Bobby Q’s Build Your Own BBQ Set as a Father’s Day Gift

Most dads don’t want or need another tie or weed whacker on Father’s Day on June 19th. What he will more likely use and enjoy would be a Build Your Own BBQ Gift set from Bobby Q’s Great Steaks & Real BBQ. For only $20 you could choose a set with 3 award winning BBQ sauces (Regular, Spicy or Q-Lina) or a set with 2 sauces and a spice rub (Steak Seasoning or BBQ Rub).
Bobby Qs Fathers Day

Bobby Q’s Great Steaks and Real BBQ has been named as “One of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. in 2016” by Yelp! and one of the “Best Barbecue Restaurants in America” by

If you play your cards right dad may be so excited with his gift he may light up the grill right there and the whole family can enjoy a great dinner.

Gift sets are available now until Father’s Day at Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ 8501 N 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85051 602.995.5982 or

Left Coast Cellars wines perfect for spring & summer food pairing

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Focusing on single vineyard estate grown wines is the game plan for Left Coast Cellars winemaker Luke McCollum and his team. With the release of the 2015 Truffle Hill Chardonnay & White Pinot Noir they’ve made wine wines that are lighter & refreshing and pair well with easy to make foods for the spring and summer.

The Truffle Hill Chardonnay is age sur lie for 9 months has bit of creaminess and Flinty minerals and nuances of golden apples, pears, spices and figs. Good with salads and shell fish this is what Chardonnay tastes like with it’s hair down.
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The White Pinot Noir is a rare find and is a deep wine despite its lack of skin color. On the nose there is cardamom, peach, pithy citrus and honey with the palate being similar but also with a hint of orange blossom and slate and mineral finish. The White Pinot Noir pairs well with salads, fish and grilled vegetables.

Both wines are from sustainable vineyards in the Willamette Valley and retail for about $24.

For more information about Left Coast Cellars and where to find there wines check out

Bartlett Lake Marina opens Bartlett Lake Grill in time for summer fun.

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With the un-offically start of summer this Memorial Day weekend it means that many Phoenicians will be heading to one of the 6 lakes within an hours drive of Phoenix. Many lake goers consider Bartlett Lake to be a quieter, safer and family friendly lake north of Scottsdale. Just in time for the summer season the Barlett Lake Marina has opened the Bartlett Lake Grill just in time for Memorial Day weekend over looking the lake.
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The Grill is open Wed. – Sun.(Mon’s on holidays) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and it’s menu include appetizers, salads, and sandwiches such as Strawberry Spinch salad, Buffalo Chicken sandwich and a Catfish plate with everything costing no more than $12. There is also a kid’s menu and full bar and Mock cocktails for the driver of the boat.

The Grill is available for special events in the evenings and on non-holiday Mon’s.
There is no better way to beat the heat than lakeside dining while capturing the beautiful scenery surrounding the lake.

Bartlett Lake Grill at Bartlett Lake Marina 20808 E. Bartlett Dam Rd. Carefree, AZ 85377 (602) 316-3378

Quiessence pairs dinner with Pillsbury Wine Co. & Maya’s Farm for Summer Season Farmer’s Dinner

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Just back from preparing dinner at The James Beard House in NYC, Quiessence executive chef Dustin Christofolo and his team are gearing up for their, “Summer Season Farmer’s Table dinner”, for their final dinner of the season, on Wednesday June 8th, 2016.

The dinner will pair wines from Pillsbury Wine Co. and feature produce from Quiessnece’s resident farmer Maya Dailey’s of Maya’s Farm. The 4 course dinner will be family style seating and will take place in the farms back solarium. The dinner starts at 6:30 pm & the menu will be……
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Amuse TBD

1st Course
Mayas Foraged Garden: Smoked Beets, Heirloom Carrots, Grilled Onion Jam, Farro, Sorrel Aioli
Paired with: Pillsbury Chardonnay

2nd Course
Smoked Trout, Crispy Spring Onion, Bread Spoons, Cilantro, Lemon Emulsion, Turnips, Pickled Nasturtium Seeds, Raisin Vinaigrette
Paired with: Pillsbury Chenin Blanc

3rd Course
Arizona “Vineyard Road” Lamb-Mix Grill:
Flageolet Beans, Heirloom Tomato, Eggplant, Shaved Radish, Gremolata
Paired with: Pillsbury Roan Red

Pistachio Torta:
Paired with: Pillsbury Sweet Lies Cocktail

Cost is $85 per person plus tax and service charge & reservations and more information can be found at
Quiessence at The Farm is at 6106 S. 32nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85042

Zappone’s Italian Bistro to host “All the Classics We Love” wine dinner

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Zappone’s Italian Bistro in Gilbert will be hosting a “All the Classics We Love” dinner as part of their Italian 101 Wine Dinner series on Thursday, June 16th 2016. This 3 course dinner is only $40 per person & is all inclusive. The menu is a s follows…..

1st Course:
Italian Chopped Salad
Aperol Wine Spritz

2nd Course:
Spinach Ravioli a la Vodka
Ruffino Chianti

3rd Course:
Porchetta with creamy polenta
Capezzanna Super Tuscan

Espresso, vanilla gelato, coffee liqueur

Tickets on sale at Or call for 480-218-2338 reservations

Zappone’s Italian Bistro is at 1652 N. Higley Rd., #103 Gilbert, AZ 85234

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards presents a Taste of Persia dinner

Curt Dunham, owner and winemaker at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards will be pairing his wines with the help of the chefs from Saffron JAKS at their wine gallery in Scottsdale on Monday May 16th at 6pm. The wines with a Mediterranean influence should be perfect for the 5 course dinner below.

Social Course –
Sabzy Khordan (Vegetable Crudo) – Fresh local vegetables, sheep’s milk feta, herbs, and warm Persian sourdough breach
Sparkling Wine

Second Course –
Roasted Red Pepper Coulis – Served with lebne rolled in herbs, Persian sourdough parmesan crisp, and roasted garlic oil
2012 R.E.D. (Rhone Red Blend)

Third Course –
Dolmeh Quiche – With seasoned local organic beef and rice stuffed grape leaves baked inside an herb quiche with Greek yogurt and dill salt
2012 Petite Sirah

Entrée –
Gormeh Sabzy – Braised Persian beef short ribs served with dill and fava bean basmati rice
2012 The Signature Petite Sirah

Dessert –
Prepared “Cold Stone” Style Vanilla Iced Cream – With Baklava Served in a Roasted Pistachio Waffle Cone Bowl
Persian Tea Service

Please pay in advance by registering online at:
Or call for reservations at (480) 664.4822
48 Hour cancellation required

$95++ per person or $190++ per couple

LDV Winery Wine Gallery
6951 E. 1st St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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