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.

Mezcal Carreño Dinner at Talavera
May
23
5:30 PM17:30

Mezcal Carreño Dinner at Talavera

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Join Chef Samantha on a culinary tour through Oaxaca, Mexico at Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North! Live flamenco guitar sets the scene as you enjoy hand-crafted cuisine & meticulously paired cocktails featuring unique spirits from Mezcal Carreño! $125 per person exclusive of tax & gratuity. For reservations, call 480-513-5085 (for a detailed Write On Rubee interview with Mezcal Carreño, visit this link)

WELCOME PINTXOS IN THE GIN BAR
mezcal carreño flight | sal de gusano | orange
spiced corn nuts | chile | lime
duritos | lime zest | tajín
esquites | street corn | queso fresco | chile
papas fritas adobadas

CEVICHE TOSTADA STATION
tepeztate mezcaL punch | prickly pear | jalapeño
lobster | mango | avocado crema | sesame
tuna tiradito | black garlic salsa macha | papaya
razor clam | yuzu kosho | orange | shishito mole

LECHON AL PASTOR
tobasiche Mezcal | pineapple | guava
fresh blue corn tortillas WITH HOJA SANTA
charred pineapple + habanero salsa
chile de arbol + garlic salsa
tomatillo + avocado salsa

PLATED ENTRÉE
esamble 7 | sal de gusano | orange | pineapple
roasted duck tamale
fresh masa | duck | foie gras | mole negro

DESSERT
carajillo | tobalá mezcal | licor 43 | coffee | almond milk foam
burnt milk flan
salsa fresca de baja


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Flavors of Phoenix
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Flavors of Phoenix

Founded 28 years ago in Arizona, and now hosted in 20-plus cities nationwide, the annual Flavors of Phoenix showcases the combined culinary talents of 30-plus of the Valley's best chefs coming together to raise funds for the American Liver Foundation. Held at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on Thursday, May 23, the 2019 event boasts an all-star lineup of top local chefs, including Founding Chef and Co-Chair, Christopher Gross of the Wrigley Mansion, as well as fellow Chef Co-Chairs, Matt Carter of Zinc Bistro, The Mission, Fat Ox, and Chris Masco of the Westin Kierland.

The event kicks off with a gourmet cocktail reception and silent auction, before transitioning to a multi-course dinner showcasing the signature dishes and refined flavors of the host chefs. Best of all, every ticket sold will go directly to help fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

For a full list of participating chefs, and to purchase tickets, visit https://alfflavors.org/phoenix/

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Tipsy Tea Party at The Camby
May
24
2:00 PM14:00

Tipsy Tea Party at The Camby

Tipsy Tea Party at The Camby

Join The Bee's Knees for a modern twist on tea time at The Camby.  Spiked tea options include chilled tea-infused cocktails, hot tea-infused cocktails, tea-infused champagne cocktails, as well as straight tea and mocktails. The bites menu puts a twist on tea time favorites with finger sandwiches with herb ricotta & prosciutto, fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs, and mango avocado crab salad sliders. 

Each guest savors one of every dish from the prix-fix menu, a choice of tea cocktail served in a teapot and a finale of sweet treats.  Tipsy Tea Party takes place every Friday and Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Bees Knees. For reservations, please contact: tipsyteaparty@thecamby.com or call calling 602-522-6655,

For a Write On Rubee recap, visit this link: http://www.writeonrubee.com/diningout/tipsy-tea-at-the-camby

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Tipsy Tea Party at The Camby
May
25
2:00 PM14:00

Tipsy Tea Party at The Camby

Tipsy Tea Party at The Camby

Join The Bee's Knees for a modern twist on tea time at The Camby.  Spiked tea options include chilled tea-infused cocktails, hot tea-infused cocktails, tea-infused champagne cocktails, as well as straight tea and mocktails. The bites menu puts a twist on tea time favorites with finger sandwiches with herb ricotta & prosciutto, fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs, and mango avocado crab salad sliders. 

Each guest savors one of every dish from the prix-fix menu, a choice of tea cocktail served in a teapot and a finale of sweet treats.  Tipsy Tea Party takes place every Friday and Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Bees Knees. For reservations, please contact: tipsyteaparty@thecamby.com or calling 602-522-6655,

For a Write On Rubee recap, visit this link: http://www.writeonrubee.com/diningout/tipsy-tea-at-the-camby

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Champagne Saturdays at The Phoenician
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Champagne Saturdays at The Phoenician

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Join The Phoenician Resort for Champagne Saturdays. The Phoenician captures the essence of its award-winning Afternoon Tea experience with a new, after-dark offering that allows individuals to show their bubbly side. Each Champagne is paired with an artisan cheese board as a starter, followed by the first course of cold canapés, including Lemon-Poached Chilled Shrimp with Mango Cocktail Sauce and Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus.  A second course of warm canapés features miniature Beef Wellington with Tarragon Aioli and Coconut-Breaded Lobster Tail with Thai Chili Sauce, among others. Desserts complete the menu with such decadent offerings as Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, Scottish Shortbread and Dark Chocolate Truffles. Full menu here.

Reservations are required with a credit card guarantee. Please call 480 423 2792 Tuesday – Saturday or email PHXLCAfternoonTeaInquiries@marriott.com.

