10 Things Learned at TEDx's Night of Food in Phoenix

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Jeremiah Toller
Short Leash's Brad Moore talks hot dogs in a big way at the TEDx Evans Churchill event.
Last night speakers from throughout the food world joined forces to present some of their discoveries to a sold out Phoenix audience at TEDx Evans Churchill's "If You Can't Take The Heat, Get Out of The Kitchen" event. From beer masters to urban farmers and avid juicers, the event looked at a range of topics, each vetted in about nine minutes. The rapid-fire presentation method ensured speakers kept it concise and were on point.

The presentations from last night's event will be available on the TEDx YouTube channel in about two weeks, but here is a sneak peak of 10 of the best moments from last night's event at the Phoenix Convention Center:

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Seven Chef Steakout: "Seven Chef" Series Continues at Top of The Rock on September 14

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Did you miss the 7 Chef Pig Out at The Gladly earlier this summer? How about the 7 Chef Veg Out at Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails last month? Well, that's okay because there's another multi-chef, ingredient-focused dining event just around the corner.

This time the star of the show will be beef. On Sunday, September 14 seven top local chefs will gather at Top of the Rock Restaurant for a Steakout event. A portion of the event's proceeds will go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Adopt a Room program.

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

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The Pie Hole
Tuesday, August 26

Believe it or not, Tonya Saidi's new brick and mortar pie shop is already up and running and ready to go. On Tuesday, the new The Pie Hole will open its doors at 2329 North 7th Street. Siadi says the espresso machine will be ready to go so she'll be serving both coffee and her well-loved pies. Also also says she's trying to crowd-fund money to purchase a better oven for the space. A $25 donation purchases you a brick with your name to go outside the restaurant (100 available), while a $50 donation can get you a namesake pie on the menu. Fans can also support the cause by buying a membership to the Pie of the Month Club, six months for $100 or 12 months for $200. For more information check the crowdfunding website.


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

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Evie Carpenter
Romeo's Euro Cafe in Gilbert.
Romeo's Euro Cafe
Tuesday, August 19

Every third Tuesday of the month chef Romeo Taus of Romeo's Euro Cafe in Gilbert hosts a special dinner event with three courses and three wines for $30. This month's event features Asian Calamari Salad with cilantro tangy citrus sesame oil dressing and spicy calamari strips; chimichuri ribeye; and chocolate cherry whisky cake. The featured wines will be Clos de Nouys Vouvray Estate Sec 2009, Santa Rita Carmenere 120 2011, and Renwood "Cranky Old Vine" Zinfandel. The dinner starts at 6:30. For reservations call 480-962-4224.


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bRUNch Running Combines Fitness and Eating -- You Know, If You're Into That Kind of Thing

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If you like your brunch with a side of exercise, you'll love this idea.
Usually, our Sunday routine involves some variation of waking up with a mild hangover and rolling out of bed to seek out greasy or starchy food -- preferably in a location with lots of natural sunlight and more booze. This is the whole point of brunch.

But for those of you with more productive Sunday aspirations, here's something you might appreciate: a social running club that meets on Sunday mornings for a run followed by brunch. It's called bRUNch Running, and it will return to Phoenix in September for a second season.

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

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David Zickl
This week Pillsbury Winery will debut their first dessert wine during a dinner at Bink's Scottsdale.
Bink's Scottsdale
Wednesday, August 13

On Wednesday James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley will team up with winemaker Sam Pillsbury for a four-course wine-paired dinner at Bink's Scottsdale. The menu includes inventive summer dishes such as lobster with avocado, melon, extra virgin olive oil, purslane, and frozen passion fruit vinaigrette; smoked pumpernickel pasta with roasted mushrooms, arugula, cured egg yolk, aged gouda, and crispy proscuitto; and a surprise dessert. Featured wines will include 2011 Chenin Blanc, 2012 Shiraz, and the first-ever Pillsbury dessert wine. Tickets to the dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m., cost $80 a person.

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Arizona Fall Restaurant Week is Back This September -- With Higher Prices and A New Schedule

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Arizona Restaurant Week returns this September.
Arizona Restaurant Week will return this September and if you've lived in the Valley for any extended amount of time, then you're probably thinking you know the drill. Restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu at a discounted price for a week (or so) in order to encourage diners to try some new dining spots.

But this time around there are a few changes to the usual routine. Rather than starting the event on a Saturday night and running it through the following Sunday, this fall's Restaurant Week will kick off on Friday, September 19 to give diners a full ten days of opportunity.

Oh yeah, and the prices have been raised for the first time in the event's history.

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TEDx Discusses Phoenix Food on August 28

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Heather Hoch
You could learn a thing or two from Blue Hound's Stephanie Teslar.
It's time to put your thinking caps on and spend an evening learning about food in Phoenix when TEDxEvansChurchill puts on the "Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen" series of food-centric presentations on Thursday, August 28. Since TED talks are known for being illuminating and entertaining, Phoenix food lovers definitely won't want to miss the event, which will cover everything from cocktails and beer to gardening and food trucks.

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Eight's Great GrillFest Returns to Peoria This Fall; Tickets on Sale This Friday

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Tina Riddle
A t-bone steak topped with grilled salsa at last year's Eight's Great GrillFest.
Last fall Eight, Arizona PBS hosted the first annual Eight's Great GrillFest in Peoria, bringing national and local celebrity chefs to the Valley to celebrate the art of cooking with fire. This November the event will return to a new venue and will have a new focus on fine wines. Some of the Southwest's top chefs will return for a day of food, drinks, and cooking demonstrations.

Tickets for the second annual event go on sale this Friday, August 8 on the Eight's Great GrillFest website.

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

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Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain
Tuesday, August 5

Starting this week and continuing through the month of August, Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain will be offering A Taste of Quiessence summer dining experience. For the event chef Dustin Christofolo will be creating a three-course tasting menu using fresh and local ingredients from producers throughout the Valley and the restaurant's edible garden. A Taste of Quiesence will be available to the first 12 guests that call 602-276-0601 each Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in August. Just mention "A Taste of Quiessence" and reserve a seat. The dinner costs $40 a person.


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