Birmingham’s Community House presents Thanksgiving food and wine-tasting

November 20, 2011
The Community House,
Cost: $55

There’s only one thing more important than the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner, and that’s the wine. To help out in that realm, The Community House of Birmingham is hosting “Thanksgiving Dinners that Sing” on Nov. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m.– a fun, hands-on food-and-wine tasting that will prepare you to make the right wine choices for your Thanksgiving soiree.

“‘Thanksgiving Dinners that Sing’ is about the simple magic that happens between Thanksgiving food, wine and people,” said Ed Bosse, owner of Birmingham’s WOW World of Wine, who will speak at the event. “Rather than just listening to what might work, we will roll our sleeves up, taste great wine with great foods and talk about the pairings.”

Attendees will get to taste delicious food prepared by Community House chef Ruebin Fleming, including Michigan dried cherry-goat cheese salad, roast turkey with apple stuffing, sweet/white potato swirls, roast asparagus, cranberry relish and vanilla custard. Accompanying wines include German Riesling, French Rose, Michigan Pinot Noir, Italian Prosecco and French Sauterne. They’re all “designed to truly bring out all the wonderful flavors in ‘Thanksgiving Dinners that Sing,'” Bosse said.

“Attendees will explore a more fun, colorful world of wine — to explore, enjoy and better trust their instincts in food and wine pairing,” Bosse said.

Tickets are $55 per person, and attendees must be 21 years old or older to attend. To register, call (248) 644-5832, or visit For more information about WOW World of Wine, visit

The Community House, located at 380 South Bates Street in Birmingham, provides a full range of educational and cultural programs, including many cooking classes. Popular classes include raw and vegetarian foods, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers, and Warm and Cozy Soups, which are offered throughout the year. There are also two Christmas cookie decorating classes in early December – one for adults and one for children.

The classes are held in a new “green” kitchen, specially designed by Janice Steinhardt and Gary Fried of The Green Kitchen Project/MDG design and made possible by The Rosso Family Foundation. The kitchen has LED lighting, countertops made from recycled materials, energy-efficient appliances and other environmentally friendly features.

Find out more about Community House classes at