Zingerman's Deli celebrates 35th anniversary in Ann Arbor with tastings and discounts

Zingerman's co-founder Ari Weinzweig details 'The Best of 35 Years,' to celebrate the Ann Arbor deli's anniversary this month. (Photo Credit: Susan R. Pollack)

Zingerman’s co-founder Ari Weinzweig details ‘The Best of 35 Years,’ to celebrate the Ann Arbor deli’s anniversary this month. (Photo Credit: Susan R. Pollack)

Call it ‘Noshing 101.’

That’s the feeling I got the other night when I joined several dozen other foodies to hear Ari Weinzweig, one of the world’s great nosh kings, share origin stories — and generous samples — of the corned beef, chopped liver and other favorite deli foods that helped make Zingerman’s an Ann Arbor institution.

As participants savored the toothsome treats, Weinzweig told of his passion for unearthing the best, full-flavored ingredients and products across the globe, from local Jewish kitchens and bakeries to the cheese markets of Comte, France, high up in the Jura Mountains.

Dubbed “The Best of 35 Years with Ari,” the $60-per-person tasting will be repeated March 22. And it was just one in a year-long series of events celebrating the 35th anniversary of the modest corner deli in Kerrytown that Weinzweig co-founded with Paul Saginaw on March 15, 1982.

Through March 31, anniversary discounts will be offered on over three dozen favorite Zingerman’s Deli items, including several featured at the evening tasting: Jewish rye, City Goat cheese and Original Zzang! candy bars. And anyone who pre-orders and pays for a birthday cake on Wednesday, Zingerman’s actual birthday, will get 35 percent off  (call (734) 663-5282). Original art posters also are discounted throughout the month.

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Potato knishes, a sort of Jewish comfort food, is a relatively recent addition to the Zingerman's deli menu. (Photo credit: Susan R. Pollack)

Potato knishes, a sort of Jewish comfort food, is a relatively recent addition to the Zingerman’s deli menu. (Photo Credit: Susan R. Pollack)

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Lakeland Boating, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide." She also writes for websites including, and