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Posted on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 2:59 p.m.

Ann Arbor food and drink calendar

By Staff


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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. An exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week’s topic: Shiraz and Petite Sirah. 734-997-7500.


New Year’s Eve with the Kennedys. 5 p.m. Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. Continuing a tradition of celebrating past presidents on the eve of the New Year, this year the Roadhouse celebrates our 35th president of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy. It has been said while President Kennedy was in the White House he was a small eater and often had to be reminded it was time for dinner; politics always took preference over food. On New Year’s Eve we will let the food take preference and serve a meal featuring President Kennedy’s favorites as a child and as a president. Chef Alex has crafted a menu full of East Coast favorites. Price TBA. Rerservations required by calling 734-663-3663.

Mercy's New Year's Eve. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Mercy's At the Bell Tower, 300 S. Thayer, Ann Arbor. Join in for music, dancing and a complimentary glass of “pink” champagne. A portion of proceeds will be donated to U-M Comprehensive Cancer Research benefiting breast cancer research. Mercy’s is offering two different prix fixe meals: four courses for $65 and eight courses for $95. 734-996-3729.

Brew Year’s Eve. 8:30 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Beer releases on the hour from 8:30-11:30. DJ at 9 p.m. No cover charge. 734-213-1393.


Milan Senior Nutrition Program. 11:45 a.m. Milan Senior & Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Court. A nutritionally balanced meal offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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. 48-hour advance reservations. Call or stop by the office. 734-439-1549.


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.


Flat Breads! 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Flat breads have been around since humans first picked wheat off the stalk and decided to grind it and heat it. Roman soldiers used to put dough on their metal shields and bake it over an open fire. For this class we’ve developed four flat bread recipes for Pita, Matzo, Spanish Torta de Aceite, and Naan. Learn everything you need to make these versatile, full-flavored breads. $100. 734-761-7255.

Mindo Chocolates & The USDA Cocoa Genome Project. 7-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library, Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, in the Program Room. Mindo Chocolate Makers of Dexter and Ecuador returns to AADL to discuss this fascinating and tasty program showcasing their organic and handmade chocolate. Through their involvement with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association, Mindo is also working on a special project with the USDA to help conduct a cocoa genome project to determine which "fine flavor" beans make the best chocolate. Learn more about this special project, and get a chocolate taste. Free. 734-327-8301

Wednesday Wine Tasting. 6:30 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.

Jan. 5

Savory Pies. 5:30 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Is it dinner or a pastry? In this class we'll delve in to a few of the delicious savory pies found in just about every culture. Like the empanada, so common in Spain, Portugal, Central and South America. And the knish, a Jewish staple in Eastern Europe. How about the pasty, served up by the thousands in Michigan's Upper Peninsula? $125. 734-761-7255.

(un)Corked - Wine Tasting - Adventure Argentina! 7:30 p.m. Alley Bar, 112 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Hosted by Eric Lundy & Jorge Lopez Chavez. Argentina, the land of the Rio de la Plata, gauchos, and the best beef in the world. Come taste five wines from this amazing country. Malbec and Torrontes will be there for sure and three other grapes to be disclosed later. Salud! $10. 734-662-8757.

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. An exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week’s topic: Tuscan red wines. 734-997-7500.

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