Food & Drink Events

Beer Research Insititute celebrates 3rd anniversary

BY Jess Harter Thursday, November 9, 2017

BeerResearch110917Beer Research Institute in Mesa celebrates its third anniversary this weekend with the release of a special beer and an all-day party.

The brew pub’s 2017 Anniversary Ale is a New England-style milkshake triple IPA made with pineapple, mango, and peaches. It sports a hefty 12% ABV.

Three hundred 32-ounce cans of the Anniversary Ale will go on sale when doors open at 9 a.m. Friday. Cans are $17 apiece or three for $48 with a limit of three cans per person.

The anniversary party will take place Saturday, when the first 200 people through the doors will get a commemorative glass of Anniversary Ale for $12.

There will be 26 BRI beers on tap Saturday. Live music will start at noon, with a Cornhole tournament beginning at 1 p.m.

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Adventurous Stills to hold anniversary party, fundraiser

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Tempe distillery Adventurous Stills celebrates its one-year anniversary Saturday, Nov. 11, with a party and its first Explorers Club release.

Enjoy $5 cocktails and $3 off bottles (except Explorers Club) from 2-9 p.m. There will be free finger foods after 5 p.m.

The distillery, located in the industrial area southeast of Tempe Marketplace, has finished its Fossil Creek Whiskey with mesquite (instead of oak) for a completely different flavor to the base spirit.

Members of the Explorers Club are guaranteed a bottle (pictured); the rest of the limited release will be available to the public until sold out.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Adventurous Stills will host a fundraiser for PLAY, a non-profit that enhances mindfulness skills in children ages 8-13 through art and yoga.

The fundraiser will include food, tastings, and tours from 5-9 p.m.

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Tonight: Wine class starts at Cuisine & Wine in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Cuisine & Wine Bistro’s Wine Education Night returns for a new season at 6 p.m. tonight at the wine bar and restaurant’s Gilbert location.

Tonight, participants will be discuss and taste wines from Spain – dry wines, sweet wines, still wines and sparkling wines – in a great primer for people new to Spanish wines. Experts will learn something, too.

The class is $29 per person and includes four wines. There will be food discounts and an opportunity to purchase the wines at a discount,

Call 480-497-1422 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

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Mushrooms Meteora start off menu for ‘Taste of Romeo’s’

BY Jess Harter Monday, November 6, 2017

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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, Nov. 9.

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

  • Mushrooms Meteora (pictured)
  • Bleu Caesar Salad
  • Sainte Victoire
  • Mediterranean Paprikash
  • Mocha Espresso Brownies

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

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Floridino’s, Barrio team up for beer dinner Thursday

BY Jess Harter Monday, November 6, 2017

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Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta in Chandler will host a beer dinner featuring Tucson’s Barrio Brewing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

  • 1st course: Chicken meatball caprese skewers, paired with Santa Rita El Jefeweizen;
  • 2nd course: Pork belly bruschetta, paired with Rojo;
  • 3rd course: Beer-braised brisket with parmesan couscous, paired with Grapefruit IPA;
  • 4th course: Caramelized peach and blackberry cobbler a la mode with a spiced rum, paired with Nolan’s Porter.

Cost is $48 per person, which includes tax and tip. RSVP: (480) 812-8433.

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7 things you need to know about 2017 Bacon, Blues and Brews Fest

BY Jess Harter Thursday, November 2, 2017

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1. The third annual Bacon, Blues & Brews Fest runs noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Founders Park (map) near Ellsworth and Ocotillo in Queen Creek.

2. Admission is $8 in advance or $12 (cash only) at the gate. Kids 12 and under get in free. A limited number of $65 VIP tickets are available.

3. Parking is available at the library on the northwest corner of Ellsworth and Ocotillo and at the Parks & Rec building about a quarter-mile south. Free shuttles will run to the fest.

4. Food for sale will include bacon poutine (pictured), bacon tacos, bacon-wrapped jalapenos, bacon bruschetta, bacon cake pops, bacon brownies, bacon flights, chocolate-covered bacon, and other bacon delights. For unknown reasons, non-bacon foods also will be available.

