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Posted on Thu, May 16, 2013 : 8:28 a.m.

Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of May 16-23

By Staff

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Italian Regional Pasta Series: Emilia-Romagna. 6:30-9:30 p.m. p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Italians from Emilia-Romagna are known to be the most food-loving in Italy, so, it's no surprise when the region that boasts home to Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano also set standards for pasta throughout Italy. In this full participation class, you will make handmade pasta following techniques originating from this rich region, and by incorporating some of its local specialties you'll add authenticity to your broadening pasta skills. Menu: Garganelli with prosciutto and spring peas; Tagliatelle alla Mortadella; Classic Tagliatelle con Ragu alla Bolognese (a homemade pasta with a meat sauce that melds pork, veal and beef with tomato, red wine, and even milk!). $75. Register online 48 hours in advance at

Chelsea Center for the 9th Annual Arts Spring Breakfast: Mapping Our Future. 8-9 a.m. Silver Maples of Chelsea, 100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea. The CCA usually hosts approximately 150 attendees at its Annual Spring Breakfast, to celebrate the arts and share highlights of its many music and visual art activities and programs. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served. The one-hour breakfast program will feature several speakers with a theme centered on the strategic planning process that has been underway at the CCA since the beginning of the year. Free, but registration is required: or 734-433-2787.

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.

Flight Nights. 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. (Note: These events were previously called Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief.) This week’s topic: South American reds. $17. 734-997-7500.

Thursday through Sunday
Progressive Pub Crawl for American Craft Beer Week. During regular business hours, at various locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Arbor Brewing Co. sponsors a week-long progressive pub tour May 13-19 to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. Participants can pick up a "beer passport" at any of the participating locations prior to the start of Craft Beer Week. Over the course of the week, crawlers are encouraged to visit as many locations as possible and will receive a sticker for their passport upon the purchase of their first Michigan beer. Once Craft Beer Week is over, crawlers take a snap shot of their passport and email it to and they will be entered into a raffle. Participating locations are Arbor Brewing, Ashley's, Bill's Beer Garden, Cafe Ollie, Corner Brewery, Fraser's, Sidetrack, The Wurst Bar and Wolverine Brewing.

Date Night: French Bistro! 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 French Bistro menu. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Brie en Croute with raspberry preserves and sea salted Marcona almonds; Tuna Nicoise salad with haricot verts, baby fingerlings, Nicoise olives and lemon-caper vinaigrette; moules mariniere (mussels in white wine) served with French baguette; champagne and cognac truffles. $150 per pair. Register online 48 hours in advance at


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(un)Corked Wine Tasting: Everything is coming up Rosé. 7:30-9 p.m. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Jorge Lopez-Chavez, Wine Director of the The Produce Station, says: "It is not spring for real until the rosé wines begin to fill my shelves. May is the perfect month for a taste of these beauties. By then most of them have arrived in Michigan, particularly the ones from southern France - my own personal favorites. I want to taste with you the rosés from the 2012 vintage from this part of the world. We will have Dan Farley from J et R Selections, and my good friend Joe Moorehouse, who will present the wines of Hand Picked Selections." A total of 10 wines will offered. Tickets: or in person at The Produce Station.

Beer Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser: Team Tour de Wishes. Noon-2 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. This fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Michigan gives participants a chance to sample seven to 12 locally brewed beers, with an appetizer buffet and silent auction. $35 in advance only: 734-213-1393.

Manchester's annual Ribs & Blues event. Gates open at 3 p.m. Carr Park, 601 W. Main St., Manchester. The Manchester Men's Club hosts its annual Ribs & Blues event: Hot barbecue, cool blues and cold beer. $5 admission.

May Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union. 6-11 p.m. Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. The menu includes: Chicken cordon bleu, German potato salad, green beans, tossed salad, bread and butter, and homemade cakes, coffee, beer, wine, and pop. Dinner is followed by dancing to German music by the Rheinlanders. Pretzels are served late in the evening. The event includes raffles and crowning of a “May Queen.” $25. Reservations required by May 16: 734-913-9371 or 734-954-0057.

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.

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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.

Morning After Brunch for Two: 101. 1-4 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Delicious, romantic and easier than you may think these eye-opening meals will become your go-to for impressing late night or early morning guests. Together we will master eggs (a real necessity even if you are making them for yourself), hash browns and fresh breakfast sausage. We will visit the sweeter side with a fancy French toast and cover the proper way to a fine cup of coffee without the crazy equipment used by your favorite barista in this full participation class. Menu: Eggs three ways with rosemary-scented hash browns and homemade breakfast sausage; brioche french toast stuffed with mascarpone and strawberries; orange citrus breakfast cake and French press coffee. $75 per person. Register online 48 hours in advance at

Farm To Table. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks. This dinner is all about supporting our local farmers and knowing where our food comes from. Menu: Pan-seared scallops with spring herb oil; lemon gnocchi with fresh Fava beans, asparagus, morel and ramp saute; lemon curd and vanilla bean Chantilly cream . $75 per person. Register at

Fast and Healthy with Wendy Watson. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Yikes - you forgot to plan dinner and now you will be home late. You don’t have to resort to fast food again. Gain excellent advice on items you can stock in your freezer, pantry and refrigerator that will help you make a healthy meal in a hurry. You will enjoy a stir-fry and gluten-free noodles dish while Wendy shares her secrets and tips for planning ahead. $39. Register with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation at 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or

Lecture And Demo: Ice Cream Bike: A Sneak Peak at Go! Ice Cream. 7-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library, Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Coming this summer, Go! Ice Cream will start a new mobile business biking adventure in and around Ypsilanti. Before that happens learn a bit about proprietor, Rob Hess, and his adventurous variety of local, hand-made and often exotic and unusual ice creams. Learn how to make lemonade (and other fruits) popsicles at home - you could start your own all-natural popsicle stand this summer and become a frozen dessert mogul too. Tastes will be offered. Free. 734-327-8301 or

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.

