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Dec. 13: Holiday wine dinner at JC’s Steakhouse

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, December 12, 2017

JCsSteakouseInterior061016JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert takes a trip around the world for its final monthly wine dinner of the year at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. This month’s pairings feature wines from France, Italy, and New Zealand.

The food-and-wine pairings:

  • 1st course: Ricotta Sopraffina with mango chutney and mascarpone crostini with pear and cranberry. Paired with Le Grand Noir Chardonnay.
  • 2nd course: Mango and chopped mint salad with turkey curry soup. Paired with New Zealand Pinot Noir Rose.
  • 3rd course: Roasted brisket. Paired with Chateau de Carles Bordeaux blend.
  • 4th course: Red velvet cheesecake. Paired with Allegrini Valpolicella Superiore 2013.

Cost is $45 per person. RSVP: 480-306-4545.

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Dec. 7: ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe

BY Jess Harter Monday, December 4, 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, Dec. 7.

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

  • Potmancho
  • Corinthian Salad
  • Penne Carbonara
  • Milanesa
  • Intoxicated Love (pictured)

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

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Today: National Cheese Pizza Day at Jimmy & Joe’s

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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It’s National Cheese Pizza Day, and Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria will be selling their signature Serious Slices for just $4.99 to all members of its Fivestar loyalty program. Not a member? You can sign up (it’s free) at either of their locations, Chandler or Mesa.

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Gilbert Feastival, the town’s Friday night food truck roundup that has been bounced around various sites for the past year or two, may finally have found a new permanent home.

The no-admission festival will make its debut this Friday in the Sam’s Club parking lot on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Houston. Hours are 5:30-9 p.m.

This week’s participating trucks:

  • Bang Bang Dumpling
  • Bites Mini Donuts
  • DGP Fry Bread
  • Fogota Mexican Grill
  • Go Bananas
  • Later Tater
  • New Flame Cafe
  • Queso Good
  • Rancher’s Smokehouse BBQ
  • Sodalicious
  • SuperFarm SuperTruck
  • Top Dogs
  • Tots N Tots of Burgers
  • Waffle Crush

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Pizza Pie Cafe expanding to Superstition Springs mall in east Mesa

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Pizza Pie Cafe, an Idaho-based chain of pizza-and-pasta buffets that made its Arizona debut in Gilbert in 2015, is opening a second location next month at the Superstition Springs Center mall in east Mesa. It’s taking over the former Ruby Tuesday’s space between T.J. Maxx and Dillard’s.

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Bourbon Jacks in downtown Chandler holds its Monday Night Tapping – the weekly tapping of a limited-release craft beer – at 7 tonight.

This week features a pair of ales from Glendale’s Dubina Brewing: Blood Orange IPA and Mr. D’s Nitro Milk Stout.

Specials include growler fills (one per person) and Secret Beer Bags (three cans of craft beer for $8).

The event runs concurrently with Bourbon Jacks’ build-your-own-burger promo (starting at $5.99) on Mondays. And if you arrive early, happy hour is 2-7 p.m.

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5 things you need to know about Saturday’s Taste of Arizona in Mesa

BY Jess Harter Thursday, December 1, 2016

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1. Taste of Arizona, an outdoor festival featuring more than 30 restaurants, food trucks, and other food and drink vendors, takes place 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Riverview Park (map). The event is a benefit for the Boy Scouts of America.

2. General admission is $6, with a $1 discount for Boy Scouts, military, police, and firefighters. Kids 11 and under get in free. Food or drink must be purchased separately. Parking is free.

3. Participants include Famous Dave’s, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, The Melting Pot, California Pizza Kitchen, Paletas Betty, Tom’s BBQ, Bobby-Q, Bosa Donuts, Gordon Biersch, Filibertos, and more.

4. A 21-and-over Beer Garden & Wine Tasting offers pints of beer or glasses of wine for $7 apiece, or three for $20. Includes a free commemorative glass.

5. Activities include chefs’ cooking demos, a BBQ competition, a Dutch oven cook-off, a kids zone, and live music from local country and Latino bands.

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Long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse Cinema finally opens in south Chandler

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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It was two years ago this month MXSW reported Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was coming to Chandler. After 24 months of uncertainty and one site change, the much-anticipated Texas-based concept finally has opened its doors.

The complex, on the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Heights, features nine screens with food and drink service, a restaurant, and a locally focused craft beer bar.

