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Posted on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 8:39 a.m.

Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Nov. 15-22

By Staff


File photo | Mary Bilyeu

Ninth annual Ann Arbor Wine Cellar. 6:30 p.m. Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, 2275 Platt Road, Ann Arbor. The event, which includes a wine tasting, raffle and silent auction will benefit the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC). $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Raffle tickets are $10. or 734-572-9355.

Ann Arbor's Pack 5 Cub Scouts - 60th Annual Pancake Supper. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Eberwhite Elementary, 800 Soule Blvd., Ann Arbor. The public is invited to join Ann Arbor's Pack 5 Cub Scouts for its 60th Annual Pancake Supper. An "all-you-care-to-eat" supper of pancakes, ham, applesauce, and beverages will be served. Pack 5 is comprised of boys attending Bach and Eberwhite Elementary Schools. All proceeds go directly to the Pack to support local activities. $5 for children, $8 for adults or $25 per family. 734-649-5024.

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: Beaujolais Nouveau and wines for the Thanksgiving table. 734-997-7500.

International Neighbors: A Taste of Thanksgiving. 1-2:30 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor. All area women are invited for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, beverages and table settings will be provided; attendees should bring a side dish to share. Nursery care will be provided for preschoolers. Free. or 734-995-1645.

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.

The Monthly Slurps. 5-7 p.m. Spotted Dog Winery, 108 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Stop in for an after-hours wine and food event on the third Thursday of each month. Price: TBD.

Thanksgiving Feast Community Celebration. Noon. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 E. Washington, Chelsea. All seniors are invited for a Thanksgiving feast followed at 1 p.m. by performances by the CSC Barbershop Quartet and the local choral group Friends in Song. $5 suggested donation. 734-475-9242.

Ann Arbor Student Food Co. (farm stand). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ingalls Mall, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor's only student-run food stand provides fresh, affordable produce to those working and studying on campus. Come by and pick up some fresh fruit and veggies. The stand is located at the North University entrance to Ingalls Mall, between Hill Auditorium and the Michigan League.

Kids' Thanksgiving Cupcakes. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class is for children ages 8 and older. Come join us for an afternoon full of seasonal cupcake baking and decorating. This class is focused on letting you express your creativity in the kitchen! Decorating focus: Chocolate Pilgrim hats, fall harvest pumpkins, big-eyed owls, candy corn turkeys. $50.

Kids Are Chefs, Too! 10 a.m.-noon. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, University of Michigan 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. Release your inner chef. Learn how the original Thanksgiving celebration used native plants and items brought from Europe, while today’s Thanksgiving feasts include foods from around the world. Learn to make foods from native plants as well as plants brought by immigrants and explorers to America. Make a decorative centerpiece to take home. $8 per child includes activities and materials. 734-647-7600 or

Food From Fiction. 3:30 p.m. Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Avenue branch, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Kids in grades three through six: Want to learn to cook? Love to read novels with great food scenes? Join us to cook and hear read alouds from Newberry winning authors such as Beverly Cleary, Polly Horvath, and Kate DiCamillo. Free. Registration required at 734-482-4110 ext. 1390.

Chef's Table. 7-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Instead of making your usual weekend restaurant reservations, join us for a different experience — an interactive evening where we do the cooking right in front of you with the area's finest local ingredients, sourced from our local farms and markets. You get to relax, socialize with fellow foodies, and watch as we prepare and serve your entire meal. Throughout the evening you will be at arm’s length of the chef and interaction is highly encouraged. You will receive a recipe packet to take home with you detailing the evening's entire menu. So come yourself, with a friend, or a group for a great evening of food, conversation, and so much more. Menu: TBD. You are welcome to bring wine to enjoy with your meal. $55. 734-645-1030 or

Harvest Dinner. 5-7 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 120 S. State, Ann Arbor. The event offers a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Proceeds benefit the church’s outreach programs. $12 for adults, $8 for students, $4 for children ages 4-11. Family tickets are $40. 734-662-4536.

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.

The Nature of Chocolate. 1-3 p.m. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor. This indulgent program will have you learning about the natural and cultural history of one of America’s favorite treats. Evolving from a ceremonial beverage to a candy that represents love, this interpretive program will show how chocolate was shaped throughout history, where it grows today and how it is manufactured into a wide variety of treats. We’ll conclude with an indulgent chocolate tasting. $10. Pre-registration is required: or 734-997-1553.

Kids' Awesome Apple Desserts. 7-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This is a kids-only class for children ages 8 and up. Come on kids - let's celebrate apple season. In this class we'll make three different desserts using local apples and eat as we go along the way! Skills in this class include baking, mixing, whisking, peeling, and knife work. Menu: Apple-ginger crumble; mini-apple turnovers; applesauce spice cake. $50. 734-645-1030.

Poultry Expert Darrin Karcher Ph.D. Discusses The Eggs: What You Don't Know. 3-5 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library, Pittsfield branch, 2359 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, in the Program Room. Do you know where to find the chalaza in the egg? Do you know how to clean your eggs? Did you know there are green eggs? This presentation, co-sponsored by The Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor, will cover the formation of the egg, why thin shells occur, how to wash your eggs, and differences in nutritional content between brown and white eggs, as well as other questions that may arise. Dr. Darrin Karcher, of Michigan State University’s Department of Animal Science, has been charged with developing a strong poultry extension program. His interactions with the industry have involved educational programming and conducting applied research. His research program has worked to address concerns with turkey skeletal issues, laying hen nutrition, and laying hen welfare. He is currently managing the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply research project and close to completing a new laying hen research facility at Michigan State University. Free. 734-327-4555 or

Autumn Puddings - Bread & Otherwise. 7-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. There's nothing more comforting than sitting down to a plate of warm decadent bread pudding. Indulge yourself into gooey goodness with these rich recipes great for holiday entertaining or any night of the week! Menu: Sticky toffee apple pudding; bourbon pecan bread pudding; maple-pumpkin croissant pudding; figgy pudding with cranberries and brown sugar hard sauce. $75.

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.

Teen Pizza Tasting. Noon. Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline, in the Brecon Room. All kids in sixth through 12th grade are invited to sample pizza from five local pizzerias and vote for their favorite. Free. Preregistration is required: 734-429-5450.

VegMichigan Veg 101. 7-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. VegMichigan offers a fun and informative cooking class. Attendees will learn the nutritional aspects of a plant-based diet and taste samples of the prepared food. Our presenters will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal into a delicious plant-based (no meat or dairy) option. Free. Registration is required, either on line or at the Customer Service Desk. 734-997-7500.

Cobblestone Farm farmer's market. 4-7 p.m. Located at the historic Cobblestone Farm, this market will feature local, organically grown produce every Tuesday evening beginning June 19. No admission charge; price of purchases.

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.

Wednesday Evening Farmers Market. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. At the Wednesday Evening Farmers Market, you'll find local produce and food from some of your favorite farmers and vendors from the Saturday and Wednesday 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. Free admission. Visit for more information.

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.

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