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Posted on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 8:33 a.m.

Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Feb. 7-14

By AnnArbor.com Staff

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Today
Chocolate Truffle Workshop . 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks. Join us for a decadent and indulgent evening of truffle-making. This is three hours spent practicing your technique with some of the world's finest chocolates. You don't want to miss this one! Menu: Balsamic truffles; dark chocolate caramel truffles with fleur de sel; spiced Aztec truffles; honey vanilla chocolate truffles; chocolate champagne truffles. $75. Register at www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.

Healthy Nutrition on a Budget. 6:30 p.m. Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Avenue branch, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Learn how to maximize nutrition while minimizing cost in a program 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.

Intro to Great Chocolate. 6:30 p.m. Zingerman's Events on 4th, Kerrytown Markets and Shops, Ann Arbor. This is a primer with Margot, the deli’s Chocolate Lady, on what makes great chocolate so good. We’ll go over the basics of cacao and the production of chocolate, before diving into a smorgasbord of dark chocolates from our retail shelves that showcase a range of producer personalities & flavor profiles. Valentine’s is just around the corner, so come study up. $25. 734-663-3400.

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: Reds of the Rhone. $17. 734-997-7500.

Friday
Spaghetti dinner. 5-8 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children 9 and under. 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.

Saturday
Family Reading Science Workshop: Everybody Cooks. 10 a.m. at the Whittaker branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti and 3 p.m. at the Michigan Avenue branch, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Every country has a cuisine but why do the same ingredients or types of food pop up all over the place? Families will learn how geology relates to food, what cultural transmission is and they will also get to make their very own bread starter. The presentation is geared toward kids ages 6-11. Free, but registration is required: 482-4110 ext. 1340.

Chelsea's 5th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Throughout Chelsea. Pairing chocolate and shopping together for a fun, winter family day. An expected 30 area businesses will offer chocolate tastings, gifts with purchase, drawings, and free kids activities. Sponsored by Chelsea area businesses. No cover; price of purchases. 734-475-3539.

Wild Swan's Chocolate Crush fundraiser. 6:30 p.m. Lake Forest Golf Club, 3110 W. Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor. Chocolatiers and chefs, including Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Mindo Chocolate, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory, the Ravens Club, and Bab’s Underground present delectable creations for Wild Swan’s supporters. Appetizers from The Grange Kitchen & Bar and What’s Cooking! and beer from Wolverine Brewing Co. and wine and from local purveyors will also delight guests. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Royal Garden Trio. Funds raised support Wild Swan’s audience accessibility, scholarship, and outreach programs that ensure that children of all abilities can experience the joy and wonder of Wild Swan Theater. Silent and live auction items feature art, entertainment, and romance-inspired treasures offered just in time for Valentine’s Day. Auction items include tickets to sports events, concerts, and theater; passes, extreme outdoor adventures; passes to a variety of family friendly attractions including Disney World and Crystal Mountain; one year memberships to the Ann Arbor Art Center, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and The Henry Ford; and more. Tickets range from $60-125 per person. www.wildswantheater.org or 734-995-0530.

Red Shoe Affair. 6:30 p.m. Michigan Stadium, 1 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. The Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor is holding the Red Shoe Affair at the Jack Roth Stadium Club Room in the Big House on the University of Michigan campus. The event benefits the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor which provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill or injured children seeking treatment at nearby hospitals. The event will include a strolling dinner and cocktails, auctions and entertainment, and a tour of the University of Michigan Wolverines’ locker room, tunnel and playing field. Festive, fun cocktail attire is required; red shoes are encouraged. $125. 734-994-4442 or mbauernfeind@rmh-annarbor.org.

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

Second Saturday Coffee Tour. 11 a.m.-noon. Zingerman’s Coffee Co., 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. This is an open-to-the-public, no reservation-required event. Sit down with Coffee Co. managing partners Allen and/or Steve to tour their facility and learn about coffee - where it’s grown, how it’s sourced and how it’s roasted. Finally, learn how to discern the subtle distinctions among the world’s finest coffees as you sample some new offerings and some old favorites brewed using a variety of techniques. Free. 734-929-6060.

