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Posted on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 : 7:25 p.m.

Mario Batali spotted at Ann Arbor's Biercamp Saturday

By Jessica Webster


Biercamp co-owner Walt Hansen with celebrity chef Mario Batali in front of Biercamp on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Biercamp

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, decked out in his signature orange Crocs, made a stop at Ann Arbor's Biercamp Artisan Sausage & Jerky on Saturday. According to the photo posted on Biercamp's Facebook page, Batali was stocking up for a trip to his vacation home on the Leelanau Peninsula.

This isn't the first visit to Ann Arbor for Batali. He previously has tweeted about his love for Mani Osteria and Frita Batidos.

Batali's influence can be felt — and tasted — across Ann Arbor. Biercamp's co-owner Walt Hansen is a former Batali protege, as is Vellum chef and owner Peter Roumanis.

Biercamp is located at 1643 S. State St. just past the Produce Station.

Jessica Webster leads the Food & Grocery section for, a part of the MLive Media Group. Reach her at You also can follow her on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.



Tue, Jun 25, 2013 : 3:16 p.m.

Biercamp - great stuff and nice people!

Jessica Webster

Tue, Jun 25, 2013 : 4:07 p.m.

Totally agree, Brad. My son and I love the brisket sandwiches and the bacon cheddar spread! (Among many other offerings, of course.)


Tue, Jun 25, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

He was also having breakfast on the patio at Zingerman's Deli that morning.

Jessica Webster

Tue, Jun 25, 2013 : 4:06 p.m.

Sounds like a spent a good portion of the day here. A tweet from Frita Batidos seems to imply that he stopped in there as well.

Nicholas Urfe

Tue, Jun 25, 2013 : 12:42 p.m.

In other news, Biercamp closes for the summer as Batali buys everything.

jim c

Tue, Jun 25, 2013 : 1:56 p.m.

Pretty witty Nick.