September brings the return of Arizona Restaurant Week

One of the most popular events among the Arizona restaurant community is Arizona Restaurant Week. The 10 day culinary event returns Friday September 18th – Sunday the 27th around the state. Like the June event participating restaurants will offer dine-in or take-out 3 course meals along with liquor to-go. According to the Arizona Restaurant Association almost 80 restaurants have already signed up to participate.

“We feel not only gratitude but also great pride in the fact that the local dining community has showed up again and again in support of our industry since closures and limited re-opening mandates,” says Arizona Restaurant Association President and CEO Steve Chucri. “We are thrilled to see that dining out — whether that means in-restaurant or getting take-out — is still such an important part of people’s lives.”

The modified event started to include take-out options due to the uncertainty of 2020’s Covid – 19 pandemic. Restaurants create 3-course menus for $33 or $44 per person for the September event with wine at an additional cost. Reservations are recommended for those looking to visit a new restaurant or return to a favorite one.

To see participating restaurants and menus head to the Arizona Restaurant Association’s website. The website is updated as new restaurants sign up.

Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest returns to Civic Space Park

The end of September should bring cooler temperatures but this is Phoenix so it could still be warm for the annual Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest. Quench your thirst at this German inspired festival that started as a wedding in 1810 and lasted for several days. The annual celebration continues around the world feasting and drinking for several days. Our downtown festival only lasts 6 hours on Saturday September 28th at Civic Space Park.

The doors open at 3:00 p.m. with authentic German food such as pretzels, brats, currywurst, schnitzel, spatzel and sauerkraut from Brat Haus, Eur Haus food truck and others. Huss Brewing makes sure the beer keeps flowing pouring their beers along with 8 German beers on tap.

“The Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest is a chance for everyone to be German for the day,” said owner of HDE Agency, Landon Evans. “Oktoberfest is a long-running tradition in Germany and we love bringing it to Cityscape providing an authentic experience, live entertainment and plenty of fun.”oktoberfest

Funkhaus Brass Band will be playing New Orleans style music and games Corn Hole & Jenga will keep people entertained. Servers from Hooter will be serving food and drinks and will host a Stein Holding contest and Beer Maid contest. Save room and enter the brat eating contest.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to ICM Food & Clothing Bank. Since 1983 ICM has provided basin needs such as food, clothes, diapers and more to poor families.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 day off. Groups of 4 can get tickets for $30 online for a 50% savings. Food and beverage sold separately. Civic Space park is at 424 N. Central Ave.

Chompie’s donates for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and locally owned Chompie’s Delicatessen is donating to Singleton Moms $1 from each item sold on a special 3 entree menu for the whole month. The 3 items on the menu are….

  • Josh’s Whole Grain French Toast ($7)
  • Fitness Omelet ($12)
  • Classic Grandpa Ruby’s Reuben ($17)

The money donated to Singleton Moms helps the local non-profit provide financial support, groceries, supplies and support groups to single parent families affected by cancer.

Throughout 2017 the family owned Chompie’s has made and will continue to make a donation to Singleton Moms  when a kid’s meal is purchased.

All 5 Phoenix area Chompie’s are participating in the supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.


Oy Vey! Rosh Hashanah comes early this year and Chompie’s Deli is ready.

Rosh Hashana Dinner
With an early September arrival this year, the Jewish New Year celebration “Rosh Hashanah” may catch you un-prepared and what a sin that would be. Fear not my brethren, Chompie’s Deli’s will have dinner ready and waiting for, to dine in or take home.

The Rosh Hashanah Holiday dinner will be served on the evening of Wednesday, September 4th at 5 p.m. – close at the Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler locations. Reservations are highly recommended for this 6 course dinner of Jewish specialties that grandma makes so good. Adults are $29.95 and $14.95 a child. The Holiday “Take Home” menu is available at their website L’Chaim!

The holiday menu is as follows…

· Glass of kosher wine or grape juice,

· Fresh baked challah and apples and honey

Appetizer Choices:
· Gelfite Fish with Beet Horseradish or Chopped Liver with Red Onion Garnish

Soup Choices:
· Chicken Soup with Matzo Ball

· Beef Barley with Mushroom

Potato Choices:
· Large Crisp Potato Latke with Applesauce

· Roasted Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

Vegetable Choices:
· Glazed Carrots – or – Old World Tzimmis

Entrees choices:
· One-half Roasted Chicken with Savory Stuffing

· Tender Braised Brisket of Beef with Pan Gravy

· Steelhead Salmon Filet with Dill Butter

· Roasted Breast of Turkey with Savory Stuffing

· A Fine Assortment of Holiday Cakes