This is mostly a post for the locals (and some local wannabes . . . Hello Ann Arborites in exile — or at least those of you having nostalgic moments!). I’ve had several little things come across the wires this week, so wanted to do a quick round-up of food news from the AA (online world).
- Thursday, November 15, The HIV/Aids Resource Center will be holding its second annual Ann Arbor Wine Cellar event. “Win an instant Wine Cellar during the main event – a raffle of nearly 60 bottles of wines donated and signed by local personalities!” The event is hosted by Everyday Cook. Tickets are 45 dollars in advance, 55 dollars at the door. Raffle tickets are ten dollars apiece and there is also a silent auction for particularly rare and interesting bottles.
- Some of you may have seen the coverage in the New York Times in August of the Edible Communities umbrella organization that gives rise to locally specific magazines about local food scenes and sustainable living. From the Times:
The goal of the magazines is to help create the kind of community where local is, if not king, at least an heir to the throne. It’s a place where small farmers can make a living practicing sustainable agriculture; where the environment is everyone’s concern and locally grown and locally made food is readily available. Better still, the magazines are free at some restaurants and food stores, though paid subscriptions are available.
We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw Edible Ann Arbor. It’s not quite that specific but Edible WOW (Washtenaw, Oakland and Wayne) has announced its December debut. The web site is a little thin right now, but it looks promising. And they’re looking for writers and advertisers. Check it out.
- In another relatively recent addition to the Ann Arbor food blogger scene, The Farmer’s Marketer is doing some nice coverage of local growers and producers with a particular focus on, you guessed it, the farmer’s market. This is a segment of our world I’ve been wanting to learn more about so I’m excited about the blog (and of course jealous that she got there first).
- And here’s one very close to home. As I think I’ve mentioned, my partner in crime, child-raising and cooking has certain, um, obsessions. Two of his strongest are library technology and making pizza. While not too many of you may be interested in the former (although there are a few of you out there, come one, I know it . . .), most of you are probably intrigued by what goes into a good homemade crust. If so, you can follow John’s occasional blog on these topics. First pizza post just went up last night.