Thank goodness it’s grape harvest, otherwise the shortening days and the end to tomato season would have me in a funk. As I ponder the end, at least for this year, of those big, fat, multihued heirlooms I am reminded of a particular tomato travesty I witnessed during a recent trip to the Midwest.
It was at Zingerman’s, a deli based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that is known for its locally sourced food, benevolent work environment and a management consulting business touted by the likes of the New York Times. Yep, that’s right. “Business Visioning” and CEO seminars from a deli.
When I was there, both Zingermans and I were having an off day. They were super busy, service wasn’t great and I made myself a little sick because I had to try their artisanal brewed root beer. Delicious, I’m glad I tried it, but hardly a way to start a meal.