Delicious gifts for dad from a legendary home of specialty foods

By Amy Sherman

You know what your dad doesn’t want for Father’s Day? Another tie. What he will want is a gift box from Zingerman’s—the source for all deli deliciousness since 1982, from Ann Arbor, Michigan to wherever you happen to call home. This legendary deli and bakehouse has breads, cheeses, coffee, oils, and vinegars, plus all kinds of specialty foods to fill your pantry, including a fantastic selection of bacon—a product they love so much they literally wrote a book about it.

If you’re not sure where to start, a no-brainer is Zingerman’s Deluxe Reuben Sandwich Kit, featuring Jewish rye bread from Zingerman's Bakehouse, freshly sliced Emmentaler Swiss cheese, Zingerman’s house-made redskin potato salad, coleslaw, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, a jar of Raye's mustard, garlicky pickles, magic brownie bites, and a nosher-sized sour cream coffee cake. If that weren’t enough, it also comes with sandwich baskets, liners, napkins, and even a couple of temporary tattoos. Everything in the kit is made with care, and there’s a set of instructions included, as well as a video available online, to ensure success in creating sandwich masterpieces.

If you think your dad would prefer something even meatier, consider the Praise the Lard gift box, stuffed with Broadbent’s Kentucky smoked sausage, ‘nduja spicy pork spread, pork rillettes, Nueske’s applewood-smoked bacon, La Quercia's Borsellino salami, Zingerman’s own peppered-bacon farm bread, and last but not least, Mo’s bacon chocolate bar. Serious Eats called this smorgasbord "Quite simply the best pork product group ever assembled in one gift box.”

And if your pop’s got a sweet tooth, the custom Pastry Sampler lets you select what you know he’ll like best. Choose from treats like rich, fudgy brownies, tender scones, chewy or crisp cookies, and more unusual treats such as the Bostock, a buttery brioche with orange syrup topped with almond frangipane, or the Raspberry Patti Pocket—buttery, flaky pie dough filled with raspberry preserves, like a pop tart for adults. Your (erm, his, that is) sweets will come packed in a cheerful cartoon-covered box, signaling the happiness hidden inside.

So rest easy this Father’s Day—your old man is so going to be the coolest dad on the block. And no matter what you choose, you’ll be nailing your role as number one son or daddy’s girl.
Word on the Street

  • Oprah said Zingerman's sandwiches are an 11—on a scale of 1 to 5.
  • Food & Wine called Zingerman’s version “The best Reuben in America.”
  • Zingerman’s Rare Olive Oil Club was proclaimed the "Best Overall" food club by The Wall Street Journal.
  • Men's Journal praises the bacon “The country's finest slabs of hog.”
  • Zingerman’s was featured in House & Garden’s Top 12 "Best Mail Order Breads."

A Sandwich Shindig

Whether you go for the Reuben sandwich kit or the Praise the Lard gift box, you’ve got the makings of a great party. Here’s how to ensure success:

Start with the bread: You’ll need to heat it up in the oven before toasting it.
Crazy for condiments: Offer mayo, mustards, pesto—even hot sauce—and let your guests choose what they like.
Go veggie: For vegetarians, offer some alternative sandwich fillings, like tofu, grilled eggplant, mushrooms, and roasted peppers.
Get your drink on: Be sure to offer plenty of beverages. Beer is a sure thing, but iced tea, lemonade, and classic cream sodas and root beer are all great, too.
Take it outside: If the weather is nice, this is the perfect picnic party, even if just means moving it to the backyard.