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Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Feb. 28-March 7

By Staff

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Gluten-Free Pizza Party. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. We've been working tirelessly on perfecting the perfect gluten-free pizza dough, and, well, we've got it. We'll be baking off two types of pizza dough recipes sure to satisfy your cravings. Menu: Thin crust pizza dough; thick and chewy pizza dough; gourmet topping bar including fresh seasonal vegetables, gourmet cheeses with homemade sauces and pestos. We'll also be featuring a gluten-free beer tasting, including some of the new wheat-free beers offered on the market today. $75. Register online 48 hours in advance at

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: Celebrate Spain. $17. 734-997-7500.

Date Night! 6:30-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Retro-Cocktail Party menu. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Bacon-wrapped scallops with pineapple and mirin glaze; cheddar stout fondue with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, apples and red skins; spinach and artichoke stuffed mushrooms with torched gruyere; spicy adobo shrimp cocktail; puff pastry cheese straws, bramble gin jelly shots. $150 per couple. Register online 48 hours in advance at

St. Mary Lenten Fish Dinner. 4-7 p.m. St. Mary's Catholic Parish, 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road, Pinckney. The Men’s Club of St Mary’s Catholic Parish in Pinckney sponsors its annual fish dinners on Friday evenings during Lent, through March 22. The Parish is located south of M-36 at 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road in Putnam Township. 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. $9 adults, $8 seniors, $4 children (under age 12) with a family (immediate only) plan available at $30. 734-878-3161.

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus. 4-7 p.m. St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Drive, Saline.Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, and homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese, and desserts. $10, with discounts for seniors and children. 734-944-7790.

34th Annual Lenten Fish Fry. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Old St. Patrick's Church parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Road, Whitmore Lake. Every Friday in Lent, through March 22, the church offers fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni and cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts are available for a nominal additional charge. Beer and wine are available for a donation. $8, with discounts for seniors and children. or 734-662-8141.

Lenten Fish Dinner. 5-7:30 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium, Ann Arbor. Every Friday in Lent, through March 22, the parish provides homemade clam chowder, fried cod, baked tilapia, mac and cheese, green beans, roasted red potatoes, french fries, salad bar, coleslaw, rolls with butter, homemade desserts, Girl Scout cookies and beverages. $9, with discounts for seniors and children. 734-769-2550.

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus. 5-8 p.m. St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $10. 734-475-7561.

March Cooking Class: The School of Salmon. Noon. Vinology, 110 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. The class will teach preparation of salmon, including butchery, quality identification and recipe decisions based on available cuts, quality and style. Dishes of discovery will include salmon tartare, salmon gravlax, hot smoked salmon, salmon ceviche/poké, salmon burgers/thai larb, roasted collar of salmon, and pan seared and poached filets of salmon. A pairing of wine with food is included in the ticket price. $45 (gratuity included). 734-222-9841.

Basic Knife Skills. 1-4 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks. Sharpen your cutlery and your knife skills. This hands-on class will cover how to sharpen and care for your knives, as well as proper use. In-class exercises will include practice of the fundamental cuts for vegetables and fruit -- mince, dice, brunoise, battonet, julienne, etc. - as well as breaking down a whole chicken. $70. Register at

Legion Riders Pork Loin Dinner. 5-7:30 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. $10. 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.

Eat, Meet, & Be Cherry. 2-4 p.m. Cherry Republic, 223 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Every Saturday in February and March, the store will host cooking demos by chefs from local restaurants, including Tio's (March 2), The Melting Pot (March 9), Gratzi (March 16), Habana Cellar Lounge (March 23), and Conor O’Neill’s (March 30). Free. 734-585-5231.

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 for more information.

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Saturday and Sunday
Journey to the Sugar Bush. Tours on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Breakfast is served 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter, in the Activity Center. Take a journey to the sugar bush on a guided tour. Travel back in time and experience how maple syrup has been made over the years; you may get a chance to tap a tree. Plus, enjoy an all you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. $3 for the guided tour. Breakfast is $5.50 per adult and $3.50 per child. Preregistration is required at 734-426-8211.

Parent/Child Pasta. 2-4:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class allows you to work alongside your budding chef to make everything on the menu, and then sit down to enjoy a meal together. We emphasize knife safety and other helpful kitchen tips. This is a relaxing way to enjoy cooking with your child while learning at the same time. And you don't have to clean up! We'll send you home with leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. This class is for ages 6 and older with an adult. Come spend an afternoon with us as we get out the pasta machines and teach you how to make fresh pasta! Just a few ingredients, some practice, and you're on your way. Skills learned in this class are kneading, whisking, chopping, sauteing, boiling, and most importantly, tasting! On our menu: pappardelle with Italian sausage and peppers; fettuccine with basil cream. $65 for a parent and one child or $85 for a parent plus two children. Register online 48 hours in advance at

Beating the Sugar Blues. 2-3 p.m. Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Liza Baker of Fair Food Network and Jeri Shumate of Joyous Health will offer a healthy living workshop, including the history of sugar consumption and simple ways to gradually reduce sugar in what we eat. Snacks will be provided. Free, but registration is requested: 734-429-5450 email

Wine Tasting: The Noble Grapes . 2-4:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Even though these six grapes have been traditionally considered the end- all-be-all of wine superstars, this is mostly due to the fact that the French were the first wine lovers to meticulously classify and mystify grapes and these are all French grape varieties. With the passing of time and the acceptance of other regions of the world into the wine's finest club, this perception is beginning to change. However, it is necessary to embark into our foray by accepting the importance of these varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling on the white corner, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir on the red corner. $55 for a parent and one child or $85 for a parent plus two children. Register online 48 hours in advance at

Cocktail Class: No Shots Allowed. 7:30 p.m. Live/The Last Word, 102 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Too often, the word "tequila" brings to mind bad 21st birthdays and fraternity hazing, but we'll examine the variety of roles this under-appreciated spirit plays in cocktails. Its sultry, smoky and sophisticated cousin Mezcal will also appear. Class is hands on, with lots of tasting opportunities. Class is taught by Tammy's Tastings at The Last Word. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 734-276-3215.

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.

The Ballymaloe Irish Farm Dinner. 5-7 p.m. Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. The Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland is only culinary school in the world to be located in the middle of it’s own 100-acre organic farm. They believe in sustainable use of resources, using seasonal produce, cooking with the finest and freshest ingredients and eating local whenever possible. Chef Alex and the Roadhouse have been long time admirers of the Ballymaloe Cookery School and its owner, Darina Allen, Ireland’s best-known chef. Creating a menu prepared the way it would be at Ballymaloe, Chef Alex will honor this long time Irish institution with a traditional Irish farm dinner at the Roadhouse. $50. 734-663-3663.

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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Whole Hog Dinner. 6:30 p.m. Grange Kitchen & Bar, 118 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. This one-of-a-kind dining experience celebrates using the entire hog, promoting a healthier, more sustainable approach to restaurant dining. $55 (not including tax and gratuity). 734-995-2107 or

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.

Thursday, March 7
Braising 101. 6-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks. Cold weather creates a craving for deep-flavor, slow-cooked comfort foods. Braising is where it's at. Join us for an intensive look at this moist-heat method of cooking as we re-create some unbelievable classics. It's all about "low and slow" and deep flavor with this technique. Menu: Coq au vin, braised lamb shanks, braised leeks, and braised potatoes. $85. Register at

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.

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 Argentina. $17. 734-997-7500.

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