Grand Opening event planned for My Pie in Gilbert

Gilbert is the home of the 3rd branch of locally owned fine casual My Pie with its Grand Opening event today starting at 11a.m. Located at Crossroads Towne Center on Gilbert Rd. at Loop 202. My Pie specializes in custom made pizzas($7.95 & $8.95), calzones, salads, pie-inis and appetizers.

The Spicy Butcher
The Spicy Butcher

Today’s events will include free samples of their delicious Garlic Knots, kid’s activities, live entertainment and giveaways until the close tonight.

My Pie uses fresh & locally sourced ingredients for its family recipes with sauces & dough made daily. Favorite pizzas I tasted recently were the Pesto My Chicken, Spicy Butcher and the Margherita. All pizzas are made New York fast in a 800 degree oven in 2 minutes. Gluten free and whole wheat dough are also available.

According to Ryan Mitchell, vice president of operations for My Pie, “I’m thrilled to open our third Arizona installment of My Pie. This has truly been a labor of love and an amazing dream realized for myself and my team. We have our sights set on continuing to grow this awesome concept through a love for our customers, friends and community. Our goal is to become your neighborhood pizzeria at each of our locations. It all starts with giving back and we can’t wait to develop strong relationships in the east valley,”

Wanting to take an increased role as part of the Gilbert community and express one of My Pie’s core values, they offer local charities to apply for “2 Minutes 2 Charity” fundraising events. Part of sales from today will be donated to “A Broader Approach”, a Gilbert organization that assists parents in researching biomedical treatment for their children with autism. http://www.abroaderapproach.org/

My Pie Gilbert is located at 3765 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85297 and is open daily from 11a.m. – 9 p.m. with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 9:30 p.m http://www.pizzayourway.com/ 

The much awaited Fat OX opens in Scottsdale

One of the highly anticipated restaurants of 2016 has finally opened as Fat OX debuted in late November in the former home of The Quilted Bear & Davanti Enoteca at Lincoln Dr. & Scottsdale Rd. Headed by executive chef Matt Carter & his partner Brian Raab at The Mission & House Brasserie and longtime restaurateur Mark Drinkwater of Drinkwater’s City Hall (now Mastro’s) & Stella.

Fat OX executive chef Matt Carter. Photo courtesy of Nicky Hedayatzadeh
Fat OX executive chef Matt Carter. Photo courtesy of Nicky Hedayatzadeh

The Fat OX menu is inspired by Italian countryside ingredients including poultry, steak and seafood. Also on the menu are house made pastas, hand pulled cheeses and the signature Caesar salad prepared at your table. Much of the menu is slow roasted over a mesquite wood grill including a 28 oz. Porterhouse steak then carved table side by the skilled wait staff.

Photo courtesy of Nicky Hedayatzadeh
Photo courtesy of Nicky Hedayatzadeh

The care taken to prepare and present the food pays tribute to the horsemen of the Piedmont & Tuscan cattle country of Italy who raise the their prized bue gasso, Italian for Fat Oxen, as they herd them to the town of Carru hoping to win the title of Fat OX Fair champion at the popular Fiera del Bue Gasso.

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Photo courtesy of 3rd Story

Like in Italy you can’t eat without drinking wine with your meal and a worldly wine list is available from the in-house sommelier. Italian inspired cocktails and craft beers are available to pair with your dinner if you choose.

The dinner only restaurant seats 350 guests indoors and on the patio for al fresco dining. A hidden private dining room is available for events complete with its own bar, kitchen and staff.

Fat OX is open nightly for dinner Sunday through Thursday (5 – 10 pm) and Friday through Saturday (5 – 11 pm) with weekend brunch coming soon and is at 6316 N. Scottsdale Rd.(Lincoln Plaza) Scottsdale 85253 (480-307-6900) www.ilovefatox.com

5th and Wine celebrates Scottsdazzle 2016 with Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

Now that the 2016 holiday season is in full swing you’ll have plenty of opportunities to celebrate all month-long around town. One of those opportunities will be on Sunday Dec. 11th at 5th and Wine in downtown Scottsdale as they host a “Sugar Plum Fairy Tea”. The tea is part of the month-long celebration “Scottsdazzle” which kicked off last Friday with a tree lighting ceremony.

Finger sandwich photo courtesy of The Media Push
Finger sandwich photo courtesy of The Media Push

Celebrate the festive atmosphere by dressing as a princess or fairy (not required), guests will enjoy tea sandwiches, bruschetta, Caesar salad and truffles and cookies for dessert. Tea and hot chocolate will be served and for those 21+ Mimosas will be available.

