3 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Stancy Higley (half orange photography)
St. Francis
Tonight

In celebration of the season, chef Aaron Chamberlin at St. Francis is offering a new menu and dinner special that highlights the flavors of autumn. On Monday nights the restaurant is serving a Paella special that includes three courses for $29. Your meal starts with White Gazpacho made from cucumbers, grapes, and almonds that's followed by a farm to table Paella made with the whatever ingredients are freshest throughout the season. Finally the dinner concludes with Crème Caramel dessert. Dishes can also be ordered a la carte. Sangria specials will also be available For more information check the St. Francis Facebook.


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Arizona Cocktail Week Returns February 14 to 21, 2015

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Evie Carpenter
Get ready for a week of booze and parties, Phoenix.
Booze lovers can officially start counting down the days until the fourth annual Arizona Cocktail Week takes the Valley and state by storm.

The week-long event will feature bartender competitions, cocktail parties, and pop-up speakeasies and will go down from Saturday, February 14 to Saturday, February 21.

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Check, Please! Arizona Season 5 Premieres Next Month; Upcoming Tasting Tour Takes Viewers to the West Side

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Heather Hoch
Weiner schnitzel from Haus Murphy's in Glendale.
Next month season 5 of Check, Please! Arizona premieres and Eight, Arizona PBS's will bring the on-screen experience of the three-time Emmy Award-winning show to life with the Check, Please! Arizona Tasting Tour. On January 20, the tour will visit five Valley restaurants featured on the show; at each stop, attendees will sample food and beverages and hang out with other Check, Please! fans.

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Phoenix Flea Pop-Up Holiday Market on December 10 at the Agritopia Farmstand

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Frankly, we think that not having to go to the mall and fight over gifts is just about as sweet as a cold glass of eggnog with a side of warm homemade cookies. That's why we're so excited about the handful of markets around town this season that feature local artisans.

On December 10, East Valley residents will have a chance to catch unique vendors at the Phoenix Flea Pop-Up Holiday Market, a special shopping event from The Farm at Agritopia and Phoenix Flea.

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3 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Brady/Flickr
Southern Rail
Tonight

The latest installment of the 7 Chef dinner series will go down tonight at Southern Rail in Phoenix. The Fowl Out will feature seven courses of fowl-focused dishes from chefs including Cullen Campbell of Crudo, Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals, Stephen Jones of Bootlegger, Bernie Kantak of Citizen Pubilc House/The Gladly, Gio Osso of Virtu, and Gregory Wiener of Top of the Rock. The menu includes dishes such as hot chicken with lardo hot sauce vinaigrette, pickles, and corn cake rolls; turkey tail ragu with porcini, polenta, and grana; and "Nog to the Egg," an egg custard tart made with AZ Bitters Lab Orange Bitters caramel, bourbon laced pineapple and sweet potato compote, and nutmeg crisp. Tickets cost $45 per person. Reservations are required and are available between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Call 602-200-0085.

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2015 Arizona Strong Beer Festival Tickets Are On Sale Now

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Melissa Fossum
Festival goers from the 2013 Arizona Strong Beer Festival.
Do you love beer? Do you love beer a lot? Do you love beer as much as you love your significant other?

Well, it seems the organizers of the Arizona Strong Beer Festival are counting on the fact that you answered "yes" to all of those questions. Otherwise, beer fanatics may have a tough decision to make because next year's festival is slated for Saturday, February 14.

Oh, and tickets are on sale now.

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Barrio Cafe's Annual Toy Drive and Car Show This Sunday: Low Riders, Toys, and Tamales

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Barrio Cafe by chef Silvana Salcido Esparza/Facebook
This Sunday the Veijitos Car Club of Arizona will host a car show and toy drive across the street from the Barrio Cafe in the Calle 16 neighborhood. And no, that location isn't just a potentially delicous coincidence. Barrio Cafe chef and owner Silvana Salcido Esparza is a member of the club and the restaurant is a sponsor of the annual event.

"I look at it as an opportunity to have a cross-cultural event," Esparza says. "These cars are works of art."

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3 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Tonto Bar & Grill
Today

Today Cave Creek's Tonto Bar & Grill kicks off a month-long celebration of 20 years in business. Starting this week and throughout the month of December the restaurant will be bringing back some of the popular dishes featured over the years including Grilled Beef Tenderloin Medallions on Roasted Onions and Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes and Chili Lime Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Black Bean Cakes, Pepper Mango Salsa and Grilled Zucchini. The celebration begins today with one of owner Eric Flatt's personal favorites: Roasted Rack of Lamb with Balsamic-Thyme Jus. You can view the entire schedule of special menu items on the Tonto Bar & Grill website.

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Get Ready: Guy Fieri Is Coming to the Valley for an Interactive Dinner Event

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Food Network
Get to know the chef in person at The Sanctuary Resort this December.
We've got two questions for you: 1. Are you a fan of spiky-haired chef Guy Fieri? 2. Do you have $300 to spare?

If you answered yes to both then you're in luck and your wildest Food Network dreams are about to come true. Next month Fieri will come to the Valley for a meet-and-greet and dinner event with fellow TV star chef Beau MacMillan. All you have to do to be there is throw down $295 per person (or a mere $195 if you just want to be there for the dinner).

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Mac & Cheese Throwdown 2014 Tickets Are On Sale Now -- And They Usually Go Fast

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Kristin Heggli
Last year's winning Mac & Cheese from Chef Richard Garcia of Café ZuZu.
We're about to launch head first into the holiday season, which means lots of hours-long family dinners and events where we all stuff ourselves silly with food and drink. In keeping with that theme, we'd like you to know that the fifth annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown, hosted by Girl Meets Fork Marketing & Media and Diya Marketing, is just around the corner.

This year's cheesy competition will be held at House of Comedy at High Street (formerly City North) and will feature macaroni and cheese creations from 12 local restaurants and chefs. Best of all, if you go, you get to eat as much of it as you can.

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