Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 6
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: Sparkling wines. 734-997-7500.
All-you-can-eat Pizza Contest. 6-9 p.m. Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor. Youth Impact hosts an all-you-can-eat pizza contest in the Huron High School cafeteria. Local pizza businesses have donated pizza to the cause (more than 100 pizzas), and attendees will be able to taste many different types of pizza before voting on their favorite. Dr. Anne James, a local pediatric cardiologist and board member of Take Heart Association Project (THAP), will be present at the event to host a short presentation about THAP's global relief efforts. $5 for students, and $10 for adults - all proceeds will go directly to THAP. 734-994-2040.
(un)Corked Wine Tasting Bubbles, Bubbles and more Bubbles! 7-8 p.m. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. The Produce Station hosts a sparkling wine tasting in association with The Main Street Area Association's Midnight Madness Shopping Event. Holidays are approaching faster than you expect and this is the perfect time to plan your libations. Guests will sample 10 different examples of dry sparklers from all over the map. $25. http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/440405.
Michigan Beer Tasting: New Holland Brewing Co. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. A representative from the brewery will be on hand to answer your questions. Pricing varies; usually $6 for six tastes. 734-997-7500.
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.
Holiday Candy Workshop . 1-5 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Are you looking to spice up the holidays this year with something new? Looking for new gift-giving ideas? This workshop is your delicious answer. Menu: Classic chocolate truffles; cranberry-orange pate de fruit; spiced almond caramel corn; cinnamon pumpkin seed brittle; butter rum caramel candies. $75. www.annarborcooks.com .
Traditional Gingerbread House Class . Noon-2 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. This class offers a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and kids to have fun together. Let the bakery team show you how to put an all-natural spin on a holiday favorite. Let your creativity be inspired! This class will be held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. $19.99 for gingerbread house kit To register, call 734-975-4500.
Meet the Winemaker! 1-4 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, at the Specialty Wine Bar. Meet Mike Laing, assistant winemaker at M. Lawrence/L. Mawby Wines on the Leelanau Peninsula. Mike will discuss his Michigan made sparkling wines, and samples will be offered. Free.
Legion Riders Pork Loin Dinner. 5-7:30 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. $10. 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.
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.
St. Mary Annual Community Christmas Breakfast. 8:30-11 a.m. St. Mary's Catholic Parish, 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road, Pinckney. Proceeds from this annual breakfast provide food baskets for neighbors in need and funding for the parish's Community Food Banks, Gleaners, Love Inc. and St Mary’s Food Pantry. All donations are welcomed, and tax receipts are available upon request. The menu includes fried or scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes, quiche, ham, pork sausage and a waffle station. Mary Simon and Tony Giamanco will be on hand to lead the Christmas carols. All are welcome. The cost is a free-will donation. 734-878-3161.
Kids' Holiday Gifts From The Kitchen . 2-4:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Calling all kids: In this class we'll make three quick breads and wrap them up for easy gift-giving. Menu: Lemonpoppy seed bread; chocolate chip and dried cherry bread; cheddar-chive bread. This class is for children ages 9 and up. $50. 734-645-1030 or www.annarborcooks.com.
Cool Weather Soups . 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. The weather is changing - it's getting cooler and we crave warmer food. Come join us for a session of exquisite soup making. These are satisfying soups that you'll want to add to your cold weather cooking arsenal - and they're guaranteed to impress. Menu: Cauliflower bisque with red chili oil and grainy mustard croutons; mom's chicken and herb dumpling soup; truffled mushroom soup with wild rice; winter squash soup with fried sage. $75. www.annarborcooks.com.
Cocktail Class - Repeal Day Celebration. 7:30 p.m. Live/The Last Word, 102 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Prohibition ended Dec. 5, 1933. Come celebrate the anniversary as Tammy of Tammy's tastings dusts off some of the lesser known cocktails of that era and talks about how Prohibition impacted global cocktail culture of the time. Prizes will be awarded for period dress. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. http://www.tammystastings.com/shop or 734-276-3215.
Italian Holiday with Francesca Giarraffa. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Learn to cook this special dinner as a treat for your loved ones this holiday. Imagine a lobster linguine cooked in white wine, tomatoes, garlic, and fresh parsley. Follow with a salmon fillet poached in champagne and topped with a lemon/garlic, vinaigrette. Accompany this rich meal with broccoli florets sauteed in garlic, chilies, and anchovies. Now crown this epicurean delight with a chocolate and chestnut mousse for the perfect holiday celebration. $55. Register with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation at 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.
Holiday Cookie Exchange. 6-10 p.m. Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Enjoy an afternoon full of baking, snacks, and holiday cheer. During class you will produce loads of cookies and share with your classmates at the end. Leave class with dozens of cookies to hand out as gifts to friends and family. Menu: Pear and walnut thumbprint cookies; chewy ginger molasses cookies; homemade fudge; cranberry-pistachio oat cookies; chocolate-dipped macaroons; red and green monster cookies. $95. www.annarborcooks.com.
Holiday Baking with Superfoods. 7 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Learn how to incorporate superfoods into holiday baking. We’ll be mixing up maca, goji, lacuma, camu camu, chia, raw nuts, and of course, cacao. They’ll taste great and be good for you, too! Space is limited. To register, visit the Customer Service Desk or call 734-975-4500.
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.
Healthy Holiday Baking Demo. 7-8:30 p.m. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea. Join Ann Arbor Cooks for a Healthy Holiday Baking demonstration at the Chelsea District Library. Menu: Maple apple pecan bread puddin; fresh cranberry and dark chocolate bark with almonds (gluten-free, full of antioxidants); chewy ginger molasses cookies. Free. 734-475-8732.
Italian Holiday Suppers: Christmas and New Year’s Eve with Francesca Girraffa . 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. The Italian kitchen is the heart of the home, a place where simple, fresh ingredients are transformed into satisfying meals and memorable events. The class is led by an instructor born into the Italian cooking tradition who apprenticed at a specialty restaurant in Naples. Christmas menu: traditional chicken soup (with egg noodles and spinach, topped with parmigiano cheese), roasted herbed duck (served with roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary), sauteed stuffed curly endive (with pine nuts and currants) and chocolate tiramisu. New Year's Eve menu: lobster (cooked with diced tomatoes, white wine and fresh herbs, served with linguine, baked salmon fillet (topped with a creamy parsley sauce, served with a lentil salad tossed in garlic, fresh herb and wine vinaigrette) and traditional holiday sponge cake (filled with ricotta cream, walnuts, pieces of chocolate and dried fruit). This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Tuition: $79. Materials fee: $19. Students may register on-line through www.wccnet.edu.
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 www.a2gov.org/market 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. www.paesanosannarbor.com.
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: Go-to gifting wines. 734-997-7500.
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