Sneak peek: Zingerman's Deli to roll out takeout dinners in October

Credit: Zingerman's
Credit: Zingerman's

ANN ARBOR – It seems like Zingerman's Deli is always up to something.

This fall, the deli will be introducing heat-and-serve meals on the go, a concept it has been testing out with local families.

I tried it out last week and didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised.

Here's how it works:

  • You can pick up the meal or have it delivered (delivery is free to Ann Arbor addresses). 
  • It comes cold in aluminum containers with heating instructions. 

The first meal on the menu from Oct. 3-5 is their eggplant parmesan. Now, I am a lover of Italian food and eggplant parm, so I wasn't sure how well a deli specializing in sandwiches could make this dish.

It was delicious. Fresh basil leaves, chunky tomato sauce, gooey mozzarella. They nailed it.

The meal came with a kale salad and a generous portion of garlic bread smeared with a flavorful, buttery spread packed with herbs.

For $15 per portion, it's a lot of food.

Here's the full Deli Dinners a Go-Go menu with corresponding dates:

  • Eggplant Parmesan, Italian Kale Salad, Rustic Italian Garlic Bread (Oct. 3-5)
  • Smoked Pimenton Pulled Pork, Saffron Rice, Cuban Black Bean Puree, Fried Plantains (Oct. 10-12)
  • Detroit St. BBQ Chicken, Mac 'n Cheese, Braised Greens (Oct. 17-19)
  • French Cassoulet, Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, ABC Kale Salad (Oct. 24-26)
  • Fennel Pollen Pork, Roasted Squash Polenta, Fall on Me Salad (Oct. 31-Nov. 2)
  • Bavarian Bratwurst, German Potato Salad, Brinery Fair and By Sauerkraut, Whole Grain Mustard (Nov. 7-9)
  • Polish Golabki, Mashed Potatoes with Beef Gravy, Roasted Local Vegetables (Nov. 14-16)
  • Stuffed Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy, Orange Cranberry Sauce (Nov. 21-23)
  • Piri Piri Chicken, Buttered Carolina Gold Rice, Roasted Lemon Carrots (Nov. 28-30)
  • Hungarian Paprikash, Nokedli, Roasted Local Vegetables (Dec. 5-7)
  • Cece's Cheesy Lasagna, Italian Kale Salad, Rustic Italian Garlic Bread (Dec. 12-14)
  • Amish Chicken Pot Pie, Mashed Potatoes with Beef Gravy, Tossed Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette (Dec. 19-21)

To learn more, visit the Deli Dinners a Go-Go website.

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