10 Flavors of Gelato from Local Chefs to Debut at The Gelato Spot in Scottsdale on Friday, August 1

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Gelato Spot
The 2nd annual Gelato Wars kicks off this Friday.
This Friday, August 1, locally-owned dessert chain The Gelato Spot will launch its second annual Gelato Wars contest. As with last year's event, the contest will pit a lineup of local chefs against each other in a battle to earn a custom-molded gelato cone trophy, $500 cash, and a $5,000 check presented on their behalf to Make-A-Wish Arizona.

For this year's contest, 10 local chefs have created limited-edition flavors of gelato that will be available at three Gelato Spot locations during the month of August. Diners will get to decide who wins the contest by voting with their wallets: The chef who sells the most gelato wins.

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Bink's Midtown to Host All-You-Can-Eat Pig's Head Party

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Chef Kevin Binkley at the Bink's Midtown bar.
You've had plenty of opportunity to pig out on the Bink's Midtown patio. For more than a year now, the central Phoenix restaurant courtesy of James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley has been hosting weekly whole pig roasts with themes that change from week to week.

Earlier this year we even took you behind-the-scenes to show you how the restaurant preps and roasts a whole pig.

But this upcoming party will be different. Instead of offering diners meat from the whole animal, chef Binkley will be showcasing meat strictly from the animal's head. That means everything from cheeks to snout -- and yes, even eyeballs.

It may sound like an unappealing meal to some, but Binkley's not the only chef in town who's out to open our eyes to the delicious potential a pig's head can hold.


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Cocktail Summer Camp at The Gladly: 200 Years of Whiskey Cocktails Passed in a Flash

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Summer Cocktail Camp at The Gladly is an educational experience -- with a whole lot of booze.
Are you good at retaining information while consuming a formidable amount of alcohol? If so, then chances are you'd get a lot out of The Gladly's Summer Cocktail Camp, a series of bi-monthly cocktail classes featuring some of the Valley's top mixologists this summer.

Each booze-soaked camp features a different theme and at last Sunday's event, Chow Bella was invited to explore the history of whiskey cocktails with Travis Nass of Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn. The class included demonstrations and recipes for four whiskey-based cocktails dating back as far as the late 1700s.

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

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This week Cowboy Ciao mixologist Alexa Bowler is debuting a new cocktail menu that incorporates elements such as sundried tomato-infused sriracha vodka, peach and black walnut bitters, and Hellfire habanero shrub. The new menu includes the When Quentin Met Kaile that uses Sombra mescal, Ramazzotti amaro, pineapple gomme, hibiscus syrup, Hellfire habanero bitters, and lime served on ice with Li Hing rim. Another new debut will be the Caprese Pant, which uses sundried tomato-infused sriracha vodka, basil oil, and Hellfire habanero shrub served up with a cheese garnish.


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"The Critic and The Cook" Lunch and Learn at the Sanctuary: California-Inspired Cuisine and a Peek Inside the Mind of a Critic

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Lauren Saria
San Diego Surf N' Turf
It's not often you get to see a well-known executive chef and a food critic chat about the ins and outs of the restaurant business. At least, not without the conversation breaking out into a shouting match. Thankfully that was not the case at the first installment of this year's Lunch and Learn series, held last Saturday at the Sanctuary Resort & Spa.

The event, which Chow Bella was invited to come out and enjoy, brought together local celebrity chef and Food Network star chef Beau McMillan and San Diego Magazine food critic Troy Johnson for a day of food, education, and entertainment. The pair, along with chef Rene Andrade Jr., offered cooking demonstrations, stories of their time in the industry, and a three course meal inspired by San Diego cuisine.

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Proper Meats + Provisions to Hold Vendor Fair This Weekend in Flagstaff

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Last week we told you about Proper Meats + Provisions, the Arizona-focused meat shop that will source its products from local farms and food producers. In addition to meat from nose to tail and other housemade products including charcuterie and possibly butter, the store plans to offer customers a selection of food products made by Arizona artisans.

This weekend Proper Meats will host a Vendor Fair to find those products.

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Great Growler Fill: Celebrate the New Growler Regulations on Thursday, July 24

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As you may know by now, new legislation signed into law in May has changed the regulations on growlers. Thanks to Senate Bill 1397, nicknamed the "Liquor Omnibus" bill, breweries will soon be able to fill growlers made out of stainless steel, ceramic, and any nonporous, sanitary material.

The new law goes into effect at midnight Thursday, July 24 and craft breweries all over the state will be celebrating by participating in the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild's Great Growler Fill.

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

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Today the Scottsdale location of Burger 21 will open its doors to the public and offer the first 100 guests to visit the restaurant a free Burger 21 t-shirt. The restaurant, which comes courtesy of the the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., will also be donating ten percent of all proceeds on opening day to the 100 Club of Arizona, a local non-profit that provides assistance to statewide public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, paramedics and their families. The new restaurant is located inside the Seville Shopping Center located at 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd.


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Real, Wild, and Woody: A Craft Beer Lover's Paradise

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The first-ever Real, Wild, and Woody beer festival debuted on Saturday.
The sold-out Real, Wild, and Woody craft beer festival debuted on Saturday, July 19 at Tempe Center for the Arts, with beer geeks filling the indoor venue in hopes of getting a taste of countless rare and specialty brews. We'd love to console those who didn't nab a ticket fast enough by saying the event featured long lines or overly-hyped brews -- but that would be a lie.

In truth the first event was remarkably well-organized, well-attended, and full of one-of-a-kind beers.

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The Great American Veg Out: 7 Chefs, 7 Mixologists, and a Lot of Veggies in Phoenix on July 27

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We have a feeling our local chefs are enjoying the slow season this year. Why? Because this summer there's been an remarkable number of multi-chef dining events (see, here and here) to enjoy -- and to be clear, we're not complaining.

The latest seven chef/mixologist event to add to your dining calendar is The Great American Veg Out. The one-day dining event is "out to prove that vegetables are sexy," a noble cause that doesn't seem so daunting when you check out the list of participating chefs.

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