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Mario Lopez welcomes Danny Trejo & Frankie Quinones to Cinco de Mario

Not many people have a festival named after them but actor/TV host Mario Lopez is a modern day personality that has his own Cinco de Mario festival and it comes to Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza on Saturday May 5th. Hopefully there is still room on your party schedule as this is a busy day with both the Kentucky Derby & Cinco de Mayo festivities around town.

Cincio de Mario
Actor & host Mario Lopez

It’s Cinco de Mario that will have bad ass actor turned taco & donut entrepreneur Danny Trejo on stage with Mario along with comedian Frankie Quinones and legendary hip hop group Sugarhill Gang.

Cinco de Mario events

Cinco de Mario
chili peppers

The day long festival starts at 11 a.m. and for the next 7 hours festival attendees can head to the Super Mucho Merchado for gourmet foods and traditional Mexican fare in a farmer’s market setting.

Attendees will be able to sample tacos and more from El Jefe, The Mission, Don Jose Mexican food and other local food producers. Make your way to the craft beer garden and rose wine garden to quench your thirst from all the spicy foods.

Fun will be had when “Saved By The Bell” alum and  festival host Mario judge’s a “Saved by The Bell”  look a like contest and local bands Mariachi Rodriguez and Ritmo Latino perform before we get down with the Sugarhill Gang’s old school performance.

A lounge to watch The Kentucky Derby will be available.

Comedian Frankie Quinones

Getting your tickets

General Admission tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. Mansion VIP tickets are $100 online in advance and get a plate of food from The Mission, 5 drink tickets, private bar and a lounge area.

Experience it all and a meet & greet with Mario Lopez with VIP Mario Sky Deck for $200 online in advance that gets you food & drink all day from The Mission and high-end lounge furniture to relax in.

Entry to craft beer & rose garden is $20 for 8 tasting tickets.

Kids under 12 are free.  Purchase your tickets here.

 

Santa Barbara Catering featured on Food Network’s Chopped in February

Arizona chefs and restaurants have been well represented over the years on cable and network television as food challenge and travel shows as have burst into prime time. You can now add Tempe’s Santa Barbara Catering and its executive sous chef Marissa Delgado to the list as they will be featured on the Food Network’s Chopped premiering Tuesday February 13th at 8pm.

Santa Barbara Catering
Executive Sous Chef Delgado in action

Executive Sous Chef Marissa Delgado

Delgado is a  perfect fit for television with her spunky attitude and her kitchen creativity with a reputation for molecular gastronomy and pastry making. With Santa Barbara Catering for 7 years, Delgado has limitless options in the catering kitchen.

“Being able to represent not only Arizona, but also the catering industry on national television was  an experience that I am extremely proud of. My culinary depth as a catering chef helped to prepare me for this fast paced challenge. Also, having executed so many custom menus for our clients, I was able to quickly plan a creative strategy during the competition. ” said Delgado.

Tune in to see how Delgado did with her challenge and its results.

Santa Barbara Catering

It’s should be no surprise that Santa Barbara Catering is making it to a tv screen near you as the company has been a premier caterer around the Phoenix area for over 25 years. With its menu creativity and more they’ve received numerous accolades in the catering industry including being named “International Caterer of the Year” by International Catering Association.

In addition to catering they also operate Palette at the Phoenix Art Museum and is the museum’s daytime caterer.  The Farm at South Mountain is also part of the Santa Barbara Catering family.

For more information visit their website.

 

 

August is here as Liberty Market’s Burger Daze returns

Every August Gilbert’s Liberty Market serves up 31 different burgers for its annual Burger Daze promotion and this August is no different.

Liberty Market
Fried Chicken burger photo courtesy of Sarah

Planning for 31 burgers

Planning started shortly after 2016’s Burger Daze ended as executive chef David Traina started thinking of combinations for new burgers while also including a few favorites on this years list. In January chef Traina started to make the burgers for consideration to see how they went from paper to palate in an effort to finalize this years burgers. Chef Traina should know about burgers as he was Delux Burger’s first executive chef before making his way to Liberty Market.

According to Traina ” I’m really excited about this years burgers and we start with a favorite from last year, the  Coffee burger the Beehive cheese is an awesome addition to that one. Our End of Daze burger is going to be worth the wait.”

