Saturday: Taste of Gilbert Festival at Freestone Park

BY Jess Harter Friday, October 20, 2017

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Taste of Gilbert, a one-day festival of food, music, arts and crafts and family fun, takes place noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Freestone Park on Lindsay between Guadalupe and Elliot.

Parking on the north side of the park via Guadalupe) and festival admission are free.

Participating restaurants include Nicantoni’s Pizza, Rodizio Grill, and Even Stevens, among others, as well as food trucks and food vendors.

The fest also will feature live music, business vendors, and backyard games. No dogs or pets are allowed.

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Saturday: GRAZ celebrates new space in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Friday, October 20, 2017

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GRAZ Kitchen Fresh will celebrate the grand opening of its new home in the Palette Collective building behind Chandler Fashion Center from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

The independent gourmet sandwich shop launched in 2014 on the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Pecos in Chandler. It moved in August.

Saturday’s party will include free food and gift card giveaways.

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Today: SunUp helps celebrate Casual Pint’s grand opening

BY Jess Harter Friday, October 20, 2017

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SunUp Brewing will be on hand today to celebrate the grand opening of The Casual Pint at 16th Street and Highland in central Phoenix.

Doors open at 4 p.m. The first 50 customers will receive free Casual Pint growlers; pint glasses, T-shirts, signs, and a San Diego vacation also will be given away.

SunUp’s White Russian, May The Schwartz Be With You and Hoppy Pumpkin will be on tap. Its Trooper IPA, Bearded Blonde, Tanline Brown Ale and White Russian will be available in cans.

It’s the Valley’s second location for The Casual Pint, a Tennessee-based concept that’s a cross between a craft beer bar and a retail store. The first opened in Chandler in 2016.

The two Valley locations are operated by different franchisees.

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Nov. 10: Sunset outdoor dinner at Tumbleweed Ranch

BY Jess Harter Friday, October 20, 2017

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Earlier this week I wrote about the eighth annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off, a free festival that takes place Nov. 10-11 at Tumbleweed Park.

At the time, I didn’t know this year’s Cook-Off will feature a new element: A sunset outdoor dinner to benefit Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch, the non-profit whose mission is to educate the community about Chandler’s agricultural heritage through programs and events like the Cook-off.

From 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, you can enjoy a cowboy-style dinner of an 8-ounce sirloin, salad, bread, potato, and dessert catered by Chandler restaurant Ginger Monkey. Non-alcoholic beverages and live entertainment are included. Local beer and wine will be available for purchase.

After the dinner, you can wander over to the Cook-off’s campfire performance and marshmallow roast with local singer Chip Hanna.

Tickets are $40 and available here. All proceeds will go to the non-profit.

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Chase’s Diner celebrates 20th anniversary this weekend

BY Jess Harter Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Chase’s Diner in Chandler celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend with three days of events.

From 9 a.m.-noon Friday, the restaurant will host a “Friendor Fair” featuring its vendors on site interacting with guests and offering fun for the kids. “Funky Chicken” from Hickman’s Family Farms will make an appearance.

When doors open at 6 a.m. Saturday, the first 50 guests in line will get a voucher for a free short stack of Chase’s buttermilk pancakes. These 50 guests also will be eligible to win T-shirts, gift cards, a flat-screen TV or a grand prize of a year’s supply of free pancakes.

From 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Chase’s will be collecting wish list items (leashes, collars, toys, etc.) and monetary donations for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. The restaurant will match all monetary donations.

Chase’s Diner, owned by Skip and Nancy Chase, is located on the northwest corner of Alma School and Warner.

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Today: Huss Sausage Fest 2017 at Flanny’s Bar & Grill

BY Jess Harter Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Flanny Bar & Grill in south Tempe hosts Huss Sausage Fest 2017 from 5-9 p.m. today.

The event will feature five different Schreiner’s sausages, five kinds of beer mustard, and eight Huss beers:

  • Scottsdale Blonde
  • Husstler Milkstout
  • Rice Pudding Porter
  • Vienna Lager
  • Copper State IPA
  • Magic in the Ivy
  • Koffee Kölsch
  • Orange Blossom

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Today: The Great Pumpkin Beer Day at OHSO locations

BY Jess Harter Thursday, October 19, 2017

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The Great Pumpkin Beer Day is here! Each of OHSO‘s three locations will have more than 20 pumpkin beers on tap for the popular annual promotion.

OHSO also will be serving slices of pumpkin pie while supplies last.

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Romano’s Macaroni Grill files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

BY Jess Harter Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Denver-based Romano’s Macaroni Grill is the latest national restaurant chain to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The fast-shrinking chain, now in its 29th year, only has three locations left in the Valley, all of which are expected to remain open, at least for now.

Macaroni Grill has had four different owners in the past decade, most recently Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort, who bought it in 2015.

Monfort’s group paid just $8 million for the chain, which sold for $55 million two years earlier. Since its the sale, Macaroni Grill has closed 53 of its 146 locations.

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Tonight: CaskWerks tasting at Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Chris La Belle from Tempe distillery CaskWerks will host a spirits tasting from 6-8 p.m. today at Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge in Chandler. For $20 you’ll get the tasting, one cocktail of your choice, and an appetizer.

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Today: No Self Esteam Punk tapping at SunUp Brewing

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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SunUp Brewing in Phoenix debuts its latest beer – No Self Esteam Punk – when the brew pub’s doors open at 11 a.m. today. Steam beers, a style technically known as California Common, originated in the 18th-century California.

Because refrigeration wasn’t available, steam beers were brewed with lager yeasts but at warm temperatures, resulting in well-rounded beers with a touch of fruitiness.

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