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Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 2:54 p.m.

Ann Arbor food and drink calendar

By Staff


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Thanksgiving Tutorial. 6-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Learn the 'ins and outs' of preparing a successful Thanksgiving Dinner, including roasting and carving a turkey. $65. 734-645-1030.

Turkey Basics. 6 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Fool-proof instructions and tips for roasting the perfect turkey. Free. 734-977-7500.

Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. An exploration of wine, cheese and appetizer. This week's topic: Zinfandel. $17.


Beer class: Michigan dark beers. 6-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. An exploration of stouts and porters. $6 for six tastes. 734-997-7500.

Authentic French Cuisine II with Brigitte Romero. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hollander's, 401 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Featuring pastry shell with seafood bechamel sauce, hachis parmentier (seasoned ground beef layered with mashed potato and cheese gratin), green salad with vinaigrette, and tarte tatin (caramelized apple pie). Two-hour, hands-on class includes a sit-down lunch. $65. 734-741-7531.

Belgian Ales Beer Tasting. 7 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Belgian and Belgian-style ales from across the category spectrum are featured. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. 734-213-1393.


Knife Workshop with Matt Banks. 10 a.m.-noon. Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor. Chef Matt Banks will demonstrate basic knife skills. Be the hero at Thanksgiving. Free. 734-662-8122.

Basic Knife Skills. 1-4 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Sharpen your cutlery and your knife skills in this hands-on class. $65. Register at

Harvest Dinner and Bake Sale. 5-7 p.m. Marble Memorial United Methodist Church, 8 Park Lane, Milan. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12 years old. Children under 5 eat for free. Tickets can be purchased through the church office during business hours; $1 discount is for adult tickets purchased in advance. 734-439-2421.

Gingerbread Houses with Karen O’Neal. 3-4 p.m. Hollander's, 401 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Karen teaches how to make a gingerbread house of your own design strong enough to hold lots of frosting and candy. $10. 734-741-7531.

Coffee Tour: Zingerman’s Coffee Co. 11 a.m.-noon. Zingerman’s Coffee Co., 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Free tour of the coffee company. 734-929-6060.


Parent/Child Fall Desserts. 1-4 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class is for a parent with a child 6-12 years old. Menu: Apple Brown Betty; Poached Pears in Fruit Juice; Pumpkin Crème Brulee. $65 per pair. 734-645-1030.

Holiday WineFest. 5 p.m. Evans Street Station, 110 S. Evan St., Tecumseh. Join the community for an evening of wine, food, and music to benefit the Tecumseh Carnegie building. Featuring over 60 wines from around the world, a delectable menu of festive hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and entertainment by Jimmy Rice and his combo. $45. Tickets can be purchased at Evans Street Station. 517-424-5555.

Indian Cuisine - Fish Molee with Lakshmi Narayanan. 1-2 p.m. Hollander's, 401 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Fish Molee is a mild fish curry prepared in a coconut milk and vinegar base. It will be served with plain rice and a side dish of slowly cooked black-eyed peas. $16. 734-741-7531.

Tours of the Creamery. 2 p.m. Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Cheesemaker John Loomis gives the inside scoop on how they make artisan cheeses and gelato. $5. 734-929-0500.


Cocktail Class: All About Rye. 7:30 p.m. Ravens Club, 207 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Rye whiskey once reigned supreme and is now making a comeback. In this class we'll taste a few examples and try out some cocktails that make the most of its spicier and drier character. $35. 734-214-0400.

Raw Desserts with Amanda Klain. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Learn how to make delicious desserts with raw foods that are more nutritious and taste great. $39. Register through Ann Arbor Rec and Ed at or 734-994-2300 ext. 53203.

Milan Senior Nutrition Program. 11:45 a.m. Milan Senior & Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Court. A nutritionally balanced meal offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone who is 60 years or older and a fee of $5 for anyone under the age of 60. 48-hour advance reservations. Call or stop by the office. 734-439-1549.


Holiday Table Side Dishes. 6 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Chris from our prepared foods kitchen demonstrates some of his favorite side dishes to complement turkey. $10. 734-977-7500.

