Binkley's Winemaker Dinner and Chili Tofu in Today's Eater's Digest

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This upcoming Wednesday, January 11th, Binkley's in Cave Creek will be hosting their very first Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 with the talented winemaker Julie Johnson of Tres Sabores Winery. Chef Kevin Binkley has put together a pretty amazing seven-course menu for the evening which will be paired with wines straight from the Tres Sabores cellars including the debut of their very first Chardonnay from the Farina Vineyards on Sonoma Mountain and a new vintage of their prized red, ¿Por qué no?. 

Menu highlights include poached pears, crab cakes with sugar snap peas and crispy prosciutto, guinea fowl flown in from Tres Sabores' Napa farms, seared seven-pepper braised bacon, elk Osso Bucco with creamer potatoes and a chocolate souffle for dessert. Dinner with wine pairings isn't cheap -- $110++ per person -- but we've heard they're worth it. Binkley's winemaker dinners also have a habit of selling out -- if you want to go give Victoria a call at 480-437-1072. 

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Food Banks Need Your Citrus and Healthy Chicken Pasta in Today's Eater's Digest

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A Call for Citrus
It's winter citrus season and we know for a fact that some of you are up to your ears in lemons, oranges and grapefruit because you keep asking us if we want any and no matter where we go we end up leaving with a bag of oranges and lemons even though we have our own trees with too much fruit. This year, how about donating some of that unwanted citrus to Valley food banks instead of pawning it off on your friend and family? Arizona food banks are making their yearly call for citrus donations and would love your harvest. Call the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance at 602-343-5658 or the United Food Bank 480-926-4897 to learn more about donating your harvest this year and if you cannot actually pick the fruit yourself, the food banks can sometimes make arrangements to have your trees picked by a volunteer crew (elderly and disabled people are given priority and some food banks may ask for a donation to cover their services). 


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Stockyard's Arizona Stronghold Dinner and Baked Apple Oatmeal in Today's Eater's Digest

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Stronghold Wine Dinner
Welcome to 2012 Chow Bella friends! We hope you rang in the New Year with a bang and are recovered and ready to start eating and drinking your way through the year. First stop -- Stockyards' Arizona Stronghold Wine Dinner.

This Friday, January 6th, local winemaker Eric Glomski of Arizona Stronghold Vineyards and Page Spring Cellars is teaming up with the Historic Stockyards restaurant for an evening of outstanding food and wine. Chef Michael Shea has put together a mouthwatering five-course meal featuring Goldcoast seafood gratin, wild boar & venison sausage with apple-cranberry chutney (a personal favorite), a centennial campfire sirloin steak with whiskey peppercorn sauce & forest mushrooms, filet mignon "Oscar" style with asparagus & Bearnaise sauce, and a slice of Stockyards classic pecan pie with Maker's Mark whipped cream for dessert. All five course will be served with wine from Arizona Stronghold. $75 ++ per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required and can be made by calling 602-273-7378. Click here to check out the full menu.


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Lon's Moet Dinner and Pasta with Fresh Squash in Today's Eater's Digest

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Champagne Anyone? 
Need a little post-Christmas/pre-New Years pick me up? How about treating yourself to an evening of luxury tomorrow night at Lon's Moet Wine Dinner? That should pull you out of that post Christmas funk. The evening starts in Lon's wine cellar where Chef Jeremy Pacheco will be serving up oysters, caviar, and champagne. Afterward, head to the historic boardroom for a three-course meal that starts with poached lobster. Roasted veal loin and a goat's milk crème caramel with a pomegranate honey coated crimson gold apple will follow. Each course will be paired with champagne or sparkling wine specially selected by the overseeing Moet rep. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required;  $125 ++ per person. Call 602-955-7878 for details. 


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Magnolia Cupcakes Go National and Magnolia's Famed Vanilla Cupcakes in Today's Eater's Digest

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Magnolia Cupcakes
Have you ever had a cupcake from the famous Magnolia Bakery? No? Well you are seriously missing out. The Magnolia Bakery (which originated in New York but now has four locations including a spot closer to Phoenix -- in Los Angeles) makes one of the best cupcakes we have ever had the pleasure of sinking our teeth into. Their cupcakes are so insanely good that it makes all other cupcakes taste like bland frosted bread. Okay, maybe that's taking things a little too far, but if you're a sweets lover you must try one of these little cakes. 

