Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of June 14-21
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Beer tasting: Fruit Beers. 7-9 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. This event is a chance to sample and learn about some two dozen fruit beers, from blueberry stouts to cherry alts. The evening will include a drawing for beer-related prizes. The price of admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet. $25 in advance. 734-213-1393.
Chinese Regional Cooking Lessons: Taiwanese. 7-9:30 p.m. Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. A series of cooking lessons will be presented by local restaurant chefs and special food experts. All proceeds go to Food Gatherers. Enjoy learning to make healthful and tasty Chinese food. June 14: Chef Michael Wu from TK Wu Restaurant will teach a class on Taiwanese cuisine. $25 per lesson ($100 for all five lessons). A2casaa@gmail.com.
The Baker’s Pantry: A Bouquet of Flours with PFC’s Head Baker, Keegan Rodgers. 7-8:30 p.m. 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. A field study guide to the world of flours, with and without gluten from a professional baker. Free and open to the public. www.peoplesfood.coop.
Restaurant Week continues. During regular restaurant hours at various downtown Ann Arbor locations, Main Street area. Three-course dinner menus and fixed price fare lunch menus from Ann Arbor’s best restaurants are offered through Friday, June15. Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. Now is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations early at participating restaurants. Tables fill fast during this gastronomically great event, so make your reservations now. Prices vary by location; visit http://mainstreetannarbor.org/ for more info.
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: Cabernet Sauvignon. 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. June menu: corn and scallion pancakes; pan-roasted lobster; basil-potato puree; warm tomato corn salad; fresh strawberry tartlettes. $130 per pair. 734-645-1030.
Saline Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon. On Ann Arbor Street just south of Michigan Avenue in Saline. Market vendors offer fresh local produce and fruit, local cheese, butter, honey, maple syrup, jams, eggs, meat, coffee, baked goods, 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 much 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 the mrket. For more information, call Nancy Crisp at 734 429-3518, email email@example.com or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.
Depot Town Strawberry Showcase: Think Local First. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Depot Town Farmers Market, Rice and Cross Streets, Ypsilanti. The community is invited to take a self-guided tour through Depot Town to sample a strawberry food item at four locations. Our tour begins at the Depot Town Farmers Market, then to Harvest Kitchen, and Ypsi Food Coop, and ending at The Corner Brewery. Pick up a "passport", have it stamped at all four locations and then enter to win a $25 gift certificate from each business. Free. 734-730-6905, www.thinklocalfirst.net/events or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope Clinic Hoopla. 5 p.m. Dawn Farm, 6633 Stoney Creek Road, Ypsilanti. All are invited for a barbeque dinner and music by local bluegrass favorites the RFD Boys. Kerchief and overalls are appropriate dress. All proceeds benefit Hope Clinic. $50. 734-484-2989 or email@example.com.
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 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. http://www.tammystastings.com/shop or 734-276-3215.
One Room Schoolhouse Picnic. Noon. Chelsea Senior Center. 19430 Bush Road, Chelsea. All seniors who attended a one-room or other country school invited to bring a dish to pass (and your own table service) for a potluck, along with any school photos or memorabilia you may have. A donation is requested for tent rental. Reservations are required at 734-475-9242.
Brewing Methods. 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, each producing a unique taste. We’ll learn the proper proportions and technique for each and discuss the merits and differences of each style. $20. 734-929-6060.
Tours of the Creamery. 2 p.m. Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Cheesemaker and managing partner John Loomis leads the whey and gives the inside scoop on how they make artisan cheeses and old-fashioned gelato (that’s Italian ice cream). $5. You will receive a $5 coupon to spend in The Cheese Shop. 734-929-0500.
Tuscan Quail with Francesca Giaraffa. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Enjoy this meal typical of northern Italy. Quail is wrapped in pancetta and baked in a white wine sauce. A Mushroom polenta makes a savory companion that compliments the bird. Finish the meal with Biancomangiare, a creamy pudding with almonds, orange zest and Amaretto topped with a poached fruit. Let Francesca introduce you to a taste of Tuscany. $45. Registration with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation is required by calling 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or at www.aareced.com.
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: Michigan Made. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Come celebrate everything local - the very best that Michigan has to offer. Monday: Summer vegetable tart, cheese crisps, peach sorbet. Tuesday: Basil chicken sandwiches, refrigerator pickles, carrot cake. Wednesday: Zucchini fritters with dipping sauce, cherry pie, sweetened iced tea. Thursday: Market chowder, mixed greens with fresh herb vinaigrette, caramel-bacon-popcorn. For children 8-15 years old. $200. 734-645-1030.
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. A festival to welcome the community, farmers, and other vendors is being planned for opening day. No admission charge; price of purchases. www.cobblestonefarmmarket.com.
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.
Saline Farmers Market. 3-7 p.m. Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Market vendors offer fresh local produce and fruit, local cheese, butter, honey, maple syrup, jams, eggs, meat, coffee, baked goods, 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 much 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 the mrket. 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.
Rustic Italian Cooking: Summer Antipasti with Francesca Giarraffa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Prepare and enjoy three traditional appetizers 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: two toppings for crostini (one spread made with fresh green olives, almonds, garlic and fresh herbs) and (the second, an artichoke pesto); two versions of bruschetta (one topped with radicchio sautÃ©ed in olive oil and garlic, then sprinkled with gorgonzola cheese) and (the second, a traditional Neapolitan style with fresh tomatoes and basil); zucchini fritters (dipped in yeast batter that includes pecorino cheese and chives, then fried until crisp).This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Tuition: $39. Mandatory fee: $15. Register online through www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.
Wednesday Wine Tasting. 6:30 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.
Wednesday Evening Farmers Market. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. Join the Ann Arbor Farmers Market on May 2 for the kickoff of the second season of the Wednesday Evening Farmers Market. You'll find local produce and food from some of your favorite farmers and vendors from the Saturday 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. Buy your groceries from local farmers and enjoy yourself while you're at it at the Wednesday Evening Farmers Market. The evening market runs from 4:30-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday, May 2-Sept. 26. Free admission; price of purchases. 734-794-6255 or www.a2gov.org/market.
Thursday, June 21
Ultimate Veggie Burgers. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class isn't just for vegetarians. 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 and avocado-citrus vinaigrette; beet burgers with white cheddar and fried egg. $65. 734-645-1030.
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: Around the World in Five Rosés. 734-997-7500.
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