Tastings and Events

  • Most of our current events are VIRTUAL
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March 2021

halva tasting

Meet the Maker: Hebel & Co Free Halva Tasting

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
Free – $8

“Hebel & Co is family-owned and -operated. As such, each halva we make begins with a sophisticated scientific process known as kvetching and kvelling.”  – Hebel & Co Please join us for this FREE halva tasting event! Halva, or halvah, halwa, or any number of other spellings is a delicious confection that originated in the Middle East, typically made with a sesame or nut base.  We're particularly smitten with the flaky, cottony, crispy, airy, melt-on-your-tongue lusciousness of the halva from…

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Cheese 101

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $40

A delicious education on the world of cheese! Join our expert cheesemongers as they guide you through the seven major styles of cheese: Fresh, Soft-Ripened, Pressed Curd, Cooked Curd, Milled Curd, Gouda, and Blue. You'll enjoy samples, learn the basics of how these cheeses are made, notes on their flavor profiles and useful tips for pairing them to make the most fabulous cheese board. Jump start your path to becoming a cheese expert in this all things cheese class. YOUR…

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April 2021

Meet the Maker: Georgia Grinders Nut Butter Tasting

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
Free – $8

“Nut butters may be one of the most versatile pantry staples these days. There is no meal of the day or snack that they do not complete, and that most definitely includes dessert!”  – Jaime Foster, Founder + CEO, Georgia Grinders Please join us for this FREE nut butter tasting event!  There is a great diversity of nut butter and nut butter brands available these days, but only a few that have wowed us with their quality and taste. Jaime…

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Zing Sampler: Mieli Thun Honey

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $20

Mieli Thun is a small, but passionate company in Italy that brings us monofloral and nomadic honeys, produced by taking the bees to sixty extraordinary sites.  This is a family tradition that involves trips all over the country, careful observation and paying heed to the tales of the farmers, who are true connoisseurs of the land.  We love each and every one of these jars of honey and better yet, they are on SALE this month. Great tasting Mieli Thun…

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Cheese Room Sessions: Pleasant Ridge Reserve Selection

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $26

Cheese Room Sessions is a virtual event series of conversations hosted by Deli cheesemonger Sean Hartwig, with special guest cheese makers and professionals who will talk about their delicious creations and ramble about life in the dairy business.  In this month's session, Sean will be joined by Andy Hatch, owner and head cheesemaker at Uplands Cheese, a grassland dairy located in the driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin and maker of the signature Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese. In this virtual tasting…

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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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breads & pastries

Zing Sampler: Breads & Pastries with Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $15

Call us biased, but we think Zingerman's Bakehouse makes the best breads & pastries!  They are true artisan bakers, using traditional recipes, time-honored processes, their hands, and the most flavorful ingredients they can find. They have two stone mills that they use to process locally grown, heritage and ancient wheat varieties, freshly milled, and more non-wheat varieties. They are passionate about stone milling their own whole grain flours and featuring them in the naturally leavened breads & pastries they've been…

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Rose and Cheese

Virtual Happy Hour: Rosé and Cheese

Saturday, April 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$75

Settle in with your significant other or your bestie for an afternoon tasting that features rosé and cheese pairings in a relaxed setting.  Join our Deli Event Coordinator and American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional Tessie Ives-Wilson for this virtual happy hour.  Tessie has put together some of her favorite cheeses with 2 different rosé wines to enjoy for the afternoon. All you’ll need is a plate and a wine glass! Bread and additional accompaniments will be provided. This tasting…

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May 2021

Vinaigrettes 101

Saturday, May 8, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $35

Dressings, marinades, sauces and more - vinaigrettes are a great way to make a dish pop in the kitchen! We'll share four of our favorite recipes, including the "method" recipe that you can use to create your own vinaigrettes using what's in your pantry. As we head into fresh produce at the Farmer's Markets, this is one class you won't want to miss! YOUR $15 EVENT TICKET INCLUDES: Zoom meeting link 4 recipes including the "method" for a great vinaigrette…

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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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Meet the Maker: Daphnis and Chloe Tea and Herb Tasting

Saturday, May 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $40

“I started my business because I came across this question: Why were certain herbs from my childhood so much better than what I can buy now?”  –Evangelia Koutsovoulou, founder of Daphnis and Chloe Daphnis and Chloe is a small batch culinary herb and spice shop located in Athens, Greece.  Started in 2013, they aim to bring the quality and diversity of culinary plants from small farms across Greece to our kitchens around the globe.  Ari says that the smell of…

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A Peek Inside the Deli Kitchen: Cooking with Special Guests Jali Fruit Co.