And starting January 2nd you won't have to take a vacation to snag one -- The Magnolia Bakery will start delivering their cupcakes nationwide (unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii, then you're outta luck). 
 
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Saguaro Hotel's Cookie Party and Santa Hat Brownies in Today's Eater's Digest

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Cookie Party! 
If you like cookies then you are definitely going to want to be at the brand new-ish Saguaro Hotel tomorrow night. The Scottsdale hotel will be throwing their first ever Annual Cookie Social Friday, December 23rd from 7 to 9 p.m. -- and it's free. Stuff your face with free cookies and wash it all down with complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, and tea while enjoying the sweet Christmas sounds of holiday carolers.

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Last Minute Holiday Dining at Ko'Sin and Brownietinis in Today's Eater's Digest

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Wild Horse Holiday Dining
Looking to make last minute dinner plans for Christmas Day? Ko'Sin at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass will be serving a special four-course traditional Christmas Dinner this Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Dine on sage and wild mint pesto marinated turkey breast, pan seared halibut, poached mussels, and a beautiful selection of desserts. And when you're finished with dinner, you and the fam can fit in a little holiday gambling -- just don't blow your all your Christmas loot! Ko'sin's Christmas Dinner is $60 for adults, $54 for seniors, and $30 for kids 12 and under. Call 602-225-0100 for reservations. 

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Chompie's Chanukah Dinner and Blue Velvet Cupcakes in Today's Eater's Digest

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Hanukkah, Chanukah
However you spell it, Happy Hanukkah! Celebrate one night of the eight-day holiday extravaganza (which starts at sundown tonight) with Phoenix's New York-style deli, Chompie's. The beloved family restaurants will be hosting their annual Chompie's Chanukah Dinner Wednesday, December 21st through Friday, December 23rd from 4 to 9 p.m. Your meal starts with a basket of freshly baked breads and your choice of matzo ball, mushroom barley, or sweet and sour cabbage soup. Then choose your entree -- brisket, roast chicken with stuffing, or a salmon filet with lemon & dill sauce. Each entree comes with glazed carrots and your choice of potato including Chompie's famous latke. Finish things off with a sweet cherry cheese or apple strudel topped with fresh whipped cream or a warm fudge brownie. Chompie's Chanukah Dinner will also be available for take out. Click here for all the details. 
 

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NYPD's Trades Pizza for Blankets and Rich Cocoa Brownies in Today's Eater's Digest

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Blanket = Pizza
NYPD Pizza needs your new blankets and sleeping bags -- and they're willing to trade you for a cheese pizza. The charitable pizza joint has teamed up with Blanketing Arizona to help get warm blankets to those in need before Christmas. Drop off up to four blankets or sleeping bags to any one of the ten NYPD locations and you'll receive a certificate for one free 14" cheese pizza per blanket. The blanket drive starts today and runs through Thursday. NYPD will then distribute meals and blankets to those in need on Christmas Eve morning. For more info check out NYPD's Facebook page.


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Citizen Public House Opens Their Sort-of Secret Cocktail Lounge and Gingerbread Trees in Today's Eater's Digest

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Research and Developement
This Saturday, Scottsdale's Citizen Public House is set to open the doors of their new cocktail lounge, Citizen R+D. Mixologist Richie Moe will be crafting one-of-a-kind cocktail creations in his new tiny cocktail lab which sits above the famed Public House. Accessible only from a semi-secret outside, alley stairwell, guests seeking a cocktail adventure must call the number displayed on the stairway gate to see if they have room for you to join the party -- R+D only holds 30 people, so don't take it personally if they say no. It's not you, they're full. The drink menu will be constantly changing but this Saturday, if you can make it in the door, prepare to be wowed by tableside gin and tonics (they're going to make the gin at your table), the Cotton Cooler with fresh-spun cotton candy, and the Paint Can Punch, which uses an actual vintage paint can shaker to shake up the concoction of fresh citrus, falernum syrup (an historic syrup that has been used to sweeten up tropical cocktails since the 18th century) and Bols Genever (it's gin). Reservations are NOT accepted. You're just going to have to take your chances and go. Click here to see the complete list of opening night cocktails.  



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