Write On Rubee

An Arizona-based food and beverage 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.  Find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

May
19
May 28

Spring Arizona Restaurant Week 2017

The 2017 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week will kick off ten days of dining on May 19-28 with over 150 participating restaurants showcasing three-course, prix-fixe meals for just $33 or $44 per person. Those anticipating the arrival of Spring ARW can check out updates at www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com, where participating restaurants and their menus will be continually added. 

BBQ + Bourbon Special at Southern Rail: Every Monday and Tuesday
May
22
May 23

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

  • Southern Rail

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 $20 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.

Big Bad BBQ Brawl Watch Party
May
23
11:00 am11:00

Big Bad BBQ Brawl Watch Party

  • Pork on a Fork

Pork on a Fork BBQ is holding a huge watch party on May 23rd with activities throughout the day at one of their three locations, 1949 E Camelback Phoenix, AZ 85016. They will be giving out free items, hosting activities such as a smoked chicken wing eating contest, and various local celebrities are expected to attend the event. Apart from watching the show together, other fun activities have also been prepared for the guests to participate in; for example a smoked wing eating contest. One can expect that it would be pure fun. Come and join in the fun! For more information about the event, visit this link.

Tiki Tuesday at The Ostrich
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

Tiki Tuesday at The Ostrich

  • The Ostrich

The gentlemen at The Ostrich in Chandler are doing TiKi right! On Tuesdays, they're open for the sole purpose of sharing the ALOHA spirit so come on out and enjoy some extraordinary cocktails and exotic tunes with the Tiki AZ 'ohana! Food from the adjoining restaurant will be available also. Be sure to wear your Aloha attire and don't forget your favorite mug! 

Pop-Up Tiki Bar at Proof at The Four Seasons
May
25
5:30 pm17:30

Pop-Up Tiki Bar at Proof at The Four Seasons

  • Proof at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

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.  

Accolade Wine Dinner at Ling and Louie's
May
25
6:30 pm18:30

Accolade Wine Dinner at Ling and Louie's

  • Ling and Louie's Scottsdale

Join Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, Scottsdale and Accolade Wines as we host another amazing wine pairing dinner.  Space for this special event is limited. Please call 480-767-5464 to make your reservations today.  $55/person++

FIRST COURSE
Seared Jumbo Scallops, wok’d spinach, citrus-lemon grass butter
paired with Da Luca Pinot Grigio, Sicily IGT

SECOND COURSE
Harvest Roll, cucumber, asparagus, avocado, daikon sprouts, jalapeno and spring mix, eel sauce, lemon zest
paired with Mud House ‘The Woodshed Vineyard’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

THIRD COURSE
Crispy & Fragrant Duck, lotus buns, fresh cabbage, szechwan salt, plum sauce
paired with Geyser Peak ‘Pluto’s Fury’ Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

FOURTH COURSE
Louie’s Hoisin BBQ Spare Ribs with wasabi mashed potatoes
paired with Grant Burge Shiraz, Barossa Valley

HAPPY ENDING
Yuzu Tart, mascarpone cream, lemon zest
paired with Da Luca Prosecco, Sicily IGT

Free Concerts at Shake Shack's Shack Sounds
May
25
7:00 pm19:00

Free Concerts at Shake Shack's Shack Sounds

  • Shake Shack Scottsdale

On February 23rd, Shake Shack in Scottsdale launches its Shake Shack Sounds monthly concert series. Hosted on the patio, this free local concert series will feature live performances from top local bands, starting with Phoenix-based psychedelic rock band Treasurefruit. Pair your burger and tunes with specially-priced draft pours of Huss Brewing Co.'s signature Scottsdale Blonde ($4 for 16-ounce pints/$5 for 24-ounce glasses), offered exclusively during the Shack Sounds concert (7PM - 8PM). 

Farm to Fork with the Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia
May
26
8:00 am08:00

Farm to Fork with the Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia

  • Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Blue Sky Organic Farms (photo by Jenelle Bonifield)

Explore Arizona's diverse agriculture landscape in a rare, behind the scenes look alongside Omni Scottsdale's Executive Chef, Marcos Seville. Reserve your spot for an exclusive tour of select local farms followed by a true farm-to-table dining experience with the featured farmer showcasing the products collected early in the day for a hand-crafted meal, artfully paired with local wines. Meet the passionate purveyors that are bringing local produce to Arizona's kitchen table Each experience includes an exclusive seasonal tour, chef prepared meal, local wine pairings and round-trip transportation. Each event is limited to just 16 people. 

DANZEISEN DAIRY
May, 26 2017| 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | $125 per person
Head to Danzeisen Dairy, located in Laveen Village, AZ where they proudly offer the freshest milk in the state. This farm serves premium quality goods in their signature glass bottles, direct to local grocers. Jeff Memmelaar shares the family's traditional techniques which they have been preserving for more than 50 years. 

TRUE GARDEN
September, 2017| Date and Time TBD | $125 per person

Join us as we visit True Garden, the premier vertical aeroponic food farm in the Southwest. This first-of-its-kind facility, operated by solar power, is designed to drastically reduce the region's agricultural water consumption while making local, living produce available year-round in the hot desert regions of Phoenix and Southwest.

ARIZONA MICRO GREENS
November, 2017| Date and Time TBD | $125 per person

This tour heads off to one of Arizona's true entrepreneurships in Cave Creek, AZ. Started by brothers Joseph Martinez and David Redwood, Arizona Micro Greens includes a green house that was created at the George B. Brooks Sr. Community School, which provides some of most flavorful micro greens to the area's best restaurants and resorts.

Hop Valley Brewing Company Launch Party at Sip Coffee & Beer Garage
May
26
6:00 pm18:00

Hop Valley Brewing Company Launch Party at Sip Coffee & Beer Garage

  • Sip Coffee and Beer Garage

On Friday, May 26, hop on the hops train! Stationed in Eugene, Oregon, Hop Valley Brewing Company is coming to Arizona at full speed. Sip Coffee and Beer Garage is welcoming these new brews with a launch party and micro Tap Takeover three featured IPAs from 6 to 8 p.m. This is Sip's way of saying "Welcome to The Valley" to a brewery fittingly named "Hop Valley."

Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival
May
27
11:00 am11:00

Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival

  • Veterans Memorial Park

Receive a collectible wine glass and 6 tastings with your tickets! Tickets at the door are $20 per person and $15 in advance (just click "tickets available" link in this event). Additional tastings are 4 for $5. Sampling tickets are good for the wineries and distilleries, beer is available to purchase by the glass. Enjoy live music all day and into the night!

Stroll past food, art, and crafts vendors while sampling vintages from 11 area wineries, four breweries, and two distilleries. Live music from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tastings end at 6 p.m. but beer, wine, and food will still be available for purchase until about 10 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit this link

Wine Luncheon at FnB: Sand Reckoner
May
27
11:00 am11:00

Wine Luncheon at FnB: Sand Reckoner

  • FnB

Join FnB Scottsdale for their Summer Series of Winemaker's Luncheons. Cost: $57.55 per person.  Each multi-course menu will be paired with Arizona wines. 
Reserve your seats here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winemaker-luncheons-summer-series-tickets-32932470907.  

Upcoming dates:

  • May 27th Sand-Reckoner
  • June 3rd Bodega Pierce
  • June 10th Southwest Wine Center
  • July 1st Lore & Golden Rule
  • July 8th Dos Cabezas Wineworks
  • July 15th Caduceus (separate eventbrite link)
  • July 22nd Rune
  • July 29th Callaghan Vineyards
  • August 5th Garage-East
  • August 19th LDV Winery
  • August 26th Los Milics
  • September 2nd Lightning Ridge
Cave Creek Hot Air Balloon Festival
May
27
5:30 pm17:30

Cave Creek Hot Air Balloon Festival

Cave Creek's Balloon Festival invites you to enjoy great live bands, hot air balloons, and a fireworks show on Memorial Day weekend.

The balloons start to inflate and glow around 7:30 p.m. Adults and children alike will love the live music on the Sanderson Ford’s main stage. Adults can enjoy great beverages, cocktails and wine, as well as craft beer flowing from the taps of Four Peaks Brewery andlocal food trucks and vendors including Grilled Addiction, Wandering Donkey, Fry Bread Inc., Doughlicious Pizza, Cheese Love and Happiness, The Buffalo Chip, Firehouse Kettle Corn and Cotton Candy, Firehouse Shaved Ice, Affogato Coffee, and Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes.
 
Tickets:
Discounted pre-paid tickets: Adults $12; children 12 and under $7; children 2 and under free. Online ticket prices increase the day of the event.
 
VIP tickets: Adults $75; children 12 and under $35. Price includes entrance fee, tax, gratuity, gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar and Grill (from 5:30-8:00 p.m.), a private cash bar and private restrooms. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance by the end of day May 25, and are not available at the gate. VIP tickets are limited and do sell out, so buy them early to secure your spot.

Day of event tickets: Adults $15, children 12 and under $10; children 2 and under free. Day of event tickets available online as well as at the ticket office.

Veteran and active military receive general admission tickets for half price. Must show identification at the ticket office on the day of the event.
 
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit CaveCreekFestivals.com

Celebrate National Burger Day at Beckett's Table and Southern Rail
May
28
10:00 am10:00

Celebrate National Burger Day at Beckett's Table and Southern Rail

In honor of the holiday, Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail will both offer a free select draft beer with a burger entree.

At Beckett’s Table, the BT Flattop Burger features daily ground beef, bacon, charred onions, white American cheese, house made pickles and mustard on a sesame brioche bun for $14. Guests can then choose a complimentary beer of either Four Peaks Peach, Mother Road IPA or Stella Artois.

Southern Rail’s menu also includes the BT Flattop Burger, plus the option of the Original Muffaletta burger made with cured meats, provolone, tomato, olive salad and creole aioli on a sesame brioche bun for $14. The beer selection includes Four Peaks Peach, Four Peaks 8th Street Ale, Four Peaks Kiltlifter, Four Peaks Hopknot, Mother Road Gold Road Kolsch, Mudshark Belgium White, Mother Road Lost Highway Black IPA, and Bud Light.

National Hamburger Day at Kelly's Southbridge
May
28
10:00 am10:00

National Hamburger Day at Kelly's Southbridge

  • Kelly's Southbridge

On Sunday, May 28th, National Hamburger Day, Kelly’s at Southbridge will offer $12 burgers. Kelly’s award winning burgers are made with a signature four meat blend of short rib, sirloin, chuck and brisket. Kelly’s burgers include a spicy Pepperjack Guacamole Burger, Bourbon Egg Burger topped with onion rings and barbeque sauce and the signature Original Four-Cut Burger topped with pancetta, mushrooms and piquillo peppers. Kelly’s will also have all day happy hour on Sunday, May 28th! Enjoy half price appetizers, bruschetta, bottles of wine and champagne, $4 drafts, house wines, wells and $4 off signature cocktails.  For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.

Sunday School at FnB
May
28
May 29

Sunday School at FnB

  • FnB

On Sunday, May 28th, visit FnB for Sunday School. Learn rosé-making techniques with Ryan McLoughlin, the founder for STEM Wine Company, and buckle in for an agave class with Travis Nass. School’s in session from 11AM - 1PM, and it’s $35 per person to attend. Call 480-284-4777 to claim your seat.

May
30
Jun 3

Creamistry Grand Opening Specials

Creamistry will open their fourth location this May at the Scottsdale Quarter on Friday, May 26. To celebrate, they have the following grand opening promotions starting May 30: 

  • Tuesday-Thursday, May 30-31 and June 1: Buy one ice cream, get one ice cream of equal or lesser value free.
  • Friday, June 2: A percentage of the proceeds earned will be donated to MASK (Mother’s awareness on school-age kids)
  • Saturday, June 3: Free small ice cream from Noon-2 p.m.
Chef's Secret Garden Dinner at the Omni Montelucia
May
30
6:00 pm18:00

Chef's Secret Garden Dinner at the Omni Montelucia

  • Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

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.

