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Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 8:29 a.m.

Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of March 21-28

By Staff

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Chicken Tikka Masala with Jyothi Abraham. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Chicken Tikka Masala is a curry dish made in a rich red and creamy, tomato based sauce. This dish is well complemented with Muttar (Pea) Rice. Follow this classic taste of India with a sweet ending of Gajar Halwa, a traditional carrot and raisin dessert. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. $45. Pre-registration with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation required: 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or

Tea and Chocolate Tasting: TeaHaus/Mindo Chocolates. 7 p.m. TeaHaus, 204 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor. A TeaHaus representative discusses how to use chocolate and tea together to create new flavors. $15. Reservations required: 734-622-0460.

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: Napa Valley. $17. 734-997-7500.

The 137th Annual Egg Supper. 5:30-7:30 p.m. North Lake United Methodist Church, 14111 N. Territorial Road, Chelsea. We will be serving omelets, baked beans, deviled eggs, salads, rolls, and dessert. Free-will donations will benefit camp and mission scholarships. 734-475-7569.

Empty Bowls dinner. 6-8 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, in the Lifestyle Center. Community members are invited to an Empty Bowls dinner hosted by Whole Foods to benefit SOS Community Services, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing and ending family homelessness in Washtenaw County. Participants can enjoy a dinner, and then choose a keepsake bowl from among a selection of bowls handmade by a variety of local potters including members of the Ann Arbor’s Potter’s Guild. All of the proceeds benefit SOS Community Services. Space is limited. $25. 734-485-8730 or

Spring Fling Dinner and Dance. 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. The evening includes dinner and music by Street Noise with Stephanie Taylor from 8 p.m. to midnight. $12.50. 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.

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 fun menu. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Vegetable fresh rolls with carrot, cucumber, avocado and fresh herbs served with spicy hoisin dipping sauce; seared sirloin and glass noodle soup; cilantro grilled shrimp with sesame cabbage; coconut sticky rice with mango. $150 per couple. Register online 48 hours in advance at

Meet the Brewer: Tri City Brewing. 4-7 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Come by the bar for Happy Hour and meet the folks from Tri City Brewing in Bay City. Tri City has been brewing flavorful, balanced beers since 2007. Pints are $3. 734-975-4500.

Tap Take-Over: Green Bush Brewing. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine and beer bar. Price varies; usually $6 for six tastes.

St. Mary Lenten Fish Dinner. 4-7 p.m. St. Mary's Catholic Parish, 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road, Pinckney. The Men’s Club of St Mary’s Catholic Parish in Pinckney sponsors its annual fish dinners on Friday evenings during Lent, through March 22. The Parish is located south of M-36 at 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road in Putnam Township. Dinner includes baked or beer battered fried fish, choice of french fries, scalloped or baked potato, beets, coleslaw, homemade macaroni and cheese, cut vegetables, Jell-o, homemade rolls and dessert and assorted beverages. Take outs are available. $9 adults, $8 seniors, $4 children (under age 12) with a family (immediate only) plan available at $30. 734-878-3161.

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus. 4-7 p.m. St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Drive, Saline.Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, and homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese, and desserts. $10, with discounts for seniors and children. 734-944-7790.

34th Annual Lenten Fish Fry. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Old St. Patrick's Church parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Road, Whitmore Lake. Every Friday in Lent, through March 22, the church offers fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni and cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts are available for a nominal additional charge. Beer and wine are available for a donation. $8, with discounts for seniors and children. or 734-662-8141.

Lenten Fish Dinner. 5-7:30 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium, Ann Arbor. Every Friday in Lent, through March 22, the parish provides homemade clam chowder, fried cod, baked tilapia, mac and cheese, green beans, roasted red potatoes, french fries, salad bar, coleslaw, rolls with butter, homemade desserts, Girl Scout cookies and beverages. $9, with discounts for seniors and children. 734-769-2550.

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus. 5-8 p.m. St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $10. 734-475-7561.

