Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Sept. 13-20
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Benefit Dinner: Community Farm of Ann Arbor. 6-9 p.m. Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor. The event includes food from Zingerman’s Roadhouse, a silent auction, and live entertainment by Chris Badynee, a Dearborn bassist who plays on a cardboard box upright bass he invented. Cash bar. $75-$200 in advance at communityfarm2012benefit.eventbrite.com. 734-433-0261.
Michigan Made: Arbor Brewing Co. Beer Tasting. 7-9 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. This is a chance to sample and learn about more than two dozen of the state's best craft-brewed beers, including some hard-to-find specialty brews. Also, 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.
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: All-American Zinfandels. 734-997-7500.
Corner Brewery Oktoberfest 2012. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Oktoberfest is one of the brewery's most highly anticipated events of the year - a night of eating, drinking and dancing Bavarian-style. Happy hour is from 4-7. The German band, Rhinelanders, will provide music and staff will be grilling up a boat-load of brats and other special treats under the big tent in the beer garden. Children are welcome with parents until 9 p.m.The even will be held rain or shine. Free admission; price of purchases. 734-480-2739.
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. No admission; price of purchases. 734-665-5632.
Second annual Mark’s Carts Cook-Off. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Food Cart Courtyard, 211 W. Washington, Ann Arbor. Each of the eight diverse food carts at Mark’s Carts will use the same sized piece of Le Creuset cookware to prepare a dish in keeping with their cart’s theme — i.e. Asian, vegan, Spanish, Indian. The public will be given free samples of each dish and asked to vote for the winner. Last year, the prize went to Hut-K for their "nutrilicious" Indian food. The competition this year will be fierce, with three new competitors in the courtyard. There will be live music and fun for the whole family. Free and open to the public. 734-213-7482,'
Tailgate Party with Matt and Mark. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor In addition to the Cart Cook-Off, our very own Matt Banks will be demonstrating his culinary prowess on the Big Green Egg, smoker and grill. Also, Mark will dust off his original Fleetwood Chilli recipe and serve it to the crowd. We mean it when we say the whole block will be cookin'. Free and open to the public734-662-8122.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.
Fall Brunch & Concert for the Chelsea High School Music Program. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Silver Maples of Chelsea, 100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea. Chef Tom Zigman is preparing a fresh and delicious brunch featuring his keynote "made-to-order" omelet station, an assorted hot and cold breakfast buffet, fresh baked house-specialty baked goods and beverages. The Chelsea House Orchestra will provide a toe-tapping, energy filled concert celebrating Celtic music... with a kick. Proceeds benefits a CHS Music Department trip to Philadephia in 2013. Brunch tickets are available at Silver Maples: $10/person - $8/person in advance, with discounts for kids 6-12. Kids younger than 5 eat for free. The suggested donation for the concert only is $5 per person. 734-475-4111.
Traditional German Kaffeeklatsch. 3 p.m. Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division St., Ann Arbor. Kaffeeklatsch in the lovely Kempf House Garden. Join us for coffee and traditional German coffee cakes, continuing a treasured German tradition of social time with friends. In case of rain, we will move inside. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Reservations recommended: 734-994-4898.
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. Three more intimate (in August, September and October) events replace GH’s annual gala, Hope’s Harvest. Sunday, Sept: 16: The chefs will be Silvio (Silvio's Organic Ristorante and Pizzeria) & Benjamin Meyer (Iridescence @ Motor City Casino). The theme: Sustainability. Celebrate the sustainability of the Growing Hope Center and tour the innovative green features of our headquarters and urban farm including recycled glass plaza, green roof, geothermal system, cisterns, and more. This dinner will support the Growing Hope Center demonstration farm. The Growing Hope Center, is a demonstration and training site for urban farming, sustainable gardening, and green building. The center hosts year-round demonstrations of food production in gardens and hoop houses, classes in a small teaching kitchen, and has indoor and outdoor gathering and learning spaces, offices, lending library that includes tools as well as books. $45 ($25 is tax deductible). 734-330-7576 or email@example.com.
Italian Sauces and Condiments with Francesca Giarraffa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Having several versatile sauce and condiment ideas in your cooking repertoire can enhance your pasta dishes, as sides or entrees. Let our "seasoned," culinary instructor, Francesca, come to the rescue with several favorites! You'll learn to make orecchiette pasta (tossed with olive oil, mild homemade sausage meat and broccoli rabe), cavatelli pasta (tossed with eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions, fresh herbs and pine nuts) and Sardinian couscous pasta (tossed in a fresh tomato sauce with onions, pancetta and fresh basil). This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Tuition: $39. Materials fee: $15. Students may register on-line through www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.
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.
Vegetarian Cooking 101 with VegMichigan: Italian Favorites. 7-8:15 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. VegMichigan is the state’s largest vegetarian organization. This month, join Paul and Susan as they demonstrate some favorite Italian-themed recipes. $5. To register, stop at the customer service desk or call 734-997-7500.
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.
Thursday, Sept. 20
Paesano To Farm-To-Table Dinner. 6:30 p.m. Paesano’s Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Since becoming Executive Chef almost two years ago, David Whitney of Paesano Restaurant in Ann Arbor has been adding more and more local ingredients to the Italian season menu. But the Escanaba native wanted to do more with local producers - and now he is getting his wish. Paesano is hosting an outdoor Farm-To-Table dinner that benefits the new Washtenaw Food Hub. The event will feature a locally-sourced menu matched with Michigan wines and micro brewed beers. A portion of the ticket fee will go to the newly formed Washtenaw Food Hub. $65. Reservations: 734-971-0484. For more information, email email@example.com.
Harvest Party. 6-7 p.m. Ypsilanti District Library - Superior Township branch, 8975 MacArthur Blvd., Superior Township Celebrate the Superior garden by eating from it! Learn how to make fresh salsa and taste other summer dishes we’ve prepared. Free. Details: 734-482-4110 ext. 1391.
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. www.spotteddogwinery.com.
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: Red wines of South America. 734-997-7500.
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