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2012 Champ to Defend Title as Fastest Wiener in the West at 18th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

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Start your doggie as it will be no ordinary walk in the park! More than 50 of Arizona’s fastest dachshunds will converge on Feb. 23 to race in the 18th Annual Wiener Nationals – Arizona Regionals race! After winning the regionals, Phoenix dog, Oscar went on to earn the 2012 championship title competing against the victors from nine other regional races held throughout the year. Now he must guard his title as the “Winning Wiener” in 2013. Can he do it again or will another AZ dog claim the top spot?

Returning Champ Oscar “My Wiener” of Phoenix will go “nose to nose” in a race to the finish line on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Tucson, Ariz. for the 18th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals – Arizona Regionals. Oscar will once again be competing against Arizona’s fastest dachshunds for a chance to defend his title as Arizona’s “Top Dog.” More than 50 dogs will race but only one will go from “wiener to winner,” taking home $250 and a trip to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego for the 2013 Finals!

Saturday, February 23
Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
Prelims: 9 a.m.
Final race: 1 p.m. – During halftime at the UA vs. WSU men’s basketball game

The University of Arizona – Jimenez Field
N. Campbell Avenue & Enke Drive (Access the field off Enke Drive)
Parking: 6th Street garage is free before 9 a.m., $5 after 9 a.m.

REGISTRATION

· Pick up an entry form at any Tucson Wienerschnitzel location, register on race day at Jimenez Field (8 a.m.), or register online at: www.wwnraces.com

· Registration is free. Hurry – space is limited

ADMISSION

· Admission to Jimenez Field is free for the races.

VISUALS

· Dogs in costume and racing jackets

· Wienerschnitzel Hot Dog Mascot “The Delicious One”

· Community interacting with the dogs, enjoying a fun day at the races

Phoenix franchisee hopes Shark’s like sushi too

Fast-casual and customer creativity is a concept that Phoenix foodies have come to embrace, and the build-your-own sushi roll bar franchise is about to see how much Shark’s really like sushi on Friday’s episode of ABC’s hit reality show, Shark Tank. The pitch will be fed to the sharks on Friday, February 15 at 9 p.m. EST.

Shane & Sherri Sender
Shane & Sherri Sender

While the franchise was created by two Austin-based brothers and co-founders Yuen and Peter Yung, the concept has been very successful for Valley couple, Shane and Sherri Sender, who opened the Phoenix location at 1515 N. 7th Ave. on February 2, 2012. The fast-casual couple also owns and operates 11 Subway franchises in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

Very much like Subway, when customers visit How Do You Roll?, they can create their own sushi by choosing proteins like raw tuna to grilled chicken and a variety of fruits and vegetables. The restaurant also boasts vegan and gluten-free foods to satisfy diverse dietary needs. Don’t worry, if you would rather not make your own roll, they have a pre-made roll menu to order from.

While the owners are not at liberty to say what the outcome is on Friday’s episode, they will still be celebrating the store success.

For more information on How Do You Roll? please visit http://www.howdoyouroll.com.

P.F. Chang’s celebrates Chinese New Year with Red Envelope giveaway and specialty cocktails.

Just in time for the Chinese New Year P.F. Chang’s will be ringing it in with a special gift for guests. In honor of the 15-day Chinese celebration, guests who visit any P.F. Chang’s in the United States from February 11 through February 24, 2013 will receive a red envelope containing an unknown reward. On the guests’ next visit, a P.F. Chang’s manager or server will open the envelope and reveal its contents.* The secret offer could be a discount ranging from 10%-30% off of their meal, free appetizer, complimentary dessert or a FREE meal up to $75. Red envelopes are a traditional Chinese gift of the New Year and the red color symbolizes good luck while warding off evil spirits.

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To honor the occasion, P.F. Chang’s is offering the following two specialty cocktails and a Chinese beer:

BUBBLE T-I-NI: Our version of an adult bubble tea. Absolut Cherrykran vodka, a mix of cherry, white cranberry and plum flavors, is shaken with Aperol Liqueur and cranberry juice and garnished with lychee boba pearls.
LUCKY V.S: Our twist on the classic Sidecar cocktail with Courvoisier V.S. shaken with Cointreau, lemon and sugar.
TSINGTAO: A pilsner-style lager with a crisp, refreshing flavor and nutty, sweet taste.

Food is an important part of the Chinese New Year celebration. Many of the dishes served during this time are thought to be “lucky” with the most common being long noodles, which represent longevity and long life, and fish, which symbolizes prosperity.

“The Chinese New Year is the perfect occasion to celebrate great food and share in the Chinese tradition of the red envelope,” said Rick Federico, CEO of P.F. Chang’s. “We are excited to reward our diners with a special offer that honors the spirit of the holiday.”

For more information on how P.F. Chang’s is celebrating the Chinese New Year, please visit http://www.pfchangs.com/NewYear/. For videos on how to make PF Chang’s specialty drinks at home and more, visit our YouTube Channel. To learn how to make the Bubble-T-i-ni please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAyo05aXfEY&feature=share&list=UUIdsTOymPsbWQAuZL114fcg and to learn how to make the Lucky V.S please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNAlSP4TPpU&feature=share&list=UUIdsTOymPsbWQAuZL114fcg.

For more information on general P.F. Chang’s news, promotions and store openings, please visit www.pfchangs.com and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pfchangs.

