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Monday


January 2013
 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Know Your Roots!": Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Northern roots, that is! Root vegetables - out of sight (where they grow), but not our of our minds! Although the winter months are here, it's still easy to find locally grown produce. Root vegetables are a late fall/winter crop and can withstand our colder Northern climate. Come and learn about the many varieties of root vegetables and tubers and what amazing, local and healthy food you can make with them. Menu: Turnip, Apple and Potato Bisque; Braised Daikon in Mirin and Shoyu; Celeriac Salad with Homemade Tarragon Mayo; Scarlet roasted Beets and Parsnips with Squash and Fennel; Whipped Rutabaga with Gingered Pears. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]

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Tuesday


January 2013
 7 p.m. 

"8th Annual African American Dinner: The Jemima Code": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Chef Alex Young is joined by Toni Tipton-Martin, who has been researching African American culinary history for more than 30 years, in hosting a dinner featuring many classic African American foods. Tipton-Martin, coauthor of A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine, tells stories about the dishes on the menu. Tipton-Martin also gives a free talk at 2 p.m. today at the U-M Clements Library (909 South University).
7 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $45 (beverages not included). Space limited; reservations required. 663-FOOD. [map]

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Wednesday


January 2013
 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Super Foods: Winter": Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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We are taking super foods and AMPING up the flavor! Now is your chance to eat great and boost vitality with these nutrient-packed delicious recipes with a focus on mushrooms, cranberries, pumpkin, avocado, cabbage and citrus. Menu: Red-wine Braised Cabbage with Wild Mushroms; Winter Citrus and Avocado Salad; Pumpkin Bisque with Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds; Dark Chocolate and Fresh Cranberry Bark with Orange Zest and Toasted Almonds; a complimentary glass of Organic Sulfite-free Wine. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]

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Thursday


January 2013
 5-8:30 p.m. 

"Rush Hour Relief": Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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Every Thurs. Whole Foods staffers discuss wine. Tastings with cheese and appetizers. Topics include Syrah from the U.S. (Jan. 3), Oregon favorites (Jan. 10), Chianti (Jan. 17), Charles Smith wines (Jan. 24), and Michigan wines (Jan. 31). Also, Michigan beer tastings (5-7 p.m., prices vary), with representatives from Original Gravity Brewing Company (Jan. 4) and Dark Horse Brewing Company (Jan. 18).
5-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $17. 997-7500. [map]

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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Venison Variety": Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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When deer season ends, it brings the challenge of a full freezer and endless nights of venison chili. In this class you will learn how to get so much more out of this delicious lean protein. We'll revisit traditional (yet somehow forgotten) cooking techniques that bring out venison's best, and time-honored side dishes that complete the meal. We will explore cuts and cooking techniques so you'll have the skills to grill, sear, saute' or braise with fantastic results. Menu: Native American Venison Chops with Roasted Winter Vegetables and Wild Rice; Austrian Braised Venison Shank Stew with Fresh Noodles; Yukon Mixed Grill with Sauteed Vegetables and Cheesy Grits. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $80. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Pot Stickers Cooking Demo: Dexter District Library.

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Chef Ming Louie shows how to make authentic Chinese pot stickers. With hands-on practice and a chance to taste the finished food.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

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Friday


January 2013
 7-10 p.m. 

Chef's Table Dinner: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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A Special Event at Ann Arbor Cooks! 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. So come yourself, with a friend, or a group for a great evening of food, conversation, and so much more! MENU: Roasted Baby Chiogga Beet, Seared Diver Scallop, Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc, Crispy Pancetta; Duck Confit, Gingered-Pear Rutabaga Puree, Decadent Creamed Local Greens; Pear Three Ways with Ginger-Spice Crumble, Honey Brittle, Burnt Honey Cream. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]

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Saturday


January 2013
 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Cake Decorating 101: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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In this hands-on class you will learn all the basics to cake decorating and you'll be able to create your own 6 inch cake masterpiece! This is not your average cake decorating class - our goal is to make you proficient by the time you leave -- that means lots of time to practice, practice, practice! Class topics covered: Italian Meringue Buttercream, Decorator's Buttercream, Cake slicing and layering, Crumb-coating, Filling/Damming, Smoothing/Texturizing, Borders, Basket Weaving, Detail-Piping, Simple Flowers and Foliage. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]

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 6:30-10 p.m. 

"Paella Party!": Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Grab a friend, a date, a group of friends, or just come yourself for a super fun evening as we travel to Spain! We will roll up our sleeves, tie on an apron, and start our journey with an assortment of Tapas, make a Mixed Paella, and finish with Marinated Fruit on Traditional Flao - a Spanish olive oil crust pie. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: All About Bitters: Tammy's Tastings.

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Just what are these "bitters" things anyway? Can a dash really make a difference? This class will focus on this essential cocktail ingredient, from the classics like Angostura and Peychaud's to the many modern creations.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $45. 734-276-3215. tammylc@tammystastings.com www.tammystastings.com/shop [map]

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