It’s Baaack! Arizona Restaurant Week returns September 19-28

The Fall 2014 Arizona Restaurant Week is back with 10 nights (Fri. Sept 19th – Sun. Sept. 28th) to try 3 or 4 courses at some of the best local restaurants around that include new restaurants Sumo Maya and The Local along with well established restaurants such as Rancho Pinot Grill. Over 150 Phoenix area restaurants will be participating and offer special prix-fixe menus costing only $33 or $44 per person ++.

Customer participation is is also recommended as social media will play a role with interactive promotions, contests and more as well as a Instagram scaenger hunt and contest in partnership with Buick that encourages customers to eat out often and hashtag your photos #TourARW.

Below are a few photos of what I’ve had the chance to taste. www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com

Sumo Maya's Hamachi Tiradito

Sumo Maya’s Hamachi Tiradito

Roka Akor's Warm toffee cake with peanut butter ice cream and house made sorbets

Roka Akor’s Warm toffee cake with peanut butter ice cream and house made sorbets

Paul Martin's Charcuterie plate

Paul Martin’s Charcuterie plate

Paul Martin's Grilled Salmon

Paul Martin’s Grilled Salmon

Wrigley Mansion's Lobster Risotto w/ roasted fennel and shrimp

Wrigley Mansion’s Lobster Risotto w/ roasted fennel and shrimp

Blue Bell turns back the clock with Magic Cookie Bar ice cream.

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Just in time for July’s National Ice Cream month, Blue Bell Ice Cream introduces Magic Cookie Bar ice cream today in your grocers freezer. Named after after the popular dessert that debuted in the 1960’s this ice cream is made with graham cracker crust pieces, dark chocolate chunks,toasted coconut and roasted pecan pieces surrounded by a caramel sauce swirl. This ice cream will be a stroll down memory lane for those that remember the original dessert.

“Many adults today remember making magic cookie bars with their moms when they were children,” comments Paul Kruse, CEO and president of Blue Bell Creameries. “Our Magic Cookie Bar Ice Cream will be a walk down memory lane for some Blue Bell fans, and a new delicious flavor for others. Either way, it is part of an American taste tradition not to be missed!”

In addition Blue Bell has stocked grocers freezers just in time for the 4th of July with Red, White & Blue Bell ice cream, a mix of blueberry, creamy vanilla and strawberry ice cream all in a patriotic carton. www.bluebell.com

Momenti Local Pizzeria & Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt to donate 50% of sales to Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Momenti interior Neighborhood Concepts, creators of Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt & Momenti Local Pizzeria have announced that as part of Momenti’s Grand Opening both concepts will donate 50% of all sales to Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Fri. June 27th at their Tatum & Shea location in northeast Phoenix.

Momneti opened softly in early March and is now celebrating its fast casual pizza concept with the community and fund raising for Arizona’s premier children’s hospital.
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Momenti offers 6 signature pizzas along with countless combinations to build your own pizza that use high quality ingredients and daily made in house dough. Gluten free dough is also available from local bakery Gluten Free Creations. Entree sized salads are also available.

This being the 1st location of Momenti there are plans for more according to Momenti founder Aaron Klusman “Create-your-own personal pizzas and customizable frozen yogurt are the perfect family dining experience. We expect this combination to be so popular that we’ll be opening approximately three more Momenti Local Pizzeria’s throughout the Valley by the end of 2014.”

Momenti Local Pizzeria is located at 4740 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. 109 Phoenix, Ariz., 85028. Momenti is open for lunch and dinner, Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 602-971-0234 or visit www.momentipizza.com.

Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt in Northeast Phoenix is located at 4740 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. 108 Phoenix, Ariz., 85028. Zoyo is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 602-765-2448 or visit www.zoyogurt.com.

Ahwatukee’s Red, White & Boom Fireworks Festival is July 3rd.

FireworksAhwatukee’s Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 39th annual Red, White and Boom Fireworks Festival on Thursday, July 3rd at the Ahwatukee Country Club. This free event will include music by Daisy Train will include food, drinks, eating competitions along with games and fireworks. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and last until 10 p.m.

Kid friendly treats including shaved ice, cotton candy, lemonade and more will be available. Daisy Train will perform from 5p.m. – 8:45 p.m. with fireworks going off at 9 p.m.
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Vision Community Management, San Tan Ford, Coulter Cadilac and C2 Tactical are major sponsors and for only $100 you can be a “Friends of the Fireworks” and your name will be listed on the program and on the website. Friends of the Fireworks support goes to the cost of putting on the festival including the paying of the band & the fireworks. If interested please contact the Chamber at (480)753-7676 or info@ahwatukeechamber.com

The Ahwatukee Country Club is located at 12432 South 48th Street

It’s getting hot outside, so cool down inside at Scottsdale Beer Palooza on June 28th.