TEQUILA HERRADURA DINNER

Tuesday, May 30 | 6:00 p.m. | $110 per person

The Crepe Club Celebrates National Macaron Day
May
31
8:30 am08:30

The Crepe Club Celebrates National Macaron Day

  • The Crepe Club

Who doesn’t love the beautiful pastel colors and yummy, unique flavors of macaron cookies? The Crepe Club is offering a sweet deal you can’t resist. On May 31, when you buy 6 macarons, get 6 free!  Assorted macarons from The Crepe Club are normally $15 per dozen, or $1.50 per piece. For more information on The Crepe Club, visit: https://www.thecrepeclub.com/

El Palacio Hosts Ginormous Food Viewing
Jun
2
4:00 pm16:00

El Palacio Hosts Ginormous Food Viewing

  • El Palacio

On June 2, the Ginormous Food episode featuring El Palacio premiers! The restaurant will host a viewing party from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy specials, including $4 margaritas, $3 pints and 50% off new entrees. Reservations can be made on El Palacio’s website.  For more information, visit http://epfamilyrestaurants.com.

First Friday at DeSoto Central Market
Jun
2
5:00 pm17:00

First Friday at DeSoto Central Market

  • DeSoto Central Market

It's First Friday on Roosevelt Row! DeSoto Central Market is the perfect place to stop by for a drink and grab a delicious dinner. Enjoy Happy Hour specials until 7 pm and the pop-up market with great local vendors. 

Happy Hour:
$1 off pints
$2 off pitchers
$5 pitcher of Beer of the Day
$2 off wine by the glass
$5 cocktail of the day
$6 Burger of the Day (Mystery Burger!)
$1 off Sides at DCM Burger Joint

First Fridays at the Heard Museum
Jun
2
6:00 pm18:00

First Fridays at the Heard Museum

  • The Heard

Join the Heard Museum as they celebrate First Fridays.  Every first Friday evening of the month (except March) brings fun, food, drink and fresh events with free evening admission to the museum’s galleries! The Cafe and Cantina are open for dining, drinks or snacks, and a cash bar is also available for both adult and family-friendly beverages. 

For more information, visit Heard First Fridays

Jun
5
Jun 11

Negroni Week

Photo by Jenelle Bonifield of Food & Lifestyles

Photo by Jenelle Bonifield of Food & Lifestyles

Negroni Week, presented by Imbibe Magazine and Camparilaunched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charities around the world. This year Negroni Week takes place from June 5-11, 2017, when once again, bar and restaurants will be mixing classic Negronis and Negroni variations for a great cause.  To find a venue near you, search via this link.  

Learn more about the history of the Negroni here:
http://www.writeonrubee.com/drink/2016/the-negroni

LDV Vineyard to Table Supper Club
Jun
6
6:00 pm18:00

LDV Vineyard to Table Supper Club

  • LDV Wine Gallery

Photo by Jenellle Bonifield

Enjoy a "wine-inspired" vineyard to table three-course supper paired with LDV wines with LDV owners serving as your hosts. The Supper Club is reminiscent of the wonderful evenings when we took the time to invite new and old friends over for a great meal where we laughed, exchanged viewpoints, told stories, and slowed down enough to enjoy each others company. Come for supper with Peggy & Curt at LDV Winery. First Tuesday of Every Month (unless a holiday).

  • 6:00 PM
  • $65.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity)
  • Registration required; limit to 20 people maximium.
  • Call 480.664.4822 or 602.320.1485 to make reservations. Requires 48 hr. notice for full refund cancelations.2017

    Upcoming Dates:

    July 11, Aug. 1, Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5.

For a Write On Rubee recap and photos of a past event, visit this link.

Spring into Spa at the Westin Kierland
Jun
8
5:00 pm17:00

Spring into Spa at the Westin Kierland

  • Agave Spa at the Westin Kierland Resort

Sample a range of relaxing and rejuvenating spa services such as a chair massages, Éminence coconut hand treatments and a NuFace mini brow lift as Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort launches its Spring into Spa series starting April 13, 2017.

The monthly spa events will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. April 13, May 11, and June 8 and will feature a variety of complimentary spa services which include Éminence and Epicuren products, refreshments, product samples and discounts for future spa treatments. The events are free and open to the public. Each event will feature a seasonal cocktail by Agave’s SpaBar.  In April, SpaBar will present the Elderpear by The Vitani Spirit cocktail, which is a premium vodka infused with natural pear, honey and elderflower – a perfect spring libation. Those shopping will receive a 20 percent savings on spa retail items purchased at the event. Guests also will receive a 30 percent discount on future spring and summer spa treatments when booked at the Spring into Spa events.

For more information, call 480-624-1501 or visit www.kierlandresort.com.

Global Wellness Day at The Four Seasons
Jun
10
6:00 am06:00

Global Wellness Day at The Four Seasons

  • Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Begin the day in a healthy way with a wellness bike ride, departing directly from the property at 7 a.m. This casual, approximately two-hour ride will explore the beautiful landscape of North Scottsdale at a leisurely pace. A professional cycling guide from Arizona Outback Adventures will lead the group.  Cost per rider is $45, and pre-registration is required. The cost includes the ride, use of a hybrid bike, helmet and complimentary water. The ride is open to both guests of the property and local residents. Participants can book online.

Local visitors and guests are invited to join in a sunrise Tai Chi class at 6 a.m. on Troon Lawn, followed by a morning yoga class at 7 a.m. on Fountain Terrace. Enjoy one class for $15 or both for $20, inclusive of a healthy smoothie. Water and towels will be provided; local guests are requested to bring their own mat. Local visitors can extend the wellness celebration with a Global Wellness Day Pass that includes the Tai Chi or morning yoga class, a 25-minute treatment and a healthy lunch in Proof. The cost for the day pass is $135. Participants may secure their spot in either class or purchase the day pass by calling the Spa at (480) 513-5145.

That afternoon, local vendors including Queen Creek Olive Mill, Hayden Flour Mills, Crow’s Dairy and Valley Honey will come together to present a complimentary marketplace tasting in the Resort’s lobby from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Talavera will join forces with the featured local purveyors to highlight a special menu of healthy superfood favorites, available June 1 – 14. The three-course menu will emphasize a mindful, balanced approach to health and well being. The cost is $75 per person, with optional organic wine pairings available at an additional cost. A portion of the proceeds from the special menu will support the Joy Bus charity, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering healthy, chef-driven hot meals to homebound cancer patients. For reservations and more information, please call (480) 513-5085.

