Small Plates, Big Pours returns to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar for a limited time.

Flemings’s Prime Steakhouse,

New Zealand Petite Lamb Chops
New Zealand Petite Lamb Chops

Wine Bar www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com has brought back its popular Small Plates & Big Pours pairings that starting this week. Guests can pair one of 7 Small Plates with one of 7 premium Big Pours glass of wine for only $24.95. The Small Plates are great for sharing or a lighter dinner and can also give guests the opportunity to try multiple plates and wines. This deal runs through June 30th.

Guests can choose from……

Small Plates
· New Zealand Petite Lamb Chops
· Fleming’s Lobster Tempura
· Colossal Shrimp Skewers
· New Bedford Scallops
· Sliced Filet Mignon
· Braised Short Ribs
· Ahi Tuna

Colossal Shrimp Skewers
Colossal Shrimp Skewers

Big Pours
· Esk Valley Merlot
· Villa Wolf Pinot Gris
· Parducci Petite Sirah
· B.R. Cohn Silver Label Cabernet
· A to Z Winework Pinot Noir
· Hanna Sauvignon Blanc
· Franciscan Estate Chardonnay

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

Hot Rods & Happy Hour at Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market in Scottsdale.

Ford-Mustang

On Saturday June 1st, from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market will be hosting “The Desert Stangs” Mustang Club and invite all to come check out these American classic cars. The cars owner, who are very passionate about the cars, will be happy to talk about their cars. Mustang Club members will get a free car wash between 5:00 -6:00 p.m.

During this time customers can enjoy beer and wine for $1 off while checking out these cool cars. You can also dine at Tom’s Thumb with their award-winning BBQ and southern inspired food.
There is no cost to attend.

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market at 9393 E. Bell Road Scottsdale 85260 (480)513-8186 http://facebook.com/toms-thumb-fresh-market

San Tan Brewing Co.’s Memorial Day Canal Ride

San Tan Canal ride

It’s hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is only 2 weeks away and San Tan Brewing Company http://www.santanbrewing.com/ is kicking off the unofficial start to summer with canal bike ride on Sunday May 26th. The ride will begin at Kelly’s at Southbridge (7117 E. 5th Ave. Scottsdale 85251) in Scottsdale at 3:00 p.m. where riders will grab a bite to eat and cold beer with the ride to start at 3:30. Once fueled up riders will head down the canal to Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn for cold beer before heading back to O.H.S.O Nano Brewery for more beer and then back to Scottsdale to Dos Gringos for the final stop which concludes with another San Tan beer and time to hang out.

Cost is $25 per person and includes food at Kelly’s along with a San Tan beer at all 4 stops. With the Memorial Day Weekend ride expected to sell out registration is on San tan’s events page http://bit.ly/YNdBbh

My Sneak Peek of Arizona Restaurant Week Dine – Around

Celebrating Arizona’s more than 8,500 restaurants and their 260,000 employees while making Arizona a top culinary destination.

With the always popular Arizona Restaurant Week www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com starting in just 10 days May 18th- 27th, the Arizona Restaurant Association invited myself and a few other lucky media people to take tour, and taste, of 4 of Scottsdale’s newest restaurants participating in Spring 2013 celebration. Here is a sample of what you can expect.

Top to bottom : cappuccino dei Funghi, Insalata manago & Caprese
Top to bottom : cappuccino dei Funghi, Insalata manago & Caprese

We met at Taggia at The Firesky Resort & Spa to taste a sampling of the 3 choices they will be offering for their 1st course.
The Cappuccino dei Fungi was a personal favorite as I love all things mushrooms, this mushroom soup uses Portobello and porcini along with some truffle spuma.
The Caprese was a soft burrata, yellow heirloom tomato slice and pink peppercorns.
Insalata Manago is roasted red peppers wrapped in thinly sliced mango tossed with pickled red onions and arugula.
All were prepared by executive Chef Massimo De Francesca and his staff. To read more about Taggia see my post about Massimo’s coastal Italian cuisine http://pullingcorksandforks.com/?p=840

