Sips & Bites: News you can use from the Phoenix restaurant community

Quick bits of news about what’s going on around the Phoenix restaurant, beer & wine community.

Buy One Get One Free at Koibito Poke on Monday 9/28

All 5 Phoenix area locations are celebrating International Poke Day with a FREE bowl when you buy one.

October is National Pizza Month and Fired Pie is rounding up for PCH

From October 1st – 15th the quick casual pizza restaurant encourages its guests in the community to Round Up up their bill to an even dollar amount. The extra change collected will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. You can give back at any of the 21 locations.

Wake up to National Coffee Day on Tuesday 9/29

Local coffee roaster, Press Coffee is giving away a FREE 8 oz. drip coffee with each purchase at any of its 8 valley locations.

Buy one bag of U.S. Egg’s 10 oz. specialty coffee get another for free. A bag will cost you $10 at any of the 6 valley locations.

Community minded Barro’s Pizza partners with Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

The local family owned pizzeria is seeking applications from students for a $10,000 towards college tuition and expenses. Students can submit an entry online until Dec. 14th. The giveaway is open to students 18 years and older. Find more information at the website.

Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant heads into October with new specials.

Customers can help test new dishes and give feedback to see if they are popular enough to stay on the menu. All 5 locations will offer these specials at special prices. 6 specials are on every part of the menu from drinks to dessert. Specials include Spiced Brandy Cider, Shrimp Ceviche Tostaditos, Pollo Serrano & Vegetable Salad, Barbacoa Bowl, Mexican Street Corn Lollipop and Caramel Apple Flan.

Sips & Bites: News you can use from the Phoenix restaurant community

Quick bits of news about what’s going on around the Phoenix restaurant, beer & wine scene.

Sphinx Date Company announces re-opening

The Palm & Pantry market has re-opened Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. in old town Scottsdale. Just in time for the 2020 date harvest and leading into the holiday season.

Dutch Bros Coffee raises money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Friday September 18th all 28 locations will donate $1 from every drink sold to the hospitals Buck for Kids day of Giving.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar celebrates National Cheeseburger Day

The week of September 14th-18th the Scottsdale & Camelback locations are letting you double burgers in celebration. Get another patty for free when you order online and take your burger to go. Use promo code “double” at check out to redeem.

Milkshakes are only $4 at Miracle Mile Deli

Celebrate National Milkshake Day is Saturday September 12th and Miracle Mile Deli all month with a chocolate, vanilla or strawberry milkshake for a low price.

Duckhorn Wine Dinner at Tommy V’s in Scottsdale

The restaurant resumes its series of wine dinners on Thursday September 17th with the Napa Valley winery. Tables of 8 will be 6 feet apart and other safety precautions will be followed. The 5 course dinner paired with 5 wines is $90 per person plus tax & tip. To see the menu and make your reservation visit their website.

Dedicated healthcare workers receiving food from local restaurants

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are putting the community first as they are trying to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The dedicated men and women risk getting the virus and barely get time off to eat or sleep. Scottsdale restaurants Steak 44 and PHX Beer Co. are feeding those workers with warm and delicious meals.

Chicago Cub’s first baseman Anthony Rizzo is donating 50 meals from Steak 44 to workers in the emergency room at Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Thursday April 2nd. The meals are donated by the Rizzo Family Foundation which has paid for 2,000 meals to healthcare workers around the country. It comes at a good time as many hospital cafeterias have been closed down.

“We have worked with the owners of Steak 44 in Chicago on a number of charitable endeavors over the years and we are huge fans of their incredible steaks and seafood,” said Rizzo. “Now thanks to our generous friends around the country we are able to partner with Steak 44 and provide these 50 much needed meals to our bravest working on the front-lines at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”

Steak 44, Dominick’s Steakhouse and Ocean 44 are open from 12 noon – 9 p.m. for white glove curbside service. The restaurants are offering their full menus and all bottles of wine to take home.

