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

 

Chompie’s offers Chanukah & Christmas meals to “take out” or “dine-in”

It’s going to be one busy week in the kitchens at the valley’s 5 Chompie’s Deli’s as both Chanukah and Christmas fall on the same week, something that happens every few years. Christmukkah as Chompie’s is calling it will be celebrated with meals for both holidays being available for take-out and dine-in.

Photo courtesy of Angela Muniz & Evolve Marketing
Chompie’s Chanukah meal. Photo courtesy of Angela Muziz & Evolve Marketing

Chanukah take out meals

The Borenstein’s family recipes create a Chanukah meal available to enjoy in your home with your family. The $149- meal generously serves 8 and includes:

  • Matzo Ball Soup
  • Choice of sliced Beef Brisket or Roasted Chicken
  • Choice of two sides (latkes, roasted potatoes, homestyle green beans, and a broccoli-carrot medley)
  • Lovey Borenstein’s Holiday Dessert (apple and cherry strudel).

Those who want side & desserts for their family meals, the restaurant’s Chanukah favorites are also available for take-away by the pint, pound or piece. These include:

  • Raisin Challah Bread ($6.50)
  • Jewish Rye Bread ($4.99)
  • Matzo Ball Soup ($8.99 / qt)
  • Homemade Brisket Gravy ($3.99 / pt)
  • Applesauce ($4.99 / pt)
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes ($4.99 / lb)
  • Black & Whites ($5.99 / 6 pack)
  • Chocolate Bobka ($8.99)
  • Chanukah Cookies ($2.25 each)
Photo Courtesy of Angela Muniz & Evolve Marketing
Photo Courtesy of Angela Muniz & Evolve Marketing

Traditional Holiday take out meals

Whether you choose to dine-in or take-out Chompie’s is prepared to serve you. A take-away family meal can be pre-ordered as are sides and desserts. The meals serve 12 people and include a whole oven roasted turkey, fixings, sides and pie.

  • The Traditional Full Meal Package (serves 12-15 generously)  – $209.99
  • Holiday Dinner (for dine in or to go) – $18.99 per person / $9.99 for children under 10
  • Extra Large Whole Oven Roasted Turkey – $99.99  * Carved for $124.99
  • Fresh Baked Apple or Pumpkin Pies – $12.95 ea.
  • Fresh Baked Deluxe Pies – $14.95 ea
  • Homemade Stuffing – $6.99 / lb
  • Matzo Ball Soup – $8.99 / qt
  • Candied Yams – $5.99 / lb

Christmukkah Dine In menu

If you want to leave all the cooking and cleaning to Chompie’s, Christmas and Chanukah dinner are available for dine-in and includes soup or salad, an entrée choice of turkey breast with stuffing and cranberry relish, beef brisket with gravy, stuffed cabbage rolls, filet of salmon or Chicken Schnitzel, two sides, rolls and dessert. It is $20.99 per person and $10.49 for children under 10. It is available every day from December 24 – January 1 from 11 am – close.

Chompie’s holiday hours

In addition to preparing all the take out meals Chompie’s will be open for Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. Below is their holiday hours.

  • Christmas Eve Day:         6 am – 8 pm        (Tempe closes at 3pm)
  • Christmas Day:                  7 am – 9 pm        (Tempe closes at 3pm)
  • New Year’s Eve Day:       6 am – 7 pm        (Tempe closes at 3pm)
  • New Year’s Day:               7 am – 9 pm

Chompie’s locations

To pre-order your take-out meals or to dine in this is where you can find a Chompie’s near you.  http://www.chompies.com/ 

  • Scottsdale:          9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 85260   // 480-860-0475
  • Tempe:                1160  E. University, Tempe 85281    // 480-557-0700
  • Phoenix:              4550-324 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix 85032   // 602-710-2910
  • Chandler:            3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 85226    // 480-398-3008
  • Glendale:            7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center #1145 // 623-344-3104

 

Holiday wine tastings at vommFASS Scottsdale in December

Shopping for gifts can be a daunting task for many, if there is a wine lover on your naughty or nice list it can be an even more daunting task with the ocean of wines available. A good way to shop for wine is to “try before you buy” and vommFASS Scottsdale is giving you the opportunity to do just that with 5 FREE wine tastings in the month of December. Whether your shopping for food friendly holiday wines, wine from around the U.S. or Europe or looking for bubbles for New Year’s Eve vommFASS Scottsdale has you covered.

vommFASS Scottsdale will also be hosting a Wine & Design event. The schedule of tastings is below.

Photo courtesy of vommFASS Scottsdale
Photo courtesy of vommFASS Scottsdale
Sweet or Dry?
Test your palate with Sweet and Dry wines at this tasting led by our sommelier. Paired hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Thursday, December 1. 5:30 pm FREE
Wine and Design
Happy Holidays! Enjoy great wines and appetizers while painting your own wine glass! Learn how to paint fun, festive art so your wine glass is holiday ready.
Wednesday, December 7. 6:00 pm.$30 per person (call to purchase tickets. 480-699-1099)
France vs. Italy
Do you prefer France or Italy? Find out with our sommelier. Paired hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Thursday, December 8. 5:30 p.m. FREE
California vs. Washington
Do you know the difference between California & Washington wines?  Find out with vomFASS sommelier leading the class. Paired hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Thursday, December 15. 5:30 pm FREE
Holiday Wines
Led by our sommelier, find the perfect wine to complement your Holidays. Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Thursday, December 22. 5:30 pm FREE
Happy New Year!
Celebrate with Bubbles and Dessert Wine! Sample both at this tasting led by our sommelier. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Thursday, December 29. 5:30 pm FREE
vomFASS Scottsdale is at the Scottsdale Waterfront 7135 E Camelback Rd, Suite 145
Scottsdale, AZ  85251. For more information go to http://www.scottsdale.vomfassusa.com