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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Fall 2014 Arizona Restaurant Week is back with 10 nights (Fri. Sept 19th – Sun. Sept. 28th) to try 3 or 4 courses at some of the best local restaurants around that include new restaurants Sumo Maya and The Local along with well established restaurants such as Rancho Pinot Grill. Over 150 Phoenix area restaurants will be participating and offer special prix-fixe menus costing only $33 or $44 per person ++.
Customer participation is is also recommended as social media will play a role with interactive promotions, contests and more as well as a Instagram scaenger hunt and contest in partnership with Buick that encourages customers to eat out often and hashtag your photos #TourARW.
Below are a few photos of what I’ve had the chance to taste. www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com
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 Grill– 69333 N. 7th St. Phoenix 85014 602-264-0700 www.SierraBonitaGrill.com
Bink’s Midtown– 2320 E. Osborn Rd. Phoenix 85016. 602-388-4874 www.binksmidtown.com
The Clever Koi– 4236 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85012. 602-222-3474 www.TheCleverKoi.com
Arizona Restaurant Week www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com returns Saturday September 21st – Sunday the 29th, 2013 and I recently was invited to preview some new restaurants along with some long time favorites and a few dishes of what they’ll be serving that week. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words then the following pictures are worth……
Pig & Pickle 2922 N. Hayden Rd. (at Thomas Rd.) Scottsdale, 85251 (480)990-1407 www.pigandpickle.com Sapporo 14334 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, 85254 (480)607-1114 www.sapporoscottsdale.com Virtu 3701 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, 85251 (480)946-3477 www.virtuscottsdale.com Roaring Fork 4800 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, 85251 (480)947-0795 www.RoaringFork.com
Celebrating Arizona’s more than 8,500 restaurants and their 260,000 employees while making Arizona a top culinary destination.
With the always popular Arizona Restaurant Week www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com starting in just 10 days May 18th- 27th, the Arizona Restaurant Association invited myself and a few other lucky media people to take tour, and taste, of 4 of Scottsdale’s newest restaurants participating in Spring 2013 celebration. Here is a sample of what you can expect.
We met at Taggia at The Firesky Resort & Spa to taste a sampling of the 3 choices they will be offering for their 1st course. The Cappuccino dei Fungi was a personal favorite as I love all things mushrooms, this mushroom soup uses Portobello and porcini along with some truffle spuma. The Caprese was a soft burrata, yellow heirloom tomato slice and pink peppercorns. Insalata Manago is roasted red peppers wrapped in thinly sliced mango tossed with pickled red onions and arugula.
All were prepared by executive Chef Massimo De Francesca and his staff. To read more about Taggia see my post about Massimo’s coastal Italian cuisine http://pullingcorksandforks.com/?p=840
On to our next stop at Searsucker we were provided with transportation by Uber www.uber.com the newest way to catch a ride with their app on your cell phone for on-demand car service with professional drivers.
Greeted at Searsucker with a Peter Rabbit cocktail we enjoyed a sampling of Farm Bird lollipops with snake bite hot sauce for those of us who enjoy a little heat with their chicken. The squid “sweet heat” is Searsucker’s unique take on calamari with sweet and spicy a taste. www.searsucker.com/scottsdale
After a quick ride in one of Uber’s Escalades we arrived at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse for our main course of Sirloin steak or salmon filet. My filet was perfectly cooked to medium rare and was served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. There is nothing wrong with a good steak from Peter Luger’s alums Ben & Jack and their first foray outside of NYC. www.benandjackssteakhouse.com
Almost full, we all saved room for dessert and we were off to Davati Enocteca for executive chef Peter DeRuvo’s Millie Foglie which is berry sauce and whip cream in between a puff pastry and a drizzle of creme anglaise. A perfect way to end the evening as the dessert was not to heavy and cured my daily sweet tooth. www.davantiscottsdale
Based on what I tasted and saw this should be another record-setting week for the twice annual culinary celebration and reservations are highly recommended if you plan to check out your favorite restaurant or get to a new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try.