Wunder Bier Fest. 6 p.m. Carson's American Bistro, 2000 Commonwealth Blvd., Ann Arbor. Celebrate spring while grilling on the patio at Carson’s Wunder Bier Fest dinner. Chef Beth Crawford demonstrates her grill master skills and shares some tips from 6-6:30. The price also includes a Wunder Bier Fest Dinner. The menu: Assorted grilled vegetables with extra-virgin olive oil, paired with Sam Adams Summer Ale; warm potato salad red skins tossed in a mustard ale vinaigrette atop mixed greens with apple wood smoked bacon, paired with New Holland Mad Hatter; Guinness-marinated country-style pork rib with sweet potato puree and Brussels sprouts paired with Guinness; Oberon cupcakes, paired with Bell’s Oberon. $39.95 per person, tax and gratuity included. Reservations required: 888-456-3463.


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Cobblestone Farm Market Opening 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. Opening day will feature a plant sale! Come browse for local seeds, vegetable starts and wildflower plants for your garden, and receive a free mini-consultation on using native plants in your yard. Over 25 vendors will offer fresh local produce, humanely raised meats, free-range eggs, artisan breads and much more. A variety of free children's activities will include face-painting, bubble play and Little Folks Music with early childhood educator Gari Stein from 4-5. From 5-6 there will be fun and music with poplar local kiddie-rock singer songwriter Mister Laurence. Opening day events include tours of the heirloom gardens and 19th century farmhouse Museum. No admission charge; price of purchases.

The Humble Chickpea. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, in the Lifestyle Center. The garbanzo bean has a long and distinctive history. Learn about this humble bean and some of the many ways it can be prepared. Susan will demonstrate how to make hummus, chick pea soup, socca, besan puda and dumplings. The recipes in this class are all gluten-free. $5. 734-997-7500.

12 Ways to Be a Smarter Cook Every Time . 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. If you find yourself in a situation where something has gone wrong in the kitchen, is there anything you can do to recover the dish? This full participation, technique-driven class will give you insights to how foods wind up delicious and hot consistently get amazing results. We will also arm you with the recovery techniques that can bring a dish back and build your culinary confidence. Menu: Breaded veal cutlets with fingerling potatoes, spring vegetables and chocolate-dipped meringue for dessert. $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.

An Introduction to Brioche. 6-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Brioche - a classic French bread with a high egg and butter content that makes it incredibly rich with a tender crumb. This technique-driven class will take you through the meticulous process of making this delicious wonder, so that when you leave, you will not only have dough to take with you, along with your baked goods, but there will be no questions in your mind as to how Brioche is made, the texture the dough should be, and how to shape the various forms. Full participation is the only way to learn this one. Menu: Classic brioche dough; dinner rolls; rich cinnamon buns; monkey bread. $75 per person. Register online 48 hours in advance at

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.

Chelsea 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.

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 for more information.

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Thursday, May 23
Amateur Cake Contest. Noon-2 p.m. Trotter Multicultural Center, 1443 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Come join us for free food, raffles, and giveaways. This is a great way to network, as there will be different vendors at this event. The best part of this event is that the raffle proceeds will go towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. No admission charge. 734-680-9178.

Micro Brew-Haha dinner 2013. 6:30 p.m. Paesano’s, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Three local micro breweries will be represented and paired with a multi-course dinner. Guests will enjoy locally crafted beer from Arbor Brewing Co. of Ann Arbor, Original Gravity in Milan, and Great Lakes Brewing Co. out of Cleveland, Ohio, matched with a locally inspired early summer menu from Chef David. Representatives from each brewery will also be on hand to share their insight into the brewing process. The menu includes: Round #1: Chilled carrot ginger soup with cucumber creme fraiche and a grilled tomato and ricotta crostini. Beer: Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing. Round #2: Grilled avocado and tomato filled salmon roll, with asparagus drizzle and a lemon basil vinaigrette. Beer: Buzzsaw IPA from Arbor Brewing. Round #3: Short rib and pork sliders, arugula, Tallywacker mayo, gouda, and blue potato chips. Beer: Tallywacker Scottish Ale from Arbor Brewing. Round #4: Honey BBQ ribs over a summer vegetable gratin. Beer: County Street Amber from Original Gravity. Last Call: Chocolate porter beer tart with a porter infused whipped cream. Beer: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved into the restaurant’s banquet room. $45 per person (plus tax & gratuity). Call for reservations: 734-971-0484.

Canning 101 with Cynthia Hodges. 7-9 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Plan ahead for preserving the bounty from your summer garden. Understand the basics of safe canning methods using a warm water bath and pressure canning. Assist the instructor in preparing the vegetables and take home a jar to begin stocking your pantry. A little planning now will allow you to eat local food all year long. $39. Register with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation at 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or

Flight Nights. 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. (Note: These events were previously called Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief.) This week’s topic: American red blends for summer. $17. 734-997-7500.

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