Held in the Afternoon Tea room in the main lobby the first and third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

Pricing:
Perrier Jouet, Grand Brut + reception selections, $89 per person
Ruinart, Blanc de Blanc + reception selections, $119 per person
Dom Perignon + reception selections, $199 per person
*A 22% gratuity will be added to all parties


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Cartwright's Modern Cuisine Collaboration Dinner: The Desert Forage
May
29
6:30 PM18:30

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine Collaboration Dinner: The Desert Forage

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Get ready for another amazing Cartwright’s Chef Collaboration Dinner as Chef Brett Vibber is joined by Chef Cory Oppold of Atlas Bistro. They will dive into the Arizona wilderness to create a delicious menu focusing on The Desert Forage with optional pairing of Arizona’s Dos Cabezas wine. Tickets are $95 per person. To purchase your tickets and reserve your seats, go to EventBrite for more information.

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Farm to Kitchen West Five C’s Supper Series
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Farm to Kitchen West Five C’s Supper Series

Brick chicken with Arizona Shade Farms pink bacon oyster mushrooms  (Debby Wolvos)

Brick chicken with Arizona Shade Farms pink bacon oyster mushrooms (Debby Wolvos)

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel is proud to announce a monthly Five C’s Supper Series to celebrate Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial and Arizona Statehood month in February. Kitchen West Restaurant will present three-course family style dinners that pair cuisine by Executive Chef Rick Dupere with wines from celebrated Arizona vineyards. Dinners will be held on May 30 and June 20.

Guests will savor dishes inspired by the five C’s including seasonal citrus salads; butcher boards, carrot and beet slaw and Cherokee purple tomatoes with burrata. Continue the inspired dining experience with tempting entrées like crusted seabass, Duck à l’ Orange, prime ribeye, campfire creek trout, roasted bone marrow with kiln oven bread, veal stock braised short ribs and brick chicken with Arizona Shade Farms pink bacon oyster mushrooms. Additional temptations include family style sides like pima beans with berries, heirloom tepary beans, home baked biscuits with desert mesquite honey and charred nopales with mint macerated melons. Each Supper ends with an artfully crafted dessert including highlights such as; peach pan dowdy, cotton candy sorbet and single origin Valrhona chocolate pudding with clotted cream.

The cost of each dinner is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Guests begin each Super Series at 6:00 p.m. with a private cocktail reception featuring appetizers and Arizona wines followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairings. Reservations are required. www.TheScottsdaleResort.com.

 

 

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Southern Rail Celebrates Bourbon Week
Jun
10
to Jun 14

Southern Rail Celebrates Bourbon Week

Celebrate America’s whiskey at Southern Rail’s 2019 Bourbon Week in honor of National Bourbon Day on June 14. From Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 14, guests can toast to the holiday with $23 bourbon flights and fill up with bourbon-infused dishes and desserts includig pulled pork on low country hoe cake with bourbon glazed peaches and bacon bourbon apple cobbler with oat gingersnap crumble.

In addition to the Bourbon Week celebration, Southern Rail will also be hosting a Bourbon & Bitters dinner in collaboration with AZ Bitters Lab as a part of their Arizona CoLab Dinner Series. Reservations for Bourbon Week are recommended and can be made online at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2431682146883354/ For more information, please call 602-200-0085 or visit www.southernrailaz.com.

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Monday Night Chef’s Table at ZuZu:  Eco Terreno
Jun
10
6:30 PM18:30

Monday Night Chef’s Table at ZuZu: Eco Terreno

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 | $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required. Visit www.hotelvalleyho.com or call 480.376.2600 for reservations.

On June 10, special guest winemaker Mark Lyon from Eco Terreno Wines will be partnering up with Chef Russell LaCasce of ZuZu to create an evening to remember full of delightful seasonal cuisine paired with California Chardonnays against White Burgundies from France. Just a few of the specialty menu items include Pan Seared New Bedford Scallops, Dungeness Crab Cake and Vanilla Butter Pie. Upcoming dinners include Penner-Ash on July 15, and the Monday Night Chef’s Table will be relaunching in the Fall on September 30.


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AZ CoLab Dinner Series at Southern  Rail: AZ Bitters Lab
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

AZ CoLab Dinner Series at Southern Rail: AZ Bitters Lab

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Join Southern Rail for this summer's AZ CoLab Dinner Series. Chef Beckett will COLABorate with a local Arizona artisan to create a special three-course dinner experience using their unique products at Southern Rail. Gathered around the community table you will enjoy a flavorful, family-style meal complete with beverage pairings. Starting at 6:00 pm and available for $48 per person, this is the perfect opportunity for YOU to celebrate and support the AZ local dining community. Pick an AZ CoLab date and purchase your tickets below. For the AZ Bitters Lab dinner, purchase tickets at this link.

June 12 AZ Bitters Lab
July 24 Pillsbury Wine
August 28 Four Tails Vineyard


 

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Farm to Kitchen West Five C’s Supper Series
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Farm to Kitchen West Five C’s Supper Series

Brick chicken with Arizona Shade Farms pink bacon oyster mushrooms  (Debby Wolvos)

Brick chicken with Arizona Shade Farms pink bacon oyster mushrooms (Debby Wolvos)

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel is proud to announce a monthly Five C’s Supper Series to celebrate Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial and Arizona Statehood month in February. Kitchen West Restaurant will present three-course family style dinners that pair cuisine by Executive Chef Rick Dupere with wines from celebrated Arizona vineyards.

