Wednesday, July16, 2014
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Food at Art Fair
By Giancarlo Buonomo
I'm tempted to begin this article with
some passionate argument for the
consideration of food as art, but you're
in for such an overload of art this week
that I'll spare you. But there are a few
things that won't spare you: the sun,
the pavement, the miles of walking
and talking and bartering. You're going
to get tired, hungry, thirsty and in need
of a break. So without further ado, let
me show you how to refuel and rest
during a typical day at Art Fair.
It'll do you good to have a hearty
first meal and get your energy up.
For classic breakfast fare, your best
bet is Angelo's, located at 1100 East
Catherine, in Kerrytown. Angelo's is
a favorite amongst both students and
townies for their upscale diner-style
breakfasts with an eclectic twist. Some
lauded dishes include cinnamon-raisin
pancakes, Portabello Benedict, and
corned-beef hash - all served with
If you're more of a coffee-and-a-
pastry type, then you should check out
Espresso Royale, which has locations
on both South University and State
Arts Fair is just once a year, and that
means that the Arts Fair food vendors
are only here once a year. This year,
food stands will be set up on the lawns
of both the Michigan Union and the
Michigan League, and you should defi-
nitely check them out for a quick lunch
At the Union, vendors will include:
Greek Tavern, Gosia's Pierogies,
Chesapeake Diversified Goof, Don-
nie's BBQ, and Wild Bill's Olde Fash-
ioned Root beer, among others.
At the League, vendors will include
Eskimo Jack's, Achatz Homemade
Pie's and Greek Flame.
However, if you're in the mood for an
Ann Arbor institution, you should defi-
nitely check out Zingerman's Delica-
tessen. Considered the most popular
restaurant in Ann Arbor, this Kerry-
town deli is famous for it's sandwiches
on homemade bread - so famous,
in fact, that some guy named Barack
chose to eat there when he visited Ann
Arbor in the spring.
Okay, I'll make one connection
between food and art. At Art Fair,
you'll be seeing a pretty spectacular
diversity of art, in all mediums, genres
and cultural heritages. It makes sense,
then, that at night you indulge in some
of the diversity that the Ann Arbor
restaurant scene has to offer.
Voted the best burger in Ann Arbor,
Frita Batidos is an homage to Cuban
street food. The "frita" is a patty, made
of ground beef or chorizo, topped with
anything from shoestring fries to avo-
cado spread and sandwiched in an
egg bun. The "batidos" are tropical
milkshakes made with coconut or pas-
sion fruit, and can even be made with
a splash of dark rum.
For Mexican, try Isalita, located at
341 East Liberty. Voted the best new
restaurant in Ann Arbor, this inventive
eatery offers small plate delicacies like
smoked mahi mahi tostadas, truffled
guacamole, and braised lamb tacos.
Be sure to order a variety of dishes to
share with everyone.
If you want something a bit lighter,
try the always popular Sadako. This
South University Japanese restaurant
has staked out its claim as the favored
sushi joint in town for its afford-
able prices and diversity of offerings.
If sushi is your thing, then you can
sample everything from austere nigiri
of fatty tuna and sea urchin, to the
rococo inventions like the "U of M"
roll with tuna, salmon, cucumber and
avocado. If raw fish isn't your bag, fear
not: Sadako has everything from Udon
to teriyaki to Katsu.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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1-Opened in 1928, the Michigan Theatre is an Ann
Arbor favorite. Stop by for movies like Hellion and Chef.
2- Just a block away, the State Theatre has different
movies, but all the same charm and character.
3- If your feet can take more after the fair, feel free to
:.. check out The Arb's scenic views and nature trails.
4- Liberty Plaza is a great place to take a break, wheth-
er you're enjoying a snack or just need to rest.
5- The M-Den is a one-stop-shop for your maize and
blue fix; fun for past, present and future Wolverines.
6-Today, the League will host several food trucks to
grab a bite. There's also Taco Bell if that's your thing.
7- Located adjacent to the Union, you'll find The Cube.
Give it a spin, but don't hit your head!
8- The University's modern art museum is home to
some world-class collections, not to mention A/C!
9- The center of campus and a University staple, not to
mention a great photo spot. Don't step.on the M!
10- The Michigan Union is one of campus' most his-
toric buildings, and it will also have food vendors.
11- While it's not quite Football Saturday, the Big
House is close and worth a vist!
12- Likewise, Crisler Center is home to the Michigan
Basketball team and a must-see for sports fans.
13- Complete your tour with the 'coolest' spot on cam-
pus, whether you're a hockey fan or just overheated.
know about Art Fair
tween the South University Businessmen's Association and the Ann Ar-
bor Art Association. One thousand invitations were sent out, attracting
132 artists, 99 of whom were local. This year, the Art Fair anticipates
housing around 198 artists, 73 of whom have been invited back based
on their performances the previous year.
6. Originally, the registration fee for participating artists was $1. Now,
artists apply every year to be represented at the Art Fair, and a jury of
experts, utilizing media panels to create a fair of exceptional quality,
7. The Art Fair's logo was initially a fish. This year, the logo depicts two
birds circling the Burton Tower, a prominent architectural feature on the
University's campus, which is accessible from many places during the
8. In 1962, the State Street Area Association instituted a few rules for
their separate fair, including the mandate of "original, quality, creative
work" and that the artists must be present, but helpers were permis-
9. Art Fair T-shirts were introduced in the early 80s.
10. After quadrupling in size during its first four years, today the Art Fair
regularly sees more than 500,000 people annually.
Design by Emily Schumer
10 Things you didn't
1. Today's festival is actually comprised of four separate, award-win-
ning fairs: The Original Ann Arbor Street Fair, The State Street Area Art
Fair, The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, and Ann Arbor's South University
2 It was voted best art fair in 2004 by AmericanStyle Magazine and
has made the Top 10 Fairs and Festivals ever since. Other accolades
include: Best Art Fair by Hour Detroit, the Governors Award from the
State of Michigan, the Gold Pinnacle Award from the International Fes-
tivals and Events Association, and several others.
3. Established in 1960, it was one of the first fairs in the country.
F 4. Originally, many members of the Ann Arbor Art Association dis-
q proved of the idea, believing that "no good artist would sit in the street."
5. The budget for the first Art Fair was $132.47, distributed evenly be-