Tastings and Events

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January 2021

Olio Novello Tasting with Grace

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$6 – $34

Olio Novello (or Nuovo) is Italian for “new oil” and is the name given to early harvest extra virgin olive oil that is freshly pressed from green olives.  It is a celebration of the beginning of the olive harvest season, which typically starts in December each year.  We have new harvests of Italian, Greek, French, and Spanish olive oils.  At this virtual tasting, Deli Managing Partner Grace Singleton will guide you through tasting these special oils and share the stories…

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Cheese Room Sessions: An Evening of Swiss Bliss with Gourmino

Thursday, January 28, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$6 – $45

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 debut session, Sean will be joined by Joe Salonia, US sales director for Gourmino, a cheesemaker that celebrates handcrafted Swiss cheeses made in small village and mountain dairies with traditional century old techniques. We'll go beyond fondue this evening as…

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February 2021

In the Deli Kitchen: Crêpes

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$15

Crêpes are the traditional food of Candlemas in France, which happens every year on February 2nd.  Join us In the Deli Kitchen for this virtual cooking demonstration where we'll be cooking up some delicious crêpes for "Pancake Day" as this French holiday is also know. We'll be demonstrating the basics of crêpes making as well as talking about some products we stock on our Deli shelves that we love to use to fill our crêpes at home.  Your ticket purchase will…

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Virtual STEEP: An Exploration of Tea

STEEP: Flower Power Teas

Thursday, February 4, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $20

The weather outside might be frightful but these flower power teas are so delightful!  Stay at home and join us virtually for STEEP: An Exploration of Tea.  This series of tastings (one offered each month) take a deep dives into a style or category of tea from our offerings at Zingerman’s Delicatessen and the Next Door Cafe. Join our Tea Buyer Jackson as he shares the history of each tea, its production style, the terroir, the harvest, and anything else…

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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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rosé and cheese

Virtual Happy Hour: Cheese & Wine

Saturday, February 13, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $75

Settle in with your significant other or your bestie for a not-your-average date night that features wine & 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 that is sure to be the start of a special Valentine's Day date night.  Tessie has put together some of her favorite cheeses with 2 contrasting wines to enjoy for the evening. All you'll need is a plate…

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In the Deli Kitchen: Pot Pies with Chef Rodger

Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$15

Each winter our Deli Kitchen hand makes 6 different kinds of pot pies for you to stock your home freezer full of warming meals. Join us virtually In the Deli Kitchen with Chef and managing partner of Zingerman's Deli, Rodger Bowser.  Chef Rodger will demonstrate the basics of making the most popular of all our pot pies–chicken! He'll show you how to make one from scratch, including mixing and rolling the flaky pie crust, cooking the velouté sauce, assembling the…

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gouda

Cheese 201: Gouda Deep Dive with Essex Street Cheese

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $35

Gouda - the cheese that seems to show up on most cheese boards these days, but what do you really know about it? Join us for a style-specific tasting as we explore the beginnings of one of the oldest recorded styles of cheese in the world, it's transition from farmhouse kitchens to high-end cheese counters, and its implications for cheese production in the centuries to come. Essex St. Cheese chief educator and trainer Rachel Juhl joins up with our Certified…

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cured meat

Cured Meats 101

Saturday, February 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $35

The Deli counter at Zingerman's offers a wide variety of sliced meat, including sandwich cuts as well as cured meats. Perhaps you have curious about the selection or maybe overwhelmed and not sure what you might enjoy.  This class will explore the topic of cured meats–we'll go in depth into the process of preserving and flavoring meats.  Join our Deli Event Coordinator and American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional Tessie Ives-Wilson and Deli meat monger Kevin Bowker as they discuss different…

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March 2021

Zing Sampler: Olive Oil SALE

Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $20

New harvest oils are making their way to our shelves and we need to make room for them. Our annual Olive Oil Sale offers you a great deal on select oils from last years harvest. These great tasting oils will bring joy to your kitchen and pantry.  In this virtual tasting, we are excited to share with you the basics of making olive oil and taste through 5 different samples of the sale oils with a range of different flavor…

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A Peek Inside the Deli Kitchen: Swiss Fondue

Sunday, March 14, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$15

Melty cheese lovers unite! We love fondue–and of course we love it best with good quality, swiss cheese.  Join the Deli's Certified Cheese Professional Tessie Ives-Wilson for a Peek Inside the Deli Kitchen!  In this cooking demonstration, Tessie will demonstrate and share our Deli recipe for swiss fondue.  She will talk about what cheeses we suggest to use for the BESt fondue (and why)!  And she'll also share our tips and tricks to get a smooth, silky cheese fondue perfect…

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A Peek Inside the Deli Kitchen: Jewish Classics

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $25

March 15th is the 39th Birthday of Zingerman's Deli and we want to celebrate the Jewish classics that have been our our Deli menu since the beginning! Join us virtually to celebrate with a Peek Inside the Deli Kitchen with Chef and Managing Partner of Zingerman’s Deli, Rodger Bowser!  Chef Rodger will demonstrate the basics of making the foundational Jewish classics–like matzo balls, chopped liver, and potato knish.  While the exact recipes for these Jewish classics have evolved over the…

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Meet the Maker: Patagonia Provisions Fish Dinner

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $35

“People need a new jacket every five or ten years, but they eat three times a day. If we really want to protect our planet, it starts with food.”  - Yvon Chouinard, Founder, Patagonia Provisions We think Patagonia Provisions makes an excellent addition to the shelves of tinned fish we have at the Deli and we want you to be as excited about adding it to your cooking repetoire as we are!  In this Meet the Maker event, Deli Co-Managing Partner Grace Singleton…

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Perfectly Paired: Tea and Cheese

Saturday, March 20, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom, Link will be sent after registration
$8 – $25

You might not think of tea and cheese as typical pairing, but the two can be exceptionally good at bringing out the best flavors of each other. Like wine, certain teas contain tannins which result in full-bodied flavors and make for a perfect accompaniment to a variety of cheeses. Our cheesemongers have teamed up with our Tea Buyer, Jackson, to showcase specially selected Rishi teas that pair most deliciously with our artisan cheeses. Join us for this unique take on…

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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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