Calendar of Events
Food & Beverage
Spice up your holiday entertaining with some seasonal cocktails. You'll create your own house champagne cocktail, explore the world of warm drinks like hot toddies and mulled wine, and have fun with nogs and flips.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 734-276-3215. firstname.lastname@example.org www.tammystastings.com/shop [map]
Obsessed with chocolate? Glad I'm not the only one! This rich velvety ingredient is versatile yet temperamental. Come and learn the different techniques to working with chocolate and what makes up the different varieties. We will teach you various ways to incorporate chocolate into impressive culinary confections! Important techniques covered: tempering, piping, molding, glazing. Full participation. Menu: Homemade Chocolate Cups filled with Rich Chocolate Mousse; Chocolate Flourless Cake with Shiny Chocolate Glaze; Chocolate Clay Roses. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $80/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Dec. 4 & 18. Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig discusses and offers taste samples of some of his favorite Zingerman's products. An extremely popular annual event., which usually sells out quickly.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Events on 4th, Fourth Ave. just south of Kingsley. $45 in advance and (if available) at the door. 663-3400.
All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
Zingerman's Creamery staff discuss and offer samples of 7 American cheeses from western states that use terroir and milk to mimic the flavors of European mountain cheeses.
7-9 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-0500. [map]
A popular holiday tradition featuring Today's Brass Quintet, an ensemble of area professional musicians that performs pop, classic, and holiday tunes. Today's theme is "The Kid in All of Us." Members are trumpeters Mitchell Wechsler and Jean Moorehead Libs, tuba player Joseph DeMarsh, trombonist Brian Robson, and French horn player Alan Taplin. Croissants, coffee, & juice.
11 a.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Dec. 7 & 14. Demo by a Whole Foods staffer. Followed by a chance to make your own gingerbread house. Particularly geared toward kids, accompanied by a parent or grandparent.
2 p.m., Whole Foods, Eisenhower & Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Cranbrook Village shopping center. $19.99 gingerbread house kit fee. Preregistration required. 997-7500.
You don't have to be Italian to master the biscotti. Whether you like to dunk your biscotti in coffee, tea, or milk, this twice-baked cookie is popular with kids and adults. In these recipes, we'll stray a little bit from traditional flavors by making Lemon-Ginger Biscotti, Chocolate-Hazelnut Biscotti & Maple-Walnut Biscotti, but it will give you the foundation to create new flavors of your own! We'll roll up our sleeves and roll out the dough and get baking. You'll leave class with an arm full of biscotti to share, and as always, the recipes. Full participation. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]