Those last two posts on Thanksgiving Day restaurants that are serving dinner or preparing take-out meals nearly wiped me out with all the information, I can now set my sights on Thanksgiving Eve.
If you’re out and about showing out-of-towners a good time or you grew up here and return home to catch up with friends at the local watering hole, the night before Thanksgiving can be just as big a deal as the turkey and football the next day.
If you mention Thanksgiving Eve to most in these parts two places come to mind…..El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley and Coach House Tavern in downtown Scottsdale. Join me at the Coach House just after sunset before the line forms and I’m sure many will make an appearance at both establishments.
It won’t be your typical Wednesday at Sorso Wine Room and The Park as they start the Thanksgiving celebration a day early.
Thanksgiving Eve at Sorso Wine Room
If you live in the northeast valley and prefer to stay closer to home Sorso Wine Room at The Scottsdale Quarter will start the celebrating with an all day Happy Hour with 2 for 1 house wines by the glass and draft beers.
Food special will be available including the Brussels Board ($8), The Dip($8) and select Bruschetta at 3 for $10.
If you’re going to be in central or downtown Phoenix, The Park will be hosting a Thanksgiving Eve Bash with MillerCoors. The Bash starts at 8 p.m. but $5 pumpkin spice specialty cocktails and ales will be available all day.
Guest are encouraged to bring a can(s) of food for the Can 4 Can Hurricane Relief Food Drive. Those that bring a can will receive a penny can of a MillerCoors product.
With cool weather and football in full swing we put the bathing suits away and break out the long sleeve shirts and sweaters as we focus our attention to the Fall and holiday season. Foods are seasonal too and for a limited time Creamistry, where ice cream meets science, is introducing Ice Cream Pies with a seasonal twist at their 4 locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix.
The Earl Grey tea Ice Cream Pie is infused with Earl Grey tea, topped with whipped cream and chocolate curls then sprinkled with dark cocoa powder.
The Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie tastes like its been home-baked and is made fresh when you order it. The flaky pie crust is filled with apple ice cream, cinnamon apple compote then finished sweet caramel and topped with a crispy streusel topping. Hard to go wrong with these delicious ingredients.
To get these Ice Cream Pies in the Phoenix area these are the locations you can find them at.
Phoenix 4325 E. Indian School Rd. (Arcadia) 100 E. Camelback Rd (Uptown Plaza)
Scottsdale 7135 E. Camelback Rd. (Scottsdale Waterfront) 15345 N. Scottsdale Rd. (Scottsdale Quarter)
For other locations around the country visit their website
Ice cream fans in north Scottsdale will soon find out what all the excitement is about in central Phoenix, Arcadia and downtown Scottsdale when Creamistry opens its 4th location at the Scottsdale Quarter on Friday, May 26th.
Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, Creamistry combines science & dessert as they use liquid nitrogen to flash freeze 70 plus flavors and toppings to create ice cream.
Creamistry week long specials
To introduce the neighbors to the concept, Creamistry will be offering 5 days of delicious specials starting on Tuesday the 30th. The daily specials are as follows….
Tuesday–Thursday, May 30-31 and June 1: Buy one ice cream, get one ice cream of equal or lesser value free.
Friday, June 2: A percentage of the proceeds earned will be donated to MASK (Mother’s awareness on school-age kids)
Saturday, June 3: Free small ice cream from Noon-2 p.m
Having it made is half the fun
The Creamistry experience starts when you choose your size or type of dessert(waffle bowl, shakes and more). Then pick your ice cream base(organic, gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan or premium) then your favorite flavor from almost 40 options ( birthday cake, sea salt or blood orange sorbet just to name a few) and to top it off pick your toppings (candy, fruit, nuts and more). Everything is then mixed with liquid nitrogen for a smoky & cool looking freezing process.
Most of us have a sweet tooth whether we have an everyday craving for chocolate, pastries or ice cream we need to satisfy the craving before it gets out of control. Local sweet shops are helping us give in to these cravings with limited time sweet treats and a new permanent menu item. So what’s new……
Le Macaron new Ice Cream Macaron
One of my favorite desserts is an ice cream sandwich as it satisfies my ice cream and cookie craving, so I’m glad to report that Le Macaron has created an Ice Cream Macaron as new menu option. These bite sized treats come in 5 flavors including Vanilla, Strawberry, Mango, Coffee and Green Tea for $3.75 each. Le Macaron is in the Scottsdale Quarter. http://lemacaron-us.com/scottsdale-quarter/
Sprinkle’s Cupcakes sweet treats
Through May 31st Sprinkle’s Cupcakes in Scottsdale is offering it’s Cookie Cupcake which came from a recipe in Candace Nelson’s cookbook. Made with chocolate chips & chocolate chip cookie crumble its tossed with yellow cake batter. Then it’s topped with brown sugar frosting before being rolled in more chocolate chip cookie crumbles. Yum!
Sprinkle’s is also offering a Rolling Stone topped cupcake through May 18th. The bands tongue & lips logo rocks the top of the cupcake. Sprinkles is celebrating the Rolling Stones exhibit at Chicago’s Navy Pier and offering these cupcakes nationwide.
A new line cookie flavors are also available including Snickerdoodle, Double Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Pretzel Chip. You can pick up your cupcakes or cookies from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. To place an order call 480-970-4321 or visit 4501 N. Scottsdale Rd (NE corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Camelback) http://www.sprinkles.com/
Sliding into the space that used to occupy TK’s Tavern at the Scottsdale Quarter, OBON Sushi Bar Ramen will debut this spring from Tuscon based Fukushu Restaurant Concepts. The Asian influenced eatery is known for its traditional Japanese ramen and sushi with Korean flare and its well received craft cocktail program.
OBON founder Brando Katz is a veteran of the restaurant industry having worked as a regional manager for RA Sushi and in several restaurant positions in Tucson for more than 10 years until he went to open his own restaurant with partner Andrew Joffroy in 2015.
“Expanding this concept into the valley has been a longtime dream of ours since opening our first location in Tucson” says Katz. “From our diverse menu to our innovative cocktails and hip yet approachable atmosphere, I truly believe that we’ve created a unique dining experience that will resonate with people.”
The kitchen will be led by chef Paulo Im and the menu will highlight its OBON sushi, a variety of ramen along with steamed buns, Katsu pork and chicken teriyaki.
The bar program created by Beverage Director Matt Martinez has garnered accolades locally being named “Restaurant Bar of the Year” by Tucson Bar Awards and Martinez being named Tucson’s Bartender of the Year and Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender. In addition to craft cocktails OBON will also offer sake, wine and craft beer.
Check back for updates for more information, a full menu and opening date.
Looking to drink a little wine and donate to a good cause at the same time, then make your way over to Sorso Wine Room at Scottsdale Quarter this Sunday , August 28th as Sorso will be donating 10% of all the days sales to Make A wish Foundation’s “Sip For a Cause” fund-raising campaign.
Sorso Wine Room’s All Day happy Hour and Live Music
If that’s not enough of an incentive, Sorso will be having an All Day Happy Hour from 11am-10pm. Stop in between 4:30-7:30 and you’ll be able to listen to the live music of musician Lee Perriera.
Meiomi Pinot Noir
Purchase a bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir, a favorite of local celebrity Catherine Anaya, between now and the end of August and Sorso will donate 10% of all Meiomi bottle sales to Make A Wish Foundation.
Sorso Wine Room is in the Scottsdale Quarter 15323 N Scottsdale Rd. Suite 150 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480-951-4344) www.sorsowineroom.com