Category Archives: downtown Phoenix

8th annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival celebrates canned beer revolution

As craft beer brewers continue the canning of their beers to protect from sunlight and the convenience where glass bottles shouldn’t go (by the pool, at the lake), the canned beer revolution rolls on with the 8th Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival on Saturday April 28th.

The 4 hour event heads back to Margret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix and will showcase over 250 canned beers from over 100 local and national breweries from over 40 states. This years festival will include a new Arizona Trail Zone featuring brewers that don’t normally can their beer but have specially for the festival.

Photos courtesy of Jen Pruett at HDE Agency

Craft beer and more

In order to pace yourself from drinking all the beer to early fun distractions are planned including a beer science garden, beer Olympic games and live music from Radio FX, The Hourglass Cats and Matrix.

Food will be available for purchase from Honey Bear’s BBQ, El Jefe Tacos and more. Here is a short list of brewers expected to pour beer.

21st Amendment Brewery                                                                                  Abita Brewing                                                                                                         Golden Road Brewing                                                                                        Hangar 2                                                                                                                          Hard Frescos Brewing Co                                                                                                 Griffin Claw Brewing Company                                                                                    Mudshark Brewing Co.                                                                                                       Sun Up Brewing Company                                                                                               Phoenix Ale Brewery                                                                                                           Sleepy Dog Brewing Company

Tickets and details

Tickets can be purchased on-line for $35 or day of for $45. Designated Drivers tickets are $20 on-line and day of. Admission gets you 20 beer sample and a souvenir can cup.

A potion of the proceeds go to the Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA). http://www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com/

The 21 + event starts at 3 p.m.  at Margret T. Hance Park 67 W. Culver St. Phoenix 85003.

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Chamberlain’s Taco Chelo opens March 9th along Roosevelt Row

Food is an art form in itself but many restaurants are creating space for other forms of art and downtown’s Phoenix’s new Taco Chelo combines food and art when it opens on Friday March 9th.

The team bringing Taco Chelo to life is restaurateur Aaron Chamberlain, artist Gennaro Garcia and chef Suny Santana.

“Taco Chelo celebrates great food as well as great art, creating an experience unlike anything else in the Valley,” said Chamberlin, of St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market Café fame. “In terms of culinary and artistic talent, we’ve got the real deal, and it’s showcased in our menu, on our walls and throughout the restaurant in its entirety.”

Taco Chelo art

The 1,000 square foot Taco Chelo was designed by the internationally acclaimed Garcia and the restaurant adorns his art work that includes custom-made pieces from Mexico.

“What we worked to create here is an experience that caters to all senses,” Gennaro said. “I see this restaurant project as an ongoing art installation and a collaboration of the visual and culinary arts”.

In the kitchen

Chef Suny Santana will be for sure preparing tacos, but his menu goes beyond that creating dishes he learned from his mother as child on a farm in Monterrey Mexico.

Recipes include chicharrones, chips & guacamole and pinto beans stewed with bacon and pico de gallo known as “frijoles a la charra”. Salads are also available as is beer, wine and cocktails.

Chef Santana and Taco Chelo already has a fan in Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, “Downtown is experiencing a renaissance, now home to world-class arts, culture, nightlife and great culinary concepts that showcase the flavor of Phoenix,” says Stanton. “Taco Chelo — a restaurant with an emphasis on both food and art — is a great fit for Roosevelt Row. I can’t wait to try what Chef Suny Santana is cooking up!”

Taco Chelo will be open Sun. – Thurs. from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. and is at 501 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix 85004. 602-368-5316. For more information check out their website.

 

 

Arizona wines get all the attention at 9th Annual Grand Wine Festival

Arizona’s largest Arizona wine only event grows even larger this year as the Arizona Wine Growers Association’s Grand Wine Festival spills on to 6th Street from the Heritage Square festival. This, the 9th year of showcasing Arizona wines takes place on Saturday & Sunday January 27th and 28th and grows by 15,000 square feet when 6th Street is closed off this year.

Arizona wines poured

Over 30 Arizona wineries will travel to downtown Phoenix from Elgin, Sonoita and the southern part of our state along with wineries up I-17 in Jerome, Page Springs and the Verde Valley. Dos Cabezas, LDV Winery and Burning Tree Cellars are just a few of the wineries pouring their wines at the 2 day festival while.

Winners of the AZ Central Arizona Wine Competition will be announced at the Grand Wine Gala on Friday evening which is already sold out.

In addition to tasting wine at the festival, attendees will have live music to  enjoy as well as food trucks and other local vendors to visit with.

“We already have a record number of both wineries in attendance and wines being poured at this year’s festival, but now having the extra space will allow for record-breaking attendance numbers as well,” said Brian Predmore, president of the Arizona Wine Growers Association.

