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Washtenaw Community College: Garretts Dinner and a Movie

Ann Arbor FoodOne of the best entertainment deals at Washtenaw Community College is Dinner and Movie*. For $15, you get dinner for two at Garrett’s Restaurant (located in the Student Center) Friday night dinners and two movie passes to Quality 16 theaters.

The restaurant is run by WCC Culinary Art and Hospitality Program. Chef Gary Marquardt runs the Friday night program.

*I am pretty sure Dinner and a Movie is only available to WCC students, but anyone can come for the dinner.

There was a full house of 43 dinners last Friday with many taking the Dinner and Movie offer. Tickets for Dinner and Movie are available at the cashier counter on the second floor of the Student Center.

The meals at Garrett’s are based on a theme. Last Friday’s theme was an all vegetarian meal, which included a vegan offering. The meals come with rolls/bread, an appetizer, choice of soup or salad, an entree and dessert.

Garret’s Friday night service also offers a variety of beverage service with some nights featuring wine, beer or specialty alcoholic beverage.

They do not offer alcohol every night, however. On vegetarian night, Garret’s featured a table side tea service and they will be featuring smoothies on another night this semester.

Seating for the Friday night service begins at 5:30pm. The cost is around $15 per person. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card are accepted. There is an additional cost of $4.95 for the beverage tasting. Reservations are encouraged, and you can call 734-973-3592 to reserve a table. Upcoming dinners include:

* March 11: Vegetarian menu with tea tasting
* March 18: St. Patrick’s Day beer tasting
* March 25: Catch of the day with fruit smoothie tasting
* April 1: Southwestern celebration with margarita tasting
* April 8: Spring into summer with BBQ and beer tasting

Here is a run down of the meal:

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They offered nine different varieties of ice cream including blueberry, vanilla, chocolate, green tea, pistachio, strawberry…

TT Super Club Aug 28 Ann Arbor

Aug 28: TT Super Club:  To Benefit, Growing Hope

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There are only 8 seats for this one of a kind unique local food, intimate dinning experience. If you have never been to one, or you are a regular at Tammy’s dinners, you are in for a treat. These are great casual events that feature a 7-9 course meal that is better than anything you can get at a restaurant. These events are great for a couple, or a celebration event to reserve all eight seats. The last one was a very special birthday dinner. I cannot say enough about Tammy’s dinners. You get a great meal, and contribute to a great local food organization.

A minimum donation of $55 is requested per person. All proceeds beyond cost of food go directly to Growing Hope and will be tax-deductible. To reserve a space email tammy @ ttsupperclub@gmail.com

Check out the links below for pictures and samples of a TT Super Meal.

https://lastoneeating.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/tt-super-club-fundraiser-for-the-ann-arbor-sugar-beet-project/

https://lastoneeating.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/tt-super-club/

https://lastoneeating.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/selma-cafe-charity-dinner-by-tammys-tastings/

https://lastoneeating.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/tammys-tastings-dining-for-charity-in-ann-arbor/

Plush Food: Fun with Felt Two

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Plush food, Felt desserts, and Softie Food

This is the first in a series of fun food crafts. I am a big fan of these fun plush food toys. I have just taken a sewing class and may very soon be baking up some plush food myself, but that may take a little while. In the mean time, I will post some of my favorite plush foods artists. Maybe there can be an Ann Arbor food crafters club started that features Plush, Michigan food specialties like cherries, melons, morels, asparagus, pasties, pierogies, paczkis, coney dogs, and more.  There are more pictures posted on the link to the artists. I just pick some of my favorites.

from http://cutesypoo.blogspot.com

from http://cutesypoo.blogspot.com

From: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChrissyBrown?view_type=list

Seen at: http://www.renegadehandmade.com/

form: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43037474

http://izismile.com/2009/09/15/plush_food_20_pics.html

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The New York Pizza Depot, Ann Arbor, michigan

Just wanted to get a quick post, and review out to NYPD, of Ann Arbor. As the NYC pizza at home guy, I figure it was about time I ventured out to NYPD. The verdict. It was great. The sauce was thin and sweet. The crust was thin and both had some tooth to it while at the same time a little crisp. In other words, the crust was perfect, not an easy feat. And the cheese and pizza was slightly greasy, which is what I think of for NYC pizza. They offer a number of other slices, and even dare I say Chicago style, which threw me because of the obvious NYC theme. I cannot speak to the other slice varieties. One was buffalo chicken. Two slices and a drink came to $6.10.

Paczki pronounced “Poonch-key”, Day 2010

Update: Paczki Day 2011 Post:

Today is Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. In Michigan, it is Paczki Day. The day to celebrate and pig out on huge polish pastries before lent. Now I do not go for the lent thing being jewish, but any holiday that features a king sized doughnut, I am in. That is where Paczki (Poonch-key) day comes in. Paczki are polish large fried dough filled with a variety of preserves and fillings. There is lemon, custard, rose hip, plum, strawberry, raspberry and more. I am a traditionalist and go for the raspberry. (That being my tradition). Rose and plum are traditional.

There are currently 11 on our house. Emily will not be partaking this year so that means 4 paczkis a piece. Ranging from 400-600 per, we are talking about 2200 calories of yummy fried goodness a piece. No wonder it is called fat tuesday.

We got ours at copernicus deli. They sell out every year, and there can be a line, so get there quick.

Postscript: I like to heat up mine paczkis in the toaster oven for a few minutes. What happens ever year is that I can never figure out which flavor I am grabbing for. Is the red filling raspberry, strawberry, or rose? This year my raspberry ended up being a rose, which was good. I had one rose and one plum. When I went to my weights class tonight, I wished everyone a happy Paczki Day, but my instructor and a few others dismissed this holiday as an affront to their workout. Tough room I thought until a polish woman on the treadmill next to me whispered that she loves paczki day and had two.

Happy Paczki Day to all.

Cupcakes from Cake Nouveau

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I have been on a cupcake kick lately. This time I went to Cake Nouveau. Courtney Clark, the owner and cake designer is a local celebrity in the baking world. She has appeared on several Food Network cake challenge shows including winning one of them. A huge Food Network check is displayed in the bakery next to the counter. I have even been in there one time when a group of tourist were asking to meet the famous baker, and get a picture. My cupcake kick has been spurred on with two family B-days this month, mine, and Emily’s Mom’s.

Cupcake are just plan simple. No pre-ordering a cake. No having to get the name piped on it. No fighting with the Fam to try and create a cake flavor everyone will eat. And no big half of a left over cake lying around to create guilt and add on too much calories. With cupcakes, each person can have their own cupcake (or two) with their favorite flavor(s)

With this said, the question is how were the cupcakes? My last cupcake review was from Cupcake Station, and for me they were the second best cupcake I have ever had, only next to Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah Georgia.

So Cake Nouveau had a lot to live up to. We purchased four kinds flavors of cupcakes, strawberry, chocolate truffle, tiramisu, and vanilla. The Fam liked Cake Nouveau over Cupcake Station because they thought the frosting at the cupcake station was too sweet, and they preferred Cake Nouveau. I preferred Cupcake Station, but Cake Nouveau had good flavor. (one person opinion)

The plan is to try every cupcake place in town, which should not be a big deal in a town as small as Ann Arbor. Yet, I just notice that there is another cupcake shop opening up. This one is going to located at the Westgate shopping center, near the West end library branch, Nicholas Books, and the Zingermans road house.

Still on the list, Plum Market, and Zingerman’s bakehouse.

Please share your favor Ann Arbor cupcakes