Discussion | Ari Weinzweig | Bringing Home the Bacon: A Talk About Sustainable Business and the Beauty of Better Bacon

Discussion | Ari Weinzweig with "Bringing Home the Bacon: A Talk About Sustainable Business and the Beauty of Better Bacon"
Ari Weinzweig
Ari Weinzweig
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Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of the iconic Zingerman's Delicatessen located in Ann Arbor, visits to discuss the topics of his most recent two books— sustainable business and better bacon.

In Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Building a Great Business and Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon, Weinzweig discusses his approach to great food and building better, sustainable, progressive businesses. Next month Zingerman's Delicatessen located in Ann Arbor, Michigan will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Starting with two partners, two employees, and a mere 25 seats, Zingerman's grew to become the nationally-known Zingerman's Community of Businesses — 8 different businesses, employing over 500 people and doing over $40 million in annual sales. He discusses how Zingerman's found such overwhelming success while staying true to its values of sustainability, leadership, and great food.

Ari Weinzweig is the co-founder of Zingerman's Delicatessen. After working as a dishwasher in Ann Arbor, he started Zingerman's with his partner Paul Saginaw in 1982 with a $20,000 bank loan, a staff of two, and a short sandwich menu. Today, the business is an Ann Arbor fixture, attracting over 500,000 visitors a year. Weinzweig has also served as a board member and president of The American Cheese Society and a board member of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. In 2006, he was recognized as one of the "Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America" by the James Beard Foundation, and presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Bon Appetit magazine in 2007 with his partner Saginaw for their work in the food industry. Weinzweig has also been a featured contributor for publications such as Fine Cooking, Gourmet Retailer, and Food and Wine. More »