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $24

Jali Fruit Co. participates in over 40 farm cooperatives in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean to save fruit from spoiling by training women farmers and providing simple machines to dry the fruit.  67% of the farmers they work with are women.  Jali Fruit Co. sells these high-quality, premium products through direct trading with these smallholder farmers. By working directly with farmers, they cut out the middle and make sure every batch of dried fruit is ethically-sourced with quality top of…

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Rose and Cheese

Virtual Happy Hour: Rosé and Cheese

Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$75

Treat your mom with this gift for Mother's Day!! or settle in with your significant other or your bestie for an afternoon tasting that features rosé and cheese pairings in a relaxed setting.  Join our Deli Event Coordinator and American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional Tessie Ives-Wilson for this virtual happy hour.  Tessie has put together some of her favorite cheeses with 2 different rosé wines to enjoy for the afternoon. All you’ll need is a plate and a wine glass! Bread…

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A Peek Inside the Deli Kitchen: Butcher’s Monthly on the Grill

Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$15

Butcher’s Monthly is a collaboration between Zingerman’s Deli and Marrow Detroit and includes locally sourced and butchered meats, charcuterie and sausages plus curated pantry staples and signature specialties from the Deli—in other words, a big box of food with really big flavor to bring joy to your grill and your kitchen. Join Deli Chef Rodger Bowser for a Peek Inside the Deli Kitchen as he unboxes this month's box at the grill.  He'll walk you through some of his ideas for how to…

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June 2021

A Peek Inside the Deli Kitchen: Cooking with Scraps

Thursday, June 3, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $30

June 1st, 2021 marks the 1-year anniversary of the City of Ann Arbor's plan to achieve a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality, known as A2ZERO. One of the ways we're participating in their week-long celebration of events is by hosting this virtual cooking demo!  Join us for a Peek Inside the Deli Kitchen where we'll be joined by Lindsay-Jean Hard, author of "Cooking with Scraps"!  Lindsay-Jean will be talking with Deli Events Coordinator Tessie Ives-Wilson about some of the…

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Meet the Maker: The Matzo Project

Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
Free – $15

“In 30 years of friendship it never occurred to us to become business partners...Until we realized that, in 90 years, it never occurred to anyone else to make a better tasting matzo..”  – Ashley Albert and Kevin Rodriguez, The Matzo Project We were so blown away by the taste, quality, and values of The Matzo Project matzo, that we updated our decades old matzo ball recipe to use their product.  But we're also so blown away by The Matzo Project…

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Perfectly Paired: Beer, Bacon, and Cheese

Sunday, June 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$100

Some foods are Perfectly Paired together–think peanut butter and jelly, bread and butter, ... or maybe beer, bacon and cheese!  In this virtual tasting event we'll talk about how to put together a great pairing, the producers behind our favorite products, and how to use these pairings in your eating and cooking!  Join our Deli Events Coordinator and Certified Cheese Professional Tessie Ives-Wilson to taste 4 iconic styles of beer, each paired with a cheese & bacon from our Deli counter. …

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Meet the Maker: American Spoon

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $25

“At American Spoon, we're grateful that Northern Michigan remains a place where small family fruit farms still survive and thrive thanks to the dedicated growers for whom fruit culture is part of a lifestyle and a lifelong passion. Passion and devotion to craft are presumed prerequisites for food artisans, but those qualities are no less important for those enduring growers who know intimately the vicissitudes and the labors of their calling.”  –American Spoon website American Spoon was founded the same…

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Cheese Room Sessions: NYC’s Crown Finish Caves

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $40

Cheese Room Sessions is a virtual event series of conversations hosted by Deli cheesemonger Sean Hartwig, with special guest cheese makers and professionals who will talk about their delicious creations and ramble about life in the dairy business.  In this month’s session, Sean will be joined by Caroline Hesse of Crown Finish Caves to find the tastiest aged cheeses in Brooklyn, NY. Crown Finish Caves specializes in turning the hard work of talented cheese makers around the country and beyond…

