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

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Talk & Tasting with Jon Bonné
Saturday, August 9

Wine lovers will probably know the name Jon Bonné, the award-winning journalist is wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and authors the paper's annual "Top 100 Wines" list. This weekend Bonné will come to Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix to promote his book The New California Wine, which serves as both a guide to California's wines, producers, and innovators and gives insight into the state's wine industry. Tickets to the wine tasting and book signing event, which starts at 5 p.m., cost $35 and includes one tasting admission, one seat, and one copy of The New California Wine. For more information visit the Changing Hands website.


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

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Lauren Saria
Chef Matt Taylor of Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden
Beer Dinner: Huss Brewing Company
Saturday, August 2

We're pretty excited that well-known Valley chef Matt Taylor has relocated to the kitchen at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden. And if you're looking for a good excuse to go check out what the chef has up his sleeve, then this Saturday's event might be just that reason. The restaurant's craft beer dinner will feature three courses and an amuse bouche paired with beers from Huss Brewing Company in Tempe. The menu includes a Kushi oyster with Spanish chorizo mignonette, bowfin caviar, and rye crumble and curried goat with dirty rice, pickled watermelon, and fresno chili vinegar. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45 a person. Call 480-719-8600 for a reservation.


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

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Tandoori Khazana
The Dhaba Spice Showcase
Saturday, July 26

Explore the world of Indian spices this Saturday at The Dhaba. The restaurant will host a Spice Showcase during which attendees will learn about the "flavors, aromas, and health benefits of more than 50 of the herbs and spices utilized in Indian cooking." Students will also learn how to make four of the more popular spice blends: Garam Masala, Tandoori Masala, Curry Powder, and Maharajah Curry Powder. The class, which starts at 11 a.m., costs $60 and also includes a companion book, snacks, masala chai, and spice bottles of the four blends made during the class. To RSVP call 480-557-8800.

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

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Real, Wild, and Woody
Saturday, July 19

We have a good feeling about this first-time summer event. The fest, courtesy of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, will feature dozens of in-state craft brewers who are pulling out all the stops to present an impressive lineup of speciality brews -- think barrel-aged, smoked, and other unique creations. The event starts at 2 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Tickets, which cost $50 in advance and include 20 beer samples, are sold out. But keep an eye on the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild Facebook for chances to win a pair, as well as for news about last-minute ticket releases.


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