Cupid Comes to Culver’s! Enjoy a $2.00 Split With Your Valentine!

Culver's banana split
Culver’s banana split

Cupid is visiting Culver’s on Valentine’s Day! For one day only, Culver’s is offering the perfect deal $2.00 for you and your sweetheart. What a great way to give your Valentine a delicious treat.

Available for one day only! February 14, 2013 all Phoenix area locations.

Love is in the air! This Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetie to something special from Culver’s. Split a split with your sweetheart! Culver’s splits the price of their banana split just in time for Valentine’s Day. Any guest who visits Culver’s can indulge in a delicious banana split for only $2.00! (regularly $4.50).

Enjoy a delicious banana split made with a whole banana, 2 scoops of Fresh Frozen Vanilla Custard nestled between a whole fresh split banana.Topped with fresh strawberry and caramel toppings, hot fudge, pecans, and whipped cream a large cherry on top.

To find one of the Phoenix areas 14 Culver’s see their website or Facebook page

HB Hanratty’s and Old Dixie’s Food Truck Join for AZ Beer Week

The esteemed Mr. HB Hanratty knows a thing or two about Southern Comfort. Yes, there is the well-known liquor, but he prefers the fixins. In his humble opinion, there is no better match to craft beers than down-home Southern cooking. To prove his point, HB Hanratty’s Pub and Old Dixie’s food truck join up on Tuesday, February 19 from 6:

Old Dixie sandwich
Old Dixie sandwich
30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. to celebrate Arizona Beer Week with a Comfort Food + Craft Beer pairing.

For $25 guests will get a 3-course tasting menu of Old Dixie’s Southern comfort food. Think Boudin Balls – crispy fried house made sausage, rice and seasoning topped with Kiltlifter beer mustard; Chorizo Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes; and Old Dixie’s signature Buttermilk Biscuits and jam. Inside Hanratty’s guests will get 4 oz samples of four Arizona beers from breweries like Sleepy Dog, Sun Up and San Tan. After the tasting, guests will also get their choice of a full pint, bottle or can of any of Hanratty’s Arizona beers.
The evening is open to all, but seating for the tasting menu is limited. To confirm your tasting plate, RSVP on HB Hanratty’s Facebook page ( Payment will be made at the bar the night of the event.

Also during Arizona Beer Week (Feb. 16 – 23), all of HB Hanratty’s selection of Arizona beers on draft, bottle will be available for $3.

HB Hanratty’s is at 537 E. Camelback just west of 7th Street. RSVP for this event on HB Hanratty’s Facebook page –

Also find Hanratty’s and Old Dixie’s on the Twitter: @hbhanrattys and @olddixies.

Phoenix City Grille offers a unique setting and specials for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Love is in the air and with Valentine’s Day a couple of weeks away, Phoenix City Grille and Executive Chef Rory Hewitt will once again use a combination of fresh and local ingredients to create the following specials for the special day:

– Surf and Turf: Wood-Grilled Beef Tenderloin Filet served with guajillo chile demi-glaze, Point Reyes blue cheese scalloped potatoes, and a Grilled Shrimp and Linguisa Sausage Skewer with port wine reduction.
– Colorado Lamb Chops, rosemary crusted and served with Meyer lemon – chardonnay sauce, Arizona pecan-crusted sweet potato croquettes, and an organic roasted beet and arugula salad.
– Pan-Seared Seabass with champagne buerre blanc, strawberry-fennel salsa, and sunchoke gratin.

“Every year we try to offer entrées that, in combination with the atmosphere of our restaurant and our service, will make Valentine’s Day extra special for all of our customers,” says owner Sheldon Knapp. “It is a holiday that many of our regular customers enjoy, and it gives us the opportunity to introduce new customers to Phoenix City Grille as well.”

Every day of the week Phoenix City Grille offers a full menu of American Contemporary cuisine with an influence from the Southwest, plus daily lunch and dinner specials, and brunch on the weekends.

