MXSW Weekend Guide for Feb. 24-26

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 24, 2017

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Gilbert Feastival

After last weekend’s soft opening, Gilbert’s weekly food truck roundup celebrates the grand opening of its new location today. In addition to two dozen food trucks, there are boutique vendors and live music. 5:30-9 p.m. today on the southwest corner of Val Vista and Warner. (Pictured: Buffalo Chicken Fries from American Poutine Co.)

Tempe Empty Bowls

For a $10 donation, you get a handcrafted bowl of your choice and a lunch of soup and bread at the annual fundraiser for United Food Bank. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at 6th Street Park and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Tempe Public Library.

Squash the Beef

Goldwater Brewing celebrates the start of spring training baseball at nearby Scottsdale Stadium with a full day of craft beer, food trucks, and live music. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town brewery.

Vegan Food Festival

The Valley’s premier vegan festival features dozens of restaurants, food trucks, vendors, and chefs. General admission is $25. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Phoenix Theatre/Phoenix Art Museum campus.

Welcome Chicken & Donuts

Peixoto Coffee‘s weekly pop-up event in downtown Chandler welcomes Phoenix’s Welcome Chicken & Donuts and  four different doughnut breakfast sandwiches. 8 a.m.-noon Sunday at Peixoto.

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Flancer’s seeks contestants for pizza-eating contest

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 24, 2017

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Flancer’s in Gilbert has issued an open call for contestants for its April 9 charity pizza-eating contest, an annual fundraiser for Warfighter Sports, Sunshine Acres, and Jewish Family Children Services. There typically are a few serious contestants (first prize is $250), but most compete for fun. Info: 480-396-0077.

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Now in cans: Uncle Bear’s Barkley’s Peanut Butter Cup Porter

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 24, 2017

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Something magical happened while you slept last night: Uncle Bear’s Brewery in Ahwatukee did its first canning run of its delicious Barkley’s Peanut Butter Cup Porter. It’s the brewery’s third beer to be offered in cans. You can buy it at the Ahwatukee brewery today, Total Wine next week, and Fry’s after that.

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Now open: Hot Duck in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Hot Duck, a restaurant offering pot-stewed duck dishes and traditional Chinese cuisine, has opened on the northeast corner of McQueen and Warner in Gilbert. The space previously had been home to Indian restaurant Kabob & Kurry.

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Ahipoki Bowl coming to San Tan Village this summer

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Fast-growing Ahipoki Bowl, a California-based poke bowl concept, will open its sixth Arizona location this summer at San Tan Village shopping center in Gilbert. The restaurant will be located in a new end cap with Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill, Noodles and Company, and The Habit Burger Grill, among others.

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Grabbagreen to open Gilbert location next month

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Grabbagreen, a Scottsdale-based healthy fast food concept, will open its fifth Arizona location next month at the new Rivulon Center on the northeast corner of Gilbert Road and the 202 in Gilbert. The chain, which has 15 locations in eight states, currently is looking for sites in Chandler and Queen Creek.

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MXSW Weekend Guide for Feb. 17-19

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 17, 2017

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Arizona Cocktail Week kicks off

Mixologists and spirit specialists come from all over the country will showcase their talent at 25-plus different tasting stations at Cocktail Carnival, the kickoff to Arizona Cocktail Week, from 7-10 p.m. tonight at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. Admission to the week’s signature event is $40 in advance or $50 at the door. From 8 p.m.-midnight Sunday, the popular Top Bars will feature more than 30 of the world’s best bars at The Croft Downtown in Phoenix.

Arizona Beer Week wraps up

Haven’t made it to any Beer Week events so far? You still have plenty of opportunities. Tonight, Spokes on Southern in Tempe rolls out a half-dozen barrel-aged beers from Bell’s and Founders for its four-year anniversary. Saturday’s smorgasbord includes the Night of a Million Randalls at The Brass Tap in Mesa, an Epic Baptism by Bacon beer dinner at The Hungry Monk in Chandler, and the annual BarleyWine Fest at The Handlebar in Tempe.

Party Gras at The Perch Brewery

Doors open at 4 p.m. Saturday for Party Gras, the three-year anniversary celebration at The Perch Brewery in downtown Chandler. The 21-and-over event, which also will compass sibling restaurant 55 Chicago next door, will feature Cajun food specials and more than 20 Perch beers on tap. Rock Lobster and Metalhead headline the music lineup.

Free buffet at The Draft Sports Grill

Speaking of anniversaries, The Draft Sports Grill across from Fiesta Mall in Mesa marks the end of its second year with its own big party Saturday. For adults, there’s a free happy hour buffet from 5-7 p.m. and a Founders tap takeover. There also will be food and drink specials, raffles, and giveaways all night. Kids 12 and under eat free all day.

Corks & Cactus at Desert Botanical Garden

Sample 40 different wines each day at Cactus & Corks, which takes place 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Cost is $35 for DBG members and $40 for non-members. All 80 wines will be available to purchase in the garden’s wine retail store.

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Scottsdale Culinary Festival adds 1st national music act

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 17, 2017

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For the first time in 39 years, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival has added a national headliner to its music lineup: Singer LeAnn Rimes. The fest will take place Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9, at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Rimes will perform April 8.

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Whiskey Row’s opening in Gilbert pushed back a week

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 17, 2017

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Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, which was scheduled to open Feb. 27 on the southeast corner of Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue in downtown Gilbert, has been pushed back at least a week. The 8,700-square-foot restaurant and bar now is planning a grand opening Thursday, March 16, with a soft opening about a week before.

Previous: Whiskey Row announces Feb. 27 opening date

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Today: $1 street tacos at Julia’s Mesquite Mexican Grill

BY Jess Harter Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Julia’s Mesquite Mexican Grill is celebrating its namesake’s birthday today with $1 street tacos all day. You have a choice of carne asada, chile rojo (beef), chile verde (pork), barbacoa (beef), al pastor (pork), marinated chicken (pictured), or regular chicken. Julia’s has two locations: The original at Arizona and Warner in Chandler and a new one at Gilbert and Brown in Mesa.

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