“We can’t thank the Rizzo Family Foundation enough,” said Oliver Badgio of Steak 44. “Not only are they providing healthcare workers a warm meal as a way say thank you for everything their doing, but they are also supporting restaurants like ours around the country with a little extra revenue during these tough economic times.” healthcare

PHX Beer Co. donating to healthcare workersSc

Starting Friday April 3rd at PHX. Beer Co.’s Scottsdale location when you buy a 14″ pizza you can purchase a 2nd pizza at 1/2 price to be donated to healthcare workers at HonorHealth Hospitals. Choose from their signature pizzas or build your own pie. This promotion will run for 2 weeks until April 17th. To order call 480-571-8645 and follow them for updates on Facebook and Instagram. PHX Beer Co. is at 8300 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale.

The Angry Crab Shack Southwest Cajun Fest returns for its 6th year

Downtown Chandler will feel a bit like New Orleans’s French Quarter for a few hours on Saturday, February 15th 2020. This is when fans of Cajun food and culture can expect to party into the night at the 6th Annual Angry Crab Shack Southwest Cajun Fest.

AJ Chandler Park will again host over a dozen restaurants including Angry Crab Shack, Bayou Bistro and Honey Bears Cajun BBQ Cuisine serving up gumbo, crawfish, Po’boys and more. Abita beers such as Purple Haze, Hop On and more will be on draft.

“Angry Crab Shack is excited to team up with HDE Agency and bring a Mardi Gras party to the East Valley while benefiting one of our partners in Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said Andrew Diamond, president of Angry Crab Franchise. “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

HooDoo Coasters, Bluesman Mike, NolAz Band and Souled Out Jazz Band will perform live throughout the 9 hour festival. Food eating contest, lawn games, flame throwers and a Kid’s Zone will entertain festival goers.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital as they plan to expand into the east valley. The festivities start at noon and ticket options including veteran’s discounts, general admission and the Big Easy Lounge are available. To purchase tickets for the Angry Crab Shack Southwest Cajun Fest and get more information head to their website.

AJ Chandler Park is at 178 E. Commonwealth Ave. Chandler

Local chefs on board for RS Gala for Phoenix Children’s Hospital

When Russo & Steele Collector Automobile Auctions rolls in to town in January they’ll be celebrating their 20th anniversary in Scottsdale. One of the highlights of the annual week long auction at Scottsdale Rd. north of Loop 101 is the RS Gala. Local chefs from Phoenix and northern Arizona will prepare hors d’ ouvres for attendees while sipping on festive cocktails. Russo & Steele has partnered with Phoenix’ Children’s Hospital as benefactors of the gala.

“Phoenix Children’s is an incredible organization and we believe in their mission,” said co-owner of Russo and Steele, Josephine Alcazar. “Giving back to our community is what we are all about here at Russo and Steele and we couldn’t be more excited to host this event.”

The evening will also include dancing, live music, a silent & live auction on Wednesday, January 15th.

Local chefs in attendance are…..

Eddie Matney of Forest Highlands

Beau MacMillan of Elements at Sanctuary

Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail

James Porter of Terra Farm & Manor

Marcellino Verizino of Marcellino Ristorante

Dee Dee Maza of Volanti

Ryan McBride of Dorian

Lisa Dahl of Cucina Rustica, Dahl & Di Ristorante

Mediterra Bakery

“Arizona becomes the center of the car world during this one week and Russo and Steele is hands down the most exciting auction,” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We are grateful to Drew and Josephine for helping raise funds for Phoenix Children’s and couldn’t be more excited to partner once again for this gala.”

Tickets for individuals and tables are available at https://russoandsteele.regfox.com/russo-and-steele-20th-anniversary-celebration

Angry Crab Shack to donate money from root beer floats

One of my favorite summer treats is a root beer float and there’s no better way to cool off during a Phoenix summer than with a scoop of vanilla ice cream floating in a glass of cold root beer. With National Root Beer Float Day on Tuesday August 6th, Angry Crab Shack will donate $1 from each float sold to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The locally owned restaurant with 8 locations has donated over $100,000 to PCH since 2017 and expects to exceed their goal for 2019.

