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L’ Chaim! It’s time to celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur at Chompies Deli

For a week in the middle of September the Jewish religion celebrates the New Year w/ Rosh Hashanah and the repenting holiday Yom Kippur. Whether you celebrate the holiday or just love traditional Jewish food, Chompies Deli www.chompies.com will be serving and celebrating.

Three of Chompie’s Phoenix area restaurants will be serving a traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner on Sunday, September 16th between 5 and 8 pm. Reservations are now being accepted at the Phoenix/PV Mall, Scottsdale, and Chandler locations. (The regular dining menu with holiday favorites will be available at Chompie’s Tempe location.)

The delicious holiday menu includes starters plus your choice of appetizer, entrée, sides, soup and dessert—with favorites such as apples and honey, house made chopped liver, gefilte fish, potato latkes, roasted chicken with honey apricot reduction, tender braised brisket of beef, Chompie’s famous chicken soup with matzo ball and much more. This holiday dine-in meal is just $26.95 per adult, $12.95 per child (10 & under). Special 4- and 8- person complete holiday dinners are also available for take-out, as are all of Chompie’s holiday a la carte selections and bakery favorites. Place your Rosh Hashanah Take-Out Menu order of $100 or more by Monday, September 10th and get a free fresh-baked honey or sponge cake.

The Jewish High Holidays season begins at sundown on Rosh Hashanah (9/16) and ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement (9/26). On Chompie’s Break the Fast Yom Kippur Take-Out Menu, you’ll find a wide variety of holiday favorites for your celebration at home—from smoked fish, homemade deli salads, and holiday pastries to bagels and blintzes. All Chompie’s locations will be open on Yom Kippur, September 26th. Place your Break the Fast Yom Kippur to-go order of $100 or more by Wednesday, September 19th and get a free Honey or Sponge Cake. For Chompie’s Rosh Hashanah and Break the Fast Yom Kippur menus, visit www.chompies.com.

September is here and so is Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bars new “Fleming’s 100” wine by the glass list.


As September rolls in it means a few things such as cooler temperatures are close by, college and pro football kicks off for the sports fan and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar www.flemingssteakhouse.com introduces its new “Fleming’s 100” wine by the glass list for us wine enthusiasts. September is the “Month of Discovery” and Fleming’s will be introducing us to the new list with weekly “Bottle Wars” tastings on each of the 4 Fridays along with 25% off during their two-week “Last Call” event which starts on Sept. 1st and their prix-fixe menu for 2 called “Memorable Meal for 2” which goes all month-long. Fleming’s Director of Wine Maeve Pesquera says it best “Wine is an intensely personal choice, and wine by the glass is the perfect way to celebrate it”.

Below is the details to all the events this month at the 4 Phoenix area locations. Cheers and I hope to see you there.

“BOTTLE WARS” Wine Tastings – Featuring Rival Wines from the New Fleming’s 100

“Bottle Wars” is a series of four unique wine tastings to be held on successive Friday evenings in September (Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28). Guests will taste premium wines from rival regions and wineries around the world in a spirit of friendly competition. Each event will offer 8 to 10 well-matched wines for just $25* and Fleming’s professionally trained wine managers will guide guests through the experience:

“Pinot Smackdown” (September 7th) — Pinot Noirs from California’s Central Coast compete against Pinot Noirs from Sonoma, Oregon and the Anderson Valley.

“Battle of the Hemispheres” (September 14th) — California takes on South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

“Old World vs. New World” (September 21st) — European masters from France, Italy, Germany and Spain go against the best and brightest winemakers from California.

“Glass Warfare” (September 28th) — Premium wines and value-priced wines made from similar grapes are put to the taste test.

“LAST CALL” Event – Two Weeks to Enjoy 25% on Selected Wines by the Bottle

Guests will have an opportunity to save 25% on select bottles in Fleming’s main dining room. “Last Call” will debut on September 1st and quantities will be limited to stock on hand. Restrictions apply at selected locations due to local and state liquor laws. Complete details about this opportunity can be found at www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com.

