Ann Arbor food & 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. 734- 878-9522 or 734-341-4249.
(un)Corked Wine Tasting: Riesling RUCKUS! 7:30 p.m. Alley Bar, 112 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Hosts Andrew Gorsuch and Jorge Lopez Chavez will bring four distinctive examples of Riesling dry wines and maybe one sweeter one to capture the contrast. $10 fee includes sampling of five wines. 734-662-8757.
Food Circus Cooking Filming Fundraiser for Michigan Shakespeare Festival. 6:30-9 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave. Learn how to create a fabulous meal with celebrity Chef Adrien Sharp. Ticket prices are a donation to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and allow seating in the production's kitchen during filming of Adrien’s show, Food Circus. Take home a goodie bag from Whole Foods and a ticket to the 2012 Michigan Shakespeare Festival. $60. 734-875-4500.
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: California Chardonnay. $17.
Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Blake Reetz and Helen Harding. Noon-1 p.m. Hollander's, 401 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Blake and Helen, owners of the local catering business “eat,” will teach guests to make cider-braised pork shoulder, creamed Swiss chard and, for dessert, ginger sweet potato pie. $16. 734-741-7531.
Beer tasting: North Peak Brewing Co. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Pricing varies. 734-997-7500.
Golden/Palio Pioneer Wine Trail Tour. 12:30-5:30 p.m. Tour starts at Palio, 347 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Explore the southeast Michigan countryside sampling wines at local vineyards while traveling with Golden Limo. $50 per person. Reservations at www.goldenlimo.com/winetours or 800-300-5151.
Two Cooking: Vietnamese. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Come with a friend and work together to prepare and then enjoy this feast! Menu: Panfried Rice Noodles with Beef and Vegetables; Steamed Salmon with Garlic and Ginger; Ginger-Scallion Noodles; Lemongrass Ice Cream. $125 per pair. 734-645-1030.
Freemason Fundrasiser to benefit Food Gatherers. 7:30 p.m. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. The Freemasons (Ann Arbor-Fraternity Lodge #262) invites guests to a fundraiser to benefit Food Gatherers . Admission by donation. 734-480-2739.
Freedom Fund Dinner: NAACP Ann Arbor Branch. 6 p.m.-midnight. Four Points Sheraton Inn, 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor. Featured speaker TBA. The program also honors African American students in the Ann Arbor Public Schools who have maintained a 3.2 GPA or better over the past academic year. $50 in advance only. (Sponsor a scholar: $35.) 734-761-9084.
Hunter’s Ball: Dexter American Legion. 8 p.m.-midnight. American Legion Hall, 8225 Dexter-Chelsea Road, Dexter. Enjoy a sloppy Joe dinner and dancing to live music. $8 at the door. 734-426-4511.
Learn to Make Fresh Mozzarella. Noon-2:30 p.m. Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. First and third Saturday of each month, September through May. $60 (or $55 if paid in advance). Reservations required at 734-929-0500.
Country Style Breakfast. 8:30-11 a.m. St. Mary's Catholic Parish, 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road, Pinckney. St. Mary’s Men’s Club’s monthly Country Style Breakfast at the parish. Menu: fried or scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes, quiche, ham, pork sausage and waffle station. Cost is a free-will donation. Proceeds help update the Parish Religious Education Resources. 734-878-3161.
Family-Style Soups with Wendy Mead. 1-2 p.m. Hollander's, 401 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Learn to make three cost-effective and nourishing homemade soups: chicken noodle, chili and split pea. $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 gives the inside scoop on how they make artisan cheeses and gelato. $5. 734-929-0500.
Holiday Baking Series 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Three-part holiday baking extravaganza. Nov. 7: Thanksgiving Desserts - Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger Whipped Cream & Brown Butter Pears; UpsideDown Cranberry Caramel Cake; Apple Spice Layer Cake. Nov. 14: Holiday Cookies - Chocolate Dipped Ginger Florentines; Pecan Tassies; Benne Wafers; Mexican Wedding Cookies; LemonVanilla Shortbreads; ChocolateMalt Sandwich Cookies. Nov. 21: The Showstoppers - GingerPear Sorbet in Spiced Brown Butter & Walnut Tuile Cups; Hazelnut Crunch Cake with Honeyed Kumquats; Lemon Cloud Trifle with Homemade Sponge Cake & Lemon Curd. $195. Register at www.wccnet.edu/lifelonglearning.
Italian Zuppe with Francesca Giarraffa. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave. Francesca will introduce students to three hearty Italian favorites: ribollita - Tuscan style vegetable soup; garbanzo bean soup; and an Italian chicken vegetable soup. Followed by a ricotta and currant cake topped with a fruit spread. $45. 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or www.aareced.com.
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.
Vegetarian Thanksgiving. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Enjoy all the flavors of Thanksgiving without the turkey and gravy. Menu: Roasted Lentils with Leek, Cheese & Herbs drizzled with Porcini Mushroom Gravy; Cornbread Stuffing with Roasted Fall Vegetables; Brussels Sprout Hash and Caramelized Shallots; Cranberry Chocolate Tart. $65. 734-645-1030.
Raw Foods: Raw Holidays with Ellen Livingston. 7-8:30 p.m. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Learn how to enjoy the holiday festivities and stay on your raw food health program. Free. 734-665-2757.
Hands-on Class: Mezzaluna Pasta with Artichoke Stuffing with Francesca Giarraffa. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hollander's, 401 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Learn how to make Mezzaluna, a half-moon shaped pasta filled with an artichoke stuffing, tossed in a white cream sauce, topped with parmigiano cheese and served with a seasonal salad. Two-hour class includes sit down lunch. $65. 734-741-7531.
Tips with Tips: Basic Cake Decorating. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Learn the basics for a finished cake. Split several cakes, crumb coat and ice them, and then add borders and a few flowers. $100. www.bakewithzing.com.
A Healthy Holiday Season. 7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Join Jennifer from Food by Jennifer as she presents recipes for transforming favorite holiday indulgences into healthy indulgences. Free. 734-997-7500.
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.
Holiday Wine Show. 6-8:30 p.m. Paesano's Italian Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. 25 different Italian wines presented by representatives from 5 local wine distributors.The strolling format features stations with wine samples, and includes holiday appetizer and dessert buffet. $45 (plus tax and gratuity). Rservations required. 734-971-0484 or online at www.paesanosannarbor.com.
Cooking For Wellness Series: Finding Your Cup of Tea. 7-8 p.m. Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Drive, Suite 4, Ann Arbor. Using our own senses, we will explore several of the different herbs available, their healing properties, as well as their preparation techniques. Leave with a personalized tea blend that you create. Presenter: Robin Brophy. $15. 734-222-8210.
Holiday Seafood Ideas. 5 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Tips and preparations for shrimp, oysters and seafood roasts. $10. 734-997-7500.
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.
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