A Decade of Delicious as Arizona Restaurant Week returns in May

What started out 10 years ago with 93 restaurants has blossomed in to a twice yearly foodie event that is Arizona Restaurant Week. Mark your calendars for the week of May 19th – 28th when the 2017 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week returns with over 150 planned to participate.

Nook Kitchen’s Lamb Shank

The Arizona Restaurant Association started sponsoring the state wide event in the Fall of 2008 to help promote the states restaurant industry and increasing awareness of Arizona restaurants. Diners will have the opportunity visit new restaurants along with favorites who will offer unique 3 course prix-fixe menus for $33 or $44 per person.

Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri said, “Arizona Restaurant Week has remained a strong culinary driver to many local chefs and restaurant owners as well as a treasured memory maker for diners. It’s hard to go wrong, and we are delighted to be celebrating ten years of making folks happy.”

Match Cuisine’s Whole Roasted Sea Bream for Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona Restaurant Week has helped local restaurants become a dining destination for foodies from around the country and the world. Since the 1st Arizona Restaurant Week it has expanded to a Spring foodie extravaganza in 2011 and a Arizona Breakfast Weekend was added a few years later. 2017 Fall Restaurant Week is planned for September 15th – 24th and Arizona Breakfast Weekend will take place from July 27th – 30th will more details to come about the 10 year anniversary celebration in September.

10 restaurants including Don and Charlie’s, Cowboy Ciao, Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn and Roaring Fork have participated in all 10 years.

With a variety of restaurants like Match Cuisine & Cocktails, Mancuso’s, Nook Kitchen, Salty Sow, White Chocolate Grill and all 4 Ajo Al’s Mexican Cafe’s to choose from foodies can expect reservations to fill up quickly so planning ahead is essential. Check http://arizonarestaurtweek.com for participating restaurants and updates of those being added to the growing list.

 

 

Arizona Restaurant Week returns for Fall’16 edition

We’re just 1 week away from Arizona Restaurant Week Fall ’16, a week where foodies and wanna be foodies make reservations at their favorite restaurants for a special restaurant week menu or the opportunity to try one of the many restaurants on their restaurant “to-do” list. This years ARW runs from Fri. Sept 16- 25th.

T. Cook's Whiskey Brownie Sundae
T. Cook’s Whiskey Brownie Sundae

Special Menus for Arizona restaurant week

With more than 200 restaurants(Rancho Pinot Grill, Chistopher’s, Ajo All’s, Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn, Tonto Bar & Grill, The Stockyards, Posh Improvisational Cuisine, Liberty Market, Craft 64 and more) participating chefs have been preparing special 3 course prix-fixe menus for several months in anticipation this week. Menus offer diners a meal they wouldn’t be able to eat had it not been ARW offering them a unique dining experience whether they are a regular at the restaurant or visiting it for the 1st time. Each dinner costs $33 or $44 not including drinks, taxes or gratuity.

Cafe Zuzu's Mustard Crusted NY Strip
Cafe Zuzu’s Mustard Crusted NY Strip for Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona restaurant association

The Arizona Restaurant Association has been coordinating ARW every Spring & Fall for 9 seasons too much success according to Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri said, “Arizona Restaurant Week unites Valley diners around one of our most common bonds, food. Restaurants bring their A-game and diners are the direct beneficiary, it’s truly a win-win.” ARW came about to increase national exposure to Arizona’s restaurant industry and to assist in helping Arizona become a restaurant destination.

Coup des Tarte's Moroccan Lamb Shank
Coup des Tarte’s Moroccan Lamb Shank

Where to go

Reservations are almost a must for the 10 days of ARW and many restaurants sell out the entire week. For a full list of participating restaurants check  http://www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com




National Tequila Day is this Sunday 7/24 and Macayo’s, Z’Tejas & Taco Guild are celebrating.

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Tequila sure has come a long way since our college days of doing shots to get the night started and now it has it’s own day to celebrate as this Sunday July 24th is National Tequila Day and to celebrate several Phoenix area restaurants are celebrating……here are a few of my picks.

All Phoenix area Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen’s will be celebrating all day with guests being able to create their own unique Margarita for $8.00. Macayo’s skilled bartenders will make your margarita after you’ve chosen your favorite…Tequila(1800 Reposado, Don Julio Blanco, Partida Blanco or Sauza Blue Reposado), flavor(Desert Pear, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Strawberry) and float(Cointreau, Ginger Beer, Grand Marnier). www.Macayo.com
Ztejas
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill 5 Phoenix area locations will be offering their signature Margaritas from 3-5pm for $5. Margaritas available….6th St. Margarita, Chambord Margarita, Hard Day Margarita, Skinny Girl Margarita, Skinny Cucumber Mule and the Tejas Mule. Z’Tejas also celebrates Tequila Tuesdays with 1/2 off all Tequila drinks except Happy hour prices. www.ztejas.com
Taco Guild
Central Phoenix’s Taco Guild will have Happy Hour from 2pm – closing and will include $5 1893 Margaritas. Other Tequila cocktails will be available all day including Founder’s Guayaba cocktail made with Herradura Double Barrel Reposado tequila and their These Boots Are Made For Oaxacan made with Peligroso Anejo tequila. Taco Guild is at 546 East Osborn Road in Phoenix. 602.264.4143 www.tacoguild.com.

