Write On Rubee

An Arizona-based food, beverage and travel writer since 2008,  I launched this website in 2015 to document my culinary adventures, beverage escapades, gardening endeavors, and travel in the Phoenix area and beyond.  Also find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

SEDONA:  Red Rocks Light Show at Amara Resort
Dec
14
to Dec 17

SEDONA: Red Rocks Light Show at Amara Resort

Photo: Jenelle Bonifield of Food & Lifestyles

Photo: Jenelle Bonifield of Food & Lifestyles

From Dec. 14 - 17, Sedona Northern Lights will be the country’s largest natural 3D projection mapping show as 3D art will be projected onto Camelhead Rock four times per night. Produced by LA-based PaintScaping, the large-scale art show will virtually transform the natural landscape.

One of the best views of the show will be at Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa and the resort’s signature restaurant, SaltRock Southwest Kitchen, that will play host to “front-row” room stays, dinner reservations and festivities within the courtyard overlooking Camelhead Rock and the much-loved Snoopy Rock (for a Write On Rubee Amara Resort trip report, visit this link).

With the show in perfect view, Amara and SaltRock guests can enjoy a variety of experiences during the four-day event, including:

  • A resort stay with room rates from $299 per night. Book at AmaraResort.com.  
  • A three-course tasting menu at SaltRock by new Executive Chef Logan Stephenson ($55 per person). Reservations highly recommended (928-340-8803).
  • Courtyard festivities including playing cornhole and other games on the lawn; snuggling up under a cozy blanket in one of the many cheery, yellow Adirondack chairs; roasting marshmallows over the outdoor fireplaces with the resort’s S’mores kit; and enjoying libations at the outdoor bar that will serve wine, beer, hot chocolate and spiced cider.

Sedona Northern Lights will also be visible from all of Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row, with five- to six-minute art projections taking place at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm every night from December 14-17. Sedona’s breathtaking scenery, considered one of Earth’s greatest treasures, will come to life during this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Taco Guild Celebrates 124 Years
Dec
18
to Dec 24

Taco Guild Celebrates 124 Years

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Housed in a historic church building, Taco Guild is celebrating their venue turning 124 years old. On December 18, guests will enjoy a special Milagro Select Barrel tequila tasting at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Then, all week long (Dec. 18-24) Taco Guild will have a birthday cocktail and shot special. The Feliz Cumplemango (Milagro Reposado tequila, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, black peppercorn syrup, lime, mint and mango for $10), and the Ancho Sour Drop (Ancho Reyes Chile liquor, Milagro Reposado tequila, lemon and orange for $5). If purchased together, a special discount of $12.24 (as a nod to celebrating 124 years!) will be given. A spiked birthday cake will be on the menu on the 18th and 24th plus a daily taco special.

Every night at 7 p.m. a raffle drawing will choose a lucky winner to receive a $25 gift card to Taco Guild, on Dec. 24 the gift card will be for $100.

 

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San Diego's False Idol Takes Over UnderTow
Dec
18
5:30 PM17:30

San Diego's False Idol Takes Over UnderTow

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False Idol has commandeered the UnderTow for an evening of exotic cocktails and fun!

The cost is $15 per cocktail. Make your reservations for exclusive 90-minute seating at 5:30, 7 pm and 8:30 pm by texting UnderTow at ‭(602) 753-6504‬ for reservations.  50% of all sales will go to the hurricane relief in Puerto Rico & Don Q Rum is matching all donations. 

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Arizona on a Plate Beer Dinner
Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

Arizona on a Plate Beer Dinner

  • 721 North Arizona Avenue Mesa, AZ, 85210 United States (map)
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Join Edible Phoenix for a multi -course dinner featuring AZW's Wilderness Inspired Ales paired with dishes made from some of Arizona's finest ingredients, including pork from Arizona Fine Swine.  Cost is $55 per person and tickets can be purchased at EventBrite.

This dinner will showcase the relationship between Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co and AZ Fine Swine which will be featured in an upcoming issue of Edible Phoenix.
Only 100 tickets are available for this dinner.

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First Responder Nights at the Scottsdale Resort
Dec
19
4:00 PM16:00

First Responder Nights at the Scottsdale Resort

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Join Kitchen West for First Responder Nights – Every Tuesday after 4:00 p.m.
All First Responders receive 15 percent off of their bill in Kitchen West and Bar 640. (Present official ID to server upon ordering. Not valid with happy hour or additional promotions.)

