John Cancilla & Ana Cereijo
Ana is from Talavera de la Reina, Spain, and John, a native Californian, has been living in Spain since 1987. Two decades ago they began working with gourmet food and wine producers in various ways, including helping them to reach the US market, and that brought them in to contact with Zingerman’s.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ceil Friedman grew up in Minneapolis and, after studying anthropology and art history, worked in the world of contemporary art. A self-described food and wine explorer, Ceil has lived in Verona, Italy, for thirty years and traveled extensively throughout the country and beyond. Over three decades she has forged close relationships with many of the leading chefs and producers in the Verona area. Ceil’s devotion to her adopted city led her to write, with her sister Lise, the book “Letters to Juliet,” which inspired the eponymous Hollywood film. She is co-owner, with her husband, of the Azienda Agricola Cordioli Erminio in Verona, artisanal producers of gold medal-winning extra virgin olive oils, available at Zingerman’s. Ceil Friedman is a Veneto Region-certified olive oil panel taster.