Arizona wines
Kurt Dunham owner/winemaker of LDV Winery

Purchase tickets

The festival will start both days at 11 a.m. and run until 7 p.m. on Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for 6 tasting samples or $20 for 10 samples can be purchased at their website.

 

 

Tickets for 7th Annual Arizona Cocktail Week-End on sale Jan. 8th

I’m closing the door on 2017 and kicking open 2018 with a vengeance as I inform you that tickets go on sale for 2018 Arizona Cocktail Week-End, Monday January 8th 2018.

Back for its 7th incarnation of spirits tastings, seminars and cocktail competitions organizers have moved the events to growing downtown Phoenix bar & restaurant scene.

The former week-long event is now a 3 day event starting on Saturday Feb. 17- 19th 2018 with several featured events and smaller meet ups at participating bars and restaurants.

Arizona Cocktail Week-end
Photos courtesy of Arizona Cocktail Week

Featured events

Arizona Cocktail Week-End kicks off on Saturday night and The Van Buren will be jamming with the Cocktail Jam. The new downtown music hall will pair craft cocktails with live music to create a unique evening.

Sunday night brings the return of Top Bar, pop up versions of classic and trend setting cocktail bars from around Phoenix and around the globe show off their drink making skills. Taking place at The Croft, Top Bar has previously included The Manhattan Bar from Singapore, London’s The Savoy, Portobello Star & Callooh Callay and Herbs & Rye in Las Vegas.

Additional dinners, tasting and events will be announced and will be held at participating downtown bars and restaurants including Bar Bianco, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar, Chico Malo and Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour.

Tickets and $$ raised

Tickets for Arizona Cocktail Week-End start at $40 and part of the proceeds go to new local non-profits Local First Arizona and Child Crisis of Arizona.

AZCW also has its own charity, The Jupiter Foundation which helps provide safety for industry professionals including medical bills and helping when there are no other alternatives.

 

 

 

 

It’s game on for restaurants during Cactus & Fiesta Bowl games.

College bowl season has kicked off and the Phoenix area hosts both the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium & Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. With thousand of fans coming to town for the bowl games , restaurants put on their game face to attract out-of-towers here for the games or just to enjoy our beautiful holiday season.

Several restaurants are hosting special bowl game events while you watch the games.

Bowl games buffets at Match Restaurant

Downtown Phoenix’s Match Restaurant is throwing a tailgate inspired buffet when UCLA & Kansas State battle for Cactus Bowl supremacy at near by Chase Field on Tues. Dec. 26th from 4:00- 6:00 p.m.

They’ll do again a few days later when Penn St. plays Washington in Glendale on Dec. 30th. from 2:00-4:00 p.m. outside by the pool.

The all you can eat menu includes….

Grilled burgers                                                                                                        Grilled onions, lettuce, tomato & pickles                                                Ketchup, Ranch, Mayonnaise

Grilled chicken                                                                                                                        Tortillas, guacamole, pico and two salsas

Grilled sausages                                                                                             Bratwurst, hot dogs, chicken sausage                                                                       Pretzel rolls, relish, grain mustard & sauerkraut

Pulled pork sandwich                                                                                              BBQ pulled pork                                                                                                           Milk bread and coleslaw

Salads                                                                                                                            Potato salad                                                                                                                              Macaroni salad                                                                                                                        Iceberg and tomato salad                                                                                                 Kettle-fried potato chips                                                                                                   Cheddar popcorn

$25 scores you a ticket to either game’s festivities and includes all you can eat and 2 beers or non-alcoholic beverages. You can call 602-675-8080 . Match is inside the Found:RE Hotel at 1100 N. Central Ave. Phoenix.

Fired Pie Pizza

Rooting for your alma mater on with friends at home then Fired Pie has the pizza for you. Their catering packages start serving enough for at least 10 people.

Fiesta Bowl
Photo courtesy of Fired Pie

For 10-15 guests you get 8 mix-n-match 11” pizzas and a large catering salad for just $89.99.

For 16-20 guests, you can get 12 mix-n-match 11” pizzas and 2 large catering salads for $145.99.

There are Wrap Package options starting at $65.99 – you can get 16 mix-n-match half wraps (salads converted to wraps) and 8 sides with choices from granny smith apples, potato chips or any combination of the two.

Postmates and DoorDash will deliver for parties less than 10 can order Fired Pie through 3rd party delivering options like .

To place your order or find a location near you click here http://firedpie.com/

Cactus Bowl deal at The Park

Before, during and after the Cactus Bowl on the 26th, The Park Food Bar & Beer Garden in downtown Phoenix will be offering a bucket of 5 beers from MillerCoors and an appetizer(not sampler) for $27.