Guests will savor dishes inspired by the five C’s including seasonal citrus salads; butcher boards, carrot and beet slaw and Cherokee purple tomatoes with burrata. Continue the inspired dining experience with tempting entrées like crusted seabass, Duck à l’ Orange, prime ribeye, campfire creek trout, roasted bone marrow with kiln oven bread, veal stock braised short ribs and brick chicken with Arizona Shade Farms pink bacon oyster mushrooms. Additional temptations include family style sides like pima beans with berries, heirloom tepary beans, home baked biscuits with desert mesquite honey and charred nopales with mint macerated melons. Each Supper ends with an artfully crafted dessert including highlights such as; peach pan dowdy, cotton candy sorbet and single origin Valrhona chocolate pudding with clotted cream.

The cost of each dinner is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Guests begin each Super Series at 6:00 p.m. with a private cocktail reception featuring appetizers and Arizona wines followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairings. Reservations are required. www.TheScottsdaleResort.com.

 

 

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Churroholic Opens in Tempe
May
22
11:00 AM11:00

Churroholic Opens in Tempe

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Churroholic, the much buzzed-about churro and ice cream treat shop, opens today at Tempe Marketplace. The store is located near the splash pad and Zero Degrees in The District.

Churroholic’s dedicated team of churro artisans assist each guest in their churro experience, helping them make decisions between items like the Original Churro Sandwich (your choice of ice cream served between two churro “buns”), the Cookie Monster Milkshake (Blue vanilla ice cream with brownies, cookie dough and whipped cream), or the Churro Sundae (churros with ice cream, whipped cream, caramel and chocolate drizzle, coconut flakes and toffee.)

Churroholic is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. To learn more about Churroholic, visit churroholic.com.

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Willcox Wine Festival Weekend
May
17
to May 20

Willcox Wine Festival Weekend

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Rated by Fodor's Travel as one of the top 10 wine festivals in North America, the Willcox Wine Country Festival Saturday and Sunday is a weekend-long celebration, featuring Arizona wines from the Willcox region. What started with four wineries and just over 250 attendees ten years ago, has grown to 18 wineries, over 70 art and craft vendors, 5 bands, multiple food venues, and over 5,000 attendees.

The festival is located at the historic Railroad Park (157 N. Railroad Avenue, Willcox, AZ 85643) just steps from the Willcox Wine Trail and local vineyards. Take advantage and spend the whole weekend!  Willcox offers several places to stay overnight. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.willcoxwinecountry.org

Arizona’s largest and longest running festival expands to include awards benefit dinner, theater fundraiser and the first annual Willcox Wine Country Competition. Over the past few months, wines made with Willcox wine grapes were submitted to Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago for evaluation. The results of this competition will be announced on Friday at the Awards and Benefit Dinner. At the winemaker’s dinner, two Willcox Wine Country pioneers will be recognized: Bob Webb and Dr. Mike Kilby. Both played a significant role in putting Willcox Wine Country on the map. Our second addition for this spring’s festival is a fundraiser for the Historic Willcox Theater & Arts. This event will happen on Saturday evening after the festival. Guests will sample award-winning wines, enjoy culinary delights and be invited to a movie.
Aridus Wine Company*

For more information on Willcox Wine Country, visit willcoxwinecountry.org or call 480-516-8848.

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Pomo Pizzeria Celebrates Nine Years
May
9
5:00 PM17:00

Pomo Pizzeria Celebrates Nine Years

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Join the party at Pomo Pizzeria as they celebrate nine successful years. On Thursday, May 9th from 5 to 7 p.m., Pomo Pizzeria will host una festa bellissima at all three locations in Phoenix, Gilbert and Scottsdale. The anniversary party will be free and open to the public and include complimentary bites from their happy hour menu along with classic Italian Aperol Spritzes and non-alcoholic punch.

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Epicuriad 2019
May
4
6:30 PM18:30

Epicuriad 2019

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Join us as dozens of world-class chefs face off in a food and beer/wine pairing competition. Based on attendee votes, one chef will be crowned the winner, and will receive the coveted Epicuriad chef's jacket. Guests will enjoy tasty treats and libations, live music by Desert Dawgs, a silent auction featuring items like a round of golf at the Phoenician and much more! For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.headforthecure.org/content/epicuriad

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Kentucky Derby Lawn Party at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

Kentucky Derby Lawn Party at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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“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. Guests will enjoy frosty mint juleps, live music, a photo booth, lawn games and plasma screens indoors and out. Executive Chef Sara Garrant’s brunch menu is filled with Southern flair, featuring Kentucky Derby hot browns and shrimp and grits. Southern belles and gents, wear your fanciest hats and sharpest suits to compete for 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 required, call 480.585.2694.

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Four Tails Vineyard Tasting and BBQ at GenuWine Arizona
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Four Tails Vineyard Tasting and BBQ at GenuWine Arizona

Barb and Cale Coons of Four Tails Vineyard ( photo: Write On Rubee )

Barb and Cale Coons of Four Tails Vineyard (photo: Write On Rubee)

Four Tails Vineyard will be at GenuWine pouring FREE samples of their Tempranillo, Cab Sauv, and Viognier. Come try them all and you can even purchase a bottle to bring home! In the mood for some delicious BBQ? K Star BBQ will be parked out front of GenuWine until 9:00pm!

