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Posted on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 : 8:30 a.m.

Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of July 4-11

By AnnArbor.com Staff

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Today
Annual 4th of July Chicken BBQ. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Chelsea American Legion Post #31, 1700 Ridge Road, Chelsea. This event offers barbecued chicken, coleslaw, potato chips, baked beans, a roll, and dessert. Beverages are available. The dinner is a benefit for the American Legion. $9. 734-475-1964.

Saturday
Legion Riders Steak Dinner. 5-7:30 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. The Legion Riders Steak Dinner, sponsored by the Pinckney American Legion Riders Chapter #419. $10. 734-648-0179.

Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market 2013. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Depot Town Farmers Market, near Rice and Cross Streets, Ypsilanti. One of Ypsilanti's two farmers markets, run by Growing Hope, featuring 40 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, cheese, meats, plants and seedlings, soaps, laundry detergent, and other homemade crafts and jewelry - all grown or made in Michigan. Accepting many forms of payment: cash, SNAP/EBT (Bridge Card), WIC Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH, Double Up Food Bucks, and credit/debit cards. No admission; price of purchases. www.growinghope.net or 734-786-8401.

Chelsea Farmer’s Market. 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays through Oct. 26. Downtown Chelsea, on Park Street. The Chelsea Farmer’s Market is a traditional market that has everything from fresh produce (including organics) to hand made crafts. Free projects and crafts will take place at the Children’s Booth on the second Saturday of each month. On May 18: Market Greens Educational Event - Taste of Health. No admission charge; price of purchases. coordinator@chelseafarmersmkt.org.

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 www.a2gov.org/market for more information.

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Sunday
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. arborbrewing.com/events.

Monday
Fast & Healthy 2 with Wendy Watson. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. In the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom: Curried rice pancakes are designed to get dinner on the table quickly. Wendy adds cashews or seeds, curry powder, peas, sweet potatoes and chives to create an Indian inspired Egg Foo Yung. These pancakes are a favorite at potlucks and can be frozen to pull out later to take for lunches or for a really quick dinner on a night when there is no time to cook. A fruit and yogurt garnish is the perfect gourmet touch. the meal is complemented with a salad of fresh greens and a dessert of orange and cinnamon with a Moroccan twist. $39. Pre-registration ith Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation is required: 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or 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.

Tuesday
Rustic Italian Cooking: A Taste of Southern Italy with Francesca Giarraffa Naples & Sicily: Part 1. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Travelers to Italy may be surprised at the diversity of its regional cuisine. We invite you to spend two delicious culinary evenings (July 9 and 16) with our native Italian cooking instructor exploring dishes from southern Italy. Each night a complete rustic Italian meal featuring an entree, side dish and dessert will be prepared and enjoyed together. Week one includes roasted goat (prepared with spring onions, fresh herbs, chopped tomatoes and new potatoes - baked and dusted with pecorino cheese); sauteed peas (with onions and pancetta, tossed with eggs and parmigiano cheese); mixed salad (with frisee and fennel, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette); and a traditional ricotta cake. Week two includes sword fish steak (sauteed in olive oil and thyme and topped with a pistachio butter sauce); spaghetti (tossed in a sauce of olive oil, garlic, anchovies and chilis, then topped with fresh parsley); roasted bell pepper terrine (baked with fresh bread crumbs, olives, capers and fresh herbs); and chocolate mousse with biscotti. The class is primarily demonstration format. Tuition: $79. Mandatory fee: $25. Students may register on-line through www.wccnet.edu.

Profusion of Infusions: Vodka Infused Dinner. 6 p.m. Carson's American Bistro, 2000 Commonwealth Blvd., Ann Arbor. We’ve matched our in-house infused liquors, olive oils, wines and after dinner liqueurs with Chef Beth’s summer selections for our Profusion of Infusions vodka wine dinner. First Course: Crab Cake - served with sliced avocado, fried leeks and cherry infused olive oil, Pineapple Cherry Vodka; Second Course: Seared Scallops - served with Bibb lettuce, baby tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon and drizzled with cucumber infused olive oil and lime vinegar, Cucumber Lime Vodka; Third Course: Grilled Beef Medallions - served with roasted potatoes, broccolini and horseradish beet infused olive oil, Choice of House Infused Sangria or House Wine; Fourth Course: Chocolate Cake - with bacon infused chocolate frosting, Coffee Vodka . $39.95 per person - tax and gratuity included. Reservations Required: 888-456-3463.

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Food Trends: Creative Ice Cream Flavors!. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. In this hands-on course in gelato creation, we will explore the recent trend of extreme and favorite ice cream flavors. We will discuss the differences between these frozen desserts - be it French-style, Philadelphia ice cream, ice milk, frozen yogurt, sherbet, ices, granitas, gelato or sorbet! All while we prepare some delicious and surprising treats ourselves. Bacon ice cream anyone? Menu: Mango sorbet; vanilla bean custard; tarragon herb gelato; maple bacon ice cream. $75. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com.

