Another day another day celebrating a food or drink and on March 27th whiskies from around the world get their own day to shine as somebody has anointed the last Monday of March International Whiskey Day. To celebrate the two Phoenix area Twin Peaks (Phoenix & Scottsdale) are putting a unique twist on the classic cocktail Moscow Mule with their Kentucky Mule on this festive day.
Twin Peaks will be 86’ing the vodka on this day and using Maker’s Mark Bourbon whiskey in its place for their Kentucky Mule. If you can’t make it out to Twin Peaks to toast International Whiskey Day with the brown spirit you can make your own Mule with Twin Peaks recipe below. Cheers!
Ingredients below yield 1 cocktail
1.5 oz. Maker’s Mark
.5 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. ginger beer
1 lemon wheel
1 mint spring
Add Maker’s Mark to a copper mule mug. Add lemon juice and simple syrup and stir with a bar spoon. Top with ice and ginger beer. Garnish with a mint spring and lemon wedge.
Twin Peaks two Valley locations – Camelback (2135 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix) and Scottsdale (8787 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale). http://www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com/
The 2nd annual PHX Vegan Food Festival will be returning to the Phoenix Art Museum next Saturday Feb. 25th with a larger space to accommodate more food vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and an upgraded VIP Experience. This family friendly event will be held outside from 11 a.m. – 5p.m.
There will also be chef demos and presentations from industry experts including Chef Jason Wyrick of The Vegan Taste, Kristin Lajeunesse, Blogger and Author of Will Travel for Vegan Food, and Author, Wellness Coach and Vegan Chef, Tess Challis. A kids activity area will be available hosted by Free Arts of Arizona.
In attendance will be local vegan and vegan friendly restaurants, food trucks and vendors including 24 Carrots, Café Lalibela, The Coronado, Juice Core, Local Lunchbox, Mi Vegana Madre, Pomegranate Café, Urban Beans, Simon’s Hot Dogs, and Southern Fried Vegan. Guest will be able to enjoy samples of food as well as speak with the vendors about their vegan friendly products and services.
Davisson Entertainment is the organizer of the PHX Vegan Food Festival and according to Daniel Davisson, founder “We were blown away by the reception we received from the first PHX Vegan Food Festival, proving that the Valley has been hungry for this type of event. We learned a lot from the inaugural event, so the second annual festival promises to be even bigger and better, creating more excitement and awareness for the vegan community,”
General admission tickets are $25 and include access to the entertainment, vendors & food samples and the VIP admission is $50 and has early entry an hour earlier, 2 beverage tickets, reserved seating for demos and complimentary parking for the first 150 guests. Kids 12 and under are free.
If you crave chocolate and wine the way I do and have some time this Valentine’s Day weekend then head down to the Scottsdale Wine Trail in downtown Scottsdale for wine & chocolate pairings at the 5 tasting rooms that make up the wine trail.
Walk the wine trail Sat. & Sun. from 12 noon – 5pm for only $5 per tasting at each of the tasting rooms where guests can pair samples of Arizona wines with chocolates. This casual, no pressure tasting is great for 1st dates as well as long time lovers who want a unique and fun way to celebrate Cupid’s favorite day.
No matter what path you take along the wine trail here are the 5 tasting rooms pairing wine & chocolate this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room 7064 E. 5th Avenue
Sam Pillsbury owner & winemaker of Pillsbury Wine Co. will be pouring his wines alongside the flavorful foods prepared by the House of Tricks kitchen on Thurs. Jan. 12th 2017.
The evening will include a four course dinner along with wines direct from the winery in Cochise County where Sam grows and produces his award winning wines.
As you sip your wine & savor the flavorful foods Sam will be talking about his wines, the Arizona wine industry and why the wine & food for the dinner were paired with each other.
The setting for the dinner is the highly acclaimed House of Tricks in downtown Tempe that is know for it’s seasonal menu of local ingredients, creative wine list and intimate dining patio dining.
