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Meet me at the Coach House and where else to go on Thanksgiving Eve

Those last two posts on Thanksgiving Day restaurants that are serving dinner or preparing take-out meals nearly wiped me out with all the information, I can now set my sights on Thanksgiving Eve.

If you’re  out and about showing out-of-towners a good time or you grew up here and return home to catch up with friends at the local watering hole, the night before Thanksgiving can be just as big a deal as the turkey and football the next day.

If you mention Thanksgiving Eve to most in these parts two places come to mind…..El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley and Coach House Tavern in downtown Scottsdale. Join me at the Coach House just after sunset before the line forms and I’m sure many will make an appearance at both establishments.

It won’t be your typical Wednesday at Sorso Wine Room and The Park as they start the Thanksgiving celebration a day early.

Thanksgiving Eve at Sorso Wine Room

If you live in the northeast valley and prefer to stay closer to home  Sorso Wine Room at The Scottsdale Quarter will start the celebrating with an all day Happy Hour with 2 for 1 house wines by the glass and draft beers.

Food special will be available including the Brussels Board ($8), The Dip($8) and select Bruschetta at 3 for $10.

Sorso Wine Room is at 15323 N Scottsdale Rd #150, Scottsdale http://sorsowineroom.com/ Thanksgiving Eve

The Park in downtown Phoenix

If you’re going to be in central or downtown Phoenix, The Park will be hosting a Thanksgiving Eve Bash with MillerCoors. The Bash starts at 8 p.m. but $5 pumpkin spice specialty cocktails and ales will be available all day.

Guest are encouraged to bring a can(s) of food for the Can 4 Can Hurricane Relief Food Drive. Those that bring a can will receive a penny can of a MillerCoors product.

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

The Park

I hope to see you out and about  and where ever you go be smart, safe and have a  Happy Thanksgiving!

Leave the Thanksgiving Day cooking to these restaurants

Dine-in or take- out here are 3 more Phoenix area restaurants will to do the cooking for you and your family on Thanksgiving Day. Hurry if you plan is to take-out you only have a couple of days to place your order if you it in time for Thanksgiving.

Miracle Mile Deli

This Thanksgiving, order “Everything But the Bird” at Miracle Mile Deli. This local restaurant offers traditional and yummy side orders to share with loved ones. Order by Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. to ensure an on time pick up the day before Thanksgiving. Miracle Mile Deli will be closed on Thanksgiving day.

 “Everything but the Bird” Pricing

Quart of Homemade Mashed Potatoes (serves 3 to 4) – $9.49

Quart of Homemade Gravy (serves 3 to 4) – $9.49

Quart of Homemade Stuffing (serves 3 to 4) – $7.49

Pound of Cranberry Sauce (serves 3 to 4) – $4.79

Quart of Potato Salad (serves 3 to 4) – $9.49

Quart of Cole Slaw (serves 3 to 4) – $9.49

Quart of Pasta Salad (serves 3 to 4) – $9.49

One Dozen of Kaiser OR Onion Rolls – $10.20

Big Loaf of Rye Bread (24 slices) – $8.99

Regular Loaf of Rye Bread (12 slices) – $4.79

Pound of Hot Pastrami (serves 3 to 4) – $15.98

Pound of Corned Beef (serves 3 to 4) – $12.98

Pound of Hot Brisket of Beef (serves 3 to 4) – $12.98

Order of 3 Potato Pancakes (with applesauce and sour cream) – $7

Pint of Horseradish – $6.99

Pound of Dill Pickles (approximately 10 spears) $3.79

Quart of Homemade Soup (serves 2) – $9.49

Whole Pie (Pumpkin, Pecan, Apple, Cherry, Lemon Meringue, Coconut Meringue, Boston Cream, Blueberry) – $14

Also taking pre-orders for pies…make sure to get yours in now! The locally owned restaurant is at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix.  Visit miraclemiledeli.com

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace and Luci’s at the Orchard

Whether you need the complete meal or a certain side a la carte, all you have to do is reheat. This Thanksgiving, call in your order at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace or Luci’s at the Orchard for a home cooked meal that’s sure to impress. Pickups at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace only the day before Thanksgiving. Cancellations and final orders must be made by November 20. There will be no refunds after this date. Luci’s healthy Marketplace will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. for any last-minute needs.

