Food & Drink Events

Post image for July 14-15: Sunna’s Nektar pre-sale at SunUp Brewing in Phoenix

SunUp Brewing in Phoenix celebrates its 16th anniversary Aug. 18-20 with the release of a one-time, limited-run braggot – a type of mead made with both honey and barley malt– called Sunna’s Nektar.

The braggot, which has an ABV of 17%, has been aged for nearly two years in bourbon barrels. Aromas include honey, raisin, caramel, vanilla, maple, and marshmallow.

This Friday, July 14, the Camelback brewpub will hold a pre-sale event: 48 bombers of Sunna’s Nektar will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis when doors open at 11 a.m.

The sale will continue Saturday if any bottles remain.

There’ll be a limit of two bottles per person, but the bottles will be sold at a 10% discount off the regular $75 price. Sunna’s Nektar won’t be available again until SunUp’s anniversary weekend.

SunUp launched in 2001 as Sonora Brewhouse. It changed its name to SunUp in 2009.

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Post image for July 15: The Feast of St. Arnold at Fibber McGee’s Irish Pub in Chandler

Fibber Magees Irish Pub in Chandler hosts one of the East Valley’s premier annual beer events – the Feast of St. Arnold – from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, July 15.

The festival, now in its fifth year, honors the patron saint of Belgian brewers and hop-pickers, and the pub puts together a tap list of 40 of “the coolest, rarest, and geekiest beers the world has to offer.”

This year’s tap list (click to enlarge):

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There also will be Belgian-inspired food specials and live entertainment.

Saturday’s food specials:

  • Brussels Sprouts ($7.69): Pan-roasted with butter, crumbled bacon, onion, garlic. and red chili flakes.
  • Triple de Pomme Frites ($8.49): Hand-cut fries with a trio of dipping sauces – chile lime ranch, sweet and spicy aiol, and house-made pineapple ketchup.
  • Beer-Battered Shrimp ($9.49): Six extra-jumbo shrimp beer battered and served over a bed of peanut and pineapple slaw and topped with Bang Bang sauce.
  • Mussels ($12.49): A full pound simmered in a broth of white wine, garlic, leaks, bacon, and red chili flakes. Served with garlic bread.
  • Spinach & Kale Salad ($9.99): Baby spinach and chopped kale topped with fresh strawberries, goat cheese and candied walnuts. Served with strawberry vinaigrette.
  • Chipotle Alfredo Linguine ($15.99): Linguine tossed with Alfredo sauce, adobo, peas, crumbled bacon, mussels and shrimp. Served with garlic bread.
  • Apple Fritters ($7.49): Dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with salted caramel dipping sauce.

Admission to the all-day festival is free. Fibber Magees is located on the southeast corner of Dobson and Elliot in Chandler.

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Post image for July 12: Mexican wine & tequila dinner at JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert

JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert will go south of the border for its monthly wine tasting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12.

This month’s focus will be on L.A. Cetto wines from Baja California and Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine tequila.

The food-and-wine pairings:

  • 1st course: Stuffed Poblano chile, paired with Tequila Sunset featuring Mexican Moonshine.
  • 2nd course: Black bean and corn taco salad, paired with L.A. Cetto Chardonnay 2015.
  • 3rd course: Green Chile chicken and spinach enchiladas with white cream sauce, rice and beans guacamole, paired with L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.
  • 4th course: Jalapeno margarita cheesecake with a salty graham cracker crust, paired with a Mexican Moonshine margarita.

Cost is only $40 per person. RSVP: 480-306-4545.

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Post image for July 13: ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert

Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

The dinners typically feature five courses selected from the restaurant’s regular menu. This week’s selections:

  • Spanaki Balls (pictured)
  • Ravioli Salad
  • Spicy Apricot Chicken
  • Vasco De Gama
  • Rhapsody in Blush

Cost is $30 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Post image for July 15: Sparkling Soiree at My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee

My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee will host its exclusive summer wine tasting from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

Explore sparkling wine from all over the world with a few fun summer reds and whites. All wines will be available for purchase at a discounted price.

The tasting also will include a special tapas-style pairing menu and live music.

Tickets are $20 per person ($10 for Wine Club members). RSVP: 480-598-9463.

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Post image for July 10: McFate Cubano Crisp Lager tapping at Bourbon Jacks in Chandler

McFate Cubano Crisp Lager (4.5% ABV) will be featured at this week’s Monday Night Tapping at Bourbon Jacks in downtown Chandler.

The 7 p.m. tappings highlight a limited-release beer every Monday. The night includes growler fills (one per person) and a Secret Beer Bag special (three cans of craft beer for $8).

The tapping runs concurrently with Bourbon Jacks’ build-your-own-burger promo (starting at $6.99) on Mondays.

(Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified SanTan Blueberry Saison as the featured beer.)

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Post image for July 13: Beer & Bacon Night at The Hungry Monk in Chandler

Wren House, Helio Basin, and Helton will be the featured breweries when The Hungry Monk in Chandler hosts its monthly Beer & Bacon Night from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Beers on tap will include:

  • Wren House Jomax coffee stout
  • Wren House Kölsch (pictured)
  • Helton Pilsner
  • Helton Northeast IPA
  • Helio Basin Blackberry Wheat
  • Helio Basin American Pale

Bacon food specials from beer chef Gidi:

  • Red White & Bleu Tots: Tater tots tossed in Buffalo sauce with bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, and green onion. ($8.50)
  • Arizona Sliders: Three 2-ounce ground beef sliders with bacon, jalapeno bacon cream cheese, Cajun onion strings, and a side of Abbey chips. ($8)
  • ’Murica Cheesesteak: Shaved ribeye, bacon, beer-braised onions, white American cheese, and bacon aioli. ($12)
  • Bacon Street Tacos: Three applewood bacon tacos topped with bacon aioli and bacon slaw. ($9)

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Post image for July 6: ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe

Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6.

The dinners typically feature five courses selected from the restaurant’s regular menu (click for dish descriptions). This week’s selections:

  • Hungarian Mushrooms (pictured)
  • Island Chicken Salad
  • Garlic Chicken Pesto
  • Andalusian Baked Eggplant
  • Intoxicated Love

Cost is $30 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Post image for July 4: Fireworks Pizza Party at Queen Creek Olive Mill

Queen Creek Olive Mill hosts its annual Pizza Party from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.

Admission is free, but entrance is limited to olive mill shoppers and diners, who are invited to bring lawns chairs or blankets.

There are three food options (no outside food or beverages are allowed):

  • In addition to its regular menu, the mill’s restaurant will be offering a $20 special with two pizzas and two pints of beer.
  • The Pit Bar and Grill in the grove will be selling food, beer, wine, soda, and water.
  • Also in the grove, the mill’s food truck will be serving sandwiches, soda, and water.

Project K-OS will provide live music from 6-9 p.m., followed by fireworks at neighboring Schnepf Farms.

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Post image for ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe June 29

Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29.

The dinners typically feature five courses selected from the restaurant’s regular menu (click for dish descriptions). This week’s selections:

  • Vegeta Skins (pictured)
  • Tortellini Feta Salad
  • Salonika Chicken
  • Pork AgroDolce
  • Not Ella

Cost is $30 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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