Grilled Porkbelly and sweet cabbage salad with micro Radish,
Mint and Smoked Mustard Vinaigrette Pillsbury ‘One Night Stand’ Rosé2nd Course
Shrimp Creole with Blistered Shishito Peppers, Cured Egg and Crispy Garlic Chips Pillsbury ‘Wild Child’ White Blend
Duck Roulade Stuffed with Clementine Marmalade with Herb Goat Cheese Polenta, Roasted Beets, Duck Demi-Glacé and Watercress Pillsbury ‘Roan Red’ Red Blend
Brie Flan with Tart Cherry Mostarda, Local Honey Comb and Savory Short Bread Pillsbury ‘Diva’ Red Blend
The evening will start at 6:00 p.m. and cost is $100 per person (all inclusive) and reservations can be made by calling 480-968-1114. House of Tricks is at 114 East 7th St. Tempe, AZ 85281. http://www.houseoftricks.com/
Golf courses, world-class resorts and restaurants, pretty people and shopping come to mind when you think of Scottsdale, now you can add Arizona wine to the list of things to do as 5 Arizona wineries have opened tasting rooms in downtown Scottsdale and have created the Scottsdale Wine Trail.
5 wineries Part of Scottsdale wine trail
Set among art galleries, boutiques and restaurants, all 5 tasting rooms are all a short walk from each other and include LDV Wine Gallery, Su Vino Winery, Aridus Wine Company, Carlson Creek and Salvatore Vineyards. Guests can taste wines currently available and can purchase bottles to take and drink later.
All tasting rooms are run by the family owned wineries and bring the bottled wine from the wineries in northern and southern Arizona. Su Vino Winery allows customers to make their own wine in addition to the wine Su Vino makes on premise.
Tasting rooms are staffed by knowledgeable staff and family members who will walk you through your tasting as if you are at the winery. If you’re at the right place at the right time you may have your wine poured by one of the owners or wine makers just back from the vineyards or winery to give even more insight to how the wine is made.
“It was time to join forces and encourage residents and visitors alike to embrace our thriving Scottsdale wine scene. With five local tasting rooms, Scottsdale has become a wine tasting destination and the Scottsdale Wine Trail will be another way to enjoy locally produced wines and experience part of our culture,” said LDV Wine Gallery Co-Owner, Peggy Fiandaca.
Whether your just being introduced to Arizona wine or have been a fan for years you can obtain a SWT Passport that offers discounts and SWAG when you complete the wine trail tasting program. For details about the SWT Passport and to sign up visit http://www.scottsdalewinetrail.com/
wine around Wednesday and events
Starting in the 1st Wednesday in January 2017 & every 1st Wednesday of the month the SWT will host Wine Around Wednesday encouraging residents and visitors to come out taste and support the tasting rooms.
December 15th the SWT will host a Santa Clause themed Wine around. Details are still being planned and updates can be found on the website.
Addresses and hours of each of the tasting rooms are
Carlson Creek Tasting Room 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 8 PM 520-766-3000
Aridus Wine Company 7173 E. Main Street, Scottsdale. Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 8 PM 520-954-2676
LDV Wine Gallery E. 1st St. Scottsdale. (west of Goldwater Blvd & south of Indian School Rd.) Wednesday, 12-7 PM; Thursday – Saturday, 12-8 PM; Sunday 1-5 PM 480-664-4822
Su Vino Winery 7035 E. Main Street; Scottsdale. Tuesday – Wednesday, Noon – 8 PM; Thursday – Saturday, Noon – 10 PM; Sunday, 1 – 5 PM 480-994-VINO (8466)
Continuing to build on the popularity and quality of Arizona wines, the Arizona Wine Growers Association will host the Arizona Wine Festival at the upcoming 2013 Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts held April 5-7, 2013.
14 Arizona wineries will showcase their wines and offer tastings, along with sales by the glass, bottle or case. The wine festival has an admission of $15 and includes six tastings and a commemorative wine glass.
The Arizona Wine Festival will be on 7th Street, just west of Mill Avenue. The festival is the perfect opportunity for festival goers to sample and purchase Arizona wine. Tickets are available for advance purchase here at https://tempewinegarden.chirrpy.com/
The Wine Garden is located inside the Tempe Festival of the Arts, where more than 400 fine artists will be displaying and selling their original work amid a lively street festival on Mill Avenue. The 2013 Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts features more than 400 fine artists and crafts persons displaying and selling their original work amid a street festival atmosphere in Tempe’s Mill Avenue District. The event is the largest festival of its kind in Arizona, hosting as many as 225,000 festival visitors. It consistently ranks among the top 20 festivals in the nation. The event also includes the Festival Jazz Stage, live entertainment, street performers, sports exhibits, Kids Innovation Station, and fun festival food. For more information visit www.tempefestivalofthearts.com.