Visit any of these Angry Crab Shack locations for this summertime favorite and make your purchase count. For more information visit their website.

2808 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix 85016.

3820 E. Ray Rd. Phoenix 85044.

7608 W. Cactus Rd. Peoria 85381.

3227 E. Bell Rd. Phoenix 85032.

2501 W. Happy Valley Rd. Phoenix 85085.

8253 E. Guadalupe Rd. Mesa 85212.

310 N. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear 85338.

2740 S. Alma School Rd. Mesa 85210.

 

 

 

 

 

Press Coffee to open cafe at Scottsdale Waterfront in August

Press Coffee announced last week they’re opening the 9th location of the popular coffee shop/cafe at the Scottsdale Waterfront in late August. It will be the roasters’ 2nd Scottsdale location since opening in the Scottsdale Quarter. 

“Old Town Scottsdale is a great neighborhood for locals and Arizona visitors alike and we’re looking forward to being a part of the community,” said Press Coffee co-owner Jason Kyle.

Coffee and more

When Press opens their Scottsdale Waterfront location customers will be able to order from a new breakfast and lunch menu made on site and pastries from Phoenix Public Market.

Egg sandwich. All photos courtesy of Press Coffee

Espresso, pour overs and cold brews will be available using Press’s award-winning coffee roasts.

Donating to Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Once opened Press the Scottsdale Waterfront store will offer its daily drip coffee for $1 the weekend August of 24-26th with all proceeds donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “We’re glad we can start things off by supporting the amazing efforts of Phoenix Children’s Hospital at the opening.” says Kyle.

Flagship roastery in north Phoenix

The Scottsdale Waterfront announcement comes two months after Press announced it was opening a flagship roastery in Spring 2019 near 32nd St. & Shea Blvd. in north Phoenix.

Once opened it will handle all of Press’s roasting along with a cafe and plenty of meeting space. Co-owner Steve Kraus say’s “We are excited about the future of this iconic building. We wanted to go beyond just a production facility and create a space that allows us to share our love for coffee with the community.”

The new facility will double Press’s production and once opened the current facility will exclusively produce their cold brews.

The Scottsdale Waterfront location will be open 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m Mon. – Thurs. 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday. Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

It’s at 7135 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale 85251 For more information check their website.

 

 

Z’Tejas donates over $17,000 to Military Assistance Mission

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill sold a lot of their tasty cornbread from April-June and by doing so was able to raise $17,912 for local non-profit Military Assistance Mission. This donations bring the restaurants total to over $90,000 for its “Cornbread for a Cause” to non-profits since its December 2015 launch of the company’s philanthropic arm.

Z'Teja's famous cornbread. Photo courtesy of Z'Tejas
Z’Teja’s famous cornbread. Photo courtesy of Z’Tejas

Z’tejas and Military Assistance mission

With this donation from Z’Tejas Military Assistance Mission can continue to provide support to active duty military personnel, their families and wounded warriors whether they are overseas or here at home. The money raised help with financial and morale assistance along with emergencies.

Gary Manley & Michael stone of Z' Tejas and Nicle Crites, local news anchor & one of the Board of Directors for Military Assistance Mission. Photo courtesy of Z'Tejas
Gary Manley & Michael stone of Z’ Tejas and Nicole Crites, local news anchor & one of the Board of Directors for Military Assistance Mission. Photo courtesy of Z’Tejas

Cornbread for a Cause

Cornbread for a Cause helps the communities in which the 5 Phoenix area Z’ Tejas restaurants are located by raising money for charitable contributions to local non-profits through the sale of their famous cornbread. Through the end of September, Cornbread for a Cause is raising money for Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) and after that Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be the next recipient for Cornbread for a Cause.

