Provisions was founded in 2017 by Zach Berg and William Werner. Provisions is a retail shop that specializes in cut-to-order cheese, craft chocolate and charcuterie. We offer Provisions Boards, for your small party or event, in addition to catered tables for larger occasions.
We are retailers, but also storytellers who are excited to share our passion with you. This business came to be out of a life-long love of good eating and countless discussions about how to translate that love into a business. After the two of us catered Will's wedding we knew that those discussions had some real legs. Our path to Provisions has been a long one. Similarly, we believe food can take you on a journey. We want you to begin your own journey and we hope you will join us on ours. We use the products we offer to outfit you for this journey and connect you with exceptional places, people and cultures.
Provisions shares a retail space in Ferndale with Farm Field Table a butcher shop specializing in humanely raised meats from small Michigan farms. We are hoping to open a location in Detroit in the coming year.
Prior to opening Provisions, Zach managed the cheese department at Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco. He placed 2nd at the 2014 Winter Cheesemonger Invitational. He began his food career working in kosher catering at the age of 13 and eventually moved on to restaurants and Zingermman’s Deli before attending culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Zach is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in Hospitality Business. Zach is also a graduate of the Techtown Detroit, Retail Boot Camp program. Zach loves cheese and he wants to share that love with you!
Will loves sharing experiences built around food with others. After seven years working as a geologist, he decided to take a plunge and get into the food industry. He moved back to Michigan and took a job managing Gayle's Chocolates in Royal Oak. During this time he became fascinated by the "bean-to-bar" chocolate movement. Will has visited chocolate manufacturers from Utah to Vietnam and loves the interaction between the farmers, the land (terroir) and the chocolate makers. When he and Zach decided to open Provisions, they knew they wanted to make craft chocolate a focal point of the business. Will is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Earth Sciences. He is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.