Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of April 4-11
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Healthy Cooking with Herbs and Spices. 6:30 p.m. Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Avenue branch, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Learn how to use fresh herbs and spices to make food taste delicious while lowering salt intake. Presented by Heather Anderson, registered dietician, and students in the dietetic program at Eastern Michigan University. Free. 734-482-4110 ext. 1385.
Coney Dog and Root Beer Float Night. 5-8 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. $1.25 per Coney dog. For more information call 734- 878-9522 or 734-341-4249.
Flight Night 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. (Note: These events were previously called Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief.) This week’s topic: Red Blends of the U.S. $17. 734-997-7500.
Tap Takeover: Brewery Vivant. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. Prices vary; usually $6 for six tastes. 734-997-7500.
Friday through Sunday
Bill’s Beer Garden spring hours. 5-11 p.m. Downtown Home & Garden patio, 210 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor. Bill’s Beer Garden hosts limited hours in March and April before the full summer schedule begins. As Downtown Home & Garden closes for the day and cars vacate the parking lot, the beer garden takes over the space. Two seating pavilions plus pop-up tents (when necessary) provide shelter from the elements. Strings of lights and trees line the perimeter of the beer garden, creating a festive ambiance. Beers from Michigan breweries be among the initial offerings on tap: Arbor Brewing, Bell’s, Dark Horse, Wolverine Brewing, Founders, Original Gravity, Dragmonmead, and New Holland. The wine list features a geographically diverse selection. Bill’s Beer Garden encourages food to be brought in from nearby Mark’s Carts. No cover; price of purchases. billsbeergarden.com or 734-369-8001.
Legion Riders Steak Dinner. 5-7:30 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. The Legion Riders Steak Dinner, sponsored by the Pinckney American Legion Riders Chapter #419. $10. 734-648-0179.
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Saturday Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. Find local produce and food from some of your favorite farmers as well as educational food demos and more. Free admission. Visit www.a2gov.org/market for more information.
Brewing Methods Class. 1-3 p.m. Zingerman's Coffee Co., 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Learn the keys to successful coffee brewing using a wide variety of brewing methods from filter drip to syphon pot. We will take a single coffee and brew it six to eight different ways. $20. 734-929-6060.
Country Style Breakfast. 8:30-11 a.m. St. Mary's Catholic Parish, 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road, Pinckney. St. Mary’s Men’s Club in Pinckney is sponsoring its monthly Country Style Breakfast at the Parish. We have the best menu in the area which includes: fried or scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes, quiche, ham, pork sausage and, of course, our renowned waffle station. Musical guests and multi-chance raffles add to the fun. Cost is a free-will donation. Proceeds will be used to help update the Parish Religious Education Resources. 734-878-3161.
Grab and Go Lunches. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class is to help you out of your lunchtime rut. Sonia will give you infinite ideas for how you can make healthy "grab and go" lunches on the weekend to enjoy for a whole week. These lunches can be for everyone in the family! Menu: Colorful vegetable mixed shaker salads; homemade energy bars; fresh fruit and Greek yogurt parfaits; pasta in a jar; chicken with quinoa avocado pesto. $75. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com.
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.
Sauteing 101. 6:30-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks. The class is an intensive look at this dry/high-heat, low-fat, quick-cooking method. You will get ample practice and once you've got it mastered, the sky's the limit for creativity in the kitchen. Menu: shrimp scampi with linguine, rack of lamb with mustard and rosemary pan sauce, pan-roasted chicken au jus, and sauteed salmon with a gingered-carrot sauce. $85. www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.
Vegan Breakfast and Brunch: VegMichigan. 7-8:15 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower, Ann Arbor. Come to a cooking demo by VegMichigan representatives. $5. Preregistration is required: 734-997-7500.
Raw Foods: The Whole Truth about Whole Grains. 7-8:30 p.m. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. The Whole Truth about Whole Grains is taught by Ellen Livingston. Discover why grains are not an optimal food for humans. Free. Sign up on the People's Food Co-op bulletin board or online at http://www.peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/.
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.
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Trending: Culture-Class Sliders. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. One of the biggest trends in food culture in the U.S. is adventurous eaters wanting to try new things without committing to a formal dinner setting and the heavy gratuity. Be it small plates, gastropubs, food trucks or pop-up venues, there is a lot afoot in this shifting culinary landscape. Together, let's tap into this movement and not only taste, but learn how to prepare some of the flash-in-the-pan sensations. Menu: Black (Angus) and blue (cheese) stuffed slider topped with malt vinegar caramelized onions; pork bahn mi - French-Vietnamese slider with radish slaw and hot chili mayo; Turkish lamb slider with tahini-spiked yogurt sauce and muhammara (a Syrian red pepper spread). $75. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com.
Wednesday Wine Tasting. 6 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. www.paesanosannarbor.com.
Thursday, April 11
Neapolitan-Style Pizza Night. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Come and spend the evening with Francesca in this hands-on experience, as she shares the secrets, tips, and tricks from her native Southern Italy, to the delectable Italian treasure that is Neapolitan-style pizza! With Francesca, you will master Neapolitan-style dough, and all of the fixings that go with it. Menu: Homemade dough filled with fresh ricotta and chopped prosciutto - and fried to a golden brown treat; homemade dough fried and then topped with a fresh tomato-basil sauce with mozzarella and parmigiano cheeses; homemade dough baked then topped with caramelized onions, gorgonzola cheese and fresh rosemary. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com.
Strong Ales: Arbor Brewing Co. Beer Tasting. 7-9 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. A chance to sample and learn about some two dozen strong ales, higher-alcohol versions of pale ales that are sometimes referred to as old ales, stock ales, or winter warmers. Also, barley wines, scotch ales, Double IPAs, and Belgian ales. Also, a drawing for beer-related prizes. The price of admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 734-213-1393.
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: White wines of France. (Note: These events were previously called Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief.) $17. 734-997-7500.
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