The tea will take place from 2pm-4pm and cost is $40 ++ for an adult & child. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling 480-699-8001.

5th and Wine is at 7501 E. 5th Ave. Scottsdale 85251. http://www.5thandwine.com/

 

Sandbar Mexican Grill rolls out holiday menu and festive cocktails

If you didn’t get enough of the turkey and its trimmings this week now is the time to head to Sandbar Mexican Grill which is offering a traditional holiday menu with a Mexican twist and festive holiday cocktails through January 1st.

Turkey tacos photo courtesy of Sandbar Mexican Grill
Turkey tacos photo courtesy of Sandbar Mexican Grill

New menu items include turkey tacos ($13) with turkey tinga, cranberry chutney and Mexican cornbread stuffing with Chorizo, apples and raisins wrapped in a warm corn tortilla. Homemade Holiday Tamales ($12) are available to go by the dozen or to eat at Sandbar. Green chile chicken or red chile pork will have you tasting the family tradition. To sip on several new cocktails are available to toast the holidays with your friends and co-workers.

Photo courtesy of Sandbar Mexican Grill
Photo courtesy of Sandbar Mexican Grill

Holiday Cocktails $9

Salted Caramel Martini: Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, RumChata, Liqueur 43 & Caramel with Salted Rim

Pumpkin Spice Martini: Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, Bailey’s, Kahlua, Nutmeg, Pumpkin-Spiced Agave Nectar, Whipped Cream

Caramel Apple Mimosa: Stoli Salted Caramel Vodka, Apple Cider, Champagne & Caramel with a Cinnamon Sugar Rim

 Winter Warmers $7

Ho-Ho Joe: RumChata, Amaretto Liqueur, Patron XO & Hot Cocoa

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle: Patron XO Coco, Black Raspberry Liqueur, Hot Cocoa

Grandpa’s Cider: Tuaca Vanilla Liqueur, Jack Fire, Hot Apple Cider

Sandbar Mexican Grill has 2 locations in the Phoenix area at 7200 W. Ray Rd. Chandler 85226 (480) 961-1700 & 21001 N. Tatum Blvd.(Desert Ridge) Phoenix 85050 (480)585-5900

 

 

Food & retail deals for Black Friday & Thanksgiving weekend

While many of us are focused on food, friends and football on Thanksgiving Day many more could care less about the turkey and all the trimmings and are anxiously waiting for Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend for shopping, eating & family fun.

Below is a list of food and retail deals around Phoenix for Black Friday and the weekend that follows.

Fired Pie

Nothing says Thanksgiving like pizza or salad! Get that early Black Friday shopping started out on a full stomach at Fired Pie’s Tanger Outlet location. On Thanksgiving Day Fired Pie at Tanger opens its doors at 6 p.m. and stays open straight through 10 p.m. Friday evening. The fast casual pizza and salad concept makes it easy to pop in and out no matter what your holiday plans are! While there, buy a gift card for $25 and get a $5 bounce back that’s good at any Fired Pie location January through March of 2017. http://www.Firedpie.com

Crepe Club

Photo courtesy of The Crepe Club
Photo courtesy of The Crepe Club

If you’re a Black Friday shopper, you can check the coffee off your to-do list. The Crepe Club at the Biltmore Fashion Park will be offering a free cup of coffee with purchase on Friday, November 25. The Crepe Club will have free coffee for guests who purchase an item until 11 am. The restaurant has fresh-baked French pastries, sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches and salads.

The Crepe Club is on the west end of the Biltmore Fashion Park beside William Sonoma at 2502 E. Camelback Rd., #130.  www.TheCrepeClub.com

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

Photo courtesy of Z' Tejas
Photo courtesy of Z’ Tejas

Power up before hitting the stores with a festive, bold brunch at Z’Tejas at Fashion Square Mall. Opening early at 9:00a.m the expanded brunch menu features delicious new dishes including South of the Border BenedictsBananas Foster French Toast and  Stuffed Breakfast Relleno. Brunch will be served on Black Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm. For more information visit www.ztejas.com

Uptown Alley:

Looking for a break from shopping, Uptown Alley is hosting some Turkey Day Weekend Specials to make sure the holiday weekend is one the whole family can enjoy!

