Celebrate AZ Beer Week at BoomBozz Pizza & Taphouse!

Here a list of what’s going at BoomBozz Pizza during Arizona Beer Week in Gilbert. Starting Monday, Feb. 20, they will pair two pints of a featured local craft beer with a large, award-winning, Famous Creations pizza for $20!
Mudshark Brewing Company (Amber) paired with the International Gourmet Pizza Winner (named after the founder’s daughter) D’Sienna
Grand Canyon (Pilsner) paired with the American Pizza Championship Winner Tuscan Chicken
Oak Creek Brewing Company (Nut Brown) paired with the International Gourmet Pizza Winner Portobello Bello
San Tan Brewing (Devil’s Ale) paired with the International Pizza of the Year Winner Fire Roasted Fajita
Sonoran Brewing (IPA) paired with the International Pizza of the Year Winner Pollotate’, also recognized by Food Network Magazine as one of “America’s Best Pizzas!”
At 5:30 p.m. each day a representative from each brewing company will also be onsite with additional beer samples and promotional items!
For more details regarding the unique menu items and ingredients at BoomBozz Pizza visit http://www.boombozztaphouse.com/Menu/GilbertGilbertTownSquare/tabid/201/Default.aspx.

HB Hanratty’s Toasts the Three Amigos of Arizona Beer Week: Bikes, Brews, and Food

Bike-In Movie Night has Western Comedy on the Big Screen
Chef Jeff Kraus in the Kitchen

Calendar Listing

Bike In Movie Night: The Three Amigos
Friday, February 24, 2012
6:30 – 7:30 – Previews + Prix Fixe
7:30 – 9:00 – Main Feature

$10 for Prix Fixe sampler – RSVP requested
$3 to $5 ala carte food and drink menu

HB Hanratty’s Pub537 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ

Spruce up your cruisers, fixies and tandems for Bike-In Movie Night at HB Hanratty’s Pub. Everyone is encouraged to ride their bikes to this Arizona Beer Week celebration of Mr. Hanratty’s “Three Amigos” – bicycles, brews and food. Inside, the classic western comedy The Three Amigos will play on the big screens, a selection of Beer Bargains will be on tap, and movie-themed snacks from Chef extraordinaire Jeff Kraus of ++experience++ will be available ala cart. The movie showing is free and beers and snacks will be priced at $5 or less per item.

Mr. Hanratty and Chef Kraus team up again for Arizona Beer Week after their successful tasting event last year. This time, Mr. Hanratty declared: “Let them ride bikes!” It is his favorite form of transportation and one that Arizonans can ride comfortably nearly year-round. Cycling through the pub’s Central and Camelback neighborhoods is a wonderful and much safer way to “bar hop,” he explains. For those outside the neighborhood, a bicycle makes the pub within easy access of the Light Rail.

Kraus is also no stranger to “alternative” transportation. After circling the Valley in his popular food truck, Truckin’ Good Food, he shuttered the mobile eatery to develop ++experience++. He now specializes in pop-up and guest chef events where he can be even more creative with his menus. After serious viewings of The Three Amigos in the name of research, he is planning a range of movie-appropriate snacks that will also pair to Hanratty’s featured Beer Bargains.

The Bike-In begins with Previews from 6:30 – 7:30 where a prix fixe sampler will be available for $10. This will include a sampler of snacks not available on the ala carte menu plus one Arizona draft beer. At 7:30 the curtain rises for The Three Amigos.

As always, there will be prizes and give aways throughout the night. Those who arrive on bicycle will receive a gift and second entry in the give away drawing.

RSVPs are requested for the Prix Fixe Sampler on the HB Hanratty’s Facebook page – facebook.com/hbhanrattys.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Celebrates Wine and Art Two Exclusive Silver Oak Wine Dinners with Artist Thomas Arvid

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is hosting two Silver Oak Wine Dinners with special guest, artist Thomas Arvid. The first dinner will take place on Wednesday February 22 at the Scottsdale Road and Lincoln location; the second dinner will be held on Thursday, February 23 at the North Scottsdale/DC Ranch location. Both dinners will begin at 6:30pm. Arvid will unveil three new paintings at the dinner, which features wines from Silver Oak Vineyards. His work will be available for purchase and guests may also bring their other Arvid pieces to be signed by the artist that evening. Brooke Michaels, the regional Silver Oak representative will also will be at the event to speak about the wines.

The meal will begin with Mini Ceviche Tostadas with Avocado, Citrus and Fennel paired with Twomey Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2010. The second course features Two Lamb Chop Lollipops with Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta and Oven Roasted Tomatoes in a Red Wine Demi-Glace accompanied by Twomey Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, 2008. The main course will be a delicious Prosciutto Wrapped Filet Mignon with Truffled Bordelaise Sauce and Roasted Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes. This is perfectly paired with Silver Oak Cabernet, Napa Valley, 2006 and Silver Oak Cabernet, Alexander Valley, 2007. The meal finishes on a sweet note with a decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake.

