Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Aug. 16-23
Happy 100th Birthday Julia Child! 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. That's right, if Julia were still with us, she would be turning 100 years old this very month. Join us for an evening of warm-weather Julia Child classics as we pay homage to one of the greatest chefs and lovers of food that has graced this country! As Julia once said, “Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Menu: Moules a la Marinere (mussels in white wine with shallots and herbs); Soupe au Pistou Verte (green zucchini soup with a garlic and basil garnish); Salade Nicoise; Tarte aux Abricots (fresh apricot tart). $75. 734-645-1030 or www.AnnArborCooks.com.
Brew for the River Event. 5-7:30 p.m. Jolly Pumpkin, 311 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Back by popular demand, five Ann Arbor microbreweries are teaming up with Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) to sponsor a night dedicated to water, beer, and the people who love both. Wolverine, Jolly Pumpkin, Grizzly Peak, Arbor Brewing and Blue Tractor are hosting the second annual BREW FOR THE RIVER event every Thursday night from Aug. 9 to Sept. 6. All of the Brew Events are Free and open to the public. The brewers are donating a portion of proceeds from sales to the Huron River Watershed Council. The only cost is to participate in the optional passport activity at the first event at Wolverine on Aug. 9 for $5. Attend all five events and get five stamps on the passport to be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the Blue Tractor on Sept. 6. (The Grand Prize is a growler a month for 10 months, from the participating microbreweries). Aug. 16: Jolly Pumpkin, 311 South Main, http://www.jollypumpkin.com/. Get ready for Brewer Ron Jefferies’ tongue-twisting, palate-pleasing Hummocky Lick Sumac Sensation. No cover charge. http://www.hrwc.org/events/brew-for-the-river.
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.
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. www.spotteddogwinery.com.
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: Chardonnay from the U.S. 734-997-7500.
Michigan New Holland Beer Tasting featuring Ichabod Pumpkin Ale. 4-7 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. At the specialty bar: New Holland Beer Tasting, featuring the launch of Ichabod Pumpkin Ale. Come in and meet Jimmy from New Holland and enjoy. Check this fall brew out at http://newhollandbrew.com/beer/seasonals/ichabod-pumpkin-ale/. Free. 734-975-4500.
Michigan Beer Tasting: Short’s Brewing Co. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. A representative from the brewery will be on hand to answer your questions. Price varies; usually $6 for six tastes. 734-997-7500.
(un)Corked Wine Tasting: Mission South America. 7-8 p.m. LePop Gallery, 101 N. Main St., Ann Arbor. Chile still boasts the only substantial region in the world where vines have not had to be grafted onto surrogate rootstocks. Furthermore, Argentina has now become the fifth-largest producer of wine in the world! During the mid-19th century the majority of French varietals (Cabernet, Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec) were brought to these fortunate and fertile lands, and these vines have never looked back. These days the quantity and quality of wines from the Andean regions has multiplied exponentially, and the modernization and dedication of a few pioneer producers has paid dividends. Join staff from The Produce Station at the LePop Gallery for a peregrination of South American wines with some of the staff’s favorite producers, including Catena from Argentina, and CousiÃ±o Macul from Chile. There will be eight wines to taste (reds and whites), and a delectable selection of cheeses. Bring a powerful thirst and experience the best of what South America has to offer at an affordable price. $15 per person. Tickets available at The Produce Station or online at http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/433366
In A Pickle? 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Spice up your garden abundance with these creative recipes. We'll show you pickling and canning techniques, as well as innovative ideas for pickling the not-so-common fruits and veggies. Mix and match brines and vegetables and explore your kitchen creativity! Menu: Indian-spiced pickled cauliflower and carrots; spicy pickled watermelon; Grandma Jo's bread and butter pickles; pickled grapes; Peter's pickled peppers; quick kimchi. $65. 734-645-1030.
