Drink up at CrushBrew Craft Beverage Festival is in Scottsdale February 19th and 20th

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If you’re drink of choice comes from a craft brewer, winery or distillery you’ll want to be in downtown Scottsdale on Friday & Saturday February 19th & 20th as beverages from 50 craft beverage producers from Arizona, California and beyond will be poured at the CrushBrew Craft Beverage Festival. From 3 p.m.- 9 p.m. at The Scottsdale Waterfront festival goers will get to taste beers, ciders, spirits and wines from up & coming producers as well as well reputed producers such as Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, North Coast Brewing and George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey.

Wood fired pizzas will be available from local pizza restaurants to sample and purchase and will also compete in the CrushBrew Pizza throw-down. The beautiful weather will be complimented by live music the likes of Andres, Kassi Jayde and more.

Tickets start at $45 per day($80 for both Fri. & Sat.) and include GoVino glassware, 15 tasting tickets and access to the after party at the W Hotel & 6 more tasting tickets. VIP tickets are available as well with information & tickets available at http://www.crushbrewfestival.com/.

Liberty Market celebrates Paczki Day on February 9th

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Many people celebrate Fat Tuesday with King Cake but on Tuesday February 9th Gilbert’s Liberty Market is celebrating with the Polish favorite, Paczki a jelly filled fried pastry. This sweet treat has it’s own parade every year in Hamtramck Michigan and has people lined up outside bakeries around Detroit to get their Paczki on.

Liberty Market’s pastry chef LaDawn Driscoll will be up early on the 9th to prepare dozens of Paczki’s and LM is taking pre-orders for a dozen or more for customers to pick up; the deadline for pre-orders is Sunday night February 7th. They’re offering a choice of three fillings: chocolate cream, vanilla bean custard, or raspberry jam. Smaller orders will be taken first-come, first-served in person at the restaurant after 7:00am on Tuesday February 9th, while supplies last. Paczki are $3 each or $33 per dozen. To order call Liberty Market at (480) 892-1900 or email info@libertymarket.com.

Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen celebrates New Year’s Eve Carnaval style.

Scottsdale’s Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen will be hosting it’s 1st New Year’s Eve with a Copacabana styled Carnaval party. Just like in Rio Di Janerio party goers will have live music, dancing, tasty cocktails and delicious food.

Starting with a champagne reception and hor d’oeuvres followed by a traditional Brazilian buffet that includes salads, leg of lamb, beef medallions, fish stew and more with desserts and coffee follow. Then ring in the New Year with live music from Rio Bahia and dancing the Samba with performances by Samba USA. As midnight approaches enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast & Caipairinha’s will be priced at Happy Hour prices all night.

The party starts at 8p.m. and tickets are $100.00 per person. Tickets may be pre-purchased at the restaurant or via the web site. Please visit www.carvalhosnye.weebly.com/ for tickets and information. This is a 21 and over event.

Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen is located at 23623 N. Scottsdale Rd. , Scottsdale, Arizona, (Pinnacle of Scottsdale).

Brat Haus owner to open SmokeHaus next door in January

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What started as a catering business will soon be a restaurant for Brat Haus’s owner Dave Andrea as he prepares to open SmokeHaus next door in the former Union Barrelhouse come mid January 2016.

This won’t be your typical Texas or southern style BBQ or smoke house but will feature Santa Maria style BBQ influenced from the central coast of California with an Arizona twist. SmokeHaus’s signature dish is the Santa Maria Tri-Tip Sandwich using meat smoked from 2 meat smokers and an open flame grill that uses Mesquite & Red Oak wood.
Entrees include chicken, ribs, pulled pork and salmon as well as rattlesnake chili, Greasewood burger and 1984 Taco salad paying tribute to its roots here in Arizona. Side dishes sound good and will include pork belly mac & cheese, street corn, Ranch beans and more.

One of the benefits of opening next door is the large parking lot included as parking for Brat Haus has always been a challenge and the lot will accommodate parking for both restaurants.