Special healthy menu items will be available throughout the weekend in Proof, an American Canteen. Guests of the Resort can greet the day on Saturday, June 10, with a selection of complimentary carrot-bran muffins, gluten-free baked goods and fresh-pressed juice at the morning coffee set-up in the lobby. Guests will be greeted in room by a complimentary seasonal market welcome amenity. Poolside amenities will include health-conscious items such as sliced fresh watermelon, kale peanut butter smoothies and housemade granola energy bars.

 

Wine Appreciation Workshop Series at LDV Wine Gallery
Jun
11
5:00 pm17:00

Wine Appreciation Workshop Series at LDV Wine Gallery

  • LDV Wine Gallery

Photo by Jenelle Bonifield of Food & Lifestyles

Enjoy an evening with winemaker Curt Dunham as he leads fun and informative workshops in the casual elegance of the LDV Wine Gallery. Workshop includes; Equivalent of approximately 2 glasses of wine, little bites & workshop materials. Additional wine available for purchase.  Visit this link for details. 

$35 per workshop or $65 per couple.  Registration required. Space limited. Call 480-664-4822 to register. Requires 48 hour cancellation notice for full refund.  Schedule of upcoming events:

  • June 11  - Winemaking 101
  • July 9 - Wine and Chocolate
  • August 13 - Wine + Food Pairings
  • Sept. 10 - Wine + Cheese
  • October 15 - Making Sense of Wine Scents
  • Nov. 19 - Winemaking 101
Tiki Thursdays At Market Street Kitchen
Jun
15
5:00 pm17:00

Tiki Thursdays At Market Street Kitchen

  • Market Street at DC Ranch

From 5 pm to close, Market Street Kitchen's Tiki Thursdays features a cocktail menu overflowing with Tiki twists on MSK's award-winning craft cocktails, served inside festive Tiki mugs and garnished with gummy sharks, festive mini umbrellas and colorful fresh fruit and herbs. 

Best of all, grab your Hawaiian shirt, grass skirt or coconut bra and receive discount pricing on Tiki cocktails all night long. (Guests must be dressed in 'Cabana Gear' to receive Happy Hour pricing on Tiki cocktails).  Tiki Thursdays take place on the third Thursday of every month. 

For a detailed Write on Rubee photo recap of MSK's tiki drinks and tiki menu specials, visit this link

Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival
Jun
17
6:00 pm18:00

Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival

  • JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Tucson is home to the most authentic Mexican food north of the border. The highest concentration of these restaurants is found within a 23-mile area that includes the City of South Tucson, downtown and lower midtown. The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance partner with title sponsor Visit Tucson and the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Tickets are $49 and include libation and menu samplings from over 25 local wineries, breweries and local Mexican restaurants. 

The event will feature weekend stay-cation packages, food demos and education, live music and more.  For more information and to buy tickets, visit this link.

For a Write On Rubee recap of last year's event, click here

BBQ at LDV Winery
Jun
24
11:30 am11:30

BBQ at LDV Winery

  • LDV Winery

LDV Vineyard (photo by Jenelle Bonifield of Food & Lifestyles)

LDV Winery, located at 6951 East 1st Street, will host a BBQ in Pearce, Arizona on June 24! The event will include great food and wine, a winemaker tour, cowboy games and photo ops in beautiful wine country.  The BBQ will take place from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 13922 South Kuykendall Cutoff Road. The winemaker tour will begin at 2:00 p.m.  Award-winning photographer Jenelle Bonifield will be on-hand to help guests to capture the beauty of the wine grapes and LDV Winery’s vineyard in the Chiricahua Mountain Foothills.

The cost of attendance is $25 per person, which includes food and a glass of wine. Additional wine will be available for purchase onsite or take-away.

Sonoran Tasting Tours will give guests the option to take a luxury motor coach to and from Tucson. For more information and reservations, visithttps://www.sonorantastingtours.com/.

Those who are interested in attending the BBQ can register by phone at 602-320-1485 or by email at info@LDVWinery.com.

 

SEDONA:  Miracle of Mariposa - 2nd Anniversary Celebration
Jun
24
7:00 pm19:00

SEDONA: Miracle of Mariposa - 2nd Anniversary Celebration

  • Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

In celebration of the restaurant’s second anniversary and benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, the evening will feature live Latin American music and dancing, stargazing and a decadent spread of regional cuisine and wine. Chef Dahl will serve a collection of Mariposa’s most popular menu selections via food stations including traditional handmade empanadas, grilled meats, ceviche, salads, decadent desserts and a selection of wines. Tapas will also incorporate the flavors Chef Dahl served at her second dinner at the James Beard House in New York City earlier this year.

Tickets: $125 (plus tax).  To purchase tickets, visit http://mariposasedona.com/

Monday Night Chef’s Table at ZuZu: Caymus Vineyards
Jun
26
6:30 pm18:30

Monday Night Chef’s Table at ZuZu: Caymus Vineyards

  • Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho

Executive Chef Russell LaCasce (Credit: ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho)

Explore delicious food paired with wines or spirits at the Monday Night Chef’s Table series at ZuZu inside the hip Hotel Valley Ho. 6:30pm | $68 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations required | 480.376.2600. For menu details, visit Hotel Valley Ho Chef's Table.

June 26 | Justin Wines
July 24 | White Wine & Rose
August 28 | Trefethen Wines
September 25 | Long Meadow Ranch

Real, Wild & Woody Beer Festival
Jul
29
2:00 pm14:00

Real, Wild & Woody Beer Festival

  • Phoenix Convention Center

Now in its fourth year, Real, Wild + Woody has fast become the city's marquee summer beer event, boasting countless specialty and small batch beer styles, bites from top area restaurants, live acoustic music and seminars (new this year), among other draws.

Tickets for Real, Wild + Woody are $57, which includes 20 drink samples and small bites from a variety of restaurants. Designated Driver tickets (no alcohol can be consumed) are $25 and include an assortment of small bites. Tickets are now available for purchase here. Tickets purchased either at the Phoenix Convention Center Box Office or by phone before 4 pm today will have all additional fees waived as a throwback to the early days of ticket-purchasing, so score them now by calling 602.262.7272 or dropping by the box office.

For more information, contact the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild at 480.586.6711 or info@craftbeeraz.com, or visit ChooseAZBrews.com. For additional information on Real, Wild + Woody, visit RealWildandWoody.com.

Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships
Nov
11
10:00 am10:00

Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships

  • WestWorld

America’s most interesting polo event will offer even more excitement on Saturday when the Monte-Carlo Polo Team makes its debut to take on the two-time defending champions from Aspen Valley, led by the Ganzi family. For the first time that day guests will be able to enjoy exciting new elements like Prime: A Luxury Tent Experience by Steak 44, Neiman Marcus & Barrett-Jackson, The Bottled Blonde Polo Lounge Presented by Stella Artois, performances by the Phoenix Opera and Shakespeare in the Polo Park.  The event also welcomes Fried & Fizzy, a new pop-up restaurant featuring champagne and fried chicken by acclaimed local chef Michael DeMaria.

Gates open Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday.  General Admission starts at $25 Saturday and just $20 on Sunday.  Click here for details on tickets and for a full schedule.


Helio Basin Beer Dinner at Liberty Station
May
22
6:30 pm18:30

Helio Basin Beer Dinner at Liberty Station

  • Liberty Station

On Monday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm, Liberty Station is hosting a beer dinner with Helio Basic Brewing Co. Guests will enjoy an 8-course dinner paired with a selection of beers. Cost: $65 per person

Bar Snacks
Corn Nuts, Wasabi Peas, Popcorn, Smoke Salt Peanuts
House Beer 

Spin on Artichoke Dip
Smoked Mediterranean Sea Bass, Spring Baby Artichoke, Meyer Lemon, 
Zaatar Pita Chips
American Pale Ale

Langostine “Hugs”
Savoy Cabbage, Pink Grapefruit, Sherry Caramel, Gala Apple, Fennel Pollen, 
Arizona Honey
Hoppy Amber

Bacon Baby!! 
IPA Braised Pork Belly, Compressed Watermelon, Toasted Pine Nuts, 
Charred Shishito Peppers, Chili Aioli, Micro Chervil Salad
American IPA

Fishin’ Chip
Cardamom Dusted Halibut Cheeks, Malt Tartar, Mushy Saffron Peas, Molokai Potato
Throwback Triple Double

B-B-B-Q
Liberty Brisket, Dehydrated Banana, Smokey Bleu, Toasted Pecan Dust, 
Pomegranate BBQ Sauce
Robust Porter

Veal Café Amore
Veal Top Sirloin, Cognac Au Poivre, Heirloom Carrots, Yukon Gold Potato, Pea Shoots
Kohi Imperial Coffee Stout

Southern Belle
Grilled Peaches, Oat Streusel, Whistle Pig Vanilla Syrup, Pistachio Gelato
Blackberry Wheat

Farmer in the House Dining Series with Pat Duncan
May
22
6:30 pm18:30

Farmer in the House Dining Series with Pat Duncan

  • Cafe ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

Join Pat Duncan and eight of the Valley's best chefs for the 11th Annual "FARMER in the HOUSE" dining series. Each evening features wine or beer pairings and a special multi-course menu showcasing fruits and vegetables from Duncan's Trading Company's farm in Laveen, Arizona. A portion of the events' proceeds are donated to the Association of Arizona Food Banks. "We're very pleased that the AAFB's CEO, Angie Rodgers will be joining us for a few of our dinners," says Pat Duncan. 

On May 22nd, join Pat Duncan at Café ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale,with chef Russell Lacasce & Cakebread Cellars.  Please call (480)421-7997 for reservations.

Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner at Steak 44
May
22
6:00 pm18:00

Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner at Steak 44

  • Steak 44

Make plans to join Coach Arians and his wife Christine for the 3rd Annual Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner at Steak 44 on Monday, May 22nd, 2017. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Arians Family Foundation and Voices For CASA of Maricopa County.

The event will begin with a 6:00pm VIP cocktail reception at Steak 44 where guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Cardinals’ coaches, players and other Valley sports stars and celebrities. The event then continues with Cardinals’ coaches and players joining guests at their table for a delectable dinner at Steak 44 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Learn and Lunch with Chef Marcellino
May
20
1:00 pm13:00

Learn and Lunch with Chef Marcellino

  • Marcellino Ristorante

Learn Chef Marcellino’s secrets to creating homemade, melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi and a light tomato sauce. Following the class, participants will enjoy a delectable lunch of pasta, salad, and a sweet treat.  

Learn & Lunch with Chef Marcellino
Homemade Gnocchi with a light tomato sauce at the Chef’s Island
$35++ pp
16 seats available.
Call (480) 990-9500 for reservations.

Lemonade Days
May
20
12:00 pm12:00

Lemonade Days

  • Founders Park

Lemonade Days will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from noon to 8 p.m. at Founders Park in Queen Creek. Highlights include a kid’s zone with water slides and bounce houses, Arizona’s largest lemon squeeze, hot dog and hamburger eating competitions, live entertainment, Kornhole games, and an Arnold Palmer putting booth/driving range.  

General admission is $8 presale and $10 at the gate, kids 12 and under free. VIP is $45 and includes access to a private seating area, private restrooms, six alcoholic beverages, unlimited soft drinks and water, catered food and exclusive stage view access. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.lemonadedaysaz.com.  

Schnepf Farms Peach Festival
May
20
9:30 am09:30

Schnepf Farms Peach Festival

  • Schnepf Farms

The annual Queen Creek Peach Festival in Queen Creek, Arizona, is a celebration of all things peach. Schnepf Farms, the state's largest provider of peaches, opens their orchards and offers hayrides, live music from local bands, a peachy sampling pavillion with everything from salsas to pies, peach-inspired arts and crafts booths and water activities.

Milk. Beer. Wine. Series at Halle Heart Children's Museum
May
19
5:00 pm17:00

Milk. Beer. Wine. Series at Halle Heart Children's Museum

  • Halle Heart Children's Museum

On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5:30pm at Halle Heart Children's Museum in Tempe, MORE - a locally owned start-up created to help time-starved parent-preneurs make more time, more community and more communication to ultimately become better business owners, parents and spouses - is celebrating a family-friend happy hour called "Milk. Beer. Wine."

The series is dedicated to uniting business and family in a relaxed setting and will include entry into the museum, playtime, on-site childcare, drinks for the entire family, a light snack and dinner available to purchase onsite. 

Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for children

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/milk-beer-wine-tickets-28727928006

More on MORE: www.thenewmore.co 

CULINARY FILM:  "Jeremiah Tower - The Last Magnificent" Opens
May
19
10:00 am10:00

CULINARY FILM: "Jeremiah Tower - The Last Magnificent" Opens

JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT, a film produced by Anthony Bourdain, is a character exploration of the legendary chef and the enigmatic mystery of his genius. It follows his career through Chez Panisse with Alice Waters, the opening of his Stars restaurant in San Francisco (which launched and influenced the careers of other eminent chefs including Mark Franz, Mario Batal, Emily Luchett, and Brendan Walsh), and his disappearance to what many viewed as a self-imposed exile. In 2014, Tower re-emerged in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green restaurant.

Director Lydia Tenagli weaves a beautiful, poignant, universally accessible study of the longings and triumphs of the very large life of a gifted yet lonely artist. Interspersed among re-enacted portrayals of the bygone elegance of Tower’s youth, are moving interviews with Tower’s contemporaries and others – and, the sumptuous, mesmerizing beauty of Tower’s food creations. Jeremiah Tower: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT illuminates some of the mysteries and the demons that drive the passions familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves an artist.

View showtimes at Harkins Shea 14 here.

Domaine Serene Wine Dinner at Kai
May
18
6:30 pm18:30

Domaine Serene Wine Dinner at Kai

  • Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Kai's beloved Wine Dinner Series returns on Thursday, May 18th with Oregon's acclaimed Domaine Serene Winery. You won't want to miss out on this coveted six-course culinary experience. Reservations fill up quickly, reserve your seat by calling 602-385-5726.

Sour Symposium at Sip Coffee and Beer Garage
May
18
5:00 pm17:00

Sour Symposium at Sip Coffee and Beer Garage

  • Sip Coffee and Beer Garage

Pull up a seat on the patio and drink in the sunset while drinking in a Goose Island beer at Sip in Phoenix.  On Thursday, May 18, Goose Island Beer Company is the highlight of a "Sour Symposium" from 5 to 8 p.m. Go sour with one of three select Goose Island sour beers from their renowned Sour Sisters collection. As always, the Sip Beertenders are happy to guide guests through their beer drinking experience.

CRUjiente Tacos LLS Fundraiser Dinner for Kirti Dwivedi
May
17
5:00 pm17:00

CRUjiente Tacos LLS Fundraiser Dinner for Kirti Dwivedi

  • CRUjiente Tacos

Tucked into a little shopping center at the corner of 40th Street & Camelback Road, this sleek little spot will slay you with Chef Richard Hinojosa's tasty little creations--a perfect balance of flavors and textures, and trust me, you won't be able to wait until your next visit! Jason Morris, co-owner and certified sommelier, will knock your socks off with wine pairings.

Join Kirti on Wednesday, May 17th, from 5pm to 9pm, to enjoy cocktails and tacos at CRUjiente, with 20% of sales benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Also, Jason has created a special Tito's Handmade Vodka cocktail especially for the event, and thanks to the generousity of the folks at Tito's $1 of every cocktail will go toward my campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Woman of the Year! And to sweeten the deal, CRUjiente will match that $1 donation from Tito's for that night, so cheers!! (But drink responsibly, kids.)

PLEASE NOTE: The restaurant is a small space, so there may be a bit of a wait... so your patience and support is appreciated! 

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Campaign is a fundraising competition among a group of individuals nominated by their community. While each candidate conducts their own campaign, all candidates are united by one goal: to use their leadership skills to raise funds to help blood cancer patients live longer and more fulfilling lives.

Verde Valley Wine Festival
May
13
May 14

Verde Valley Wine Festival

  • Clarkdale Park

The Verde Valley Wine Festival is Northern Arizona’s premier Wine and Culinary festival of the year presented by Four Eight Wineworks and the non-profit organization, Made in Clarkdale, on Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, 1 pm to 5 pm at the historic Clarkdale Town Park. The event will highlight the community of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley at large with the goal of offering the finest wineries, breweries and restaurants committed to creating homegrown products and authentic experiences for locals and visitors to enjoy from around the world. $35 General Admission, $125 VIP.  For tickets, visit this link.

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival
May
13
1:00 pm13:00

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival

  • Margaret T. Hance Park

Professionally produced by HDE Agency® in partnership with SanTan Brewing Company, the award winning, 7th annual ameriCAN™ Canned Craft Beer Festival is expanding to a new location this year at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. With so much more room for activities and centrally located in the heart of Phoenix, the new location will allow for more beer, food, and fun.

Presale general admission tickets are available online at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com for $35 and include admission, a souvenir can and 20 four-ounce pours. Day of admission is $45. VIP tickets are also available through presale purchase only for $100. VIP tickets include admission one hour early, a souvenir can, 20 four-ounce pours, catered food, a private VIP zone with private restrooms and exclusive specialty beer sampling. AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will open its doors at noon to VIP ticket holders and at 1 p.m. for general admission. The festival ends at 6 p.m. Ticket purchasers and all guests must be 21 or over and must present a valid picture ID upon admission.

Mimosa Mornings and Painting Class at the Hermosa Inn
May
13
9:30 am09:30

Mimosa Mornings and Painting Class at the Hermosa Inn

  • Hermosa Inn

This painting series led by Carrie Curran Art Studios teaches everyone from enthusiastic beginners to emerging professionals to paint like the greats, while sipping mimosas, eating pastries and creating masterpieces in the Hermosa Inn's stunning desert gardens. Join Carrie Curran Art Studios for an interactive morning of painting instruction and FUN! Carrie will teach, inspire and guide guests on an artistic journey while using acrylic on canvas to create their very own masterpiece. Even if you have never painted before, you will be amazed at your creation! 

$75/person class fee includes instruction, supplies, mimosas & pastries. Call 602-955-7878 or visit www.carriecurranart.com to enroll.

Old Town Farmer's Market USBG Bartender Competition
May
13
9:30 am09:30

Old Town Farmer's Market USBG Bartender Competition

  • Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market

Teams compete in this competition against other teams as they scour the Farmer’s Market looking for the best ingredients!

