Chocolate is a favorite sweet treat all year round with Valentine’s Day being the biggest chocolate day of the year. This year Scottsdale’s Sphinx Date Company is offering a twist for your sweetheart with chocolate covered dates.
Cerreta Candy Company of Glendale will be dipping dates in dark chocolate, milk chocolate and Arizona grown pecan stuffed dates in each heart shaped box. Each box contains 10 dates which start at $25.95 and vary based on dips and stuffings.
If you prefer your chocolate with out dates Sphinx Date Company offers other selections of locally made chocolate and sweets from Zak’s Chocolate, NutWhats and Tracey Dempsey.
Enjoy your sweets with an Arizona produced wine or beer also available at the shop.
Sphinx Date Company is at 3039 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 85251 (480)941-2261. For more information visit their website
Phoenix is known for its pizza reputation whether your prefer artisan brick oven pizza, Chicago deep dish or a slice of thin New York style. It’s no wonder we’ve seen national and regional pizza restaurants invade the Phoenix area in the last few years. There’s no better way to debate who makes the best pizza than tasting pizza from some of Phoenix’s favorite pizza makers at the 3rd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival on Saturday, November 18th.
Previous Phoenix Pizza Festival pizza makers
At last years festival pizza aficionados had the chance to purchase slices, pies and more from pizza makers like Fabio on Fire, La Piazza Al Forno PHX, Nello’s, Rosati’s and others.
Festival goers washed down their pizza with beer from local craft brewers such as Mother Bunch Brewing, O.H.S.O Nano- Brewery, Helio Basin and more. Those attending this years festival can expect much of the same.
In addition to pizza there will be dessert food trucks, food related vendors, live bands, lawn games and a kid’s zone because you can only eat so much pizza before you need a break.
Get your tickets
A limited amount of tickets for the Phoenix Pizza Festival are only available on-line for $10 with the festival going from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Margret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix.
The Phoenix Pizza festival partners with Downtown Phoenix Inc. as the charitable beneficiary of the event. The non-profit helps to promote the revitalization of downtown Phoenix by supporting local business’s and events.
Update: With a month under their belt Famous 48 will start serving brunch on Sat. & Sun’s possibly starting this weekend Dec. 2 & 3rd.
Square One Concepts wasted no time in filling the space left vacant by Crab & Mermaid earlier this year. Realizing people in old town Scottsdale prefer tavern style regional American fare the restaurant group will be opening Famous 48 on Monday November 6th.
Once opened Famous 48 will have an ambience that balances both casual and fine dining and will celebrate the regional cuisine of the lower 48 states of the United States including BBQ, seafood, pizza and other American classic comfort foods. The tavern themed menu will serve food cooked with fresh and high quality ingredients using an artisanal approach to cooking.
Signature cocktails, craft beers from Arizona and wines will compliment the regional cuisine.
Famous 48 hours
The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends in the leather booth line dining room and on the patio. Happy Hour starts early at 3p.m. til 6p.m. Mon.-Fri. and will include tasty bites to eat, premium cocktails and house wines.
The open air patio will include fire pits and couches that will offer diners a more intimate experience.
Hours for Famous 48 will be Mon.- Fri. 11 a.m. -close, Sat. & Sun. 8a.m.- close. and weekend brunch 8a.m.- 2 p.m.
Famous 48 is at 4218 N. Scottsdale Rd. 85251 480-758-4994. To see the full menu got their website. Famous 48 is owned by Square One Concepts.
In the wake of this weeks flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey the Phoenix food community are working to raise money to send to victims of this natural disaster.
Here is where and how you can help…..
Tacos for Texas
All day today, Sept. 1st 100% of General Admission tickets purchased for The Rockin’ Taco Street Fest will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. To purchase your tickets click here. The festival itself is schedule for Sept. 16th.
Texas native and owner Steve Friedkin will be donating $1 from each of their famous Chicken Fried Steak’s ordered during lunch and $2 from each during dinner. A donation jar will be available to drop in cash and anyone donating cash will receive a free Vanilla Ice Cream Dixie Cup courtesy of Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Donations will be collected now through Sept. 6th and will be given directly to Global Giving to assist emergency supplies and long-term relief help. Donations can also be made by going to TEXAZ Grill’s website TEXAZ Grill is at 6003 N. 16th St. Phoenix 85016.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Texas-based Hopdoddy will be donating as part of their Good Night for a Good Cause Program. All sales on Sept. 4th & 5th from the Good Night/Good Cause burger will be donated to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. After Sept. 5th $1 from each burger sold through the end of Sept. will be donated.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka will donate $1 up to $10,000 of each drink sold made with Tito’s sold at all Hopdoddy’s.
