Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Oct. 4-11
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Northern Italian Feast with Francesca Giarraffa. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Game hens are rubbed with a classic mixture of Italian herbs, then slowly roasted to a golden brown and topped with a tarragon lemon vinaigrette. Discover Farrotto, a different type of Risotto made with farro grains and hazelnuts. Zucchini perfectly complements this meal as Francesca sautes it with chilies, onions and pancetta. $45. Pre-registration with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreationis required. 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or www.aareced.com.
The U-M Sustainable Food Program's Harvest Festival. 4-8 p.m. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. The public is invited to celebrate local food and the fall harvest at the U-M Sustainable Food Program's first-ever Harvest Festival. Visitors may listen to live music from The Crane Wives, the Dicks and Janes and more; play some lawn games; try their hands at some arts and crafts; and tour the site of the new campus farm. The price of a ticket includes a meal created by university chefs using produce from the campus farm and other small local farms. The festival is open to any and all, with fun activities for young and old. Suggested donations: $8 for students, $10 general in advance; $10 and $12 at the door. Ticket information: www.umsfp.com.
Gluten-Free Gourmet 2. 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. Are you living with a gluten allergy, or intolerance, or perhaps just interested in modifying your diet? If you've been trying to navigate the gluten-free world and are a little overwhelmed, or seek more helpful information, these classes are designed to provide education and plenty of new ideas! Each class features a unique menu. Menu: Healing vegetable miso soup, sesame ginger noodle bowl (with tofu), breakfast rice pudding and orange ginger chew cookies. This menu is also 100 percent vegan.$65. Register online at: www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.
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: Italian wine. 734-997-7500.
Sweater Weather: An Autumn Orchard Picnic featuring Dave Eggers. 7 p.m. Ann Arbor Area. On Friday, October 5, join local nonprofit 826michigan and acclaimed writer and philanthropist Dave Eggers for Sweater Weather, an autumn orchard picnic benefiting 826michigan’s free writing programs in public schools. Enjoy elegant food provided by the Produce Station and prepared by Chef Brad Greenhill of Righteous Rojo along with fine wine from Morgan & York. Dave Eggers, author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" and founder of publishing house McSweeney’s and nonprofit 826 National, will speak about 826michigan’s free programs, which reach nearly 2,500 Washtenaw County youth each year. For more information about 826michigan, visit www.826michigan.org. Tickets include dinner and wine. Advance reservations are required. $75. sweaterweather.brownpapertickets.com.
World in a Basket Washtenaw Literacy fundraiser. 5:30 p.m. Morris Lawrence Building, WCC, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. The popular gala evening of live and silent auctions plus strolling dinner raises 20 percent of the group’s annual budget. Guests are treated to a ‘strolling supper’ and top shelf microbrews and wine. The event is a key source of funding for the group’s extraordinarily effective work in teaching illiterate and low literate adults to read and write. All tickets include beer, wine and strolling supper. Proceeds go directly to Washtenaw Literacy. $85. 734-879-1320 or email@example.com. 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. No admission; price of purchases. 734-665-5632.
Sushi in the Sukkah. 7 p.m. Private home in the Ann Arbor area. Sponsored by Temple Beth Emeth Twenties and Thirties - all those in their twenties and thirties invited to eat kosher-style sushi and Asian-inspired appetizers in a sukkah, a temporary dwelling constructed for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Bring your own drinks. $10. Reservations required at templebethemeth.org or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 734-665-4744.
Canning and Preserving for Enjoying the Harvest All Year Long. 1 p.m. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Learn about canning and preserving for enjoying the harvest all year long, with Kristen Uthus. Free. 734-426-4477.
Sandhill Cranes Gather. 6 p.m. Chelsea Historical Society front porch, Chelsea. Join us for the Sandhill Cranes Gather at Chelsea Historical Society, across from the fair grounds located at M52 & Old US12. Michigan wine tastings, Jackson Audubon Society, huge bake sale, jams and jellies, honey and lots of new vendors. No admission charge. 734-475-1270 or www.facebook.com/sandhillcranesgather.
Legion Riders Steak Dinner. 5-7:30 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. The Legion Riders Steak Dinner, sponsored by the Pinckney American Legion Riders Chapter #419. $10. 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.
Compassionate Confections. 6-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Following a meat- and dairy-free vegan diet has many health and environmental benefits. Add some amazing desserts to your repertoire that not only taste amazing, but are actually good for you! You'll learn about new ingredients used in the baking world and have great recipes to please yourself or a crowd.Menu: Chocolate orange ginger cupcakes, cranberry apple crumble, pumpkin spice cheesecake and apricot almond quinoa chews. $65. This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks; register online at www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.
Wine tasting to benefit the Huron Valley Harmonizers. 5-7 p.m. Spotted Dog Winery, 108 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. This is a chance to try a variety of local wines, with the Huron Valley Harmonizers providing harmonious music to accompany your vinological explorations. The Spotted Dog will donate a portion of the proceeds from the evening's sales to support the Harmonizers. $10 cover. http://hvharmonizers.org.
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 email@example.com or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.
Breakfast with Roary. 8:30-11 a.m. St. Mary's Catholic Parish, 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road, Pinckney. Roary, the popular Detroit Lion Mascot, joins Sunday breakfast from 10-11 to get everyone pumped up for a Lions football season. Proceeds from the event help support St. Mary School. The menu includes: fried or scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes, quiche, ham, pork sausage and a waffle station. Visitors are invited to bring a camera and take photos with Roary. The cost for breakfast is by free-will donation. 734-878-3161.
Parent/Child Brunch. 2-4:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Join us with your junior chef this fall in our Sunday Brunch Series. Learn new recipes while cooking with your child. In this class, you will make all of the recipes and sit down to enjoy a meal together. Menu: Potato hash with seasonal vegetables, herbs & poached eggs; handmade sausage patties; berry smoothies. Skill focus: knife work, frying, poaching, and sauteing. $65 for one parent and one child (age 6 and older) or $95 for one parent plus two children. Register online at www.annarborcooks.com. 734-645-1030.
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. 734-439-1549.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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, Oct. 11
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.
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