Golden Limo Wine Tour. Noon-5:30 p.m. Tour starts at Carson's American Bistro, 2000 Commonwealth Blvd., Ann Arbor. Join us in the tasting rooms along the Southeastern Michigan wine trail. Tantalize your taste buds while learning about sweet and dry wines, red and white wines, Rieslings, Pinots, Cabernets and much more. Start and end your day at Carson’s American Bistro in Ann Arbor , and travel throughout the day to three select Michigan wineries. The wine tour includes light appetizers at the start of the tour from Carson’s AmericanBistro. Come with friends or make new ones. $90 and up; prices vary by event. http://goldenlimo.com/winetours or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cast Iron Chef. 4-6 p.m. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor. Join Chef Stef for an evening of outdoor cooking over an open fire using cast iron Dutch ovens, aluminum foil, and sticks. Help chop food, mix ingredients, and taste several dishes including: venison stew, fried potatoes, roasted apples, foil-balloon popcorn, s’mores, and more. $8 per person or $30 per family. Register online at www.lesliesnc.org or call 734-997-1553.
Taste of Tilian. 6 p.m. Tilian Farm Development Center, 4400 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor. On Saturday, Aug. 18, Tilian Farm Development Center hosts its first ever Taste of Tilian, a fundraiser to support the further development of farmer and farm businesses in our food shed. Tilian has two programs, a farm business incubator and a farmer residency program. Both programs are invested in deepening the variety and expanse of local, organically grown vegetables available in the community. On the 18th, a local chef will be paired with each of the farm farms at Tilian, and guests will enjoy a strolling dinner to sample the harvest of each farm, on the farm. The evening will close with a concert by the Understorey inside the centennial barn on the property Tilian leases for a nominal fee from Ann Arbor Township. This is a great opportunity to meet some of Ann Arbor's favorite chefs, mingle with Ann Arbor's newest farmers, and relax to the local vibes of some of the Northside neighborhood's favorite musicians. $50 general admission in advance, $60 at the door. $35 for students and farmers. Children under 13 get in free. Learn more about Tilian at www.tiliancenter.org.
Saline Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon. On Ann Arbor Street just south of Michigan Avenue in Saline. Fresh local produce and fruit are on offer, as well as local cheese, butter, honey, maple syrup, jams, eggs, meat, coffee and baked goods. Also available are flowers, plants, hanging baskets, planters, annuals, perennials, and vegetable and herb plants. There are a variety of hand-crafted items such as wood bowls and pens, jewelry, garden art, soap and more, all created by local artisans. Master Gardeners from the Michigan State University Master Gardener program are available to answer questions at the market during May, June and September. Bridge Cards, Senior Project Fresh and WIC (Women with Infant Children) Project Fresh coupons can be redeemed to buy fresh produce and fruit at our Market. Patrons can visit the Bridge Card booth at the Saturday Saline Farmers Market and obtain wooden tokens in $1 increments for the amount requested to be added to their Bridge Card. Tokens can be redeemed at the Tuesday Saline Farmers Market but can only be purchased at the Saturday Market. For more information, call Nancy Crisp at 734 429-3518, email email@example.com or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.
Sunday Picnic at the Waterloo Farm Museum. 4-7 p.m. Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Road, Grass Lake. The Sunday Picnic at the Waterloo Farm Museum will showcase Michigan’s indigenous and “settler” foods in one of the loveliest settings you can imagine, at the Waterloo Farm Museum in Grass Lake, Michigan. Pack up your picnic-ware and grab your friends and family for a Sunday afternoon at a historic farm in the country. Participants are encouraged to bring their own picnic tableware. Chefs Dan Vernia from The Raven’s Club, Brandon Johns from Grange Kitchen and Bar and John Savanna of Mill Pond Bread will be exploring what it means to “cook Michigan.” Working with our best local farms and purveyors, including Old Pine Farm,Handsown Farm, Frog Holler Organic Farm,TantrÃ© Farm, The Brinery, and Michigan Chestnut Growers, they will prepare a six-course menu, including handmade ice cream and beverages like fresh lemonade and fruit “shrubs.” Tickets are available online: $40 ($35 for SFHV members), $10 for children 5-12. 517-596-2254.