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TasteAbout Arizona with the Scott Foundation
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

TasteAbout Arizona with the Scott Foundation

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Country Recording Artist, Shari Rowe and an all-star team of Arizona’s favorite artisan chefs and farmers pair up with Scott-Foundation to create a five-course dinner and culinary experience while raising funds for Arizona Foster Kids Culinary Programs. Come experience the culinary wonders of these Arizona chefs & farmers:
Chef Brett Vibber - Cartwright's Modern Cuisine, Chef Tamara Stranger - Cotton & Copper, Chef Jason Alford - Bulthaup (lab) AZ, Chef David Duarte - The Social on 83rd, Mountain Sky Farms, Agave Farms, Rhiba Farms, Ramona Farms, Crow’s Dairy, The Farm at South Mountain, Date Creek Ranch, Adams Natural Meats, La Campagna Homestead. Raising the vibration of a caring community supporting Arizona foster kids culinary programs, join Valley chefs and farmers as they work side-by-side with the kids to prep, cook and plate, while soaking up a kind of wisdom more useful with real-life content. Evening includes Wine, Beer & Spirits Tastings | Country Artist, Shari Rowe | Silent Auction & Raffle

TICKETS
VIP Access - $250 - Exclusive VIP Area, Premium Event Seating, 14 Tastings, Featured Bottle of Wine Per Table, a Private Area Cash Bar and more…
Individual - $125 - Admission includes 5-Course Plated Dinner, 7 Tastings & Entertainment. Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tasteabout-arizona-tickets-59905277297

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Three Chef Pop-Up with Nobuo Fukuda, Zach Rodenburg, and Adam Allison
Apr
28
5:30 PM17:30

Three Chef Pop-Up with Nobuo Fukuda, Zach Rodenburg, and Adam Allison

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Join Nobuo Fukuda from Teeter House, Zachary Rodenburg from Shimogamo and Adam Allison from Handlebar Diner for a special collaboration pop-up at Shimogamo in Chandler. These three talented chefs will treat guests to an exclusive seven-course dinner. Tickets are $80 per person plus an optional $25 pp for wine/sake pairing. For details and tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/three-chef-pop-up-tickets-59978225487

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Arizona Craft Spirits and Cocktail Festival
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

Arizona Craft Spirits and Cocktail Festival

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Mix, Mingle and Sip your way through Arizona Craft Spirits & Cocktail Festival. Sip on premium spirits that include whiskey, vodka, gin, rum and carefully crafted cocktails plus some craft beer and a little wine thrown in the mix. For details and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arizona-craft-spirits-and-cocktail-festival-tickets-53299022812

  • VIP Tickets (20 Drink Tickets, food, private area and restrooms): $100 limited number available.

  • General Admission Drinking Tickets: $26 includes 7 drink tickets, access to seminars, music, games and all the fun activities. This is a presale price good for a limited time.

  • Designated Driver: $8 admission only and no alcohol consumption is permitted.

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Mixed: A Cocktail Culinary Series at the Westin Kierland
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Mixed: A Cocktail Culinary Series at the Westin Kierland

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The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa presents in collaboration with Scottsdale League for the Arts – “Mixed: A Cocktail Culinary Series” in which Beverage Specialist Matt Allen takes guests through a sequence of cocktail and culinary pairings. The series is priced at $100 per person. Event seating is limited with only 24 seats available per event. For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

Nature’s Balance | April 26, 2019
Spring cleaning with a twist, indulge in a holistic lineup of organic cocktail and culinary creations crafted with 100% certified organic ingredients, each hand-selected from organic farms, ranches, purveyors and distilleries across the Southwest. Ticket pricing includes service charge and sales tax, and additional gratuity is welcome upon guest preference.

Desert Delights | May 17, 2019
Taste your way through the majestic Sonoran Desert’s more than 100,000 square miles with cacti-infused cocktails enriched with botanical liqueurs and paired with desert delicacies such as wild boar, rabbit, rattlesnake and more. Ticket pricing includes service charge and sales tax, and additional gratuity is welcome upon guest preference.

A Tale of Five Isles | June 14, 2019
In celebration of the contributions Scottish immigrants made to early Arizona, explore a variety of “Scotchtails” – Scotch whisky-based cocktails representing all five of Scotland’s iconic isles – joined by traditional Scottish fare rich with the likes of pecan- and barrel-smoked fish, game proteins and more.

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Farm to Kitchen West Five C’s Supper Series
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Farm to Kitchen West Five C’s Supper Series

Brick chicken with Arizona Shade Farms pink bacon oyster mushrooms  (Debby Wolvos)

Brick chicken with Arizona Shade Farms pink bacon oyster mushrooms (Debby Wolvos)

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel is proud to announce a monthly Five C’s Supper Series to celebrate Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial and Arizona Statehood month in February. Kitchen West Restaurant will present three-course family style dinners that pair cuisine by Executive Chef Rick Dupere with wines from celebrated Arizona vineyards. Dinners will be held on April 25, May 30 and June 20.

Guests will savor dishes inspired by the five C’s including seasonal citrus salads; butcher boards, carrot and beet slaw and Cherokee purple tomatoes with burrata. Continue the inspired dining experience with tempting entrées like crusted seabass, Duck à l’ Orange, prime ribeye, campfire creek trout, roasted bone marrow with kiln oven bread, veal stock braised short ribs and brick chicken with Arizona Shade Farms pink bacon oyster mushrooms. Additional temptations include family style sides like pima beans with berries, heirloom tepary beans, home baked biscuits with desert mesquite honey and charred nopales with mint macerated melons. Each Supper ends with an artfully crafted dessert including highlights such as; peach pan dowdy, cotton candy sorbet and single origin Valrhona chocolate pudding with clotted cream.

