In this hectic world we live in some times its better to “Save the Date” if you’re looking to schedule your month of September. With the return of cooler weather and food festivals circle Saturday September 16th on your calendar. The 6th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest returns to the streets of downtown Chandler with eating competitions, midget wrestling, a tequila tasting, a low rider car show and of course tacos.
Two dozen local restaurants will be preparing creative tacos made with fish, shrimp, carne asada, chicken, carnitas, vegetables and more. Chase your tacos down with a cold cerveza, aqua fresca and margaritas. Make sure you save room for churros, elote and palettas.
Live entertainment and participating restaurants will be announced soon as final plans are being made. To get updates you can check out http://www.rockintacoaz.com/
Rockin’ Taco Street Fest tickets
The festival starts at 12;00 p.m. and runs through 9:00 p.m. with General Admission tickets available in advance, online for $10 and $12 at the gate. Bring non-perishable food donation for the United food Bank and save $2 with purchase at the door. Food and drink sold separately.
A limited supply of VIP tickets are available on-line only for $75. VIP access include 6 alcoholic drink tickets, unlimited water and soft drinks, catered food from Chandler’s El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina, private seating and restrooms and more. VIP admission is only for 21 and over.
Donation to Downtown Chandler Community Partnership
Part of the proceeds from Rockin’ Taco Street Fest will go to the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership(DCCP), a non-profit corporation to help leadership and use of resources to promote and market downtown Chandler as a regional hub for shopping, dining, living, culture and the arts.
The Fest will take place at Dr. AJ Chandler Park at 178 E. Commonwealth Ave.
They say to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper so it’s time to dust off your crown as Arizona Breakfast Weekend returns July 27th -30th. Whether you prefer egg and bacon or pancakes and sausage you can’t go wrong with the special menus participating restaurants will be creating.
Sponsored by Hickman’s Family Farms and the idea of the Arizona Restaurant Association this opportunity is great for breakfast eaters to sample new restaurants and those who forgo the meal to realize why breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
“For two years now, Arizona Breakfast Weekend has been wowing diners around the state,” said ARA president and CEO, Steve Chucri. “We look forward to its continued success, and growth, for years to come.”
Arizona Breakfast Weekend restaurants
Hash Kitchen – Scottsdale and Arcadia, The Original Breakfast House, Paul Martin’s, Ticoz, Perk Eatery and The Market by Jennifer’s are confirmed to plan special menus for the 3 day event.
Over 50 restaurants are expected to participate surpassing last years almost 50 restaurants, diners and hotels who served hungry morning customers. A full list of restaurants and menus will be available in late June/early July and can be found at http://www.arizonabreakfastweekend.com/
Signature dishes will be created by each restaurant and the price points for each meal will be $7. $10 or $15 and will be at the discretion of each restaurant to correspond to what they’re serving.
Restaurants may opt to serve “breakfast for dinner” on July 28th & 29th and yo can check the website if that’s the case.
“We like to think that Arizona Breakfast Weekend presents restaurants with new opportunities — whether to offer diners a totally new menu or to tweak and expand their existing breakfast and brunch menus,” Chucri added. “Arizona Breakfast Weekend brings the same level of culinary excellence, creativity and diversity as diners have come to expect from Arizona Restaurant Week — but with the added benefit of starting off your day with us.”
One of the more interesting new restaurant openings of 2017 has been Scottsdale’s El Panzon y Frida. Named after Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and her “pot belly” husband Diego Rivera, the restaurant celebrates its Grand Opening on Thursday July 6th, which is also the day of Frida’s birth.
The colorful restaurant has been opened for a few months for dinner but decided to lay low and wait until now to introduce itself to the community. Located in Scottsdale’s Entertainment District south of Camelback Rd west of Scottsdale Rd. El Panzon y Frida has a hand painted mural of Frida on the wall along with art from both artists.
The menu at El Panzon y Frida
The menu was created by up-and-coming executive chef Paulina Martinez and inspired by Frida and Diego’s feminine and masculine art. The thoughtful and picture worthy dishes include grilled octopus, bone marrow, Bone in Ribeye. along with small plates for sharing and salads.
