The Wing Counter huddles up with Football Wing Specials and Kool Aid cocktails

Glendale’s The Wing Counter has been serving up 15 varieties of rubbed and sauced chicken wings since 2015 and have now introduced Kool Aid cocktails, beers and wing specials for the upcoming football season.

Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter

Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter

Kool Aid Cocktails and beer

The Kool Aid cocktails known as TWC Punch are available in 3 flavors….Fruit Punch Vodka, Grape Vodka and Blue Raspberry Tequila all sell for $6. Beers now include Coors Light & Angry Orchard Cider for $2.75 and Blue Moon, Corona, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Lagunitas IPA are $3.75.

Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter

Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter

Football Specials

Starting Sunday September 11th, owners Shane and Sheri Sender will be offering their Football Madness Specials that include 10% off party trays of 50 wings or more AND with a Cardinals win they will offer 25% off party trays (50 wings minimum too) for the next Cardinals game day.

Stop in on Cardinals game day wearing Cardinals gear and you will receive a free order of fries with your wing order.

All wing specials run through the Super Bowl in 2017.

1 year anniversary special

With The Wing Counter’s 1 year anniversary fast approaching wing fans can save 50% off wing orders on September 23rd & 24th. Customers can use this deal only once on each of the days.

 

La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar and Modern Margarita opens in downtown Chandler

Downtown Chandler continues to become a dining destination in the southeast valley as La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar and its sister restaurant Modern Margarita brings its pizza, tacos, cocktails and tequilas to the former Coach & Willie’s space on the SE corner of Chandler Blvd. and Boston St. last week. I had the opportunity to preview menu items and cocktails from both restaurants and enjoyed everything.

Modern Marg mural 20160812_134848The restaurants combined account for 6,000 sq. ft. and will share the same kitchen but will have separate street front entrances and have its own identity with individual menus, decor and ambiance. This is the 3rd location for La Bocca Urban Kitchen and 2nd Modern Margarita in the Phoenix area for Mill Avenue Management Group. Both menus are under the direction of head chef Jared Cummings

La bocca urban Kitchen + wine Bar

La Bocca’s menu is full of Mediterranean styled food favorites including Hummus, Charcuterie & Antipasti boards, 10 Bruschetta to choose from and lets not forget the 10 different pizzas including Chicken Pesto, Autumn Garden, Truffled Mushroom , Margherita and more.

La bocca pizza 20160812_130705The beverage program at La Bocca gets as much attention as the food does with over 12 craft cocktails & sangria, wines flights from around the world, 30+ whiskies by the glass and the new house made Cellos.

Daily Happy hour and Daily specials

Sip on drinks at La Bocca’s daily Happy Hour from 3-6:30pm with $5 off glasses of wine and $2 off draft beers and single call spirits. There are daily specials including “Sunday Funday and Monday” with selected bottles of wine 1/2 off, “Mixology Monday” with all craft cocktails $2 off and “Whiskey Wednesday” with $2 off all whiskies. www.laboccapizzeria.com

Hours at La Bocca are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. & Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Modern Margarita

Tequila cocktails and Margaritas are the name of the game, literally at Modern Margarita with more than 60 premium tequilas available for mixing or sipping. The award winning Margaritas are made with fresh juices, pure ingredients and innovative flavors that include the Sandia Rita( tequila, watermelon syrup, pineapple juice and more) and Up in Smoke (tequila, barrel smoked maple syrup and house sour mix). Frozen margaritas, beers in the can, bottle & on tap and a few wines are also available.

