Category Archives: Tempe

Press Coffee Roasters to join the downtown Phoenix coffee scene

Locally owned Press Coffee Roasters is set to open its flagship store in downtown Phoenix on June 8th making it the 5th location for the award-winning specialty coffee roaster.

Press Coffee at The Muse (1816 N. Central Ave.) will look across Central Ave. to the Phoenix Art Museum but the art is inside Press with a custom Synesso espresso machine,  white  Mahlkonig grinders and futuristic Clever Seraphim brewers. The modern design of the 2,000 square foot space was designed by Larry Lake of Lawrence Lake Interiors.

By late summer Press plans to offer beer and wine along with launching an expanded food menu. Coffee 101 tastings and events are planned in the ‘learning space”.

“I started Press back in 2008, with the idea for a place for coffee, food and wine. This store resurrects that dream at an even higher level,” said Steve Kraus, owner and founder of Press Coffee. “We’re excited to open our doors and be a part of Downtown Phoenix’ diverse coffee and food community.”

To celebrate the opening guests who stop by on June 8th, 9th or 10th will receive a free small cup of drip coffee.

Press has locations in Scottsdale, Chandler, Phoenix and Tempe and shares their passion for specialty coffee with customers and community by ensuring the highest quality of coffee, service and knowledge on a daily basis

Press Coffee at The Muse will be open Mon. – Sat. 6:30 a.m -8 p.m. and Sun. from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. http://www.presscoffee.com/

 

Local eateries offer up burger deals for National Hamburger Month

Americans eat more than 50 billion, billion with a “b” hamburgers every year and I’m proud to do my part of a couple a dozen a year. Since we couldn’t give it its own year somebody decided to give it all 31 days in the month of May. To salute the American classic several Phoenix area restaurants are celebrating all month with burger deals & even a burger selfie contest.

Kelly’s at Southbridge

U.S. Egg’s selfie contest

U.S. Egg not only serves up delicious breakfast but they offer mouth-watering burgers. U.S. Eggs grills up nine different burgers including a vegetarian burger and they even offer gluten-free burgers.

In celebration of National Hamburger Month, U.S. Egg is having a burger selfie contest. Take a photo eating a burger, upload it to social media and #USEgg in your caption and you will be entered to win free burgers for a year! Every week in May, one winner will be chosen and will be given a $50 U.S. Egg gift card and will be entered for the grand prize. Check out facebook.com/USeggBreakfastLunch for more information

Thirsty Lion Gastropub’s Tavern Burger

One of Thirsty Lion’s signature items is none other than the Tavern Burger. This classic burger is simple, delicious and topped with crispy onion rings. Thirsty Lion also has a happy hour from 3pm – 6pm and 9:30pm – close and serves $5.95 Grilled Burger Sliders.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is at 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1041 in Tempe and 7014 E Camelback Road, Suite 1423 in Scottsdale. Their Scottsdale location offers complimentary valet. Thirsty Lion’s newest location is at SanTan Village 2212 E Williams Field Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297. For more information visit www.thirstyliongastropub.com.

Kelly’s at Southbridge offers burger deals on May 28th

On Sunday, May 28th, National Hamburger Day, Kelly’s at Southbridge will offer $12 burgers. Kelly’s award winning burgers are made with a signature four meat blend of short rib, sirloin, chuck and brisket.

Kelly’s burgers include a spicy Pepperjack Guacamole Burger, Bourbon Egg Burger topped with onion rings and barbecue sauce and the signature Original Four-Cut Burger topped with pancetta, mushrooms and piquillo peppers. Kelly’s will also have all day happy hour on Sunday, May 28th! Enjoy half price appetizers, bruschetta, bottles of wine and champagne, $4 drafts, house wines, wells and $4 off signature cocktails.

Kelly’s is on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com or facebook.com/KellysAtSouthbridge.

 

 

Singh Farms opens Singh Meadows in Tempe with big plans

I just got back from visiting the new Singh Meadows on the old Rio Salado Golf Course in Tempe where I got to meet and speak with Ken Singh farmer & owner of Singh Farms & Meadows. I first heard about this project a few years ago and have not heard anything until this week about its progress and phase 1.  Ken has spent the last few years completely re-soiling the once toxic dirt from the golf course to new fresh, organic soil that will grow much of his fresh vegetables & where kids can roll down the hills free of toxic pesticides.

 

His new market inside the old club house is where visitors find his growings from his farm not far away. A coffee bar with coffee from Press Roasters & bake shop offers people to linger and enjoy all the green lush landscape that has been restored from recent years. After the rains of yesterday water flows out of sight as part of the Indian Bend Wash where it empties to Tempe Town Lake a little ways down. Ken hopes to incorporate a park like atmosphere with paths is already under way as golf cart paths are still in tact and softer wood chip paths have start to be landscaped taking you down to the running water.

The cafe which currently has grab n go items and pastries is being run by 3 experienced chefs Frank Belosic, Jay Bogsinske and Dan Melden. In the future the cafe will offer house made pizzas, pastas and more from scratch. Dinners and farm tours will be available down the road.

Ken has lots of ideas but not sure what he wants to do with all 72 acres he has to play with. Having farmed his family farm for over 40 years this has become a grand endeavor to leave his son, a future farmer.  In listening to Ken he is the smartest person I know when it comes to soil, dirt and growing vegetables in it and listening to him I hear his passion in making sure we leave the earths resources it the right way for future generations.

The farmer’s market is open every weekend from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

I’m as excited as Ken Singh is to have this new farm & market community down the street near the Tempe/ Scottsdale border and look forward to helping keep Ken’s vision alive.

