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Posted on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 : 4:10 p.m.

Restaurant week is coming, so is Camp Bacon; local author wins rave reviews

By Jessica Webster


Ann Arbor Restaurant Week starts Sunday.

This is an exciting time for Ann Arborites who love food. We've got food carts, a hot new osteria and a new Prohibition-themed Main Street restaurant. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays again, and has added Wednesday evening hours. The Westside Farmers' Market started up again last week. So many great choices!

Speaking of choices, Ann Arbor's twice-yearly Restaurant Week is upon us. Starting on Sunday the 12th and running through Friday the 17th, this year's Restaurant Week features a record 45 participating restaurants.

Diners will be able to sample the best local restaurants have to offer, with $25 prix fixe dinner menus and $12 lunches. Several restaurants will offer two-for-one pricing. Complete information is available on the Restaurant Week site. Restaurants tend to fill up quickly, so make sure you make reservations.

Love bacon? You're not alone. NPR recently published a story calling bacon a "gateway to meat" for vegetarians. It seems that even avowed meat-avoiders can't stay away from the beloved breakfast staple.

Zingerman's has taken the love for bacon to new heights with its second annual Camp Bacon. Kicking off on June 30 with a special bacon dinner with James Beard award-winning chef Andrea Reusing at Zingerman's Roadhouse, the events also include a benefit concert at the Ark with legendary soul man Andre "Bacon Fat" Williams on July 1 and a Bacon street fair in Kerrytown on July 3. You can find more information here.

Ann Arbor resident Oran Hesterman, founder of the Fair Food Network and author of the new book "Fair Food", received a rave review from The New York Times over the weekend. Reviewer Nancy F. Koehn called Hesterman's book "an important, accessible book on a crucial subject."

You can read the full review on the New York Times site.

Jessica Webster leads the Food & Drink section for You can reach her at, or find her wandering the streets of Ann Arbor looking for that next great meal.



Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 3:44 p.m.

FYI: your "hot new Osteria" link is going to the same article as the Prohibition theme link

Jessica Webster

Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

Thanks, Hmm! The link now goes to an article about Mani Osteria, where I am heading for lunch in ten minutes. Yum!


Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : noon

As a artist at The Sunday Artisan Market, I am as are many of the others, very happy to have Zingerman joining us n 7/3 -- It will be a totally awesome day so come on down and enjoy the event.


Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 2:22 a.m.

I'm from Wisconsin, and I was VERY surprised that "fair food" would be considered "a crucial subject" by anyone at the NYT. Imagine my surprise that it's NOT about all things perched on a stick!