Gift card challenge

Owner Joe Johnson knows how to motivate his customers to come by Liberty Market on a daily basis to try each days special burger. Save those receipts as Joe is giving away a $50 Liberty Market gift card to those that come in and eat 10 burgers during the month. If you can stomach all 31 burgers you’ll have earned a $250 gift card. Those that accomplish either one of these challenges will have until the end of the first week of September to provide the receipts for verification and get their Liberty Market gift card.

Monte Cristo burger photo courtesy of Sarah

Burger Daze daily line up

Most of the burgers are made from local, natural ground chuck beef while others are made from buffalo meat and a vegan black bean pattie. Below is the list of all 31 burgers , one for each day of the month.

 #1 Tuesday – Coffee Burger: beef patty, Beehive Barely Buzzed Cheese, candied bacon, and onion whipped cream on a hawaiian bun.

 #2 Wednesday – Monte Cristo Burger: beef patty, swiss cheese, shaved ham, strawberry jam and powdered sugar, served open face on griddled bread pudding.

 #3 Thursday – Spanish Burger: beef patty, manchego cheese, chimichurri aioli and sliced Spanish chorizo on panella bun.

 #4 Friday – Ultimate Buffalo Burger: buffalo patty, pickled carrots and celery, St. Pete’s blue cheese, Frank’s Red Hot buffalo sauce on kaiser bun.

 #5 Saturday: Chilaquiles Burger: beef patty, chilaquiles,  sunny side up egg, tomatillo salsa, cotija cheese on a jalapeno ciabatta bun.

 #6 Sunday: Liberty Joe Burger: beef patty, housemade sloppy joe and cheddar cheese on hawaiian bun. 

 #7 Monday: Gordita Burger: beef patty, pico de gallo, lettuce, pepper jack cheese on housemade fried gorditas. Served with tortilla chips.

 #8 Tuesday: California Burger: beef patty, fresh guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and monterey jack cheese on a croissant.

 #9 Wednesday: Shrimp Po’ Boy Burger: two 4 oz patties, fried shrimp, coleslaw, and housemade remoulade on a baguette.

 #10 Thursday: The Thai Ramen Burger: beef patty, ramen noodles, thai basil, cilantro, seasoned pork and red chili peanut sauce on a panella bun.

 #11 Friday – Onion Ring Burger: beef patty, fried onion ring, smoked cheddar, sauteed red onion, potato chips and BBQ sauce on kaiser bun. 

 #12 Saturday – Short Rib Burger: beef patty, braised short ribs, fresh mozzarella and shaved parmesan on ciabatta bun.

 #13 Sunday – Croque Madame Burger: beef patty, shaved ham, swiss, fresh tomato, sunnyside up egg, smothered with bechamel, served open faced on challah toast.

#14 Monday – The Elvis Burger: beef patty, cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, peanut butter, and pickles on a housemade waffle bun.

 #15 Tuesday – The Boursin Burger: beef patty, herbed Boursin Cheese, caramelized onions and fresh arugula on a hawaiian bun.

 #16 Wednesday – The Black Bean Butternut Burger (Vegan): black bean & butternut squash patty, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, and baby greens on a kaiser bun.

 #17 Thursday – The Greek Burger: beef patty, feta cheese, nicoise olives, oven dried tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce on a potato bun.

 #18 Friday – The Poached Pear Burger: white wine poached pear, cambozola, bacon and spring mix on hawaiian bun.

 #19 Saturday – The Louie Burger: beef patty, crab salad, chopped bacon, avocado, red leaf lettuce, and Russian dressing on a pretzel bun.

 #20 Sunday – The BBQ Pork Burger: beef patty, house made BBQ pulled pork with creamy coleslaw on seeded kaiser.

 #21 Monday – The Brie and Mushroom Burger: beef patty, brie cheese, truffled mushrooms, watercress, and oven dried tomato aioli on an onion brioche bun.

 #22 Tuesday – The Fried Chicken Burger: beef patty, fried chicken, bacon, jack cheese, ranch and jalapeno chips on a hawaiian bun.

 #23 Wednesday – The Korean Beef Burger: beef patty, korean style short ribs, kimchi, radishes and sesame seeds on a hand cut bun.

 #24 Thursday – The Serious Grilled Cheese Burger: beef patty, fontina, jack and cambozola , shaved cornichons on a panella bun.

 #25 Friday – The Fresh Grind Burger: house ground brisket, ribeye, and short rib patty, fontina cheese, tempura fried oyster mushroom, and demi glace, served open face on a polenta cake. 

