Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of June 21-28
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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 RosÃ©s. 734-997-7500.
You Were Meant For Me Benefit Dinner. 6:30 p.m. Paesano’s Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. In honor of the 60th anniversary of "Singin' in the Rain" and the 100th birthday of the film's star, Gene Kelly, Paesano Restaurant in Ann Arbor is hosting a special benefit celebration. Kerry Kelly Novick, Gene Kelly's daughter and one of the founders of Allen Creek Preschool, will be the honorary guest along with her husband Jack. Proceeds from this benefit dinner go to Allen Creek Pre-School. $50. Reservations are required at 734-971-0484.
Beer Tasting: New Holland Brewery/ Mad Hatter. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. A representative from the brewery will be on hand to answer your questions. Pricing varies; usually $6 for six tastes. 734-997-7500.
Sloppy Joe and Boston Cooler Night. 5-8 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. Boston Coolers are $1, Sloppy Joe plates are $2 with additional Sloppy Joes for $1. For more information call 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.
Big Green Egg Cookout 2012 with Matt Banks. 10 a.m.-noon. Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor. Chef Matt will smoke a beef brisket and a pork shoulder overnight, and then serve up succulent tastes and grilling tips to any and all who visit on Saturday. Free and open to the public. 734-662-8122.
Festival of Food: Local Fare with a Creative Flair. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 E. Washington St., Chelsea. Don't miss the inaugural Chelsea Food Festival: Featuring Local Fare with a Creative Flair! Enjoy a lunch sourced from local growers and producers all served on tables decorated with different themes. Winner of the best decorated table receives the "Golden Plate Award.” $20. All proceeds benefit the Chelsea Senior Center. www.chelseaseniors.org.
Golden Wine Tour. Noon-5:30 p.m. Tour starts at Real Seafood Co., 341 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Gather in Ann Arbor to join our fabulous wine tour created for a day of exquisite tastes & beautiful friendships in the abundant Michigan countryside. Tours include wine and appetizers at a select Mainstreet Ventures Restaurant. Enjoy tastings at three Michigan wineries hosted by a Golden tour guide. $60 and up. Prices vary by event. www.goldenlimo.com/winetours or 800-300-5151.
Health Starts Here: Grill’in and Chill’in Summer Event. Noon-3 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods Market, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Looking for a big bang for your BBQ bash? Celebrate summer throughout the store with delicious ideas and recipes that are plant strong, nutrient dense and perfect for summer happenings. Stop in for sweet and savory ideas to keep your family on a healthy track while still enjoying favorite dishes! Visit each department with our Picnic Checklist and taste items that are perfect for Grill’in and Chill’in. Enter to win a Health Starts Here picnic basket valued at $100. No purchase necessary. 734-975-4500.
Farm Dinner. 5-9 p.m. The Painted Trout Farm, 12075 Island Lake Road, Dexter. This dinner will be sourced from our very best local farms and vendors. It's difficult for us to publish a menu at this point, but know that it will be hyper-local, highly seasonal, multiple courses, and fabulous. And we're working hard to line up live music for the evening, too. This is a rain or shine event. We hope to have our table set up in the field to enjoy the sunset. But, if Mother Nature decides to interfere, The Painted Trout Farm has a beautiful barn adorned with twinkle lights and all that will serve as the perfect alternative. This is a limited seating at 50 guests. Guests are invited to bring wine to enjoy with dinner.Hors d’oeuvres begin at 5 and dinner at 6:30 p.m. $75. www.annarborcooks.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.
Country Breakfast. 8-11:30 a.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.
Coffee and Food Pairings. 1-3 p.m. Zingerman's Coffee Co., 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. You may be familiar with wine and cheese pairings, but why not coffee and food pairings? We’ll be taking some of our favorite coffees and tasting them with select foods to find the best combination. Great for the coffee and food connoisseur who wants to try something different. $30. 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.
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: American Favorites. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Come learn some tried and true classics (from scratch) that everyone loves. Monday: Corn chowder, cheeseburgers, rootbeer floats. Tuesday: Roasted tomato soup, grilled cheese, chocolate chip ice cream. Wednesday: Real fish sticks with tartar sauce, coleslaw, watermelon. Thursday: Mac-n-cheese, corn on the cob, chocolate chip cookies. For children ages 8-15. $200. 734-645-1030 or www.annarborcooks.com.
