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FREE Barbecue sandwiches at Joe’s Real BBQ in exchange for food donations

To give is to receive they say and Joe’s Real BBQ in Gilbert is hoping to give away 5,000 FREE pulled pork or chicken sandwiches hoping to receive cans of food (hopefully fruit) or boxed cereal donations for the Open Arms Care Center.

It’s all part of Joe’s 17 year tradition of its annual Free Barbecue Day next Wed. May 3rd as owners Joe Johnson and Tim & Tad Peelen give back to the community and their loyal customers. The trio has given away over 77,000 meals since over the years as part of their Customer Appreciation Days which happen several times a year.

Joe’s Real BBQ rules for the day.

As you can imagine giving away 5,000 sandwiches is no small task so a few simple rules apply. Meals will be served from 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Only one meal per person
  • Must be present to receive free meal
  • No take out
  • No other menu items will be offered

Free BBQ Day menu

Those attending this popular event will be served a delicious meal of

  • Choice of a pulled pork or chicken breast sandwich
  • Fresh homemade coleslaw, BBQ Pit Beans, and a drink.
  • There will be children’s sized sandwiches available for the little ones

Open Arms Care Center food drive

Food donations are not required to get a free meal  but they are encouraged as an opportunity to help the Open Arms Care Center which helps those in need. Open Arms is a Gilbert based non-profit and all volunteer center and neighbor of Joe’s Real BBQ that provides food and clothing to the homeless and less fortunate. For more information about Open Arms go to http://www.openarmscc.com/

The nationally acclaimed Joe’s Real BBQ is at 301 N. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert AZ. 85234 and has a location in Terminal 4 (before security) at Sky Harbor Airport. For more information check out http://www.joesrealbbq.com/






Proof Canteen celebrates Thirsty Thursday with a Pop-Up Tiki bar

Loopholes in life are meant to be taken advantage of and Proof Canteen at The Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale is taking advantage of their “Libation Loophole” for a limited time on Thursdays. Proof is committed to sourcing all their ingredients for the menus from the United States but bends the rules for their tiki styled cocktails at their pop-up tiki bar.

“Spring in Scottsdale is the perfect time to enjoy tiki-style drinks,” says Proof General Manager Karma Tsepal. “We wanted to have a little fun with the cocktail menu, and decided to break our liquor embargo on imported spirits – if only for a limited run!”

Watch the sun set over the ocean desert from Proof’s patio and enjoy a refreshing rum cocktail like the Flaming Zombie Bite, Bitter Burro or Lava Flow and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the beaches of the south Pacific and may not want to return to reality. The specialty drinks range in price from $12-$16.

The Bacon Bun Bao with house made bacon, Thai bird chilis, jicama slaw and mint along with The Shrimp Bibimbap with prawns ancient grains and a sunny side up egg are part of the small bites menu to compliment your cocktails.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Proof Canteen at 48-513-5088

Arizona Vignerons Alliance to host 1st annual Alliance Symposium and tasting

The newly formed non-profit Arizona Vignerons Alliance will be hosting its 1st Alliance Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 5th 2016 at The Farm at South Mountain. The day long symposium will include educational seminars, a picnic lunch with a live auction and concluding with The Grand Tasting.

Photo courtesy of Miguel Guzman

what is the Arizona vignerons alliance?

The Arizona Vignerons Alliance (AVA) was formed in early 2016 to help protect the integrity of Arizona wines with the help of winemakers and growers providing consumer education. Through their submission process in the spring, 65 wines from 17 wineries were awarded the AVA certification.

Photo courtesy of Miguel Guzman
Photo courtesy of Miguel Guzman

Alliance Symposium schedule and tickets

The 1st Alliance Symposium will offer attendees a unique opportunity to hear about what makes Arizona vineyards and wines special in local, national and international wine community. After listening to the seminars attendees can take what they’ve learned and taste the wines to see for themselves. There are 2 ticket options available for the event.

The Full Magnum ($165.00/ticket)
9:30-10 a.m. Check in Donuts & Coffee
10-11 a.m. Seminar 1: Exploration of growing regions through wines with Pavle Milic
11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Seminar 2: Digging into Arizona’s Wine Regions with Elaine Chukan Brown aka Hawk Wakawaka
12-2 p.m. Rosé Picnic & Live Auction in the Stone Grove at The Farm
2-5 p.m. Grand Tasting: Sample Arizona’s Alliance certified wines and meet the makers behind your  favorite Arizona wines.

