Wigwam Resort to Host Beer & Bacon Festival in Litchfield Park

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Bacon and beer? Say no more, Wigwam.
If you read the words "Bacon & Beer Festival" in the headline and your heart skipped a beat, there'll be plenty more heart-stopping action where that came from when you actually head out to the Wigwam Resort's event celebrating all things porcine and sudsy. The event, which takes place on October 25, will feature unlimited beer samples, bacon burger sliders, and more.

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Chef Beau MacMillan Hosts Interactive Dinner Event With Mark Tarbell on Oct. 10

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Guess who chef Beau MacMillan is bringing to dinner on Friday.
If you've missed the chef connection you were privy to during the Sanctuary's Lunch and Learn series this summer, you're in luck because the interactive format of the lunch is back with some big names during a special one-night-only dinner event on Friday, October 10. Obviously, chef Beau MacMillan of elements will be there, but he's also bringing some well known colleagues to the table to chat about all of their tricks of the trade, and we have the night's menu.

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SanTan Brewing Co. Releases Special Edition Cans of Aged Beer

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Get ready to try the aged brews from SanTan's Vault.
Just in time for deep, flavorful beers to come back in season, SanTan Brewing Co. announced that it will be releasing special aged editions of some of their most popular seasonal brews every six to eight weeks. If you aren't thirsty now, trust us, after reading the line-up of canned and aged SanTan beers to be released in the coming weeks, you'll certainly want to crack one open for yourself.

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The Cronut Recipe from Dominique Ansel Is Finally Available Online

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Rachel Miller
The secret to Dominique Ansel's cronuts is out. We can't imagine they'll be as good as our own Rachel Miller's.
Just when you thought all of the Cronut buzz had finally worn off, celeb baker Dominique Ansel releases an at-home recipe for his iconic hybrid pastry. That's right, now you can whip up Cronuts kind of sort of just like they do at the Dominique Ansel Bakery, though you should be warned that the difficulty level is marked "extreme." Are you up for the challenge?

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Four Peaks Teams Up with Von Hanson's to Make Special Kilt Lifter Brat

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Grill up the taste of your favorite local brew this October.
If any local brew has a truly devoted fanbase, it's Four Peaks' Kilt Lifter (we don't count the Pumpkin Porter because it's only around for a small time every year). After all, there's a reason this beer is a five-time Great American Beer Festival medal winner.

Well, if you're one of those Scottish ale lovers, you're in for a treat because Four Peaks Brewing Co. and Von Hanson's Meats & Spirits are joining forces all month long to serve up some bratwurst made with the brew.

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11 Metro Phoenix Restaurants Scored a "D" from the County Health Department in September

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Nikki Buchannan
Who would've thought this upscale Phoenix spot would've made the list?
Bugs, blood, and decaying produce: sounds kind of like a horror flick, right? Well, that's just some of the violations recorded in last month's county health inspections. Unfortunately, that's not all of the bad news reported by health inspectors in their routine check-ins. You might recognize some repeat offenders from previous months who hopefully will clean up their act before the next health inspector's visit.

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Cartel Coffee Lab Gets National Attention in New Square Ad

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Heather Hoch
Who would have thought that Cartel's P.O.S. system would be the thing to get national attention.
Maybe one of the first times we were ever exposed to the Square P.O.S. system was at Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe. This was before the Scottsdale or downtown Phoenix locations of the coffee shop ever existed and our signature on the iPad screen looked like that of a toddler trying to put a large cold brew on our tab. It makes sense then that Cartel was chosen to be featured in a national ad campaign for Square targeting small-business owners in the food and beverage world.

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Luci's Healthy Marketplace Adds Pumpkin Pancakes to the Menu for Fall

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Good morning, pumpkin. What's for breakfast?
Are you sick of hearing about pumpkin things already? Well, happy October, everything is at its pumpkin peak for a while, but that's okay. There really are worse gourds all food and beverage could be flavored like or with so why not start this morning anew. Give pumpkin stuff another try at Luci's Healthy Marketplace where they're serving up pumpkin pancakes all month.

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Beer Pipeline to Run Underneath Bruges, Belgium

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Gives a whole new meaning to saying, "I know this great underground brewery."
If you know anything about Belgium, it might have something to do with waffles or fries, but it's even more likely that you know the Belgians are serious about their beer. From Trappist breweries to small craft set-ups churning out bottles of fancy heritage brewing styles , Belgium is pretty much a beer lover's paradise-- especially now that one Bruges-based brewery is building a pipeline under the picturesque city that will send beer underground across town.

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Phoenix City Grille Gives Away Free Food If You Bike to Brunch

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Pedal as fast as you can over to Phoenix City Grille this fall for brunch.
All right brunchophiles, it's time to dust off the old two wheeler and get back on your saddle because temperatures are finally cooling off and that means pretty much every weekend should be filled with both biking and brunching. Over at Phoenix City Grille, you can choose to combine the two and they will reward you with free food all fall long.

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