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.

Saturday and Sunday
Victorian Valentine Teas. Seatings at 4 p.m. on Saturday and at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division, St. Ann Arbor. These popular fundraiser teas feature delicious homemade sweets and savories. Enjoy romantic piano selections played on the musical Kempf family’s 1877 Steinway, and see a charming refurbished period doll house. $20 members, $25 non-members. Reservations required: 734-994-4898.

Sunday
All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet. 8 a.m.-noon Livingston County Wildlife Conservation Club, 6060 E. M-36, Hamburg. Buffet includes: Scrambled eggs, eggs your way, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, home-style potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, toast, fruit, cereal, pastries, coffee, milk and assorted juices. Egg toppings: cheese, peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Adults: $7. Seniors: $6. Ages 6-12: $3. 810-231-1811.

Family Reading and Science Workshop: Everybody Cooks. 1-2 p.m. University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor. This free hour-long, family workshop for children ages 6-11 accompanied by an adult is part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Family Reading and Science Program. This year’s theme is Just Like Me?: Exploring culture, biology and the human experience. Every country has a cuisine, but why do the same ingredients or types of food pop up all over the world? Families will learn how geology relates to food, what “cultural transmission” is, and they will also get to make their very own bread starter.Pre-register at 734-764-0478.

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off/Beer Tasting. 2-5 p.m. Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. This year, we will have a live-auction of special, one-of-a-kind items instead of a silent auction, and we have decided to hold a 50/50 raffle, as well. What will stay the same, however, are the great chili offerings, local foodies judging the chili, (Gratzi’s chef John Fischer, Beezy’s Cafe chef Theresa Rickloff, and food-blogger Mary Bilyeu), the beer-tastings, and the fun. The Annual Chili Cook-off/Beer Tasting is a fundraiser for Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, one of the oldest community theaters in the country. Civic provides opportunities for everyone in the community—regardless of experience or income—to participate in and experience live theater. Information on Ann Arbor Civic Theatre can be found at the A2CT website at www.a2ct.org. Tickets are $20 which includes 10 chili tastings, five beer samples, and a live auction. Chili-only tickets are $10, with $5 tickets for children ages 5-10. Kids under 5 attend free of charge. www.a2ct.org.

Family Dining: February. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This is our attempt to get you to slow down a little and gather around the table to enjoy a meal with your junior chef! In just a couple of hours, your child will prepare a three-course meal that you get to come back and enjoy. No shopping, no chopping, no clean up for you! (And they wait on you!) We'll talk about kitchen safety, favorite foods, family pets, and other important things while we cook. We'll pack up any leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and we'll send you home with a recipe packet. Your child will work in small teams, learn to make recipes from scratch, plate and enjoy the fruits of their labor (and we might even throw in some table etiquette!). These classes are for children ages 10 and up and are three hours long, with the last half hour designated for eating. Menu: Tomato soup with carrot cream, orzo with sausage and roasted vegetables, Nutella fudge brownies. $75 per one child participant and up to two family members. www.annarborcooks.com.

Monday
Modern Greek Cuisine with Misty Callies. 6:30-9 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Modern Greek food has surged as one of our newest culinary trends. Learn new, but authentically Greek, dishes to enliven your winter meals. Enjoy mezes of herbed lamb meatballs and stewed yellow split peas with tomato-onion topping; an entree of red wine-braised squid with ravioli and a rustic eggplant salad. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Fee: $45. Pre-registration required: 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or www.aareced.com.

Valentine's Day Mini Cupcakes. Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Avenue branch, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Teens: Decorate mini-cupcakes, and then make a card for someone special. Free, drop in. Details: 734-482-4110 ext. 1390.

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.

Tuesday
Mardi Gras Meltdown Pop-in. 5 p.m. Zingerman's Events on 4th, Kerrytown Markets and Shops, Ann Arbor. Join us for a flavorful Fat Tuesday celebration! We’re having a lighthearted, but seriously flavorful POP-IN, highlighting melted cheese in all its forms: simple warm cheese creations served alongside our interpretation of some classic New Orleans cocktails and beverages. We’ll put the fat back into Tuesday. Free. 734-663-3400.

