Here’s another food festival to add to your foodie calendar as Arizona’s 1st Mac & Cheese Festival arrives at the Scottsdale Waterfront on Saturday October 7th.
This Friday July 14th being National Mac & Cheese Day is a great time to “tease” yourself as tickets go on sale for this cheesy festival. Discounted General Admission tickets can be purchased all weekend when you use the promo code MacCheeselove
Local valley restaurants will prepare their unique style of this comfort food which will be washed down with libations from from local supplier.
Festival goers will enjoy cheesy goodness from 12 noon -7 p.m. and during those 7 hours foodies can take a food break inside Game Central playing ping pong, Jenga and other games to burn off the calories. A craft beer exhibition will also open to pair with your tasty samples.
Want to learn the secrets of making mac & cheese then make sure you check out cooking demonstrations from from participating chefs. The schedule of demonstration will be released on August 1st.
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.
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.
Options are good and the residents of north Scottsdale will have another dining option when Liberty Station opens in February. The new restaurant will be where Scottsdale Rd. meets Carefree Highway and is from Keeler Hospitality Group, owners of Market Street Kitchen in DC Ranch.
The menu will be focused on American comfort food with a regional twist including specialties from Boston where the Keeler family is from. Lunch and dinner will be served with Executive Chef Michael Hunn and Chef de Cuisine Dan Watts running the kitchen where they will source local ingredients for much of the menu.
Creekstone Farms will be supplying the meats with much of it being smoked in-house in a custom smoker and will include Texas brisket, Carolina pork shoulder and my favorite, St. Louis spare ribs.
The bar will include classic cocktails, local craft beers and a variety of wines.
“Liberty Station is truly the definition of ‘neighborfood.’ You will enjoy a scratch-made meal that is relatable and incredibly tasty, while greeting friends and neighbors in our very comfortable dining room. We’ll have community tables, a very large bar and two patios. We want our neighbors to become friends at Liberty Station,” said Paul Keeler, President of Keeler Hospitality Group.
Liberty Station will be a place for all to enjoy as their will be vegan and vegetarian options including Vegan gnocchi and a Portobello sandwich on Udi’s bread and over a dozen Gluten-free options. A few of the menu highlights will be….
Tavern Mac & Cheese with cheddar cream, bacon breadcrumbs and Pasilla chiles, $10 (shared appetizer).
Liberty Chopped Salad, with white balsamic dressing, roasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds and pepitas, $8
Boston Lobster Roll with lemon aioli and celery on a brioche roll, $18 (lunch menu).
All American Chicago Hot Dog with mustard, tomato, onion, house relish and sport peppers, $8 (lunch menu).
Chopped Brisket Grilled Cheese with smoky cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese and a grilled tomato, $12 (lunch menu).
New England Clam Boil with Littleneck clams, rock shrimp, new potatoes, corn and hot link sausage, $24 (dinner menu).
Kobe Meatloaf with shoestring onions, ketchup vinegar glaze and mashed potatoes, $17 (dinner menu).
Once opened Liberty Station will be serving lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5:00 p.m. nightly. Happy Hour is offered at the bar Monday – Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Brunch will be served Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
I had the opportunity to meet & eat with the owners of The Chicken Scoop as they opened their first casual restaurant in Scottsdale and here is what I learned and what I liked.
Owner Dana McCurdy and friends opened The Chicken Scoop in mid-July bringing their Alabama roots & favorite comfort food, Chicken salad, to their 1st restaurant after months of planning and looking at 75 locations, deciding that The Scottsdale Promenade was the right place.
Whether you like the spicy flavors The Southwest or Spicy Thai, the savory taste of Curry or Pesto or prefer a hint of the sweet in the Sweet Berry or Waldorf these are just a few of the 14 flavors served by the scoop or as Toasties, cheesy hot sandwiches, that seem to be going over well since the opening. I enjoyed the Buffalo, Pesto, Southern, Sweet Berry and The Popper for their mild flavors and balance with the chicken.
According to McCurdy “We’ve taken one of the most All- American comfort foods and put our own spin on it, fourteen times over”. With another dozen or so flavors in waiting, plans are to rotate in seasonal flavors and other favorites.The flavors are from recipes that were made for family and friends for BBQs and picnics using shredded chicken. The Chicken Scoop uses all- natural, hormone free chicken that is never frozen. In addition to scoops & Toasties, House Green Salads and Chicken Scoop meals (1 Scoop $7.69, Double Scoop $8.69 & Triple Scoop $9.69) are available. All Scoop meals come with Banana Pudding Scoop.
Sides are available for $2.49 each and I like the Broccoli Slaw and Loaded Potato Salad with Black Eye Pea Salad, Mixed Fruit and Kettle chips also available. Chicken Enchilada soup and a gourmet soup of the day are also on the menu.
The modern farm house decor is inviting and minimal adds to nice dining experience.
The Chicken Scoop offer customers the opportunity to dine-in, grab-n-go or for catering and is located at 16495 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 5B-4 Scottsdale 85260. 480-219-9419 www.chickenscoopaz.com and is open Mon.-Sat. from 11am-7pm