After a short holiday hangover the first week of January, 2018 starts quickly on the Phoenix food and wine scene. The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s is hosting its first wine dinner of 2018 Wednesday January 10th as it pairs with Hall Wines from Napa and Sonoma Counties at the Arcadia Lite neighborhood restaurant.
Hall Wines & pairings
The 6-course family style meal will be paired with 5 wines from Hall Wines and its Sonoma partner Walt Wines.
The first 3 courses paired will be paired with Walt Wines chardonnay & pinot noirs from Sonoma with the bigger reds saved for the last 2 courses from Hall Wines in St. Helena.
Walt Chardonnay Seared Diver scallop with a citrus beurre blanc, blood orange, crispy shallots and chive oil with corn nut dust
Walt Pinot Noir Blue Jay Pan-seared breast of canard duck with sweet potato fondant drizzled with a balsamic cherry reduction topped with kale crisp
Walt Pinot Noir la Brisa Pappardelle pasta with porcini mushroom crème and dehydrated prosciutto, Cherve and oregano leaves
Hall Merlot Coq au vin prepared with pearl onions, baby root vegetables and lardon in classic presentation
Hall Cabernet Tri-colored peppercorns and flakey salt crusted rib eye with wilted greens and potato crème and Chef’s red wine reduction
Sweet Chocolate shortbread cookie with macerated berries and dark
This classic pairing dinner starts at 6:30 the evening of the 10th. $85 per person.
I’ve met a few veterans in my travels and in addition to loving the red, white and blue they love to eat. On Veteran’s Day, Saturday November 11th several Phoenix area restaurants are saluting active and retired military personnel with discounted or free food. Here is a list of who and what is being offered.
In support of veterans both active and retired, Fired Pie will be offering a free entrée to all vets who show their ID or are in uniform.
Miracle Mile Deli
All veterans both active and retired will receive 10% off their purchase by letting Miracle Mile Deli know they are a veteran at the register.
Miracle Mile Deli has been a staple in the Valley for 68 years. The locally owned restaurant is at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix.
Famous Dave’s BBQ
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que in Phoenix would like to thank all former and current Military personnel for their dedication and commitment to our country by offering a FREE “Two Meat Salute.” Hours are 11 am to 11 pm.
The “Two Meat Salute” is a choice of two different meats, including St Louis-Style Ribs, Georgia Chopped Pork, Texas Beef Brisket, Country-Roasted or barbeque Chicken, Traditional or Boneless Chicken Wings, Southside Rib Tips, Hot Link Sausage, Chicken Tenders or Beer-Battered Cod, served with a Corn Bread Muffin and a choice of one side.
To find one of the 4 Phoenix area Famous Dave’s BBQ near you click here.
Original Breakfast House
Original Breakfast House is honoring those who serve and have served. Veterans and Active Duty members eat free from the menu below or take $11 off any menu item.
There will be live music outside, along with free donuts and coffee. November 11 will be a real party at Original Breakfast House!
Cajun Andouille sausage and cheddar scramble 11.50 Pork Chops and Eggs 11.50 Machaca Scramble 11.50 Pulled Pork Hash and Eggs 11.50 Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes 9.95
Original Breakfast House is at 13623 N 32nd St, Phoenix
Dave & Buster’s
In the bustling heart of Tempe Marketplace is Dave & Buster’s who will be offering all active and retired veterans a 10% off discount when they show ID when making the purchase.
Luci’s Urban Concepts
In honor of Veteran’s Day, each one of Luci’s Urban Concepts will be offering 10% off any purchase at all locations to veterans who are in uniform or show proof of id.
Luci’s Urban Concepts includes Luci’s Healthy Marketplace which is at 1590 Bethany Home Road and a couple of miles away Pomelo at The Orchard at 7100 North 12th Street, Phoenix.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is honoring this day with 15% for all vets and military personnel. This offer is valid 11/10 and 11/11. Use the link to find a Grimaldi’s near you.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
This year, the burger joint will offer its best deal yet – a free burger to military veterans. This offer will be available to those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. Find a Hopdoddy near you.
Organ Stop Pizza
Enjoy a free concert to celebrate and honor our veterans, with an emphasis on patriotic music, (other Organ Stop fan favorites will be played also) and a demonstration/explanation of OSP’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
*No food service will be offered other than beverages and ice cream and they will be available to purchase at current menu pricing.
Organ Stop Pizza only accepts cash/checks. No debit/credit cards accepted.
1:30pm – 3:00pm, doors open at 1:15pm on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov 11
Organ Stop Pizza, 1149 E. Southern Ave., Mesa
The new cidery in Mesa will be holding an open house on Veteran’s Day. Here is the link to my October post with the details.
Update: With a month under their belt Famous 48 will start serving brunch on Sat. & Sun’s possibly starting this weekend Dec. 2 & 3rd.
Square One Concepts wasted no time in filling the space left vacant by Crab & Mermaid earlier this year. Realizing people in old town Scottsdale prefer tavern style regional American fare the restaurant group will be opening Famous 48 on Monday November 6th.
Once opened Famous 48 will have an ambience that balances both casual and fine dining and will celebrate the regional cuisine of the lower 48 states of the United States including BBQ, seafood, pizza and other American classic comfort foods. The tavern themed menu will serve food cooked with fresh and high quality ingredients using an artisanal approach to cooking.
Signature cocktails, craft beers from Arizona and wines will compliment the regional cuisine.
Famous 48 hours
The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends in the leather booth line dining room and on the patio. Happy Hour starts early at 3p.m. til 6p.m. Mon.-Fri. and will include tasty bites to eat, premium cocktails and house wines.