Complete Meal $159.99 (Feeds 6-8)

12-14 Lbs. Pre-Cooked Premium, All-Natural, Locally-Roasted Turkey

1 Quart Turkey Gravy

1 Pint of Fresh Cranberry Sauce w/ Local Honey (Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

1 Dozen Dinner Rolls (Vegetarian)

1 Pumpkin Pie (Vegetarian)

Side Item 1 – 3 Lbs. Cornbread Stuffing

Side Item 2 – 3 Lbs. Seasonal Vegetables (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Side Item 3 – 4 Lbs. Yukon Gold Herb Mashed Potatoes (Gluten Free)

Substitute one of the three Side Items for our Seasonal Fall Salad (Butternut Squash, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pecans, Dried Cranberries, Roasted Corn and Field Greens served with Citrus Vinaigrette)

A’la Carte Items

Corn Bread Stuffing – $8.99 per Pound

Seasonal Vegetables – $9.99 per Pound

Yukon Gold Herb Mashed Potatoes – $8.99 per Pound

Turkey Gravy – $7.99 per Quart

Fresh Cranberry Sauce w/ Local Honey – $7.99 per Quart

Seasonal Fall Salad (Feeds 6-8 People) – $49.99

Just “The Bird”

$7.49 per Pound (approx. 12-14 Lbs.)

A’la Carte Desserts

Pumpkin Pie – $12.99

Pecan Pie – $14.99

Located on the corner of Bethany and 16th Street, this neighborhood spot is a staple in central Phoenix. Visit www.lucishealthymarketplace.com information.

Luci’s at the Orchard is at 7100 N 12th St. Phoenix http://Lucisorchard.com

Chompie’s

Let Chompie’s Prepare Your Thanksgiving Meal

Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York-style deli, releases its Thanksgiving Day menu today and is now taking pre-orders for whole oven-roasted turkeys, pies, or full course meal packages. The full dinner and a la carte selections are designed to make giving thanks a little easier this holiday season. Chompie’s five Valley restaurants will be open Thanksgiving Day, not just for order pick-ups but also for dine-in service.

“We know how busy it is during the holidays,” says Chompie’s founder Lovey Borenstein. “Sometimes you need a little help in the kitchen so you can spend most of your time with your family.”

Chompie’s turkeys and “fixings” are cooked fresh from scratch using the Borenstein family recipes. They’re made the same day as the scheduled pick up and include re-heating instructions, so they can be served in about 30 minutes.

The Thanksgiving menu includes full meal packages, individual turkeys, and a ala carte sides:

The Traditional Full Meal Package (serves 12-15 generously)  – $219.99

Thanksgiving Dinner (for dine in or to go) – $19.99 per person

Extra Large Whole Oven Roasted Turkey – $99.99  * Carved for $129.99

Fresh Baked Apple or Pumpkin Pies – $12.99 ea.

Fresh Baked Deluxe Pies – $14.99 ea

Homemade Stuffing – $6.99 / lb

Matzo Ball Soup – $9.99 / qt

Homestyle Green Beans – $7.99 / lb

Whole turkey and large dinner packages must be ordered at least 72 hours in advance for pick up on Nov. 22 or 23.  Chompie’s five Valley locations will be open until 3pm on Thanksgiving Day.

Locations:

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

 

Phoenix restaurants cooking Thanksgiving dinner to dine-in or take-out

Many restaurants are taking the stress out of Thanksgiving by doing the cooking for you. Whether you prefer dine in at a restaurant or have them do the cooking for you to take home and make it look like you’ve done it all yourself, the Phoenix restaurants below are offering you options.

A 2nd list will be posted tomorrow but hurry up and make a decision as most restaurants have a cut off date for your pick up order.

Match at The Found:Re Hotel

MENU 

 

Roasted butternut squash soup

Candied chestnuts and pepitas

*

Slow Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Relish and Apple-pecan stuffing

Mashed potatoes and Charred Brussels sprouts with bacon

*

Spiced Pumpkin pie with Ginger Bread and Vanilla whipped cream

$38.00 adults $28.00 kids under 12 (plus tax and gratuity)              THE FOUND:RE HOTEL 1100 N. Central Ave. 10:30 to 5:00 PM http://www.matchphx.com/

Liberty Station and Market Street Kitchen

Let Liberty Station or Market Street Kitchen handle the cooking! Both restaurants offer to-go packages and in-house special menus.

For $25 per person (not including tax), guests can purchase a to-go feast including:

Sliced Rotisserie Turkey

Mac N Cheese | Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Stuffing | Green Beans | Cranberry Sauce

Homestyle Gravy | House Bread | Pumpkin Cheesecake

To place an order, call 480-595-9930 (Liberty Station) or 480-278-7044 (Market Street Kitchen) by 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. Thanksgiving packages will be available for pick up at a scheduled time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23.

