James Beard award-winning chef Chris Bianco leads a line-up with five other local chefs as they bring the table to the farm for an exclusive fundraising dinner. The “Spring Fling” farmraiser will benefit San Tan Valley’s RhibaFarms, a 3.3 acre farm, local restaurants source for produce, mushrooms, microgreens, eggs and other ingredients.
The Saturday May 19th dinner will also include local chefs Jason McGrath of J’s Kaiyo, David Traina of Liberty Market, Craig Plevak of Fire & Foraged, Sasha Raj of 24 Carrots and Micah Wyzlic of Phoenix City Grille.
Beers will be paired with each course have been selected by The Shop Beer Co. as well as beers created that will be incorporated into the dishes. The Shop Beer Co. uses RhibaFarms ingredients for its beers and gives the farm their spent grains to use as compost.
The farms Food Rescue program helps to fuel the soil that grows the ingredients that are not always associated with being grown in the desert.
Dining at RhibaFarms
Guest will enjoy the unique experience dining at the farm and will see first hand how much urban farms can grow and contribute to the local community.
The vegetarian dinner will include chef Bianco’s all Arizona sourced risotto entrée using Sonoran White Wheat with Blue Oyster mushrooms and smoke tri-color beets with pickled RhibaFarm vegetables from chef Wyzlic.
For a true farm experience diners will be eating in the fields among the crops and are asked to bring a flashlight and dinner plate. The working farm has no paved paths.
There will be a blind auction fundraiser with private dinners from the chefs and other goodies up for auction.
Dinner will be from 5p.m. – 8p.m. with limited seating. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased here.
RhibaFarms is at 40792 N. Rattlesnake Rd. San Tan Valley 85140.
Who doesn’t like sipping on champagne while eating French toast, the smell of bacon while lounging at one of the newest resorts in the valley. Not me, that’s why I’ll be joining The Scottsdale League for the Arts for their newest fundraiser, The Brunch Club on Saturday December 2nd at Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley.
The Brunch Club will gather starting at 11:30 a.m. and members will spend the next three hours sipping on rose, Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s as local restaurants will serve up tasty bites to eat including savory quiche to sweet French toast.
In between sips and bites stroll the grounds of Mountain Shadows manicured grounds with Camelback Mountain serving as you backdrop.
The Brunch Club tickets
To become a member of The Brunch Club you must be over 21 years of age and can purchase you tickets online with General Admission ticket priced at $40 until 10/31. From 11/1-12/1 tickets will be $45 and $50 at the door while supplies last.
Want to get an early start while others are still waking up, early admission at 10:30 a.m. tickets are available for $65 until 10/31. From 11/1-12/1 for $70 and at the door for $75.
Scottsdale League for the Arts
All net proceeds raised will go to the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts which raises money to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix area.
Money is raised through out the year by hosting fundraisers such as The Scottsdale Culinary Festival and The Friends of James Beard Dinner. They have donated over $4 million dollars since 2002 to organizations such as Childsplay, Ballet Arizona and Free arts of Arizona.
Mountain Shadows Resort is at 5445 E. Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley 85253.
Add Market Street Kitchen to the list of restaurants stepping up to the plate to raise money for the recent string of hurricanes that have affected people in the south-east United States and Caribbean. This Thursday October 5th MSK will host a special Tiki Thursday from 4 p.m. – 9.m.
All proceeds from a select menu of Puerto Rican inspired dishes and cocktails will be matched and donated to Unidos por Puerto Rico helping those on the island commonwealth that suffered severe damage from Hurricane Maria. Guests who come dressed in tiki themed attire will receive cocktails for $10.
Appetizer Chicharrones dusted with a spiced Puerto Rican rub $6
Arroz con gandules (Puerto Rican fried rice) $9 bacon, rice, pidgeon peas cooked down in a soffrito of oregano, garlic, onions, cilantro, olives, tomato, capers and saffron
Entrée Puerto Rican spiced (garlic, dried peppers, oregano, salt, pepper) Rotisserie pork butt $19 served with sauteed peppers, onions, garlic and potatoes seasoned with citrus glazed with pineapple spicy BBQ sauce
Hollis Doherty must have loved ice cream as he now has a flavor named after him at Splurge, the ice cream shop at The Orchard in Phoenix. Hope Through Hollis Mint Chip Ice Cream is named after the 7-year-old whose legacy lives on after Hollis passed away in January from a brain tumor.
Friday September 29th – October 1st Splurge will be donating all sales of the ice cream to the Hope Through Hollis organization his parents Shane and Shawnee started to raise money for this rare disease’s research.
Hope Through Hollis
Hope Through Hollis has partnered with TGen to help find the cure for the Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) tumor. The money raised through the sales of Hope Through Hollis Mint Chip will be used to fund research for the cure where the average life span is 1 year after diagnosis. Hollis passed away after 9 months of fighting.
After the fundraiser
After next weekends fundraiser Splurge will continue to serve the mint chip ice cream and donate a portion to sales to the organization.
One way to Be Merry! this holiday season is to “Give”. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is doing their part as they are collecting un-wrapped toys for Scottsdale Fire Dept’s Annual Toy Drive through Sunday Dec. 18th. All Grimaldi’s locations are collecting toys and on the 18th the DC Ranch location will host a special event to give all toys collected to the SFD.
The DC Ranch event will be from 12 pm -2 pm and will include free Cannolis. pictures with Santa and a fire truck.
This will be Grimaldi’s 10th annual fundraiser and chose the toy drive because annual toy drives give toys to kids in Arizona and all over the country who may not otherwise get a toy on Christmas Day.
To find a Grimaldi’s near you to drop off a toy go to http://www.grimaldispizzeria.com/ The DC Ranch location is at 20715 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ 85255.
This Tuesday June 14th is when central Phoenix’s Clever Koi will host the “Dine Out for C-CAP” fundraiser from 5pm- close. 10% of proceeds from Tuesday evenings sales will be donated to C-CAP www.ccapinc.org a national organization that assists at risk youths with preparation & scholarships for college when they study culinary arts and prepares them for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
The hip modern Clever Koi’s executive chef Jared Porter is an alumni of C_CAP and looks forward to giving back to the program. Information will be available for diners about C-CAP and why it’s so important to the culinary industry.
Clever Koi 4236 N Central Ave #100 Phoenix, AZ 85012 (602)-222-3474 thecleverkoi.com