The cost of each dinner is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Guests begin each Super Series at 6:00 p.m. with a private cocktail reception featuring appetizers and Arizona wines followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairings. Reservations are required. www.TheScottsdaleResort.com.

 

 

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Nirvana Food and Wine Festival
Apr
24
to Apr 28

Nirvana Food and Wine Festival

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Nirvana returns to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa April 24-28. Scottsdale’s premier food, wine, spirits and music event continues to grow in popularity and critical renown, leading Sanctuary to add a fifth day to this year’s program. Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan is among the headliners on a growing list of luminaries that already includes Todd English, Matt Carter, Christopher Gross, Robert Irvine, Scott Conant, Jose Garces, Marc Murphy, Jillian Vose and Tony Abou-Ganim with more to come. Events will take place both on and off the resort grounds, making this year’s Nirvana a festival that truly highlights the best of greater Scottsdale. Tickets to Nirvana are available at www.NirvanaFoodandWine.com.

Nirvana overnight packages Those interested in turning their festival experience into a luxurious culinary getaway can book one of three Nirvana Packages. All packages are based on double occupancy and are inclusive of taxes and the nightly resort fee. Book online at https://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/nirvana-2019-packages/ or call 855-245-2051.

Wood, Wine & Wagyu
Hosted by Chef Beau MacMillan, David Rose and Jason Asher; presented by Woodford Reserve and ZD Wines
Wednesday, April 24, 7-10 p.m.; Paradise Views Patio & Lower Lawn; $225 plus tax per person
Nirvana 2019 will kick off with an intimate, sit-down, family-style dinner featuring Wagyu beef from Snake River Farms cooked over a wood fire by local and national chefs. The dinner also includes craft cocktails made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, specialty wines, a Davidoff cigar reception, and live entertainment.

 Master of Taste Dinner 1
Hosted by legendary winemaker Tuck Beckstoffer and Top Chef Alum Bruce Kalman
Wednesday, April 24; 7-10 p.m.; Villa Mariposa; $350 plus tax per person; limited availability
The Master of Taste dinners are intimate culinary gatherings that pair top regional and local chefs with a notable winemaker. The first of four such evenings puts the spotlight on Napa’s Tuck Beckstoffer Wines with pioneering winemaker Tuck himself playing host. The dinner experience will be elevated by Sanctuary’s stunning valley views, seen through the dramatic glass walls of Villa Mariposa, one of Sanctuary’s ultra-exclusive private homes.

Bourbon Street Blues
Hosted by Food Network’s Marc Murphy and Dead Rabbit’s Jillian Vose
Thursday, April 25, 7-9 p.m.; Infinity Pool and Lawn; $135 plus tax per person
This grand New Orleans-style celebration returns for a second year, with guests encouraged to don Mardi Gras-inspired attire while mingling and noshing on an extraordinary spread of food and drinks. Live music will set the beat for guests to dance while the Valley’s top mixologists set the party vibe with inspired cocktail creations.

Master of Taste Dinner 2
Phenom winemaker Jesse Katz pairs up with Chef Dustin Valette
Thursday, April 25; 7-10 p.m.; Villa Mariposa; $350 plus tax per person; limited availability
Nirvana’s second winemaking evening features rising star Jesse Katz, innovative founder of Aperture Cellars from Alexander Valley, California, which focuses on Bordeaux varietals and demonstrates an expression of art both inside the bottle and out, and the highest-rating varietal from California, Devil Proof Vineyards.

Flutes & Coops
Hosted by Todd English and D Vincent Williams and the Nashville All-Stars; presented by Veuve Cliquot
Friday, April 26, 6:30-7:15 p.m. (VIP), 7:15-10 p.m. (general admission); The Views Ballroom, Paradise Views Patio and Lower Lawn; $225 plus tax VIP/ $150 plus tax GA per person
Fried chicken gets fancy during this Champagne-focused soiree, featuring Veuve Clicquot and some of the country’s biggest culinary talent. Festival-goers can book VIP admission to enjoy 45 minutes of personal time with their favorite participating chefs and mixologists including Bar Brawl’s Season 2 champion Kiefer Gilbert.

Master of Taste Dinner 3
Hosted by winemakers Dan Kosta and Rich Aurilia with Chef François de Melogue‏
Friday, April 26, 7-10 p.m.; Villa Mariposa; $500 plus tax per person; limited availability
Nirvana’s third Master of Taste Dinner brings together legendary winemaker Dan Kosta of AldenAlli (Sonoma, California) with former San Francisco Giants shortstop Rich Aurilia, now a partner in Red Stitch Wine Group (Napa Valley, California).

Nirvana After Party at Fat Ox
Chef host Matt Carter welcomes celebrity mixologist Jillian Vose, Jason Asher and Micah Olsen with top chef Bruce Kalman
Friday, April 26, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Fat Ox, 6316 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; $125 plus tax per person
Nirvana’s first-ever late-night event will be an exclusive, roped-off, live-DJ affair at one of Scottsdale’s sexiest restaurants. Fat Ox chef Matt Carter and mixologist Jillian Vose, formerly of Sanctuary’s own jade bar and now owner of New York City’s hottest cocktail bar, The Dead Rabbit, will headline the see-and-be-seen party. Guests will rub shoulders with the best of Nirvana’s celebrity chefs and local mixologists, including Jason Asher, owner of Counter Intuitive and Undertow and former GQ Bombay Sapphire’s “most inspired bartender”.