Growing Hope’s 'Chefs in the Garden' dinner. 5-8 p.m. Growing Hope Center, 922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Join Growing Hope as talented local chefs dish up seasonal fare during a series of delicious dinner parties at the Growing Hope Center’s urban farm in Ypsilanti. These more intimate events replace GH’s annual gala, Hope’s Harvest. Aug. 19: Chefs: Emil Boch (From the Hearth Food) & Kim Nichols (Harvest Kitchen), and featuring our Growing Hope Youth Interns. Theme: Food Culture & Heritage. On the tail end of the Ypsilanti Heritage Fest, enjoy flavors celebrated in present and past by cultures around the globe and close to home. This dinner will support our work with young people in growing healthy eaters and young leaders. Tickets are $45 ($25 is tax deductible). 734-330-7576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
4th Annual Great Gatsby Regatta to benefit the Saline crew team. 6-10 p.m. Wellers Carriage House, 555 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. This “Roaring Twenties” themed adult dinner, dance, and silent auction event includes a prime rib au jus dinner catered by Wellers, along with wines from Saline’s Spotted Dog Winery and beer from Grizzly Peak in Ann Arbor. Attendees may also partake in a whiskey and cigar bar, mingle amongst antique cars, dance to vintage jazz and swing tunes played by the Saline Big Band, and try their luck in the no-stakes Blackjack Challenge. Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to come dressed in ‘20s-era garb such as flapper outfits, straw hats and bow ties, or other period attire. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. During the event, a silent auction featuring a wide variety of products, memorabilia, tickets and services will be held offering guests the unique opportunity for some one of a kind purchases and deals. The Saline Crew head coach, Matt LeBlanc, will be on hand, along with the team’s founding coaches, Bridgette Sparks and David Fiske, to answer questions, describe the team’s training and racing activities and attest to the program’s value and importance to team members. $55 per person, $100 for two, Round Tables of 8 in the Captain’s Quarters for $480 or rectangular tables of 10 in the main dining room for $475. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.salinecrew.org/?module=Page&pageID=88. For more information, email email@example.com.
Culinary Bootcamp I Series. 6-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. The key to great cooking boils down to solid technique and great ingredients. Join us for this intensive journey through the basics — the end result is greater kitchen confidence and less reliance on recipes. Each class will feature a seasonal menu utilizing the techniques learned. Students will sit down to enjoy the fruits of their labor at the end of each class. This class meets on consecutive Tuesday evenings. Class : Introduction to knife skills and stocks. Class 2: Sauces. Class 3: Sauces continued, and soup technique. Class 4: Dry heat cooking methods: roasting, sauteing, pan-frying, deep-frying. Class 5: Moist heat cooking methods: poaching, steaming, braising, stewing. Fee for series: $425 per person. Register online at www.AnnArborCooks.com or call 734-645-1030.
Beyond Buzzwords - Exploring our Food Values. 7 p.m. Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 500 Little Lake Drive, Ann Arbor. Do organic carrots taste better than conventional? How about local versus imported? And should you buy them anyway, even if they don't taste any better and are more expensive? Join us to start thinking about these questions in a fun, interactive, and delicious format. In "Beyond Buzzwords - Exploring our Food Values" we'll use comparative tastings, activities and discussion to explore the many factors - like local, free-range, and fair trade - that we're encouraged to think about when making eating and shopping decisions. You'll walk away with new information to consider in your shopping decisions and some practical tools to use in the store. $20 gets you an evening of food discovery and discussion. Buy your ticket at www.tammystastings.com/shop.
Cobblestone Farm farmer's market. 4-7 p.m. Located at the historic Cobblestone Farm, this market will feature local, organically grown produce every Tuesday evening beginning June 19. No admission charge; price of purchases. www.cobblestonefarmmarket.com. Saline Farmers Market. 3-7 p.m. Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Fresh local produce and fruit are on offer, as well as local cheese, butter, honey, maple syrup, jams, eggs, meat, coffee and baked goods. Also available are flowers, plants, hanging baskets, planters, annuals, perennials, and vegetable and herb plants. There are a variety of hand-crafted items such as wood bowls and pens, jewelry, garden art, soap and more, all created by local artisans. Master Gardeners from the Michigan State University Master Gardener program are available to answer questions at the market during May, June and September. Bridge Cards, Senior Project Fresh and WIC (Women with Infant Children) Project Fresh coupons can be redeemed to buy fresh produce and fruit at our Market. Patrons can visit the Bridge Card booth at the Saturday Saline Farmers Market and obtain wooden tokens in $1 increments for the amount requested to be added to their Bridge Card. Tokens can be redeemed at the Tuesday Saline Farmers Market but can only be purchased at the Saturday Market. For more information, call Nancy Crisp at 734 429-3518, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket. .