Fleming’s New MEMORABLE MEAL FOR TWO — $99 for 3 Courses

Fleming’s celebrates its new wine collection with a prix-fixe menu for two, available from September 1st through September 30th. Each guest will enjoy a triple entrée of broiled filet mignon, herb baked shrimp and braised short rib, with shrimp bisque and a dessert of frozen almond soufflé. The 3-course menu is priced at $99 for two, and $49.50 for one. For an additional $25, each guest may order a specially priced flight of three wines — The Prisoner, Primus Cabernet and Quintessa 2006 — all from the Huneeus Vintners Portfolio.

Fleming’s has four Valley locations in North Scottsdale at DC Ranch, Scottsdale at Lincoln Road, Chandler and Peoria:

Scottsdale: 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd. / 480-596-8265
DC Ranch-North Scottsdale: 20753 N. Pima Rd. / 480-538-8000
Chandler: 905 N. 54th St. / 480-940-1900
Peoria: 9712 W. Northern Ave. / 623-772-9463

Love & Tacos…….Get married at a taco festival.


Affordable Food Festivals, LLC, has announced the start of a seven-week contest to win an actual wedding at the upcoming Arizona Taco Festival (Oct. 20-21 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale). The contest invites couples to create a one-minute video expressing why they deserve a fun “taco wedding” at the Fest, with the winner receiving a full ceremony and 50-person reception on the second day of the Arizona Taco Festival—October 21, 2012.

Sponsored by Arizona Weddings Magazine, the ceremony will take place on the main stage and include all the bells and whistles—officiant, décor, music, vow exchange, photographer, and perhaps the most important element: the ceremonial stomping of the tortilla chips. Also included is reception for 50 people that will include a cake, flowers, catered food, hosted bar, and entertainment. Thousands of event attendees will be there to cheer on the newlyweds.

Founders of the Arizona Taco Festival have long been drawn to the catchphrase: “Love & Tacos,” a popular slogan on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and other taco paraphernalia. While planning the upcoming 3rd Annual Arizona Taco Festival, they decided to take the phrase literally, and add a wedding to the weekend festivities.“We’re calling it ‘Wedding Fantastico,’ and we believe this ceremony will amp up the already festive vibe of the taco fest,” says AFF founder, Rick Phillips.

Arizona Weddings is helping to secure wedding components. “So far, we’ve arranged for photography by Jeff Janke, a prominent wedding photographer who’s looking forward to this colorful affair,” says Kristina Celik, Director of Marketing & Promotions for Arizona Weddings Magazine. “This contest not only gives great exposure for our advertisers, but it’s a fun and fresh idea. Our initial call for entries went out today, and I’m excited to see who enters this contest. The videos should be hilarious!”

Interested contestants simply film a video with anything from a smart phone to a professional camera and link their video to the Festival Facebook page (at www.facebook.com/ArizonaTacoFestival). The deadline for entering is September 20th, 2012. The video with the most “Likes” by September 28th will win the ceremony. A full gallery of videos will also appear on www.aztacofestival.com on September 21. Entry forms, rules, and other details can be found at http://aztacofestival.com/wedding/

Beer & a nosh every Wednesday in August at Graze Desert Grille at Zona Resorts in Scottsdale

Graze Desert Grille has some great craft beer & food pairings this month every Wednesday evening. With representatives on hand to speak about the beer paired with executive chef Keith Osmundson’s locally sourced cuisine should make for a cool and refreshing evening on these hot summer nights. Hurry, seats are limited to 18 people per week.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Celebrates Summer With Steak & Sangria Prix Fixe Options

New Pairings Offer A Summer Vacation Experience Every Two Weeks

With long summer days rolling into warm summer nights, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is celebrating summer with a series of Summer Lovin’ Steak & Sangria Prix Fixe dinners that will take guests on a culinary world tour. This summer menu series, offered July 2 through August 26, will introduce a new steak and sangria pairing every two weeks, each featuring an artfully inspired selection of fresh, seasonal ingredients and internationally inspired flavors.