Earlier: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema coming to Chandler after all – just not downtown

A grand opening is scheduled for Friday, but doors opened to the public last night for a three-day soft opening during which food prices are discounted while the staff undergoes training.

Tale of 2 sites

Those who’ve followed the tortuous tale of Alamo’s arrival in Arizona know the theater originally was planned for downtown Chandler, where it was supposed to join several restaurants in a yet-to-break-ground development called The Row.

The announced opening date was Dec. 14, 2015, for the premiere of ‘‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.’’

After months of delays due to contaminated soil, however, Alamo selected a new site five miles directly south where, perhaps fittingly, it’s opened just in time for the next ‘‘Star Wars’’ film, ‘‘Rogue One,’’ which hits screens Dec. 16.

Alamo FAQs

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was launched in Austin, Texas, in 1997, and has expanded to more than 20 U.S. cities. In addition to the location in Chandler, another is planned for south Tempe in 2017.

The concept has earned a reputation for its strict etiquette rules about talking, texting, arriving late, and tipping poorly in its theaters. Infants and unaccompanied minors are not allowed at most screenings.

In 2010, the company launched Drafthouse Films to distribute ‘‘provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world.’’

Alamo has been named ‘‘best theater ever’’ by Time Magazine and ‘‘coolest theater in the world’’ by Wired.

Chandler specs

Alamo Drafthouse Chandler has nine screens that will show a combination of new releases, classic movies, and its own signature programming.

The largest theater can seat 170 moviegoers, the smallest 48. Each theater has Sony 4K digital projection and a state-of-the-art sound system.

All seating is reserved, and tickets can be purchased using the theater’s app. Seats are 24 inches wide, instead of the typical 21 inches, for extra comfort.

Food & drink

Alamo’s food menu focuses on appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas. Many would be considered ‘‘upscale,’’ such as its signature Brie & Onion Jam Burger ($15) or Brussels Sprouts, Smoked Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pizza ($12).

There’s a brunch menu every day for screenings that start before 2 p.m. A kids menu also is available.

The full bar has 32 craft beers on tap ($4-$7), including 24 from Arizona, plus another 21 in bottles. There are six red and six white wines by the glass ($5-$9) or bottle, as well as sangria and mimosas.

There also are six ‘‘adult’’ milkshakes ($8), such as a Resposado Chocolate Shake with tequila and Maker’s Mark Milk Punch Shake with bourbon.

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Dec. 8: Stouts, S’mores & Star Wars pairings at The Brass Tap in Mesa

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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If you couldn’t get a reservation for last year’s Stouts & S’mores pairing at The Brass Tap in Mesa, you have another chance

The Mesa Riverview craft beer bar and Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery are teaming up again for Stouts, S’mores & Star Wars at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

Seating is limited, and the event is expected to sell out as quickly as last year’s. Secure your seat by calling 480-610-2337.

In honor of the Dec. 16 opening of the latest Star Wars movie, ‘‘Rogue One,’’ this year’s pairings will have a Star Wars theme:

  • The Rebel Alliance: Chocolate graham cracker, peanut butter, and marshmallow, paired with Expedition Stout.
  • The Rogue One: Graham cracker, caramel, crisp bacon, and marshmallow, paired with Special Double Cream Stout.
  • The Death Star: Graham cracker, Hershey’s Cookies & Cream squares, and marshmallow, paired with Java Stout.
  • The Galactic Empire: Chocolate graham cracker, dark chocolate, and chocolate marshmallow, paired with Traverse City Whiskey Barrel 355 East Stout.

You get a flight of all four Bell’s beers, each paired with a different S’more, for $25.

There also will be a raffle for tickets to ‘‘Rogue One,’’ as well as swag giveaways.

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Tonight: Modern Times tap takeover at The Hungry Monk in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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San Deigo brewery Modern Times wraps up its first month in the Arizona market with a tap takeover at 5 p.m. today at The Hungry Monk in Chandler.

All four of Modern Times’ year-round beers will be on tap:

  • Blazing World amber
  • Black House stout
  • Lomaland saison
  • Fortunate Islands wheat

In addition, there will be six special releases on tap:

  • City of The Dead export stout with barrel-aged coffee
  • Orderville IPA
  • Fruitlands gose
  • Sleepless City coffee brown
  • Haunted Stars imperial porter
  • Universal Friend saison

Founded in 2013, Modern Times was named a “Top 10 New Brewery in the World” by RateBeer.com.

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