*Envelopes may be redeemed through March 24, 2013

Mark’s Café in Tempe is giving you just one more reason to fall in love this Valentine’s Day

Mark’s Cafe is hosting a special 4 course Valentine’s Day Dinner sure to please the foodie you love. Guests will start the evening off with upscale crab cakes and salad, with entrée choices Filet Medallions, Macadamia Nut Crusted Salmon, Chicken Piccata and Roast Pork Loin with Chocolate Cake with raspberry sauce for dessert.

Prices range from $40 to $46 per person and include Mark’s fantastic four course meal along with non-alcoholic beverage, tax and tip.
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One of the highlights of dinner is Mark’s BYOB license allowing guests the freedom to bring wine or beer into the establishment free of charge.

Reservations are Required. Dinner seatings: 5:00pm, 6:30pm and 8:00pm

For any questions or to reserve you Valentine’s Day dinner spot, please email Mark@markscafeaz.com or call 480-839-6455 to reserve your seats today .

MENU:

Appetizer: Crab Cake with Remoulade Sauce

Salad: Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, Rolls and Butter

Choose one: All entrees served with Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans Almandine
Entrée: Filet Medallions with Black Pepper Brandy Sauce $46.00
Macadamia Nut Crusted Salmon with Orange Hollandaise Sauce $44.00
Chicken Piccata $42.00
Roast Pork Loin with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce $40.00

Dessert: Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Phoenix City Grille offers a unique setting and specials for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Love is in the air and with Valentine’s Day a couple of weeks away, Phoenix City Grille and Executive Chef Rory Hewitt will once again use a combination of fresh and local ingredients to create the following specials for the special day:

– Surf and Turf: Wood-Grilled Beef Tenderloin Filet served with guajillo chile demi-glaze, Point Reyes blue cheese scalloped potatoes, and a Grilled Shrimp and Linguisa Sausage Skewer with port wine reduction.
– Colorado Lamb Chops, rosemary crusted and served with Meyer lemon – chardonnay sauce, Arizona pecan-crusted sweet potato croquettes, and an organic roasted beet and arugula salad.
– Pan-Seared Seabass with champagne buerre blanc, strawberry-fennel salsa, and sunchoke gratin.

“Every year we try to offer entrées that, in combination with the atmosphere of our restaurant and our service, will make Valentine’s Day extra special for all of our customers,” says owner Sheldon Knapp. “It is a holiday that many of our regular customers enjoy, and it gives us the opportunity to introduce new customers to Phoenix City Grille as well.”

Every day of the week Phoenix City Grille offers a full menu of American Contemporary cuisine with an influence from the Southwest, plus daily lunch and dinner specials, and brunch on the weekends.

Set in the Madison neighborhood of Central Phoenix, at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, Phoenix City Grille open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, which are highly recommended, call (602) 266-3001 or visit www.PhoenixCityGrille.com.

Chompie’s celebrates 34 years in business on Valentines Day with never before offered all you can eat pancakes for just $3.34!

To celebrate their 34 years in business, Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli since 1979 is offering All-You-Can-Eat Buttermilk Pancakes for just $3.34 on their anniversary, February 14th, 2013. This is the first time, in their 34 year history, that Chompie’s has done an all-you-can-eat pancake offer.

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The traditional buttermilk pancakes are made fresh-from-scratch from a Borenstein family recipe dating back for generations–and are made the “Chompie’s” way…. huge! Customers have referred to them as “As Big as My Face!”

The all-you-can-eat pancakes offer is available at all four Chompie’s locations for dine-in only on February 14, 2013, between the hours of 6 a.m. -2 p.m. This one-day only pancake offer is an incredible deal, as pancakes are regularly $5.69 for a two stack, and $6.69 for a three stack.

In addition, Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli is offering two more anniversary specials:

Buy 3, Get the 4th Free – Limited Edition, Valentine’s decorated, baked-from-scratch, large size, authentic N.Y. style Black & White cookies. Available Monday February 11th through Thursday, February 14th. Supply is limited and may vary by location, so please call ahead for larger orders.

Chompie’s Rewards Bonus: Get 75 bonus points (valid for $5 off on your next visit) when you fully complete your Chompie’s Rewards registration on February 14, 2013.

Visit Chompies.com for more details.

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Phoenix City Grille

In addition to its regular lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus, Phoenix City Grille this year will offer the following Christmas Eve specials, using a combination of fresh and local ingredients created by Executive Chef Rory Hewitt:
– Featured Entrée: Prime Rib, served with a red-chili jus, creamy horseradish, scallion mashed potatoes and French green beans, and garnished with crispy onions.
– Catch of the Day: Pan-Seared Seabass, served with a sunchoke gratin, pomegranate-orange salad and Meyer lemon vinaigrette.
“Christmas is one of our favorite holidays and we enjoy hosting our customers and their families on this special day,” says owner Sheldon Knapp. “We hope our ambience, specials and service make Christmas Eve gatherings even better!”

Located in the Madison neighborhood of Central Phoenix at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, Phoenix City Grille offers American Contemporary cuisine with an influence from the Southwest, plus daily lunch and dinner specials, brunch on the weekends, and personalized, attentive service. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information or to make Christmas Eve reservations, which will be taken until 9 p.m. and are highly recommended, call (602) 266-3001 or visit www.PhoenixCityGrille.com