Both restaurants will also serve a special Thanksgiving menu from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The three-course meal includes:

Starter (choice of)

Autumn Greens Salad or Fairytale Pumpkin Soup

Main

Rotisserie Roasted Turkey with all the traditional fixings

Dessert (choice of)

Pumpkin Cheesecake  Or Pati’s Rum Cake

The cost is $32 for adults and $16 for children 12 and under, not including tax.

Liberty Station 34522 N. Scottsdale Rd. (480) 595-9930 http://libertystationtavern.com

Market Street Kitchen 20825 N. Pima Rd Scottsdale (480)278-7044 http://www.marketstreetkitchen.com

Thanksgiving Curbside Catering by The Market by Jennifer’s

The Market by Jennifer’s will offer Thanksgiving curbside catering on November 23. The meal serves a party of six for $219.99 ($36 per additional person).

Whole Roasted Turkey

Whole roasted turkey stuffed with sweet yellow onion and fresh orange slices

Served with a pan roast gravy and cranberry orange relish 

Artisan Bread Stuffing                                                                                                       Classic Herb Whipped Potatoes                                                                                 Roasted Baby Sweet Potatoes                                                                                     Haricot Vert with Sliced Almonds                                                                             Arizona Honey Glazed Carrots                                                                                    Simple Greens                                                                                                                         Fresh Baked Bread Board

Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Whipped Cream Or Pecan Pie with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

 Extra pies are available for $24 each.

The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s 3603 E. Indian School Rd., Ste A Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-579-5327 themarketphx.com

Pre-order Thanksgiving Dishes from Perk Eatery

Perk Eatery will offer a few unique take-out items to add to the Thanksgiving feast!

The Sausage and Sage Stuffing is $32 and serves 8-10 people. It comes ready to bake! The delicious Blackberry Apple Crostata ($24), Pumpkin Pecan Ganache Pie ($34) and Chocolate Lines Banana Cream Coconut Pie ($34) are sold in disposable pie plates.

All items are baked fresh for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Final orders must be in by Monday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m.

Perk Eatery 6501 E Greenway Pkwy #159, Scottsdale  (480) 998-6026 http://perkeatery.com

Santuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Guests can choose between a four-course, prix-fixe menu at elements, Sanctuary’s signature restaurant, or the bountiful buffet at The Views Ballroom.

In addition to a Traditional Turkey Dinner with chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry apple relish and giblet gravy, entrée choices at elements will include Duck Confit Raviolis with braised Swiss chard, candied fennel, parmesan cream and tomato jam; Citrus Grilled Swordfish with green onion and mushroom farro, smoked eggplant, avocado, and harissa butter; and Honey Hoisin Glazed Short Ribs with Chinese broccoli, candied root vegetables, and parsnip puree.

Dessert highlights include a Ginger Pumpkin Tart with maple cookie crust and toasted bourbon marshmallow, and Cinnamon Cheesecake with autumn fruit compote, warm rum toffee sauce, and almond crumble.

Available from noon to 8 p.m., the elements dinner is priced at $95 per person. The full menu can be viewed here. Featuring carving stations, the Thanksgiving buffet at The Views Ballroom will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is priced at $85 per person.

For both meals, children ages 6-12 dine for $25, ages 5 years and under dine free. Drinks, tax and gratuity are additional. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480-607-2300.

It’s as easy as pie with Tammie Coe Cakes for your Thanksgiving dessert

If you’re putting all your efforts into the turkey, stuffing and all the  fixin’s for Thanksgiving  that’s OK because Tammie Coe Cakes is taking care of dessert with an assortment of fresh-baked pies and desserts. So good you may want to serve dessert first and hope to save room for the turkey and everything else.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread Pudding. All photos courtesy of Tammie Coe Cakes

You’ll have to hurry if you want your desserts from Tammie Coe by Thanksgiving as you need to place your order& pre-pay by this Saturday, Nov. 18th for Wednesday the 22nd pick-up at her downtown Phoenix location on Roosevelt.

Tammie Coe Cakes Thanksgiving pies

If you’re a traditional pie eater there is the Pumpkin Pie topped with caramel whipped cream ($24) for you and delicious pies including Toffee Pecan Pie topped with chocolate ganache and toffee bits ($24), Sour Cream Apple Pie made with Granny Smith apples and topped with streusel ($24) and the unique Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread Pudding made with croissant layered with pumpkin custard and butterscotch bits($15).