Singh Meadows is at 1490 E. Weber Dr. Tempe 85281

 

 

Pillsbury Wine Co. pairs wine with food at House of Tricks for exclusive dinner.

Sam Pillsbury owner & winemaker of Pillsbury Wine Co. will be pouring his wines alongside the flavorful foods prepared by the House of Tricks kitchen on Thurs. Jan. 12th 2017.

The evening will include a four course dinner along with wines direct from the winery in Cochise County where Sam grows and produces his award winning wines.

Photo courtesy of House of Tricks

As you sip your wine & savor the flavorful foods Sam will be talking about his wines, the Arizona wine industry and why the wine & food for the dinner were paired with each other.

The setting for the dinner is the highly acclaimed House of Tricks in downtown Tempe that is know for it’s seasonal menu of local ingredients, creative wine list and intimate dining patio dining.

Chompie’s offers Chanukah & Christmas meals to “take out” or “dine-in”

It’s going to be one busy week in the kitchens at the valley’s 5 Chompie’s Deli’s as both Chanukah and Christmas fall on the same week, something that happens every few years. Christmukkah as Chompie’s is calling it will be celebrated with meals for both holidays being available for take-out and dine-in.

Photo courtesy of Angela Muniz & Evolve Marketing
Chompie’s Chanukah meal. Photo courtesy of Angela Muziz & Evolve Marketing

Chanukah take out meals

The Borenstein’s family recipes create a Chanukah meal available to enjoy in your home with your family. The $149- meal generously serves 8 and includes:

  • Matzo Ball Soup
  • Choice of sliced Beef Brisket or Roasted Chicken
  • Choice of two sides (latkes, roasted potatoes, homestyle green beans, and a broccoli-carrot medley)
  • Lovey Borenstein’s Holiday Dessert (apple and cherry strudel).

Those who want side & desserts for their family meals, the restaurant’s Chanukah favorites are also available for take-away by the pint, pound or piece. These include:

  • Raisin Challah Bread ($6.50)
  • Jewish Rye Bread ($4.99)
  • Matzo Ball Soup ($8.99 / qt)
  • Homemade Brisket Gravy ($3.99 / pt)
  • Applesauce ($4.99 / pt)
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes ($4.99 / lb)
  • Black & Whites ($5.99 / 6 pack)
  • Chocolate Bobka ($8.99)
  • Chanukah Cookies ($2.25 each)
Photo Courtesy of Angela Muniz & Evolve Marketing
Photo Courtesy of Angela Muniz & Evolve Marketing

Traditional Holiday take out meals

Whether you choose to dine-in or take-out Chompie’s is prepared to serve you. A take-away family meal can be pre-ordered as are sides and desserts. The meals serve 12 people and include a whole oven roasted turkey, fixings, sides and pie.

  • The Traditional Full Meal Package (serves 12-15 generously)  – $209.99
  • Holiday Dinner (for dine in or to go) – $18.99 per person / $9.99 for children under 10
  • Extra Large Whole Oven Roasted Turkey – $99.99  * Carved for $124.99
  • Fresh Baked Apple or Pumpkin Pies – $12.95 ea.
  • Fresh Baked Deluxe Pies – $14.95 ea
  • Homemade Stuffing – $6.99 / lb
  • Matzo Ball Soup – $8.99 / qt
  • Candied Yams – $5.99 / lb

Christmukkah Dine In menu

If you want to leave all the cooking and cleaning to Chompie’s, Christmas and Chanukah dinner are available for dine-in and includes soup or salad, an entrée choice of turkey breast with stuffing and cranberry relish, beef brisket with gravy, stuffed cabbage rolls, filet of salmon or Chicken Schnitzel, two sides, rolls and dessert. It is $20.99 per person and $10.49 for children under 10. It is available every day from December 24 – January 1 from 11 am – close.

Chompie’s holiday hours

In addition to preparing all the take out meals Chompie’s will be open for Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. Below is their holiday hours.

  • Christmas Eve Day:         6 am – 8 pm        (Tempe closes at 3pm)
  • Christmas Day:                  7 am – 9 pm        (Tempe closes at 3pm)
  • New Year’s Eve Day:       6 am – 7 pm        (Tempe closes at 3pm)
  • New Year’s Day:               7 am – 9 pm

Chompie’s locations

To pre-order your take-out meals or to dine in this is where you can find a Chompie’s near you.  http://www.chompies.com/ 

  • 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

 

Ahipoki Bowl coming The Wedge near ASU

Locally owned Ahipoki Bowl has announced its 3rd location to be across from ASU at the new Wedge building on Rural Rd. between Apache & University. They are hoping for a March 2017 opening.

Logo courtesy of Ahipoki Bowl
Logo courtesy of Ahipoki Bowl

Ahipoki Bowl at The wedge

The Wedge had been a well-known bookstore but is being converted to take better advantage of car and foot traffic along Rural Rd. to serve the area with other amenities. According to co-owner Jason Janzen ” The campus at ASU has been on our radar since day one, Ahipoki Bowl has a massive appeal to health conscious millennials and we expect this new location to be our busiest location to date and a launching point for our upcoming beer and wine program roll-out”

What is Poke?

Poke is native to Hawaii dish and is made from sushi grade fish including Ahi tuna, salmon and shrimp and garnished with vegetables and exciting toppings such as seaweed salad and is served over a bowl of rice.

Ahipoki Bowl will be at 1015 S. Rural Rd. Tempe 85281 & more information can be found at www.ahipokibowl.com Other locations are in Scottsdale and Chandler with 4 more in southern California.

 

 

 

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.