 #26 Saturday – The Savory Dossant Burger: beef patty, gruyere cheese, crispy bacon, and roasted garlic aioli, on an Onion Dossant

 #27 Sunday – The Elote Burger: beef patty, fire roasted corn, mexican spice blend, lime aioli,pepper jack, cotija, Fresno peppers, and cilantro on jalapeno ciabatta bun.

 #28 Monday – The Curry Masala Burger: beef patty, grilled halloumi cheese,curried onions and tomatoes, and masala aioli, on a brioche bun.

 #29 Tuesday – The Basil Pesto Burger: beef patty, basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, fried zucchini and arugula on ciabatta bun.

 #30 Wednesday – The Chile Relleno Burger: beef patty, cheese stuffed relleno, shredded lettuce, green enchilada sauce and cotija cheese, on a panella bun.

 #31 Thursday – THE END OF DAZE BURGER: house ground beef patty, hatch chile cheese, foie gras, duck bacon, truffle aioli, and parmesan tuile on toasted brioche.

 

 

 

 

Chompie’s on the Food Network’s “Ginormous Food” Fri. June 2nd.

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/

 

 

 

CHOMPIE’S 3RD ANNUAL ULTIMATE SLIDER CELEBRATION Featuring Jewish Sliders, a Customer Favorite Featured on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, for Just 99 Cents

 
On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli Since 1979, will host their 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Ultimate Slider Celebration, offering customers Jewish Sliders™ (normally $3.99 each) for just $.99 each from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or while supplies last) to thank them for their support over the past 33 years Chompie’s has enjoyed their patronage.
The annual event was born on July 14, 2010 to celebrate the premiere TV broadcast of Chompie’s Ultimate Slider Challenge on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food season 3 “Phoenix” episode, featuring host Adam Richman attempting the Challenge. That day, Chompie’s four locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler sold more than 7,600 $.99 Jewish Sliders combined. At one point, the crowd waiting to get into Chompie’s Tempe, where Man v. Food was filmed, filled the lobby and wrapped around the building. The following summer’s Ultimate Slider Celebration proved to be even more popular with customers, a.k.a. “Chompers”, who enjoyed over 8,650 $.99 Jewish Sliders on July 20, 2011.
The Ultimate Slider Challenge was conceived in late 2009, when, as big fans of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, Chompie’s owners, the Borenstein family, thought, if anybody is known for huge portions, it’s us. Shortly thereafter, in early 2010, Chompie’s put the Challenge on the menu. It consists of a platter filled with twelve original Jewish Sliders and a mound of onion strings, totaling 5 pounds of food, which a challenger must finish within 30 minutes. Winners are awarded a free Ultimate Slider Challenge t-shirt, a coveted spot on Chompie’s Wall of Fame and the meal free.
Within a few months of its introduction, Travel Channel’s Man v. Food producers happened across Chompie’s Ultimate Slider Challenge online and called to say the show’s host, Adam Richman, wanted visit Chompie’s to give the challenge a try. The rest is Jewish Slider history. “When we first put it on our menu, we just thought the challenge would be fun for our customers,” says co-owner, Wendy Borenstein-Tucker, who enjoys seeing the astonished look on customers’ faces when the gargantuan platter is set before a challenger. “We dreamed, of course, but we never expected it would actually be on national TV! We knew our customers would be thrilled too, so we held a celebration that included them–our first Ultimate Slider Celebration.” Chompie’s Man v. Food episode, featuring Adam’s Ultimate Slider Challenge, was filmed at Chompie’s Tempe location on March 18, 2010. When the show premiered, no one had yet succeeded in winning the Challenge, including Adam. To-date, only 9 people have succeeded out of nearly 200 attempts.
The popularity of Chompie’s famous Jewish Slider continues to grow. “It’s amazing what a not-so-little sandwich can do,” says Wendy. “It makes people happy and brings people together. That’s what Chompie’s has always been about.”
Chompie’s original Jewish Slider consists of a mini-challah roll filled with moist lean beef brisket, Jack cheese, a crispy homemade potato pancake and brown gravy. Chompie’s N.Y. style delicatessen, restaurant, bagel factory, bakery, and caterer, has served the Valley since 1979 with mouthwatering breakfast-all-day, lunch, and dinner 7-days a week. Chompie’s four restaurants in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler are individually owned and operated. For more information, visit www.chompies.com.