Guests can enjoy a variety of cool weather inspired house specialties including roasted squash, brussel sprouts and pork belly with tarragon dipping sauce or the enticing new farmer's vegetable salad featuring Crooked Sky farm fresh vegetables with walnut biscotti.  Move on to signature main dishes such as the cognac filet mignon steak with peppercorn sauce or the tomatillo pork chili verde served with a creamy corn cheddar pupusa. 

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Cactus Bowl Party at Match
Dec
26
4:00 PM16:00

Cactus Bowl Party at Match

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Join Match Restaurant & Cocktails for a special Fiesta Bowl menu on the pool patio at the Found:RE Hotel, Sat. Dec. 30, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. $40/PP (all you can eat, includes 3 beers or non-alcoholic beverages).  Call 602-875-8080 for details. Menu:

Grilled burgers
Grilled chicken with tortillas, guacamole, pico and two salsas
Grilled sausages: Bratwurst, hot dogs, chicken sausage
BBQ Pulled pork sandwiches

Salads

  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Iceberg and tomato salad
  • Kettle-fried potato chips
  • Cheddar popcorn
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Roederer Estate Champagne Dinner at Lon's at the Hermosa
Dec
28
6:00 PM18:00

Roederer Estate Champagne Dinner at Lon's at the Hermosa

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The Boulders' Executive Chef Kyle Lipetzky will be joining LON's Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco for a multi-course year-end celebration featuring Roederer Estate. Cheers to 2017 with two culinary powerhouses and one of the premier champagne houses in the world. Call (602) 955-8614 for reservations.

Thursday, December 28, 2017 | 6-9pm | $110/person, plus tax and service charge

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Fiesta Bowl Party at Match
Dec
30
2:00 PM14:00

Fiesta Bowl Party at Match

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Join Match Restaurant & Cocktails for a special Fiesta Bowl menu on the pool patio at the Found:RE Hotel, Sat. Dec. 30, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. $40/PP (all you can eat, includes 3 beers or non-alcoholic beverages).  Call 602-875-8080 for details. Menu:

Grilled burgers
Grilled chicken with tortillas, guacamole, pico and two salsas
Grilled sausages: Bratwurst, hot dogs, chicken sausage
BBQ Pulled pork sandwiches

Salads

  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Iceberg and tomato salad
  • Kettle-fried potato chips
  • Cheddar popcorn
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Miracle Mile Celebrates National Blueberry Pancake Day
Jan
27
to Jan 28

Miracle Mile Celebrates National Blueberry Pancake Day

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In honor of one of the sweetest days of the year, Miracle Mile Deli will be offering a stack of fresh blueberry pancakes for just $6 for National Blueberry Pancake Day on Sunday, January 28th . This special runs from Saturday, January 27th through Sunday, January 28th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Miracle Mile Deli has been a staple in the Valley for 68 years. The locally-owned restaurant is located at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix. Miracle Mile Deli has been family owned and operated for three generations and continues to provide a unique experience in casual dining. Visit miraclemiledeli.com or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/miraclemiledeli.

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Grand Wine Festival
Jan
27
to Jan 28

Grand Wine Festival

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On January 27-28, the Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) will be partnering with azcentral to host the 9th Annual Grand Wine Festival at Heritage Square Park in downtown Phoenix. The two-day festival, preceded by the sold out Grand Wine Gala on Friday, January 26 where winners of the azcentral Arizona Wine Competition will be announced, will feature more than 30 Arizona wineries pouring over 200 wines, along with live music, food trucks and other local vendors.

To purchase tickets to the Grand Wine Festival ($15 for 6 tasting tickets or 20 for 10 tasting tickets), visit grandwinetastingfestival.azcentral.com or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-grand-wine-festival-awards-gala-january-2018-tickets-37988406346

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Wine Dinners at Wright's at the Biltmore - Tour of Italy
Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

Wine Dinners at Wright's at the Biltmore - Tour of Italy

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Join Wright's at the Biltmore at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore resort for the 27th season of the Winemaker Dinner, an epicurean adventure series combining innovative gourmet dining and acclaimed wines. In addition to the carefully paired menus, a representative from each featured winery will share the tales of harvesting the most celebrated wines.

Reception begins at 6:30pm followed by a four course dinner at 7:00pm. $120 per person. Tax and 18% gratuity will be added.  

