Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 4
Grilling for a Cause. 5:30-8:30 p.m. BD's Mongolian Barbeque, 200 S. Main St., Ann Arbor.
When you show a flyer (click here for flyer) to staff, part of your bill for the night benefits CASA - Court-Appointed Special Advocates for children of Washtenaw County. No admission charge; price of purchases. 734-913-0999. http://www.casawashtenaw.org/.
Cooking class: Wonders from the Orient. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Mix two Oriental cultures to come up with an easy and tasty meal that is gluten-free and dairy-free. You will make spring rolls using fresh local vegetables wrapped in steamed rice paper and a tasty peanut or almond sauce used for dipping. Then you’ll try miso soup infused with tofu, spring onions and brown rice. Discuss some of the ways you can use leftover brown rice in your gluten-free cooking. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. $39. Pre-registration is required by calling 734-994-2300 x 53203 or at www.aareced.com.
(un)Corked: The Cider Wave - Michigan Hard Cider Tasting. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Live/The Last Word, 102 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Are you ready to taste some ciders that will give you a pleasant buzz during the autumn months and well into the winter? The Produce Station will offer a substantial selection of ciders from all around Michigan (and even one from New York state) where apples are abundant and thankfully, diverse. This time around we are offering a taste of Vander Mill Ciders, made entirely with all Michigan apples, and we shall also offer some of their apple and berry combos. There will even be a roasted cider which you absolutely cannot miss. Vander Mill Ciders have been impressing people with their magnificent ciders since 2008 and are even being distributed in Chicago, where the love of alcohol is infamous. $15. Purchase tickets online at http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/439179 or in person at The Produce Station. No ticket sales at the door.
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: Wines of Australia. 734-997-7500.
Back to the Coop Future: Early Roots. Potluck at 6:30, program at 7 p.m. Recreation Park Community Center, 1015 Congress St., Ypsilanti. In celebration of 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives as declared by the United Nations, Ypsilanti Food Coop presents: "Back to the Coop Future: Early Roots." An excerpt will be show of the film "Here Is Tomorrow," and historian David Choberka will talk about cooperatives' history as an innovative business model in the USA and Europe. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. No admission fee. 734-483-5014.
Sloppy Joe and Boston Cooler Night. 5-8 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. Boston Coolers are $1, Sloppy Joe plates are $2 with additional Sloppy Joes for $1. For more information call 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.
Wake & Bake. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Everything you need to know for weekend baking. You'll fall in love with these doughnuts. Menu: Jam-filled doughnuts, orange spice buttermilk biscuits with honey butter, pumpkin muffins and homemade Danish. $65. 734-645-1030.
Harvest Fest Beer & Wine Tasting. 1-4 p.m. Roger Monk's, 5400 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. Proceeds go to the March of Dimes. Silent auction, 50/50 and door prizes. $40 per person for 12 three-ounce pours and appetizers. Contact Elise at 734-239-3639 with any questions.
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.
Dinner and Silent Auction Benefit for Hunter Weaver. 5-9 p.m. Uptown Coney Island, 3917 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Hunter began his fight with brain cancer in 2008 at the tender age of 12. He is one of the bravest kids around and his family needs your help. They need help with medical expenses, gas, groceries, and parts to help put together a wheelchair accessible van. The silent auction begins at 5 and ends at 8 p,m. Tickets in advance are $20 or $60 for a family of four. At the door: $25 each or $75 for a family of four. 734-665-5909.
Cocktail Class - Classic Martini Lab. 7:30 p.m. Live/The Last Word, 102 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Real martinis are made with gin and vermouth. We'll taste examples of each and test out proportions, from a classic martini of equal parts to the "wave the bottle of vermouth over the glass" variety. Then you'll have some time to play, mixing and matching to build your perfect martini. Class is hands-on, with lots of tasting opportunities. Class taught by Tammy's Tastings. $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Reserve your space at http://www.tammystastings.com/shop or by calling 734-276-3215.
German-American Day. 4-7:30 p.m. EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free authentic German dinner offered. Additionally, listen to lectures and stories from Eastern professors and students of German. Open to the public. No admission charge. http://www.emich.edu/univcomm/releases/release.php?id=1347912325.
Pastry Bootcamp I. 6-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. The key to great baking comes down to solid technique and great ingredients. Join us for this intensive journey through the basics - the end result is greater baking confidence and an arsenal of new recipes and ideas! Each class will feature a collection of techniques working with the very best ingredients from local purveyors. This series is designed to help demystify much of the science behind baking and pastry. The class meets on consecutive Monday evenings from 6-10. Oct 1: Pastry fundamentals, tart dough, cake mixing and baking. Oct. 8: Custards, creams, mousse, ganache and filling techniques. Oct. 15: Meringues, buttercreams and finishing techniques. Oct. 22: Sugar work, chocolate decorations, sweet sauces. $325. 734-645-1030 or www.annarborcooks.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. 734-439-1549.
Northern Roots: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Although the winter months are right around the corner, it's still easy to find locally grown produce. Root vegetables are a late fall/winter crop and can withstand our colder Northern climate. Come and learn about the many varieties of root vegetables and tubers and what amazing, local and healthy food you can make with them. Menu: will include work with burdock, celeriac, carrot, parsnip, rutabaga, turnips, potatoes, horseradish and onions. $75. 734-645-1030 or www.annarborcooks.com.
Fifth annual Native American Dinner. 7 p.m. Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson, Ann Arbor. Roadhouse chef Alex Young hosts a dinner showcasing native foods that would have been grown and harvested by the Chickasaw Nation of south-central Oklahoma. Also, U-M Native American studies scholars discuss Chickasaw culture. $45. Reservations required at 734-663-3663.
Veg 101 with VegMichigan. 7-8 p.m. VegMichigan members Jeri Schneider and Vickie Brett-Gach demonstrate meatless and dairy-free dishes and discuss the advantages of a plant-based diet. Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110.
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. 27
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.
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