Firefighters pour drinks & serve Cornbread for a Cause at Z’Tejas

In less than 2 years, Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill has raised over $150,000 for local charities with its Cornbread for a Cause fundraising campaign. Its current cause is to give proceeds of  the popular cornbread to the United Phoenix Firefighter Charities through June 31st at all 5 Phoenix area locations.

The Cornbread for a Cause

To bring attention to this partnership firefighters will be pulling shifts serving the warm cornbread and pouring drinks to guests at 3 Z’Tejas locations around Phoenix in coming weeks. Thurs. April 27th at the Chandler location is the first of the 3  visits by the guest bartenders followed by Thurs. May 18th at the Shea & Tatum location in Phoenix and the final opportunity is on Wed. June 14th at the downtown Tempe location. All 3 shifts will be from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

“Firefighters do extraordinary work as first responders and through the community support they provide,” said Gary Manley general partner at Z’Tejas Restaurants. “We at Z’Tejas are inspired by their commitment and the work they do. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to contributing to the charity’s work.”

Money raised will help UPFC continue to serve local communities by installing pool fences and smoke detectors, host food and coat drives and support children with neuromuscular disease by sending them to camp in the summer.  They also help with the cost of medical supplies and research for kids affected by neuromuscular disease. To find out more about UPFC go to http://phxffcharities.org/

For more information about Cornbread for a Cause go to http://ztejas.com/cornbread-for-a-cause/

 

A Decade of Delicious as Arizona Restaurant Week returns in May

What started out 10 years ago with 93 restaurants has blossomed in to a twice yearly foodie event that is Arizona Restaurant Week. Mark your calendars for the week of May 19th – 28th when the 2017 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week returns with over 150 planned to participate.

Nook Kitchen’s Lamb Shank

The Arizona Restaurant Association started sponsoring the state wide event in the Fall of 2008 to help promote the states restaurant industry and increasing awareness of Arizona restaurants. Diners will have the opportunity visit new restaurants along with favorites who will offer unique 3 course prix-fixe menus for $33 or $44 per person.

Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri said, “Arizona Restaurant Week has remained a strong culinary driver to many local chefs and restaurant owners as well as a treasured memory maker for diners. It’s hard to go wrong, and we are delighted to be celebrating ten years of making folks happy.”

Match Cuisine’s Whole Roasted Sea Bream for Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona Restaurant Week has helped local restaurants become a dining destination for foodies from around the country and the world. Since the 1st Arizona Restaurant Week it has expanded to a Spring foodie extravaganza in 2011 and a Arizona Breakfast Weekend was added a few years later. 2017 Fall Restaurant Week is planned for September 15th – 24th and Arizona Breakfast Weekend will take place from July 27th – 30th will more details to come about the 10 year anniversary celebration in September.

10 restaurants including Don and Charlie’s, Cowboy Ciao, Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn and Roaring Fork have participated in all 10 years.

With a variety of restaurants like Match Cuisine & Cocktails, Mancuso’s, Nook Kitchen, Salty Sow, White Chocolate Grill and all 4 Ajo Al’s Mexican Cafe’s to choose from foodies can expect reservations to fill up quickly so planning ahead is essential. Check http://arizonarestaurtweek.com for participating restaurants and updates of those being added to the growing list.

 

 

The Crepe Club wants you to create their new crepe flavor

Attention all creative foodies & home cooks this one is for you as The Crepe Club is looking for your help to create a new crepe flavor. The contest will run from April 10th – May 31st allowing plenty of time to think of what flavor(s) you would like to submit.

The Crepe Club’s Peanut Butter & Banana Crepe photo courtesy of Angela Muniz

“Crepes have been a family tradition,” said The Crepe Club co-owner Fares Tarabichi. “Every Sunday my brothers and I would cook them for our parents. And each week we would try to out-do each other with the filling combinations. This contest is a way to share that love of crepes with our guests.”

The winner gets

And what does the lucky winner get, bragging rights of course and your winning flavor will be on menu with you and your family & friends enjoying a crepe party. Crepes can be either sweet or savory and will be judged based on creativity, taste and if it can be made in a restaurant setting.

