MaineLobsterLady011918The East Valley’s newest weekly food truck event – the Greenfield Lakes Food Truck Roundup – will make its debut from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

It will take place at Greenfield Lakes Golf Course on the northeast corner of Greenfield and Warner in Gilbert.

Organized by Gourmet Wheels AZ, which books more than 40 Valley food trucks, the inaugural roundup will include eight food trucks, two dessert trucks, and four boutique vendors.

(Pictured: Lobster rolls from The Maine Lobster Lady.)

There also will be a lighted driving range, beer and wine sales, and a live DJ.

Gourmet Wheels also is planning a weekly food truck roundup from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Shalimar Country Club in Tempe. It will debut Feb. 8.

The two new roundups join three ongoing East Valley roundups organized by AZ Feastivals: Gilbert Feastival and Queen Creek Feastival on Fridays and Mesa Feastival on Saturdays.

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Build-your-own-bowl concept The Bodhi opens next to ASU in Tempe

BY Jess Harter Thursday, January 18, 2018

TheBodhi011817The Bodhi, a fast-casual concept focused on nutritious and vitamin-rich foods, has opened on the northeast corner of Fifth Street and College Avenue in Tempe.

Build-your-own bowls – using a variety of proteins, vegetables, grains, and seeds – are the signature menu item at the 1,000-square-foot eatery. They start at $5.95.

Other options include salads, sweets, breakfast items and fresh-pressed juices.

We believe that the food we feed ourselves is more than just fuel. It has the power to heal, strengthen and improve our bodies,” owner Fares Tarabichi says. “Our meals are not only wholesome but also flavorful and fresh.”

The Bodhi is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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Detroit Coney Grill closes Superstition Springs Mall location

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, January 17, 2018

DetriotConeyGrillMesa011718Detroit Coney Grill has closed its year-old location at Superstition Springs Mall in east Mesa due to a ‘‘lack of business,’’ according to a Facebook post.

The locally owned hot dog and burger concept still operates its 5-year-old original location in Tempe and a 3-year-old location in downtown Phoenix.

Besides Detroit-style coneys, its menu offers Motor City favorites like Better Made chips and Faygo soda.

According to the Facebook post, Detroit Coney Grill is looking for another location in the East Valley.

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CuisineWineNoveauBeaujolais111815Cuisine & Wine Bistro in Gilbert is the latest East Valley restaurant to be featured on Channel 8’s popular TV show ‘‘Check, Please! Arizona.’’

The wine bar and restaurant, located on the northeast corner of McQueen and Warner, will appear in the show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

In each episode, three guests dine at and review three local restaurants that they have recommended to each other.

“We were very nervous but very excited during the filming of our episode,” says Mairead Buschtetz, who manages Cuisine & Wine with her husband, executive chef Fabrice Buschtetz (both pictured). “We were surprised when we were asked to participate, and obviously very honored.”

Cuisine & Wine Bistro debuted in 2015. A second location opened in south Chandler in 2016.

The Buschtetz’s three adult children and their daughter-in-law also work at the two restaurants.

“We want our guests to feel like they had dinner with family when they visit our restaurants,” Mairead Buschtetz says. “We hope the guests from ‘Check, Please! Arizona’ left with the same impression.’’

If you miss Thursday’s episode, it reruns at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

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BRIBrewhouse011118The Beer Research Institute in Mesa finally unveils its much-delayed brewery expansion with an all-day celebration from 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, Jan. 13.

There will be brewery tours on the hour and happy hour pricing on BRI beers all day. The brewery will tap a new beer for the occasion – That New Ish, a hoppy Belgian blonde ale (7% ABV).

BRI announced plans to take over the 2,300-square-foot space next door in 2016 with construction expected to be finished by March 2017. However, the shopping center was sold during that time, stalling the start of construction for more than six months.

The expansion, which increases BRI to a total of 5,300 square feet, is highlighted by a new 7-barrel brewing system (pictured above), which takes up a little more than half of the new space. BRI expects to brew 1,800 barrels of beer this year, compared to just 600 in 2017.

The increased capacity will allow BRI to self-distribute its beers – such as its best-selling 480G IPA and runner-up Lolli blonde ale – to more than the handful of East Valley bars that now get them.

The move also lets owners Matt Trethewey and Greg Sorrel turn the former brewhouse area in the original space into a barrel aging room.

BRIPatio011118Besides the new brewing system, the new addition also will accommodate four large booths and three more community tables, providing seating for another 35 patrons. It expands the front patio (pictured) by another 10 seats. A rear patio still is in the works.

BRI, which received glowing reviews on last week’s episode of ‘‘Check, Please! Arizona,’’ also will introduce a revamped food menu on Saturday. Popular items like its pub burger, bread pudding, and, of course, its signature ‘‘meat candy,’’ will be joined by several new dishes.