Moder Marg Taco 20160812_142140Modern Margarita has earned multiple awards for their street tacos on the Phoenix food festival scene and uses seasonal ingredients on both its food and cocktail menu. Other menu items include house made salsa and guacamole, Ultimate Green Chile Burger, Carne Asada Tostada and more. www.modernmargarita.com

Hours at Modern Margarita are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Clever Koi brings Asian style cuisine and cocktails to Gilbert in September

One of Phoenix’s favorite Asian style restaurants is bringing it’s classic Asian dishes with modern twists and craft cocktails to downtown Gilbert as Clever Koi announced it will open in September. Clever Koi’s new location will be housed in the bricked Heritage Marketplace building where Gilbert Rd. meets Vaughn Ave.

photo courtesy of Clever Koi

photo courtesy of Clever Koi

Modern decor

The new restaurant will have a modern Asian decor with large glass windows, an open floor plan for the dining room and bar and a sliding glass door leading to the outdoor patio along Gilbert Ave. The exposition kitchen will allow customer to see and smell the aromas of executive chef Jared Porter’s Asian creations. The decor will have Asian style accents along with modern colors showing off Gilbert’s rustic roots. Custom tile art installations will be made by Matt Noakes of Rain Made Design in Phoenix.

Cuisine and Cocktails

Chef Porter’s menu will include the bold flavors of Asian style rice bowls, house made dumplings, steamed buns, noodles and more. The seasonal menu incorporates flavors, styles and cooking techniques found in countries such as Thailand, China, Korea, Vietnam and beyond. To compliment the flavorful food Clever Koi’s Beverage Director/Partner Joshua James will duplicate his award-winning cocktails including classic Tiki drinks and cocktails such as Paloma and Pimm’s Cup.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour will be available daily from 3-6pm and will offer specially priced food & drinks including The Koi Burger and Pork ramen among other dishes. To cool you palate at Happy Hour cold draft beers will be $4, $7 wines by the glass and your choice of 15 cocktails at $7.

Stay tuned for details about the opening and check www.thecleverkoi.com for up to the minute information.

Clever Koi in Gilbert will be at 384 N. Gilbert Rd. #101 480-284-7529 and will be opened Sun – Thurs 11am- 9pm, Fri and Sat 11am -12 midnight with Brunch on Sat & Sun 11am – 3pm.

Brat Haus celebrates Oktoberfest on September 17th

Scottsdale beer garden Brat Haus celebrates the fall harvest kicking off Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 17th starting at 4pm and lasting late in to the night.  The open air beer garden will serve traditional Oktoberfest cuisine including knockwurst, schnitzel, brats and beer to chug it down with.

Photo courtesy of Brat Haus

Photo courtesy of Brat Haus

Part of proceeds donated

A portion of ticket and food sales will be donated to benefit Honor Flight Arizona www.honorflight.org , a non-profit to honor veterans and helps transport them to war memorials to pay respects to their fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice when in the military.

Picture courtesy of Brat Haus

Picture courtesy of Brat Haus

Music and festivities

This years festival starts later in the day and is a 21 and older event with more grown up games being played.

4-10 p.m.        Beer Garden Games

4-10 p.m.        DJ

5 p.m.             Oktoberfest Tapping (first 100 through the door get a tasting from firkin)

5:30 p.m.        Brat Haus Brat Eating (First to finish one Das Brats)

6 p.m.             Lederhosen Contest

6:30 p.m.        Dirndl Contest

7 p.m.             Badass Beard Contest

7:30 p.m.        Lazer Etch Stein Holding

8 p.m.             Brat Haus Brat Eating (First to finish one Das Brats)

8 p.m.             Lederhosen Contest

8:30 p.m.        Dirndl Contest

9 p.m.             Lazer Etch Stein Holding

Pre-sale tickets are available online or at Brat Haus for $8 and are $10 on the day of the festival. Show up in your lederhosen or dirndl and you get in for free. www.brathausaz.com

Brat Haus is at 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

 

 

Taste of Quiessence Summer Tasting Menu is available for only a few weeks.

Each week 36 lucky diners will get to experience Quiessence at The Farm’s Summer Seasonal Tasting Menu running from Tues August 23rd – Sept 22nd as their seasonal dinner series returns on Tues, Wed. and Thurs evenings. This once a year menu is limited to only 12 diners per evening for the 4 weeks running.