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Discounted room rates are available over winemaker dinner weekends via this link

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The 66th Annual Great Canadian Picnic
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

The 66th Annual Great Canadian Picnic

  • South Mountain Park – Activity Complex (map)
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The 66th Annual Great Canadian Picnic, which welcomes 3000 attendees from Canada and the U.S., is a family fun day filled with activities, games, live music, snow games, rock climbing wall, classic cars, door prizes, great food and so much more for both adults and kids! Don’t miss the great assortment of delicious food trucks including the Canadian favorite, poutine.

An annual highlight of many Arizona-Canadians and their friends, it is open to the public and admission is free.  For details, visit The Great Canadian Picnic.

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Street Eats Food Truck Festival
Feb
10
to Feb 11

Street Eats Food Truck Festival

  • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (map)
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Indugle in over 60 of the Valley's best food trucks at the 2018 Street Eats Food Truck Festival. This family-friendly festival takes place February 10-11, 2018 from 11 am - 6 pm each day.  Enjoy live music, food-eating contests, a local vendor marketplace, cooking demos featuring top local chefs, and a kids zone.

Tickets to the 2018 Street Eats Food Truck Festival are on sale now for $12 ($15 at the gate), or $65 for VIP access, including six beverages and four food tokens, private restrooms, plus access to VIP Lounge, and kids under 12 (and parking) are always free. All food trucks accept cash (and most accept credit cards) and will be serving up $2 samples.

For more information, visit www.StreetEatsAZ.com

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Dine With Your Dog Charity Event
Feb
11
10:30 AM10:30

Dine With Your Dog Charity Event

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Reward your dog (and yourself!) at the Phoenix Children Hospital Foundation’s 11th Annual Dine With Your Dog on Sunday, February 11, at Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix. Join Phoenix Children’s to dine on a champagne brunch spread while your pup enjoys a dog-friendly gourmet meal. Capture Fido’s good side by taking a stroll in front of the “pup-arazzi” for the full star treatment. Explore the pet play areas, chat up fellow dog owners and bid on some fun auction items for you and your furry friend. All proceeds benefit PetSmart Charities’ Paws Can Heal Animal-Assisted Therapy program, which helps motivate, soothe and lift the spirits of patients. 

$125 per canine and their well-behaved person or $1,000 for reserved table for eight.  Reservations and sponsorship opportunities available at dinewithyourdog.org

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Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition
Feb
25
3:00 PM15:00

Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition

Photo: Debby Wolvos and Jenelle Bonifield

Photo: Debby Wolvos and Jenelle Bonifield

Kick off Devour Week and celebrate the best of local cocktail culture. Root for your favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants as you sip on their competition creations. Facing a celebrity lineup of judges and armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits, your favorite bartenders will be up on stage shaking it up to take the title as Arizona's Star Bartender. All proceeds from the event benefit the non-profit work of Local First Arizona Foundation.

Tickets are $40 and include cocktail and spirit samples.  To purchase tickets:  Find Tickets

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Devoured Culinary Classic 2018
Mar
3
to Mar 4

Devoured Culinary Classic 2018

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The most anticipated culinary event in the region, Devour Culinary Classic brings together the culinary and beverage leaders that are establishing Arizona as a sought-after destination. An annually award-winning event, the Devour Culinary Classic has been named Best Southwestern Culinary Festival by the New York Times, Best Food Festival by Phoenix Magazine, Best Culinary Festival from the Phoenix New Times, and Best Food Event from azcentral.

This year, the Devour Culinary Classic finds a new home at the Desert Botanical Garden. Enjoy Arizona's best food and beverage amidst the beautiful backdrop of the largest botanical garden in the southwest. 

Mark your calendars for Monday, November 13, when tickets for the Devour Culinary Classic will be available to the public! Tickets are $105 for the Tasting package, $155 for the Connoisseur package and $205 for the VIP package.  https://classic.devourphoenix.com/tickets/

100% of all proceeds from the annual Devour Culinary Classic benefit the non-profit efforts of Local First Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden, and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Tickets and information available at devourphoenix.com/classic

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Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival

Professionally produced by HDE Agency, the 9th annual Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival returns to downtown Chandler on Saturday, March 24, 2018 and will feature more than 40 BBQ Pitmasters from local, regional and national restaurants and BBQ competition teams. beer, wine and spirit selections.

New and improved experience this year include two added stages, live cooking demos, art installations, themed bars with interactive games, creative cocktails, mechanical bull riding competition, local community entertainment, eating competition, march madness lounge, expanded kids zone, and the return of the Corral zone and VIP area for country music fans and guests looking to elevate their festival experience.