Celebrity Golf Tournament
Hosted by The Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella
Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. tee; Mountain Shadows; $400 per player
Neighboring Mountain Shadows’ Short Course will play host to Nirvana’s hugely popular celebrity golf tournament, hosted by Matt Ginella of The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. Famous faces from the worlds of sports, food and drink will pair up with foursomes for a day on the greens geared towards fun, including delectable small bites, a luncheon buffet and beverages.

Rosé Parté at Wrigley Mansion
Wrigley Mansion’s Chefs Christopher Gross and Jamie Hormel welcome celebrity chef Robert Irvine, Lindsay Autry, mixologist Libby Lingua, the Bella Twins and musical guests The Potash Twins 
Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix; $150 plus tax per person
The rosé-all-day trend continues with Rosé Parté, returning to Nirvana by popular demand, this time to Phoenix’s storied and elegant iconic mansion, Wrigley Mansion. Also returning to the Nirvana scene are The Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie Bella of WWE fame, stars of E! Network’s Total Bellas, and the inspiration behind Belle Radici wines. Guests will enjoy fabulous pairings of rosé and fine food while exploring the historic environs.

Best of the West
Hosted by Chef Scott Conant and celebrity mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim
Saturday, April 27, 6:30-7:15 p.m. (VIP), 7:15-10 p.m. (general admission); elements, Praying Monk, jade bar, Sunset Garden, Paradise Views Patio and Lower Lawn; $250 plus tax VIP/$175 plus tax GA per person
The West’s most beloved Arizona chefs will gather for an evening send-off, celebrating Nirvana 2019 with a spectacular walk-around tasting event and an incredible variety of wines. VIP attendees gain early access and extra time with the chefs.

Master of Taste Dinner 4
Hosted by Tim Martin of Tusk Wines
Saturday, April 27, 7-10 p.m.; Villa Mariposa; $500 plus tax per person; limited availability
Nirvana’s final Master of Taste Dinner spotlights winemaker Tim Martin, founder of Napa’s luxury wine brands Tusk Estates, Immortal Estate and Belle Radici. Tim joins Arizona legends Chuck Wiley, Mark Tarbell, Vincent Guerithault, and Alex Stratta for this amazing night of food, wine and special music guests.

Tequila & Tortillas
Hosted by Iron Chef Jose Garces and renowned artist Genero Garcia
Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; elements, Praying Monk, jade bar, Sunset Garden, Paradise Views Patio and Lower Lawn; $150 plus tax per person
¡Salud! Tequila is the star of Nirvana’s farewell brunch featuring Southwestern specialties and the best of the blue agave plant. Live music makes it a fiesta to remember as Nirvana bids adios to its 2019 showcase.

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Ginworld Gin Week Phoenix
Apr
22
to Apr 28

Ginworld Gin Week Phoenix

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The concept of Ginworld grew out of a grassroots gin festival born in the Midwest, gathering distillers from around the country to share their passion, their spirits, and their experiences, directly with the consumers and the industry that support them. Now in its fifth year, Ginworld has evolved into a platform to expand the knowledge of gin, celebrate its ever growing spectrum, and elevate the category of gin around the world, and they’re coming to Arizona for the first time. For tickets and more information on the events below, visit http://ginworld.com/

Monday, April 22, 2019:
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Blind Spectrum of Gin Tasting Seminar
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Campari Loves Gin Competition

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Art of Vermouth "Shaken Not Stirred" Martini Seminar

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Modifiers Amaro Lab, Hven Seminar, & Distillery Tour
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Botanical Engineers Seminar
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Gin Week Phoenix Pool Party!

Thursday, April 25, 2019
12:00 PM: Gin & Bitters Seminar “Reunited and It Feels So Good”
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Cocktails & Oysters

Friday, April 26, 2019
12:00 PM: A Deep Dive into the Distilling World “All About The Base”

Saturday, April 27, 2019:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Meet the Distillers Social:

Sunday, April 28, 2019:
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Ginworld Gin Festival Phoenix 2019: Hands-on workshops, seminars, Perfect Serve Gin Tonic Bar, Bloody Mary Bar and gin-related activities. Meet and connect with the distillers of your favorite gins. WriteOnRubee readers can take $10 off the $55 ticket price with discount code: DrinkGin . Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ginworld-gin-festival-phoenix-2019-tickets-54029862774

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Visit L'Auberge for an Exclusive Lunch as they Host Visiting Tibetan Monks
Apr
21
to Apr 26

Visit L'Auberge for an Exclusive Lunch as they Host Visiting Tibetan Monks

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The Tibetan Monks will be creating a beautiful, traditional Maitreya Sand Mandala (the Buddha of Love) at Unity of Sedona, including a blessing of L'Auberge de Sedona to celebrate its 35th Anniversary. Visitors are welcome to come and watch the spectacular Sand Mandala come to life and immerse themselves in Tibetan art, culture and meditation. An Opening Ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m., with guests also able view the Sand Mandala creation process from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m daily in the Unity Sanctuary. 

