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

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Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions
Today

Mondays typically kind of suck. But Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions and Mama's Cold Brew are trying to ease the struggle. Every Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. you can now get Mama's Cold Brew coffee and Chestnut pastries conveniently delivered to your car; just pull up to Chestnut. The organic cold brew coffee is brewed for 24 hours with a unique blend of spices. Pastry deals include options such as almond croissants, blueberry muffins, and maple oat scones. For more information check the Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions Facebook.


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America Loves Bacon Festival to Hit Rawhide Western Town This Saturday

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How much do you love bacon?
We've got a pretty simple question to ask: How much do you love bacon? If your answer is something along the lines of, "A whole hell of a lot," then you might want to clear your plans for this weekend.

That's because this Saturday, the America Loves Bacon Festival will take over Rawhide Western Town. The traveling bacon-focused event will feature celebrity chefs, live music, bars -- and crazy-stupid amounts of cured pig products.

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

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Susie Timm
Faux Pho
Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen
Today through Sunday, March 1

This week local restaurateur German Osio opens his fourth concept called Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen. As a health-focused restaurant, Kale & Clover offers mostly vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free with the option to add proteins to many dishes. In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant serves cold-pressed juices, smoothies, nut milks, herb-infused spa waters, locally roasted coffees, and espresso drinks, as well as beer and wine. During the restaurant's opening week a select number of diners will be able to try the new menu for free: the first 30 guests for breakfast, 30 for lunch, and 40 for dinner each day will receive a complimentary meal up to $18 value. Donations will be accepted to benefit Amy's Army, which benefits individuals with spinal cord injuries.


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18 Things I Learned at New Belgium's "Sour Symposium"

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Zach Fowle

Last Week, Colorado's New Belgium Brewing Co. held what it dubbed the "Sour Symposium. Hosted at The Yard in Tempe, the $50 session included presentations from Eric Salazar, New Belgium's cellar master, and Lauren Salazar, the brewery's sensory specialist and beer-blender; a sampling of fancy meats and cheeses; and a lesson on blending sour beers, culminating in the opportunity to taste version's of La Folie, a sour red ale, from five different foeders.

That last part may sound like gibberish to the uninitiated, but for the beer geeks in attendance it was the highlight of the event. The sour beers that New Belgium puts into kegs and bottles are actually blends of many different versions of the same base brew that have been fermented in different foeders, or giant oaken barrels, populated by yeast and bacteria that produce sour, funky flavors. Each barrel creates a unique environment for the microflora, and the beers the little critters affect can have wildly different profiles. The chance to see just how different -- and to attempt to blend these base beers into a tasty whole -- was enlightening.

Also eye-opening was the presentation given by the two Salazars, which was filled with secret stories from the brewery, explanations of the process of making a sour beer and more. Here are the best things I learned from them.


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    Tickets to the Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival in Chandler Are On Sale Now

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    Diana Lustig
    Smoking chicken legs are cooked up by Joe's Real BBQ.
    You've still got more than a month to wait until the sixth annual Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival takes over downtown Chandler. But if you want to save a couple bucks you can head to any Valley Basha's location to get a pre-sale general admission ticket for $10 each.

    The annual meat-centric event will feature more than 60 of the best BBQ pitmasters from Arizona and across the Southwest -- and this year, festival goers can look forward to a performance from the Eli Young Band.

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    Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner Tickets Are On Sale Now

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    Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner 2014
    There are few nights in the Valley's busy culinary event season that pack as much star power as the annual Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner. This fundraiser (the longest running James Beard Foundation fundraiser in the Southwest, by the way) brings together some of the country's top chefs for a very glamorous -- and expensive -- night of dining and drinking.

    As in with past events, this year's lineup of chefs includes nationally recognized names, James Beard Award winners, and even Michelin-starred chefs from coast to coast.

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

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    Southern Rail
    Tuesday, February 17

    Tomorrow isn't just another Tuesday. It's Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, and though we're pretty far from the Big Easy, you can still get a little taste of the celebration at Southern Rail in Phoenix. All day the restaurant will be serving personal sized king cakes for $5 each, giving diners the chance to search for their own little baby. The restaurant will also be offering a signature Sazerac, a classic New Orleans cocktail, for $5 all day. And if you're really looking for the Mardi Gras experience, try to swing by between 5 and 7 p.m. when there will be live jazz music.


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    10 Events Not to Miss During Arizona Cocktail Week: February 14 Through 21

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    Evie Carpenter
    Once Saturday hits it's going to be a whirlwind of booze-filled events and parties.
    Arizona Cocktail Week is just around the corner and whether you and your liver are ready or not, there's going to be no shortage of things to do, see, and drink. The fourth annual event will include parties, seminars, and dinners all over the city and town, though most of the events will take place at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

    To handle the onslaught of events, you're going to need to plan ahead -- and lucky for you, we've pretty much got the perfect schedule all mapped out. Here are the ten events you don't want to miss during Arizona Cocktail Week.

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

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    Scramble
    Today

    As of today, it's been one year since Scramble opened its doors at the Scottsdale Marketplace on the northwest corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Scottsdale Road. In celebration of the restaurant's birthday, Scramble is giving away free pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. All diners that come to the Scottsdale location of the restaurant can get a free order of Scramble's Buttermilk or Multigrain Pancakes featuring two large cakes served with butter and syrup. Sides are not included and the deal can't be combined with any other specials, deals, or coupons. No purchase necessary.


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    9 Trucks to Try at Street Eats Food Truck Festival at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale

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    Evie Carpenter
    King Crab Sandwich from Road Riggers food truck at the Street Eats Food Truck Festival 2015.
    Good news for folks who plan to head out to the second day of the Street Eats Food Truck Festival at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. The fourth annual event offers a great selection of trucks, and though lines are still an issue with some particularly popular trucks, wait times are generally down this year.

    We spent a couple of hours eating our way around the event on Saturday and here are some of the highlights and tips we have to share for day two.

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