TICKETING OPTIONS start at $15 for Early Bird tickets GA, discount tickets for Veterans and Military, and VIP tickets $75-$175  www.chandlerbbq.com Kids 12 and under free.

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Jazz and Jambalaya at Southern Rail
Dec
17
5:00 PM17:00

Jazz and Jambalaya at Southern Rail

The Jazz & Jambalaya series invites guests to take full advantage of Arizona’s beautiful fall weather by sipping sazeracs and enjoying jambalaya accompanied by live jazz music. Sazeracs will be available for $7 while jambalaya can be purchased for $19, as well as half price bottles of Arizona wine. The regular menu will also be available. Open to the public, reservations recommended for patio seating. For reservations, call 602-200-0085

Jazz & Jambalaya will take place every Sunday through December from 5-8 p.m. Featured local jazz artists include The Joe Costello Project, The Phoenician Four and Reid Riddiough. 

 

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Winter Wonderland Tea Party at the Phoenician
Dec
17
2:00 PM14:00

Winter Wonderland Tea Party at the Phoenician

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Please join us for an unforgettable afternoon as we frolic and play the Eskimo way in this Winter Wonderland themed tea party.  Your charming day will include: Meet & greet and performance by Anna, Elsa and Olaf, tea and treats, childrens' crafts, and more! 
Reservation required: Please call 480-423-2530

Adults: $45+
Children: $60+

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Chili Bourbon Festival
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Chili Bourbon Festival

  • Margaret T. Hance Park (map)
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The Chili Bourbon Festiva brings the spice through music, bourbon and chili, giving patrons the chance to sample an array of all three over the two-day celebration. This inaugural event will feature six chili tastings and 15 bourbons, including American traditional bourbons, as well as eclectic selections, such as Maker’s 46, Adirondack and Larceny Bourbon. In addition, the festival will offer beer and craft cocktails. Country music stars Colt Ford and Waterloo Rival take the main stage Saturday, Dec. 16, with local musicians on stage both days of the festival. 

The Chili Bourbon Festival is open Dec. 15 from 4 – 10 p.m., and noon – 10 p.m. on Dec. 16th. Ticket prices start at $10 for pre-purchase, and tastings can be purchased on site. For more information and to purchase advance discounted tickets, visit chilibourbonfestival.com.

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Free Sprinkles Cupcakes for National Cupcake Day
Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Free Sprinkles Cupcakes for National Cupcake Day

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Sprinkles is excited to celebrate National Cupcake Day. On December 15, the first 50 customers will receive a free Strawberry Sprinkles cupcake, a strawberry cake loaded with rainbow sprinkles topped with cream cheese frosting and a rim of rainbow nonpareils.

For more information about Sprinkles or to place an order, visit sprinkles.com or call (480) 970-4321. Click here to become a perks member, sprinkles.com/perks.

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Balvenie Scotch Tastings at The Westin Kierland Scotch Library
Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

Balvenie Scotch Tastings at The Westin Kierland Scotch Library

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The Scotch Library at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa hosts the third annual Masters of Scotch Autumn Tasting Series. The tasting series provides a fun and informative evening in an hour-long presentations led by Scotch experts. On December 14, local whiskey connoisseur John Christie will be presenting Balvenie, one of the best known whiskies hailing from the Scottish Highlands.

The Scotch Library Master Tastings  begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Reservations are required. For information or reservations, please call 480-624-1202. The Scotch Library at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

The Scotch Library is open from 5 - 9 p.m. nightly.  Information: www.kierlandresort.com.

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Pop-Up Tiki Bar at Proof at The Four Seasons
Dec
14
5:30 PM17:30

Pop-Up Tiki Bar at Proof at The Four Seasons

  • Proof at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Known for its steadfast commitment to serving food and beverage sourced exclusively from the United States, Proof, an American Canteen, is capitalizing on a “libation loophole” to offer limited-edition, tiki-style Thirsty Thursday specials.

Enjoy the ambiance of the evening by donning a complimentary lei and taking a trip to the islands. The tiki-style drinks are available every Thursday night in Proof. Drinks include the Flaming Zombie Bite, with over-proof rum, gin, pineapple, orgeat, orange and raspberry. The Bitter Burro combines dark rum, amaro, ginger liquor, bitter, ginger beer and lemon. Or try the Lava Flow, combining rum, pineapple juice, coconut rum ice cream and strawberry. These specialty drinks range from $12 to $16.

