Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, July 21, 2016
Yesterday, I was honored to attend a partners meeting at one of the most innovative businesses in America: Zingerman’s Deli.
Noting that Ann Arbor lacked a good Jewish deli, in 1982, Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw opened Zingerman’s. They began serving a lot of good old-fashioned Jewish dishes such as knishes, blintzes, chicken soup, chopped liver and kugel, as well as sandwiches and other foods.
I found this interesting piece about the early history of Zingerman’s in the July 1, 1988, issue of the JN.
The original deli is still in Ann Arbor on Detroit Street, but Zingerman’s is now a major enterprise. In 2016, the company includes a creamery, bake house, coffee company, candy shop, restaurants, a farm, catering services, ZingTrain customer-service training and a huge mail-order business. But, Zingerman’s still follows its original mission: to make the best food possible, whether a grilled cheese sandwich or a loaf of rye bread. And, to do so, Zingerman’s reaches around the world seeking unique ingredients.
But back to the Zingerman’s partners meeting. While I am extremely impressed with the ideas, the innovations and the commitment to success, I must also admit that one of the best parts of the meeting was the tasty Zingerman’s lunch!
Oh, and just so you know — there is no one named Zingerman behind Zingerman’s.
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By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist