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  1. Chia Shiang Dinner Details

    There may be a little more tweaking to come (Joe noticed that a favorite dish of his isn't on the menu and is going to request it), but this is pretty close to final. Price is $25 inclusive of tax and tip.

    * Sichuan-style spicy beef stew

    * Pork stomach in spicy sauce

    * Spicy firm tofu

    * Steamed chicken in spicy Sichuan sauce

    * Sichuan-style seaweed

    * Spicy cucumber salad

    * Spicy crabs

    * Stir-fried jumbo shrimp in spicy sauce

    * Squid stir-fried with peanuts and chili

    * Scallops in spicy Sichuan sauce

    * Sliced fish in bioled Sichuan-style sauce

    * Xin Jiang-style chicken

    * Cumin lamb

    * Beef with pepper in black sauce

    * Pork in garlic sauce

    * Ma po tofu

    * Stir-fried string beans

    * Seafood hot sour soup

  2. Grange Dinner Details

    Chef Brandon Johns has put together an incredible menu and he's really looking forward to cooking for us. Price is $75 inclusive of tax and tip. There will be a beverage (wine and beer) pairing available for $30 - he's going to get me details of that, but it might be a few days. I may propose that people just be able to make beverage choices and pay on their own at the meal, that might be easiest.

    Here's the menu:

    Nose to tail house made charcuterie

    Walleye “brandade” fritters, green tomato jam

    Fried pigs head

    Heirloom gazpacho, Michigan pickled shrimp salad

    Duck, peaches, coriander, whole grains

    Whole roasted tenderloin, pickled shittake mushrooms, heirloom potatoes

    Plum upsidedown cake, goat cheese sorbet

    If anyone needs vegetarian or other substitutions on this meal, please contact me ASAP so I can get those to the chef.

  3. My hoped-for Friday afternoon activity did not pan out, sadly. I had hoped to make arrangements with a local farm that has previously held "Chicken Workshops" - the opportunity to kill and dress your own bird. But alas, all their chickens are already spoken for, so that's not going to be possible.

    However, there are a lot of farms in the local area, and some of them would be happy to have a group of people out to visit. Are farm tours something people would be interested in for a Friday afternoon activity? (Note - we can still organize a group to go to Dearborn and/or Mexicantown - I'm not assuming everyone would necessarily go on the same foodie field trip, this is another option I wanted to explore with the group.)

    I will note that since it's Friday afternoon many of the local farms will be busy harvesting produce for the Saturday morning Farmer's Markets and CSW distribution. So we'd probably be extra welcome if we were willing to pitch in for a bit while visiting.

    Thoughts? Interest?

  4. But maybe Metro Times would like to do a story about us. Would you like me to contact them or would you like to do that? I was their restaurant and food writer back in the 80s somewhere, but I don't think that'll get me any special treatment nowadays.

    Steven, can you pass along some written information or a web link relating to what the KC Star did?

    Tammy, what's the current status re local A2 foodies?

    It would be great if you wanted to talk to MetroTimes. It also occurs to me that I know someone who writes for the Ann Arbor Observer who might be interested. So Fat Guy, maybe loop me in to your conversation with Alex?

    I've sent info out to my local foodies and some are definitely looking forward to attending. I just need to get those last couple menus, and then I'll be able to get the reg site up and point people there, and we'll get a better sense of confirmations.

  5. Attendance update as of 7/21

    I'm not maintaining a separate maybe list. If/when your maybe changes to a yes, let me know and I'll add you.

    Thursday night Szechuan Banquet at Chia Shiang ($25-$30 inclusive)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    tino27

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    torakris

    Alex

    Chris a2 +1

    Fat Guy

    White Lotus & Dance

    Sam Iam & Joyce

    Friday breakfast at SELMA (eating, not cooking - anytime between 6:30 and 9:30, $12-$15 donation)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    Edsel

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    White Lotus & Dance

    Friday morning bread workshop ($5)

    tino27

    Kerry Beal

    Edsel

    Chris A2

    Alex

    Torakris

    Prasantrin

    NancyH & Bob

    Friday afternoon Foodie Field trip... somewhere (including stop at restaurant supply shop). (free)

    tammylc

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    torakris

    Fat Guy

    Boagman

    White Lotus & Dance

    Friday night dinner at Grange (price TBD, probably $50-$75 inclusive)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    prasantrin

    tino27

    torakris

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    Alex

    Chris a2 +1

    Fat Guy

    White Lotus & Dance

    Sam Iam & Joyce

    Saturday Evening Feast ($20-$25?) (italicized people have not yet confirmed for other events)

    tammylc

    Sam Iam & Joyce

    tino27

    Kerry Beal

    Torakris

    Alex

    White Lotus & Dance & Masumi

    Chris Hennes +1

    Edsel

    Chris a2 (+1 or +3)

    Boagman

    Malawry

    NancyH & Bob

    prasantrin

    Fat Guy

    Sunday Bacon Brunch at Zingerman's Roadhouse) ($30)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    prasantrin

    tino27

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    torakris

    Chris a2 +1

    Fat Guy

    Sam Iam & Joyce

    White Lotus

    (Dance & Masumi - ordering from menu)

  6. Bacon Brunch Details

    Ari Weinzwig from Zingerman's Roadhouse wrote a really cool book about bacon last year (Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon). In it, he makes a very compelling case for bacon being the olive oil of America, and tells the stories of some of the country's premiere bacon curers. On the heels of that book, Zingerman's hosted a weekend long event called Camp Bacon - you can read all about it here.

    For our Sunday brunch, we'll head to Zingerman's Roadhouse to taste dishes highlighting three different bacons, with Ari there to give us a guided tour to bacon and sign copies of the book if anyone wants to buy some.

    Here's the menu:

    Grits and Bits Waffle

    Pimento Cheese and Peppered Bacon Scrambled Eggs

    Biscuits and Chocolate Bacon Gravy

    Total cost including beverages (coffee, tea, soda, juice), tax and tip is $30.

    (Menus for Thursday and Friday night should be coming soon!)

  7. Dance & I are in for everything but the bread class, because I am lazy in the morning. I am not sure how Dance (pesca-vegetarian) will do with the bacon breakfast. He seemed to do okay with the BBQ tour in KC last year. My daughter, Masumi will also be joining us for Saturday & Sunday. She, like her father is a veg & will not eat meat flesh but does well with eggs & dairy.

    Our Saturday potluck contribution will be making teas, hot & cold, plus citrusaide of some sort. Some of us are available for kitchen duty of some sort as needed, i.e. knife skills, washing dishes & general clean-up. We can bring smoked salmon, seafood from the NW if there is interest. cheers, :rolleyes:

    The restaurant we'll be doing the bacon brunch at has a full menu which includes vegetarian items, so just don't pre-pay Dance and Masumi for the bacon brunch and they can just order off the regular menu.

    Speaking of menus, I anticipate having menus for the meals in the next few days, and getting a registration/pay pal site set up for people to pay in advance.

  8. Menu planning update:

    tino 27 - bread for dinner, in general and specifics for dishes as needed

    Chris Hennes - charcuterie for pre-dinner noshing

    Alex - wants to make something, maybe gazpacho

    Kerry Beal - appetizer and light dessert

    Chris a2 - app, main, side area or dessert

    Meat Team - Meat main

    Torakris/Fat Guy - tempura veggies

    Malawry - rabbit pasta

    tammylc - I'll do some kind of app or side dish, TBD

  9. Attendance update as of 7/14

    I'm not maintaining a separate maybe list. If/when your maybe changes to a yes, let me know and I'll add you.

    Thursday night Szechuan Banquet at Chia Shiang ($25-$30 inclusive)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    tino27

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    torakris

    Alex

    Chris a2 +1

    Fat Guy

    Friday breakfast at SELMA (eating, not cooking - anytime between 6:30 and 9:30, $12-$15 donation)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    Edsel

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    Friday morning bread workshop ($5)

    tino27

    Kerry Beal

    Edsel

    Chris A2

    Alex

    Torakris

    Prasantrin

    NancyH & Bob

    Friday afternoon Foodie Field trip... somewhere (including stop at restaurant supply shop). (free)

    tammylc

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    torakris

    Fat Guy

    Boagman

    Friday night dinner at Grange (price TBD, probably $50-$75 inclusive)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    prasantrin

    tino27

    torakris

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    Alex

    Chris a2 +1

    Fat Guy

    Saturday Afternoon Session on Organic/Locavore/Personal Food choices ($3-$5) canceled, or I'll do something impromptu

    Saturday Evening Feast ($20-$25?) (italicized people have not yet confirmed for other events)

    tammylc

    Sam Iam & Joyce

    tino27

    Kerry Beal

    Torakris

    Alex

    White Lotus & Dance

    Chris Hennes +1

    Edsel

    Chris a2 (+1 or +3)

    Boagman

    Malawry

    NancyH & Bob

    prasantrin

    Fat Guy

    Sunday Bacon Brunch (price TBD, $25-$35)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    prasantrin

    tino27

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    torakris

    Chris a2 +1

    Fat Guy

  10. They're dropping like flies! Randi, so bummed you can't make it - but having just bought a California plane ticket myself recently, I understand your sticker shock. It won't be the same without you.

    And Darienne, we'll miss you too! I was looking forward to meeting you.

    Nobody else cancel, okay?

  11. Hi Tammy. My apologies for my tardiness in getting back to you. My friend Donna and I will be in for the feast, and if there's going to be a trip down to Dearborn, I'll be up for that myself. I'll ask Donna today if the bread workshop might interest her, but I don't honestly know. She does love to bake.

    Do you need more info?

    Not right now. As soon as I have a few more details locked in I'll set up a site where people can pay in advance for the events they are attending. Just waiting to get final dollar figures for the meals.

  12. I'm very sad to say that I don't think I will make it to the gathering this year. I started selling my pies at some of the area farmers' markets this summer and the endeavor is consuming every moment of my time. It is remotely possible that Steve and I could drive up Saturday afternoon after the morning market but I won't be able to say until the week of.

    It's too bad you can't make it for the whole weekend. We'll miss you. And if it turns out you're able to drive up for Saturday at the last minute, that'll be great.

  13. I forgot to ask, for the Friday breakfast, will drop-ins be allowed? If I do the eG breakfast, it will probably be a last-minute decision or close to last-minute. Dimo's breakfast bagels are calling me (I might be able to do Dimo's Saturday, but I'm not sure, yet), but if I still have room, I'd like to go to the breakfast, too. So many places to eat, so little time!

    Yes, SELMA is all about drop-ins. It's just a Friday morning breakfast salon in someone's house (I say "just" but they serve between 80-140 people a week...), so there's no reservations. I'll send out the location details and people can head over whenever they want, on their own, or we can arrange a time to meet and go over together.

  14. I am still working on a few options for Friday afternoon, so haven't posted details yet. Stay tuned. I figured that those of us who are interested in Field Tripping can work out amongst ourselves what itineraries we'd like to do, as we're not all going to fit in the same car in any case!

  15. While I'm busy spamming you all, should we start figuring out who wants to do what for the Feast? I know last year you had a detailed menu planned out in advance, thanks to Fat Guy's guidance. I know the first couple Gatherings in Ann Arbor we took a more "market basket" approach and had people sign up to do a particular course or a side or something, but let the details evolve depending on what people liked from our various food vendors. I am fine with either approach, or a mix, whatever people want to do! Here's what I think we know so far...

    tino 27 - bread for dinner, in general and specifics for dishes as needed

    Chris Hennes - charcuterie for pre-dinner noshing

    Alex - wants to make something, maybe gazpacho

    Kerry Beal - appetizer and light dessert

    Who else wants to cook? And what (specifically, or a category) do you want to make?

    It's been a very early and productive year produce-wise in Michigan, so we should have pretty much everything except the spring stuff in early August! Oh, and if anyone wants to cook with rabbit, let me know - there's a farmer in Chelsea who has great rabbit, but we'll need to make arrangements to get them in advance.

  16. Attendance update as of 7/7

    I'm not maintaining a separate maybe list. If/when your maybe changes to a yes, let me know and I'll add you.

    Thursday night Szechuan Banquet at Chia Shiang ($25-$30 inclusive)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    tino27

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Darienne +1

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    torakris

    Alex

    Friday breakfast at SELMA (eating, not cooking - anytime between 6:30 and 9:30, $12-$15 donation)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    Edsel

    CaliPoutine

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    Friday morning bread workshop ($5)

    tino27

    Darienne

    LuckyGirl

    Kerry Beal

    Edsel

    Chris A2

    Alex

    Bob (NancyH's +1)

    Torakris

    Prasantrin

    NancyH & Bob

    Friday afternoon Foodie Field trip... somewhere (including stop at restaurant supply shop). (free)

    tammylc

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Darienne +1

    CaliPoutine

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    torakris

    Friday night dinner at Grange (price TBD, probably $50-$75 inclusive)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    prasantrin

    tino27

    torakris

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    CaliPoutine

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    Alex

    Saturday Afternoon Session on Organic/Locavore/Personal Food choices ($3-$5)

    tammylc

    tino27

    Edsel

    Darienne

    Saturday Evening Feast ($20-$25?) (italicized people have not yet confirmed for other events)

    tammylc

    Sam Iam & Joyce

    tino27

    Kerry Beal

    Torakris

    Alex

    White Lotus & Dance

    Chris Hennes +1

    Darienne +1

    CaliPoutine

    Edsel

    Chris a2

    Boagman (dishes)

    Luckygirl +1

    Malawry

    NancyH & Bob

    prasantrin

    Sunday Bacon Brunch (price TBD, $25-$35)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    prasantrin

    tino27

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Darienne +1

    CaliPoutine

    Malawry

    Kerry Beal

    torakris

  17. There isn't a local food press in Ann Arbor. Actually, there isn't really *any* press in Ann Arbor to speak of. Our local paper converted to a mostly online version last year, with a couple of print editions per week.

    We have quite an active food community, and I'm hoping we'll have some members of the local scene joining us. I've been mentioning it to a few people, but was trying to lock down details before promoting it more broadly to the community, so I know how much space we'll have.

  18. @tammylc--could you tell me the name of the restaurant supply shop that will be included in the Friday pm tour?

    I'm trying to find a replacement 4-cup rice pot (just the inner pot) for my rice cooker and I'm hoping they carry it or can order it in for me.

    I found a source online, but then I'd have to find someone to accept the shipment for me (assuming the store would ship to a US address even if I use a Canadian credit card).

    Here's their website:

    http://advancedrestaurantservices.com/rest_equipment.html

    And if you decide you need to order online and can make that all work, I'm happy to accept shipment for you and hold it until the gathering. PM me for address info.

  19. Attendance update as of 6/30

    I'm not maintaining a separate maybe list. If/when your maybe changes to a yes, let me know and I'll add you.

    Thursday night Szechuan Banquet at Chia Shiang ($25-$30 inclusive)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    tino27

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Darienne +1

    Malawry

    Friday breakfast at SELMA (eating, not cooking - anytime between 6:30 and 9:30, $12-$15 donation)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    Edsel

    CaliPoutine

    Malawry

    Friday morning bread workshop ($5)

    tino27

    Darienne +1

    LuckyGirl

    Kerry Beal

    Edsel

    Chris A2

    Alex

    Bob (NancyH's +1)

    Torakris

    Prasantrin

    NancyH & Bob

    Friday afternoon Thermomix workshop (cost TBA) (Kerry to do during Feast cooking instead)

    Friday afternoon Foodie Field trip... somewhere (including stop at restaurant supply shop). (free)

    tammylc

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Darienne +1

    CaliPoutine

    Malawry

    Friday night dinner at Grange (price TBD, probably $50-$75 inclusive)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    prasantrin

    tino27

    torakris

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Darienne +1

    CaliPoutine

    Malawry

    Saturday Afternoon Session on Organic/Locavore/Personal Food choices ($3-$5)

    tammylc

    tino27

    Edsel

    Darienne +1

    Saturday Evening Feast ($20-$25?) (italicized people have not yet confirmed for other events)

    tammylc

    Sam Iam & Joyce (bringing a Vita-Mix)

    tino27 (doing a bread workshop)

    Kerry Beal (doing a Thermomix workshop)

    Torakris

    Alex

    White Lotus & Dance

    Chris Hennes +1 (shipping charcuterie, dish masters!)

    Darienne +1

    CaliPoutine +1

    Edsel

    ronnie_suburban +2

    Chris a2

    Boagman (dishes)

    Luckygirl +1

    Malawry

    NancyH & Bob

    prasantrin

    CaliPoutine

    Sunday Bacon Tasting & Brunch (still being finalized, but I'm working on it right now... $20-$25, probably?)

    tammylc

    Chris Hennes +1

    prasantrin

    tino27

    Edsel

    NancyH & Bob

    Darienne +1

    CaliPoutine

    Malawry

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