Raw Foods: Make Your Own Salad Dressings, with Ellen Livingston. 7-8:30 p.m. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Come learn how to make your own salad dressings. Livingston believes that oil- and vinegar-based dressings are not health foods. She will teach you how to make some deliciously healthy alternatives at home in minutes. Register under “News & Events” at peoplesfood.coop or call 734-994-4589.

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.

Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market 2013. 2-6 p.m. Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, parking lot between the Post Office and the Key Bank Building, downtown Ypsilanti. One of Ypsilanti's two farmers markets, run by Growing Hope, featuring 40 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, cheese, meats, plants and seedlings, soaps, laundry detergent, and other homemade crafts and jewelry - all grown or made in Michigan. Accepting many forms of payment: cash, SNAP/EBT (Bridge Card), WIC Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH, Double Up Food Bucks, and credit/debit cards. No admission charge; price of purchases. www.growinghope.net or 734-786-8401.

Cobblestone Farm Market Day 2013. 4-7 p.m. Cobblestone Farm Center, 2781 Packard St., Ann Arbor. Every Tuesday May 21 through Nov. 5, a farmers market sprouts up on the lawn of Historic Cobblestone Farm in Southeast Ann Arbor. Complete with farm animals, heirloom gardens and a Farmhouse Museum, there is something for the whole family. No admission charge; price of purchases. www.cobblestonefarmmarket.com.

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.

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The first ripe tomato in our garden.

Wednesday
Garden to Table Cooking Series - in partnership with Chelsea Community Kitchen. Noon. Washington Street Education Center, 500 Washington St., Chelsea. These classes on the second Wednesday are open to adults of all ages. July 10: From the Garden, with an instructor from Tantre Organic Farm. $5 suggested donation. Pre-registration required: 734-475-9242.

Bourbon Trail BBQ Dinner. 7-10 p.m. Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. Roadhouse chef Alex Young hosts a dinner featuring a Kentucky barbecue menu of burgoo stew, mutton, and bourbon BBQ sauces. Also, tastings of bourbons whose distilleries are located along the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky: Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. $55. Reservations required. 734-663-3663.

Rustic Italian Cooking: Chicken with Francesca Giarraffa Cooking with Class. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. In the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom: In this course a complete rustic Italian meal is prepared featuring an 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. Menu: chicken breast (thinly sliced and rolled with prosciutto and artichoke - then sauteed and topped with a white wine reduction); homemade polenta; steamed asparagus (topped with a sauce of chicken stock, butter and parmigiano cheese); zabaione (egg custard made with marsala wine and topped with fresh berries). The class is primarily demonstration format. Tuition: $39. Mandatory fee: $15. Students may register on-line through www.wccnet.edu.

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.

The Bushel Basket Farmer’s Market. 2:30-6 p.m. on Wednesdays through October. Chelsea Community Hospital, by the U of M Family Practice Building, 775 S. Main St., Chelsea. The Bushel Basket Market has been open since 2007 and serves the Chelsea Community Hospital service area. Our mission is to provide a variety of local products and produce in a pleasant, easily accessible location to encourage more frequent and wider consumption of fresh healthy foods to the citizens of Chelsea and surrounding communities and to provide a tangible link between health and wellness of these people to their local hospital.Experience food, crafts and fun during special events throughout the summer. No admission charge; price of purchases. coordinator@chelseafarmersmkt.org.

Wednesday 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 www.a2gov.org/market for more information.

Thursday, July 11
Date Night: Bento Box. 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. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Japanese Bento Box new menu: Miso soup with house-made miso and seasonal summer vegetables; vegetable tempura with daikon and ginger dipping sauce; teriyaki black cod with seared baby bok choy and simple sesame rice; green tea ice cream with crystallized ginger. $150 per pair. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com.

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Wheats, Wits, and Lambics: Arbor Brewing Co. Beer Tasting. 7-9 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. This is a chance to sample and learn about a wide range of wheat beers from full-flavored American wheats to sour Belgian lambics. Also, a drawing for beer-related prizes. Admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet. $25 in advance, $30 (if available) at the door. 734-213-1393.

Pittsfield Township Farmers Market. 2-7 p.m. every Thursday June 13 through Oct. 10. Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., Pittsfield Township. Pittsfield Township will begin hosting a Farmers Market at the Administration Building at the corner of Michigan and Platt. Pittsfield is fully supportive of a Michigan-based product Farmers Market with a focus on providing fresh produce and vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs, hams, salsas, and bread products from local area farmers. The Pittsfield Farmers Market is a member of the Michigan Farmers Market Association. No admission charge; price of purchases.www.pittsfield-mi.gov.

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