Zappone’s Italian Bistro to host “All the Classics We Love” wine dinner

Zappone's Italian Bistro

Zappone’s Italian Bistro in Gilbert will be hosting a “All the Classics We Love” dinner as part of their Italian 101 Wine Dinner series on Thursday, June 16th 2016. This 3 course dinner is only $40 per person & is all inclusive. The menu is a s follows…..

1st Course:
Italian Chopped Salad
Aperol Wine Spritz

2nd Course:
Spinach Ravioli a la Vodka
Ruffino Chianti

3rd Course:
Porchetta with creamy polenta
Capezzanna Super Tuscan

Affogato:
Espresso, vanilla gelato, coffee liqueur

Tickets on sale at www.zapponesbisto.com Or call for 480-218-2338 reservations

Zappone’s Italian Bistro is at 1652 N. Higley Rd., #103 Gilbert, AZ 85234

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards presents a Taste of Persia dinner

Curt Dunham, owner and winemaker at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards will be pairing his wines with the help of the chefs from Saffron JAKS at their wine gallery in Scottsdale on Monday May 16th at 6pm. The wines with a Mediterranean influence should be perfect for the 5 course dinner below.

Social Course –
Sabzy Khordan (Vegetable Crudo) – Fresh local vegetables, sheep’s milk feta, herbs, and warm Persian sourdough breach
Sparkling Wine

Second Course –
Roasted Red Pepper Coulis – Served with lebne rolled in herbs, Persian sourdough parmesan crisp, and roasted garlic oil
2012 R.E.D. (Rhone Red Blend)

Third Course –
Dolmeh Quiche – With seasoned local organic beef and rice stuffed grape leaves baked inside an herb quiche with Greek yogurt and dill salt
2012 Petite Sirah

Entrée –
Gormeh Sabzy – Braised Persian beef short ribs served with dill and fava bean basmati rice
2012 The Signature Petite Sirah

Dessert –
Prepared “Cold Stone” Style Vanilla Iced Cream – With Baklava Served in a Roasted Pistachio Waffle Cone Bowl
Persian Tea Service

Please pay in advance by registering online at:
http://ldvwinery.com/WinemakerDinner-OnlineReg.html
Or call for reservations at (480) 664.4822
48 Hour cancellation required

$95++ per person or $190++ per couple

LDV Winery Wine Gallery
6951 E. 1st St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen celebrates Cinco de Mayo all week with 70 years of tradition

Enchilads Bandito

Enchilads Bandito

70 years is a long time and that’s how long ago it was when Woody and Victoria Johnson opened their 1st Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen in Phoenix. In conjunction with Cinco de Mayo(May 5th) Macayo’s is celebrating for 5 days starting Sunday May 1st- Thursday May 5th at all 12 of their Phoenix area locations.

Whether you prefer Margarita de Macayo ($5), a Patron Margarita ($8), a cold Dos XX Amber or Lager ($4) or a shot of Patron tequila ($4) you can enjoy them along with a plate Enchiladas Bandito, a 3 Enchilada sampler representing the colors of the Mexican flag with a red chile enchilada, a green chile pork stew enchilada and fresh spinach enchilada all for $9.99.

Each location with be celebrating with entertainment that includes live music, pinatas, face painters and more for this special occasion.

To find a Macayo’s near you visit www.macayo.com or visit their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/macayosrestaurants

Joe’s Real BBQ gives away free BBQ on May 4th & plans to donate to Open Arms Care Center

Once again Joe Johnson is giving away the house, not really the house but he setting a lofty goal of giving away 5,000 free pulled pork or chicken sandwiches on Thursday May 4th, 2016 at his Gilbert restaurant. This is the 16th year Joe and his partners like to show their appreciation to the customers they have served over the years.