How to enter

  • Visit The Crepe Club website at http://TheCrepeClub.com/contest from April 10 – May 31 and submit your crepe flavor idea. You will need to submit a short description of the crepe including the ingredients and name your crepe.
  • On June 1, The Crepe Club will reveal the Top 7 nominations and ask people to vote on which flavor name and description they like best on The Crepe Club website.  Voting will run from June 1 – 15.
  • Then it gets really fun. The Top 3 vote getters will have their crepes on the menu at The Crepe Club’s three locations from June 16 – June 25.
  • On June 26 the top seller will be crowned the winning crepe flavor. The winner will receive a crepe party for 20 people. Second place will receive a $100 Crepe Club gift card. Good luck!

The Crepe Club has 3 Phoenix are locations.

Biltmore Fashion Park: 2502 E. Camelback Rd. #130, Phoenix

San Tan Village: 2268 E. Williams Field Rd. #721, Gilbert

ASU Main Campus:  550 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe

 

 

U.S. Egg launches “secret” menu items, get a sneak peek here.

The 1st U.S. Egg was hatched back in 1986 with the Gebran family purchasing it in 1991 and hatching 5 more locations across the valley in the last 26 years. To celebrate the 31st anniversary of the opening of the 1st restaurant U.S. Egg has unveiled a “secret menu” for its loyal customers.

Jalapeno Scramble photo courtesy of U.S. Egg

The  restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and the 8 “secret” menu items will be available all day, every day at all 6 locations. All menu items include fresh ingredients and creative flavors for its classic and unique menu items. U.S. Egg is one of the first restaurants to offer a gluten-free menu and is known for their Protein Pancake.

U.S. Egg “secret” menu items

  • Jalapeno Scramble – eggs, chorizo, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions and Jack cheese. Served with hash browns and a tortilla. 11.49
  • Durango Burrito – eggs, chicken, green chilies and jack cheese. Topped with salsa and served with hash browns. 11.49
  • South Beach French Toast – French toast topped with blueberries, bananas, strawberries and fresh whipped cream. 11.49
  • Manhattan Skillet – Italian sausage, green peppers, onions, Jack cheese served on a bed of hash browns with an English muffin and two eggs. 11.49
  • Roast Beef Melt – roast beef, melted cheddar cheese, tomato and mayonnaise served on a grilled sourdough bun with a side of fries or coleslaw. 11.49
  • Hawaiian BBQ Chicken – barbeque chicken is topped with grilled pineapple and melted Swiss cheese served with fries or cole slaw. 11.49
  • BLLT – bacon, lettuce, tomato and turkey served on whole wheat toast served with fries or cole slaw. 11.49
  • Southwestern Chicken Melt – chicken breast, melted cheddar cheese, green chili sauce served on a grilled sourdough bun with a side of fries or cole slaw. 11.49
    South Beach French Toast. Photos courtesy of U.S. Egg

    In addition to good food U.S. Egg recently started selling their own locally roasted signature blend Guatemalan Sunrise coffee.

To find a U.S. Egg near you visit http://www.useggrestaurant.com/

 

 

 

Traditional Passover dinner available at Chompie’s delicatessens

With the Jewish holiday Passover less than a month away Chompie’s Deli’s are getting ready to serve the traditional holiday dinner from April 10th – 18th.  The dine-in menu will be available the first 2 nights of April 10th & 11th with take away meals available for all 8 nights.

What is Passover?

The 8 night festival of Passover celebrates the Israelites release from slavery in ancient Egypt. “Coming together for the Passover meal is an important tradition for us at Chompie’s,” says Chompie’s founder Lovey Borenstein. “This is our 29th year providing this special dinner and each year, and we’re so happy to be able to offer it to our friends and family.”

Passover dinner

Dinner for adults is $32.95 and $14.95  for children and the menu is as follows.