Customers are encouraged to order a Good Night/Good Cause Burger on Labor Day from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at their Scottsdale & Phoenix locations as they have a Pop-Up Beer Garden to introduce their new Happy Hour menu. Free samples of local craft beers will be poured at both locations.
One of the more interesting new restaurant openings of 2017 has been Scottsdale’s El Panzon y Frida. Named after Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and her “pot belly” husband Diego Rivera, the restaurant celebrates its Grand Opening on Thursday July 6th, which is also the day of Frida’s birth.
The colorful restaurant has been opened for a few months for dinner but decided to lay low and wait until now to introduce itself to the community. Located in Scottsdale’s Entertainment District south of Camelback Rd west of Scottsdale Rd. El Panzon y Frida has a hand painted mural of Frida on the wall along with art from both artists.
The menu at El Panzon y Frida
The menu was created by up-and-coming executive chef Paulina Martinez and inspired by Frida and Diego’s feminine and masculine art. The thoughtful and picture worthy dishes include grilled octopus, bone marrow, Bone in Ribeye. along with small plates for sharing and salads.
Signature cocktails such as Sage Margarita & Chili Cucumber Capirihna and craft beers on tap are available to quench your thirst
The Grand Opening celebration
The celebration starts at 6 p.m. on the evening of the 6th and will include complimentary tastes, cocktails and entertainment. Guests are encouraged to wear bold and colorful clothes as part of the celebration.
El Panzon y Frida is open at 11am – 11pm Tuesday – Thursday, 11am – 1am Friday and Saturday, 11am – 9pm Sunday. Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5pm with 50% bottles of wine and $15 bottomless mimosas. Throughout the summer, Social Lounging Happy Hour is extended from 3 – 8pm daily.
Rarely do you know the names of the company’s that bring your favorite beers and wines to local restaurants. Mostly unknown beverage distributors deliver cases and kegs along with the marketing the brands locally. Flanny’s in Tempe is hosting one of their distributors, Quail Distributing to come out of the shadows and take over their taps with beers from their stable of brewers they represent.
Be at Flanny’s on June 15th
Thursday June 15th is when 11 brewers will be featured pouring 24 beers of various styles from around the country and the world.
A few of the brewers and beers include…..Prairie Artisan Ales (Birthday Bomb! and Apricot Funk), Destihl Brewery (Amra Mango IPA and Blueberry Gose), Clown Shoes (Crasher in the Rye and Bluegrass Billionaire), Knee Deep (Breaking Bud and Man Juice IPA), Almanac Beer Co. (Cherry Picker and Passion Project), Belching Beaver (North Park 4th and Anniversary Ale), Renegade, Black Market, High Water, North Mountain and Schilling Cider.
13 other beers will be announced.
Beers will range in price from $6-$14 depending on beer & glass size. Start time is 5 p.m.
With 6 successful years under its belt HDE Agency and SanTan Brewing Company realized that their AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival was ready for expansion to the bigger and centrally located Margaret T. Hance Park in central Phoenix. Saturday May 13th is when over 100 local and national craft beer brewers will be pouring over 250 beers to beer enthusiasts from across the Phoenix area.
The 6 hour event (12pm -6pm) will not only include canned beer tastings but live music, beer seminars, food, a beer science garden, beer Olympics and a rare beer garden. Included in 250 plus beers being poured will be beers previously not available in Arizona.
A week prior to the festival more than 40 certified beer judges will gather to taste and cast their vote for their favorite beers in 9 categories including IPA, American Pale Ale, English Pale Ale, Wheat Beers, Stouts and Porters, Ambers and Browns, Golds, Blondes, Pilsners and Light Lagers, Fruit, and Specialty Beer. Winners of gold, silver and bronze will be announced during a live streaming event on May 6th at http://www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com/
This is a 21 and over festival and tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 General Admission(1pm entry, 4oz tasting can & 20 beer samples), $45 day of and VIP tickets(12 noon entry, 4 oz. tasting can, 20 beer samples, access to VIP beer garden, private restrooms and a meet and greet with brewers) are only available on-line while supplies last for $100 at the link above. Designated driver tickets are $20 online & day of with entry at 12 noon and include soft drinks, no beer.
Part of the proceeds AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will be contributed the Arizona Society of Homebrewers (ASH) which works to promote and preserve the tradition of homebrewing through education, information and dedicated practices. For more information or to become a member go to http://www.azhomebrewers.org/
Margaret T. Hance Park is at 67 W. Culver St. Phoenix 85003.