Peter Rabbit cocktail
Peter Rabbit cocktail

On to our next stop at Searsucker we were provided with transportation by Uber www.uber.com the newest way to catch a ride with their app on your cell phone for on-demand car service with professional drivers.
Greeted at Searsucker with a Peter Rabbit cocktail we enjoyed a sampling of Farm Bird lollipops with snake bite hot sauce for those of us who enjoy a little heat with their chicken.
The squid “sweet heat” is Searsucker’s unique take on calamari with sweet and spicy a taste.
www.searsucker.com/scottsdale

After a quick ride in one of Uber’s Escalades we arrived at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse for our main course of Sirloin steak or salmon filet. My filet was perfectly cooked to medium rare and was served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. There is nothing wrong with a good steak from Peter Luger’s alums Ben & Jack and their first foray outside of NYC. www.benandjackssteakhouse.com

Ben & Jack's Steahouse's Sirloin steak w/ mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli
Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse’s Sirloin steak w/ mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli

Almost full, we all saved room for dessert and we were off to Davati Enocteca for executive chef Peter DeRuvo’s Millie Foglie which is berry sauce and whip cream in between a puff pastry and a drizzle of creme anglaise. A perfect way to end the evening as the dessert was not to heavy and cured my daily sweet tooth. www.davantiscottsdale
Davanti Enoteca's Millie Foglie
Davanti Enoteca’s Millie Foglie

Based on what I tasted and saw this should be another record-setting week for the twice annual culinary celebration and reservations are highly recommended if you plan to check out your favorite restaurant or get to a new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try.

Chompie’s is inviting everyone to eat like a kid on June 5th and Big Apple Bargains for the month of May

People of all ages able to order off the new Chompie’s Kids Menu and Chompie’s will make a donation from every kids meal purchased to Phoenix nonprofit Playworks to help end bullying in schools.

Chompies eat like a kid

On Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli invites people of all ages to “Eat Like a Kid” by ordering a Kids Meal* from their new kids menu (normally just for kids 10 and under). For every Kids Meal purchased, Chompie’s will make a donation to Playworks Arizona, a nonprofit organization that seeks to transform schools and end bullying by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day.

The new Chompie’s Kids Menu includes 19 delicious Chompie’s favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner, such as their famous Jewish Sliders (featured on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food), Long Island French Toast served with bacon or turkey sausage and their Checkered Cab Cheeseburger served with choice of Fresh Fruit Salad, French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries or House-made Potato Chips.

The kids menu also includes a tasty gluten-free friendly section! Prices for the Kids Meals start at just $3.79. People can also order off the main menu that day. “Everyone Can Eat Like a Kid Day” is valid from open to closing on June 5th at all four of Chompie’s locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler.

*No substitutions. Dine In only. Limit one kids meal per person. Offer excludes beverages, cookie/desserts and additional sides. Not valid with any other offers, coupons, discounts or promotional gift cards.

Please visit www.chompies.com/ccares to view the Kids Menu and to learn more about Everyone Can Eat Like a Kid Day and Playworks.

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Here are the Big Apple Bargins for the remainder of May.
May 8th – May 14th
Sliced Deli Meats
Buy 1 lb. get 1/2 lb. of equal or lesser value Free!
excludes Tongue
Prices range from $9.99 lb.-$17.99 lb.

May 15th – May 21st
Homemade Deli Salads
Buy 1 lb. get 1/2 lb. of equal or lesser value Free!
Prices range from $4.99 – $16.99 lb.

May 22nd – May 29th
Homemade Soups
Chicken Noodle, Matzo Ball, Split Pea, Beef Barley,
Sweet&Sour Cabbage, Soup Du Jour
Buy 1-quart get 1-pint Free!
(Reg. $7.99 Qt.)

Chompies Big Apple Bargains are not valid with any other coupon,
offer, or discount, on catering, or with promotional

Wine meets technology as Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ Launches Nationwide

Custom App Helps Guests Navigate Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar’s
Extensive Wine List Using an iPad

WinePad
WinePad

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has launched the Fleming’s WiNEPAD™, a custom app on iPad that helps Guests easily navigate the restaurant’s extensive wine list tableside or at the bar. Offered at each of its 65 locations nationwide, the Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ design mirrors the restaurant’s décor with a custom-designed case and color palette.

“For our Guests, the Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ takes the guessing out of ordering wine,” said National Director of Wine Maeve Pesquera. “We look forward to enhancing the experiences of our Guests and taking the intimidation factor out of wine.”