Smokehaus will be located at 3636 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Stay tuned to the Smokehaus website for more details at www.smokehausaz.com and be sure to follow on social channels @smokehausaz

Bad Water Brewing’s Streetside BBQ Festival starts the Scottsdale food festival season

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With Labor Day marking the un-offical end of summer it’s the un-offical start of the food festival season for Phoenix area foodies. The cooler days slowly approaching will make for a daunting schedule of events for the months ahead making foodies scratching their heads as their calendar fills up. One of the 1st events is Bad Water Brewing’s Streetside BBQ Festival this Saturday Sept. 5th just outside their taphouse on Brown Avenue Scottsdale.

This 21 & over festival starts at 4 p.m. and plans to go til 10 p.m. and will include live music from Bluesman Mike and The Blues Review Band, local food & beer vendors, outdoor games and a big screen TV to watch the ASU-Texas A.M. game. Realizing it’s still warm outside shade tents and misters will be on hand to keep you cool.

According to Bad Water Brewing’s Founder, Lewis Kubitz, “Labor Day screams barbecue, and what better way to ring in a work free weekend than a low-key gathering with friends, enjoying food, ice cold beer, football and entertainment.”

Bad Water Brewing will have a beer truck on hand pouring beers the introduction of their Paradise Ale along with their Saison & IPA.
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Slow smoked BBQ will be served by Morrell Presley of Morrell’s BBQ and will be prepared in their huge rolling BBQ grill trailer. Sweet Lou’s ice cream sandwiches will be on hand to sweeten up and cool down your evening.

The Scottsdale Streetside BBQ will be held in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale near Bad Water Brewing’s Tap Room at 4216 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. The festival will be set-up on Brown Avenue between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue, which will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Admission to the event is only $10, and food and beverages are an additional cost. To purchase tickets, visit www.scottsdalestreetsidebbq.eventbrite.com.

Owners of Classic cooking Academy open La Pizzetta in north Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountain Ranch

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After running a successful cooking school Pascal & Donna Dionot decided to test their skills opening La Pizzetta www.lapizzettaaz.com in north Scottsdale’s master planned community of McDowell Mountain Ranch. As the name might suggest La Pizzetta specializes in the popular wood fired pizza using flour imported from Italy and using local grown produce when possible all baked in Valoriani pizza oven made by hand in Tuscany.
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After working in several well respected restaurants in Washington D.C. for over three decades, Pascal and accountant wife Donna, opened Classic Cooking Academy where they teach classic and contemporary food concepts with produce focusing on dietary foundations and using practical skills.

As for La Pizzetta Pascal says “Together, we are able to do what we love most – make people happy through the power of cooking. Making a perfectly crafted pizza is an art form, and we’re happy to share our interpretations of this classic dish with the public.”

The quaint restaurant also serves salads, appetizers and desserts to compliment their pizzas.

La Pizzetta is located at 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road Scottsdale, AZ 85255. 480-521-1101 and is open daily Mon. – Sat. for dine in or pick up.

4 Phoenix area restaurants to take dad on Father’s Day

Mimosa & beer at 32 Shea in Phoenix

Mimosa & beer at 32 Shea in Phoenix


Spare him the tie, the tool set and the beard trimmer, what dad really wants is to fill his belly with good food and drink and spending it with family and friends. Whether he’s a jonesin’ for sushi or craving a rack of ribs these Phoenix area restaurants will want dad to celebrate Father’s Day everyday.

Paul Martin’s American Grill:
On Father’s Day, Paul Martin’s American Grill is serving up a prix fixe brunch, a prime rib dinner special, and is offering a special gift to all dads who dine on Father’s Day. Served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the three course brunch is only $16 per person and includes fresh baked millet drop biscuits, a bowl of seasonal fruit, a choice of one entrée, plus an alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverage. Select from a variety of entree choices, including French Toast with vanilla bean infused cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple-bourbon syrup, or a traditional Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, canadian bacon, and housemade hollandaise sauce. A gluten-free option, the Applewood Smoked Bacon Omelet features three eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, Tillamook cheddar and sour cream. The brunch comes with a choice of coffee, fresh squeezed juice or a brunch-time cocktail, such as a Bellini or Bloody Maria.

