Breaking Bread

Ep. 205: Live from Detroit with Jackie Victor of Avalon International Breads and Phil Goldsmith of New York Bagel, plus a pilgrimage to Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By Unorthodox|November 27, 2019 12:00 AM


This week on Unorthodox, we’re thankful for bread, bagels, and deli.

We talked carbohydrates and community on stage at the JCC of Metro Detroit [1] with two Jewish guests who run Detroit institutions: Jackie Victor, CEO and co-founder of Avalon International Breads [2], and Phil Goldsmith, fourth-generation owner of New York Bagel [3].

Jackie tells us about opening a bakery in downtown Detroit in the 1990s (much to the surprise of her family and the realtor), and how that bakery continues to champion sustainability and community [4] even as it’s become the largest bread distributor in the area. Phil tells us about taking over the family business, which was founded in Detroit by great-grandfather Morris Goldsmith in 1921, explains how chains like Panera and Einstein Bros. Bagels have changed the landscape of bagel-making throughout America (he recently added blueberry bagels to the menu), and clues us into what a “dogel” is (you can buy them online [5]!).

Since that wasn’t enough food for us, the next morning we made a pilgrimage to Zingerman’s Deli [7] in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We ate sandwiches and rugelach and sat down with owner Ari Weinzweig [8], who told us about the surprising Jewish anarchist roots of his iconic deli (his latest book [9] is a pamphlet called Going into Business with Emma Goldman [10]), his favorite menu offerings, and the upcoming Zingerman’s Food Tours [11] trip to Israel.

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