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Posted on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 : 1:08 p.m.

Ann Arbor food and drink calendar

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

Surprise! It's Vegetarian with Sonia Urbaniak. 6-8 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Have you tried to go vegetarian but just didn't find it satisfying? Sonia has whipped up some healthy and flavorful dishes that will make you forget about the meat. Recipes: Black bean burgers, lentil soup, rich vegetable stew and Pasta Sonia. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. $39. Pre-registration required at 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or

Savory Pies. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Is it dinner or a pastry? In this class we'll delve in to a few of the delicious savory pies found in just about every culture, like the empanada, so common in Spain, Portugal, Central and South America, and the knish, a Jewish staple in Eastern Europe. How about the pasty, served up by the thousands in Michigan's Upper Peninsula? $125. 734-761-7255.

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 on the third Thursday of each month. Price: TBD.

Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. Each Thursday evening, experts lead an exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week’s topic: Wines of Chile. 734-997-7500.


Beer tasting: New Holland Brewing Co. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Sample beers from local Michigan breweries. Pricing varies; usually $6 for six tastes. 734-997-7500.

Fish Fry: Dexter Knights of Columbus. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dexter Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Road, Dexter. Every Friday, Feb. 24-March 30: Fried shrimp, baked and fried fish, sides and salad bar. 734-426-5558.

34th Annual Lenten Fish Fry. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Old St. Patrick, 5671 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor. Come for a fish fry every Friday, Feb. 24-March 30. Menu: Fried Alaskan Pollock, choice of potato, salad bar and beverage. Desserts are available for a nominal additional charge. Beer and wine are available for a donation. $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children ages 5-11. Children 4 and younger eat for free. 734-662-8141.

Fish Dinners on Fridays during Lent. 4:30-7 p.m. St. Mary's Catholic Parish, 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road, Pinckney. The Men’s Club of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in Pinckney is proudly sponsoring its annual Fish Dinners on Friday evenings during Lent. The Parish is located south of M-36 at 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road in Putnam Township. Our delicious dinner includes baked or beer battered fried fish, choice of French fries, scalloped or baked potato, beets, coleslaw, homemade macaroni and cheese, cut vegetables, Jell-O, homemade rolls and dessert and assorted beverages. Take outs are available! The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $4 for children (under age 12). Immediate family price: $30. 734-878-3161.


Wine tasting: Lusty Grenache from Southern France. 2-4 p.m. Morgan & York, Fine Wines and Specialty Foods, 1928 Packard St., Ann Arbor. Pummeled with sunshine and swept with fierce winds from the Mediterranean, many of France's southern vineyards look more like moonscapes than farms. To paraphrase, 'Grenache is sunshine held together by water.' Join us to taste three of the best. No registration is required, and this event is free of charge. 734-662-0798.

Green Thumb Series: Garden to Table. 2-3 p.m. The Garden Mill, 110 S. Main St., Chelsea. Join us for a free series of workshops featuring ideas, tips, and recipes to enjoy your garden’s bounty, every Saturday in March at 2 p.m. March 17: Healthy, Flavorful, and Easy Dishes from Your Garden. Educator, speaker, and Community Kitchen board member, Peter di Lorenzi will demonstrate delicious, healthy, recipes using ingredients grown right outside your kitchen. Bring your appetite. 734-475-3539.

Learn to Make Fresh Mozzarella. Noon-2:30 p.m. Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Come learn with the masters of mozzarella how to stretch your own from-scratch fresh mozzarella at home. They will guide you through the steps to set up the curd from milk and teach you the technique we employ to stretch the rather plain-tasting curds into marvelous mozzarella of your very own. First and third Saturday of each month, September through May. $60 (or $55 if paid in advance). Reservations required at 734-929-0500.


Great Tasting Scones with Diane Nafranowicz. 1-2 p.m. Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave., first floor of the Kerrytown Shops, Ann Arbor. Tender, crumbly, and delicious. Learn to make both sweet and savory buttermilk scones: Cheddar dill, candied ginger, dried cherry, currant, fresh berry, oat and maple or parmesan peppercorn. Great for breakfasts, coffee breaks, and brunches. $16. 734-741-7531.

Tours of the Creamery. 2 p.m. Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Cheesemaker and managing partner John Loomis leads the whey and gives the inside scoop on how they make artisan cheeses and old-fashioned gelato (that’s Italian ice cream). $5. You will receive a $5 coupon to spend in The Cheese Shop. 734-929-0500.


Sicilian Seafood with Francesca Giarraffa. 6-8 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Francesca introduces you to authentic recipes from the island of Sicily. Cod fillets are baked with fresh tomatoes, green olives, white wine, garlic and herbs. Sicilian-style Artichokes are stuffed with capers, olives, fresh parsley and garlic. End the meal with a delightful Sicilian cannoli, freshly made just for you. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. $45. Pre-registration is required by calling 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or online at

Open dance and wine tasting. 6 p.m.-close. Passport Restaurant and Lounge, 3776 S. State St., Ann Arbor. Open dancing and free wine tasting from 6 p.m. to close. No cover charge; price of purchases. 734-222-1111.

