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Posted on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 : 8:36 a.m.

Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of July 12-19

By AnnArbor.com Staff

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Today
Cooking with Your CSA Share. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Community Supported Agriculture is a rapidly growing way to support local farmers and have access to the freshest produce. You sign up for a share of the farmer’s crop, and receive a box of vegetables (and fruits when available) once a week, typically from late spring to fall. But after picking up your share, it can sometimes be challenging to know what to do with that week’s bounty. In this class, we will take common seasonal produce found in your CSA box and teach you great ways to showcase each item. Due to our sporadic Michigan weather, certain fruits and vegetables may be switched out with something that is more perfectly ready for consumption. Mother Nature will decide the fate of these classes without prior notice. Tentative august produce selections: Tomatoes, corn, melon, potatoes, peaches, green beans. $65. Register online at www.AnnArborCooks.com.

Monthly Beer Tasting: Wheats, Wits, and Lambics. 7-9 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Price includes beer samples, an appetizer buffet, tasting notes and entry into door prize drawing. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 734-213-1393.

Bon Voyage, ALS! Ann Arbor Active Against ALS. 6-10 p.m. Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor. At the end of July, a relay team of six women will swim a two-way crossing of the English Channel to raise money for ALS. This is their send-off, a beer and wine tasting honoring English ales and French wines, food, live auction, hope raffle and a few surprises. $75 per person or $125 for two. For more information, email bethany.w@sbcglobal.net or visit www.channelforals.org.

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: French whites. 734-997-7500.

Friday
Michigan beer tasting: Short’s Brewing Co. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. Join Whole Foods Market and a Short’s Brewery representative to taste beer and learn about the brand.. Pricing varies; usually $6 for six tastes. 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 entire menu. And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. July’s Bento Box menu: Miso soup; sesame scallion crab salad maki; ahi tuna with sesame and napa; pickled cucumber, daikon and ginger salad; green tea granita. $130 per pair. 734-645-1030 or http://annarborcooks.com.

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
The Perfect Egg with Mark Hodesh. 9-11 a.m.. Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor. Downtown Home & Cooking demo on the store’s 1935 Magic Chef stove by DH&G owner Mark Hodesh, who founded the Fleetwood Diner in 1972 and cooked some 500,000 eggs there in three years. Includes over easy, straight up, scrambled, soft-boiled, and poached. Free. 734-662-8122.

Zingerman's Coffee Co. Second Saturday Tour. 11 a.m.-noon on the second Saturday of each month. Zingerman’s Coffee Co., 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Join us monthly for an open-to-the-public, no-reservation-required event. Sit down with Coffee Company 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. 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.

Jam and Can. 1-5 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. What to do with a huge haul of strawberries? Millions of peaches? Too many tomatoes? We'll show you how to make perfect preserves, creative chutneys, and joyous jams with your produce surplus! You'll go home with a small jar of each - we'll be canning our goods in this class. Menu: Jalapeno jelly; strawberry apple jam; peach chutney; spiced raspberry preserves; tomato and onion marmalade. $65. 734-645-1030.

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 salinefarmersmarket@comcast.net or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.

Sunday
Home Espresso Workshop. 1-3 p.m. Zingerman’s Coffee Co., 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Get the most out of your home espresso machine. Learn more about what goes into making a cafe-quality espresso. We will start with an overview of the “4 Ms” of making espresso, followed by tasting, demonstrations and some hands-on practice. We will also cover some machine maintenance basics as time allows. This is a very interactive workshop and seating is limited to six people. $25. Register at 734-945-4711.

Halcyon Sundaze. 2-9 p.m. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Enjoy a lazy summer enjoying classic vinyl music while enjoying beers on tap with rotating DJs and a small batch of Halcyon Summer Wheat. No cover charge - price of purchases. 734-480-2739.

Monday
Cocktail Class - Gin Says Summer. 7:30 p.m. Ravens Club, 207 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. If there's an official summer spirit, it's got to be gin. In this class, hosted by Tammy's Tastings, you'll learn about different styles of gin and sample several different cocktails featuring this eminently mixable spirit. Classes are hands on, with lots of tasting opportunities. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 734-276-3215 or http://www.tammystastings.com/shop.

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.

Monday through Thursday
Kids' Summer Camp: Baking & Pastry. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Children ages 8-15 are invited to join us for a baking and pastry adventure. Monday: Apple crisp, banana cream pie, blueberry galette. Tuesday: Coconut macaroons, pineapple tarte tatin, poached peaches. Wednesday: Chocolate pots de creme, chocolate mousse, fudge brownies. Thursday: Strawberry shortcake, blueberry sorbet, raspberry panna cotta. $200 per child. 734-645-1030 or http://annarborcooks.com.

Tuesday
Vegetarian Cooking 101 with VegMichigan. 7-8:15 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. VegMichigan is the state’s largest vegetarian organization, and we are thrilled to host them in our Lifestyle Center. This month, join Paul and Susan as they demonstrate some favorite recipes. $5. For information about VegMichigan, visit http://vegmichigan.org/index.html. To register, call 734-997-7500 or stop by the customer service desk.

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 salinefarmersmarket@comcast.net 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.

Wednesday
Rustic Italian Cooking: Light Summer Salads with Francesca Giarraffa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Prepare and enjoy three traditional Italian style salads in this class taught by an instructor born into the Italian cooking tradition. Apprenticed in a specialty restaurant in Naples, Italy, she learned to create these Italian favorites using the freshest ingredients available. The menu includes: orzo pasta salad (a dressed summer salad including fresh grape tomatoes, seasonal vegetables, olives and fresh basil); seafood salad (a mix of seafood and shellfish in a lemon vinaigrette, served chilled); panzanella (homemade toasted crouton salad with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and a white wine vinaigrette). This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Tuition: $39. Mandatory fee: $15. Register at www.wccnet.edu /lifelong-learning.

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, July 19
Italian Summer Salads with Francesca Giarraffa. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. When it’s too hot to eat a heavy meal, salads make the perfect light dinner. Francesca shares three Italian favorites and a refreshing chilled dessert. Recipes: Calamari and mixed shell fish tossed in a lemon juice vinaigrette; orzo pasta salad combined with summer vegetables, grape tomatoes, garlic, green olives and basil; marinated chicken breast grilled and served on a wild rice salad with artichokes; cantaloupe marinated with cognac and honey then served chilled. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. $45. Pre-registration is required by calling 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or at www.aareced.com.

59th Annual Manchester Chicken Broil. 4-8 p.m. Alumni Memorial Field (at Vernon and Wolverine), Manchester. About 6,000 chickens are cooked over nearly five tons of charcoal in four 100-foot-long broiling pits. Dinner includes half a chicken, dinner roll, homemade coleslaw, radishes, potato chips, and a beverage. Ice cream and pop available. Also included are an antique car show and live entertainment. Proceeds fund programs for local civic projects. A shuttle is available from Manchester Middle School, 710 E. Main. $8 in advance at Coffee Mill Cafe, Whistle Stop restaurant, Manchester Market, Manchester Pharmacy, Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, TCF Bank in Saline and Chelsea, and other locations; $9 at the gate. 734-428-7722 or http://manchesterchickenbroil.org.

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: Italian reds. 734-997-7500.

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.

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