Ari Weinzweig

Ari Weinzweig is co-founder of Zingerman's Community of Businesses, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also the author of Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating. More

After graduating from University of Michigan with a degree in Russian history, Ari Weinzweig went to work washing dishes in a local restaurant and soon discovered that he loved the food business. Along with his partner Paul Saginaw, Ari started Zingerman's Delicatessen in 1982 with a $20,000 bank loan, a staff of two, a small selection of great-tasting specialty foods, and a relatively short sandwich menu. Today, Zingerman's is a community of businesses that employs over 500 people and includes a bakery, creamery, sit-down restaurant, training company, coffee roaster, and mail order service. Ari is the author of the best-selling Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating and the forthcoming Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon.
  • The Best Pasta You've Never Had

    Made for generations by an Italian family of artisan producers, their pre-industrial technique yields incredible flavor and texture. In Italian, it's simply called pasta germe di grano--pasta made with wheat that has its natural germ still intact.

  • The Secret History of Bagels

    Want to make the perfect bagel? It's all about understanding the heritage and tradition. Follow their centuries-old story across immigrant trails, ethnic strife, labor activism, and underground political movements. From 15th-century Poland to 21st-century New York, bagels have been through it all.

  • In Nashville, Chicken With a Kick

    One of the best-kept (and tastiest) secrets of great American food is Nashville's "hot fried chicken." A fusion of Tennessee's two cooking styles -- Western, Memphis BBQ and Eastern, Nashville black pepper -- this is a spicy treat with dangerously addictive qualities.

  • Grits Bits Waffle, Dixieland Delight

    These bold, flavorful (and gluten-free) creations began on patrician Dutch plantations and became staples of Southern kitchens. Topped with maple syrup or the more traditional sorghum, it's no wonder these have endured for centuries.

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What Makes a Story Great?

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

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