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Afforadable Food Festivals(Arizona Taco Festival, Flavors of the West & Arizona BBQ Festival) is keeping you cool with cold beer and air conditioning as this inaugural event will be held indoors at Westworld on Saturday, June 28th.

Attendees will be able to sample beers from about 50 breweries and will be able to purchase their favorite beers at the on site Beer Store. Tickets are $40 for 20 samples and V.I.P. tickets are $60 for 25 samples and early entry. The doors open at 1 p.m. for General admission and 12 noon for V.I.Ps.

Beer friendly foods will be available for purchase from food trucks and from M Culinary Concepts and there will be live music and games as well.

Tickets can be purchased at www.scottsdalebeerpalooza.com and make great Father’s Day gift which is 2 weeks earlier.
WestWorld of Scottsdale 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260

All 25 RA Sushi’s to donate proceeds to Nicky’s Week & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital May 25-31

Nicky Mailliard

Nicky Mailliard

RA Sushi www.rasushi.com will be donating 100% of sales from select menu items & beverages for it’s 10th annual Nicky’s Week fund raiser to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The money raised will help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases and their families with the cost of treatment, travel, housing and food. It’s RA’s largest annual fundraiser having raised more than $1.3 million. Ra Sishi 2

The special Nicky’s Week food menu includes: Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Nigiri, Pork Gyoza, Chicken Yakitori and Garlic Citrus Yellowtail. The Nicky’s Week drink choices include: Red Bull, Strawberry Lemonade, FIJI Bottled Water, J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Stella Artois, plus the Pamatini, Dragon Bite, and Samurai Cowboy cocktails.
RA sushi 3 Nicky’s Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, of Scottsdale, Ariz., who lost a long battle with brain cancer in 2005 at the young age of 13. A nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA Sushi associates throughout the organization. RA Sushi initiated the fundraiser to honor the memory of Nicky and to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude, where no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for medical treatments.

“Nicky’s Week is an exciting time for our team members. Everyone at RA Sushi rallies behind the cause and is honored to help the brave children benefiting from the lifesaving treatment and research at St. Jude,” said RA Sushi Regional Manager, Jeff Berlinsky.
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All 25 RA Sushi’s around the country will be participating including the 5 Phoenix area locations.
– Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85044. Call 480-940-1111.
– Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85254. Call 480-951-5888.
– Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, Ariz., 85281. Call 480-303-9800.
– Dana Park: 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, Ariz., 85204. Call 480-632-9500.
– Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. Call 480-990-9256.

Arizona Restaurant Week Spring 2014 preview in pictures

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Mother’s Day, The Kentucky Derby, school proms and graduations are just a few of the things to do in the busy month of May. It’s also when Arizona foodies rejoice as the Arizona Restaurant Association does their bi-annual Arizona Restaurant Week. This year the 10 day event with over 150 participating restaurants goes from May 17-26, but don’t wait until then to make reservations at your favorite restaurant( or to check out a new one) as they tend to sell out pretty quickly with their 3 or 4 course pre-fixe menus for $30 or $40 plus tax & tip per person. For a complete list of participating restaurants please visit www.arizonarestaurantweek.com or check out their Facebook page.

Since pictures say 1,000 words, here are several thousands of words in pictures from a few central Phoenix restaurants participating.

Sierra Bonita's Hopper's Poppers

Sierra Bonita’s Hopper’s Poppers


Sierra Bonita Grill- 69333 N. 7th St. Phoenix 85014 602-264-0700 www.SierraBonitaGrill.com
Bink's Midtown Confit Pork

Bink’s Midtown Confit Pork


Bink’s Midtown- 2320 E. Osborn Rd. Phoenix 85016. 602-388-4874 www.binksmidtown.com
Clever Koi's Steak "Cobb" Bibimbap

Clever Koi’s Steak “Cobb” Bibimbap


The Clever Koi- 4236 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85012. 602-222-3474 www.TheCleverKoi.com
Bink's Midtown Spring Vegetable Fritters

Bink’s Midtown Spring Vegetable Fritters

The Clever Koi's Donny Wang Fizz

The Clever Koi’s Donny Wang Fizz


Sierra Bonita Grill's Peach Cobbler

Sierra Bonita Grill’s Peach Cobbler