Signature cocktails such as Sage Margarita & Chili Cucumber Capirihna and craft beers on tap are available to quench your thirst
The Grand Opening celebration
The celebration starts at 6 p.m. on the evening of the 6th and will include complimentary tastes, cocktails and entertainment. Guests are encouraged to wear bold and colorful clothes as part of the celebration.
El Panzon y Frida is open at 11am – 11pm Tuesday – Thursday, 11am – 1am Friday and Saturday, 11am – 9pm Sunday. Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5pm with 50% bottles of wine and $15 bottomless mimosas. Throughout the summer, Social Lounging Happy Hour is extended from 3 – 8pm daily.
If your father is like my father then time spent with him will probably involve food. Whether he is a vegan(not mine), prefers a burger or a pizza, breakfast, lunch or dinner, beer or wine these Phoenix area restaurants will be taking care of your father on Father’s Day on June 18th.
Dads will receive any draft beer for just $2 with the purchase of any pizza. Draft beer is regularly $5-$7.
Dads get a free slice of Chompie’s signature Black and White Tuxedo Cake (valued at $5.99) with the purchase of an entrée.
Flanny’s – Happy Hour Offered All Day 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
$5 Hummus $5 Cheese Quesadilla $5 Fried Pickles $7 Cheese Burger Sliders $7 Buffalo Chicken Sliders $2 off all Drafts and Cans $5 House Wines
12 Oz. Picanha Grelhada (grilled culotte steak) plus Brazilian Beer or Caipirinha, or a non-alcoholic Brazilian beverage for $23. Includes grilled pineapple, Brazilian potato salad or black beans and rice.
Tavern Americana- Penny beers with purchase of an entree Seared 10oz Filet Mignon | Herbed Butter | Mashed Potatoes | Roasted Mushrooms | Red Wine Cream Sauce | Charred Asparagus | $21 Any burger with choice of fries or salad $10 Any one topping pizza (additional toppings with be regular charge) $5.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar- Juicy Lucy burger til June 20th. Just in time for dad’s big day, the Juicy Lucy features a fresh ground Angus beef patty stuffed with melted Tillamook Cheddar and topped with a second slice of cheddar along with black pepper aioli and caramelized onions
Char Kitchen + Bar The Mediterranean Cowboy Burger $14, is an 8 Oz. grass fed Angus beef patty topped with Harissa BBQ sauce, crumbled gorgonzola cheese and fried onion rings with a chipotle ranch schmear, served on a challah roll with a side.
Char will also be serving a 14 oz. Angus Ribeye steak topped with blue cheese and chive butter and served with scalloped potatoes and roasted vegetables for $35.
Rusconi’s American Kitchen- Special menu for $44 Starter (choice of) key west shrimp and red pepper grits
local linguica sausage, cured tomato, roasted corn jus
sweet potato roasted corn bisque
shaved san joaquin gold and mild fresno chili
white truffle scented mac-n-cheese
white truffle cream, san joaquin gold
Entree pecan wood grilled prime flatiron steak
Amish blue cheese, roasted cornbread pudding, wilted spinach, pequillo tapenade
includes glass of chef’s choice red or white wine or draft beer
Dessert dark chocolate bread pudding
vanilla sauce, berries and salted caramel
LDV Wine Gallery On Father’s Day, dads will receive 25% off LDV Winery Petite Sirah (by the glass, by the bottle, or by the truckload)!
Thirsty Lion Gastropub Thirsty Lion offers half price beer flights on Father’s Day. For only $5, choose six of the over 24 beers and ciders on tap for your beer flight samples.
Fired Pie Pizza All day long on, all Fired Pie locations are offering a buy one entrée get one free for dads on Father’s Day! Dine-in only.
Organ Stop Pizza- All you can eat pizza buffet and salad plus unlimited soft drinks
Despite National Hamburger month ending in May, two west valley chefs are just getting started as they compete in the James Beard Blended Burger battle. Goodyear restaurants Eagle’s Nest and Toscana’s Restaurant are rolling up their sleeves representing two of the three Arizona restaurants in the competition. They will be trying to create the winning burger using 2 types of mushrooms as ingredients.