The application was developed by National Wine Director Maeve Pesquera, and the brand’s National IT Training Coordinator Craig Sheppard.

As the contemporary iteration of the classic American steakhouse, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is at the forefront of both technology and wine. Noted industry-wide for its technological advances and offerings, the brand heralds the Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ launch as the evolution of the successful Fleming’s 100®, its award-winning wine program that features 100 wines by the glass. Not only does the Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ boast easy-to-use, intuitive and interactive software, but it also provides label-specific tasting notes and, in some cases, the story behind the wine.

Another unique and differentiating element to the Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ is the ability for guests to match their current mood with specific varietal categories and tastes, providing a customized experience with the “What’s Your Mood” function. White wine moods range from Fragrant & Fruity to Rich & Elegant, red wine moods include Big & Intense and Rich & Voluptuous, and sweet wine moods feature Sweet & Mouth-watering and Sweet & Powerful. The Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ Mood Matcher function offers more than 10 moods with various wine selections for each to satisfy Guests’ ever-changing tastes.

Available tableside or at the bar, the Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ has other standard features including:
· Wine List Tab – Sorts wines in progressive order from lightest to fullest by region, varietal, Fleming’s 100® selections, wines rated at 90+ by Robert Parker Wine, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast and local selections chosen by the location’s Wine Manager;

· Maeve’s Raves – Presents wines selections recommended by the National Director of Wine Maeve Pesquera;

· Perfect Pairings – Showcases wine and food pairings based on the Guests’ menu selection by providing three perfectly paired wine options that deliciously accentuates complementary flavors. This takes the guesswork out of selecting the perfect glass of wine for each course;

· Spin the Bottle – Provides a fun and adventurous take on ordering wine for the indecisive. The bottle icon spins and lands on a different selection each time;

· Share This Wine – Gives Fleming’s Guests the ability to email themselves any wine on the wine list. The email comes to the Guest’s inbox complete with their new favorite wine, tasting notes and an image of the label;

· Register for ‘Friend of Fleming’s’ – Encourages Guests to sign up directly from the Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ to receive exclusive offers from Fleming’s and the opportunity to be the first to know about seasonal menus, exclusive wine tasting events and other extended offers;

· Tonight’s Features – Gives the inside scoop on everything happening at your Fleming’s tonight.

“Fleming’s has a 15-year history of innovation,” states Pesquera. “It’s in our heritage to adapt to our guests’ changing tastes and needs as their daily lives seamlessly integrate technology. The Fleming’s WiNEPAD™ is the next natural step to giving guests what they want – an exciting and educational interactive dining experience.”

There are four Fleming’s in Phoenix in Peoria, Chandler, North Scottsdale at DC Ranch and Scottsdale at Lincoln Road. For more information on Fleming’s or to make reservations, please visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com.

No plans for Mother’s Day yet, see what Abe’s of Scottsdale & Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse have to offer for mom.

Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli Honors Mom’s on Their Special Day with a Complimentary “Toast”!

What’s better than bringing your mom breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day?

Bring her to Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli any time of day to enjoy her special day! Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli has crafted the perfect excuse to get your mother out of the kitchen on her day of honor.

Abe's Benedict plate
Abe’s Benedict plate

Sunday, May 12, 2013
8 am to 8pm

Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli
10050 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 127
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

(Off of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, located conveniently behind
California Pizza Kitchen)

Mom will be treated like a queen and can enjoy her day with a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary, or delicious smoothie with a delight of flavor of fruit and milk.

Enjoy one of the following smoothies:

· Strawberry and Banana

· Triple Berry Delight with Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries

· Caribbean with pineapple, mango and coconut

In addition to their menu specialties, Abe’s will be offering two Mother’s Day specials that are sure to make Mother’s Day a special day for the whole family.

Mom will love Abe’s lox plate, filled with delicious hand sliced Nova Scotia salmon, your choice of Abe’s delicious bagels with plain, low-fat chive, veggie or lox cream cheese, homemade potato latke with applesauce and sour cream, fresh fruit and plus delicious slice of New York cheesecake and a mouth-watering complimentary “toast” beverage for $18.00.