The open air patio will include fire pits and couches that will offer diners a more intimate experience.
Hours for Famous 48 will be Mon.- Fri. 11 a.m. -close, Sat. & Sun. 8a.m.- close. and weekend brunch 8a.m.- 2 p.m.
Famous 48 is at 4218 N. Scottsdale Rd. 85251 480-758-4994. To see the full menu got their website. Famous 48 is owned by Square One Concepts.
Scottsdale’s Farm & Craft is set to open its 2nd location in the spot recently vacated by The Herb Box at The Colony along the popular 7th St. corridor in north central Phoenix. Riot Hospitality Group, owner of Farm & Craft and other local restaurants and bars plans to open the new location in early 2018 after the renovations are complete.
Farm & Craft offers guests a healthy and sustainable food and drink menu all in a fast casual atmosphere during breakfast and lunch and a full service restaurant experience during dinner. The menu will be similar to that of the Scottsdale location and guests will notice a different design to the Phoenix location as the neighborhood it serves is different and the owners like to adapt to those differences.
“We are very excited to open another Farm & Craft in the Valley,” says Ryan Hibbert, CEO of Riot Hospitality Group. “We saw an opportunity to bring this unique concept to The Colony and we plan to continue to grow the brand.”
The Wellness Menu offered at Farm & Craft focuses on optimal health through four specific philosophies, “anti-inflammatory diet”, “increasing pro-biotic levels”, “maintaining a high level of anti-oxidants” and “reducing overall stress”. This is done by working with local suppliers to create a menu that uses ingredients that are local, gluten-free, hormone free, organic and sustainable.
Farm & Craft offers a juice program that features cold pressed juices and “Kombucha Cocktails”. Signature “Cold Pressed Cocktails” use organic spirits are available at the indoor/outdoor bar as are local beers and unique wines poured from the tap.
With the 2016 opening of the Scottsdale location and the anticipated success of the Phoenix location, Riot Hospitality plans to continue to expand the Farm & Craft brand locally and nationally.
Farm & Craft will be at 5538 N. 7th St. Phoenix 85014.
When I announced last month that chef Alex Stratta had taken the reins at MATCH: Restaurant & Cocktails we knew it wouldn’t be long before he started putting his own twist on food coming out of the kitchen. After making menu changes earlier this month he’s now set to start the popular Sunday Supper Dinner Series this Sunday October 1st.
Each of the 8 dinners will have a theme from around the country and world with the menus created specifically for the weeks dinner. The Sunday Supper will be served family style and will cost $24 plus tax & gratuity per person and starts at 6 p.m.
Sunday Supper weekly menus
At least 4 dishes including appetizer style plates followed by an entrée, side dishes and dessert will be served.
Here is the menu for all 8 weeks Sunday Supper…..
Oct. 1 PAELLA AND TAPAS Gazpacho Andalusiano con aceitunas Patatas Bravas Pan con tomate y Manchego Paella Valenciana
Oct. 15 BACK EAST SUNDAY GRAVY Clams casino Chopped salad Spaghetti and meatballs Garlic bread Cannoli with ricotta
Oct. 29 SPICY SUNDAY Fried Jalapenos with cotija and bacon Adobo chicken tostada salad with mixed pepper slaw Green chili pork with Habanero toreados Spicy beef enchiladas Mexican Rice and charro beans Arroz con leche
Nov. 5 FISH FRY New England clam chowder Caesar Salad Fried Ling Cod in dark ale batter Fried potatoes with malt vinegar aioli Boston cream pie
Nov. 12 BBQ AND CORNBREAD Crispy Caribbean chicken wings BBQ brisket and pork ribs Cole slaw and potato salad Cherry-jalapeno cornbread with honey butter Maple pecan tart with Bourbon sauce
Nov. 19 PAELLA AND TAPAS Gazpacho Andalusiano con aceitunas Patatas Bravas Pan con tomate y Manchego Paella Valenciana
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 BACK EAST’ SUNDAY GRAVY Clams casino Chopped salad Spaghetti and meatballs Garlic bread Cannoli with ricotta
Sunday, December 10th, 2017 SPICY SUNDAY Fried Jalapenos with cotija and bacon Adobo chicken tostada salad with mixed pepper slaw Green chili pork with Habanero toreados Spicy beef enchiladas Mexican Rice and charro beans Arroz con leche
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 FISH FRY New England clam chowder Caesar’s salad Fried Ling Cod in dark ale batter Fried potatoes with malt vinegar aioli Boston cream pie
MATCH is inside the Found:Re Hotel at 1100 N. Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix.
Wine dinners are pretty common in the restaurant world but the last few years have seen special dinner menus paired with beer and spirits. Tequila has become a popular pairing for dinners and Nook Kitchen in downtown Phoenix is hosting a 5-course Don Julio cocktail dinner on Wed. August 2nd.
The dinner will pair Don Julio tequilas that are aged and rare on some courses with a menu that is inspired by the cuisine of tequilas home state of Jalisco. The menu is as follow…..
Grilled nopales andlengua de vaca consume
Don Julio Reposado,
Himalayan salt cordial,
kaffir lime oil, cayenne flake
Chef LaRosa’s deconstructed Chili RellenoPoblano, Oaxaca queso, tomato chili chutney,tequila pomegranate gastrique
Don Julio 70 Clara Anejo,
dry orange curacao, spanish dry vermouth,
blood orange sour
Watermelon, tequila & lime shaved ice
Braised pollo de muslo,maiz de la calle, maseca, mole,frijoles negros a la hoya