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Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 8:33 a.m.

Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Jan. 10-17

By Staff

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Porter and Brown Beer Tasting. 7-9 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E Washington St., Ann Arbor. Arbor Brewing Company Beer Tastings are a year-long celebration of the rich and varied tastes and traditions of beers from across the globe. Tastings are the second Thursday of each month. Each tasting focuses on a specific style and features two dozen or so of the best examples available in the style of the month. Tickets include beer samples, an appetizer buffet, a complete event program with tasting notes, and entry in our door prize drawing. Tonight, join us for an evening of dark ales, as this month's featured styles are porters and browns. $25 in advance and $30 on tasting day. 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: Oregon favorites. $17. 734-997-7500.

Gluten-Free Pizza Party. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 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.

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.

Cooking On The Wing. Noon. Vinology Wine Bar & Restaurant, 110 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Butcher, roast, grill or fry? Learn alongside executive Chef Jim Leonardo as he teaches us the best ways to prepare each part of the bird. Food and wine pairing included. $40. 734-222-9841 or

Healthy Couples Cooking . 6:30-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Bring your favorite someone and a bottle of wine and learn to prepare this entire healthy menu together. A perfect date night - guilt not included. Menu: Curried pumpkin bisque; arugula and apple salad with cranberry vinaigrette; maple-balsamic-glazed tempeh with shallot and chestnuts; candied ginger pears. $150 per couple.

Health Starts Here Passport event. Noon-3 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Using the Whole Foods Market Health Starts Here passport as a guide, shoppers can taste nourishing foods in each department and learn how a few simple dietary changes can impact lifelong health. Shoppers who visit all the sample stations and complete the passport can enter to win a Healthy Pantry Makeover. The winner will receive a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card, along with a list of suggested healthy pantry products. HSH focuses on four pillars of healthy eating: real foods that are whole, fresh, natural, organic, local, seasonal and unprocessed; plant-based foods; healthy fats from plant sources such as nuts, seeds and avocados; and nutrient-dense foods. Free. 734-997-7500.

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.

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.

Parent/Child Indian Curry Party. 2-4:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. The class for children ages 6 and older with an adult 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. We'll send you home with leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. In this Indian curry party, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and cardamom play starring roles. We'll roast and grind spices for the dishes in this class. We'll also teach you how to make Paneer from scratch. Menu: Matar paneer (fresh cheese in green pea sauce); channa masala (chickpeas in spicy sauce); and Chicken Tikka Masala. $65 for a parent and one child or $85 for a parent and two children.

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. $10. 734-929-6060.

Soul-Satisfying Salads to Get You Through the Winter. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. By incorporating lean proteins and applying the right preparation techniques for them, you'll experience how the already good-for-you greens and vegetable salads will become nutritious, power-packed and deliciously satisfying meals. You will learn the building blocks to salad dressings that help make healthful decisions without compromising flavor and punch, and with enough variations so that it never becomes common. Menu: Mediterranean tuna compote salad; salmon-glazed mock sushi salad; grilled holloumi (greek cheese) salad; Tuscan arugula, lemon and Parmigiano salad; Salad Nicoise (classic French salad of seared tuna, green beans, potatoes & olives). $75.

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.

Culinary Bootcamp I. 6-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 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 full arsenal of dishes utilizing the techniques learned — we will work with the very best cuts of meat, seafood, and produce from local purveyors. Students will work in pairs and prepare everything on the evening's menu providing for a generous amount of practice. Students will then sit down to enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout each class. Best of all, no experience is required. This class meets on consecutive Tuesday evenings. Jan 15: Introduction to knife skills & stocks; Jan 22: Sauces; Jan. 29: Sauces continued & soup technique; Feb. 5: Dry heat cooking methods: roasting, sauteing, pan-frying, deep-frying; Jan. 12: Moist heat cooking methods: poaching, steaming, braising, stewing. $425.

VegMichigan Veg 101. 7-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. VegMichigan sponsors a fun and informative cooking class. Attendees will learn the nutritional aspects of a plant-based diet and taste samples of the prepared food. Presenters will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal into a delicious plant-based (no meat or dairy) option. Free. Register at the Customer Service Desk or call 734-997-7500.

Rustic Italian Cooking: Soups with Francesca Giarraffa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Prepare and enjoy three traditional soups: "acqua cotta" (Tuscan style vegetarian soup made with porcini mushrooms in a tomato based broth), "zuppa verde" (spinach and Swiss chard soup, cooked in a chicken based broth with sauteed leeks), "zuppa di lenticchie" (lentil soup made with bits of Italian sausage in a tomato based broth with fresh herbs). All the soups will be served with homemade crostini and a seasonal salad or vegetable. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Tuition: $39. Mandatory fee: $15. Students may register online through

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, Jan. 17
(un)Corked Wine Tasting with Michigan Winery Laurentide. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Live/The Last Word, 102 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Laurentide Winery is named in honor of the last great ice sheet that receded 10,000 years ago from the upper tier of the North American continent. The Leelanau Peninsula was exposed, and the rocks and fossils from a 350 million year old ancient sea floor started to formulate the soil that sustains the vines today contributing to the unique terroir of the region. Wine lovers are invited to meet Bill and Susan Braymer, owners of Laurentide, and taste the wines of Laurentide Winery from the Leelanau Peninsula: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, white blend, Pinot Noir, and cherry. Ticket price includes a sample of five wines. $15. Purchase tickets at The Produce Station or online at

30-Minute Dinners. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Are you in a cooking rut? Are you always in a hurry to get dinner on the table? This class is here to help you out. Pizza, pasta, potato - these are dinner dishes for the busy family this winter. The best part? They're all faster than takeout and homemade. Menu: Spinach stuffed-chicken breast with mac-n-cheese; sausage and potato casserole with mushrooms and green beans; faux risi i bisi - risotto with pan-roasted tilapia. $75.

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: Chianti. $17. 734-997-7500.

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