Holiday Wine Tasting Party with Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market

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Is it possible to relax and do your holiday shopping? Chuck Hesson of Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market thinks so. All you need is glass of good wine and noshes. Hesson, the Cellar Master for Tom’s Thumb, is hosting a Wine Tasting Party on Thursday, November 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm to prove his point. He’ll share five wines from the gas-station-turned-corner-market. Guests will also enjoy appetizers from the award-winning Bistro and snacks from some of the market’s artisan products.

The tasting starts with a sparkling wine, perfect to pop open on New Year’s Eve, and features two white wines and two red wines. Cost is $15 for those who pay in advance or $20 at the door. Guests can arrive at anytime from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Reservations can be made by calling the market at 480-513-8186.

And if guests like what they taste, everything is for sale to take home that night. Holiday shopping completed!

Thursday, November 29
5:30 – 7:30 pm
$15 paid reservation
$20 at the door

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market
9393 E. Bell Rd. • Scottsdale 85260
480-513-8186

www.TomsThumbFreshMarket.com

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market with BBQ and beer from Grand Canyon Brewing Co.

Leafs turning colors, football and baseballs playoffs in full swing are just some of the things that happen in the month of October. It’s also Oktoberfest when beer is on the brain and Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market www.TomsThumbFreshMarket.com is celebrating with its 1st beer dinner on October 18th. This 4 course dinner pairs Chef Trudie’s BBQ with beers from Grand Canyon Brewing Co. The dinner is part Tom’s “101 & Bell” classes. Brian Udvardi from World Class Beverages will be on hand to discuss the beers. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal from 6:30 – 8pm. Cost for dinner is $36 per person. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be by calling or visiting the market (480-513-8186 / 9393 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale).

Below is the pairing menu.

Artichoke-Parmesan stuffed Jalapeño wrapped in Prosciutto

Grand Canyon Pilsner

Butternut Squash Soup with Smoked Pulled Pork, Chipotle Crema and Pepitas

Grand Canyon Sunset Amber

Sliced Smoked Brisket over Black Beans served with Fiesta Slaw and Jalapeño Cornbread

Grand Canyon IPA

Harvest Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Porter-Agave reduction

Grand Canyon Pumpkin Porter

Bungalow Bar & Grill is newly remodeled and has some new menu items.

During the dog days of summer old town Scottsdale’s Bungalow Bar & Grill www.bungalowbarandgrill.com embarked on some remodeling and menu changes. Adding booths and tables to the upper dining area as well as new lighting and a new sound system were just a few of the changes. Knocking out the front wall to add a roll up front wall, large screen TVs and contemporary colors were added to the 8-year-old Bungalow.

Bungalows Salmon Club

Bungalow’s Pear Salad

Some of the new menu items include a Turkey burger ($10.50), Grilled Salmon Club Sandwich ($11), Bungalow’s Pear Salad ($11) and on the dinner menu the Tempura Stuffed Chicken ($16) that is stuffed with shrimp, mushrooms, spinach, mozzarella cheese and red bell peppers and comes with rice and Mandarin Orange sauce.
Bungalow Bar & Grill is at 4360 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale AZ. 85251 (480)994-1888

Tempura stuffed chicken

Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and breakfast at Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market in Scottsdale.

Fast cars and good food are just 2 of America’s favorite past times. On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22nd the 2 come together as Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market welcomes The Ferrari Club of America Desert Region, The AZ Lamborghini Club and Scuderia Southwest. Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market has been voted one of Phoenix Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in the Valley and Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s are some of the most exotic cars made.

Local car enthusiast and collectors will cruise the Scottsdale streets to Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market Place to display their beautiful pieces of rolling art.

Gas, check. Coffee, check. Breakfast, check. Detailed Car Washes with the crew in white jump suits, check. Tom’s Thumb has everything these auto devotees could want on an early Saturday morning.

