Category Archives: Scottsdale

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.

Graze Desert Grille at Zona Hotel and Suites in Scottsdale

Tucked up in the desert amongst golf courses and the growth of north Scottsdale is the 431 room Zona Hotel and Suites. To coincide with a renovation that started in the summer of 2011, they also have re-branded the restaurant that is on property calling it, Graze Desert Grille. Emphasizing the cuisine of the Southwest, Executive Chef Kevin Myers uses the ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers and using all natural ingredients. Food and Beverage director Brian Blanke will compliment the food by featuring Arizona wines, spirits and beers along with other selections. I recently had the opportunity to taste several items from the new menu to debut April 5th, 2012.

The evening started with select cocktails of our choice including Flagstaff’s High Spirits Distillery gin for Martinis.
If your a fan of corned beef hash you won’t be disappointed by the Corned Beef & Green Chile Hash that comes topped with an Sunny Side Up egg. tasty and with a hint of spice this is a good way to start your day.

I enjoyed the Duck & Brie Quesadilla that includes duck confit, caramelized apples and Brie cheese and drizzled with Balsamic vinegar. A nice combination of sweet, creamy and savory make this a unique take on the classic appetizer.

Locally grown vegetables are the stars of 2 of the salads I tasted, The Rocket Salad uses Arugula that is tossed with dried apricot,  aged Manchego cheese, pistachios and oregano dressing. The Beet Salad is complimented with Purple Haze goat cheese, baby lettuce and a hazelnut vinaigrette. Both salads are flavorful and make for a great light lunch or as a start to your dinner.

Pressed Pulled Pork Sandwich uses in house seasoned and smoked pork that comes served on a locally baked Ciabatta rolled and is topped with Arugula, sweet and sour onions and a Guajillo pepper aioli. This was one of my favorites of the evening and comes served with thick cut, crispy French fries.

Two of the entrees were tasted on this evening and I recommend both of them. If you’re in the mood for fish the pan seared Grouper should serve you well. The white, flaky fish is served over a bed of spaghetti squash, it is drizzled with smoked tomato butter and comes with braised greens that offer a nice contrast to the other ingredients. If red meat is part of your plan the Whiskey Braised Shortribs is not to be missed. Placed atop a pile of white cheddar and chive mashed potatoes, it comes with spinach from local farmers markets, an oven roasted tomato and its own juices pour over it. Tender and flavorful the meat is very good.

All courses were paired with the wines from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards with the exception of the pork sandwich which was paired with Lake Havasu City’s Mudshark Brewery’s Scorpion Amber Ale. The wines all tasted very good and were paired well with the food. National Sales Manager Paula Woosley joined us to talk about the wines and the success Arizona Stronghold and the Arizona wine industry is enjoying.

Graze Desert Grille
7677 East Princess Boulevard
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
480.585.1000

http://grazedesertgrille.com/

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Celebrates Wine and Art Two Exclusive Silver Oak Wine Dinners with Artist Thomas Arvid

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is hosting two Silver Oak Wine Dinners with special guest, artist Thomas Arvid. The first dinner will take place on Wednesday February 22 at the Scottsdale Road and Lincoln location; the second dinner will be held on Thursday, February 23 at the North Scottsdale/DC Ranch location. Both dinners will begin at 6:30pm. Arvid will unveil three new paintings at the dinner, which features wines from Silver Oak Vineyards. His work will be available for purchase and guests may also bring their other Arvid pieces to be signed by the artist that evening. Brooke Michaels, the regional Silver Oak representative will also will be at the event to speak about the wines.

The meal will begin with Mini Ceviche Tostadas with Avocado, Citrus and Fennel paired with Twomey Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2010. The second course features Two Lamb Chop Lollipops with Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta and Oven Roasted Tomatoes in a Red Wine Demi-Glace accompanied by Twomey Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, 2008. The main course will be a delicious Prosciutto Wrapped Filet Mignon with Truffled Bordelaise Sauce and Roasted Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes. This is perfectly paired with Silver Oak Cabernet, Napa Valley, 2006 and Silver Oak Cabernet, Alexander Valley, 2007. The meal finishes on a sweet note with a decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake.

The Silver Oak Wine Dinner with Thomas Arvid is $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Scottsdale/Lincoln location at 480.596.8265 or the North Scottsdale/DC Ranch location at 480.538.8000.

Second Annual Cupcake Love-In Bakes Up a Sweet Day 
for Local Charity ….Peace, Love and Giving Return to the Hotel Valley Ho this Fall

Scottsdale, AZ (September 26, 2011) – The small but almighty cupcakes unite once again on Sunday, October 30, 2011, for the second annual Cupcake Love-In at the Hotel Valley Ho as local bakers and restaurants join together to support Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS). The “Love-In” is growing. After 2010’s successfully sold out inaugural event, this year is slated to feature upwards of 40 or more participating bakers, a few hundred more attendees and the addition of a special VIP hour before the main event. Most importantly, this year’s larger numbers translate to more dollars for CASS with 100% of all ticket sales along with all raffle ticket sales donated directly to the charity. For over 25 years as the largest provider of shelter and supportive services for homeless individuals in Arizona, CASS provides shelter to more than 1,000 people each night including many veterans and families.

This year’s Cupcake Love-In is bringing back the popular Kids Corner decorating station, the infamous cupcake eating contest for the young-at-heart grown ups, a host of raffle prizes, photo booth and the cupcake competition judged by a panel of celebrity bloggers and beloved local foodies. Giving the day that extra cherry on top are returning emcees, ABC 15’s Andi Barness and Thomas Smith (aka: The Culinary Comedian). A few new components to this year’s Love-In are the special VIP hour taking place just before the main event and a Kids Costume Contest in celebration of Halloween weekend.

The event will take place from 11am – 2pm on Sunday, October 30 with the VIP hour from 10am – 11am. Tickets to the Cupcake Love-In are $20 for adults, $50 for VIP entry and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Tickets are available online only at Cupcakelovein.stayclassy.org. For more information about the event, visit CupcakeLoveIn.com and to learn more about Central Arizona Shelter Services please visit cassaz.org.