How to Make a Pitcher of Martinis for Your Thanksgiving Party

Categories: Last Call

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JK Grence
What's better than easy martinis at Thanksgiving? Not much, I tell you.

As I look at the calendar, I realize that my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is sneaking up on me faster than I'd care to know. The refrigerator is getting filled with all manner of tasty treats, and soon the house will be full of food and friends.

With all the madness of Thanksgiving merriment, for many people a little social lubrication is in order. For some it's to help the holidays feel especially merry and bright. For others... the unofficial slogan of Thanksgiving is "I need a freaking drink."


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After Nine Months, the Tempe Community Market Has Closed

Categories: News

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Tempe Community Market/Facebook
In recent years, farmers markets seem to be popping up all over the Valley, with nearly every community and neighborhood banding together to organize a weekly event. That was the case in Tempe earlier this year when Tempe Community Action Agency, a nonprofit organization, announced plans to launch a year-round farmers market in downtown Tempe.

Now, less than a year later, the organization has decided to shut down the market in order to "reassesses its future viability."

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Phoenix Sky Harbor Restaurants: An Updated Field Guide to Airport Dining

Categories: Seasonal

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Courtesy of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
Believe it or not, even more restaurants have opened at Sky Harbor since you took your summer vacation.
Heading home for the holidays? Yeah, us too and that means a trip to the airport. We had our share of delays and cancellations due to last winter's horrific weather back East and this year's winter travel season is not looking much better so far.

The good news is that there are even more local restaurants at the airport than ever before and so that you don't waste any time walking (or standing on a moving walkway), we've compiled an updated guild to all the restaurants and bars at Phoenix Sky Harbor. You'll still have to go WWE Smackdown to find an open power outlet, but at least you can be well-fed when you do it.

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With New Menu, Chef Kelly Fletcher at The Revival in Tempe Has Finally Hit His Stride

Categories: First Taste

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Lauren Saria
Pork Osso Buco
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: The Revival
Location: 603 W. University Drive, Tempe
Open: About five months
Eats: Mexican
Price: $25+/person

It's been a roller coaster of a year for the restaurant located at 603 West University Drive. In June, it closed as Mucho Gusto, a longstanding neighborhood Mexican spot, and reopened a month later as The Revival. Owner Chad Withycombe brought on chef Kelly Fletcher, formerly of House of Tricks, to introduce an eclectic New American menu. It was interesting, but as the summer wore on, the restaurant struggled to find its identity. Finally last month, Fletcher announced he was revamping the menu and bringing back Mexican cuisine.

To put it bluntly, that was a very good decision.

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5 Places to Eat and Drink on Thanksgiving Eve in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Events

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Crudo

On Thanksgiving Eve, chef Cullen Campbell and the Crudo crew will host the second annual Put a Bird on It Party. In keeping with the avarian theme, the bar will serve drinks such as the Duck Duck Moose, made with Ayelsbury Duck Vodka, Hum Botanical Liqueur, lemon, and maple syrup, and the Birds of a Feather, made with Wild Turkey bourbon, Scarlet Ibis Rum, lime, mint, and brown sugar. All drinks will cost $7. From the kitchen, look forward to specials such as fried chicken skins with Calabrian chile ($5), scrapple, and eggs ($7), Tennessee hot chicken with corn cake and pickles ($12), and smoked wings with white balsamic aioli ($8). The party starts at 9 p.m.

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Battle of the Big, Fake Cronut: Dunkin' Donuts vs. Jack in the Box

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JK Grence

Few food trends I've seen have developed such mass appeal as the cronut. While the true Cronut is a registered trademark of Dominique Ansel Bakery, imitations with other names have sprung up around the world.

See also: Cronutâ„¢ Battle: Herb Box vs. Karl's Quality Bakery

The croissant/doughnut hybrid has managed to trickle all the way down to the mass-market drive-thru lane in record time. Not one but two different establishments now serve their own versions of the deep-fried laminated pastry. Whose is better? Let's eat.


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3 More Places to Order Pie for Thanksgiving in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Seasonal

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Sweet Republic/Facebook
Ice cream pie? Check.
What's that? You thought the pie craze was over after Pie Social last weekend? Well, you're wrong because we've still got a few more places to suggest if you haven't already ordered your Thanksgiving pie.

And by the way, if you're not cooking or even dining at home this Thanksgiving be sure to check out our list of 10 Thanksgiving Dinner Options in Metro Phoenix -- though as a side note we'd like to point out that not cooking at home doesn't mean you can't also order a pie.

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Check Out This Trailer for an Upcoming Documentary Short on Chef Chris Bianco

Categories: Fun

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Kitchen Sink Studio
Still from an upcoming documentary about Chris Bianco.
Chances are strong that if you like in Phoenix, you've eaten chef Chris Bianco's food. As a James Beard award-winning chef and one of the country's best known pizzaiolos, he's arguably the biggest name in the Valley culinary scene. His small collection of restaurants showcases the talents of not only the chef, but also his brother and bread baker, Marco, and his mother, who makes desserts for the restaurant at Town & Country.

But how much do you know about the man behind Phoenix's most sought-after pizza? In the upcoming months local creative and design consultancy firm Kitchen Sink Studios Inc. will be giving the public a glimpse into the mind of the chef through a documentary short.

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

Categories: Weekend Eats

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Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr
NovemBEER Festival
Saturday, November 22

Did you get your tickets yet? If not, don't worry. There's still time because we know you want to be there this Saturday for New Times' first NovemBEER Festival. The brew-centric fest will go down at the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature beers and ciders from dozens of local and national breweries. Look forward to 12 Arizona brewhouses including Four Peaks Brewing Co., Grand Canyon Brewing Co., Mother Road Brewing Co., and SunUp Brewing Co. Tickets to the event cost $35 for general admission and include 30 two ounce samples of beer. VIP tickets are also available for $55. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the NovemBEER Ticketfly website.


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Cowboy Ciao's Wildly Collaborative Cocktails Are Barely Legal

Categories: Hooch

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Heather Hoch
What happens when you take three bartenders and put them to work on one cocktail menu?
You'd think getting three different people with three different mixing styles and three different palates to work together to make one cocktail menu would be tricky. However, Mari Howe, Rich Furnari, and Kiefer Gilbert did just that for Cowboy Ciao's most recent menu -- and they say it was easy.

"The entire team sat down one night and tried our drinks and if they liked it, we put it on the menu," Howe says.

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