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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.

 

Alex Stratta takes over the kitchen at MATCH: Restaurant & Cocktails

It was less than a year ago that I reported that James Beard Award winning chef Alex Stratta took over culinary operations at The Herb Box , well that short-lived stint has come to an end. Chef Stratta has taken his culinary talents to MATCH:Restaurant & Cocktails in The Found:Re Hotel in Phoenix.

New menu debut

The first change will take place in September when chef Stratta will debut a new menu for the wood-fired and local focused restaurant. “We are testing new recipes and seeking the perfect balance of flavor and relatable dishes that suit the tastes of our local residents and out-of-town guests,” said Stratta. “The wood fired oven and grill will continue to take center stage as we evolve our menu.”

He and his team will continue to focus on simple, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients that will be presented in an artful style to coincide with the hotels art inspired decor and design.

The Alex Stratta culinary history

The globe-trotting chef has collected awards for his Las Vegas restaurants Stratta & ALEX and his first stint in Phoenix at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician Resort. He’s also worked for famed chefs Alain Ducasse in Monaco at Louis XV in The Hotel de Paris and Daniel Boulud in New York at Le Cirque. He’s also made the finals on Top Chef Masters, Italian Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. In addition to his James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” award he’s been named a Food & Wine Best New Chef, several AAA Five Diamond awards and a two star rating from the Michelin Guide for ALEX.

MATCH is at 1100 N. Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix https://www.matchphx.com/

 

Match: Restaurant & Cocktails new menu has gone to the dogs

A whole new meaning of the ‘dog days of summer’ comes to mind as downtown Phoenix’s Match: Restaurant & Cocktails rolls out its  new  “Dog Gone” menu perfect for your four-legged dining companion..

All photos courtesy of Je- Hyen Valdez

Fido, Fluffy and Fifi can enjoy Amazing Meatloaf ($7),  Tail Tappin’ Tater Tots with yogurt ($5) and Bow Wow Bacon Cheese Treats ($3). The dogs can dine with their owners and friends in the lounge, on the patio or for in-room service at the Found:Re Hotel where Match is located off the lobby.

While the pooches are snacking out, their owners can dine on Match’s recently released Summer Menus that include a crab BLT, Diver Sea Scallops with clams & corn and other items at lunch or dinner.

Match:  Restaurant & Cocktails and The Found:RE  Hotel are at 1100 North Central Ave. Phoenix 602-875-8080  http://www.matchphx.com/

 

Zuzu introduces new dinner menu from Chef Russell Lacasce

When I wrote about new executive chef Russell Lacasce taking over the kitchen at the Hotel Valley Ho’s flagship restaurant Zuzu back in Dec. I wondered what direction he would take the restaurant. I now know as Lacasce has introduced his first dinner menu since arriving at the Zuzu in January. A few restaurant bloggers and myself had the opportunity to taste several of the new menu items and speak to Lacasce and other members of his culinary team.

Zuzu Lobster Rolls

“I wanted the new menu to be very approachable, while offering dishes with complex combinations of flavors and textures that diners might not expect,” said LaCasce. “Everything is fresh and seasonal, with a strong focus on showcasing our amazing local farmers and purveyors.” Several of the Zuzu’s previous American comfort food staples are still available in the lounge.

Chef Russell Lacasce new menu items

The new menu includes dishes that perfect for sharing and include….

Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Tartare with spicy chicharones, Avocado mousse, Heirloom tomatoes, with a local Feta and shallot buttermilk dressing. This small plate tasted fresh with a hint of spice and a nice touch from the crispy chicharone.

Chef Russell Lacasce Hawaiian Ahi Tartare

The Burrata has a creamy and smooth texture and the addition of pickled strawberries & toasted pistachios give it flavors you’d be hard pressed to find on other plates of Burrata around town.

The Hokkaido Scallops comes three to a serving separated by one of the more unique ingredients I’ve found recently, fried Meyer lemon wedges. Both are served over a bed of toasted cous cous & pine nuts and drizzled with a shellfish butter. The scallops practically melt in your mouth and citrus flavor and crunch from the Panko crusted fried lemon may have made me a scallop convert. This dish is not to be missed by scallop enthusiasts.

The entrée we tasted was the item on the whole menu that raised my eye brow when I read it…..Baker’s Bacon Chop. A 20 lb. back bacon loin that is house carved, cured, smoked and honey lacquered prior to being plated. Served with green harissa, burnt orange, fresh herbs, pickled chiles and pork rinds. All I can say is WOW! A loin of crispy back bacon will give a whole new meaning to bacon. It’s also great for those who prefer gluten-free dinners.

What’s next at Zuzu

At the same time the dinner menu debuted in early May, Lacasce introduced a lounge menu and new dessert menu from pastry chef Audrey Enriquez. In coming weeks he will be rolling out new breakfast, lunch and brunch menus for diners to sink their teeth into. If his first menu is any indication of what’s to come in June we should be pick a day now, circle on the calendar and plan to check out Zuzu.

Zuzu is in the Hotel Valley Ho at 6850 E. Main St. Scottsdale 85251 (480)376-2600 http://www.hotelvalleyho.com/ZuZu