Fleming’s 4 Sangrias

Every Summer Lovin’ Steak & Sangria menu features a summer salad, a uniquely seasoned specialty prime New York Strip Steak with a vibrant topping and a decadent dessert for $39.95*. Each menu also includes a suggested hand-crafted sangria pairing for $7.95*. Guests visiting the bar or patio, will also have an opportunity to enjoy the series of refreshing, seasonal sangrias.

Fleming’s Executive Chef Russell Skall, believes that summer dining is about innovative flavors that convey fun in the sun.

“Steak and sangria are two things that instantly take a summer BBQ from ordinary to extraordinary, and Fleming’s is helping guests take away the fuss by bringing the ultimate summer BBQ to our patios instead of theirs,” said Skall. “The steak and sangria menus will present a variety of marinades and sauces that will highlight fresh summer flavors and provide guests with a global summer vacation feel.”

Summer Lovin’ Steak & Sangria menus for August include:

July 30 through August 12
· Butter Lettuce and Pear Salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, crispy onions, and a lemon vinaigrette

· Prime New York Strip with a sweet and spicy rub, topped with a savory tomato and roasted red pepper butter and chopped marcona almonds, and served with a side of summer zucchini slaw

Beefsteak & Mozzarella salad, prime NY strip & sangria

· Fresh Peach Cobbler with a brown sugar oat streusel and topped with vanilla ice cream

· Optional Pairing: South Seas SangriaViñedos Terranoble Sauvignon Blanc, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, and Peach Schnapps with fresh peaches, honeydew melon, oranges and lemons


August 13 through 26
· Beefsteak Tomato & Mozzarella Salad with arugula and a red onion balsamic vinaigrette

· Prime New York Strip topped with crispy gorgonzola and served with grilled asparagus, pickled fennel and baby golden beets

· Lemon-Poppy Seed Butter Cookies with vanilla ice cream and a warm apple-ginger sauce

· Optional Pairing: Sailors Sunset SangriaRed Diamond Merlot, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Peach Schnapps, with fresh peaches, oranges and lemons


Enjoy the Steak & Sangria menus at any of Fleming’s four Valley locations in North Scottsdale at DC Ranch, Scottsdale at Lincoln Road, Chandler and Peoria. Find the restaurant nearest you at FlemingsSteakhouse.com.

*Excluding tax and gratuity. Sangrias are sold separately. Fleming’s abides by all local and state liquor laws.

School is in Session with Tom’s Thumb “101 & Bell” Classes Wine 101: Wine & BBQ

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market http://www.tomsthumbfreshmarket.com/ starts a series of tasty educational classes in August covering everything from wine, grilling, and cooking. It’s “101 & Bell” sessions provide the basics and beyond from the experts at this unique corner market.

Chuck Hesson, the market manager and a certified Sommelier, hosts the first class “Wine & BBQ “– a Wine 101 pairing varietals with the tangy, smoky flavors of barbecue. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a tasting of five wines and light appetizers. Hesson will describe how each pairs with the different qualities of meats and sauces of the restaurant’s award-winning barbecue.

After the tasting, guests will sit for a 3-course dinner with their choice of barbecue entrée and their choice of one glass wine. Additional drinks are available for purchase.

Cost for the tasting course and dinner is $60 per couple or $35 per individual. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be made online or at the market.

Wednesday, August 8

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market

9393 E. Bell Rd. • Scottsdale 85260

480-513-8186

The Wines

Five food friendly wines from around the world:

  • Italian Prosecco
  • Oregon Rose
  • Oregon Pinot Noir
  • French Cote du Rhone
  • Californian Syrah

The Menu

  • Choice of soup or salad
  • Choice of the Two Meat Platter, Grilled Salmon or Rib Platter
  • Choice of Strawberry Shortcake or Peach Cobbler