Italian Soups - New Recipes with Francesca Giarraffa. 6-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Francesca offers four comforting soups to chase away your winter chills. Cioppino, is a fish stew from the Liguria region. Several different kinds of fish are simmered in a clear broth with vegetables. Minestra D'Orzo is a barley soup with lentils, cauliflower, prosciutto and vegetables, simmered in chicken broth. Zuppa di Borlotti is a Tuscan style soup featuring red beans cooked with sausage, vegetables and potatoes. Finally, you understand how to make a good homemade Chicken Stock that will become the base for many of your future soup recipes. Francesca will develop it into a hearty noodle soup for your enjoyment. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. $55. Scholarship recipients pay $25. Pre-registration required at 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or www.aareced.com.

Carnevale at Paesano's. 6:30 p.m. Paesano’s Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Carnevale (Mardi Gras in the U.S.) is an ancient Italian festival which traces its roots back to the Roman Saturnalia, a festival to honor the god Saturn with feasting, gift giving and role reversal. Paesano's version of Carnevale includes a five-course Italian feast from Chef David with matching Italian wines courtesy of vintner Roberto D’onfrio of Tenuta Carretta Vineyards of Piedmonte, Italy. One of the common elements found throughout the tradition has remained the Carnevale masks and contemporary costumes. Guests traditionally come to the Paesano event in full costume. The restaurant will close its dining room for the event to accommodate the large crowd. $95 per person, not including tax or gratuity. 734-971-0484 or wine@paesanosannarbor.com.

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.

Wednesday
Rustic Italian Cooking: Lamb Stew with Francesca Giarraffa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. In this course a complete rustic Italian meal is prepared featuring an entree, side dishes and dessert. The course is led by an instructor born into the Italian cooking tradition, who apprenticed at a specialty restaurant in Naples, Italy. Students will assist in preparing slow cooked lamb stew (simmered in red wine, tomatoes, herbs and spices and served with homemade herbed polenta), arugula salad (with dried fruit and balsamic vinaigrette dressing) and poached pears (in red wine, topped with mascarpone cream and honey), followed by the entire meal enjoyed family style. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Tuition: $39. Mandatory fee: $15. Students may register on-line through www.wccnet.edu.

Valentine Cookies & Cake Pops. 6-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Come alone or sign up with a friend - in this class you will make cookies and cake pops with your valentine or for your valentine. Our evening will feature delicious sugar cookies that pastry chef, Sonia Urbaniak, will teach you to professionally decorate, as well as the ever-popular cake pops! You will take home at least a dozen treats to share with your loved ones! Nothing beats a homemade gift from the kitchen - especially for Valentine's Day. $75. 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, Feb. 14
Culinary Aphrodisiacs. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Come love, laugh and enjoy the company as we draw on the knowledge of the ancients while exploring the indulgences that purport to turn us on. This class is about pairing up, so from this attractive bunch we will be creating sensuous small bite plates by coupling one fired-up ingredient with its equally adventurous partner. You'll love the matchmaking and leave with plenty of ideas for your own get-togethers. Menu: Bananas Foster (banana and rum flambe); chips and dips (avocado and coriander; pineapple and hot chilies); oysters on the half shell (ginseng & oysters; champagne & basil); Russian toast points (caviar & smoked salmon with vodka shooters); cookies (pine nuts and anise; honey and almonds); Dressed Up Strawberries (strawberries and chocolate). $75. www.annarborcooks.com.

Love Stinks! Chocolate Fest. 7-8 p.m Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Teens, make chocolates for someone special or even yourself. Free. 734-482-4110 ext. 1340.

Hop Heads: Arbor Brewing Beer Tasting. 7-9 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. A chance to sample and learn about some two dozen “hop bombs”— beers with an unusually heavy hop-content. 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: Fruit Creme Brulee Tart and Champagne. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with dessert and sparkling wine. Special holiday pricing TBA. 734-997-7500.

To submit events for this calendar, e-mail calendar@annarbor.com.