Milan Senior Nutrition Program. 11:45 a.m. Milan Senior & Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Court, Milan. In partnership with the Washtenaw County Senior Nutrition Program, they offer a nutritionally balanced meal three afternoons a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is a 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. They do ask for 48 hour advanced reservations. Call or stop by the office. 734-439-1549.


Roast Pork Tenderloin with Marge Biancke. Noon-1 p.m. Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave., first floor of the Kerrytown Shops, Ann Arbor. Essential comfort food. Marge will show you how to jazz up a tenderloin with a sweet and tangy sauce served with blue cheese mashed potatoes on the side. End your meal with a light (and easy) peach almond cream tart. $16. 734-741-7531.

A Tasting with the European Winery of the Year: Gerard Bertrand. 7-8:30 p.m. LePop Gallery, 101 N. Main St., Ann Arbor. A tasting treat on the first day of spring! We have the opportunity to present the wines of Gerard Bertrand, recently named the European Winery of the Year by the Wine Enthusiast magazine; and to represent this winery we will have the pleasure to meet our guest August Sievers, U.S. manager for the outfit. Gerard Bertrand, a retired captain of the national French rugby team, is beloved for his pride for the region of the Languedoc, where he's taken his father's small estate and created the premier vehicle for promoting the unique wines of the region. His Picpoul de Pinet has been a favorite of mine for months. Taste these eight wines with French cheeses to match. Come join us for what will prove to be a great way to celebrate the spring equinox. $15. No ticket sales at the door.

Napa Napa Wine Dinner. 6-8 p.m. p.m. Vinology, 110 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. A five-course paired wine dinner featuring the cult cabernet wines from a Ghost Winery in the heart of Napa wine country. These wines exemplify the style and place of all that is Napa: texture, balance, power, and finesse. Guest speaker, Spencer Hoopes of Liparita and Hoopes wineries will be joining to discuss the power of these Napa wines. $65, plus tax and gratuity. 734-222-9841.

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.


Coffee Cupping. 6-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Join our coffee expert, Tonya for a coffee cupping that features beans from countries where the Whole Planet Foundation is working to make a difference. The mission of WPF is to alleviate poverty in the world. All proceeds from this class will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation ( $10. To register, call 734-977-7500 or stop by the customer service desk.

All about Roasting. 7 p.m. Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. Chef Alex Young is joined by the award-winning Vermont cooking teacher and cookbook author Molly Stevens to host a meal featuring recipes from her new cookbook. $45 (beverages not included). Reservations are required by calling 734-663-3663.

Wednesday Wine Tasting. 6:30 p.m. Paesano's Italian Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. This informal wine tasting allows patrons to sample five up and coming wines from Italy. Joined by one of Paesano's knowledgeable wine purveyors, the staff creates tasty appetizers to accompany the bold flavors. $25.

Thursday, March 15

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels annual Celebrity Benefit Dinner. 5-9 p.m. Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. The Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels announces its Annual Celebrity Benefit Dinner at Bentley’s in the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. The celebrity wait staff will be: Morell Boone, president, YMOW and dean of the College of Technology at EMU; Karen Lovejoy Roe, clerk, Charter Township of Ypsilanti; Dave Rutledge, State Representative Michigan House, District 54; Mark Ouimet, State Representative, Michigan District 52; Keith Gieselman, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti; Brenda McKinney, Treasurer, Superior Township; Greg Sheldon, president of the EMU Alumni Association; Mike Martin, trustee for Ypsilanti Township; James Hawkins, former superintendent (retired) of the Ypsilanti Public Schools; Betty Stremich of the EMU Foundation; James Fink, Fink of and Valvo PLLC; and Peggy Wilson of Huron Valley Financial. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal, merry music by John E. Lawrence and the WCC Jazz Combo, and of course, fantastic service. All tips collected will go directed to Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels to help deliver meals to local homebound individuals in Ypsilanti and the surrounding townships. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are accepted for corporate tables only. The buffet is $19.95 per person, $8.95 for children. For additional information, call 734-487-9669.

Flat Breads! 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. This class takes you all the way back to the origin of bread. Flat breads have been around since humans first picked wheat off the stalk and decided to grind it and heat it. Roman soldiers used to put dough on their metal shields and bake it over an open fire. For this class we’ve developed four flat bread recipes for pita, matzo, Spanish torta de aceite, and naan. We'll even fire up our wood fired oven! You’ll learn everything you need to make these versatile, full-flavored breads. Shield not included. $100. 734-761-7255.

Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. Each Thursday evening, experts lead an exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week’s topic: Spanish whites. 734-997-7500.

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