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Post image for Tonight: The Brass Tap in Mesa to host Bell’s Beer Skool

Bell’s rep Beer Kristine will be explaining and sampling several of the Michigan brewery’s offerings, including:

  • Oberon wheat ale
  • Two Hearted IPA
  • Expedition Stout
  • Lager of the Lakes (just the second keg in Arizona)

The 6 p.m. class is $8.

The Brass Tap is located at Mesa Riverview.

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Post image for Today: Flanny’s monthly tap takeover to feature Colorado’s Odell Brewing

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

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Post image for Longtime East Valley restaurant The Landmark in Mesa to close May 31

Owners Don and Candy Ellis, New Hampshire natives who bought the iconic restaurant in 1981, announced it will close May 31.

The Landmark truly is a landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Located on the southwest corner of Extension and Main, about a half-mile west of downtown Mesa, the red building began life as a Mormon church in 1908.

The small complex — the original building was joined by a recreational hall in the 1920s and a smaller meeting hall in the ’30s — has gone through several incarnations.

In 1963, it housed Phoenix College’s first Mesa branch, which later became Mesa Community College.

Since 1972, though, it’s been a restaurant. It was called Roach’s Schoolhouse Restaurant when taken over by the Ellises, who gave it the most recent name.

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For the past 30 years, the menu has featured old-fashioned American comfort foods, such as beef stroganoff, braised pot roast, and stuffed meatloaf.

Its signature menu item, though, has been its award-winning salad bar, a cornucopia of hot and cold salads, side dishes, soups, and pastries that takes up an entire room (partially shown above).

The Ellises have sold the complex to a Peoria company that will use it as a wedding venue.

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Post image for Today: Zinburger raising money for homebound elderly & disabled in East Valley

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Post image for Today: Get free sunglasses with any Serious Slice at Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria

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Post image for Wednesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

  • Baja Joe’s: $8.99 chef’s pasta specials; dozen wings for $5 after 5 p.m. (cantina only); $2 bottles and shots, $3 mugs, margs, and Patron from 8 p.m.-close (cantina only).
  • Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: With purchase of $8 or more, kids under 10 eat free off kids menu.
  • Hungry Monk: 59-cent boneless wings; $3 craft beer pints.
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: Ride your two- or three-wheel bike (with or without motor) and get happy hour pricing on drinks from 6-9 p.m. in bar.
  • Murphy’s Law: All-you-can-eat fish & chips for $16 from 6-10 p.m.; $4 Tullamore Dew, $5 Jameson, $5 Bushmills, $5 Irish Car Bombs all day.
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza$1 off specialty pizzas; $3.95 house wine; $3 Blue Moons and Shock Tops.
  • Wimpy’s Paradise: Kids eat free with each adult meal (additional kids eat for $3) from 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: 50% off all bottles of wine.

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Post image for Thursday’s ‘Taste of Romeo’s Euro Cafe’ menu: Salmon La Scala & Transylvania Chicken

The weekly five-course dinners, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dining room, highlight a rotating selection from the regular menu at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert.

May 21 “Taste of Romeo’s” menu:

  • Eggplant Capri: Grilled eggplant, tomatoes, smoked fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, EVOO, and balsamic vinegar. Served with foccacia.
  • Bleu Caesar Salad: Tomatoes, spring onions, red peppers, and capers tossed with bleu cheese, Italian dressing, homemade croutons, and anchovies.
  • Salmon La Scala: Grilled salmon filet with sautéed red peppers, capers and pine nuts.
  • Transylvania Chicken: Grilled chicken breast layered with roasted eggplant, roasted peppers, pine nuts, and chilled balsamic beans.
  • Mocha Espresso Brownies: Rich chocolate brownies spiked with Greek coffee, Kahluan and walnuts.

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $27 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

Also see: Romeo Taus ‘engineers’ culinary success with Euro Cafe

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Post image for Real, Wild & Woody beer festival moves to Phoenix Convention Center on July 18

The festival, which features barrel-aged ales and specialty casks, debuted last summer at Tempe Center for the Performing Arts. It will run 2-6 p.m.

The larger downtown Phoenix venue will:

  • Give attendees more elbow room.
  • Allow as many as 70 breweries to participate (50+ already have signed up).
  • Accommodate more food options.

Most importantly, though, the convention center gives the event room to grow in future years.

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, which organizes Real, Wild & Woody, is considering building a regional brewers technical conference around the fest.

Ultimately, the guild would love to host the annual Craft Brewers Conference, one of the industry’s top events.

Tickets for Real, Wild & Woody go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday and are $57, which includes 20 beer samples and small bites from local restaurants and food vendors.

A limited number of designated-driver tickets (good for food only) are available for $25.

You can buy tickets on the festival’s website, but to avoid hefty service charges you should buy them at the Phoenix Convention Box Office (open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays) or by phone (602-262-7272).

Last year’s event sold out.

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