Baking Pies a Plenty. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Learn the basic techniques of creating an all-butter crust and a crust using lard and butter. Make Thanksgiving apple and pumpkin pies. Leave with one unfinished piecrust and two pies you made in class. $125.

Wines: Really Good Ones You've Never Tried Perfect for the Fall Enjoyment. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Try eight to 10 lesser-known wines, with a discussion of the growing region, food pairings, and other similar wines. $35. Register through WCC’s lifelong learning program:

Traditional Beefsteak Dinner. 7-10 p.m. Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Beginning in the 1860s, butchers would sneak choice cuts of meat into the kitchens of nearby saloons, grill them over coals and feast on them during Saturday nights-on-the-town. Chef Alex will revive an almost-lost 19th century American tradition, crafting a meal using all Cornman Farms’ meats. Jan Longone, curator of the American Culinary History at U-M’s William Clements Library, will share the history of the beefsteak. $45. 734-663-3663.

Arbor Brewing Co. Sendoff Party: Send Matt & Rene To India. 5-7 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co. Matt and Renee Greff are opening a brewpub in Bangalore, India this winter and will be headed over in late November to spend three months there. Join them for a big Indian-inspired send-off! We're featuring Indian food specials all day and at 6 p.m. we'll be tapping the ChaiPA, Mango Blonde, Curry Spiced Belgian Ale and Garam Masala Pale Ale. No reservations, no cover. 734-213-1393.

Lunch is Served. Noon-1 p.m. Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. Repeats every Tuesday and Friday. Reservations are required with two days prior notice. Suggested donation for those over 60 years of age is $2.50, for all others, $5. Call 734-998-9353 for reservations.


Health Starts Here: Recipes to Lighten Up Your Holiday Dinner. 6 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Quentin will demonstrate a collection of holiday side dishes that are both tasty and healthy. There will be samples and recipes. $10. 734-977-7500.

Rat Pad Release. 6 p.m. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Rat Pad is a 10-gallon brew system at Corner Brewery used by local amateur and professional brewers to create interesting fermented concoctions. No cover. 734-480-2739.

Special wine tasting with vintner Sara Goretti. 6-8:30 p.m. Paesano's Italian Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Wine tasting with Italian vintner Sara Goretti of Goretti Winery in Umbria, Italy. Enjoy four wines paired with four appetizers. 734-971-0484.

Cooking For Wellness Series: The Case Of The Mystery Ingredient: A Food Detective's Guide To Store-Bought Food. 7-8 p.m. Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Drive, Suite 4, Ann Arbor. What is tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) and what is it doing in my convenience store snack? What is azodicarbonamide and what is it doing in my fast food burger? What is all the controversy about high-fructose corn syrup? How do I know what's safe to eat and what I should avoid? These mysteries will be investigated in this class. Presenter: Dr. Marnie Burkman. Proceeds benefit Grass Lake Sanctuary. $15. 734-531-9570.

Nov. 17

International Neighbors. 1-2:30 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor. All area women invited for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, beverages, and table settings provided; bring a side dish to share. Nursery care provided for preschoolers. Free. 734-995-1645.

Pancake Supper: Ann Arbor Pack 5 Cub Scouts Fund-Raiser. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Eberwhite Elementary School gym, 800 Soule, Ann Arbor. All-you-can-eat pancake supper. Bring nonperishable food items to donate to local charities. $8 for adults, $5 for kids, $25 for a family ticket. 734-693-4506.

Jump & Jambalaya: Music Under the Arch. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Dancing to live music by the local classic rock quartet The Fun Guys. Food from Mac’s Acadian Seafood. Bring your own drinks. $20-$50. 734-657-5428.

Fall Soups & Stews. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class will introduce or refine your soup and stew-making skills. $65. 734-645-1030.

Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. An exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week's topic: Wines for the Thanksgiving table. $17. 734-977-7500.

Coney Dog and Root Beer Float Night. 5-8 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. $1. 734- 878-9522 or 734-341-4249.

The Monthly Slurps. 5-7 p.m. Spotted Dog Winery, 108 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Stop in for an after-hours wine and food event.

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