Last Night at AZ Wine & Dine: Balsamic-Braised Short Ribs, Salted Caramel Chocolate Lollipops, and Much More

Categories: Events

Spare Rib and Cheesecake from Tanzy
Are you the kind of person who rushes home from the grocery store to eat a tiny nibble of every single thing you bought? It's okay; I'm like that too.

If you are, you might think a tasting event featuring lots of bites from many restaurants is for you. But for me, the usual problem with tasting events is that most of the restaurants end up serving slight variations on the same general items: sliders, scallops, and for some reason, pork belly. While that can't be helped, last night's AZ Wine & Dine (previously Forks & Corks) did offer enough variety to please everyone, and overall, the quality level was respectably high.

Check out the full AZ Wine & Dine slideshow.

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Province's Moroccan meatball
The wine and beer pairings that went with each dish -- or set of dishes, since most restaurants prepared three -- were really lost in the mix of the event. Sure, every attendee had a cute plastic wine glass that fit nicely into sturdy plates for easy carrying (ingenious), but it appeared that most people didn't bother to stop and get the beverage of choice at each restaurant's station. Of the few pairings I sampled, only one stood out: the New Age White served with ice and lime, which complemented Province's spiced offerings: Moroccan meatballs and roasted papaya cupcakes with coconut frosting.

There were a few standouts at AZ Wine & Dine. Tanzy, located in the Scottsdale Quarter where the event was held, served balsamic-braised short ribs that were so juicy and tender they were falling apart on the plate. Dessert was a strawberry chocolate cheesecake that had light flavors and a super soft texture. The strawberry wasn't very evident, but it rounded out the chocolate cheesecake in a helpful way, keeping it from being plain. It was messy to eat, but totally worth having to lick your fingers in public.

Location Info

Tanzy Restaurant

15257 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Province at the Westin Hotel

333 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

320 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Different Pointe of View

11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Doubletree Scottsdale-Paradise Valley Resort

5401 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Bourbon Steak

7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

50 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Relish Burger Bistro at the Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Arizona Grand Resort

8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: General

Lon's at the Hermosa

5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant


4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant


10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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