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.
Outstanding in the Field dinner series. 3 p.m. Back Forty Acres, 17410 Heim, Chelsea. Outstanding in the Field, the pioneering farm-dinner series that has inspired pop-up supper clubs across North America and around the world, is bringing its signature white-linen table to the fields of Back Forty Acres in Chelsea. Guest chef Brandon Johns of Grange Kitchen & Bar in Ann Arbor will prepare the multi-course meal in the group's al fresco kitchen. Outstanding in the Field events begin with a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a tour of the host farm and a four-course meal paired with wines. Tickets are $200 per person, all inclusive. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit http://outstandinginthefield.com/.
Wednesday Evening Farmers Market. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. At the Wednesday Evening Farmers Market, you'll find local produce and food from some of your favorite farmers and vendors from the Saturday and Wednesday markets, plus many innovative new vendors. There will be live music, food carts, and throughout the season a non-profit sponsored beer and wine garden, as well as educational food demos and more. Free admission. Visit www.a2gov.org/market for more information.
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, Aug. 23
Tea with the Fairies. Seatings at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Children and their families are welcome for tea and petit fours served by real fairies! Celebrate with our magical fairies as they serve tea, treats, and magic. There will be story time with books available from Crazy Wisdom Bookstore. Fairy attire is encouraged — be creative. $11 per person. Babies 18 months and younger get in free. Tickets are available by stopping in to Crazy Wisdom or by phoning prior to the event. 734-665-9468.
Brew for the River Event. 5-7:30 p.m. Grizzly Peak, 120 W. Washington, Ann Arbor. Back by popular demand, five Ann Arbor microbreweries are teaming up with Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) to sponsor a night dedicated to water, beer, and the people who love both. Wolverine, Jolly Pumpkin, Grizzly Peak, Arbor Brewing and Blue Tractor are hosting the second annual BREW FOR THE RIVER event every Thursday night from Aug. 9 to Sept. 6. All of the Brew Events are Free and open to the public. The brewers are donating a portion of proceeds from sales to the Huron River Watershed Council. The only cost is to participate in the optional passport activity at the first event at Wolverine on Aug. 9 for $5. Attend all five events and get five stamps on the passport to be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the Blue Tractor on Sept. 6. (The Grand Prize is a growler a month for 10 months, from the participating microbreweries). Aug 23: Grizzly Peak, http://grizzlypeak.net/. Brewer Oliver Roberts is serving up Swift Run beer for water conservationists and beer aficionados alike. No cover charge. http://www.hrwc.org/events/brew-for-the-river.
Health Starts Here: Delicious and Healthy One Pot Meals in Minutes. 6-8 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. The lazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end and the busy fall schedules will soon be in full swing. Once the kids are back in school and your activities increase, having time to make healthy meals for your family may seem like an impossible task. We have the solution for you with these easy one pot dishes that take just minutes to make and are sure to delight the taste buds of the whole family. This Class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom with healthy eating specialist Jan Kemp. Fee: $15. To register, stop by the customer service desk or call 734-975-4500.
Ultimate Burger Throwdown! 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class isn't just for vegetarians. We dare you to open your mind. Are you looking to switch up your 'same old' traditional beef and turkey burgers? We've got ideas for the three best veggie burgers ever. They're all made with fresh veggies and beans and paired with gourmet condiments. Menu: Red lentil veggie burger with spicy mango ketchup; Southwest black bean burger with corn salsa. $65. Register online at www.AnnArborCooks.com.
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: California red blends. 734-997-7500.
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