Small bites are available to accompany the drink menu. The Bacon Bao Bun features housemade bacon, jicama slaw, Thai Bird chilis and mint. The Shrimp Bibimbap combines prawns, ancient grains and sunny-side up egg and sesame seeds.

To make reservations in Proof, an American Canteen, please call (480) 513-5088.  

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Chef's Dinner at the Omni Montelucia: Wines of Rioja
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Chef's Dinner at the Omni Montelucia: Wines of Rioja

  • Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia for an exclusive one-of-a-kind experience that showcases visiting distilleries and winemakers from across the country. Guests are invited to indulge in quality ingredients sourced locally in a live demonstration format. Prepared by Executive Chef Marcos Seville, the family-style dinner includes three courses artfully paired with libations from distinguished winemakers and distillers. Each event is set in Chef's Kitchen, an indoor/outdoor space featuring custom millwork, hammered brass finishes, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, as well as a 2,500 square-foot, outdoor herb garden. This special event is limited to 24 people. For more information and reservations contact haley.hill@omnihotels.com or call (480) 627-3200.

On December 13, explore the Wines of Rioja and Chocolate.  For more information and reservations contact haley.hill@omnihotels.com or call (480) 627-3200. Visit this link for: MENU

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Cocktail Class at Honor Amongst Thieves
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Cocktail Class at Honor Amongst Thieves

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Take your cocktail skills to the next level by taking The Bar Exam at Honor Amongst Thieves, a monthly cocktail class that takes guests on a three-cocktail tour. Each class will highlight three spirits and unique cocktails using each, plus all guests will receive a recipe card to take home to replicate the drinks.

The Bar Exam will occur on the second Wednesday of every month and starts at 6pm. Each Bar Exam class costs $35pp and includes three recipe cards and cocktails, plus small bites. Space is limited, call to reserve your spot: 602-313-1001

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First Responder Nights at the Scottsdale Resort
Dec
12
4:00 PM16:00

First Responder Nights at the Scottsdale Resort

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Join Kitchen West for First Responder Nights – Every Tuesday after 4:00 p.m.
All First Responders receive 15 percent off of their bill in Kitchen West and Bar 640. (Present official ID to server upon ordering. Not valid with happy hour or additional promotions.)

Guests can enjoy a variety of cool weather inspired house specialties including roasted squash, brussel sprouts and pork belly with tarragon dipping sauce or the enticing new farmer's vegetable salad featuring Crooked Sky farm fresh vegetables with walnut biscotti.  Move on to signature main dishes such as the cognac filet mignon steak with peppercorn sauce or the tomatillo pork chili verde served with a creamy corn cheddar pupusa. 

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Carlson Creek Industry Night
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Carlson Creek Industry Night

Do you work in the food and beverage industry?? Please join us for our 1st ever F&B Industry Night at our Scottsdale tasting room (4142 N. Marshall Way) filled with great people and award-winning Arizona wines. 

We will be featuring complimentary tastings as well as 25% off glasses and bottles! 

RSVP REQUIRED by emailing Ashley Jasper at ashley.jasper@carlsoncreek.com.

 

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Stuffed Maine Lobster Event at Blue Water Grill
Dec
11
5:30 PM17:30

Stuffed Maine Lobster Event at Blue Water Grill

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Join us for an encore Holiday Event! Bluewater Grill Chefs will stuff a sustainably harvested whole Maine lobster with a special shrimp and buttery panko-crumb stuffing and serve it with choice of New England or Manhattan clam chowder, two sides, unlimited fresh sourdough bread and a Bluewater Grill bib for $39, a $60 value. Paired with the New England-inspired holiday feast will be a hand-picked Sauvignon Blanc from Oyster Bay in New Zealand. Call 602-277-3474 for reservations.

For more information, visit this link: https://www.bluewatergrill.com/2016/11/28/get-stuffed-again.php

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BBQ + Bourbon Special at Southern Rail: Every Monday and Tuesday
Dec
11
to Dec 12

BBQ + Bourbon Special at Southern Rail: Every Monday and Tuesday

Every Monday and Tuesday, from 5pm-close, guests can enjoy a killer deal on a platter of barbeque, accompanied by two glasses of bourbon, for only $25 at Southern Rail.

