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

Quick sips & bites of news about what’s going on around the Phoenix restaurant community, breweries and wineries.

Start 2021 off celebrating National Bloody Mary Day

New Year’s Day lands on a Friday in 2021 so nobody is in a hurry to get back to work so continue celebrating the New Year with a Bloody Mary. U.S. Egg, Pedal Haus Brewery, Angry Crab Shack, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Twin Peaks are all celebrating the A.M. cocktail favorite. Signature Bloody Marys are shaking up your morning as you get ready for what 2021 has in store.

Restaurants continue open new locations around the valley.

Not only is Dog Haus opening a new location but so are Z’ Tejas, Angry Crab Shack & Thai Chili 2 Go. The popular Southwestern & Mexican cuisine restaurant is opening a new lakeside restaurant in February at Scottsdale’s Mercado de Lago on Hayden Rd. at Via de Ventura. Angry Crab Shack has already started serving seafood and its popular Seafood Boils at its 12th Arizona location in Laveen. Thai Chili 2 Go is opening its 11th quick casual restaurant in Gilbert on December 30th.

Still time to order take-out or make a reservation for NYE.

Restaurants continue to take reservations and planning for take-out food as we say good bye to 2020. This updated list has restaurants around the valley serving up your last meal of 2020.

Restaurants continue to give and give in the holiday season.

In November Dominick’s Steak House, Ocean 44 and Steak 44 raised over $64,000 for local charities. Make A-Wish Foundation Arizona, PANDA and The Phoenix Heart Ball/ American Heart Association will benefit from the money raised.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has raised over $110,000 in 2020 for No Kid Hungry through its fundraising initiatives. May 2021 be as generous to the local community from Phoenix restaurants.

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

Quick sips & bites of news about what’s going on around the Phoenix restaurant community, breweries and wineries.

Z’Tejas launches seasonal menu

The Chandler and Phoenix locations debut a new Winter menu on Monday December 28th. Chipolte Short Ribs, Posole and Grits & Lobster are just a few of the new dishes that use traditional Mexican and Southwestern ingredients. Two new specialty drinks have also been added to keep you warm.

Holiday gifts still available from Garden Bar

Cocktail kits and grazing boxes are available for your favorite foodie or mixologist. Perfect for staying at home and enjoying the holiday’s cocktails kits from mixologist Kim Haasarud include ingredients and a how-to video.

Gabriella’s launches weekend brunch

The Scottsdale restaurant that opened earlier this year now offers brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. From 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. guests can enjoy such dishes as a Crab & Lobster Benedict, Gabriella’s Chicken Hash and Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes with Berries. Enjoy those and more with Bottomless Mimosa’s for $18.

Barro’s Pizza raises money for St. Mary’s Food Bank

The locally owned pizza restaurants bested 2019’s donations by over $50,000. Through the 2020 Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight over $335,000 was raised at the families 44 locations in Phoenix and Tucson on December 1st when all sales where donated to the food bank.

Kasai Japanese Steakhouse donating to Arizona Children’s Association.

Through Christmas Eve a $1 from each teppan meal will be donated to Arizona’s oldest and largest foster care organization. Also every Tuesday and Wednesday in December the Scottsdale restaurant has been hosting foster family’s for dinner.

 

 

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.

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