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

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Someburros Scavenger Hunt
Today through Saturday, July 12

Now through Saturday, Someburros is celebrating its 28th year of business with twice-daily Piñata Hunts. The restaurant is thanking customers for their years of loyalty by stashing two piñatas around town every day. At 9 a.m., Someburros will give hints Twitter and Facebook about where the goodies are located. The first to arrive at the locations will get dibs on the piñatas, which will be loaded with Someburros loot, including gift cards to put toward burros, hot sauce, and pollo fundido.


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

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Welcome Diner's Party On Roosevelt
Friday, July 4

We've already given you more than a few ideas about where you can dine and drink this Fourth of July. But if you're still not feeling in the patriotic party spirit, here's one more event for your dining and drinking calendar. This Friday Welcome Diner will be throwing a shindig where you can find art and food all in one place. In conjunction with this month's First Friday event, the Welcome Diner's Party On Roosevelt will offer all the restaurant's favorites including their Fried Green Tomato Sandwich and their well-loved Hurricanes. Local artist Benji Sakoia will also be painting live and Arizona Clay Madness will be around with hand made commemorative Welcome Diner Hurricane glasses ($25). For more information check the Facebook event page.


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

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Something's brewing in Scottsdale this weekend!
Scottsdale Beer Palooza
Saturday, June 28

You know what's even better than a new summer festival in Phoenix? A new indoor beer festival in the summer in Phoenix -- and that's exactly what we'll get this Saturday at the first Scottsdale Beer Palooza at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The new indoor event will include more than 30 breweries, live music, and food from local food trucks. One of the biggest draws is expected to be the The Beer Store, where festival attendees will be able to pick up bottles, cans, and growlers of beers featured at the event -- plan ahead and you can use this opportunity to stock up for the 4th of July weekend. Doors open 1 p.m. and the festival ends at 6 p.m. General admission costs $40 and includes 20 4-ounce beer samples. For more information visit the Scottsdale Beer Palooza website.


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