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Posted on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 10:34 a.m.

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

By Staff


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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: TBD. 734-997-7500.

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.

Coffee Tour. 11 a.m.-noon Zingerman’s Coffee Co., 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. One of Zingerman’s Coffee managing partners, Allen Leibowitz or Steve Mangigian, offers a free tour of the coffee company and talk about the intricate world of java. Free. 734-929-6060.

Golden Brew Tour: Bavarian Festival - Frankenmuth. Noon-5:30 p.m. Tour starts at Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. Ale, lager, porter, stout, pilsner… Come discover the distinct flavors of Michigan-made beer. $35 per person covers transportation only.

Saturday and Sunday
BAKE!-cation Weekend: Pastry. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Join us for an action packed two-day baking getaway. We'll make our favorite pastries including scones, pies, cinnamon rolls, croissants, angel food cake and pound cake. Also includes breakfast and lunch each day. While you're here enjoy the great restaurants, farmer's markets and theaters Ann Arbor has to offer. You'll leave with several tested recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a full stomach and loads of pastries you made in class. $500. 734-761-7255.

Restaurant Week begins. During regular restaurant hours. 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 June 10-15. 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 for more info.

Grillin’ for Food Gatherers 2012. 3-8 p.m. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor. Fight local hunger and feast on great food at Grillin’ for Food Gatherers. Guests can fill their plates with grilled chicken, gourmet sausages and tofu dogs, salads, grilled corn and dessert provided by Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Creamery. Just a few of the local food businesses contributing side dishes and salads to the feast include: The Common Grill, Grange Kitchen and Bar, Shalimar Restaurant and the Quarter Bistro. For each adult ticket purchased, Food Gatherers can provide more than 120 meals for neighbors in need. Musical entertainment will be provided by George Bedard and the Kingpins, The Appleseed Collective and Back Forty. The event will be broadcasted live by M.C. Martin Bandyke and ann arbor’s 107one. Family activities will be offered by the Ann Arbor Hand’s-On Museum, free mini-massages from Body Wisdom Massage Therapy and more than 100 items featured in the event’s food-inspired silent auction. Adults: $50 in advance or $60 at the gate; $10 for children ages 3-13 and free to children younger than 3. or 734-761-2796.

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.

Cocktail Class - Drink Like a Monk. 7:30 p.m. Ravens Club, 207 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Monks have been distilling and brewing for hundreds of years. This class, hosted by Tammy's Tastings, will focus on monk-made herbal liqueurs (Chartreuse & Benedictine) that take cocktails from simple to sublime, and then make a brief stop for the newest trend - beer cocktails. Classes are hands on, with lots of tasting opportunities. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. or 734-276-3215.

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.

Michigan Strawberry Festival. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Celebrate the ruby red sweetness of the Michigan summer strawberry. This lovely berry will be showcased in an array of recipes. Menu: Best-ever strawberry shortcake, strawberry spinach salad with strawberry poppy seed dressing; strawberries with basil and balsamic; strawberry water. $65. 734-645-1030.

Raw Foods: The Sweet Truth about Your Sweet Tooth with Ellen Livingston. 7-8:30 p.m. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Learn the healthiest way to satisfy your natural sweet tooth and avoid unhealthy cravings. Free and open to the public.

The (un)Common Fish Dinner. 7 p.m. Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. The sustainable seafood movement has gained momentum and grown throughout the US as more people become aware of over-fishing and environmentally-destructive fishing methods which lead to the extinction of different species of fish. Restaurants and chefs contribute to the problem, continuing to fill their menus with over-fished varieties because of their popularity. This menu features a variety of different seafood, all species safe from danger of over-fishing and from fisheries using methods with the smallest environmental impact. $50. 734-663-3663.

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.

Ann Arbor Cooks: Fish Taco Party! 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Fish tacos have gained popularity in recent years, but let's face it — there are a lot of bad ones out there. Come pretend you're in southern California and treat your guests to a spread that will have them talking for weeks to come. Menu: grilled snapper with citrus vinaigrette; grilled shrimp with orange-cilantro vinaigrette; grilled swordfish with lime-basil-jalapeno vinaigrette; smooth tomato-Serrano chili salsa; guacamole.
$65. 734-645-1030 or

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.

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

Thursday, June 14
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).

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.

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: TBD. 734-997-7500.

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