Abe’s will also have eggs Benedict, poached eggs atop a toasted English muffin with Hollandaise sauce. Served with fresh fruit. Noodle kugel, and chocolate dipped strawberries, $18.00

Abe’s offers the following Benedicts:

· The Basic One, with Canadian Bacon

· The Deli, with grilled salami, pastrami or corned beef

· Florentine, with sautéed spinach

· Smoked Salmon, with Nova Scotia salmon

· CBH, with griddled corn beef hash

As always, all of Abe’s menu specialties are available including piled high sandwiches, homemade soups and traditional East coast deli specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available.
Reservations are suggested for parties of six or more. For those who want to serve Mom
breakfast in bed, carry out at our deli counter and mouth-watering trays are available. For more
information call 480-699-5700.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar With a Special Three-Course Brunch Menu

On the most special day for moms, treat them to a three-course brunch at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Guests can enjoy innovative brunch favorites for $36.95 per guest. In addition, each mom will receive a $25 dining card valid for a future visit.

Guests are invited to celebrate Mother’s Day with the entire family. Fleming’s offers a special three-course brunch menu for children under 12 available for $17.95.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
All locations – there are four Fleming’s in Phoenix in Peoria, Chandler, North Scottsdale at DC Ranch and Scottsdale at Lincoln Road.

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

To find a location near you and make reservations, please visit Fleming’s website www.flemingssteakhouse.com.

Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 12, 2013
Open early from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open during regular dinner hours at each location.

Brunch begins with a choice of appetizer including Lobster Bisque, Modern Caesar or Fresh Seasonal Fruits; followed by a choice of entrée including Prime Rib with a Trio of Sauces or Baked Brioche French Toast with a Walnut Crisp, among other mouth-watering choices, and ends with a choice of dessert including a classic White Chocolate Bread Pudding. The full menu is available online at FlemingsSteakhouse.com

Guests can choose to accompany the celebration with one of our specially hand-crafted cocktails including the Bellapolitan ($8.95), Scottish Beauty ($9.95) or Blood Orange Mimosa ($7.95).

Dinner with friends at Taggia at FireSky Resort in Scottsdale

Recently I had the opportunity to dine with friends at Taggia, the Coastal Italian Cuisine restaurant, www.taggiascottsdale.com located inside FireSky Resort and Spa just north of downtown Scottsdale. Under the guidance of executive chef Massimo De Francesca, a Toronto native, we dined on a tasting menu of selected dishes which were all beautifully presented and all had unique flavors and a combination of flavors not usually found in Italian cuisine. These are a few of my favorites.

Right out of the gate I was impressed with the Shrimp Escabeche and it’s use of coconut and lobster oil. Served with watercress and sliced red onion these shrimp were perfectly cooked and the coconut offered a tropical flavor which showcased Chef Massimo’s outside the box thinking.

Shrimp Escabeche
Shrimp Escabeche

Cod Fritters don’t exactly scream Italian but made me scream “I want more” as the salt cod was served a top a smear of chipolte aioli which served as a nice contrast to the fried Cod giving it a hint of spice. Several cubes of hearts of palm are served offering a cool and crisp flavor.

Cod Fritters with chipolte aioli & heart of palms
Cod Fritters with chipolte aioli & heart of palms

Since it is Italian inspired, a pasta course was served and the tender Gnocchi was served in a soy-brown butter and tossed with chorizo, crab and English peas. Upon first reading it on the menu and the ingredients I thought to myself it was a twist on surf and turf with the use of crab and chorizo. Both almost melted in my mouth with the help of the soy-brown butter.

Gnocchi with crab, chorizo and English peas
Gnocchi with crab, chorizo and English peas

Palate refreshers were offered before our final course along with carefully selected wines chosen by restaurant manager Brian Blanke which included Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio from Collio, Italy for the early courses. Arizona Stronghold “Dayden” pink wine which is a blend of Zinfandel & Tempranillo from Cochise County in southern Arizona was poured for the middle courses of Duck Carpaccio, Veal and Gnocchi. The 06 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva was poured giving it the chance to breathe as it was paired with the final course.

