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

Categories: Weekend Eats

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Lauren Saria
Coppa Cafe chef Brian Konefal
Kelly Beef Tasting Dinner
Friday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18

It'll be a little bit of trek for diners to get up to Coppa Cafe in Flagstaff, but if this seven course Kelly Beef Tasting Dinner is anywhere near as good as chef Brian Konfal's usual fare then we promise it's going to be worth the drive. The dinner event will feature 100 percent natural, grass-fed beef from Kelly Beef used in dishes such as eye-round with roasted bone marrow consommé and leeks and wild blue sage fusilli pasta with shaved chuck steak and 36-hour braised tendon. You can view the entire menu on the Coppa Cafe website. The dinner, which costs $75 and begins at 7 p.m., will also feature desserts from pastry chef Paola Fioravanti. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling 480-275-8888.


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

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Tina Riddle
Oktoberfest 2013 at Tempe Beach Park
Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
Friday, October 10

This weekend Oktoberfest is in full swing around the Valley and the biggest celebration will be held at Tempe Town Lake over the next three days. Starting tomorrow you'll be able to find a half dozen beer gardens with scores of beers from Arizona and beyond at the 41st annual Tempe Oktoberfest. The event will also feature brats from Von Hanson's Meats & Spirits in Chandler, fair rides, live music, dog adoptions, and more. Admission to the event is free. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday. For more information about the event, visit the Tempe Oktoberfest website.

(Oktoberfest at Salt River Fields will also be held on Saturday, October 11)


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

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All Pumpkin Menu at Petite Maison
Friday, October 3 though Sunday, October 5

Fall is officially here and that means an abundance of pumpkin flavored...everything. This weekend you can kick off your pumpkin binge eating with an All Pumpkin Menu at Petite Maison. The $45, four-course meal includes dishes such as roasted pumpkin soup with scallop "gnocchi"; organic pumpkin risotto with duck confit and pumpkin chips; and foie and pumpkin stuffed Kentucky fried quail. Wine pairings are available for an additional $10. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 480-991-6887 or visiting the Petite Maison website.

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

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Jeremiah Toller
Head to RoRo this weekend to celebrate all things chile.
Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival
Saturday, September 27

Head to the A.R.T.S. Market in downtown Phoenix this Saturday night to be a part of the third annual Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival. The event will feature chile-infused dishes from 20 teams of local chefs and restauranteurs, all of whom will be competing for the title of Best Chile Pepper Dish. And when your mouth needs a break from the heat just hit the beer garden or snag a margarita from 3 Amigos Tequila. Admission to the festival is free and food and drink tickets/tokens will be available for purchase individually and in bundles. Food tickets (good for food samples from participating restaurants) will cost $2 each or 12 for $20. Drink tokens will cost $5 each or 5 for $20. The festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. For more information check the Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival website.


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

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Heather Hoch
Beer lovers, get ready.
Urban Ale Trail
Saturday, September 20

This Saturday beer lovers will descend on downtown Phoenix's watering holes to participate in the inaugural Urban Ale Trail. The self-guided tour will guide drinkers to a number of downtown, midtown, and uptown restaurants and bars where they'll find beer samples priced between $2 and $3, as well as snacks to pair with the selection of brews. Some of the participating establishments include First Draft Book Bar, Central Wine, Angels Trumpet Ale House, and The Crescent Ballroom. For a full map of the trail -- as well as a list and prices for available beers -- visit the Urban Ale Trail website. The event starts at 1 p.m. and is free to join.


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

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Jeremiah Toller
A course of spoons from chef Nobuo Fukuda at last year's James Beard Foundation Taste America dinner.
James Beard Foundation Taste America Tour
Tomorrow

For the second year the James Beard Foundation will come to the Valley for a weekend of food and drink events as a part of the Taste America Tour. The traveling celebration of local food and drink begins its stay in the Valley with a Night of Culinary Stars tomorrow night at the Royal Palms. The four-course dinner will feature food from top Valley chefs including Silvana Salcida Esparza, Paul McCabe, Charleen Badman, Josh Hebert, Cullen Campbell, Gio Osso, and Kevin Binkley will be joined by chef Sherry Yard of Helms Bakery in Los Angeles. Tickets to the event, which begin at $250 a person, can be purchased online. For more information about A Night of Culinary Stars and other Taste America event, visit the James Beard Taste America website.


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

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Phoenix New Times
This Friday Morning Glory at The Farm at South Mountain reopens for the season.
Morning Glory Opening
Friday, September 5

Next week, The Farm at South Mountain will reopen for its 21st season and the first of the farm's dining outlets to open will be the popular breakfast and brunch spot, Morning Glory Cafe. Starting Friday, September 5, Morning Glory will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The charming dining spot serves farm fresh homestyle breakfasts such as huevos rancheros and smoked brisket hash, as well as housemade muffins and pastries. Best of all, you can enjoy your meal -- and maybe a mimosa -- with a furry friend because the restaurant is pet-friendly.


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

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

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Enjoy spectacular views and a special dinner event at Talavera this weekend.
Taste Talavera: Backwards!
Saturday, August 23

This weekend Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale is breaking your mom's rule about no dessert before dinner. The upcoming installment of the restaurant's Taste Talavera dinner series is called Backwards! and will offer a menu that turns the traditional idea of dinner upside down. The meal will start with something slightly sweet and finish with an appetizer-themed dessert of foie gras, rhubarb, strawberry, and a peppered biscuit. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $65 for three courses plus wine pairings. For a reservation call 480-513-5085.


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

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Chef Christopher Gross with Julia Child.
Happy Birthday Julia Dinner at Christopher's
Friday, August 15

This weekend chef Christopher Gross of Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge is celebrating famous American chef Julia Child's birthday with a special three course dinner. The Happy Birthday Julia menu will be available on Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16 and includes some of the dishes Gross made when he appeared on the show, "In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs." Diners will have a choice of appetizer (onion soup, scallop mousse with lobster sauce, or torchon of mousse of foie gras served with brioche), entree (truffle infused cap steak with red wine, fillets of sole meunière, or coq au vin), and dessert (chocolate mousse tower, apple tarte tatin, or lemon tart), which will cost $45 a person. Call 602-522-2344 for a reservation.


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