Photo courtesy of Quiessence at The farm

Photo courtesy of Quiessence at The farm

Wine pairings additional

This 3 course Chef’s menu costs $45++ and wine pairings are an extra $20++ per person and will be selected from the restaurants award-winning wine list, having just received The Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”.

Photo courtesy of Quiessence at The farm

Photo courtesy of Quiessence at The farm

Reservations will only be taken by phone at 602.276.0601 and Quiessence is at 6106 S. 32nd St. Phoenix 85042 www.qatthefarm.com

 

 

 

Go Gold in September as restaurants raise money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

The Rio Olympics will be over but you can still Go Gold www.GoGold4PCH.org in the month of September as Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation launches Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and it’s Go Gold campaign to raise $1 MIllion dollars for the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.Go Gold !cid_image009_jpg@01D1F88B

Restaurants donate

Many Phoenix area restaurants will be donating a portion of sales from individual food items or off the total amount of your bill from September 1st – 30th to the Go Gold campaign. For a full list see below

Buffalo Wild Wings(Westgate Entertainment District location) Eat wings and raise funds! All day Saturday, September 17, Buffalo Wild Wings at Westgate will be donating 10% of your total bill when you show your Phoenix Children’s Hospital golden ticket. People can visit the Westgate website and look under event listings in their calendar to print out the ticket.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – (Tempe Marketplace location) Featuring a special beer flight for the month of September with gold beers.  $1 for each flight sold will be donated to PCH for Go Gold.  Thirsty Lion will also feature the special flight on their Seasonal Fresh Sheet, so every customer during the month of September will see the offer at their table.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant(Tempe Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment District) Special Dish for the month of September: Curry Shrimp on Crispy Rice.  $1 from the sale of each dish will be donated back to PCH.

California Pizza Kitchen(Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace) Every Wednesday in September, the California Pizza Kitchen locations at Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace will donate 20% of diners’ total bills to PCH when diners mention “Go Gold for PCH” at the table.

Slices(Tempe Marketplace location) Slices Pizza Joint will give 10% of all its sales on the BBQ Chicken Slice during the month of September and a dedicated 10% of sales every Tuesday in September to PCH.

Churn(All locations): Portion of proceeds from gold themed treat will go to PCH.

Miracle Mile Deli: $1 from every “Straw” Sandwich to go to Go Gold.

Papa John’s (All locations): Go to papajohns.com and enter code PCH at checkout for 40% off your order. Ten-percent of proceeds will go to PCH.

Sauce Pizza & Wine (All locations): September 12 – 18, Sauce is donating 100% of proceeds from kids menu items to Go Gold.

Spinatos Pizzeria (All locations): $1 from every dessert sold to go to Go Gold.

The Vig: $1 from every Four Peaks 8th Street Pale to go to Go Gold. Also, if you upload a picture with your Pale Ale to social media using the Go Gold hashtag (#GoGold4PCH) and tag The Vig location, you will receive 15% off your bill.

Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt(All locations): Will launch a flavor of the month and do a give-back night in September that will go to Go Gold.

Dunkin Donuts (All locations): Will sell a Go Gold donut with 50 cents from each donut sold going to PCH.

Ribbon Cutting

To kick of the Go Gold campaign, mayors from around the valley will cut a gold ribbon at 4 shopping centers around Phoenix on September 1st.

For a complete list of sponsors, events or to donate all month long visit www.GoGold4PCH.org

Happy Hour at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards’s Scottsdale Wine Gallery

 

Add 1 more to your list Happy Hours to check out in Scottsdale especially if you’re a fan of Arizona wines. Lawrence Dunham Vineyards is now offering $2.00 off all glasses of wine Wed, Thurs and Fri’s from 4-6pm Wines are brought up weekly from the winery in southern Arizona and are often poured by winemaker Kurt Dunham.

Wine maker & Owner Kurt Dunham & co-owner Peggy Fiadaca

Wine maker & Owner Kurt Dunham & co-owner Peggy Fiadaca

Where

The Wine Gallery is located 6951 E. 1st St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 http://www.ldvwinery.com/faqs.html