Early Summer Salads with Misty Callies. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Using the season's bounty to create entree and side salads such as roasted zucchini salad with lemon zest and garlic (a side greater than the sum of its parts); pea and radish salad with mint and smoked salmon or ham; spinach and roasted beet salad with toasted walnuts, goat cheese and balsamic syrup; and mixed vegetable slaw with chicken or shrimp. $45. Registration is required at 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or www.aareced.com.
Field Trip to the Farmers’ Market. 3-5 p.m. Ypsilanti District Library - downtown branch, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Join culinary artist Sonia Urbaniak for a walk to the Downtown Ypsi Farmers’ Market to buy food and prepare it at the library. The focus is on healthy local eating. Free. 734-482-4110.
Cooking with Your CSA Share. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 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, from June greens to October squash and everything in between. In June: Strawberries, radishes, greens, garlic scapes, herbs, snap peas, etc.$65. 734-645-1030 or www.annarborcooks.com.
Wine Tastings. 5-7 p.m. Passport Restaurant and Lounge, 3776 S. State St., Ann Arbor. On the second and fourth Tuesday in June, grab your friends and enjoy wine tastings with discounts on bottles of wine and sake. No cover. 734-222-1111.
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 email@example.com or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.
Health Starts Here: Simple Asian Fare. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Health Starts Here goes Asian this month. Join Rory as he cooks up shrimp and pineapple over coconut rice, and soba noodle salad with orange peanut dressing. Whole Foods Market’s Health Starts Here program promotes the health and wellness of customers, team members and community through education and support. There will be samples and recipes for all participants. $10. To register, call 734-997-7500 or stop by the customer service desk.
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: Grilled Lamb with Francesca Giarraffa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. In this course a complete rustic Italian meal is prepared featuring a grilled lamb 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 is preparing grilled lamb chops (marinated in red wine, lemon juice and herbs), Neapolitan style potato salad, marinated and grilled artichoke hearts (prepared with a white wine vinaigrette including olives, onions and garlic) and a seasonal fruit dessert, followed by the entire meal enjoyed family style. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Tuition: $39. Mandatory Fee: $15. Register on-line through www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.
Chinese Regional Cooking Lessons. 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 27: Penny Cheng leads a class on vegetarian cuisine. $25 per lesson ($100 for all five lessons). A2casaa@gmail.com.
Micro Brew-Haha. 6:30 p.m. Paesano's Italian Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. 6:30 p.m. The restaurant is kicking off their summer patio season with a special “Micro Brew-Haha” dinner on their patio. Four local micro-breweries will be represented and paired with a five-course dinner. Guests will be treated to locally crafted beer from Arbor Brewing Co., Original Gravity (Milan), Frog Island Beer (Ypsilanti) and Wolverine Brewing Co. (Ann Arbor) matched with a locally inspired summer menu from Chef Davido. Chef Davido’s menu includes: Potato and haricot vert, tossed with toasted mustard seeds, crunchy Bibb lettuce, and a grilled onion vinaigrette. Sausage and eggplant skewer grilled, and served over a vinegary slaw of cabbage, bell peppers, apples; pan-fried green tomato, caramelized red onions, with layer of phyllo dough and a touch of sage; a Porter marinated flat iron steak, seared and served with a crispy carrot and parmesan fritta; and for dessert Short bread with strawberry gelee and rhubarb cream.. $45. 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 28
Seafood On The Grill. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Are you intimidated at the thought of grilling seafood? Or are you just looking to step up your game a little? Either way, we've got you covered. Menu: Grilled squid salad with papaya, green onion and peanuts; grilled shrimp cocktail with fresh tomato-horseradish dipping sauce; clams in cartoccio; grilled octopus salad; grilled whole branzino. $75. 734-645-1030 or www.annarborcooks.com.
Herbal Wisdom: Foraging a Free Lunch with Wild Crafting with Linda Diane Feldt. 7-8:30 p.m. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Learn what you need to know to find free food and medicine in the natural areas all around you. Free and open to the public. Sign up in person at Ann Arbor’s People’s Food Co-op or at www.peoplesfood.coop.
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: Interesting white wines. 734-997-7500.
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