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Post image for Check out a real Sausage Fest this Sunday at Brat Haus in Old Town Scottsdale

Despite the unfortunate connotations of its name, this Sunday’s eight-hour event sounds pretty fun.

From noon-8 p.m., Brat Haus will have pretzels, brats, a pig roast, and various pickled goodies.

Special brats will include:

  • Umami Brat: A ramen-style brat made with pork, ginger, scallions, sesame and ramen noodles.
  • Das Feure (The Fire): A pork habanero pepper brat with ghost peppers and Pepper Jack cheese.
  • Sunshine Beer Brat: Made with New Belgium Sunshine Wheat beer, pork, bacon, orange zest and coriander.
  • Jerk Chicken Brat: Made with chicken, pork, seasoning, rum and scotch bonnets.
  • Minnesota’s Pride: Made with venison, wild rice, fernet and gold flakes.
  • The Hossenphefer: A rabbit brat with sweet onions simmered in red wine.

Brat Haus also will make a massive 80-foot brat that patrons can purchase in portions ($1 per inch, 6 inches minimum) with 50% of the proceeds going to the ALS Association of Arizona.

Other activities will include Arizona’s largest pretzel, sausage-making demos, stein-holding contests, brat-eating contests, and beer garden games.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 Sunday at Brat Haus. You also can buy tickets online.

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Post image for Food truck roundups update: New location in Gilbert, more trucks in Chandler

The Gilbert Food Truck Food Court moves to its third location in the past month Friday night.

Its original home was on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Vaughn downtown – just across Gilbert Road from Oregano’s.

After a brief dalliance at the Park & Ride parking lot next to the water tower, the weekly roundup now moves to its new home: The former dirt lot just east of its original site but on the north side of Vaughn (see map above).

Organizers are asking patrons to park either in the lot south of Vaughn or in the parking garage behind Zinburger.

Hours are still the same – 5-9:30 p.m.-ish – and, thanks to a successful Go Fund Me campaign, organizers have purchased new tables.

This week’s truck lineup has not been posted yet.

Downtown Ocotillo Weekly Food Truck Event

Chandler’s fledgling food truck roundup, which launched last week and drew around 100 people, is adding trucks this Friday.

It’ll run 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Ocotillo, a commercial development on Queen Creek between Dobson and Price.

This week’s lineup (so far):

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Post image for After 2 decades, Hooter’s closes on downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue

The national chain’s first East Valley location had occupied the upstairs space on the southeast corner of Mill and Fifth Street since 1995.

There are six Hooter’s remaining in the Valley: One in east Mesa, one in Scottsdale, and four in Phoenix.

Hooter’s plans to open a new location at Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix late this year.

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Post image for Wimpy’s Paradise/Pittsburgh Willy’s in Chandler kicks off weekly Pierogi Night tonight

Fans of the original Pittsburgh Willy’s in the Merchant’s Square antique mall may recall Wednesdays were Pierogi Day, the one day of the week the hot dog shop also offered the Polish dumplings.

Since temporarily moving into the same downtown Chandler space as its sibing restaurant, burger and ice cream parlor Wimpy’s Paradise, Pittsburgh Willy’s suspended Pierogi Day.

Related: Pittsburgh Willy’s keeps alive lost art of pierogi-making

Starting today, though, the pierogi are back.

Wimpy’s Paradise/Pittsburgh Willy’s is launching Pierogi Night from 5-8 p.m. (or until pierogi run out) every Thursday.

Owner Randy Walters’ family hand-made 40 plates of the butter-sauced, potato-stuffed dumplings for tonight – and 20 of them already have been reserved.

To reserve yours, call 480-821-3197. Walters plans to have 50 plates available in future weeks.

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Post image for Bite of Arizona takes place Saturday & Sunday at Rawhide in Chandler

Hours are listed as noon-10 p.m. each day.

The two-day event features “local food artisans and gourmet food trucks,” although a promised list of participants was not posted on its website.

General admission starts at $10 per person, although you can get 50% off any ticket package by using the code “BD50″ here.

Beer and wine will be sold for $2-$3 per 4-ounce tasting of beer and $2-$4 per 2-ounce tasting of wine.

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Post image for Thursday’s ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ menu: Risi Bisi con Milanesa & Andalusian Baked Eggplant

The weekly five-course dinners, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dining room, highlight a rotating selection from the regular menu at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert.

This week’s dinner will be complemented by higher-end wines, so the price will be $75 per person (plus tax and tip) instead of the usual $37.

April 23 “Taste of Romeo’s” menu:

  • Mezzogiorno: Roasted red peppers, peas, artichoke hearts, and fresh mozzarella cheese in a pesto Dijon vinaigrette.
  • Balsamic Steak Salad: Grilled steak tossed in extra virgin olive oil, balsamic, vinegar with roasted red peppers, scallions, tomatoes, mushrooms, red cabbage, artichoke hearts, and sunflower seeds with romaine lettuce.
  • Risi Bisi con Milanesa: Brown rice, black beans, peppadew peppers, hominy, onions, and peas cooked in chicken broth, lightly breaded pan-fried pork cutlets, parsley-cilantro salad, lemon wedges.
  • Andalusian Baked Eggplant (pictured above): Fennel sausage, roasted red peppers, pine nuts, spinach, red onions, scallions and fresh garlic. Sauteed in olive oil, baked over eggplant with feta cheese.
  • Chocolate Cheesecake

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

Also see: Romeo Taus ‘engineers’ culinary success with Euro Cafe

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Post image for Chandler Craft Spirits Festival returns to downtown’s A.J. Chandler Park on Saturday

The second annual event runs 5-9 p.m.

More than 50 spirit and restaurant vendors will take part, including Arizona Distilling Co. and Tombstone and Desert Diamond distilleries.

Food will be available from SanTan Brewing Company, San Marcos resort, Social Box, and Caketini.

Some of the Valley’s top mixologists will hold a 5:30 p.m. seminar on creating craft cocktails at home.

Tickets are $40, which includes 15 drink tickets. (Tickets sold here.)

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Post image for Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria celebrates Earth Day with $4.99 Serious Slices today

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