The French Macaron. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. The macaron, famous in Paris for many years - and now here in the U.S. These delicious mini-delicacies are not only beautiful to look at, but also amazing to taste, and the sky is the limit with flavor combinations! Learn all of the tips, tricks, and specific technique for how to make these delicate almond pastries, and then fill with chocolate ganache, buttercream, and jam. Menu: Almond, pistachio and pecan macarons filled with homemade buttercream, chocolate ganache and jam - you get to mix and match and come up with the combination you like. $75. Register online 48 hours in advance at

Regional Italian Pasta Series: LAZIO. 6:30-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. All roads lead to Rome, so it is fitting to begin this new-to-Ann-Arbor-Cooks series with Lazio, home to Italy's epic city. Together we will prepare pasta dishes using traditional methods that are elegantly straight forward and beautifully simple. Broaden your horizons and add depth to your pasta repertoire. Menu: Spaghetti Carbonara, guanciale (cured pig cheek), grated cheese and fresh egg; pasta cacio e pepe with pecorino cheese and black pepper; bombolotti with lobster - handmade pasta sheets with lobster and fresh tomato sauce. $80. Register online 48 hours in advance at

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Sap to Syrup - Making it Yourself. Two sessions: 1 and 3 p.m. County Farm Park Operations building, Platt Road entrance, Ann Arbor. A parks staffer demonstrates how to make maple syrup. The 1 p.m. session is for families, and the 3 p.m. session is for adults only. Free, but preregistration is required: 734-971-6337, ext. 334.

Take Back the Night Benefit dinner. 6 p.m. Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. The evening includes dinner, dancing, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets must be purchased in advance; $35 until March 1 and then $40.

Eat, Meet, & Be Cherry. 2-4 p.m. Cherry Republic, 223 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Every Saturday in February and March, the store will host cooking demos by chefs from local restaurants, including Habana Cellar Lounge (March 23) and Conor O’Neill’s (March 30). Free. 734-585-5231.

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 for more information.

Saturday and Sunday

Journey to the Sugar Bush. Tours on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Breakfast is served 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter, in the Activity Center. Take a journey to the sugar bush on a guided tour. Travel back in time and experience how maple syrup has been made over the years; you may get a chance to tap a tree. Plus, enjoy an all you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. $3 for the guided tour. Breakfast is $5.50 per adult and $3.50 per child. Preregistration is required at 734-426-8211.

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Spring CSA Fair. 2-4 p.m.Pittsfield Grange, 337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor. Slow Food Huron Valley is hosting a CSA Fair (Community Supported Agriculture) to connect you with local growers who are looking for new CSA members for the upcoming season. Connect with up to 30 local growers, join your CSA of choice, and enjoy fresh local and seasonal food all through next year. Free.

Brewing Methods Class. 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. $20. 734-929-6060.

Country Breakfast. 8-11:30 a.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. $6 for adults, $5 for seniorsm $3 for children 9 and under. 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.

Oberon Day 2013. Midnight. Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti. Join us on the 25th of March at the stroke of midnight to welcome back this seasonal brew. For any of you who have not experienced Oberon Day at The Sidetrack Bar and Grill, it is quite the event, with free giveaways and $3 pints all day long. No admission.

Involtini di Pollo with Francesca Giarraffa. 6-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, in the Cooking Classroom. Involtini di pollo is a popular dish of northern Italy featuring thin slices of chicken breast that are rolled with prosciutto and artichoke hearts. The chicken rolls are then sauteed to a golden brown and covered in a white wine sauce. Discover how to clean an artichoke as Francesca demonstrates it step by step. Spinach tossed with sauteed mushrooms and bits of bacon serves as the perfect side. An olive tapanade made from sweet, fresh Castleovedrano olives makes a lovely appetizer. The perfect finish is an almond and peach torte. $55. Pre-registration with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation is required: 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or

Wine Tasting: Que Syrah Shiraz. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks,
5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. The origins of this grape are clouded in mystery and apocryphal information, some believing that it is related to the native grapes of Persia around the city of Shiraz (in modern Iran), or to grapes from Syracuse in Sicily. Today ampelographers know that the grape is indigenous to the area around the Rhone river. This vine is quite productive and hardy, which has allowed it to travel to many places in the world where it thrives. The most vital of all of these regions is the Australian land mass, where Shiraz reigns. I will bring five examples of Syrah from all over the world, including the obligatory northern Rhone and Australian bottlings. The U.S. will also be represented. $55. Register online 48 hours in advance at

Cocktail Class: Flips, Fizzes, Sours and Nogs. 7:30 p.m. Live/The Last Word, 102 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Many classic cocktail recipes call for the addition of an egg white or even a whole egg. While this might seem odd at first, you'd be surprised how much difference (in a good way) it can make. We'll do some side by side comparisons, and discuss technique tips for getting the best foam. The class is hands on, with lots of tasting opportunities, taught by Tammy's Tastings. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. or 734-276-3215.

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.