  • Choice of Housemade Chopped Liver OR Gefilte Fish with Beet Horseradish
  • Choice of Chicken Soup with Matzo Ball OR Sweet and Sour Cabbage
  • Entrée Choice of:
    • Half roasted chicken with savory Passover Stuffing
    • Braised Brisket of Beef with Gravy
    • Steelhead Salmon Filet
    • Roasted Turkey Breast with Passover Stuffing and Gravy
  • Potato Latke with Applesauce OR Roasted Potatoes
  • String Beans OR Old World Tzimmis
  • Assortment of Holiday Cakes

Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. til closing and a “To Go” menu will be available for those that want to celebrate the holiday at home with the traditional dinner. Reservations are strongly recommended and dinner will be served at all 5 Chompie’s Phoenix area locations.

Scottsdale:          9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 85260. 480-860-0475

Tempe:                 1160  E. University, Tempe 85281.  480-557-0700

Phoenix:              4550-324 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix 85032. 602-710-2910

Chandler:            3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 85226. 480-398-3008

Glendale:            7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center #1145. 623-344-3104

For more information go to http://www.chompies.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Chompie’s celebrates National Bagel Day with #BagelLove giveaway Feb. 9th

Mark your calendar for next Thursday February 9th as it’s a day to celebrate at Chompie’s Delicatessen. They will celebrate National Bagel Day and their 38th anniversary with a little #BagelLove as all 5 Phoenix area Chompie’s will be giving away a FREE bagel w/ cream cheese with any Take-A-Way purchase…. that can include buying just a cup of coffee.

With over 30 bagel & bialys varieties and 13 handmade cream cheese flavors to spread on your bagel, guests will have a hard time deciding which combination to choose. The daily made bagels go quick and when there all gone so is the giveaway. A one bagel per person rule applies.

The New York style bagels made by Chompie’s are lightly crisp on the outside with a chewy & soft inside making for a favorite boiled and baked treat that helped put Chompie’s on the map back in 1979 when they opened their 1st location at 32nd St. & Greenway Rd. in north Phoenix. Now with 5 full service restaurants, deli counters, catering and a bagel factory the Borenstein family sure know how to share the #BagelLove.

To get your #BagelLove on Feb. 9th head to your favorite Chompie’s location. http://www.chompies.com/ 

Scottsdale:          9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 85260     480-860-0475

Tempe:                1160 E. University, Tempe 85281              480-557-0700

Phoenix:              4550 E. Cactus Rd. 85032                            602-710-2910

Chandler:            3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 85226          480-398-3008

Glendale:            7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center          623-344-3104

 

 

 

Singh Farms opens Singh Meadows in Tempe with big plans

I just got back from visiting the new Singh Meadows on the old Rio Salado Golf Course in Tempe where I got to meet and speak with Ken Singh farmer & owner of Singh Farms & Meadows. I first heard about this project a few years ago and have not heard anything until this week about its progress and phase 1.  Ken has spent the last few years completely re-soiling the once toxic dirt from the golf course to new fresh, organic soil that will grow much of his fresh vegetables & where kids can roll down the hills free of toxic pesticides.

 

His new market inside the old club house is where visitors find his growings from his farm not far away. A coffee bar with coffee from Press Roasters & bake shop offers people to linger and enjoy all the green lush landscape that has been restored from recent years. After the rains of yesterday water flows out of sight as part of the Indian Bend Wash where it empties to Tempe Town Lake a little ways down. Ken hopes to incorporate a park like atmosphere with paths is already under way as golf cart paths are still in tact and softer wood chip paths have start to be landscaped taking you down to the running water.

The cafe which currently has grab n go items and pastries is being run by 3 experienced chefs Frank Belosic, Jay Bogsinske and Dan Melden. In the future the cafe will offer house made pizzas, pastas and more from scratch. Dinners and farm tours will be available down the road.

Ken has lots of ideas but not sure what he wants to do with all 72 acres he has to play with. Having farmed his family farm for over 40 years this has become a grand endeavor to leave his son, a future farmer.  In listening to Ken he is the smartest person I know when it comes to soil, dirt and growing vegetables in it and listening to him I hear his passion in making sure we leave the earths resources it the right way for future generations.

The farmer’s market is open every weekend from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

I’m as excited as Ken Singh is to have this new farm & market community down the street near the Tempe/ Scottsdale border and look forward to helping keep Ken’s vision alive.

Singh Meadows is at 1490 E. Weber Dr. Tempe 85281