Arizona Stronghold "Dayden" pink wine
Arizona Stronghold “Dayden” pink wine

The final plate before dessert was Coulette, which is a part of the beef sirloin that offers a soft and sweet flavor. Paired with bone marrow and over a bed of braised escarole it came served with fingerlings potatoes and cipolline onions offering a sweet taste. A rich flavor along with the juices of the beef made for a decadent beef course.

Coulette
Coulette

Dessert was served in 2 parts the first being Sabayon which is a foamy, mousse like dessert that was served strawberries and blackberries. Traditional bread pudding was then served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream along with house made limoncello which made for an excellent way to end one of the better meals served in recent memory.

A goodie bag was given to each invitee on our way out and I was pleasantly surprised to find one of my favorite desserts, a pair of mini cannolis. A return visit is in the future as the food and hospitality were very welcoming and delicious.

Bread pudding
Bread pudding

Taggia is opened 7 days a week serving
Breakfast 7:30am -10:30am Daily
Lunch 11:30am -2:30pm Daily
Dinner 5:30pm -9:00pm Sunday & Monday
5:30pm -10:00pm Tuesday – Saturday

Lounge opens at 11:00am daily.

Taggia & FireSky Resort and Spa is located 4925 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.424.6095

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar With a Special Three-Course Brunch Menu

On the most special day for moms, treat them to a three-course brunch at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Guests can enjoy innovative brunch favorites for $36.95 per guest. In addition, each mom will receive a $25 dining card valid for a future visit.

Guests are invited to celebrate Mother’s Day with the entire family. Fleming’s offers a special three-course brunch menu for children under 12 available for $17.95. Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 12, 2013
Open early from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open during regular dinner hours at each location.

Brunch begins with a choice of appetizer including Lobster Bisque, Modern Caesar or Fresh Seasonal Fruits; followed by a choice of entrée including Prime Rib with a Trio of Sauces or Baked Brioche French Toast with a Walnut Crisp, among other mouth-watering choices, and ends with a choice of dessert including a classic White Chocolate Bread Pudding. The full menu is available online at FlemingsSteakhouse.com

Guests can choose to accompany the celebration with one of our specially hand-crafted cocktails including the Bellapolitan ($8.95), Scottish Beauty ($9.95) or Blood Orange Mimosa ($7.95).

All locations – there are four Fleming’s in Phoenix in Peoria, Chandler, North Scottsdale at DC Ranch and Scottsdale at Lincoln Road.

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

Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli Is Offering Guests a Delicious Breakfast Special!

What’s better than starting your day with a delicious breakfast? One that doesn’t’ break the bank! Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli has created a mouth-watering breakfast special for guests to enjoy every Monday – Friday between 8am – 11am. Enjoy a delicious combination of the following for $5.49
abes breakfast

· Two eggs – any style

· Your choice of breakfast potatoes, cottage cheese, tomatoes, or fresh fruit

· Toast or a bagel with shmear or butter

· Bottomless coffee or hot tea

· Add bacon, sausage, or ham to your meal for $2.00 more

Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli
10050 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 127
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(Off of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, located conveniently behind
California Pizza Kitchen)

As always, all of Abe’s menu specialties are available including piled high sandwiches, homemade soups and traditional East coast deli specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available.

Abe’s of Scottsdale deli and restaurant belongs to a very different delicatessen era, the glamorous age of 1930s Times Square delis where Broadway performers ducked out between shows for a pastrami on rye. With mouth-watering breakfast, lunch, and dinners, Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli set the standard by serving their guests the ultimate in east coast tradition by providing a unique mix of traditional deli favorites, atmosphere and service.

Abe’s offers a family tradition with table service as well as walk up ordering at our deli counter for your fresh daily hot sliced favorites like our own recipe pickled corned beef and pastrami along with smoked fish and all the traditional deli specialties. The dining room is stylish, with cityscape photos from these yester-years. Abe’s will have the classic deli bustle, filling its customers plates with piled high deli sandwiches, matzo-ball soup, delectable salads, NY style bagels with lox and schmear, and so much more! Abe’s brings a traditional deli experience daily from 8am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-8pm Friday, 8am-8pm Saturday, and 8am-8pm Sunday in a contemporary, friendly, and social atmosphere.

For more information, visit www.abesdeliscottsdale.com and like them on Facebook www.facebook.com/AbesDeliScottsdale