Chef Tudie has whipped up a wide variety of breakfast items to accompany the coffee bar including whole grain waffles-served with maple or agave syrup for $5.99, a BLT with apple wood smoked bacon, fried egg, crisp lettuce, fresh sliced tomatoes and aioli on lightly toasted whole grain artisan bread with shoestring fries for $7.99, Breakfast Tacos with flour tortillas, pico de gallo and a side of chipotle salsa Potato, Egg and Cheese for $4.99.

This is a great time to come and bring the whole family out to view one-of-a-kind automobiles such as the Lamborghini Countach & Diablo, the Ferrari 512TR, the Porsche 996 Twin Turbo, and many more exotics and vintage cars. These are the type of automobiles you will typically see at Barrett Jackson and Russo Steele in January!

So bring your camera and your appetite. This just the start of some of the Fall activities planned at Tom’s Thumb for your family and your car.

Saturday, September 22nd
7:30am-9:30am

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market is at 9393 E. Bell Road on the Southwest corner of 94th and Bell in North Scottsdale. The market is open from 6 am – 10pm. Pumps are open 24 hours. Contact Tom’s online at TomsThumbFreshMarket.com and at 480-513-8186 or on Facebook (toms-thumb-fresh-market) and the Twitter (@thethumb1).

Beer & a nosh every Wednesday in August at Graze Desert Grille at Zona Resorts in Scottsdale

Graze Desert Grille has some great craft beer & food pairings this month every Wednesday evening. With representatives on hand to speak about the beer paired with executive chef Keith Osmundson’s locally sourced cuisine should make for a cool and refreshing evening on these hot summer nights. Hurry, seats are limited to 18 people per week.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Celebrates Summer With Steak & Sangria Prix Fixe Options

New Pairings Offer A Summer Vacation Experience Every Two Weeks

With long summer days rolling into warm summer nights, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is celebrating summer with a series of Summer Lovin’ Steak & Sangria Prix Fixe dinners that will take guests on a culinary world tour. This summer menu series, offered July 2 through August 26, will introduce a new steak and sangria pairing every two weeks, each featuring an artfully inspired selection of fresh, seasonal ingredients and internationally inspired flavors.

Fleming’s 4 Sangrias

Every Summer Lovin’ Steak & Sangria menu features a summer salad, a uniquely seasoned specialty prime New York Strip Steak with a vibrant topping and a decadent dessert for $39.95*. Each menu also includes a suggested hand-crafted sangria pairing for $7.95*. Guests visiting the bar or patio, will also have an opportunity to enjoy the series of refreshing, seasonal sangrias.

Fleming’s Executive Chef Russell Skall, believes that summer dining is about innovative flavors that convey fun in the sun.

“Steak and sangria are two things that instantly take a summer BBQ from ordinary to extraordinary, and Fleming’s is helping guests take away the fuss by bringing the ultimate summer BBQ to our patios instead of theirs,” said Skall. “The steak and sangria menus will present a variety of marinades and sauces that will highlight fresh summer flavors and provide guests with a global summer vacation feel.”

Summer Lovin’ Steak & Sangria menus for August include:

July 30 through August 12
· Butter Lettuce and Pear Salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, crispy onions, and a lemon vinaigrette

· Prime New York Strip with a sweet and spicy rub, topped with a savory tomato and roasted red pepper butter and chopped marcona almonds, and served with a side of summer zucchini slaw

Beefsteak & Mozzarella salad, prime NY strip & sangria

· Fresh Peach Cobbler with a brown sugar oat streusel and topped with vanilla ice cream

· Optional Pairing: South Seas SangriaViñedos Terranoble Sauvignon Blanc, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, and Peach Schnapps with fresh peaches, honeydew melon, oranges and lemons


August 13 through 26
· Beefsteak Tomato & Mozzarella Salad with arugula and a red onion balsamic vinaigrette

· Prime New York Strip topped with crispy gorgonzola and served with grilled asparagus, pickled fennel and baby golden beets

· Lemon-Poppy Seed Butter Cookies with vanilla ice cream and a warm apple-ginger sauce

· Optional Pairing: Sailors Sunset SangriaRed Diamond Merlot, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Peach Schnapps, with fresh peaches, oranges and lemons


Enjoy the Steak & Sangria menus at any of Fleming’s four Valley locations in North Scottsdale at DC Ranch, Scottsdale at Lincoln Road, Chandler and Peoria. Find the restaurant nearest you at FlemingsSteakhouse.com.

