All 25 RA Sushi’s to donate proceeds to Nicky’s Week & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital May 25-31

Nicky Mailliard
Nicky Mailliard
RA Sushi will be donating 100% of sales from select menu items & beverages for it’s 10th annual Nicky’s Week fund raiser to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The money raised will help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases and their families with the cost of treatment, travel, housing and food. It’s RA’s largest annual fundraiser having raised more than $1.3 million. Ra Sishi 2

The special Nicky’s Week food menu includes: Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Nigiri, Pork Gyoza, Chicken Yakitori and Garlic Citrus Yellowtail. The Nicky’s Week drink choices include: Red Bull, Strawberry Lemonade, FIJI Bottled Water, J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Stella Artois, plus the Pamatini, Dragon Bite, and Samurai Cowboy cocktails.
RA sushi 3 Nicky’s Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, of Scottsdale, Ariz., who lost a long battle with brain cancer in 2005 at the young age of 13. A nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA Sushi associates throughout the organization. RA Sushi initiated the fundraiser to honor the memory of Nicky and to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude, where no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for medical treatments.

“Nicky’s Week is an exciting time for our team members. Everyone at RA Sushi rallies behind the cause and is honored to help the brave children benefiting from the lifesaving treatment and research at St. Jude,” said RA Sushi Regional Manager, Jeff Berlinsky.
RA Sushi
All 25 RA Sushi’s around the country will be participating including the 5 Phoenix area locations.
– Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85044. Call 480-940-1111.
– Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85254. Call 480-951-5888.
– Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, Ariz., 85281. Call 480-303-9800.
– Dana Park: 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, Ariz., 85204. Call 480-632-9500.
– Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. Call 480-990-9256.

Arizona Restaurant Week Spring 2014 preview in pictures

ARW Blue Logo

Mother’s Day, The Kentucky Derby, school proms and graduations are just a few of the things to do in the busy month of May. It’s also when Arizona foodies rejoice as the Arizona Restaurant Association does their bi-annual Arizona Restaurant Week. This year the 10 day event with over 150 participating restaurants goes from May 17-26, but don’t wait until then to make reservations at your favorite restaurant( or to check out a new one) as they tend to sell out pretty quickly with their 3 or 4 course pre-fixe menus for $30 or $40 plus tax & tip per person. For a complete list of participating restaurants please visit or check out their Facebook page.

Since pictures say 1,000 words, here are several thousands of words in pictures from a few central Phoenix restaurants participating.

Sierra Bonita's Hopper's Poppers
Sierra Bonita’s Hopper’s Poppers

Sierra Bonita Grill– 69333 N. 7th St. Phoenix 85014 602-264-0700
Bink's Midtown Confit Pork
Bink’s Midtown Confit Pork

Bink’s Midtown– 2320 E. Osborn Rd. Phoenix 85016. 602-388-4874
Clever Koi's Steak "Cobb" Bibimbap
Clever Koi’s Steak “Cobb” Bibimbap

The Clever Koi– 4236 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85012. 602-222-3474
Bink's Midtown Spring Vegetable Fritters
Bink’s Midtown Spring Vegetable Fritters
The Clever Koi's Donny Wang Fizz
The Clever Koi’s Donny Wang Fizz

Sierra Bonita Grill's Peach Cobbler
Sierra Bonita Grill’s Peach Cobbler

Beer here, get y’er cold beer here with 2 beer festivals in coming weeks.

With the temperatures hitting 100 degrees for the 1st time this past weekend nothing sounds cooler than a cold beer. In the coming weeks there are at least 2 beer festivals to keep us cool.

4th Annual AmeriCAN Beer Festival AmriCan 2014
Saturday May 17th brings the return of the the AmeriCAN Beer festival to the Scottsdale Civic Center that will include over 20 new breweries participating along with many favorites returning. Included are local, national and international beers. 6 local food trucks will be on hand to feast on while you wash down with beer.

The festivities start at 1 p.m. for general admission ticket holders ($35 pre-sale, 20 beer samples) with V.I.P ticket holders($100.00 pre-sale, 20 drink tickets, catered food, etc) able to enter at 12 noon. The festival will run until 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at
San Tan Brewing Company & HDE Agency are once again hosting the event. This festival is for those 21 years old with no exceptions. Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 North Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Scottsdale Beer Palooza SBP_LOGORP-
Afforadable Food Festivals(Arizona Taco Festival, Flavors of the West & Arizona BBQ Festival) is keeping you cool with cold beer and air conditioning as this inaugural event will be held indoors at Westworld on Saturday, June 28th.

Attendees will be able to sample beers from about 50 breweries and will be able to purchase their favorite beers at the on site Beer Store. Tickets are $40 for 20 samples and V.I.P. tickets are $60 for 25 samples and early entry. The doors open at 1 p.m. for General admission and 12 noon for V.I.Ps.

Beer friendly foods will be available for purchase from food trucks and from M Culinary Concepts and there will be live music and games as well.

Tickets can be purchased at and make great Father’s Day gift which is 2 weeks earlier.
WestWorld of Scottsdale 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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