Pop Up Dinner as James Beard Foundation returns to Phoenix

A few months after The James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America” tour made a stop in Phoenix, they’re returning in 2020. Wednesday, February 26th a Phoenix Pop Up Dinner at the Wrigley Mansion will be hosted by Chef Christopher Gross as he welcomes Taste America Visiting All- Star Chef Kristen Kish. The two chefs will create a menu full of diverse flavors and cuisines that are found in American cooking. This is the tours seventh visit to Phoenix over the years showing their commitment to our food and restaurant community.

The “Taste America” tour is how the foundation helps to bring better food for all through fundraising and discussion of food related issues. The non-profits “Good Food for Good” platform focuses on food waste reduction, sustainability, inclusivity and chef advocacy. 20 cities are on the 2019/20 tour that lasts almost a year with Capital One partnering with the foundation.

Tickets for the Pop Up dinner start at $225. Want a more exclusive experience, a private dining room is available for $500 and an “in kitchen” dinner is $1,000. I’ve seen the new kitchen and it’s very impressive. For more information about the evening and to purchase tickets head to the foundations website.

 

Rune Wines & Farmboy pair up for “Blue Zones” pop-up dinner

Grace Farms in Chandler will be the site of a “Taste of The Blue Zones” pop-up dinner on April 28th. The dinner will pair a creative worldly four-course menu from Farmboy with wines from Sonoita’s Rune Wines. Farmboy chef Dennis Bagnasco will use ingredients that are sourced locally as will be the wood used to cook over.

Blue zone’s are identified as parts of the world where certain lifestyle elements create an excellent quality of life. The blues zones have been identified by author Dan Buettner’s National Geographic articles and books. Lifestyle elements in the blue zones include diet and positive outlook on life.

Rune Wines owner and winemaker James Callahan will be pouring his wines with each course.

The menu is as follows….

Reception (Nicoya, Costa Rica) — Black Bean Dip with corn tortillas, papaya salsa and plantains paired with Rune 201 Viogner, craft beer and specialty cocktail

1st Course (Okinawa, Japan) — Purple Sweet Potato with tofu, snap peas, sesame and sweet and spicy soycomplemented by Rune 2016 Roussanne

Intermezzo (Icaria, Greece) — Ikarian Longevity Stew with black-eyed peas, veggies and heirloom tomatoes

2nd Course (Sandinia, Italy) — Whole Smoked Lamb with artichoke and garlic white wine sauce served with Rune 2016 Grenache

 3rd Course (Loma Linda, California) — Cherry Nut Bark with dried cherries, pecans and dark chocolate paired with Rune 2016 Wild Syrah

The dinner is $119 per person plus tax and starts at 5:30 p.m. You may purchase tickets to the dinner here.

Tacos Chiwas Pop Up Dinner at Bitter & Twisted on July 31st

Bitt & twist 0a3541bf-7839-409a-aa70-4df87822a338Take a new and very popular taco restaurant and combine it with the Asian specialties and signature cocktails of one of Phoenix’s most respected cocktail parlours and what do you get……a Pop Up dinner with Bitter & Twisted hosting Tacos Chiwas on Sunday July 31st at 5:30pm. The menu is inspired and will be prepared by Taco Chiwas husband & wife owners Armando Hernadez & Nadia Holguin and Bitter & Twisted’s executive chef Bob Tam who will bring his Asian inspirations to the 8+ (lucky number in Chinese culture) course menu. Cocktails will be available a la carte with specialty cocktails created just for the evenings dinner.

The Mexican & Asian menu is as follows….

Snack
shrimp cracker, green chili guac, salsa webona
Sopa de Chacales
dried corn, tomato, asadero, onion
Tempura Flounder Taco
lemon, avocado, salsa verde, pico, cotija
Pipian Rojo
carne seca, pumpkin seed sauce, steamed jasmine rice
Xinjiang Lamb Gordita
potatoes, cilantro, garlic chives, cheese curds, crema
Betelnut Rajales Eggrolls
pork belly, caramelized onion + hatch chilies, asadero, smoked pepper, mojo verde

Dumplings Course

Tinga DE POLLO Bao
smoky pulled chicken, avocado, crema, lettuce, queso fresco, pickles, chinese steamed bun
TACO-CHIWAS Baked Fried Rice Casserole
carne asada, hatch chili, asadero cheese, fried rice, green chili mac + cheese sauce, crisp tortilla

Dessert
H. K. milk tea flan
coco passion mango paleta con tajin

The cost for this is all inclusive (except cocktails) for $58.88 and can be purchased https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chiwas-chino-dinner-tickets-26356853057?aff=efbnreg
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is at 1 W. Jefferson St. (Jefferson & Central) Phoenix 85003 602-340-1924 www.bitterandtwistedaz.com