*Excluding tax and gratuity. Sangrias are sold separately. Fleming’s abides by all local and state liquor laws.

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market Expands Dinner Menu at Campfire Bistro and beer & wine now also available to go with that award-winning barbecue

Here is an update for some new additions to Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market which is on the Southwest corner of 94th and Bell Roads and continues to be more than just a gas station. The corner store has quickly become a neighborhood meeting spot for a cup of locally roasted coffee at Pinnacle Perk or breakfast and lunch at the Campfire Bistro. This week, the Bistro introduces an expanded dinner menu and full table service from 4:30 – 8pm nightly. The new offerings coincide with its license approval to serve beer and wine.

Chef Tudie Frank-Johnson has taken the café’s award-winning barbecue and Southern-inspired specialties to create a range of family dinner-worthy dishes. Headlining the menu are the Barbecue Ribs – a half rack of ribs with two side dishes for $16. The Campfire Bistro ribs recently took top honors at the Channel 15 Sonoran Living BBQ Challenge.
Also on the menu are Grilled Salmon over Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Red Pepper Coulis and Sautéed Zucchini with Shallots ($13.99), Crab Cakes, and rotating specials like Blackened Catfish with Fries, Fiesta Slaw and Drizzled with Chipolte Aioli ($10.99) and Peach Cobbler ($3.99).
“The community has been so supportive of Tom’s and everything we offer. The Bistro is truly becoming the meeting place we’ve hoped for – where neighbors come in for breakfast or business people for lunch,” says operator Jonathan Kish. “We’re excited to be able to offer a formal dinner menu for our guests to enjoy in the evening with their friends and families.”
The dinner menu is available from 4:30 – 8pm nightly when the Bistro transforms into a full restaurant with table service.
Tom’s Thumb also is now serving beer and wine by the bottle and glass. The selection changes weekly and comes from its range of affordable, high quality wines and craft beers selected by Market Sommelier Chuck Hesson. Prices range from $4 – 5 per bottle for beer and $5 – 11 for wine. Drinks are $1 off during happy hour from 3 – 6pm daily.

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market is located at 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale on the SouthWest corner of 94th and Bell. Find menus and other updates about the market on its website, TomsThumbFreshMarket.com, on Facebook (facebook.com/Toms-Thumb-Fresh-Market) and the Twitter (@TheThumb1). 480-513-8186.

SUMMER SUNDAYS” PRIME RIB DINNER AT FLEMING’S 3-Courses for $29.95, B.R. Cohen Cabernet for $40

Here is some info. on Fleming’s Sunday night’s Prime Rib dinner & wine feature. Summer is the time to bring back the tradition of Sunday night dinner with family and friends at Fleming’s. Guests can enjoy a three-course Prime Rib Dinner at a special price every Sunday evening beginning July 1st through Labor Day Weekend.

New this season is the perfect pairing of wine to complement prime rib of beef– B. R. Cohn North Coast Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2008/2009–enticingly priced.
WHEN: Sundays through Labor Day Weekend
(July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 30, September 2)

COST: $29.95* per guest
B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon $40* a bottle

WHERE: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
o Scottsdale at Lincoln Road: 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd. / 480-596-8265o North Scottsdale at DC Ranch: 20753 N. Pima Rd. / 480-538-8000o Chandler: 905 N. 54th St. / 480-940-1900o Peoria: 9712 W. Northern Ave. / 623-772-9463

Please visit www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com to find your nearest restaurant and hours.
MENU:
The Sunday Prime Rib Dinner is a three-course meal featuring:

  • 12 ounces of succulent Prime Rib, served with a trio of sauces
  • Choice of The Wedge, Fleming’s or Caesar salad
  • Choice of one side dish (ten selections)
  • Choice of housemade dessert (seven selections)



*excluding tax and gratuity. Our Prime Rib Dinner is available every Sunday, but at the special summer price of $29.95 per guest through September 2nd only. Fleming’s abides by all local and state liquor laws.