Set in the Madison neighborhood of Central Phoenix, at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, Phoenix City Grille open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, which are highly recommended, call (602) 266-3001 or visit

Tamarack Cellars & Firehouse Red

Tamarack Cellars was founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman when there were only a handful of wineries in Walla Walla, compared to over 100 today. The goal was to make elegant, balanced, delicious wines and offer them at a fair price. Years later, and now up to 20,000 cases each year, the focus remains the same.Tamarack Cellars hand-crafts consistently outstanding wines for a great price. Ron who is also the winemaker considers his wines to be “high-end value wines”, sources his wines from some of the famed vineyards including Dubrul, Bacchus and Ciel du Cheval from throughout the Columbia Valley and makes at least 1 visit a month to check on the vines and trucks his own grapes back to the winery during harvest. firehouse-red-label

The winery is housed in an old firehouse on what was an old Army base on the outskirts of Walla Walla, which is also home to other wineries and as an incubator to young and up and coming wineries. Currently making 14 wines, Ron also enjoys experimenting with unique grapes including Counoise. 2 of Tamarack’s wines have placed in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100, the ’08 Firehouse Red was #49 in 2008 and the ’07 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley was #39 in 2011. Along with winemaker Danny Gordon, Ron wines are old world in style made in the new world and very expressive on Washington’s terroir.

Much of the production comes from his Firehouse Red blend and the ’10 vintage is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah w/ smaller amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. If that was not enough the ’11 also includes a bit of Grenache and the previously mentioned Counoise. Some with as little as 1% blended in Ron says “you may not taste it but you will see the difference when it’s not blended in.

Tasting the ’10 it had dried rose petals and a hint of spicy mocha in the bouquet.The mouth feel is smooth with berries then rich black coffee lingering through to a cocoa powder and blackcherry finish. It was given 89 points and a “Smart Buy” by the Wine Spectator in Nov. 2012.

On the Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, Litchfield Park will be the hottest spot in the Valley’s culinary scene!

On February 17th, 2013, downtown Litchfield Park will be transformed into a culinary extravaganza for attendees of Flavors of the West, a new festival with a big goal. “We are raising $25,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation,” says event founder, Justin Clarke. “That money will be used to build a single patient room in their new Avondale facility.” Presented by The Mavericks, a new men’s leadership group based in the West Valley, Flavors of the West is becoming one of the hottest tickets in town.

General Admission tickets allow for unlimited stops at restaurant stations and drink tickets for beer, wine, and spirits. Some of the West Valley’s top restaurants dishing out food to attendees include: Betty’s Nosh, Caballero Grill, Eest Asian Bistro, Flavors of Louisiana, Gigino’s, Gourmet Command Center (Food Truck), Ground Control, Rubio’s (West Valley Locations), Soleil at The Renaissance, Soul to Soul Café, TAPS, and Verrado Grille.

Other event elements:

· Live music by The Wiley One and Champagne Tap

· Celebrity Emcee, Tram Mai, of EVB Live

· VIP area sponsored by The Wigwam Resort & Spa

· Sub-Zero/Wolf Cooking Demonstration Stage

· Kid’s Zone sponsored by Hilgers Pediatric Dentistry

Event sponsors include: Curtis Goodwin Sullivan Udall & Schwab PLC, Desert Valley Pediatrics, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Gammage & Burnham, Shamrock Foods, Fry’s Food Stores, Hickman’s Family Farms, Baskin Robins Litchfield Park, The Clothes Hangar, Arizona Pork Council, Palm Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Yelp, and The Arizona Restaurant Association.

Tickets are $45 general admission, $100 Wigwam VIP, $10 kids 12 and under. All available online at:

Chompie’s celebrates 34 years in business on Valentines Day with never before offered all you can eat pancakes for just $3.34!

To celebrate their 34 years in business, Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli since 1979 is offering All-You-Can-Eat Buttermilk Pancakes for just $3.34 on their anniversary, February 14th, 2013. This is the first time, in their 34 year history, that Chompie’s has done an all-you-can-eat pancake offer.


The traditional buttermilk pancakes are made fresh-from-scratch from a Borenstein family recipe dating back for generations–and are made the “Chompie’s” way…. huge! Customers have referred to them as “As Big as My Face!”

The all-you-can-eat pancakes offer is available at all four Chompie’s locations for dine-in only on February 14, 2013, between the hours of 6 a.m. -2 p.m. This one-day only pancake offer is an incredible deal, as pancakes are regularly $5.69 for a two stack, and $6.69 for a three stack.