The sharable tray includes meat with sauce and a side. Each week the platter will change - juicy, smoked meats will depend on Chef’s whim, and seasonal veggies will influence the side. Think sticky ribs, pulled pork, smoked sausage, classic BBQ sauce and a side of crunchy chow-chow, paired with a glass of bourbon or a classic Old Fashioned.  Guests can choose from a selection of 12 different bourbons, which can be enjoyed up, on-the-rocks, or in a cocktail like a Sazerac or Old Fashioned. And for those that are not lovers of the sweet brown nectar, the offer also extends to a bottle of wine (also from a select list), or two draft beers.

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Jazz and Jambalaya at Southern Rail
Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

Jazz and Jambalaya at Southern Rail

The Jazz & Jambalaya series invites guests to take full advantage of Arizona’s beautiful fall weather by sipping sazeracs and enjoying jambalaya accompanied by live jazz music. Sazeracs will be available for $7 while jambalaya can be purchased for $19, as well as ½ price bottles of Arizona wine. The regular menu will also be available. Open to the public, reservations recommended for patio seating. For reservations, call 602-200-0085

Jazz & Jambalaya will take place every Sunday through December from 5-8 p.m. Featured local jazz artists include The Joe Costello Project, The Phoenician Four and Reid Riddiough. 

 

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Marshmallow Making at Super Chunk Sweets & Treats
Dec
9
2:30 PM14:30

Marshmallow Making at Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

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On Saturday, December 9, local pastry chef Country Velador will teach guests to make marshmallows in festive flavors such as peppermint candy, cocoa or pumpkin spice. They will also learn how to dress the mallows up using cookie cutters or molds and how to cut them perfectly for homemade hot chocolate or wrapped up as gifts for loved ones.

Cost: $35 per person. Space is limited to 15 guests. Call (602) 736-2383 or stop by the shop in person to pay in advance. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 10 days before the class.

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Tamale Festival at Food City
Dec
9
to Dec 10

Tamale Festival at Food City

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Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 

Food City’s 16th annual Tamale Festival is FREE and open to the general public, and attendees will be able to taste and buy a wide selection of savory and sweet homemade tamales, as well as enjoy jewelry, arts and crafts and much more. The event will offer live mariachis, ballet folklorico dancers, and other musical entertainment.  Food City also will be selling tamales, menudo, carne asada burritos, durros, aguas frescas and champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate).

A panel of celebrity judges will name the “Best Tamale” at 2:30 pm on Sunday for Food City prizes:
·        First Place Winner will receive a living room set, 40” TV with surround sound, a Coach purse, tamale pot, (7) kitchen appliances and a $150 Food City gift card
·        Second Place Winner will receive a dining room set, 32” TV, a Coach purse, tamale pot, (5) kitchen appliances and a $75 Food City gift card
·        Third Place Winner will receive a 32” TV, a Coach purse, tamale pot, (3) kitchen appliances and a $50 Food City gift card

 

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Halal Guys Opens in Ahwatukee: First 50 Guests Win Free Food for a Year
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Halal Guys Opens in Ahwatukee: First 50 Guests Win Free Food for a Year

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The Halal Guys is opening its next location in Phoenix on Saturday, December 9th at 11:00 a.m. at 4722 E Ray Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044 in the Silver Creek Plaza. The first 50 guests in line will receive free Halal Guys for one year (one combo per month) and everyone who attends the grand opening will get a chance to participate in the new Halal Guys Arizona Passport Contest. Guests who attend the next four grand openings and receive a stamp on their passport can  enter to win the grand prize of free Halal Guys for one year and a catered event by The Halal Guys for up to 20 guests.

The Halal Guys is located at 4722 E Ray Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044. Fans can stay up to date with The Halal Guys Phoenix and upcoming Arizona locations on Instagram.

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Keenan Winery Dinner at Crudo
Dec
7
6:30 PM18:30

Keenan Winery Dinner at Crudo

Chef Cullen Campbell

Chef Cullen Campbell

Crudo's Blank Space dinner series is a wildly creative, no-holds barred culinary throwdown featuring some of the nation's top winemakers. On Tuesday, December 7, Crudo will host Keenan Winery from the heart of the Napa Valley. Keenan Winery produces hearty reds and whites in the heart of Napa Valley, using sustainable farming practices to insure the environment remains protected throughout the growing process.

Each Blank Space dinner includes wine pairings and a multi-course menu which will be unveiled when you arrive. Reserve your spot today by contacting Crudo at 602-358-8666.