5. Craft beers will include the fest’s signature Bacon Beer from OHSO Brewing. Other participating breweries include Uncle Bear’s, SunUp, The Perch, Old Ellsworth, Beer Research Institute, and several others. Wine also will be available.

6. Activities will include live music, a foosball tournament, and a kids zone.

7. Things you’re allowed to bring in: Small dogs on leash, lawn chairs, strollers, blankets, hand-held umbrellas, two unopened bottles of water per person.

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Thursday: Steaks, Stouts & Pancakes at The Hungry Monk

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Thursday, Nov. 2,  is International Stout Day, and The Hungry Monk in Chandler will host its annual ‘‘Steaks, Stouts & Pancakes’’ event.

From 5-9 p.m., the craft beer bar and grill will have six top-notch stouts on tap:

  • Bell’s Expedition
  • Founders Breakfast Stout
  • Mike Hess Hessfest
  • McFate Stout
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra

In addition, there will be five food specials:

  • Steak bites: Black Butte Porter-marinated sirloin pieces with house-made stout steak sauce and horseradish aioli ($9)
  • Bone-in ribeye: 16-ounce ribeye grilled to order with smoked baked potato, pancakes, and house-made stout steak sauce ($17)
  • New Orleans Bleus Sirloin: Cajun-seasoned 8-ounce sirloin grilled to order topped with blue cheese crumbles and crispy onion strings with smoked baked potato and pancakes ($14.50)
  • Tri-tip & eggs: House-smoked tri-tip with hiuse-made chimichurri sauce, two egges and short stack of buttermilk pancakes ($12)
  • Just pancakes: With warm beer syrup ($3)

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1. The third annual AZCentral.com Food & Wine Experience will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (map) in Scottsdale.

2. The main event is the Grand Tasting, which runs 1-4 p.m. each day. General admission is $85 per day and includes unlimited samples from 50-plus Valley restaurants; wine, craft beer, and spirits tastings; cooking demonstrations; and seminars.

3. A VIP Grand Tasting package includes early entry at noon, preferred parking, access to VIP Lounge, and other perks for $120 per day. (Sold out Saturday)

4. Festival headliner Martha Stewart will do a cooking demo at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and host a book signing and wine tasting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the signing/tasting are $325. Stewart will attend the fest Saturday only.

5. Valley chefs appearing on cooking stages will include Rich Hinojsa of CRUjiente Tacos at 2:15 Saturday, father and son Robert and Jason McGrath at 1:15 Sunday and George Frasher of Frasher’s at 1:30 Sunday.

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Thursday: ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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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, Nov. 2.

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

  • Vegeta Skins (pictured)
  • Teriyaki Chicken Salad
  • Artichoke Salmon
  • Chicken Astoria
  • 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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Tonight: Great Divide tap takeover at Flanny’s

BY Jess Harter Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Denver’s Great Divide Brewing will be the featured brewery for this month’s tap takeover from 6-9 p.m. today at Flanny’s Bar & Grill in south Tempe.

The brewery has been around since 1994 and perhaps is best known for its legendary Yeti imperial stout (9.5% ABV).

Tonight’s takeover will feature 18 Great Divide beers, including an incredible eight variations of Yeti, including Oatmeal Yeti, Chai Yeti, and even Barred Aged Mexican Hot Chocolate Yeti.

On the lighter, fruitier side, Strawberry Rhubarb Sour, which just joined Great Divide’s year-round lineup a couple months ago, will be on tap, as well as Barrel Aged Blood Orange Sour.

Three of the brewery’s four current seasonals – Orabelle Belgian Style Tripel, Roadie Grapefruit Radler and a barrel-aged version of Hibernation English Style Old Ale – will be available. Fresh Hop will represent its Tank Series.

One of the more unusual beers will be Spooky Bird Ghost, a collaboration with fellow Coloradi brewery Odd 13. The tropical Brett blonde has notes of stone fruit, papaya, and pineapple.

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