Hail Mary burger
Chef Mary Ahern of Eagle’s Nest see’s her Hail Mary burger as the eventual winner. This 17 ingredient burger blends Portobello and button mushrooms, roasted garlic, thyme and shallots ground with the brisket and jalapeños, garlic and bacon mixed with ground beef.
The burger is then topped with bacon jam, lettuce, house made pickles, red onion, devil dog sauce and slices of American and Havarti cheese all between a Brioche bun. That sounds like more than a mouthful and like a winner to me.
Eagle’s Nest’s neighbor in the Pebble Creek community Toscana’s Restaurant is building a blended burger of their own.
It will be pan seared with 80/20 ground beef, house smoked mesquite button mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, caramelized onions, shaved lettuce, fresh watercress, apple-wood bacon, aged smoked cheddar cheese, house-made cowboy candy and mayo.
All served between a King’s Hawaiian bun, hope it can handle everything
Another delicious sounding burger and I’m very curious about the cowboy candy.
James Beard Blended Burger battle voting
Online voting ends July 31st with the top 5 winners from around the country competing in the final showdown of the James Beard Blended Burger challenge in New York city in January. To cast your vote you may vote here.
Locally owned Press Coffee Roasters is set to open its flagship store in downtown Phoenix on June 8th making it the 5th location for the award-winning specialty coffee roaster.
Press Coffee at The Muse (1816 N. Central Ave.) will look across Central Ave. to the Phoenix Art Museum but the art is inside Press with a custom Synesso espresso machine, white Mahlkonig grinders and futuristic Clever Seraphim brewers. The modern design of the 2,000 square foot space was designed by Larry Lake of Lawrence Lake Interiors.
By late summer Press plans to offer beer and wine along with launching an expanded food menu. Coffee 101 tastings and events are planned in the ‘learning space”.
“I started Press back in 2008, with the idea for a place for coffee, food and wine. This store resurrects that dream at an even higher level,” said Steve Kraus, owner and founder of Press Coffee. “We’re excited to open our doors and be a part of Downtown Phoenix’ diverse coffee and food community.”
To celebrate the opening guests who stop by on June 8th, 9th or 10th will receive a free small cup of drip coffee.
Press has locations in Scottsdale, Chandler, Phoenix and Tempe and shares their passion for specialty coffee with customers and community by ensuring the highest quality of coffee, service and knowledge on a daily basis
Press Coffee at The Muse will be open Mon. – Sat. 6:30 a.m -8 p.m. and Sun. from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. http://www.presscoffee.com/
Any national attention a local restaurant can get is always good for the Phoenix food community. Friday June 2nd, is when the family owned, N.Y. style deli Chompie’s will be seen by a national TV audience on Food Network’s “Ginormous Food” show.
The episode will feature Chompie’s “Bubbie’s Belly Buster” slider which weighs in at a GINORMOUS 10 pounds. Taking 48 hours to prepare, the slider is made with 4 lbs. of sliced brisket, 12 oz. of brown gravy, 12 slices of Monterrey Jack cheese and a 24 oz. potato pancake, all served on a 36 oz. Challah roll.
Getting hungry yet? Up for a challenge? If so you’re in luck as Chompie’s is preparing this meal that serves 8-10 people available for only $129.99 & 48 hour notice.
Too much food for you, say what! Then stop in to one of the 5 Phoenix area Chompie’s from June 2nd -18th and you can “Ginormous size” your order of Jewish sliders by doubling the size. The platter will include 3 sliders that will now be 6 in. wide for $29.99(regularly $44.97) twice the size of the usual 3 in. wide sliders.
This is not the first time Chompie’s and their sliders have made a nationwide TV appearance as the Tempe location was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs Food” in 2010. On that episode show host Adam Richman tried to complete the “Ultimate Slider Challenge” in less than 30 minutes. Unfortunately the slider platter got the best of him and he failed the challenge.
The episode “Phoenix Finest Imports” will also feature El Palacio & Porkopolis, both in Chandler.
The episode premiers on Fri. June 2nd at 8 p.m. CST and will be repeated several times. To take the challenge or Ginormous Up find a Chompie’s near you at https://chompies.com/