Zingerman’s adds tour business, names new managing director
Zingerman’s Community of Businesses has formed its 11th business and promoted an insider to lead the new effort.
Kristie Brablec is the managing director of Zingerman’s Food Tours, which organizes and leads groups to experience wine and cuisines in different regions across the globe. The travel tour business emerged out of Zingerman’s Mail Order, which launched in 1997.
Brablec got her start in the mail order division in 2004 as front-line staff and worked her way up in the Zingerman’s organization. She credits her experience as a service stewart for Zingerman’s Service Network, which gave her the opportunity to lead food tours.
“If you would have told me 15 years ago that I’d be in this position, I would have laughed, but the path has been clear, and I couldn’t be more humbled and excited to be a part of this incredible company with incredible people,” she said in news release. “… I am proof that anyone who has the drive and the passion can make it happen.”
Brablec aims to add more regional destinations and guides to the tour schedule. The travel group added London and Montreal tours in 2019.
A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for more details.