TIMELINE

9:30am - Teams are given a $25 budget and 30 minutes to shop
10am --Teams back and start making their cocktail. 
10:30am - Judging begins
11:00am - Winner announced.

Everyone can attend to cheer on the competitors!

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Staycay 5K
May
13
7:00 am07:00

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Staycay 5K

  • JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa kicks off Staycation season with their first annual Staycay 5K Fun Run/Walk, Saturday, May 13th, 2017, at 7:00 a.m. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network and will stay local to fund critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.  The Staycay 5K Run/Walk will wind through the picturesque Faldo course at Wildfire Golf Club and will conclude with a celebratory and complimentary post-race pancake breakfast.

  • Registration: 5:30 am on the Ballroom Lawn | Race: 7:00 am | Entry: $25 per person
  • PERKS INCLUDE: Bottled Water | Racer’s Bracelet | Post-Race Pancake Breakfast | Complimentary Self-Parking
  • REGISTRATION INFO:  register.swcp.net | username: cmnfunrun | password: cmnfunrun

ADD A STAYCAY TO YOUR 5K*: The Staycation Package starts from $179 per night and includes a luxurious guestroom, complimentary resort fee, complimentary race entry for four registered resort guests, $50 resort credit, free meals for kids under 12 with a paying adult and unlimited golf for four guests after 3 pm the day of arrival. *Book your stay using promo code C9W by May 10, 2017, to be included in the 5K. Race registration instructions will be forwarded to you once your room is booked.

 

Visit: http://deals.marriott.com/jw-marriott-hotels-resorts/usa/az/phoenix/staycay-5k

 

When the run is done, the fun begins! Explore 300+ acres, including five pools, lazy river and waterslide, and the newly remodeled Just A Splash, featuring an expansive 120- seat wrap-around bar area, with the addition of nine flat screens TV’s, including two 80” screens and 27 speakers woven into the landscaping. Three new fire pits, two of which are sunken and surrounded by water and ambient lighting, are ideal for enjoying chilled wines, frozen beverages or soft serve ice cream from the separate Grab & Go Bar, which also features a custom children’s menu.

To learn more about summer resort savings opportunities and packages, please visit www.jwdesertridge.com.

 

Kierland POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival
May
12
May 13

Kierland POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival

Westin Kierland Resort

Westin Kierland Resort

Fine art, music, fashion, culinary and live performance art will come together at the Kierland Community May 12-14, to create a one-of-a-kind immersive art experience and festival.  Presented by The Kierland Master Association, the inaugural Kierland POP: Art in Unexpected Places festival will feature a collaboration between Kierland Commons, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa will kick off the unique arts encounters, beginning with the POP Charity Night on Friday, May 12 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., featuring music, libation and food samplings from select Kierland area chefs and restaurants, set alongside the breathtaking backdrop of The Westin Kierland Golf Club's Acacia Course.  All monies raised go directly to support community arts programs supported by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.  Tickets: $50. Create an artful staycation for your family and friends as The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa presents a very special Kierland POP guest room rate on May 12-13, to enjoy featured weekend-long activities. 

On Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. attendees can meander through Kierland Commons  and The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa during the inaugural POP: ART IN UNEXPECTED PLACES Festival. At this free event art lovers of all ages can experience musical entertainment, artist demonstrations, culinary demonstrations and performance arts.  The elegant setting of the Kierland Commons Shopping Center will showcase a fine art walk, featuring the creative works from some of the region's most extraordinary artists. Guests can also enjoy strolling performances, culinary encounters in participating restaurants, retailer specials, and an interactive family arts zone and origami garden.

Featured artist bios, performance details, and tickets for POP Charity Night can be found at www.kierlandpop.com.

LLS Cocktail Dinner Fundraiser for Kirti Dwivedi
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

LLS Cocktail Dinner Fundraiser for Kirti Dwivedi

  • Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa

Kirti Dwivedi has been nominated as Woman of the Year for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the campaign is in full swing! Join her on Thursday, May 11th, at 7pm in the central courtyard of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa in Scottsdale for a 5 course cocktail-paired dinner to raise funds for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of her campaign for Woman of the Year.

Chef Brian Contreras of the Hyatt Gainey property is teaming up with Cullen Campbell of CrudoKeenan Bosworth of Pig & Pickle, and Aaron James-wayne Ward of Brat Haus, to create a unforgettable night of amazing food, paired with cocktails created by master mixologistLuke Detraz, made with Tito's Handmade Vodka and premium spiritsSouthern Glazer's Wine & Spirits. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and passed appetizers, and move onto dinner shortly after. There are only 50 seats available, and the ticket price of $125 (which includes tax + gratuity) goes to benefit the LLS! 


Someday is Today. The mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and imporve the qualify of life of patients and their families. For more information about LLS and my campaign (or to simply donate!), please visit my page at:http://www.mwoy.org/pages/az/az17/kdwivedi

Goose Island Beer Dinner at Beckett's Table
May
11
6:00 pm18:00

Goose Island Beer Dinner at Beckett's Table

  • Beckett's Table

Beckett's Table invites guests to indulge in a five-course beer dinner with Chicago-based brewery, Goose Island on Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m. The beer-centric dinner menu will be paired with five award-winning Goose Island beers. A few menu highlights include seared scallops with bacon and toasted almonds, duck confit with onion ginger coconut puree and red curry, braised pork short rib with apple gastrique and more. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at http://goosebeckett.brownpapertickets.com/.

 

Kendra Gives Back to Benefit LLS
May
10
5:00 pm17:00

Kendra Gives Back to Benefit LLS

  • Kendra Scott

What better way to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Campaign by purchasing designer earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets at the Kendra Gives Back Party? Join Kirti Dwivedi on Wednesday, May 10th, from 5pm to 8pm, with 20% of sales benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Enjoy sips from Tito's Handmade Vodkawhile supporting a great cause by shopping at Kendra Scott

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Campaign is a fundraising competition among a group of individuals nominated by their community. While each candidate conducts their own campaign, all candidates are united by one goal: to use their leadership skills to raise funds to help blood cancer patients live longer and more fulfilling lives.