Drexyl offers Prime Rib and Summer Specials through Sept. 1st

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The Shops at Gainey Ranch’s Drexyl has introduced 4 specials for those who want to let somebody else do the cooking during the hot summer days and nights. These specials run all summer through Thursday, September 1st.

Sunday and Tuesday – 1/2 off select bottles of wine

Wednesday-Neighborhood Night featuring Slow Roasted Prime Rib (9 oz. $23, 12 oz. $28) with two sides (choose from loaded potato gnocchi, seasonal vegetable, brussels sprouts, sweet potato fondant, pee wee potatoes with smoked blue cheese)

Thursday – Date Night, Bottle+ Board $30, select bottle of white or red wine and a loaded meat and cheese board.

Drexyl 8877 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ.
For reservations call (480)840-1861
Drexylusa.com

Arizona Breakfast Weekend debuts April 30th.

Perk Eatery's Chimichurri Hash & Eggs
Perk Eatery’s Chimichurri Hash & Eggs

For 4 days at the end of April you can enjoy the most important meal of the day, breakfast, by celebrating with the 1st Arizona Breakfast Weekend brought to you by the Arizona Restaurant Association. From Thursday April 30 thru Sunday May 3rd diners can enjoy special dishes at breakfast and brunch spots around the valley.

With 3 options to choose from… The Breakfast Bundle includes a bundle of breakfast favorites for $6, The Brunch Lite includes a mini brunch style menu that includes a Bloody Mary or Mimosa at most participating restaurants for $12 and Brunch will be a traditional brunch offering all the bells and whistles for $25.

Participating restaurants will include those that already serve breakfast and brunch along with those that don’t always serve them. One of the restaurants participating will be Perk Eatery in N. Phoenix and will be serving a new dish, Chimichurri Hash & Eggs which includes sweet potato, Yukon Gold potato along with spring peas, garlic and onion hash topped with 2 eggs, crumbled Feta cheese, Chipolte crema and Chimichurri sauce. Perk owner & chef Pauline Martinez wanted to create a dish that her customers had never had before and to attract new customers.

For a list of all participating restaurants, menus and updates check out www.ArizonaBreakfastWeekend.com

2nd Annual Live & Local returns to Scottsdale.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale is gearing up for the their 2nd Annual Live and Local on Sunday November 9th at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall starting at 5p.m. This event features local restaurants, beers and musicians for attendees to enjoy on a great fall evening. This years participants include food from Sumo Maya, The Pink Pony, Union Barrelhouse and more. You can wash down your eats with beers from Sleepy Dog Brewery and Mother Road Brewery as well as Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila and samples of wine from Arizona wineries. The libations will be showcased in libation-centric experiences that include a beer garden and unWined lounge.
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Music will be provided by Nate Williams Band, Georgia Chrome and Adam Shero. A VIP After Party will start at 9p.m. and include a fashion show, delicious desserts and adult milkshake for those that stick around. The event is being presented by Go Daddy and sponsored by the Arizona Restaurant Association and NOVA Home Loans which is helping the Boys and Girls Club raise funds for local youths tha tneed it the most.

“In 1954, Scottsdale Junior Chamber of Commerce led an effort to organize a then-Boys Club of Scottsdale. In a temporary location at Loloma Elementary, 258 boys were served in the first year of the Clubs operation. Five years later, the first branch, called the Osborn Branch was completed and served 1,186 boys from the Scottsdale community in their first year being open,” says Steve Davidson, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Tickets are on sale and are $50 for General Admission that include access to the main event and tastings a VIP tickets are $100 and include additional VIP experiences and After Party access. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bgcs.org/liveandlocal And don’t miss a bite, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates (@LiveandLocalAZ #LiveandLocalAZ).

Arizona Restaurant Week Spring 2014 preview in pictures

ARW Blue Logo

Mother’s Day, The Kentucky Derby, school proms and graduations are just a few of the things to do in the busy month of May. It’s also when Arizona foodies rejoice as the Arizona Restaurant Association does their bi-annual Arizona Restaurant Week. This year the 10 day event with over 150 participating restaurants goes from May 17-26, but don’t wait until then to make reservations at your favorite restaurant( or to check out a new one) as they tend to sell out pretty quickly with their 3 or 4 course pre-fixe menus for $30 or $40 plus tax & tip per person. For a complete list of participating restaurants please visit www.arizonarestaurantweek.com or check out their Facebook page.

Since pictures say 1,000 words, here are several thousands of words in pictures from a few central Phoenix restaurants participating.

Sierra Bonita's Hopper's Poppers
Sierra Bonita’s Hopper’s Poppers

Sierra Bonita Grill– 69333 N. 7th St. Phoenix 85014 602-264-0700 www.SierraBonitaGrill.com
Bink's Midtown Confit Pork
Bink’s Midtown Confit Pork

Bink’s Midtown– 2320 E. Osborn Rd. Phoenix 85016. 602-388-4874 www.binksmidtown.com
Clever Koi's Steak "Cobb" Bibimbap
Clever Koi’s Steak “Cobb” Bibimbap

The Clever Koi– 4236 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85012. 602-222-3474 www.TheCleverKoi.com
Bink's Midtown Spring Vegetable Fritters
Bink’s Midtown Spring Vegetable Fritters
The Clever Koi's Donny Wang Fizz
The Clever Koi’s Donny Wang Fizz

Sierra Bonita Grill's Peach Cobbler
Sierra Bonita Grill’s Peach Cobbler