Following the Sand Mandala creation, L’Auberge de Sedona will offer a creekside, naturally sourced lunch served "family style" with fare from Etch Kitchen & Bar and Cress on Oak Creek at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Menu highlights include molasses roasted beef ribeye with sherry vinegar Brussels sprouts and rosemary beef jus; buttermilk fried Sedona rainbow trout with Ramona farms roasted pima corn, cotija cheese and jalapeno chips; chocolate hazelnut tartlets and passion fruit cheesecake for dessert. The lunch is $75 per person, with a portion given as a donation to the monks' monastery. Tickets can be purchased here. 

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Scottsdale Beer and Oddity Wine Dinner
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Scottsdale Beer and Oddity Wine Dinner

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Make plans to join us for this expertly paired 4 course Beer & Wine Dinner on April 20th at 6:30pm. The dinner Includes a reception SBC pint or glass of Oddity Wine, and a complimentary logo’d glass, each glass will have a raffle ticket for your chance to win a bottle of wine and an SBC gift card! Meet Aaron, Bree, and Dave, the founders of The oDDity Wine CollectiVe, Chef Justin Olsen and Head Brewer Brad Williams of SBC. Very limited seating, call the brewery at 480-219-1844 or email info@scottsdalebeercompany.com to reserve you seat at the table. $60 p/person

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PHX Night Market
Apr
20
to Apr 21

PHX Night Market

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PHX Night Market is a nocturnal food and entertainment event focused on bringing culinary creativity and diversity to the Greater Phoenix area. This Asian-influenced and Phoenix foodie-inspired celebrates cultural diversity, cuisine, music, and community. Located in Downtown Phoenix, the PHX Night Market had it's inaugural event in April 2018 with over 13K attendees and 50+ food and retail vendors. Saturday, April 20: 6PM - 12AM. Sunday, April 21: 5PM - 10PM. For details and to purchase tickets, visit: https://phxnightmarket.com/

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Spirited Sipping Seminars at Mountain Shadows
Apr
20
3:00 PM15:00

Spirited Sipping Seminars at Mountain Shadows

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Join Mountain Shadows on select Saturdays at Hearth ‘61 and go on a journey through the wonderful world of wine, beer and spirits. The resort’s talented beverage experts will guide attendees through a tasting seminar and history lesson worth savoring. Each seminar is 30 to 45 minutes, from 3-4 p.m. and costs $30 per person with extra time for guests to stick around and savor the knowledge gained (and the spirits poured). To reserve your spot, visit this link.

APRIL 20 | The Wondrous World of Scotch
MAY 4 | Top-Notch Tequilas
MAY 18 | Choosing the Right Bourbon
JUNE 1 | Perfect Poolside Cocktails

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Fried: A French Fry and Music Festival
Apr
20
2:00 PM14:00

Fried: A French Fry and Music Festival

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FRIED lets the world’s favorite side dish take center stage alongside an amazing line up of artists that will make for one helluva party you don’t want to miss. Purchase mind-blowing French fry creations from over 20 makers for just $2-$3, and chill on the main lawn with a beer in hand while listening to a curated line-up of musicians, bands, and DJs.  This inaugural festival is produced by the founders of the Phoenix Pizza Festival and Downtown Donut Festival. The event benefits Downtown Phoenix Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that promotes the continued revitalization of downtown Phoenix. Expect fries in all shapes and sizes, with all manner of toppings, dips, and seasoning, including Frites St., French Me Fry Truck, The Dressing Room, Merkin Pizza Wagon, Ginger Monkey Tavern, Krazy Taters, Left Coast Burrito, and Cousins Maine Lobster. For more information and the full line-up, visit https://www.friedfestival.com/festival

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The Great Southwest Cajun Fest
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

The Great Southwest Cajun Fest

Soutwest Cajun Fest

Southwest Cajun Fest, brought to you by Abita Brewing is set to return on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from noon – 9 p.m. in downtown Chandler. Showcasing the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor for a full day packed with cultural festivities, food and entertainment.

Southwest Cajun Fest celebrates Cajun culture, cuisine and handcrafted beer. The fest will feature live music with jazz, blues and contemporary swing revival bands. Festival patrons will feel transported to the southeastern region of Louisiana with a variety of food vendors serving up regional dishes. Other highlights includes themed zones, eating competitions, a kids zone and more interactive experiences. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.southwestcajunfest.com

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Farm Tour and Cooking Demo at Hayden Flour Mills
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Farm Tour and Cooking Demo at Hayden Flour Mills

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Join us Slow Food Phoenix for a tour of Hayden Flour Mills in Queen Creek. Following the mill tour, James Beard Award nominated chef Charleen Badman and Casey Hopkins of Cartel Coffee Bakery will lead a cooking demonstration using Hayden Flour Mills products. For tickets and details, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-tour-and-cooking-demo-at-hayden-flour-mills-tickets-59777812045 Your $50 ticket includes:
Tour of Hayden Flour Mills
Cooking demonstration with chefs Charleen Badman of FnB and Casey Hopkins of Cartel Coffee
Lunch featuring Hayden Flour Mills and other local products
*Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult ticket. Includes lunch. Limit one child per paying adult.

All funds raised will go to support Slow Food Phoenix http://www.slowfoodphoenix.org.

