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Posted on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 : 8:35 a.m.

Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Oct. 11-18

By AnnArbor.com Staff

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Today
Arbor Brewing Beer tasting: Oktoberfests. 7-9 p.m. Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. This is a chance to sample and learn about more than two dozen Oktoberfest lagers, along with an assortment of fall specialty ales and lagers. Also included is a drawing for beer-related prizes. The price of admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet. $25 in advance, $30 (if available) at the door. 734-213-1393.

Sushi Bar. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but is held at Ann Arbor Cooks.In this beginner sushi-making class we will discuss traditional ingredients and teach you the skills you'll need to prepare classic sushi in a relaxing way! You'll be involved in making sushi rice, preparing the fish and vegetables, rolling sushi using bamboo mats (maki sushi), and creating hand rolls (nigri sushi), all with authentic, top-quality ingredients. Register online at www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.

Michigan Beer Tasting: Arbor Brewing Co.. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. Taste local microbrews with beer experts. Pricing varies; usually $6 for six tastes. 734-997-7500.

Friday
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 entire menu. And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your fall harvest dinner menu. October menu: Green salad with fresh apple, candied pecans, and maple-balsamic vinaigrette; cracker-breaded pork tenderloin with grainy mustard pan sauce; savory pumpkin puree; sage and brown-butter spaetzle; poached pears with Chantilly cream. $150 per pair. Register online at www.annarborcooks.com.

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. No cover charge; price of purchases.

Spaghetti dinner. 5-8 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children 9 and under. 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.

Dixboro Farmers Market. 3:30-7:30 p.m. Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Road, Ann Arbor. We have a wide variety of food only vendors as well as ready-to-eat meals for a village green picnic. Runs May-October. No admission; price of purchases. 734-665-5632.

Saturday
(un)Corked Holiday Edition: Wine Tasting Event. 7-9 p.m. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. The time has come for our holiday season tasting extravaganza. We will have the opportunity to taste a variety of wines from all over the world.  Our pre-holiday wine event will have more than 40 wines ready to be judged by you, because there's nothing better than your own personal assurance when it comes to taste. So bring your partner and friends and enjoy an evening of libations and hors d'oeuvres the Produce Station's catering team will fix. Eric Lundy will have a selection of cheeses so you can have fun pairing them with the right wines.Tickets are $35. Purchase tickets in person at The Produce Station or at http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/437029.

4th Annual Pickle Contest and Public Tasting. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor. Enter by Oct. 12 and show up on the 13th to taste. Check in for some wild concoctions, because the pickle people are even more serious than the jammers. First prize is a five-gallon pickling crock; second prize is a Forschner chef’s knife; and third prize is a stainless steel heavy-duty box grater. This event is free and open to the public. 734-662-8122 or downtownhomeandgarden.com.

Second Saturday Coffee Tour. 11 a.m.-noon. Zingerman’s Coffee Co., 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. One of Zingerman’s Coffee managing partners, Allen Leibowitz or Steve Mangigian, offers a free tour of the coffee company and talks about the intricate world of java. Free. 734-929-6060.

Food Cart Tailgate Party. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wolverine Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. A cart pop-up to celebrate Michigan home games at Wolverine Brewing Company offers a diverse array of street foods, locally brewed beer and parking, featuring Debajo del Sol's Spanish-inspired street food, Darcy's Cart's eclectic locally-sourced street food, A2 Pizza Pi's artisan wood-fired pizza and more. Free admission. 734-476-3702 or debajodelsolaa@gmail.com.

GBU District 630 Oktoberfest Dinner/Dance. 6-11 p.m. Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. Dinner will be served at 6:15PM. The menu includes knackwurst, Weisswurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut and spatzle, bread and butter, and cakes with coffee. Beer, wine, and pop is also included. Entertainment is provided by the Rheinlanders for listening and dancing pleasure to traditional German music. Additional entertainment will be the dancing of the “Almrausch Schuhplattlers” from German Park Recreation Club. Raffle prizes will be awarded. There are opportunities to sing-along to beer drinking songs. $25. To make reservations, contact Klaus Kummer at 734-913-9371 or Marianne Rauer at 734-954-0057.

Saline Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon. On Ann Arbor Street just south of Michigan Avenue in Saline. Fresh local produce and fruit are on offer, as well as local cheese, butter, honey, maple syrup, jams, eggs, meat, coffee and baked goods. Also available are flowers, plants, hanging baskets, planters, annuals, perennials, and vegetable and herb plants. There are a variety of hand-crafted items such as wood bowls and pens, jewelry, garden art, soap and more, all created by local artisans. Master Gardeners from the Michigan State University Master Gardener program are available to answer questions at the market during May, June and September. Bridge Cards, Senior Project Fresh and WIC (Women with Infant Children) Project Fresh coupons can be redeemed to buy fresh produce and fruit at our Market. Patrons can visit the Bridge Card booth at the Saturday Saline Farmers Market and obtain wooden tokens in $1 increments for the amount requested to be added to their Bridge Card. Tokens can be redeemed at the Tuesday Saline Farmers Market but can only be purchased at the Saturday Market. For more information, call Nancy Crisp at 734 429-3518, email salinefarmersmarket@comcast.net or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.