In exchange for free food Joe is asking that you bring a can of food (preferably fruit) or box of cereal to donate to Open Arms Care Center, a Gilbert based all volunteer non-profit that provides food and clothing to the homeless and less fortunate since 2001. http://www.openarmscc.com

As for the free BBQ it is the only food being offered that day and hours are from 11pm-3pm & 4pm-7:30pm or until they run out. Included with you sandwich will be fresh homemade cole slaw & BBQ Pit beans and a drink. A children’s size sandwich will be available for the little ones. 1 meal per person, must be present and there is no take out available on this day.

This a great opportunity to try great local BBQ from one of the finest restaurateurs that the Phoenix area has to offer as Joe’s Real BBQ has garnered both local and national accolades.

Joe’s Real BBQ is at 301 N. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert, Arizona, 85234 http://www.joesrealbbq.com/

Portland Cocktail Week’s The Bar Institute is coming to Phoenix

Bar Institute LogoPhoenix is one of six cities that will be visited by The Bar Institute after successful programs presented at Portland Cocktail Week. Sunday May 1st – Tuesday May 3rd at the Phoenix Hyatt Regency is where bartenders can hone their craft by taking courses including Bar Ownership and Innovation + Development. In addition to classes there will be a trade show where samples of new products as well as classics.

Phoenix is the 2nd stop on the tour with Austin TX in June, Miami FL in August, Portland OR in September and finishing up in New York City in November.

Mashups will be held to highlight each of the host cities and newly created Upfronts will showcase 5 bars from each region that are setting the standard for bars that include innovation and technique with both cocktails and service. Each bar will have 1 hour to make presentation with 2 top bars from each city chosen to present at the final Bar Institute in New York City to present their ideas to a global audience.

To purchase your tickets and more information visit www.TheBarInstitute.org

Tax Day Deals at Culver’s, Z’Tejas and Fired Pie

Only a couple of days until taxes are due and to get some relief there are a couple of Tax Day, April 18th, deals you should know about.

Z’Tejas is offering their 6th Street Margarita for only $4.18 on 4/18. All of Z’Tejas award winning Frozen ‘Ritas
www.ztejas.com

Fired Pie will let you customize your own 11 inch pizza or bowl of salad for only $4.18. You will find 12 Fired Pie’s in the Phoenix area & 2 in Tucson. A great price for this quick and casual bite to eat. www.FiredPie.com

Photo credit Kris Moony

Photo credit Kris Moony

The 14 Phoenix and Casa Grande area Culver’s will be offering $2.00 Tax Day 1 Scoop Turtle Sundaes to cool you off for dessert. www.Culvers.com

Culvers sundae

The Herb Box opens its 3rd location at The Colony in central Phoenix

Herb box colony food
7th st. in Phoenix is the hot restaurant corridor of the moment as The Herb Box opened it’s 3rd location less than a week ago as the first tenant at The Colony just north of Missouri. Known for it’s seasonal, healthy and vegetable heavy menu that uses a world of flavors, this location uses the same recipes as those at their 2 Scottsdale locations in old town and in DC Ranch.

Susan Wilcox, CEO and founder of The Herb Box has been looking to expand for a while, “The Herb Box has been ready to broaden our reach for quite some time, but we’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity. The North Central Phoenix corridor has evolved into a prime destination for dining, and we are very excited to be a part of this burgeoning neighborhood,”
Herb Box Colony
The Colony location will serve breakfast, lunch & dinner during the week with brunch being served on Sat. & Sun. Popular dishes such as Avocado Love, Butternut Squash Enchiladas along with the vegetarian Korean Fried Cauliflower are available plus Beef Short Rib Enchiladas and Chargrilled Kobe burger for the meat lovers. Breakfast items will tantalize your taste buds with sweet and savory dishes that include Bourbon- Ginger Peach French Toast, Steak & Eggs and house made pastries. Baked goods and a coffee bar will also be available at a take out window. Signature cocktails, wines by the glass and beers will compliment the food.

Indoor and outdoor dining is available and decor is similar to the Scottsdale locations with exposed wood beams from floor to ceiling giving it a rustic chic farmhouse look.

The Herb Box at The Colony is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Herb Box is located at 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix, Ariz., 85014. 480-393-0432 www.theherbbox.com.