Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Oct. 25-Nov. 1
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ReSkilling Series: Mill Your Own Grain. 6:30 p.m. Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Avenue branch, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. This ReSkilling series shows how to use forgotten skills to make everyday things we all need. In this class, Growing Hope's Arika Lycan shows us how to mill our own grain using her own home mill. Free. 734-482-4110 ext. 1385.
Books for Cooks! Cookbook Club. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Join us at Ann Arbor Cooks! for a new kind of book club. Instead of meeting and talking about the book, we’ll be cooking from the book. Each month we will announce a new cookbook to be featured. Nicola's Books is offering our students a 15 percent discount off regular prices. All you need to do is register for the class, print your registration, and bring it to Nicola's to purchase your book and receive your discount. After that, all you need to do is show up to class where we will, of course, talk about the book a bit, but most importantly, we will test a handful of recipes and nosh. $75. 734-645-1030 or www.annarborcooks.com.
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: Loire Valley reds. 734-997-7500.
Chef's Table Dinner: A Special Event. 7-10 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Instead of making your usual weekend restaurant reservations, join us for a different experience — an interactive evening where we do the cooking right in front of you with the area's finest local ingredients — sourced from our local farms and markets. You get to relax, socialize with fellow foodies, and watch as we prepare and serve your entire meal. Throughout the evening you will be at arms length of the chef and interaction is highly encouraged. You will receive a recipe packet to take home with you detailing the evening's entire menu. You are welcome to bring wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu is TBA. $65. 734-645-1030 or www.annarborcooks.com.
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.
Ann Arbor Student Food Co. (farm stand). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ingalls Mall, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor's only student-run food stand provides fresh, affordable produce to those working and studying on campus. Come by and pick up some fresh fruit and veggies. The stand is located at the North University entrance to Ingalls Mall, between Hill Auditorium and the Michigan League.
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. Runs May-October. No admission charge; price of purchases. 734-665-5632.
Michigan Pasty Workshop. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Come celebrate our home state with a class built on Michigan tradition - PASTYS!! Buttery, flaky crust, chock-full of seasonal vegetables and rich warm fillings! Menu: Homemade hand pie dough; classic beef pasty; root vegetable and smoked cheddar pasty; sweet apple pasty. $75. 734-645-1030 or www.annarborcooks.com.
Golden Limo Wine Tour. Starts at The Real Seafood Co., 341 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Join us in the tasting rooms along the Southeastern Michigan wine trail. Tantalize your taste buds while learning about sweet and dry wines, red and white wines, Rieslings, Pinots, Cabernets and much more. Explore, travel, sample wines and dine. Start and end your day at The Real Seafood Co. in Ann Arbor , and travel throughout the day to three select Michigan wineries. The wine tour includes light appetizers at the start of the tour. Come with friends or make new ones. $90 and up; pricing varies by event. http://goldenlimo.com/winetours.
Binc Zombie Apocalypse. 3-5 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (formerly Borders Foundation) offers our fall fundraising event, “Zombie Apocalypse”! What better way to deal with a flooding rush of zombies than to tip a few back and forget about your worries? That’s why the Binc Foundation will be hosting a beer tasting at Arbor Brewing. The event will include a guided beer tasting, appetizers and desserts, games, swag bag and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 and $100. https:co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=49907.
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.
Halloween Gourmet Dinner Trek Around Town. 4 p.m. Starts at the Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. This nine-mile journey will take ghosts, goblins and you through the beautiful green spaces of Ann Arbor and along the Huron River while enjoying good company and a potluck dinner at three stops along the way. Bring your own water/drinks and a dish to share: appetizer, dinner/side or dessert. $5 suggested donation. 734-997-7229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Moly! An evening with Alan McClure of Patric Chocolate. 5-6:30 p.m. Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. The deli is delighted to host American bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Alan McClure, for a second time and once again in an atmosphere of anticipation! For the last year or so, Alan - in collaboration with Chocolate Lady Margot - has worked to perfect a new chocolate bar, inspired by Zingerman's Deli's selection of spices. Hear about the endeavor firsthand, familiarize yourself with a handful of Alan's signature bars, taste the individual components that went into the brand new bar, and, most excitingly, be one of the first people anywhere to taste this top secret (for now!) bar. $30. 734-663-3400.