For more information please visit http://www.ztejas.com or like the on Facebook

 

 

Go Gold in September as restaurants raise money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

The Rio Olympics will be over but you can still Go Gold www.GoGold4PCH.org in the month of September as Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation launches Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and it’s Go Gold campaign to raise $1 MIllion dollars for the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.Go Gold !cid_image009_jpg@01D1F88B

Restaurants donate

Many Phoenix area restaurants will be donating a portion of sales from individual food items or off the total amount of your bill from September 1st – 30th to the Go Gold campaign. For a full list see below

Buffalo Wild Wings(Westgate Entertainment District location) Eat wings and raise funds! All day Saturday, September 17, Buffalo Wild Wings at Westgate will be donating 10% of your total bill when you show your Phoenix Children’s Hospital golden ticket. People can visit the Westgate website and look under event listings in their calendar to print out the ticket.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – (Tempe Marketplace location) Featuring a special beer flight for the month of September with gold beers.  $1 for each flight sold will be donated to PCH for Go Gold.  Thirsty Lion will also feature the special flight on their Seasonal Fresh Sheet, so every customer during the month of September will see the offer at their table.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant(Tempe Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment District) Special Dish for the month of September: Curry Shrimp on Crispy Rice.  $1 from the sale of each dish will be donated back to PCH.

California Pizza Kitchen(Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace) Every Wednesday in September, the California Pizza Kitchen locations at Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace will donate 20% of diners’ total bills to PCH when diners mention “Go Gold for PCH” at the table.

Slices(Tempe Marketplace location) Slices Pizza Joint will give 10% of all its sales on the BBQ Chicken Slice during the month of September and a dedicated 10% of sales every Tuesday in September to PCH.

Churn(All locations): Portion of proceeds from gold themed treat will go to PCH.

Miracle Mile Deli: $1 from every “Straw” Sandwich to go to Go Gold.

Papa John’s (All locations): Go to papajohns.com and enter code PCH at checkout for 40% off your order. Ten-percent of proceeds will go to PCH.

Sauce Pizza & Wine (All locations): September 12 – 18, Sauce is donating 100% of proceeds from kids menu items to Go Gold.

Spinatos Pizzeria (All locations): $1 from every dessert sold to go to Go Gold.

The Vig: $1 from every Four Peaks 8th Street Pale to go to Go Gold. Also, if you upload a picture with your Pale Ale to social media using the Go Gold hashtag (#GoGold4PCH) and tag The Vig location, you will receive 15% off your bill.

Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt(All locations): Will launch a flavor of the month and do a give-back night in September that will go to Go Gold.

Dunkin Donuts (All locations): Will sell a Go Gold donut with 50 cents from each donut sold going to PCH.

Ribbon Cutting

To kick of the Go Gold campaign, mayors from around the valley will cut a gold ribbon at 4 shopping centers around Phoenix on September 1st.

For a complete list of sponsors, events or to donate all month long visit www.GoGold4PCH.org

Science & dessert combined as Creamistry to open 2nd Phoenix location at Uptown Plaza

Creamistry Nothing cools the hot masses during the summer more than a cold sweet treat and California based Creamistry is set to bring their mix of ice cream bases, 40+ flavors, toppings and liquid nitrogen to Uptown Plaza in central Phoenix on Monday July 11th at 12 noon. The mixing with liquid nitrogen gives the ice cream a flash freezing and a cool smoky visual that WOWs the kids.

To celebrate the opening at Uptown Plaza, Creamistry will be offering grand opening specials the week of July 18th and are as follows…

July 18-21: Buy one ice cream treat, get one of equal or lesser value free.
July 22: 50% of the day’s sales will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital
July 23: Free Ice Cream Giveaway, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Receive a free single ice cream treat.
*offers available ONLY at the Uptown location of Creamistry

Creamistry Uptown
100 East Camelback Road
Suite 150
Phoenix, AZ 85012
creamistry.com
Facebook.com/creamistryaz.com

Mon-Thu 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Fri-Sat 12:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.
Sun 12:00 p.m. -11:00 pm