Due to the expansion, BRI is hiring nearly a dozen new staffers, including an assistant brewer (to lead brewer Colby Hansen) and a salesperson for its self-distribution.

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HopCentralInterior011018Hop Central Brewing, Chandler’s newest craft brewery and taproom, will hold its official grand opening at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12.

The brewery recently had a soft opening in the strip-mall space formerly occupied by Del Sol Tanning behind Rubio’s on the southwest corner of Rural and Ray.

The taproom boasts 36 taps, which eventually will offer four or five Hop Central beers and the rest guest beers.

So far, Hop Central has just one of its own beers – the House IPA (6.1% ABV) – on tap, and another in the fermenter that’ll be tapped soon.

Although Hop Central emphasizes hoppy beers, its tap list features many styles, including a mango-flavored mead from Mesa’s Cider Corps. You can see the current tap list here.

All draft beers are available in three sizes: 5 ounces (typically $2 or $3), 10 ounces, or 16 ounces.

HopCentralBrewing011017There also are some wines on draft, and the bar sells both beer and wine by the bottle to go, as well as growlers.

No food is served, but Hop Central allows customers to bring in food. There are a dozen or so restaurants surrounding the intersection of Rural and Ray alone.

Hop Central’s initial hours are 2-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday.

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B2BurgersBrews010918B2 Burgers & Brews, a new Chandler eatery that launched in September but closed after a kitchen fire Dec. 1, has finished repairs and reopened.

The bar is open tonight – if you buy one drink you’ll get a second for $1. Food service begins Wednesday, Jan. 10.

The family-friendly venue offers 14 specialty burgers (see menu), 20 beers on tap for adults, and pool, air hockey, and video games for kids of all ages.

A grand re-opening party will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, with all-day happy hour, live music in the evening, and promos with OHSO Brewing (noon-2 p.m.), Three Olives Vodka and Four Peaks Brewing (2-4), Uncle Bear’s Brewery (6-8), and Fireball Whisky (8-10).

The strip-mall space on Warner, just west of Arizona Avenue, previously was home to The Reef and, before that, The Draft House.

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MyWineCellar121617Wine 101 classes return to My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee with sommelier Katie Hallan leading two cycles of the three-part series, the first of which begins Monday, Jan, 15.

Over the course of three classes, attendees will explore the vast and diverse world of wine – swirling, sniffing, tasting, and dissecting many different varietals from all over the world that allow them to explore their palate while also learning a brief history of the origin and region.

The series will be offered twice, once this month and again in February:

  • 1st series: Monday, Jan. 15, 22, and 29; 6-7:30 p.m.
  • 2nd series: Monday, Feb. 12, 19, and 26; 6-7:30 p.m.

Cost for three classes is $75, or $65 for Wine Club members.

There is limited availability for each series, so please call 480-598-9463 to secure your seat.

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Jan. 10: Italian wine dinner at JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, January 9, 2018

JCsSteakhouse022316JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert will hold its monthly wine tasting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. This month’s focus will be on Italian wines.

The food-and-wine pairings:

  • 1st course: Italian sausage-stuffed manicotti. Paired with Branciforti Chardonnay.
  • 2nd course: Anti-pasta salad. Paired with Argiano Tuscan Blend.
  • 3rd course: Spaghetti and meatballs. Paired with Banfi Chianti.
  • 4th course: Tiramisu. Paired with LaMarca Prosecco.

Cost is $45 per person. RSVP: 480-306-4545.

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TempePublicMarketExt010918The long-awaited Tempe Public Market Cafe, a casual neighborhood hangout offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner items featuring locally sourced ingredients, will open to the public at 7 a.m. this Friday, Jan. 12.

The project is the third from chef Aaron Chamberlain and his brother, Dave, who launched St. Francis in Phoenix in 2009 and the Phoenix Public Market Cafe in 2013.

The fast-casual eatery is located in a long-vacant – and extensively remodeled – Circle K on the northeast corner of Rural and Warner in south Tempe. The interior seats 75 people, while a covered front patio with a fireplace accommodates another 65.

The Tempe menu is similar to its Phoenix sibling’s – breakfast dishes, sandwiches, salads, and a few house specialties, such as pork chile verde pot pie. It also will include pizzas, something the Phoenix Public Market Cafe does not offer.

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There also will be a retail section, a case of bagels and pastries, and another of to-go items.

Besides coffee drinks and juices, a full bar will have six beers on tap and more in cans and bottles, 11 wines by the glass or bottle, and half-dozen specialty cocktails.

Tempe Public Market Cafe will be open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

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