5 Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Weekend Eats

Ryan Wolf
Salsa in the raw at last year's salsa challenge.
Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate.

See also:
- Your Cheat Sheet to This Sunday's Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape
- 8 Great Guacamoles in Metro Phoenix

29th Annual My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge

Great salsa is something often taken for granted in Arizona, where we have more Mexican restaurants and hot sauces than we know what to do with. This Saturday, salsa gets all the love it deserves at My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge, held at Tempe Beach Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pros and amateurs alike will be competing for the grand prize of $1000, and attendees can vote for their favorite to win the People's Choice Award. To help you cool off, there will also be a Margarita Mix-Off competition, which ends at 3:30. The festival features over 100 homemade salsas, 3000 pounds of tortilla chips, kids' activities, live music, and the Macayo's Food Court. Tickets are $10 in advance online, $15 at the gate, and $55 for VIPs, and proceeds will benefit the Arizona Hemophilia Association. Get tickets here.

Via S.E.E.D Cafe on Facebook
s.e.e.d. Café's Sunday Cooking Class

Wish you could wow friends and family at the table with healthy, delicious dishes like chicken with guava salsa and sugar snap peas? Join s.e.e.d. Café from 1 to 2 p.m. this Sunday, April 28, for a class that walks all levels of home cooks through how to prepare a summery three-course meal. Chef Joe Meyers will offer tips and tricks about working with seasonal ingredients, making salad dressings from scratch, and how to find substitutes for unhealthy ingredients using fresh fare. In addition to preparing a roasted beet and fava bean salad, the chicken entrée, and mini strawberry tarts, students will also learn how to mix up a fabulous strawberry mojito. The class is $30 per person, and registration is available online.

Check, Please! Downtown Food Festival

There can never be too many events highlighting Arizona's independent culinary scene. And this Sunday, we're welcoming one more, the inaugural Check, Please! Arizona Festival (full disclosure: Chow Bella is a sponsor), which will bring together more than 35 restaurants previously featured on the popular restaurant-review series hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Robert McGrath. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, there will be cooking demonstrations, a James Beard Award winners' panel, food and plenty of craft beer and wine. Plus, fans can audition for a spot on the show. There's a long list of outstanding restaurants slated to participate, including Tuck Shop, Phoenix City Grille, Pomegranate Café, and Petite Maison. General admission tickets are $60 and include food as well as wine and beer sampling. For $100, VIPs get exclusive wine tastings, early entry, valet parking, and entrance to a private seminar with the winners' panel chefs.

Location Info


Tempe Beach Park

54 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

S.e.e.d. Cafe

3802 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Tuck Shop

2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Phoenix City Grille

5816 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pomegranate Cafe

4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Petite Maison

7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Trattoria Bianco

4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pane Bianco

4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Queen Creek Olive Mill

25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

Oh wow, OK that looks like a lot of fun dude.


Now Trending

From the Vault