Ann Arbor Food & Drink Calendar
Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. An exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week's topic: Around the World in Five Roses. $17.
826Michigan: The Storymakers Dinner. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Zingerman Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Join 826michigan for delicious wine, a custom Zingerman’s Roadhouse menu and a celebration of 826michigan’s students and their stories. Mingle with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists and short story writers Richard Ford and Jeffrey Eugenides. Proceeds from this book’s sales benefit 826michigan’s free programs. $75. 734-761-3463.
Seafood Dishes That Are Perfect for Mother’s Day. 5:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Learn how to prepare seafood dishes that will be sure to please mom this Mother’s Day! $10. Pre-register at the Whole foods Market customer service desk or call 734-997-7500.
Beer Tasting: Bocks and Trappists. 7-9 p.m. Ann Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Sample from two dozen ales, with an appetizer buffet. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. www.arborbrewing.com.
Special Preview of The Ravens Club to Benefit Wild Swan Theater. 5 p.m. Ravens Club, 207 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Experience The Ravens Club in downtown Ann Arbor before it opens to the general public. The newly designed space, reminiscent of a 1920s-era social club, incorporates antique lighting, custom fixtures, and original artwork, while preserving the exposed brick walls and ornate bar. Sip on a Michigan-made beer or one of the Ravens Club signature cocktails. Chef de Cuisine Dan Vernier has created a selection of small plates and entrees, in a style he calls heirloom cooking. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Wild Swan. Dinner reservations required. 734-214-0400 after 4 p.m.
Learn to Make Fresh Mozzarella. Noon-2:30 p.m. Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Learn how to stretch your own from-scratch fresh mozzarella at home. $50 (or $45 if paid in advance). Reservations required at 734-929-0500.
Danger: Triple Chocolate Cake. 8 a.m.-noon. Zingerman's Bakehouse, 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. Learn to make all the components of this triple threat: a rich buttery chocolate cake that we'll slice into layers and fill with a decadent chocolate filling, then enrobing the entire cake with even more chocolate and dust the top with cocoa powder just for good measure. $125. www.bakewithzing.com.
One Great Cake: Three Spring Masterpieces. 1-5 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Come learn one great cake from scratch and learn how to transform it into three spring masterpieces -- lemon-blueberry cake with homemade preserves and lemon buttercream, key lime cake with lime curd and lime buttercream and classic coconut cake. $65. 734-645-1030.
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.
Chickpeas and Garbanzos with Elle Preston. 1-2 p.m. Hollander's, 401 N. Fourth Ave., Kerrytown Shops, Ann Arbor. From hummus to deviled eggs and many things in between, this super bean offers an abundance of heart healthy options. This class focuses on the amazing dishes that can be made from this same bean. Add a variety of vegetarian fare as appetizers, sides and main dishes. $15. 734-741-7531.
Milan Senior Nutrition Program. 11:45 a.m. Milan Senior & Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Court, Milan. 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.
The Sacred Foods: Health Lessons from Indigenous Diets with Frances Farmer. 7-8:30 p.m. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Learn the findings of Dr. Weston A. Price's journey to understand the traditional diets of indigenous communities throughout the world and what this means for our modern food culture. Frances Farmer is a Certified Ohashiatsu Instructor.. Free. www.peoplesfood.coop.
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.
Hawaiian Traditions in Ann Arbor. 7-10 p.m. Zingerman Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Experience a traditional Hawaiian Luau in Ann Arbor! The Roadhouse will turn the patio into a Hale A’I (Eating House) featuring traditional Hawaiian cuisine prepared by Chef Alex Young. The menu will tell the story of the Polynesian migration across the Pacific to the “new islands” of Hawaii and is a reflection on the traditional foods served at the Old Lahaina Luau itself. $45. 734-663-3663.
Wednesday Wine Tasting. 6:30 p.m. Paesano's Italian Restaurant , 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Sample five up and coming wines from Italy, with tasty appetizers to accompany the bold flavors. $25. www.paesanosannarbor.com .
Rustic Italian Cooking: A Taste of Northern Italy - Tuscan Region with Francesca Giaraffa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 31335 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Part One is May 18. Part 2 is on May 25. We invite you to spend two delicious culinary evenings with our native Italian cooking instructor exploring dishes from Tuscany. Each night a complete rustic Italian meal featuring an entrÃ©e, side dishes, and dessert will be prepared and enjoyed together. $79 plus a $17 materials fee. Register on-line through www.wccnet.edu.
Rat Pad Release. 6 p.m. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. The third Wednesday of every month a special small-batch beer called the Rat Pad is releases. The Rat Pad is a 10-gallon brew system at Corner Brewery used by local amateur and professional brewers to create interesting fermented concoctions. No cover; price of purchases. www.arborbrewing.com.
HARC Dining for Dollars. 6-9 p.m. Zingerman Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Please join HARC - the HIV/AIDS Resource Center - with a dinner, silent auction and strolling raffle. Hosted for the sixth year at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, this fun-filled evening features the creations of James Beard nominated Chef Alex Young, not to mention the delicious sundae bar complete with lots of Zingerman’s goodies. $125 per ticket or $100 each for groups of four or more. 734-572-9355.
Spring Pasta Workshop. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Join in for a fun evening of making homemade pasta. Menu: Fettucine with prosciutto, peas, zucchini and fresh herbs; spaghetti with fresh spring herb pesto; pappardelle with sauteed spring vegetables and Parmigiano-Reggiano. $65. 734-645-1030.
Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-7 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. An exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week's topic: 90 Point Rated Wines. $17.
Hot Off the Grill: Memorial Day. 5:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor Meat team leader Hank will explore which cuts of meat are best for grilling as well as how to make a great marinade. $10. Stop by the Whole foods Market customer service desk, or call 734-997-7500.
Noodles Chinese Style with Angela Yang. 6-8 p.m. Ann Arbor
Whole Foods, 31335 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Using a traditional
stir-fry technique, our instructor, Angela Yang, will share a few of her
favorites from Southeast China and Taiwan: pan-fried noodles, rice
noodles and cold sesame flavored noodles. All these dishes include a
large variety of healthy vegetables, prepared with lighter sauces. $29
plus a materials fee of $13. Register at www.wccnet.edu.
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