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

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Evie Carpenter
Old Town Scottsdale's Saturday morning farmers market
Edible Education Series
Saturday, February 28

Springtime means the return of the Edible Education series at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market and this weekend the free lesson will be taught buy Lynne Sczruba of Monarch Garden Box. From 10 to 11 a.m. at the at the Co-Liverys' Carriage House Sczruba will teach a class called Cultivate: Growing and Cooking with Fresh Herbs and Edible Flowers. The series runs every Saturday morning through May 9, with future classes taught by Natalie Morris, Sweet Republic's Helen Yung, chef Claudio Urciuoli, Chrysa Robertson of Rancho Pinot, and mixologist Kim Haasarud. You can view a complete schedule of Edible Education classes on the La Bella Terre website.

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

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Tempe Empty Bowls
Tomorrow and Saturday, February 21

This Friday and Saturday you can help fight local hunger by heading to the Tempe Empty Bowls event. Attendees can purchase a handmade ceramic bowl for $10, which Whole Foods will fill with a simple lunch of soup and bread. Proceeds from the bowls will go to local charities including the Tempe Community Action Agency, the Escalante Community Garden, and United Food Bank's Kid's Café program. On Friday, the event will be held at 6th Street Park (just south of City Hall in Downtown Tempe) and on Saturday at the Community Center Courtyard at 3500 South Rural Road. Both events will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information check the Tempe Empty Bowls Facebook.


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

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Jeremiah Toller
Beer lovers better hit up the Strong Beer Festival this weekend.
Strong Beer Festival
Saturday, February 14

This weekend kicks off Arizona Beer Week and on Saturday the festival's marquee event, the Strong Beer Festival, will take over Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. The event brings together dozens of craft breweries that will pour hundreds of different types of beers. General admission, which costs $45, includes a commemorative 4 ounce tasting glass, as well as 40 samples (2 ounce pours) of beers. Food will be available for purchase and free water bottles will be available. Gates open at 1 p.m. and last call will be at 4:45. For tickets or more information check the Arizona Beer Week website. (Arizona Beer Week events run from today through Saturday, February 21.)


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

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Evie Carpenter
Maine Lobster Roll from The Maine Lobster Lady
Street Eats Food Truck Festival
Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8

This weekend the biggest street food celebration in the Southwest takes over Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. The fourth annual event, co-sponsored by New Times, will feature dozens of trucks including The Grilled Cheese Truck, Press Italian Street Food, Maine Lobster Lady, Mustache Pretzels, and Bang Bang Dumplings. Admission to the festival costs $12 and food and drink tickets will be available for $2 each. Gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. both days. The event also includes live music, cooking demonstration, and contests, and more. For more information check the Street Eats Food Truck Festival website.


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

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Truckin' Awesome Super Fest
Today through Saturday, January 31

This weekend you can get a sneak peek at the soon-to-open DeSoto Central Market located at 915 N. Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix by heading to the three-day Truckin' Awesome Super Fest. The party will be held on the outdoor patio and will feature food trucks and a beer and wine garden, as well as live music and DJs. The dog and bike-friendly event will also include ping pong, corn hole, and arts and crafts vendors so you can soak up some rays while you enjoy your beer. Admission to the festival is free. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the party goes until 11 p.m. For more information check the Facebook event page.


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

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Evie Carpenter
The lobster roll from the Maine Lobster Lady.
Maine Lobster Lady
Friday, January 23

Every summer we watch her go and wait impatiently for her return. We spend the hottest month of the year yearning for a the taste of fresh lobster in a buttery, toasted roll. Yeah, that's right, we're talking about the Maine Lobster Lady, who returned to the Valley earlier this month. This Friday you can catch her at the Capitol Lawn (17th Avenue between Jefferson and Adams) where she'll be serving up lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with other trucks including The Great Pho King Truck, Frank Food Truck, Luncha Libre, and Grilled Addiction. On Saturday night, you can get your lobstah on at the Food Truck Caravan in Scottsdale (5th Avenue and Goldwater) from 6 to 9 p.m. For more dates and locations check the Maine Lobster Lady Facebook page.


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

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Lauren Saria
Costilla Adobada from the breakfast menu will be adapted to be a dinner special this weekend.
Barrio Urbano Dinner
Friday, January 16

As of this week Barrio Urbano, located at The Yard in Phoenix, is open for dinner and serving a concise menu of appetizers and entrees. The selection includes dishes such as Toritos de Jaiba made with lump crab and goat and Oaxaca cheeses ($12); Posole Verde ($8); and Enchiladas Urbanas made with Oaxaca, Monteray, and Jack cheeses, spinach saute, and tomatillo jojoque creama ($18). This weekend the special will be Costilla Adobada, a dish that features short braised rib with an adobada-honey sauce ($29). This newest restaurant to come from chef Silvana Salcido Esparza also serves breakfast starting at 7 a.m. everyday and offers a full bar.


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

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Courtesy of Christopher's and Crush Lounge
National Cassoulet Day
Friday, January 9 through Sunday, January 11

On Friday Francophiles from coast to coast will pay homage to cassoulet, or classic French casserole, in honor of National Cassoulet Day. And to celebrate here in the Valley, look no further than chef Christopher Gross of Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge at the Biltmore Fashion Park. All this weekend chef Gross will be serving his own version of the traditional winter dish, a decadent version that includes Hudson Valley duck confit and house-made merguez sausage. Christopher's Cassoulet ($24) will be available for dinner Friday through Sunday. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 602-522-2344.

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

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Lauren Saria
Pink Pony's burger features two 5 oz. patties.
Lunch at Pink Pony
Today

Starting today the Pink Pony in Scottsdale will be open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch daily. Chef Stephen K. Eldridge's lunch menu includes a selection of starters, salads, and sandwiches such as the Achiote Chicken Sandwich ($11) with grilled chicken , coleslaw, Jack cheese, avocado, and bacon on a toasted brioche bun. Other options will include braised and wood roasted beets with Marcona almonds, mascarpone, and maple and sherry vinaigrette; cornmeal crusted calamari with arugula, pickled onion, and lemon aioli; and bison, beef, pork, and bacon meatloaf served with griddled country bread, poblano mole, buttermilk onion rings, and fried potatoes. For more information check the Pink Pony Scottsdale Facebook.


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

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Sweet Repulic's Helen Yung with the folks behind Welcome Chicken + Donuts
Welcome Chicken + Donuts
Saturday, December 20

Don't freak out but this Saturday two of the Valley's top chefs will be teaming up with Welcome Chicken + Donuts to create some Japanese-themed specials. Sweet Republic's Helen Yung tells us that she's working with the new Phoenix restaurant on some ideas such as red bean filled donuts dusted with kinako (roasted soybean powder) and matcha salt and yuzu donuts with black sesame glazed. On the savory side, Lori Hashimoto of Hana will be helping to cook up some new fried chicken sauces. They're playing with idesa such as umeboshi, or Japanese salty pickled plums, fried chicken. There's even talk of sweet potato, marshmallow and pecan ice cream between two halves of a cake donut. The specials will be available this Saturday. For more information keep an eye on the Welcome Chicken + Donuts Facebook page.


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