For dinner, Paul Martin’s American Grill will also be serving a Prime Rib Dinner special for only $25. The meal features an organic green salad, all natural prime rib with mashed potatoes, and homemade ice cream for dessert. From the dinner menu, dad can choose from a variety of other hearty dishes, including a Prime New York Steak ($39), topped with pt. reyes blue cheese butter and served with pan roasted cauliflower; the California Lamb Sirloin ($37), paired with wild mushroom farro, bloomsdale spinach, and cipolline onions; or BBQ Pork Ribs ($25), served St. Louis style with house slaw and fries.

All dads who dine at Paul Martin’s American Grill on Father’s Day will receive a $25 gift card to Paul Martin’s (one per table, while supplies last).

Paul Martin’s American Grill is located at 6186 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85253. For more information, call 480-991-9342 or visit www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com

Sierra Bonita Grill:
On Father’s Day, Sierra Bonita Grill will be serving its signature Southwestern brunch from 9 to 3 p.m. Popular selections include the Southwestern Benedict ($14): panko crusted eggs atop green chile beer biscuits, topped with Cure 81 Ham, and roasted poblano hollandaise, served with roasted root vegetables. The Steak and Eggs ($14) features wood grilled carne asada, two eggs, plus a side of roasted root vegetables and sourdough toast. The breakfast enchiladas ($14) are filled with scrambled eggs, carne asada, chorizo, and manchego cheese, then topped with a guajillo chile sauce and served with a side of charro beans. Complete the brunch with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa special for only $15.

For dinner, Sierra Bonita offers up rib sticking comfort food, featuring plenty of flavorful Southwestern ingredients. The traditional Carne Asada ($16/$26) features grilled marinated bistro tenders, charro beans, roasted tomato rice, guacamole, salsa fresca, and a flour tortilla. The Steak and Shrimp ($29) dish is a wood grilled California cut sirloin, topped with a roasted guajillo chile sauce and served with herb pesto shrimp and corn pudding. The Pork Tenderloin ($25) features an espresso and Oaxacan chocolate rubbed pork tenderloin, accompanied by mixed vegetables and a serrano chile vanilla bean butter sauce.

Sierra Bonita Grill is located at 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. For more information, call 602-264-0700 or visit www.sierrabonitagrill.com

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant:
With RA Sushi’s all day happy hour on Father’s Day, treat dad to an amazing sushi spread for lunch or dinner without breaking the bank. He can take his pick from more than 25 appetizer and sushi selections ranging from $3.49 to $8.99, and dad can pair his meal with a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails ranging from $3.75 to $8. Happy hour dishes include the Viva Las Vegas Roll, Spicy Salmon Roll, “RA”ckin’ Shrimp, and Pork Gyoza, plus many more options.
Raise a glass to dad with a happy hour drink special, such as a Kirin and Sake, an Emperor’s Margarita, or an Early Times Kentucky Whisky premium cocktail. All day happy hour is located throughout the entire restaurant from open to close. For more information, visit www.RAsushi.com

RA Sushi has five Valley locations:

Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Road; Phoenix, 85044; 480-940-1111
Dana Park in Mesa: 1652 S. Val Vista Drive; Mesa, 85204; 480-632-9500
Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy; Scottsdale, 85254; 480-951-5888
Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Road; Scottsdale, 85251; 480-990-9256
Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave.; Tempe, 85281; 480-303-9800

32 Shea:
Enjoy a delicious Manmosa and Burrito for just $10 on Father’s Day from 6 a.m. to 12 noon.
New Mexico Burrito:
Egg, Potatoes, Cheese, Avocado, Bacon + Homemade Green Salsa

Manmosa is a refreshing “manly” twist on a traditional mimosa—combining hefeweizen beer and orange juice.

This $10 deal isn’t just for your favorite dad, this is good for anyone who comes in on Sunday, June 21, 6 a.m. to 12 noon.

32 Shea 10626 N 32nd Street. Phoenix, AZ 85028. 602-867-7432 www.32shea.com