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.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Introduces a Winning Pair with Small Plates and Big Pours. Gives Guests the Chance to Try Their Hand at Pairing Premium Wines and Steakhouse Small Plates in the Bar Area for Just $24.95

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is now offering a new way for guests to mix and match in the bar area from now until May 31, 2012. The popular steakhouse and wine bar is rolling out “Small Plates, Big Pours” – a selection of seven innovative Small Plates matched with an oversized wine pour from the Fleming’s 100 – for just $24.95 (plus tax and gratuity). Maeve Pesquera, Fleming’s Director of Wine, has chosen each of the seven Big Pour wines to pair with the flavors of the steakhouse Small Plates.
The Small Plates include: Sliced Filet Mignon, Shrimp Scampi Skewers, Petite Lamb Chops, Seared Ahi Tuna, New Bedford Scallops, Filet Mignon Skewers, and Lobster Tempura.
The Big Pours are: Penley Merlot, Paco & Lola Albariño, Cline Cashmere Red Blend, A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir, Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc, B.R. Cohn Silver Cabernet, and Silverado Chardonnay.
Guests can select one Maeve’s suggested pairings listed below or create a unique flavor combination of their own by mixing and matching their own wine and food pairs:

Sliced Filet Mignon and Penley Merlot
Beef filet, mushroom risotto and Merlot all exhibit a smooth, melt-in-your-mouth quality and harmonize well together

Shrimp Scampi Skewers and Paco & Lola Albariño
Albariño’s crisp minerality echoes the fresh ocean flavors of the shrimp, and the green apple and floral notes of the wine are a wonderful complement to the spicy chimichurri sauce

Petite Lamb Chops and Cline Cashmere Red Blend
Oak-aged red wines almost always pair well with grilled meats, and the lamb has flavor compounds that pair particularly well with the chocolate notes and hints of black pepper in this Syrah-Grenache-Mouvèdre blend

Seared Ahi Tuna and A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir
The bit of spice in this perfectly smooth Pinot Noir soothes the piquant notes of the mustard sauce served with the tuna dish

New Bedford Scallops and Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc
The fruity minerality of this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc accentuates the buttery richness of the scallops, and its citrus qualities echo the dish’s Meyer lemon-honey glaze

Filet Mignon Skewers and B.R. Cohn Silver Cabernet
Powerful foods need a powerful wine, and the full, rich flavors of this Sonoma Cabernet pair well with the robust flavors of seared beef, creamy gorgonzola and smoky bacon

Lobster Tempura and Silverado Chardonnay
The richness and sweetness of the lobster echo the rich flavors of crème brûlée and citrus found in this medium-bodied Chardonnay

“Guests could pick a pairing with a blindfold on and still would not go wrong with the seven wine selections on our Small Plates, Big Pours menu,” says Russell Skall, Fleming’s Executive Chef. “Larger groups can experiment by ordering several of the Small Plates to see who comes up with the favorite pairing of the evening,” he adds.

Skall enjoys pairing the Sliced Filet Mignon with Shitake Risotto with the Penley Merlot or the B.R. Cohn Silver Cabernet. When paired with the merlot, the filet causes the berry and plum flavors of the wine to shine, but when paired with the tighter tannins in the cabernet, new flavors evolve.
There are four Fleming’s in Phoenix at Scottsdale at Lincoln Road, North Scottsdale at DC Ranch, Peoria and Chandler. For more information or to find your nearest Fleming’s location, please visit www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com. Follow Maeve Pesquera and Chef Russell Skall on Twitter @WineMaeven and @RussellOnSteak.