Food & Drink News

Cuisine & Wine Bistro in Gilbert is celebrating Bastille Day, a French holiday commemorating the 1789 storming of the Bastille during the French revolution, with a free wine tasting Thursday.

Fabrice Buschtetz, the chef who opened the wine bar 15 months ago, is a native of France.

Earlier: Cuisine & Wine Bistro to open 2nd location in ex-Cork space in south Chandler

The free tasting at 6 p.m. will feature 8-10 wines, including Marius Blanc and Rouge and Chapoutier Belleruche Rose.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by French folk singer Cecile Hortensia.

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AZ Food Crafters, which lengthened its weekday hours of operation last month, announced it now will be open on Sundays as well, starting this weekend.

Sunday hours will by 8 a.m.-3 p.m. to enjoy brunch in the cafe or to pick up items to take home.

Besides its rotating selection of signature sweet and savory hand pies, AZ Food Crafters offers four breakfast-specific hand pies:

  • Beef Chorizo Scramble: Grass-fed beef chorizo, potatoes, onions and spices in our flaky crust ($5).
  • Maple Bacon, Potato & Cheddar Scramble: Maple-glazed bacon, caramelized onion, gold potato, and cheddar cheese scrambled with seasoned farm-fresh eggs and stuffed in a flaky crust ($4).
  • Ham, Egg & Cheddar: Black Forest ham, farm-fresh scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese in our flaky crust. ($4).
  • Spinach, Mushroom & Tomato Quiche: Sweet onion, mushroom, tomato, spinach, Fontina cheese, fresh herbs, and farm-fresh scrambled eggs all tucked inside a flaky crust. ($4).

Other menu options include delicious quiches, soups, crème brûlées, and salads.

AZ Food Crafters is located on the southeast corner of Alma School and Ray in Chandler.

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Uh-oh. After just 10 months, big changes are coming to Pedal Haus Brewery in downtown Tempe.

Julian Wright’s 14,000-square-foot, European-inspired brewery, restaurant, and beer garden will close Monday for three months of retooling. It’s scheduled to reopen Sept. 26.

According to AZ Central, the changes will include:

  • A moodier, pub-like atmosphere more familiar to Mill Avenue. The interior dining space will be reduced by adding some private rooms.
  • The 6,000-square-foot patio will get five bungalows with fire pits.
  • A larger brewhouse, allowing brewmaster Derek Osborne to more than double production.
  • A new menu featuring items like brick-oven pizzas.

AZ Central is billing the changes as an “expansion,” although it seems likely the venue will accommodate fewer patrons after the changes.

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Post image for AZ Food Crafters extends hours until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

After years of closing at 4 p.m., AZ Food Crafters finally is open for dinner. The Chandler hand pie shop and cafe has extended its hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Saturday hours remain 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The eatery is closed Sundays and Mondays.

The longer hours mean AZ Food Crafters’ savory or sweet hand pies (pictured: Hatch green chile) not only are a dinner option for dine-in or takeout, but also delivery.

You can order delivery through Grub Hub here (save $10 on a $15 order by using the promo code PX3BXJYVRP9R) or through Eat24 here.

AZ Food Crafters is located on the southeast corner of Alma School and Ray.

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Post image for Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen opens Wednesday

Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen, a collaboration between Phoenix Ale Brewery and former NYPD Pizza CEO Rich Stark, opens Wednesday in Phoenix.

The gastropub is located in the Crown on 7th plaza on the east side of Seventh Street just south of Bethany Home.

Central Kitchen offers dishes like Ale House Chicken Fried Chicken, Cast Iron Macaroni and Cheese, and a BBQ Bison Burger along with nine of Phoenix Ale’s beers on tap.

About a third of the menu items include beer as a key ingredient. The sauce on the BBQ Bison Burger, for example, is made with King George Amber, a new beer named Phoenix Ale’s late owner George Hancock.

The menu’s signature dish is Black Iron Pizza (pictured), baked in a square pan that provides a delicious thin crust pie. Options range from a traditional meat pizza to a one-of-a-kind mashed potato pizza.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Crowler and growler refills are available.

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Post image for The Hungry Monk’s reopening pushed back until Friday

Looks like the reopening of The Hungry Monk in Chandler is going to be a day later than planned.

The restaurant and bar has been closed this week for a facelift including brick facing (pictured) behind the bar, new paints, new bar furniture, and a new kitchen floor.

The refurbishing of the front patio has been rescheduled for next week.

The Monk had planned to reopen today, but now will unveil the new look at 11 a.m. Friday.

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Post image for The Hungry Monk closed until Thursday for remodeling

The Hungry Monk in Chandler announced it will be closed until Thursday:

‘‘We are remodeling the Monk and updating our look (new kitchen flooring, paint, face-brick on a few walls, refurbish of the patio along with all new furniture on the bar side). We will re-open on Thursday, March 31st, at noon and resume our normal hours of operation. We apologize for the inconvenience.’’

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Post image for Infusion Coffee & Tea in Tempe introduces flights for coffee lovers

Craft beer and wine drinkers are quite familar with the idea of flights. Now it looks like coffee lovers are getting in on the fun.

Infusion Coffee & Tea in Tempe is introducing coffee flights. For $8, you get five 3-ounce samples of:

  • Push Cold Brew
  • Single Origin Cold Brew
  • Espresso
  • Piccolo (espresso drink)
  • Cold Drip Coffee

Infusion Cafe & Roastery is located on Eighth Street next to Four Peaks Brewery.

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Post image for Yet another weekly East Valley food truck roundup launches Saturday in Tempe

The East Valley apparently loves food trucks. And with Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, and Queen Creek hosting regular weekly roundups, it probably was inevitable Tempe would join in. Enter Saturday Food Trucks at Kiwanis Park.

Starting this weekend, a food truck roundup will be held 5-8 p.m. Saturdays at Kiwanis, located on Mill just south of Baseline. Look for the trucks on the north end of the sprawling park. Admission and parking are free.

Some of the trucks participating this Saturday include The Maine Lobster Lady, Sweet Magnolia Smokehouse, Waffle Love AZ, Queso Good, and The Grilled Cheese Truck Phoenix.

Other East Valley weekly food truck roundups:

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Post image for Award-winning mixologist Travis Nass joins CaskWerks Distilling in Tempe

While the East Valley long has been the epicenter of Arizona’s craft beer scene, it’s been slow to warm up to the growing craft spirits trend.

That appears to be changing, though, as some of the Valley’s most prominent ‘‘mixologists’’ recently have left Phoenix and Scottsdale to work in the East Valley.

They include former Citizen Public House beverage director Brandon Casey, who opened The Ostrich in downtown Chandler in 2015, and ex-Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails bar lead Bobby Kramer, now at the soon-to-open Brickyard Downtown (see story).

Now Travis Nass (pictured above) has joined the fledgling CaskWerks Distilling Co. in Tempe.

Nass, one-time master mixologist at the Last Drop Bar at Lon’s at the Hermosa, was the 2015 “Beverage Master” inductee into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame.

He will work as marketing director and ‘‘spirit guide’’ to expand the availability of CaskWerks’ gin, apple pie liqueur, and soon-to-be-released wheat whiskey throughout Arizona.

He’ll also help the distillery open a Tempe tasting room this year.

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