The Silver Oak Wine Dinner with Thomas Arvid is $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Scottsdale/Lincoln location at 480.596.8265 or the North Scottsdale/DC Ranch location at 480.538.8000.

Dom. de la Patience Chardonnay

This family estate located in the Costières de Nîmes takes its name from a wild, aromatic herb “La Patience” that can be found throughout the vineyard. Costieres de Nimes is where Languedoc and Provence meet and is along the right bank of the Rhone River. In 1994, after a decade of managing the winemaking at the local cooperative Christophe Aguilar decided it was time to make his own wine. Today Christophe farms 60 hectares of vines, fifty-years ago his grandfather farmed the same soil, with a deep respect and understanding of the terroir. The winery is in the process of converting to organic having been sustainable. These Vin des Pays des Coteaux du Pont du Gard wines comes from the Southern Rhone valley known for its quarries and it’s stones that were used to build Roman aqueducts. In addition to making several blends using Syrah and Grenache they also make a Merlot and 2 Chardonnays, 1 aged in oak and 1 not. Below is some information on the  non- oaked Chardonnay.
The Chardonnay vines are 13 years old and the wine wine is vinified in tanks and aged in concrete for 3 months.On the palate the wine is dry and crisp with a sense of minerality. Citrus and peach show through and the the acidity makes this a great food wine to pair with salads, seafood, grilled vegetables and soft cheeses. The wine is meant to be drank in the next 3 years. This wine should retail for under $15.


Between January 23 and February 6, Guests Will Be Rewarded With A Specialty Envelope & Surprise Offer


P.F. Chang’s is ringing in the Year of the Dragon with a special gift for guests. In honor of the 15-day Chinese celebration, guests who visit any P.F. Chang’s in the United States from January 23 through February 6, 2012 will receive a red envelope containing an unknown reward. On the guests’ next visit, a P.F. Chang’s manager or server will open the envelope and reveal its contents.* The secret offer could be a discount on the meal (10%-50%), a free appetizer or dessert, and must be redeemed by March 4, 2012.  Red envelopes are a traditional Chinese gift of the New Year and the red color symbolizes good luck while warding off evil spirits.
To honor the occasion, P.F. Chang’s has partnered with Tsingtao Lager, China’s #1 beer, to create a specialty cocktail. The limited edition Dragon Punch features Tsingtao, Skyy Infusions Dragon Fruit Vodka and is mixed with Siracha for a balance of sweet and spice.
“We are excited to celebrate the Chinese New Year with great Chinese cuisine in our restaurants and share this festive occasion with our guests,” said Lane Cardwell, President of the P.F. Chang’s concept. “We look forward to rewarding our diners with a special offer that honors the spirit of the holiday.”
The red envelope promotion extends beyond the restaurants with a Facebook application launching on January 23. Fans of P.F. Chang’s can open a virtual red envelope through February 13 and enjoy a fortune, a coupon for a P.F. Chang’s Home Menu frozen meal and t-shirt, or a $25 P.F. Chang’s restaurant gift card. 
 For more information on Chinese New Year at P.F. Chang’s, please visit: www.pfchangs.com/dragonand www.facebook/pfchangs.com

La Bella Vita Frappato

When one things of red wine from the island of Sicily they think of Nero d’ Avola, but there is another grape that deserves some attention Frappato. La Bella Vita “The Good Life” produces Frappato from the western side of Sicily around the city of Marsala. Frappato grapes makes light bodied wine and has a grapey nose.

Dark red to the eye, Frappato on the palate is offers good fruit and earthy nuances. Medium tannins along with a hint of spice and cherries it’s dry with nice finish. This wine is best paired with red meats and game and could also go nicely with aromatic cheeses.

New Local Bakers Make ‘Whoopie’ a Way of Life as Dessert Trend Makes for Memorable Entertaining and Sweet On-the-Go Treats

This past fall, Scottsdale-based Whoopie Baking Co. made its foray into the world of whoopie. The venture is a labor of love and passion for this women-owned business. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, owners Jennifer Brya and Karen Linkins were seeking a new venture that exercised both their entrepreneurial drive and creative spirit. Health policy researchers by day, the two combined their left and right brain talents to craft a light-hearted and community-driven business model that values collaboration, living a life of joy and savoring simple indulgences.

While many Northeast natives who now call the Valley home may already be familiar with these delectably compact cake-like treats, Brya and Linkins are often posed the question, “What exactly is a Whoopie Pie?” The answer: It’s kind of like a cupcake sandwich with frosting in every bite! The pies have also been termed a “dessert slider”, as their appearance mirrors that of the popular dish of mini hamburgers or other bite-sized sandwiches found on many restaurant menus.

