Ok, I have a slight…..maybe huge obsession with Zingermans. I love this place! I’ll tell you why. This company has all the traits in a business that other companies envy. And the best quality that Zingermans has is that they want other people that are thinking about starting any kind of business adventure to be successful just like them. They have no secrets! Not in any aspect of the business do they have a secret. They actually hold classes teaching people how to start a business. How cool is that!?! And this approach has not harmed them in any way. It has actually made them more successful.
It always makes me roll my eyes when I’m at a restaurant eating something delicious or disgusting for that matter, and if I ask the waitress/waiter what’s in it and they say, “we can’t tell you that” grrrrrr! I wish these restaurant owners would realize, even if they told the whole complete recipe (without leaving anything out) that 98% of the people probably still wouldn’t make it and even if they did, it wouldn’t turn out like they had it in the restaurant.
The “Big Z”, takes a different approach to this situation. I’ve even had the waitress ask me if I would like to have the recipe. They know the importance of letting the customer know what’s in every food item that is being served. They’re proud of what, when and where they get all of their ingredients. They also support local food co-op’s, small farmers and farmer markets.
Zingermans will research every product they bring in for every branch of store and restaurant they have created and own. Seriously test me on this. Go to the Zingerman’s Delicatessen and pick up a random jar of mustard off the shelf and ask a floor assistant to tell you about it. They will be completely honest with you and say where it’s from and what food it goes best with. This deli is seriously the best deli on the planet! Yes, I know I haven’t tried every deli in this vast world but, why would I have to when I live in the same flipping state as ZINGERMAN’S?! We are so fortunate to have this company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. So, if you haven’t been to any of the Zingermans eateries yet, here is how you should start:
BREAKFAST: The Grits & Bits waffle dah! @ Zingerman’s Roadhouse (2501 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor (734) 663-3663)
LUNCH: The world famous Ruben (another dah!) @ Zingerman’s Delicatessen (422 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor (734) 663-3354)
SNACK: Lemon Cloud, Funky Chunky Chocolate cookies, Pecan Blondie brownie (the best brownies EVER!) @ Zingerman’s Bakehouse 3711 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor (734-761-2095)
DINNER: Back to the Roadhouse! Ask your waiter/waitress what is the special. And a “special” at Z’s means: they are serving what was freshest at the farmers market that day, and what is in season. Unlike other restaurants a special might mean they are trying to “move” something quickly. Ick! I shy away from “specials” at restaurants unless it’s Zingermans! I don’t care to have a “special” tummy ache later!
Zingerman’s holds fantastic baking/cooking classes. Even if I had their exact recipe and I made the item without taking the class, the product probably still wouldn’t turn out the exact same. You need to take the class to realize why! Taking a bake class is so informative with different techniques and tips. Z’s instructors, during class explain the importance of having high quality ingredients. That is truly the only secret that makes all the difference in having a successful turn out of whatever recipe you have on task.
Which is precisely why I’m blogging this today! My lovely Aunt Ann (who is a HUGE Zingerman’s supporter) treated me to an awesome baking class last night. So much fun!!! I have taken another class before, learning how to make puff pastry which was equally fun! I highly recommend taking a class. This is an investment of your time and money that you would not regret. The only other suggestion I have is, take a class with a friend! This way you can have a great memory that you both can cherish for years to come. I certainly will!
Z’s has everything ready and waiting for us when we arrive. I mean everything!
When attending a class you get to take home all the original recipes that they use. Nothing is left out in secret! This was our instructor Nikki, she was so good and natural at teaching/instructing. She is also a fellow cookie lover!
Snickerdoodle cookies. Huge, delicious, and now a cherished recipe to have. When these were baking the aroma of the cinnamon made you feel like you needed to be sitting in front of a fireplace with a cozy blanket and this cookie in hand!
We had a blast! And I especially loved that we mixed all these cookies by hand. No mixer! It made me think that I probably overuse mine! Plus, I loved hearing Meghan whine that her arm was going to fall off! 😉 Beef up, Girl!
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 NIV
24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Needless to say, I truly enjoyed spending time with the girls. I need to do it more often! And when you get to take home cookies and Z’s recipes….. Ohhh, Life is good!
Hanna, Aunt Ann, Me & Meghan