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Wine Cellar Series at the Royal Palms: Grgich Hills
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Wine Cellar Series at the Royal Palms: Grgich Hills

Reception starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by a three-course dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Special Guest: Carl Russo, National Sales Manager, Grgich Hills.
Price: $140 per person ++

This event will be hosted by Chef Todd Allison, Executive Chef at T. Cook's. Chef Todd will create a customized three-course menu paired with a variety of wines within the collection such as, Grgich Hill Cabernet Sauvignon and Grgich Hill Chardonnay. To make reservations please call 602.808-0766.

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First Responder Nights at the Scottsdale Resort
Dec
5
4:00 PM16:00

First Responder Nights at the Scottsdale Resort

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Join Kitchen West for First Responder Nights – Every Tuesday after 4:00 p.m.
All First Responders receive 15 percent off of their bill in Kitchen West and Bar 640. (Present official ID to server upon ordering. Not valid with happy hour or additional promotions.)

Guests can enjoy a variety of cool weather inspired house specialties including roasted squash, brussel sprouts and pork belly with tarragon dipping sauce or the enticing new farmer's vegetable salad featuring Crooked Sky farm fresh vegetables with walnut biscotti.  Move on to signature main dishes such as the cognac filet mignon steak with peppercorn sauce or the tomatillo pork chili verde served with a creamy corn cheddar pupusa. 

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Free Burgers at Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers Arcadia
Dec
5
11:00 AM11:00

Free Burgers at Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers Arcadia

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Be the first to try the award-winning, mouth-watering burgers in Arcadia at a special preview event. On Tuesday, Dec. 5 starting at 11am, the first 500 guests to CBCB Arcadia will receive a complimentary All-American Burger.  Location:  3950 E Indian School Rd #150 Phoenix AZ 85018.

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers Arcadia will officially open for business Mon., Dec. 11 at 11am

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Jazz and Jambalaya at Southern Rail
Dec
3
5:00 PM17:00

Jazz and Jambalaya at Southern Rail

The Jazz & Jambalaya series invites guests to take full advantage of Arizona’s beautiful fall weather by sipping sazeracs and enjoying jambalaya accompanied by live jazz music. Sazeracs will be available for $7 while jambalaya can be purchased for $19, as well as ½ price bottles of Arizona wine. The regular menu will also be available. Open to the public, reservations recommended for patio seating. For reservations, call 602-200-0085

Jazz & Jambalaya will take place every Sunday through December (weather permitting) from 5-8 p.m. Featured local jazz artists include The Joe Costello Project, The Phoenician Four and Reid Riddiough. 

 

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Scottsdale Culinary Festival:  Brunch Club
Dec
2
12:00 PM12:00

Scottsdale Culinary Festival: Brunch Club

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The Brunch Club is an all-inclusive event dedicated to the celebration of everything brunch.on December 2nd, 2017 at Mountain Shadows.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Your ticket to The Brunch Club will grant you unlimited brunch bites and a drink card that will be your golden ticket to plenty of boozy cocktails. Additional drink cards are available for purchase. This event is 21+ only.   General Admission:  $40 pre-sale, $45 regular price, $50 door

 

 

 

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Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Free Coffee at Drip Coffee & Espresso Truck

Photo:  Dana Brown

Photo:  Dana Brown

The latest mobile food truck, Drip Coffee and Espresso, has hit the streets as of October 10, and to celebrate we are doing free coffee on Dec. 2!

Drip Coffee & Espresso Truck will be parked near the Spire/Maggiano’s at the Promenade Scottsdale on Saturday, Dec. 2. The first 50 people who show up between 11 am and 1 pm will receive a free drip or cold brew coffee plus $1 off all other drinks. The mobile caffeination station offers dripped, flavored, iced and nitrogen infused coffee, as well as espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and Americanos.

Weekly routes will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and azdripcoffee.com.

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Stone Crab Party at Buck & Rider
Nov
24
11:30 AM11:30

Stone Crab Party at Buck & Rider

Photo: Buck & Rider

Photo: Buck & Rider

Buck & Rider is celebrating the holiday season with a stone crab harvest! The seafood restaurant, oyster bar and steakhouse is serving large stone crab claws half-off on Friday, November 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. while supplies last.

They are flying in 1,000 Florida stone crab claws fresh, and will be cracking them until they run out. Take part in the harvest with cracking stations, cocktails, special prizes and more!

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