The Split ($65.00/ticket)
2-5 p.m. Grand Tasting: Sample Arizona’s Alliance certified wines and meet the makers behind your favorite Arizona wines

To purchase tickets, see a list of certified wines and get more information please go to http://arizonavigneronsalliance.org/#events

The Farm at South Mountain is at 6106 S. 32nd St. Phoenix 85042




All 25 RA Sushi’s to donate proceeds to Nicky’s Week & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital May 25-31

Nicky Mailliard
Nicky Mailliard
RA Sushi www.rasushi.com will be donating 100% of sales from select menu items & beverages for it’s 10th annual Nicky’s Week fund raiser to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The money raised will help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases and their families with the cost of treatment, travel, housing and food. It’s RA’s largest annual fundraiser having raised more than $1.3 million. Ra Sishi 2

The special Nicky’s Week food menu includes: Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Nigiri, Pork Gyoza, Chicken Yakitori and Garlic Citrus Yellowtail. The Nicky’s Week drink choices include: Red Bull, Strawberry Lemonade, FIJI Bottled Water, J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Stella Artois, plus the Pamatini, Dragon Bite, and Samurai Cowboy cocktails.
RA sushi 3 Nicky’s Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, of Scottsdale, Ariz., who lost a long battle with brain cancer in 2005 at the young age of 13. A nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA Sushi associates throughout the organization. RA Sushi initiated the fundraiser to honor the memory of Nicky and to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude, where no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for medical treatments.

“Nicky’s Week is an exciting time for our team members. Everyone at RA Sushi rallies behind the cause and is honored to help the brave children benefiting from the lifesaving treatment and research at St. Jude,” said RA Sushi Regional Manager, Jeff Berlinsky.
RA Sushi
All 25 RA Sushi’s around the country will be participating including the 5 Phoenix area locations.
– Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85044. Call 480-940-1111.
– Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85254. Call 480-951-5888.
– Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, Ariz., 85281. Call 480-303-9800.
– Dana Park: 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, Ariz., 85204. Call 480-632-9500.
– Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. Call 480-990-9256.

Customers Pay it Forward at Mark’s Café

This past Sunday something amazing happened at Mark’s Café, a local mom and pop restaurant in Tempe.

Two ladies had just finished their meal, and quietly called Mark’s Café owner Karen Vojtek over to their table. They asked if they could pay the bill for another couple sitting just a few feet away.

The unknowing regulars received their “tab” just a short time later, and Karen shared with them that it had already been paid for. Grateful, they decided they wanted to pay someone else’s bill. So they did…and the chain reaction began. It happened over and over. Customers who didn’t know each other at all, all anonymously paid each others bills and it went on for hours. Mark’s total table count at the end of the day was around fifteen tables, all whom had paid for each others meals.

Coming up on the 2 year anniversary of their extreme community makeover, Mark’s Café is a locally owned cafe who is well-known for both giving back to the community and who has also been on the receiving end when local businesses teamed together and donated the time and materials to modernize the cafe, including changing its name, branding, the interior, exterior, etc.

The community’s successful makeover in May of 2011 continues to bring the cafe new breaths of life including Mark’s largest record-setting day which just happened on March 25, 2013 and has brought a very heavy meaning of giving to others in need.

Photo below is table #10 in the “Pay it Forward” succession.They received a meal and gave a meal.

Mark's pay it forward

Mark’s Cafe
6340 S. Rural Road, Suite 120, Tempe, AZ
7:00am-2:00pm Wednesday-Sunday

Healthy, Upscale Dining at Very Reasonable Price Group Lunch Specials at Dragon Wok in Gilbert

“Dragon Sam” Stezo of Gilbert’s Dragon Wok doesn’t advise working through lunch. But if you must take care of business over a meal, why not impress your co-workers with affordable Fine Chinese Dining. Stezo’s restaurant features group lunch dining of 3-courses for under $10 per person.

Group dining is available for 6-30 people with advanced reservation. The meals are ideal for business meetings or family gatherings and are served family style with a variety of shared dishes – all made with the care and quality Dragon Wok is known for.
Two options are available. For $8.95 per person, guests can customize a menu of 2 appetizers and 3 entrees for their group. For $9.95 the meal also includes soup. Each option also includes rice. Beverages are priced separately.

At Dragon Wok, Stezo has taken traditional family recipes and added modern, contemporary touches to his offering of Chinese food standards and specialty dishes. His meals represent a value in quality and taste incomparable to other restaurants in the city.

Sam recommends visiting to try his most popular dishes such as the General Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Orange Chicken, Honey Chicken, Combination Lo Mein, Kung Pao Chicken and much, much more to experience the difference in taste and quality.

“Chinese cuisine has always been about sharing time and food with family and friends. Eating with a group – sampling a variety of dishes – is the best way to experience the food and the meal,” says Szeto. “If you must work through lunch, this is the best way to enjoy the time.”

Group lunch specials are available at Dragon Work from 11am – 3pm during the week and 12-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Advanced reservation is required. Contact Dragon Wok at 480-782-6889.

Dragon Wok Fine Chinese Restaurant is at 727 W. Ray Road, #B1, in Gilbert. Menus and specials are available online at dragonwok.biz or get updates from Facebook (facebook.com/dragonwokAZ) and Twitter (@dragonwok)

Dragon Wok Turns Eight

Dragon Wok celebrates its eighth year in business on Saturday, March 9 with food specials and a lion dance performance at 4:30. Dragon Wok opened in Gilbert in 2005 and has been a local “secret” ever since. The restaurant serves quality traditional Chinese food in a fine dining atmosphere. In 2008, Dragon Wok received the honor of one of the National Top 100 Overall Excellence Chinese Restaurants in the USA – a distinguished selection from more than 46,000 Chinese restaurants. Reservations are requested for the celebration performance on Saturday, March 9 at 4:30 pm.