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Post image for Aug. 31: ‘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, Aug. 31.

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

  • Feta Dill Fritters
  • Janice’s Kale Salad
  • Pork AgroDolce
  • Andalusian Baked Eggplant (pictured)
  • Chocolate Dipped Florentines

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 Saturday: 7th Anniversary & Customer Appreciation Day at Hungry Monk in Chandler

The Hungry Monk in Chandler celebrates its seventh anniversary – also its annual Customer Appreciation Day – from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday with a special beer tapping, food and drink specials, and prize raffles.

The restaurant and bar actually opened in 2008 as a Buffalo Wings & Rings franchise, but a dispute with the corporate office over the number of beer taps led owners Jim and Carol Lolli to rename the venue and go independent in 2010.

The Monk quickly established itself as one of the top craft beer destinations in the Valley and a champion of Arizona’s fledgling craft beer scene.

Saturday’s special tapping will be Monkiversary, a seven-hop IPA the Monk staff brewed in collaboration with The Perch in Chandler. All proceeds from the kegs will go to the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley.

Food specials will include $2 pork sliders, $2.50 tri-tip sliders, and 50-cent bone-in or boneless wings (see food specials).

Drink specials will include $3 pints of always-on beers, $4 house wine and sangria, and $5 pints of Monkiversary (see drink specials).

Besides Monkiversary and always-on house favorites, the day’s tap list will feature:

  • Deschutes Abyss 2016
  • Alesmith 2015 Decadence
  • Lost Abbey Serpent Stout
  • Smuttynose Stallion (red wine barrel aged stout)
  • Mike Hess Hessfest 7 Imperial Stout
  • St. Bernardus ABT 12
  • Firestone Leo vs. Ursus: Adversus
  • Tombstone IPA
  • Lumberyard Imperial Red
  • Huss Koffee Kolsch
  • Lagunitas Sakitumi Double IPA
  • Northwest Brewing Gin Barrel Aged Wild Ale
  • Belching Beaver Mexican Chocolate PB Stout
  • Schilling Rhubarb Pear Cider

There will be Lolli toasts at 1, 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Raffle giveaways will run between 4 and 7:30. You do not have to be present to win.

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Aug. 30: Santa Margherita wine dinner at Floridino’s in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Friday, August 25, 2017

Post image for Aug. 30: Santa Margherita wine dinner at Floridino’s in Chandler

After 21 years in business, Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta in Chandler is hosting its first-ever wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Floridino’s is teaming up with Santa Margherita on a four-course menu with wine pairings:

  • 1st course: Summer salad with walnuts and strawberries tossed in a Prosecco vinaigrette. Paired with Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio.
  • 2nd course: Pyhllo lasagna with sausage, three-cheese blend and spinach topped with a tomato-basil crème fraîche. Paired with Sassoregale Sangiovese.
  • 3rd course: Country-style pork ribs braised in a red wine sauce on top of a creamy cauliflower risotto. Paired with Feudo Zirtari Nero d Avola Syrah.
  • 4th course: Cold Brew tiramisu. Paired with Torresella Prosecco.

Cost is $48 per person. You can buy tickets on Floridino’s Facebook page or here.

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Post image for This weekend: 5th annual Hatch Chile Roast & Sale at La Ristra in Gilbert

La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen in Gilbert holds its fifth annual Hatch Chile Roast and Sale this weekend.

Restaurant staffers made their annual pilgrimage to Hatch, N.M., earlier this month to pick up their annual supply of chiles, which will be roasted in the restaurant’s parking lot Friday and Saturday.

Customers who ordered and pre-paid for chiles can pick up their 40-pound bags after 11 a.m. either day. La Ristra is located on the north side of Warner Road, just west of Lindsay.

Inside the restaurant, there’ll be a craft beer tap takeover by New Mexico’s Sante Fe Brewing and live music by Guitarras Latinas at 8 p.m. Friday and Ian Eric at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Thursday: AZ Animal Welfare League fundraiser at Snooze in Tempe

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Post image for Thursday: AZ Animal Welfare League fundraiser at Snooze in Tempe

Attention, animal lovers: Snooze in Tempe will be raising money for the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA by donating 10% of all sales Thursday. The AAWL is trying to raise $30,000 this month to expand its low-cost vet clinic.

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Thursday: Scarlett Overkill tapping at The Perch in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Post image for Thursday: Scarlett Overkill tapping at The Perch in Chandler

Scarlett Overkill, an Imperial red that’s been double Simcoe dry-hopped in the cask, will be the featured beer for this week’s 3 p.m. Thursday cask tapping at The Perch in Chandler. Get a 10-ounce pour of Scarlett Overkill (8% ABV, 88 IBU) for just $2 while supplies last.

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Post image for Aug. 24: ‘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, Aug. 24.

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

  • Greek Skins
  • Mediterranean Salad
  • Kasseri Chicken
  • Ravioli Marco Polo
  • Cheesecake Brownies

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 SunUp Brewing celebrates 16th anniversary with 3-day party this weekend

SunUp Brewing in Phoenix celebrates its 16th anniversary today through Sunday with 16 house beers on tap, three special beer releases, live music, and prize giveaways.

The craft brewery also will kick off the full release of its Sunna’s Nektar Braggot (bottle purchases only).

Prizes, which will be given away in hourly drawings all weekend, will include brewery schwag and other goodies. The grand prize is breakfast and hot air balloon trip for two.

The three limited-release beers:

  • Lil Tart Cherry Hefe
  • 2014 Barleywine
  • 2015 Barleywine

A special anniversary T-shirt will be on sale while supplies last.

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Post image for Adventurous Stills in Tempe to release Peralta Bourbon Cask 001 on Saturday

Tempe distillery Adventurous Stills releases the first cask of its Peralta Bourbon, which it’s billing as the only bourbon made exclusively in the Valley available for purchase, on Saturday.

For those who didn’t pre-order, approximately 60 bottles will be for sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

The distillery, which opened in January near Price and Fifth Street, will offer free bourbon samples and $5 cocktails from 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, Adventurous Stills will host its second ‘‘Day at the Distillery.’’ From 7 a.m.-5 p.m., participants learn how spirits are made and get to participate in the process.

Cost for the day is $150, which includes breakfast and lunch. A $75 deposit is required to reserve a spot. See more info here.

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Post image for Win beer for a year as Casual Pint celebrates 1st anniversary Saturday

The Casual Pint, a craft beer bar and store in south Chandler, celebrates its one-year anniversary with a party from 3-10 p.m. Saturday.

Beer for a year will be just one of several raffle prizes. Another prize will be a New Belgium bicycle.

The party’s tap list has not been released yet.

Live music will be performed by Kassi Jayde and Steve Ayotte.

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