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Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 2:02 p.m.

Ann Arbor food and drink calendar

By Staff


Melanie Maxwell |


Pizza: The Other American Pie. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Using our wood fired oven, we’ll show you how easy and fun it can be to make New York style and Chicago style pizza recipes. Bring your appetite too. $100.

Beer tasting: Porters and Browns. 7-9 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. A chance to sample and learn about some two dozen porters and brown beers from around the world. Unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 734-213-1393.

Egg Roll Cooking Demo. 2 p.m. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Chef Ming Louie shows how to make authentic Chinese egg rolls. With hands-on practice and a chance to taste the finished rolls. Free, but pre-reregistration is required by calling 734-426-4477.

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. 734-997-7500.


Puff the Magic Pastry. 1-5 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Want to make desserts and savory creations using your own puff pastry dough? We’ll teach you how to make it and show you several ways to use it - palmiers, shells for fruit tarts or savory fillings, and napoleons. $125. 734-761-7255.

Vegan Winter Recipes. 6-8 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Demo by local chef and MATCH vegan meats representative Jenney Gordon in the Whole Foods Cooking & Lifestyles Classroom. $10. Preregistration required at 734-975-4500.


Coffee Tour. 11 a.m.-noon Zingerman’s Coffee Co., 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Take a free tour of the coffee company. 734-929-6060.

Baking with Beer. 1-5 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. In this class we’ll be baking a beer bread, scone and crackers. You'll want to throw a party to impress your friends right away. $100. 734-761-7255.

Eat, Meet, & Be Cherry. 2-4 p.m. Cherry Republic, 223 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. The store will host an “Eat, Meet, & Be Cherry" event at the Cherry Republic, with a tasting from Silvio's Organic Pizza. Free. 734-585-5231.


Introduction to Fondant-Covered Cakes. Noon-4 p.m. Sweet Heather Anne, 359 Metty Drive, Ann Arbor. We will cover everything from crumb coating cakes, to fun fondant details and tricks of the trade. You’ll leave with your own delicious fondant-covered cake. All classes are hands-on, so come ready to work in comfortable clothes. Materials included. Classes with three students or fewer are subject to cancellation. $150. 734-913-2025.

Tours of the Creamery. 2 p.m. Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Cheesemaker and managing partner John Loomis gives the inside scoop on how they make artisan cheeses and old-fashioned gelato. $5. 734-929-0500.

Sunday through Friday

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week. Hours vary by location. Downtown Ann Arbor. During this week, diners can enjoy extraordinary three-course dinner menus and fixed price fare lunch menus from Ann Arbor’s best restaurants. Discover new restaurants and enjoy favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations early at participating restaurants.


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.


Who’s Who of Jewish Cookies. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Great Jewish cookies have great names: Rugelach, Mandelbrot, Hamentaschen. Putting out a tray of these at a party is your way of saying “the cookie is king.” $100.

Special Winter Wine Tasting. 6:30 p.m. Paesano’s Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. We welcome Italian vintner Giorgio Rivetti of La Spinetta Winery for an intimate wine tasting. Enjoy seven of his wines, complementary “tastes” of food to match (in Italian known as “spuntini”). $45. Call for reservations: 734-971-0484.

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.


Rat Pad Release. 6 p.m. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Local amateur and professional brewers create imaginative beers on our 10-gallon Rat Pad brew system. Corner Brew releases these brews on the third Wednesday of each month and serves them at Corner while supplies last. No cover. 734-480-2739.

Wednesday Wine Tasting. 6:30 p.m. Paesano's Italian Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Sample five up and coming wines from Italy, accompanied by appetizers. $25.

Jan. 19

Rockin' Rye Bread. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. In this class you'll make our traditional Jewish Rye bread. Saveur magazine called it "America's best rye". We'll also bake a bread using 100 percent rye flour. You won't believe the aroma, the taste and the difference. $100. 734-761-7255.

Health Starts Here: A Winter Meal. 7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Quentin will demonstrate three tasty dishes: Quinoa with Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms; Braised Greens with Apple; and Beef Stir-Fry with Carrots, Bell Peppers and Snow Peas. There will be samples and recipes. $10. Stop by the customer service desk or call 734-997-7500.

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.

Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. An exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week’s topic: Loire Valley wines. 734-997-7500.

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Fri, Jan 13, 2012 : 3:59 p.m.

That better be the best pizza I have ever or will ever have in my life $100 to make pizza?!?!