17 Food and Drink Festivals in Metro Phoenix This Fall

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Multiple chile festivals take place in Metro Phoenix on September 27.

As the weather cools off and the snowbirds start flocking, the short waits and summer discounts at restaurants go out the window. It's not all bad for food lovers, though, as September marks the official beginning of the fall food festival season. There are new and old food festivals popping up just about every weekend, so here's a list to get you started on some of our top picks for the fall.

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Free Beer: Ingo's Tasty Food Hosts Pop-Up Beer Garden on Labor Day

Categories: Wake Up Call

Ingo's Tasty Food/Facebook
Get ready for a beer garden, Arcadia.
Looking for something fun (and cheap) to do on your extra day off this weekend? Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia is hosting a special, one-day only pop-up beer garden event on Monday, September 1. The event will feature complimentary beer tasting, drink specials, gelato, and, of course, their tasty burgers.

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Moises Treves, Phoenix Mexican Cuisine Pioneer, Has Died

Categories: News

Jackie Mercandetti
Camaron al Mojo de Ajo at Así es la Vida
Moises Treves, the chef often credited with introducing Valley diners to Central Mexican cuisine, died last week. It's been more than a decade since the local food pioneer sold his Phoenix restaurant, Such Is Life, but the mark Treves made on the Valley food scene can still be seen -- and tasted -- today.

Treves opened Such is Life on 24th Street just north of Osborn Road in 1993. At that time his menu of delicacies such as mole, Veracruz-style pescado, and cochinita pibil was one of a kind in town. The fine-dining Mexican restaurant even got national attention, named one of Phoenix's most interesting dining destinations by the New York Times.

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Oaxaca Black Mole Taco from La Santisima: 100 Favorite Dishes

Heather Hoch
Because mole makes everything better, right?
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

19. Oaxaca Black Mole Taco from La Santisima

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Cuff: New Restaurant to Open in Historic Downtown Glendale Next Month

Courtesy of Cuff
The new restaurant is of one of three new projects to come to downtown Glendale.
The West Valley hasn't exactly been a destination for ambitious chefs looking to make their mark in the local culinary scene. But with a new restaurant coming to downtown Glendale, that may start to change.

Later this fall, Cuff, a New American Restaurant, will open its doors at 5819 West Glendale Avenue in the heart of the city's historic downtown. The restaurant comes courtesy of executive chef and owner Tom Harvey, formerly of Eddie V's in Scottsdale.

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Times Square in North Phoenix: Eating the World

Josh Chesler
Linguini Principessa is one of several seafood dishes at Times Square in Phoenix.

We spin the globe and search for otherworldly spots to expand our eating horizons around the Valley.
The Place: Times Square Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
2602 West Deer Valley Road

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After Less Than Six Months, Fusion Burritos in Gilbert Has Closed

Lauren Saria
The Seoul burrito.
It seems the Valley just isn't ready for internationally inspired burritos via a drive-thru because after less than six months Fusion Burrito in Gilbert has closed its doors for good.

The restaurant served a menu of burritos stuffed with off-the-wall toppings including meatballs, mashed potatoes, and chicken salad. As an example, consider The Seoul burrito, which was packed with roasted pork, steamed rice, shredded cabbage, carrot, radish, cilantro, and mint.

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5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Weekend Eats

Scottsdale's newest brunch spot is SumoMaya.
Weekend Brunch at SumoMaya
Saturday, August 30

Scottsdale's hottest fusion restaurant, SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen, has launched weekend brunch with new dishes, select lunch items, and plenty of booze. The brunch menu includes items such as Spiced Pecan French Toast topped with vanilla crema and caramel-like cajeta sauce ($12); Green Tea Waffles with crispy duck confit, organic egg and añejo-vanilla bean syrup ($14); and Tequila Cured Salmon Lox served with a toasted "everything" bagel, yuzu cream cheese, capers, dill and pickled red onion ($12). Diners can also enjoy bottomless Bloody Mary's, Micheladas (regular or flavored), and Mimosas for $15. Weekend Brunch at SumoMaya is served from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and also features a live band.

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The ButterUp Knife Just Solved All Your Bread and Butter Issues

Categories: Wake Up Call

DM Initiatives/Kickstarter
Ribbons of butter: Sign us up.
Getting your bread buttered really can be a pain if you're using the real stuff and you don't have time to let it get to room temperature. Thankfully, an Australian-based company has come up with a creative way to solve that morning struggle with its ButterUp knife. Combining a grater with a serrated butter knife, it allows you to cut bread and spread butter with ease.

"But how does it work?" you might ask.

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The Truth About Your Arizona Tequila

Categories: Hooch

Mexican Moonshine Facebook/Jeff Turner
This tequila is as Arizonan as Roger Clyne himself, right?
It's no big secret that tequila isn't tequila unless it's made in Jalisco, Mexico. Like Champagne and sparking wine, there's tequila and there are agave spirits. I'm tempted to wax poetic and go full bard status here, so there are some things you should know about just what is in the name tequila and whether it really is any sweeter than its U.S.-made agave spirit brethren.

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