The Park is at 3 S. 2nd St. Phoenix 85004. http://www.thepark.bar/

 

 

 

Downtown Deli Tavern breathes new life into a classic corner deli

Phoenix restaurant group Genuine Concepts wanted in on the growing restaurant and bar scene happening in downtown Phoenix and have announced a Monday December 18th opening of their 12 restaurant, Downtown Deli Tavern.

Downtown Phoenix old timers may have eaten at the original Downtown Deli before it closed a couple of years ago after 46 years of serving patrons breakfast & lunch. Genuine Concepts owners Tucker Woodbury and Jim Riley purchased the property and have given it a new vibe while keeping true to its roots.

Unlike the original deli the tavern will serve lunch, dinner and cocktails until late in the evening and early morning with its corner bar atmosphere.

“It seemed to me that there has been a little bit of a land rush in downtown Phoenix and now that other companies and businesses are coming, we wanted to make sure that we put our stake in the ground and held onto a spot,” Woodbury states.

Eating at Downtown Deli Tavern

Executive Chef Justin Woodard’s menu is comfort food inspired with dishes such as Mom’s Meatloaf, Omelet and Hash, Turkey Noodle Soup, Egg Salad Sandwich and signature Fried PB&J and Smothered Browns will create a buzz.

The full menu is available all day as will be the $.50 cup of coffee along with grab n go items and weekly list of 7 for $7 food items.

“The food we have created for The Downtown Deli Tavern should resonate with its over the top comfort food that we can all identify with,” says Woodard. “Food to me is all about the memories and this place has a menu that will leave a lasting impression on its guests. Food should be fun, not too fussy and simple. I think we’ve done a great job of creating a menu that reflects that.

Classic Cocktails

Beverage director Chris Hardin is keeping it simple with basic and classic cocktails with his modern twist including White Russian, Salty Dog, Deli Old Fashioned and the Strong Island Iced Tea.

Proud of its Arizona roots all draft beers at Downtown Deli Tavern all Arizona brewed.

“The Downtown Deli Tavern will be equal parts food and bar and we hope that people recognize that end even though its a little bit quirky, we love old buildings and we love old Phoenix and this project has been around for so long, why change things too much. We are going to let people figure it out for themselves when they visit,” says Woodbury. “It’s very classic rock. It has an approachable space, with friendly people and affordable pricing.”

Downtown Deli Tavern is at 130 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 and will be open Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-11pm, Thursday 10:30am-12am, Friday 10:30am-2am, Saturday 3:00pm-2:00am & will be closed on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival returns to Margaret T. Hance Park

Phoenix is known for its pizza reputation whether your prefer artisan brick oven pizza, Chicago deep dish or a slice of thin New York style. It’s no wonder we’ve seen national and regional pizza restaurants invade the Phoenix area in the last few years. There’s no better way to debate who makes the best pizza than tasting pizza from some of Phoenix’s favorite pizza makers at the 3rd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival on Saturday, November 18th.

Pizza festival
Photos by Flargus

Previous Phoenix Pizza Festival pizza makers

At last years festival pizza aficionados had the chance to purchase slices,  pies and more from pizza makers like Fabio on Fire, La Piazza Al Forno PHX, Nello’s, Rosati’s and others.

Festival goers washed down their pizza with beer from local craft brewers such as Mother Bunch Brewing, O.H.S.O Nano- Brewery, Helio Basin and more. Those attending this years festival can expect much of the same.

In addition to pizza there will be dessert food trucks, food related vendors, live bands, lawn games and a kid’s zone because you can only eat so much pizza before you need a break.

Get your tickets

A limited amount of tickets for the Phoenix Pizza Festival are only available on-line for $10 with the festival going from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Margret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix.

The Phoenix Pizza festival partners with Downtown Phoenix Inc. as the charitable beneficiary of the event. The non-profit helps to promote the revitalization of  downtown Phoenix  by supporting local business’s and events.

 

 

 

Updated: Sunday Supper Dinner Series at MATCH in October and November

Updated with December dates and menu

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. 8                                                                                                                                            INDOOR PICNIC                                                                                                                   Deviled eggs                                                                                                                             Watermelon and cucumber salad                                                                                Cole slaw                                                                                                                                     Wood roasted Elote with Cotija cheese                                                                   Buttermilk fried chicken                                                                                                    Banana splits

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

Nov. 26                                                                                                                                         INDOOR PICNIC                                                                                                                   Deviled eggs                                                                                                                             Watermelon and cucumber salad                                                                                Cole slaw                                                                                                                                     Wood roasted Elote with Cotija cheese                                                                   Buttermilk fried chicken                                                                                                    Banana splits

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.