You can get a game of bowling for four with shoes, 1 large topping pizza, 4 sodas, and $40 in-game play a $100 value all for $59! This is available on Thanksgiving from 4pm- close and then November 25th-27th from 11am-5pm. For more information visit www.uptownalleysurprise.com Uptown Alley is at 13525 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise, AZ 85379

Arizona Animal Welfare League:

animal-welfare-league-cid_image006_jpg01d240d3The Arizona Animal Welfare League is hosting their “Fall in Love With Animals Camp” on November 25th. The camp is available for kids ages 8-12 and is $60 per child. AAWL is hosting this special one-day camp to help show kids how to give back to animals and the community. Kids will learn how to care for animals and the environment, backyard wildlife and how to enrich the lives of animals every day through crafts, games and animal interactions. The camp is at the education center at 15 N 40th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85034 and is from 9am-3pm. You can sign up for the camp at www.aawl.org/fallcamp2016.

Spa810:

Black Friday is the perfect time to get all your holiday gifts for your friends in need of some relaxation. At spa810 they are selling their Comfort and Joy package a $273 for $109. Enjoy everything from a 50 minute customized facial with a hydrating masque to a 50 minute massage with a sugar foot scrub! Call spa810, Scottsdale-Shea at (480) 588-6809 for more information visit www.spa810.com/scottsdale-she

The Melting Pot

Stop in to The Melting Pot after a long day of shopping for a delicious four-course fondue dinner at a steal of a deal! The Melting Pot Restaurants of Arizona are offering the below four-course meal for $29.95! You must request the specialty menu to get the promotion! For more information visit www.meltingpot.com. The menu will be available all Thanksgiving weekend from Friday November 25th– Sunday November 27th.

Photo courtesy of The Melting Pot
Photo courtesy of The Melting Pot

Cheese Fondue
Cheddar • Spinach Artichoke • Featured Cheese Fondue Selection (ask your server)

Salad
Caesar • California • Featured Salad Selection (ask your server)

Entrée
Pacific White Shrimp • Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin • All-Natural Breast of Chicken • Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli

Chocolate Fondue
Yin Yang • Flaming Turtle • Featured Chocolate Fondue Selection (ask your server)

 

 

 

 

Hotel Valley Ho offers 2 options for Thanksgiving dinner

If you’re a last-minute planner, don’t feel like discussing current events around the dinner table with family & friends or you just don’t feel like cooking there’s still time to make a reservation at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale for Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you prefer a variety of traditional holiday fare or unique dinner items there’s room at the table for you.

Pecan pie photo courtesy of Hotel Valley Ho
Pecan pie photo courtesy of Hotel Valley Ho

Thanksgiving dinner buffet in Sands

Serving from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. this classic Thanksgiving buffet will include all your favorites including a slow roasted turkey stuffed with chorizo cornbread stuffing, all the classic side dishes and homemade desserts. In addition diners can give thanks for chilled shrimp, crab claws, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and a pomegranate reduction and more. The buffet is $59 per adult & $19 per child plus beverage, tax & tip.

A la carte menu in Zuzu

Zuzu will be serving its seasonal menu along with turkey and all the trimmings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Reservations are recommended for both dinners and can be made by calling 480-421-7997

Beaujolais producer Chateau des Jacques wine dinner hosted by J & G Steakhouse

One of the most food friendly wines of the autumn season is the Gamay grape from Beaujolais. The medium bodied, rustic and elegant wines of Chateau des Jacques, one of the prestigious estates in Beaujolais, will be paired alongside a 5- course French inspired meal prepared by J & G Steakhouse executive chef Jacques Qualin on Tuesday, Dec. 6th. at 6:00pm.

Photo courtesy of J & G Steakhouse
Photo courtesy of J & G Steakhouse

Several vintages will be poured so that guests can taste and discover the flavor profiles of each wine. Kobrand Imports French wine specialist Matthew Semancik will be in attendance to discuss how Chateau des Jacques has raised the bar in Beaujolais with its wine making methods used in Burgundy and applying them to the once traditional Beaujolais methods.

The full menu is below and reservations are required for this $75++ dinner and can be made by calling  480-214-8000 http://www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com

Amuse

Spiced Chicken Samosas, Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Shrimps Summer Rolls, Sriracha Sauce

Steak Tartare, Baguette

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2015

Second Course

Steamed Shrimp Salad

Tender Greens, Avocado, Champagne Vinaigrette

Chateau Des Jacques Clos Loyse

Beaujolais Blanc 2015

Third Course

Sweet and Sour Beet Risotto

Meyer Lemon

Chateau Des Jacques Fleurie 2013

Fourth Course

Grilled Beef Tenderloin

 Spinach and Potato Gratin, Hot Buttery Hatch Pepper Sauce

Chateau Des Jacques Morgon Cote Du Py 2013

Fifth Course

Sticky Toffee Pudding

 Coconut Sorbet and Toasted Pistachio, Pavlova, Passion Fruit Sorbet

2012 Chateau Des Jacques Moulin A Vent,

Clos Rochegres 2012