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Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards Wine Tasting at Phoenix Art Museum
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards Wine Tasting at Phoenix Art Museum

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Join the Phoenix Art Museum for an evening of Arizona wine and agriculture education. Learn how grapes are grown in Arizona while enjoying the beautiful bounty! Tickets to this event are $45 and include education from the Arizona winemaker, tastings of four Keeling-Schaefer wines, and noshing items from Palette's Chef. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit EventBrite.



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Keeler's Steakhouse: Caymus Wine Dinner
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Keeler's Steakhouse: Caymus Wine Dinner

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Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse is pleased to host the Wagner Family of Wines Dinner on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy a specially curated five-course menu paired with wines to complement each bite. Pairings are as follows: 

1st Course — Sea Bass Crudo with seaweed and arugula salad, lemon oil, and micro cilantro ~ Paired with Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
2nd Course — Pan Seared Diver Scallops with bacon lardons, ancho risotto, and asparagus chips ~ Complemented by Sea Sun Chardonnay, California
3rd Course — Roasted Pork Loin with potato puree, haricot vert and orange-fig jam ~ Served with Mer Soleil Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
4th Course — Coffee and Cocoa Crusted Filet Mignon with scalloped potatoes and Brussels sprouts ~ Paired with Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
5th Course — Chocolate Mousse with fresh berry compote

Cost is $175+ per person and reservations can be made online at www.keelerssteakhouse.com or by calling (602) 374-4784.

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Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

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The Scottsdale Culinary Festival weekend brings a world of food, music and fun to one place! Taste Arizona’s restaurants all while enjoying a park setting at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. This year’s festival features 35+ restaurants, Four Peaks Beer Garden, Tito’s Handmade Vodka Lounge, chocolate and wine sampling, spirits tastings, family fun zone, live bands on 3 stages all weekend with headliner Berlin featuring Terri Nunn on Saturday night, and more. Net proceeds support local arts programs. For WriteOnRubee readers: Special BOGO deal on up to four General Admission tickets. Use code Arts19A21.

  • General Admission $12 Presale | $15 Day of Event (Saturday: 12-9 pm and Sunday 12-6 pm)

  • Beer Garden (includes general admission to the festival) $42 Presale | $45 Day of Event

  • VIP: $125 to $150

For details and to purchase tickets, visit www.scottsdalefest.org

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Scottsdale Culinary Festival: The Cocktail Society
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Scottsdale Culinary Festival: The Cocktail Society

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Kicking off the Scottsdale Culinary Festival weekend is The Cocktail Society, where guests will enjoy an exclusive night of James Bond-inspired craft cocktails, entertainment and elegant tastings. Tickets are all inclusive with food, beverages and entertainment for $85 each. This is a 21+ over event. For tickets and more information, visit: https://scottsdalefest.org/cocktailsociety/

 

 

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Tucson:  Arizona's Bounty: A Food and Wine Evening
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson: Arizona's Bounty: A Food and Wine Evening

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Join the Arizona Wine Growers Association and the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for a fun(d)raising event. Celebrate with fabulous wines from 20 member vineyards paired with gourmet, tapas-style bites from the University of Arizona's Executive Chef Michael Omo, live music by award-winning guitarist Eduardo Minozzi Costa and a silent auction. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arizonas-bounty-a-food-and-wine-evening-tickets-56008761714

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Arizona Tiki Oasis
Apr
12
to Apr 14

Arizona Tiki Oasis

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Join fellow tiki-lovers at Hotel Valley Ho for Arizona’s inaugural Tiki Oasis, a sister event to San Diego’s flagship Tiki Oasis festivities. Events include the tiki artist marketplace, educational seminars, a tiki cocktail competition, art show poolside luau, rooftop parties, cocktail lounge style dinners, invitation-only suite-hosted events and plenty of tropical libations. For details and to purchase tickets, visit Tiki Oasis. For a look at the program, visit this link.

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Exploration of Gin Dinner at Talavera
Apr
11
5:30 PM17:30

Exploration of Gin Dinner at Talavera

Photo: Christina Barrueta

Photo: Christina Barrueta

Join Chef Samantha & Sommelier Katherine Janowiak on a culinary tour through Spain! Live flamenco guitar sets the scene as you enjoy hand-crafted cuisine & meticulously paired gins and handcrafted gin cocktails from around the world. $125 per person exclusive of tax & gratuity. For reservations, call 480-513-5085.

WELCOME PINTXOS IN THE GIN BAR
seaside gin seaweed martini
spiced chick peas | furikake
housemade duritos | orange | salsa sanzarita
lemon szechuan almonds

SEAFOOD DISPLAY
cannon ball gin red snapper cocktail pairing
spanish lobster martini | olive | sherry
mussels escabeche | abalone tiradito | tuna tartare
west coast oysters | poached shrimp cocktail
chilled king crab | bahia vieja spot prawns

VERDURA
gin-ger + lemon fizz cocktail pairing
warm asparagus salad
jamón ibérico hollandaise | fried duck egg
churrasco salsa | jamón mudica | shaved truffle

PLATED ENTRÉE
edinburgh gin raspberry clover club
buffalo wellington
foie gras | wild mushroom duxelles | tuscan kale
puff pastry | spring onion | haricot vert | sherry demi

DESSERT AMUSE
elderflower gimlet
lemon elderflower cake
marcona almond | thyme | elderflower gin liqueur

FLAMBÉ DESSERT STATION
strawberry rhubarb
peruvian dark chocolate | salted cocoa nib
rasberry + rhubarb gin liqueur

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