Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of May 23-30
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Micro Brew-Haha dinner 2013. 6:30 p.m. Paesano’s, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Beers from three local micro breweries will be paired with a multi-course dinner: 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. 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 www.aareced.com.
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.
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.
Date Night: Mexican Taco Party! 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 taco menu. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Adobo spiced shrimp tacos; roasted poblano and onion tacos; homemade corn tortillas; authentic taqueria style guacamole; simple pico de gallo; fresh condiments: pickled red onion, red radish, shredded red cabbage, queso fresco, lime; tequila-lime granita. $150 per pair. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com.
Blackbird Cocktail Party. 6 p.m. Frenchie's, 54 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti. After 15 years of bold works for the stage, the Blackbird Theatre could use a drink. The innovative company is inviting the public to Frenchie’s in Ypsilanti, in beautiful Depot Town, for a night of celebration to kick off the company's 15th season. The evening will be informal, a chance to catch up, and hear about plans for the new season. No admission charge; price of purchases. 734-483-1035.
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.
Feral Foods CSA Farmstead Brunch benefiting FLY! 8-11 a.m. Feral Foods CSA farmstead, 10944 Tuttle Hill Road, Willis. Join us for breakfast at the farmstead. Feral Foods CSA grows hearts and minds through permaculture farming methods, quality heirloom food, and respect for the environment. Enjoy farm fresh eggs, quinoa pancakes with berries, mixed greens, and hearty bread harvested right from the farm in a country setting. Your donation will go to support FLY Children's Art Center. Suggested $12-15 donation. Reservations are required:http://tinyurl.com/localbreakfast.
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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. email@example.com.
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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Pals + Punch fundraiser. 5-10 p.m. Ravens Club, 207 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. The Ravens Club is coinciding our two year anniversary with a benefit for Dicken Elementary School Gardens Program. Join some of the Midwest’s most celebrated culinary, bar and music personalities to benefit a great cause.* We’re bringing together a host of chefs and bartenders who are committed to local farming for what we hope will become an annual community building event filled with great food and fantastic summer punch. The evening includes passed appetizers prepared by guest chefs, three drink tickets for cocktails, or a host of punches prepared by guest bars, a T-shirt, live music and a raffle. Proceeds from this event will benefit Dicken School's Gardening Program. $45. http://trcpalspunch.eventbrite.com/#.
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.
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.
Date Night: Mexican Taco Party! 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. Join us as we celebrate the arrival of spring veggies. Menu: Artichoke and garlic scape soup with nettle pesto crostini; fiddlehead ferns and fava beans with herbed brown butter; shaved asparagus salad with parmesan, spring greens and lemon vinaigrette; sweet braised rhubarb. $75. Register at: WCC Lifelong Learning: www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning/.
Conor’s Irish Whiskey Tasting Adventure, featuring the Jameson Ambassador. 6-9 p.m. Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub, 318 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with appetizers and a signature cocktail, the Paddy Whack. This is followed by the whiskey tasting from 7-8, led by the Jameson ambassador, featuring samples of Jameson, Jameson 12 year, Redbreast 12 year, Middleton, and Powers. The evening concludes with dessert and coffee from 8-9. Come learn how Irish Whiskey is made, the difference between Irish Whiskey and Scotch, and so much more from the expert direct from Ireland. $20. 734-665-2968.
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.
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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.
Gnocchi. 6-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Learn to make gnocchi like your Italian grandmother! These little dough pillows are found throughout Italy and are served instead of pasta. You will have plenty of opportunities for hands on experience as Francesca shows you how to create Classic Flour Gnocchi served in a basic tomato sauce and Butternut Squash Gnocchi tossed in a sage butter sauce. A seasonal vegetable and a traditional southern style Antipasto of cured meats, cheeses and olives bring this meal together. $55. Pre-registration with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation is required: 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or www.aareced.com.
Argentinean Song & Wine Dinner. 6 p.m. The Chop House, 322 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Join us for an evening enjoying South American inspired cuisine, a portfolio of wines and the sounds of Argentinean song performed by The Alberto Rojo Trio. The evening includes passed appetizers, a salad, an entree and dessert, paired with several wines. Reservations are required: 888-456-3463.
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. firstname.lastname@example.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, May 30
Craft Beer Pairing. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. If you enjoy microbrews, join us as we investigate the eatables that are beer's best drinking buddies. In this full-participation class, you will learn how to create the perfect partner for your microbrews: "The Ploughman's Plate" - rustic breads, preserved meats, craft cheeses, homemade mustards and a variety of pickled condiments. While sampling a variety of Michigan Microbrews, your taste buds will discover how these delicacies become the staples for casual get-togethers that celebrate the glory of the hop. Menu: Irish soda bread; caraway-beer mustard; pork country terrine; sweet pickle chips and spicy tomato Chutney - all served on a cutting board . $75. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com.
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: Grilling wines. $17. 734-997-7500.
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