does take an expert level of knowledge to match up just the right chocolate with the something special.  We are excited to bring you some exciting beverage pairings–chocolate and spirits!!  Join Deli Chocolate Specialist, Jennie Brooks, and Ann Arbor Distilling Company Sales and Distribution Director Michael Fox, for a Virtual Happy Hour! Ann Arbor Distilling Co. creates all of its award-winning spirits from ingredients that are sourced right here in…

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September 2021

Chocolate 201: White Chocolate

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $35

Zingerman’s Next Door Café’s chocolate corner offers a full spectrum of all things cacao from the traditional to the avant-garde.  Our Chocolate Specialist Jennie B constantly curates our offerings, which has expanded over the past few years to include products from Hungary and Iceland, and continues to offer some of our longtime favorites, like Askinose and Michigan’s Grocer’s Daughter.  We keep up on the latest news in chocolate and stay in close touch with our vendors to make sure we are…

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Chocolate 201: Chocolate & Spices

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $35.00

Zingerman’s Next Door Café’s chocolate corner offers a full spectrum of all things cacao from the traditional to the avant-garde.  Our Chocolate Specialist Jennie B constantly curates our offerings, which has expanded over the past few years to include products from Hungary and Iceland, and continues to offer some of our longtime favorites, like Askinose and Michigan’s Grocer’s Daughter.  We keep up on the latest news in chocolate and stay in close touch with our vendors to make sure we are always…

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October 2021

Chocolate 101

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $40.00

Join us for Chocolate 101–a virtual class where you learn everything you need to know about chocolate!  Learn the origins of cacao, the history of chocolate, how chocolate is made bean-to-bar, how to taste chocolate using all your senses and the difference between artisan chocolate and grocery store brands. Zingerman’s Next Door Café’s chocolate corner offers a full spectrum of all things cacao from the traditional to the avant-garde.  Our Chocolate Specialist Jennie B constantly curates our offerings, which has expanded over the…

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