The just-sweet-enough treats on Whoopie Baking Co.’s menu come in a wide variety of flavor combinations made with the highest quality ingredients, no preservatives and no trans fat. Each whoopie is filled with a proprietary creation of buttercream frosting and homemade marshmallow fluff, resulting in a light, yet not overly sweet, center. A few offerings include the Morning Whoopie which combines rich Chocolate cake with an Espresso Buttercream Fluff. The Sweet & Salty Whoopie satisfies cravings with Chocolate Cake and a Salted Caramel Buttercream Fluff filling and the Mimosa Whoopie marries an Orange Cake with a Champagne Buttercream Fluff inside. Seasonal flavors include the über popular Spicy Whoopie with a Pumpkin Spice cake and Cinnamon Buttercream Fluff, while the Yuletide Whoopie features Chocolate Cake and a festive Candy Cane Buttercream Fluff. And just added to the holiday lineup is the Gingerbread Whoopie filled with an Eggnog Buttercream Fluff.

Whoopie newbies and longtime fans are already finding fun occasions to serve Whoopie Baking Co.’s adorable pies, from bridal showers and edible wedding favors, surprise birthday gatherings and bunko parties, to holiday entertaining. Always a conversation starter, the whoopies make for a unique and memorable dessert option no matter the season or event. The ladies also welcome creativity from their clientele and can craft new flavor combinations to fit almost any theme.

The Whoopie Baking Co. is currently an internet-based business, utilizing a local commercial kitchen to do their baking and recipe testing. Orders may currently be placed online with local delivery available across the Valley. Out-of-state shipping is also an option for those wishing to send some whoopie to far away family and friends. The ladies also plan to acquaint locals with their new business at some of the Valley’s busy farmer markets throughout the coming months. For more information and complete menu please visit whoopiebakingco.com or call 888.608.1229.

2008 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Tempranillo

Hacienda Lopez de Haro is one of several projects by the innovative Spanish wine company Vintae. Focusing on 6 different Designations of Origin(D.O.) throughout Spain, Jose Miguel Arambarri Terrero, his sons Ricardo and Jose Miguel and their team offer unique wines showcasing their passion and progressive thinking in wine making.

Aged for only 3-4 months in new oak barrels the 2008 Hacienda Lopez shows Riojas traditional Tempranillo grape and its elegance and complexity. Grapes come from 50-70 year old vines and are hand picked in mid October. During the 3-4 months of aging the barrel are kept in underground caves. Good fruit and medium tannins make this wine drinkable in the short term. Red fruits and licorice make for pleasant taste while the wine lingers on your palate for a lasting finish.This wine should retail for under $15. http://vintae.com/en

Let’s talk food at Ignite Food

Ignite Food is here! We’d like to talk about food, and we think you’d be a great person to get the conversation going.
Ignite Food is currently accepting submissions for an event focusing on stuff we love to eat, grow, and cook—food! Do you love food? Do you work with it? Is there something special you could share about it with others? Tell us! At Ignite Food, you’ll have five minutes to speak and 20 PowerPoint slides (should you chose to use them) to share your passion with a captive audience.

Mark your calendar for Ignite Food.
Date: March 19, 2012
Location: Stand Up Live at Cityscape in Downtown Phoenix
Tickets will go on sale in February.
Submit a presentation, or reach out to your friends.
If you’re passionate about something related to food or know someone who is, we want to hear about it! Read all the details and submit your presentation at ignitephoenix.com/foodsubmit/. Here are some examples of past food-related Ignite presentations to spark your imagination:
On Pupusas by Yesenia Ramirez
Your Office Coffee Sucks by Matthew Petro
Presentation topics
Your presentation can be about anything related to food: diet and lifestyle, cooking, drinks, food economics, pairings, ingredients, fun facts, dining out, food art, and more. The only topics we don’t want are pitches about a product/service you sell. Other than that, share the things you really love, no matter how strange or obscure you think it might be!
Visit our website http://ignitephoenix.com/ to find all the juicy details, submit a presentation, or become a sponsor. We can’t wait to see you on March 19th!


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is at it again. Here’s what you need to know………

The holidays aren’t over at Fleming’s. Their popular Sunday Prime Rib Dinner continues in 2012 with a special price during through Sunday, February 5.
WHEN: Every Sunday through February 5
(January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5)

COST: $29.95* per guest

WHERE: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
o Scottsdale: 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd. / 480-596-8265o DC Ranch: 20753 N. Pima Rd. / 480-538-8000o Chandler: 905 N. 54th St. / 480-940-1900o Peoria: 9712 W. Northern Ave. / 623-772-9463

Please visit www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com to find your closest restaurant and hours.

The Sunday Prime Rib Dinner is a 3-course meal featuring:
· 12 ounces of succulent Prime Rib, served with a trio of sauces

· Choice of The Wedge, Fleming’s or Caesar salads
· Choice of one side dish
· Choice of dessert

*excluding tax and gratuity. Fleming’s Prime Rib Dinner is available every Sunday, but at the special price of $29.95 per guest January 1 – February 5 only.
RAYMOND, Napa Valley Sommelier Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
$8.75 per glass, $35 per bottle.

This suggested wine pairing is available at this special price Sunday’s only from Jan 1 – Feb 5, 2012.