In addition, Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli is offering two more anniversary specials:

Buy 3, Get the 4th Free – Limited Edition, Valentine’s decorated, baked-from-scratch, large size, authentic N.Y. style Black & White cookies. Available Monday February 11th through Thursday, February 14th. Supply is limited and may vary by location, so please call ahead for larger orders.

Chompie’s Rewards Bonus: Get 75 bonus points (valid for $5 off on your next visit) when you fully complete your Chompie’s Rewards registration on February 14, 2013.

Visit for more details.

Let the good times roll with Tom’s Thumb Cajun Beer Dinner Featuring Abita Beers

Just in time for Fat Tuesday & Mardi Gras, Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market says “Laissez les bon temps rouler” …. “Let the good times roll!” Chef Tudie Frank-Johnson taps into her Southern roots for a Cajun Beer dinner Chef Tudie is preparing a four-course meal to be paired with beers from Abita – a Louisiana brewery. This dinner will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 6:30 – 8 pm for only $36 (plus tax & gratuity) so your wallet stays fat too.

Ross Strozewski from World Class Beverages will lead the pairings of Abita’s beers with Chef Tudie’s Cajun cooking. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal including:

Pan Fried Blue Crab Cake
Served over Field Greens with Pico de Gallo and Chipotle Sauce
Abita Purple Haze

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
Tudie’s delicious rendition of a Louisiana favorite
Abita Amber

Thick Sliced Smoked Brisket over Red Beans and Rice
Tom’s 12 hour smoked beef served with “Wash Day” beans!
Abita Turbo Dog

N’awlins Bread Pudding
Rich egg custard and cinnamon round out this buttery, rich pudding.
Abita Andy Gator

Reservations are required and will be held with a credit card. Guests can cancel up to 48 hours if needed. Make reservations by calling 480-513-8186 or visiting the market at 9393 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale.

For those who prefer wine, a separate wine pairing will be available for an additional cost.

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market in Scottsdale Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market is kicking off the new year with its One Year Anniversary. In celebration of their first year in business, Tom’s will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting with the North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 – 7:30 pm to officially be welcomed as the go-to-gourmet-gas-station in Scottsdale. And in the spirit of Barret Jackson and Russo Steele, a few vintage and exotic cars will be stopping by for the party.

Everyone is welcome throughout the day to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win car washes and other goodies from the bistro and market. During the Ribbon Cutting, there will be wine, appetizers and of course a birthday cake.

Start the New Year Right with Prime Rib and “Savor & Sip” Dinners in January

Fleming's peppersteak
Fleming’s peppersteak

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is serving two dinners priced to entice throughout the month of January, including the restaurant’s popular Sundays-only Prime Rib Dinner and Fleming’s “Savor & Sip” Menu nightly through January 31.

Fleming’s Prime Rib Dinner will be available Sundays from January 7-February 10 at an extraordinary price of $29.95, excluding tax and gratuity. The sumptuous three-course prix fixe starts with a choice of The Wedge, Caesar or Fleming’s salad. Next enjoy succulent Prime Rib with a trio of sauces (au jus, creamy horseradish, Dijon) as well as one of Fleming’s ten sides such as grilled high country asparagus, chipotle cheddar macaroni & cheese or the signature Fleming’s Potatoes. End the evening with any dessert from New York cheesecake to chocolate lava cake or fresh berries with Chantilly cream.

Throughout the month of January, Fleming’s “Savor & Sip” Menu is available nightly for $49.95, excluding tax and gratuity. The dinner includes guest’s pick from Fleming’s two popular “New Classics” steaks and an oversized “Big Pour” of wine. Choose from the Porcini-Rubbed Filet Mignon topped with Gorgonzola sauce and flanked by grilled asparagus spears or the Peppercorn Steak—a prime New York strip with cracked black and white peppercorns served with Fleming’s proprietary “F17” dipping sauce and sautéed French green beans. Fleming’s Director of Wine Maeve Pesquera has selected four wines to pair with the entrées: Dreaming Tree Crush Merlot North Coast 2010-2011 or Women of the Vine Chardonnay 2010-11 which she recommends with the filet. Guests may choose from Colby Red Cab-Merlot Blend California 2010-11 or Franciscan Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009-10 for the peppercorn steak.

There are four Fleming’s in Phoenix in North Scottsdale at DC Ranch, Scottsdale at Lincoln Road, Chandler and Peoria. To find Fleming’s nearest you and make reservations please visit