Beer Release: Bavarian Bliss. 6-8 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Each month we hold a party at either Corner Brewery or ABC Brewpub to celebrate the release of our seasonal offerings. Free admission is one of the benefits of mug club membership, otherwise release parties are $10. During the event we serve samples of the new beer as well as light snacks. 734-213-1393.

Cast Iron Cooking. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Did you know that there are actual health benefits to cooking in cast iron? Have you ever wondered how to use that old pan you've 'inherited'? Or have you been thinking about buying a cast iron pan or Dutch oven, but not sure where to begin? In this class we will use all different kinds of cast iron pots and pans to make all of the items on our menu. We will also talk about the proper care for cast iron - and just how easy that is. Menu: Seasonal frittata; Michigan beer stew; pan-fried potatoes; apple crisp. $75. Register online 48 hours in advance at

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: Everyday Pasta with Francesca Giarraffa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Italians have been creating pasta dishes for generations, varying the shapes and sauces to reflect regional traditions. In this hands-on class, led by our native Italian cooking instructor, you’ll prepare and enjoy "pasta au gratin" (egg fettuccine pasta tossed with tomato sauce, tiny meatballs, mozzarella and parmigiano cheese, then topped with homemade bread crumbs and baked), zucchini (stuffed with ground pork, herbs, and bread crumbs, topped with a light basil and garlic tomato sauce), apple and pecorino cheese salad (tossed with a lemon vinaigrette dressing) and lemon sorbet. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Tuition: $39. Mandatory fee: $15. Students may register on-line through

March Madness: Pierogi vs. Klatski. 6:30-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. We've got some competitive heat brewing in the Ann Arbor Cooks kitchen! Traditional Powerhouse: Polish Pierogi - Everyone knows and loves them; their doubled-down starchy goodness and their authentic fillings. vs. Cinderella Story: Lithuanian Klatski - a Google search comes up shy; commonly misconstrued word leaves generations of ancestors a mystery. Side note: With little Lithuanian grandmothers in my ear, I can only hint as to who I'm rooting for, but the bet's on you. Learn the doughs, and learn the fillings: Lithuanian farmer's cheese filling with caramelized onions and Lithuanian handmade sausage filling versus Polish potato-cheddar and Polish cabbage-bacon fillings. Learn the Techniques: kneading, rolling, filling, forming, simmering, sauteing. And learn the Traditions: appropriate condiments will be served with each dumpling, as well as traditional Polish and Lithuanian delicacies. $75. Register online 48 hours in advance at

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Mad Martini Dinner. 6:30 p.m. Real Seafood Co., 341 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Join us for a superb four-course dinner in this stylish social event. As you enter the main lobby, sign-in at the host stand for an evening meant to delight. Next, enter the atrium for martinis and strolling appetizers while you socialize with new or old friends of a common Mad Men interest. In the main dining room, indulge in Chef Jason Self’s Mad Men creations. Appetizers: MadMen Martinis (limit two); caviar topped deviled eggs; Chef Jason’s Rumaki - Warm stuffed date wrapped in bacon; Parmesan shrimp cheese puffs; classic Swedish Meatballs. Salad: Wedge salad with Green Goddess dressing, Roquefort cheese, tomatoes and pancetta croutons. Entree: Steak Diane on a brioche crouton with a crab stuffed mushroom, served with a green bean casserole, served with a glass of red or white wine. Dessert: Bananas Foster with Brandy Alexander. Open community table seating based on availability in the designated dining area only. We encourage you to come dressed as your favorite character. $64.95, includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required: 888-456-3463.

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.

Thursday, March 28
Two Cooking. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Come with a friend, a date, or a family member and work together to prepare and then enjoy this feast. Tonight's theme: Ultimate Breakfast for Dinner. Menu: Crunchy-crusted yeast raised Belgian waffles with homemade berry syrup and vanilla bean Chantilly cream; huevos rancheros with salsa verde, cotija cheese, avocado, black beans, and fresh corn tortillas; salmon hash with fresh herbs and creme fraiche; spicy sweet glazed bacon; sweet tea infusions with citrus, herbs, and berries. $150/pair. Register online 48 hours in advance at

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: California Zinfandels. $17. 734-997-7500.

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Sat, Mar 23, 2013 : 1:17 p.m.

Journey to the Sugar Bush at Hudson Mills Metropark is not going on this weekend, nor is the pancake breakfasts. I called and checked. Their Easter Program is Sunday, so no more maple sugaring.