Miracle Mile Deli Day
May
10
10:30 am10:30

Miracle Mile Deli Day

1949 was a memorable year. The annual salary was $2,950 and the cost of a new house was $7,450. A gallon of gas was 17 cents and minimum wage was 70 cents an hour. George Orwell’s novel, 1984 was published and the first Polaroid camera was sold for a whopping $89.95. And Jack Grodzinsky, along with his wife and children, arrived in Tucson from Brooklyn, New York. Grodzinsky took a bus ride to Phoenix looking for a business he could purchase to help support his family. Grodzinsky decided on a restaurant and took over an existing space on McDowell Road and 16th Street. This mile long strip of land where the restaurant was established came to be known as the “Miracle Mile” and Miracle Mile Delicatessen was born.

The  local restaurant is celebrating 68 years in business on Wednesday, May 10th 2017, and the city of Phoenix is declaring it Miracle Mile Deli Day. 

To celebrate, 20% of the proceeds from that day’s sales will go to Feeding Matters, a local non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of pediatric feeding struggles. Also on that day, noon to 8 p.m. every hour, there will be a $100 gift card to Miracle Mile Deli given away to someone. People can stop in all day to register to win.

Miracle Mile Deli has been family owned and operated for three generations and continues to provide a unique experience in casual dining. Located at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix, call 602-776-0992 or visit miraclemiledeli.com for more information about their story.

T. Cook’s 20th Anniversary Party
May
9
6:30 pm18:30

T. Cook’s 20th Anniversary Party

  • T. Cook's

Experience the best of T. Cook’s during an evening of culinary favorites, specialty cocktails and spectacular wine. The restaurant will close for the evening and invite guests to mix, mingle and experience a journey though T. Cook’s classic dishes while enjoying live music.

  • Tuesday, May 9
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • $59 per ticket (21-and-over event; food and alcohol included)
  • Three action stations serving paella, lobster tortellini and cream cheese crème brulee (all considered some of the most memorable dishes in the restaurant’s history).
  • Passed hors d’ouevres, signature cocktails, wine and champagne.
  • Tickets are expected to sell out. Purchase at  https://tcooksturns20.eventbrite.com
  • Be sure to follow @TCooksPhoenix and tag #TCooksTurns20
Ocean Poke, Co. Grand Opening
May
8
5:00 pm17:00

Ocean Poke, Co. Grand Opening

  • Ocean Poke Co.

Ocean Poke Co. will host a Ribbon Cutting with the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 12! Those who attend the celebration will have the opportunity to sample tasty bites and sips, meet other business owners and more.

  • Date: Friday, May 12
  • Time: 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: 3619 E. Indian School Rd.
CRUlaboration with Pedal Haus Brewery
May
8
5:00 pm17:00

CRUlaboration with Pedal Haus Brewery

  • Crujiente Tacos

Join CRUjiente Tacos for a special Pedal Haus Brewery pairing.  Crujiente Executive Chef Richard Hinojosa and Co-OwnerJason Morris have worked closely with Pedal Haus owner and visionary Julian Wright and Brewery Director Derek “Doc” Osborne of Pedal Haus to create a Blood Orange Gose-style beer. Chef will be serving up a Roasted Pork Belly Taco with Habanero Blood Orange Glaze to pair with this“CRUlaboratiion” beer. From 5 to 8 pm, guests can purchase the beer and taco combination for $6.50 or each item individually for $4 each. 

SEDONA:  Exploring Tequila at Elote Cafe
May
7
2:00 pm14:00

SEDONA: Exploring Tequila at Elote Cafe

  • Elote Cafe

Elote Café Hosts One-Day-Only Event Exploring the Art of Tequila

Join famed Chef Jeff Smedstad for seven courses of Tequila-inspired cuisine, rare Tequila tastings, & a master's class iat Elote Café. The Arizona restaurant is known for its scenic views of the Sedona Red Rocks, its award-winning fusion of farm-fresh flavors from Southern Mexico and the American Southwest, and its selection of fine tequilas. Elote Café, usually closed Sundays, is making an exception for this special event on Sunday, May 7. Starting promptly at 2 pm, James Beard Award-nominated Chef Jeff Smedstad, with the help of Herradura and Patron, will present a Tequila master's class.

Attendees will taste the artistry of Chef Smedstad with seven courses of small plates crafted specially for the event. Some plates will include Tequila as an ingredient while others will be paired with a variety of artisanal Tequilas. Chef Smedstad and Tequila experts will guide guests through the basics of Tequila and complementary cuisine and briefly explore the different refinement processes of Tequila in a mini multimedia lecture series. Reservations are required and space is very limited.  Please call 928-203-0105. 

All proceeds from the Elote Tequila Tasting Event will go to the Sedona Rotary Club, benefiting the Verde Valley Imagination Library.

Kentucky Derby Party at Southern Rail
May
6
1:00 pm13:00

Kentucky Derby Party at Southern Rail

  • Southern Rail

Join Southern Rail and don your best Derby attire for their 3rd annual Kentucky Derby Party 1:00-5:00 (race time 3:34) on Saturday, May 6th.  Sip mint juleps, wear a grand hat and party with your friends.  Prizes will be give for the best women's hat, best men's hat  & best Derby outfit. Reservations are recommended.  Reserve a table now

Derby Day Brunch and Lawn Party at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
May
6
1:00 pm13:00

Derby Day Brunch and Lawn Party at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

“The most exciting two minutes in sports” will be celebrated in grand Southern style at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with a Kentucky Derby brunch and lawn party, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Inspired by “Millionaire’s Row” at Churchill Downs, each guest will enjoy the traditions of the Derby atmosphere, including frosty mint juleps, live blues music, a photo booth, lawn games and more.

Delight in a classic lunch menu infused with Southern flair by Chef Jeremy McMillan, featuring Kentucky Derby hot browns, Benedictine dip, pickled shrimp toasts, sweet tea brined fried chicken, and much more. Sweet sensations include Derby and Chess pie, and red velvet cupcakes.

And because the Derby is just as much about fashion as it is horse racing, Southern belles and gents are encouraged to wear their fanciest hats and sharpest suits to compete for spectacular prizes in our men’s and women’s Derby hat and fashion contest.

Bourbon Steak’s Kentucky Derby Brunch is $109 per person, plus tax and service charge. Reservations are suggested by calling 480.585.2694.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Bourbon Steak, A Michael Mina Restaurant, is located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and valet parking is complimentary with restaurant validation.