From the JN Staff

Connoisseurs of cheese and chocolate Zach Berg and William Werner, founders of Mongers’ Provisions in Ferndale, today announced the official opening of its second specialty retail shop to the public. Located in Detroit at 4240 Cass Ave., Suite 111, the new store offers an expansive array of cheese, chocolate, charcuterie and accompaniments.

“It was always a part of our plan to open and operate a Mongers’ Provisions in Detroit, and here we are today, just in time for the holidays,” said Werner. “We welcome everyone into our shop to sample our great cheese and chocolate offerings that we’ve carefully curated, and then walk away with products or a board to enjoy at home or to bring to any size gathering taking place now through the end of the year.”

A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, Dec. 8. The public is invited to attend and sample an array of cheeses and chocolates, while enjoying raclette cheese demonstrations and sipping complimentary hot chocolate. Vendors will be on hand, including Michigan’s newest craft chocolate maker, Perennial Chocolate.

Mongers’ Provisions Detroit will stock a rotating and seasonal selection of domestic and imported cheese, globally sourced chocolate and charcuterie, but in a much larger space than its Ferndale location. It will occupy 1,028-square-feet and carry a wider offering of products to include complementary items such as olive oils, jam, olives, dried fruit, cheese knives, boards and platters, books on cheese and chocolate and interactive, guided tastings and educational classes.

Cheese and charcuterie boards are presented on handcrafted wood made by local artisans for parties under 25 people or custom built for larger gatherings and events. To wow guests and complement any meal or occasion, Provisions’ cheese cakes are a savory addition and include dried and fresh fruit, herbs and signs for each carefully sourced cheese selection.

Mongers’ Provisions also will carry fresh and frozen meats from Farm Field Table, who they currently share retail space with in Ferndale, providing an outlet for locally raised meat and bringing value to the residents in the area.

Berg and Werner are both from metro Detroit originally, and returned home after living in California for several years. Prior to opening Provisions, Werner worked as a manager for Gayle’s Chocolates in Royal Oak and has traveled around the world to study chocolate and meet the makers behind some of the bars they highlight. Berg began his food career working in kosher catering as a teen and eventually moved on to restaurants and Zingerman’s Deli before attending culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

Berg is a graduate of TechTown Detroit’s Retail Boot Camp and is using a $5,000 award toward building Mongers’ Provisions in Detroit. Werner is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Detroit program.

Provisions hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.