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

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Sake Master Yuji Matsumoto will unlock the secrets within these sake barrels.
Kabuki Restaurants
Tuesday or Wednesday, April 28 or 29

If your idea of sake involves an accompanying beer and $3 happy hour maki rolls, then Master Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto could teach you a thing or two. Fortunately, Japan-born Matsumoto has made it his life's mission to spread sake culture throughout the United States. Matsumoto will be in town this Tuesday and Wednesday at the Tempe and Glendale locations of Kabuki restaurants to host a two-hour class, sharing his knowledge as the first Master Sake Sommelier recognized in the United States. Matsumoto will showcase his spring sake selections, with varieties such as Hakutsuru and Mio Sparkling, both alone and in specialty sake cocktails. The $20 admission includes samples of sake, shochu and beer, along with small bites and appetizers from the Kabuki kitchen. Class starts at 6 p.m. Visit the Kabuki website for more information.


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Chandler Craft Spirits Festival Returns on April 25; Tickets on Sale Now

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Ladies at the Congenial Spirits booth pour out teeny, tiny spirit samples.
The light rail may not yet extend to Chandler, but a booze train is heading straight for Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in the city's downtown later this month.

It's the return of the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival on Saturday, April 25, at which more than 50 spirit and restaurant vendors will descend upon the East Valley to show off all things distilled.

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

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Wolfert authored several cookbooks and has written extensively about Moroccan food, such as fish tagine.
Dinner with Paula Wolfert
Wednesday, April 22

Two years ago, legendary cookbook author Paula Wolfert was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This Wednesday, the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter will host a dinner honoring her culinary accomplishments, as well as her work as an ambassador for early Alzheimer's diagnosis. For the event, six of the Valley's top chefs, including Christopher Gross, Aaron May, Kevin Binkley, Beau McMillan, Matt Carter, and James Porter, will prepare a six course dinner celebrating Wolfert's award-winning cooking. The dinner will be held in a private Paradise Valley residence, and is limited to 100 guests. Proceeds from the $250 tickets benefit the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter, and can be reserved by calling 602-528-0545.

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Tickets Are on Sale Now for New Times' Artopia at Monarch Theater in Downtown Phoenix

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The scene at Artopia 2014.
Mark your calendars, Phoenix, because on Saturday, May 9 we're going to announce this year's Big Brain Award winners at the 5th annual Artopia at The Monarch Theater.

Over the next few weeks we'll introduce you to each of the finalists, including the three finalists in the Culinary Arts category, but in the meantime, you may want to secure your spot for the big event.

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Dinner Lab's Phoenix Launch Was Less Than Stellar

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Dinner Lab's first Phoenix event was held on the Tempe Town Lake pedestrian bridge last Friday.
Last Friday, New Orleans-based dining company Dinner Lab hosted its first Phoenix event, a five-course Vietnamese-inspired pop-up dinner prepared by chef Nini Nguyen, formerly of Sucre (New Orleans) and Eleven Madison Park (NYC). Unfortunately for the brave diners who invested in the company's local debut, Dinner Lab's first Phoenix event was difficult to enjoy.

To get a ticket, diners had to purchase a Dinner Lab subscription, an annual fee of $125. The company has already launched this subscription dining model in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and announced its plans to start operations in Phoenix late last year.

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Scottsdale Culinary Festival 2015 Closes Out With a Grand Finale, Best of the Fest

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Evie Carpenter
For the sixth and final savory course, chef Silvana Salicido Esparza of Barrio Cafe served short rib in a port reduction.
The weeklong Scottsdale Culinary Festival is always a whirlwind of events ranging from champagne-fueled parties to casual meat-centric competitions. The weekend brings the two-day Great Arizona Picnic to the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza for a blowout celebration of food and drinks and music and fun.

But if you can only go to one event during the festival, you'd do well to invest in the festival's grand finale, The Best of The Fest.

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The Great Arizona Picnic 2015: Hits and Misses From the Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Signature Event

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Tropical entremet from Caketini
Over the weekend the Great Arizona Picnic (GAP) rounded out a week of food-centric festivities during the 2015 Scottsdale Culinary Festival. This two-day marquee event brings more than 40 restaurants to the Civic Center Mall in downtown Scottsdale to serve up signature dishes to attendees, who indulged in good food as well as live music and beautiful weather.

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

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The original cupcake bakery is celebrating its 10th anniversary today.
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Today

Can you believe it's been 10 years since Sprinkles Cupcakes first opened its doors and turned a simple baked good into an enduring food and pop culture phenomenon? Yeah, neither can we. And as they say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, so why not just celebrate The Decade of The Cupcake with a free treat. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale is giving away a free cupcake to every customer. The cupcake bakery is also debuting a new flavor called the Sprinkle, a birthday cake cupcake topped with rainbow sprinkles. For more information check the Sprinkles Cupcakes Scottsdale Facebook.


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Scottsdale Culinary Festival Burger Battle: Here Are the 2015 Winners

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Lauren Saria
Aioli Burger, the first food truck to compete in the annual competition, won first place in the People's Choice awards.
On Thursday night, Valley food lovers headed to the stylish Hotel Valley Ho for the Scottsdale Culinary Festival's annual Burger Battle. Unlike some of the festival's more upscale events, the Burger Battle offers event-goers a relaxed atmosphere -- and as many burgers and sliders as you can eat in three hours.

With 14 restaurants competing for the title of Best Burger in the Valley this year, there was certainly no shortage of ground beef and buns. We helped judge this year's competition, along with fellow judges: chefs Robert DeSantis and Jaime Palenque, former Arizona Diamondback Luis "Gonzo" Gonzalez, and Ellie and Jake Leinenkugel. Here are the results.


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Dogfish Head Beer Party at Brat Haus This Sunday to Benefit Beer for Brains Foundation

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Taste Dogfish Head beer this Sunday at Brat Haus in Scottsdale.
How much do you know about Dogfish Head Brewery? Well, if you know anything at all about the Delaware brewhouse, it's likely to that it produces some pretty crazy beers, including the very boozy 120 Minute IPA.

We're sorry to say you won't be able to try that beer at this Sunday's Dogfish Head Brewery-centic event at Brat Haus in Scottdale. But the beer-paired dinner, which is hosted by Zia Records, will feature three different Dogfish Head IPAs and one special, vintage brew.

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