Saturday and Sunday
Chicken Broil: Dexter Knights of Columbus. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (or until sold out) each day. Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Road, Dexter. Dinner includes half a chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll, and a beverage. $9. 7-34426-5558.

Sunday
Growing Hope’s 'Chefs in the Garden' dinner. 5-8 p.m. Growing Hope Center, 922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Join Growing Hope as talented local chefs dish up seasonal fare during delicious dinner parties at the Growing Hope Center’s urban farm in Ypsilanti. These more intimate events replace GH’s annual gala, Hope’s Harvest. Third in the series, takes place Sunday, Oct. 14, featuring chefs from Grange Kitchen and Bar and Bona Sera. The theme is Economic Development in Ypsilanti. Gather with others who care about the vitality of the community and region, and see how food and agriculture are and can be a part of Ypsilanti's positive future. This dinner will support the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers' Market and other community revitalization projects. Tickets are $45 ($25 is tax deductible). 734-330-7576 or amanda@growinghope.net.

St. Mary Pinckney Roast Beef Dinner. 12:30-6 p.m. St. Mary's Catholic Parish, 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road, Pinckney. St. Mary’s Men’s Club in Pinckney is sponsoring its annual Roast Beef Dinner at the parish in Putnam Township. The all-inclusive menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, tossed salad, homemade dinner rolls, ice cream and homemade cake. Take-out is available. Everyone is welcome. $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children 6-12 (younger than 5 free) with a family price (immediate family only) of $30. 734-878-3161.

Monday
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.

Tuesday
Culinary Bootcamp II. 6-10 p.m. for four consecutive Tuesdays. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Culinary Bootcamp II is a four-class (Tuesdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 3) intensive journey taking what was previously learned in Culinary Bootcamp I to the next level. We're going to expand on what you've already learned, with an even greater focus on mastering technique. We're also going to talk a lot about flavors, textures, and plating - true plate composition. Then, in the last class, we're going to take you out of your comfort zone and let you channel your inner-Top Chef and let your skill and creativity shine. Each student will receive a copy of 'The Flavor Bible' by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. Prerequisite: Culinary Bootcamp I (no exceptions). $375 per person. Register online at www.annarborcooks.com.

Raw Food Diet: Nature’s Prescription for Vibrant Health. 7 p.m. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. A presentation and recipe demonstration will take place with raw foods educator Ellen Livingston . Free. 734-426-4477.

San Street Pop-Up. 5:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The Bar at 327 Braun Court, 327 Braun Court, Ann Arbor.  San Street is proud to announce a new weekly pop-up series to be held every Tuesday at the Bar at 327 Braun Court.. San Street already serves great Asian street food at Mark's Carts and will expand their menu beyond the already popular steamed buns and banh mi sandwiches to savory pancakes, dessert, dumplings, noodles, soups and more. No cover; price of purchases. 734-585-5440.

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. www.cobblestonefarmmarket.com.

Saline Farmers Market. 3-7 p.m. Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Fresh local produce and fruit are on offer, as well as local cheese, butter, honey, maple syrup, jams, eggs, meat, coffee and baked goods. Also available are flowers, plants, hanging baskets, planters, annuals, perennials, and vegetable and herb plants. There are a variety of hand-crafted items such as wood bowls and pens, jewelry, garden art, soap and more, all created by local artisans. Master Gardeners from the Michigan State University Master Gardener program are available to answer questions at the market during May, June and September. Bridge Cards, Senior Project Fresh and WIC (Women with Infant Children) Project Fresh coupons can be redeemed to buy fresh produce and fruit at our Market. Patrons can visit the Bridge Card booth at the Saturday Saline Farmers Market and obtain wooden tokens in $1 increments for the amount requested to be added to their Bridge Card. Tokens can be redeemed at the Tuesday Saline Farmers Market but can only be purchased at the Saturday Market. For more information, call Nancy Crisp at 734 429-3518, email salinefarmersmarket@comcast.net or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.

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
WCC: Sauteing 101. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but offered at Ann Arbor Cooks. Join us for an intensive look at this dry/high-heat, low-fat, quick-cooking method. You will get ample practice and once you've got it mastered, the sky's the limit for creativity in the kitchen. This is a full participation class. Menu: shrimp scampi with linguine, rack of lamb with mustard and rosemary pan sauce, pan-roasted chicken. $75. Register online at: www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.

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.

Thursday
Cookie Decorating with International Neighbors. 1-3 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor. All area women invited for an afternoon of cookie decorating. Material will be provided, and prizes  will be awarded. Nursery care will be provided for preschoolers, and refreshments will be served. Free. international-neighbors.org or 734-995-1645..

91st Annual Sauerkraut Supper. 4:30-7 p.m. St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. The menu will include pork roast, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade knoeffles, homemade pie, and beverages. $10 ($5 for kids ages 5-12; age 4 & under eat for free). Pay in advance only. 734-426-8610.

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: Pinot noir with an American cheese tasting. 734-997-7500.

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. www.spotteddogwinery.com.

To submit events for this calendar, e-mail calendar@annarbor.com.

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Sun, Oct 14, 2012 : 2:17 p.m.

Pop-ups are all the rage presently.