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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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Meet the Maker: Matcha with Camellia Sinensis

Saturday, June 26, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $80

“Although the traditional Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu) can seem complex and inaccessible for most amateurs, matcha is not so complicated to prepare. These days increasingly popular for its pleasant flavors, its invigorating effect and its beneficial health properties, this bright green powdered tea is a memorable experience for anyone who is willing to risk a taste for the first time.”  – Camellia Sinensis blog Camellia Sinensis is a teahouse and tea importer located in Montréal, Quebec.  Every Spring since 1998,…

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July 2021

Zing Sampler: BBQ Sauces

Thursday, July 1, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $15

Summer weather brings us grill season and we'd like to inspire your backyard route with some of our favorite sauces!  In this virtual tasting, we will share with you 4 different sauce samples with a range of different flavor profiles so you can pick your favorites and stock up for the season.  We'll be tasting the housemade BBQ sauce made by our Deli kitchen (found on the #97 – Oprah's fave sandwich), American Spoon Tangy Mustard BBQ Sauce, Kitchens of Africa…

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Meet the Maker: Dinner with Rancho Meladuco Date Farm

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $40.00

“In the desert, the sight of a date palm is almost always an indicator that an oasis is at hand. Fresh water and ripe dates have always been welcome sights for travelers. Although an oasis isn’t generally the end of the trip, it provides a short but refreshing respite from the stress of the travel. In this challenging year that is 2020, a box of these amazing handpicked dates might provide that same sort of relief. Clearly, we’re not done…

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Cook the Books with the Deli: Marti Buckley’s Basque Country

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8.00 – $68.00

We love a good cookbook just as much as we love good ingredients for cooking.  There's magic in each and every experience with the book–we learn the stories behind the authors or the food, learn new techniques and drool over the gorgeous photos.  We are excited to bring you a brand new event series called Cook the Books with the Deli hosted by Deli Specialty Foods staffer and epicurious bibliophile Darrell Jackson.  Think of it as part cooking demo and…

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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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August 2021

Tinned Fish 101

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8.00 – $50.00

Our Deli Specialty Food staff thinks tinned fish is a pantry’s ultimate secret weapon. Rich in protein, omega-3’s and full-flavored goodness, tinned seafood preserves the ocean's best at the peak of flavor and quality. Tinned fish is not only a delicious, healthy choice, it’s also supremely sustainable, ultra portable and easy to store.  Join us for Tinned Fish 101 and dive into the vast history of tinned fish, the variety of types and flavors and how we use tinned fish…

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Tomato and Cheese

Perfectly Paired: Tomato and Cheese Dinner

Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8.00 – $40.00

Tomato season is fleeting in Michigan–and August is the perfect time to dig into some fresh off the vine varieties. In this virtual Perfectly Paired event, Deli Event Coordinator and American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional Tessie Ives-Wilson will be joined by Tammie Gilfoyle of Tamchop Farm to taste our way through a dinner menu featuring 5 different varietals of tomatoes paired with cheeses that bring out the best flavors of the season. YOUR $15 EVENT TICKET INCLUDES: Zoom meeting link Recipes…

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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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Virtual Happy Hour: Bubbles & Cheese

Thursday, September 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$75

Sparkling wines are often reserved for special occasions, but we're embracing the spirit of celebrating every day with two bubbly wines that are perfect for summer sipping.  They are some of the most versatile wines for paring, especially with cheese.  In this Virtual Happy Hour, our Deli Event Coordinator and resident Certified Cheese Professional Tessie Ives-Wilson has paired 2 cheeses with each wine to show off their versatility. Settle in with your significant other or your bestie for an evening…

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Virtual Happy Hour: Hard Cider & Cheese

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$75.00

Fall is in the air and the cider apples are starting to ripen and show up at our farmer's markets.  We love this time of year because we think hard cider is a great paring with cheese!  In this Virtual Happy Hour, our Deli Event Coordinator and resident Certified Cheese Professional Tessie Ives-Wilson has paired 2 cheeses with 3 different varities of hard cider to show off their versatility. Settle in with your significant other or your bestie for an evening of…

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