Country Breakfast. 8-11:30 a.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. $6 for adults, $5 for seniorsm $3 for children 9 and under. 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.
Polenta the Italian Way with Francesca Giarraffa. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Polenta is a popular comfort food in Italy, particularly in the north of Italy where polenta, and not pasta, is the traditional main staple. Francesca teaches you how to make a home-made polenta in the traditional Italian way and offers you several variations. The first version is topped with sautÃ©ed wild mushrooms served in a cream sauce. Next enjoy it with sausage and cheese. Finally experience Polenta triangles topped with a fresh tomato sauce, basil, and parmesan cheese shavings, served with a mixed salad. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. $45. Pre-registration with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation is required: 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or www.aareced.com.
Gluten Free Gourmet 3. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 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 section features a unique menu. Menu: Salmon cakes with remoulade, quinoa salad (with lemon-yogurt dressing), sweet potato biscuits (with orange butter and homemade jam) and glazed chocolate (flourless) cake. This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks. $65. Register at: www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning.
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.
Rustic Italian Cooking: A Taste of Northern Italy - Tuscany with Francesca Giarraffa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Travelers to Italy may be surprised at the diversity of its regional cuisine. We invite you to spend two delicious culinary evenings with our native Italian cooking instructor exploring dishes from northern Italy. Each night a complete rustic Italian meal featuring an entree, side dish and dessert will be prepared and enjoyed together. Week one includes quail (wrapped in pancetta, topped with mixed dry herbs, then baked and served with mushrooms and truffle oil risotto), roasted butternut squash salad (with fresh rosemary and balsamic vinaigrette) and Piedmont style baked stuffed peaches (with amaretti cookies and pine nuts). Week two includes baked stuffed turkey breast (with parmigiano and pecorino romano cheeses, prociutto, herbs and homemade bread crumbs, topped with a white wine cream sauce and served with homemade potato puree) a mixed roasted root vegetable and cream caramel. This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom. Tuition: $79. Materials fee: $19. Students may register on-line through www.wccnet.edu.
Benefit Dinner for Imagine Community. 6-9 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St., Ann Arbor. Join us for a benefit dinner with live music by the Community High Jazz Band and Five Miles More. Dinner sponsored by local restaurants and bakeries. All proceeds benefit the Imagine Community Activity Center, where those without homes receive employment and housing outreach and resources, and are enriched with artistic and educational activities. Cost is by free-wil donation. www.imaginewarmingcenters.org or email@example.com.
Release Party: Dubbel. 6-8 p.m. Arbor Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Join us for the Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel Release Party. Our Dubbel is a dark, rich Belgian abbey style ale made with Trappist yeast and dark Belgian candy sugar for a more traditional, malty trappist character. Tasting notes: Deep mahogany with a rich, complex palate. Toffee, toasted malts, dried dark fruits, and sweet candy sugar balanced by a subtle earthy, woodsy quality and spicy hops. The beer release event takes place in the Game Room and include samples of the new beer, light snacks, and discounts on merchandise. Admission is free for all mug club members and $10 for visitors and guests. 734-213-1393.
Going Gluten Free. 7 p.m. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Sample a gluten free pancake and get some simple recipes. Free. 734-426-4477.
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.
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.
Wednesday Wine Tasting. 6 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. www.paesanosannarbor.com.
Thursday, Nov. 1
9th Annual Taste of Tantre. 7 p.m. Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. For the ninth year in a row we are inviting local food lovers to help us complete the farm-to-table circle and enjoy the best food of the season elbow-to-elbow with the people who grew it — the folks from Tantre Farm. The details of the multi-course meal remain secret until the last moment, since Chef Rodger and his kitchen crew hand-select most of the fresh ingredients the morning of the feast! But when you take your seats and see what they’ve prepared, your mouth will water and your pulse will quicken — each year the menu is more inspired and more perfectly tuned to the season. $50 or $60 with beer. 734-663-3400.
Bread Making: Rolls, Loaves, and Cinnamon Buns. 3-4:30 p.m. U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. Cooking demo by Henrietta Dabney. $5. 734-998-9353.
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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