Food & Drink News

The Hungry Monk in Chandler offers Oktoberfest menu through Oct. 3

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Most Oktoberfest celebrations at East Valley restaurants and bars last a day. The Hungry Monk, though, if offering its special ‘‘Monktoberfest’’ menu for more than two weeks.

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Bourbon Jacks celebrates 5-year anniversary all weekend

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Bourbon Jacks in downtown Chandler celebrates its five-year anniversary Thursday, but the party will go on all weekend.

Thursday: Anniversary happy hour from 2-7 p.m.; Reliable Hardware Band with special guests, 9 p.m.; Girls Night Specials (girls only) include $2.50 12-ounce Bud and Coors Lights drafts, $3 house wines, and $3.50 flavored vodkas.

Friday: Happy hour from 2-7 p.m.; Trey Odum and Chris Bandusky, 4:30 p.m.; Hillbilly Deluxe, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday: Brunch and college football, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Chauncey Jones Music, 4:30 p.m.; Rich Adams Band, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday: Brunch and NFL football, 9 a.m.-1 a.m.; Open Jelly Jam Anniversary Edition with Jesse Marks, Pete Avelar, and Kody Raine.

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Marketing gurus to launch Valley food & drink website Table Riot in November

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Despite its rank as the fifth-largest city in the United States, Phoenix suffers a dearth of locally focused food and drink websites, especially ones that publish daily or at least several times per week.

One of the most common questions I get is, ‘‘Why don’t you start a Scottsdale version of Mouth by Southwest?’’ Or, ‘‘Why don’t you do a West Valley version?’’ Or a CenPho version, etc.

There’s definitely a hunger, pardon the pun, for more local food and drink information.

So it’s welcome news to hear Tucson Foodie (pictured above), an excellent food and drink website covering our neighbor to the south, is launching a sister site, Table Riot, in the Valley in November.

Table Riot, according to its media release, will feature ‘‘in-depth stories, videos, restaurant reviews and spotlights of the Valley’s food, drink and dining culture.’’

That’s basically what Tucson Foodie has been doing for nine years. It publishes several stories every weekday and sometimes some on weekends. It is supported by display ads and sponsored content.

Tucson Foodie founder Adam Lehrman has teamed up with Valley marketing maven Ty Largo, who will be Table Riot’s editorial director.

The pair’s ‘‘day jobs’’ almost certainly will create concerns among restaurants and readers over apparent conflicts of interest that may challenge what Table Riot promises will be an ‘‘honest take on the culinary community-at-large.’’

Largo’s Awe Collective handles marketing for many of the Valley’s high-profile restaurants. At least one of Lehrman’s Soapbox Social Media restaurant clients has a presence in the Valley.

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AZ Restaurant Week’s fall edition kicks off Friday

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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The twice-a-year Arizona Restaurant Week, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, kicks off its fall edition Friday and runs through Sept. 24. More than 100 participating restaurants will offer three-course, prix-fixe menus for either $33 or $44 per person. See the list of restaurants and their special menus here.

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Phoenix New Times hires its 3rd food editor this year

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Felicia Campbell, who introduced herself as Phoenix New Times’ new food editor on May 11, is leaving the Valley after just four months. No explanation was given for Campbell’s departure, but the alt-weekly already has hired its third food editor of 2017: Chris Malloy, a Philly native who moved to Arizona in July. Welcome, Chris!

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The Perch reopens bars, but kitchen still closed

BY Jess Harter Friday, September 8, 2017

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Chandler brewpub The Perch, closed for the past 12 days for construction to expand its kitchen, will open both of its bars today. It will be tapping a fresh batch of Route to Fruit imperial strawberry IPA (8.1% ABV, 71 IBUs) on the rooftop bar. The kitchen is still closed, so no food will be available.

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Devoured food fest moving to Botanical Gardens in March

BY Jess Harter Thursday, September 7, 2017

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The Devoured Culinary Classic, one of the Arizona’s premier food events, is moving to the Desert Botanical Garden after eight years in Phoenix Art Museum’s sculpture garden. The 2018 fest will be held March 3-4. One-day general admission tickets, which will increase from $99 to $105, go on sale Nov. 13. Two-day tickets no longer will be sold.

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Joe’s Farm Grill closes for revamp, will reopen Oct. 12

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Joe’s Farm Grill in Gilbert closed today for five weeks of renovations. The 11-year-old burger stand, built on the site of owner Joe Johnston’s childhood home, is doubling the amount of air-conditioned indoor seating. It plans to reopen Oct. 12 and roll out some menu changes, particularly new drinks and desserts, this fall.

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Kitchen renovations delay reopening of The Perch

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Construction work to expand the kitchen and its plumbing system at downtown Chandler brew pub The Perch is taking longer than expected. The venue had hoped to re-open over the weekend after being closed all last week. It now says it will remain closed this week until work is finished.

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Arizona Brewery Wilderness Brewing in Gilbert is celebrating its four-year anniversary with five days of special beer tappings starting today.

The weekend schedule:

Today

  • American Presidential Stout tapping
  • Old Growth Forest: Bush & Vine tapping
  • Wet Hop Saison tapping
  • Pure Hop Water DIPA tapping

Friday

  • Summer Root tapping

Saturday (9 a.m.)

  • American Presidential Stout (16-ounce cans, 375 four-packs total, limit 2 four-packs per person)
  • The Roosevelts Double IPA (16-ounce cans)
  • Old Growth Forest: Bush & Vine (750-milliliter bottles, 450 total, limit 12 bottles per person)

Sunday

  • “Shelton Bros. Welcome to AZ Party” featuring collaboration bottles selected by brewmaster Pat Ware, including Desert Ghost collaboration with Fantôme Brewery from Belgium
  • Live music by Jimmy Roca from 6-9 p.m.

Monday

  • Sour Bourbon Barrel Aged Picacho Pecan Pie Brown Ale tapping

A limited number of fourth anniversary “We Love Our Customers” T-shirts will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the shirts will benefit one of the brew pub’s staff members who is desperately in need of assistance.

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