Pumpkin Pie

Tammie’s Fall leaves collection of cookies ($26) are available as are extras such as caramel whipped cream ($5) and caramel sauce.

Pie Pop-up

For the last-minute procrastinators like me Tammie Coe will be setting up a pop-up shop at The Henry on Wed. Nov. 22nd from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Henry is at 4455 E. Camelback Rd.

To place your order go to Tammie Coe’s website

Her shop for pick up is at 610 E. Roosevelt #145 Phoenix 85004 (602)253-0829

Fall leaves cookies.

Festive holiday cooking classes planned for Scottsdazzle

The festive holiday season is almost upon us and brings the return of the month long celebration Scottsdazzle. Over a dozen events planned along the canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront and in nearby old town.  One of those events is a series of cooking classes by local chefs for three Saturdays in December.

Tamale Making at Barrio Queen

Barrio Queen is hosting a tamale making class on December 2! Guests will have a hands on experience with Chef Julio, making tamales and learning about their history. Attendees will also receive a recipe to make tamales at home. The event is limited to 20 people and the proceeds will be donated to a children’s charity.

 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. $10, tickets by calling 480-656-4197

7114 E. Stetson Dr.

Marshmallow Making at Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

On Saturday, December 9, local pastry chef Country Velador will teach guests to make marshmallows in festive flavors! Participants will create marshmallows in flavors such as peppermint candy, cocoa or pumpkin spice. They will also learn how to dress the mallows up using cookie cutters or molds and how to cut them perfectly for homemade hot chocolate or wrapped up as gifts for loved ones.

2:30 p.m.

7120. E 6th Ave. #19

$35 per person. Space is limited to 15 guests. Call (602)736-2383 or stop by the shop in person to pay in advance. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 10 days before the class.

Italian Holiday Traditions with Chef Marcellino

Chef Marcellino Verzino is hosting a holiday cooking class on Saturday, December 16. The class, titled “Christmas Eve in Italy,” will allow participants to have fun while learning a few of chef’s secrets in making his handcrafted cuisine.

1-3 p.m. $35 per person, tickets at (480)990-9500

Marcellino Ristorante 7114 E. Stetson Dr.

To see a full list of Scottsdazzle’s month long events go to http://www.scottsdazzle.com/

 

Phoenix area restaurants salute veterans on Veteran’s Day

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.

Fired Pie

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.

Veteran's Day
Photo courtesy of Steve Shankman

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

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

 

Cider Corps

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.

 

 

Rosh Hashanah dinner & Yom Kippur “Break the Fast” at Chompie’s Deli

When the sun goes down on Wednesday September 20th Jews around the world will celebrate the start of Rosh Hashanah, the highest of holidays on the Jewish calendar celebrating the new year, 5777. Like many holidays spending time with family in the kitchen and around the dinner table is a mainstay of the celebration.

Family owned Chompie’s Delicatessen is celebrating by serving a traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner followed nine nights later for Yom Kippur with a “Break the Fast” take out available at sundown on September 30th.

Rosh Hashanah dinner

A traditional 4-course Rosh Hashanah dinner is available to dine-in or take-out from Chompie’s. The menu includes a starter or Chopped Liver or Gefilte Fish, soup, an entrée choice of a half roasted chicken, braised brisket, salmon, or roasted breast of turkey. Entrees come with a choice of potato or vegetable and assorted holiday cakes are available for dessert.

Guests can order items a la carte or family meals that serve 8 people for $249.95 or 4 people for $129.95

Old World Tzimmi

Yom Kippur “Break the Fast”

After we’ve spent the 24 hour period from sundown on the 29th to sundown on the 30th atoning for our sins by fasting, all we can think about is when and what we can eat.

Chompie’s will be preparing take-out dinner to “Break the Fast” which includes gourmet smoked fish, deli salads along with gluten-free desserts and more.

Rosh HashanahNew challah at Chompie’s

Available for the first time at Chompie’s are two new challah loafs. The Jerusalem challah is found in the markets of the holy city and are topped with poppy, sunflower, black sesame and pumpkin seeds. The sweet Maripan challah has almond paste spread throughout the soft, fluffy inside with slice almonds adorning the outside of the bread.

The Borenstein’s found theses new loafs this year when they visited Israel and are the first in Arizona to serve this authentic bread. Each loaf is $6.99 and is made fresh daily.

24 our notice is needed o place an order and to find a Chompie’s Deli near you go to their website .