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It’s Tuesday, which means taco deals…

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Ravioli Inamorata (pictured) and Salonika Chicken will be the two main dishes at this week’s “Taste of Romeo’s Euro Cafe” dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The five-course dinners, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, highlight a rotating selection from the Gilbert restaurant’s regular menu.

April 17 ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ menu

  • Bacon Skins: Mountain of crispy bacon topped with mild cheddar cheese. Served with yogurt dressing.
  • Ravioli Salad: Deep-fried cheese-filled ravioli mixed with Romano-parmesan, black olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, Genoa salami, hearts of palm, peas, and red onions. Tossed in mustard vinaigrette dressing.
  • Ravioli Inamorata: Cheese ravioli, artichoke hearts, baby corn, roasted red peppers, carrots, sunflower seeds, and black beans in a creamy cheese sauce.
  • Salonika Chicken: Italian sausage, mushrooms, pepperoncinis, garlic, capers, and pine nuts over breast of chicken in orange brandy and white wine.
  • Cherry Cordial Tart: Amarena cherries and dark chocolate granache in sweet pastry tart shell.

Cost is $25 per person, and you can add five wine tastings for another $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

Related: Romeo Taus ‘engineers’ culinary success with Euro Cafe

SanTan Brewing to roll out Easter buffet on Sunday

Jess Harter | Monday, April 14, 2014

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To make your reservation, call SanTan Brewing at 480-917-8700.

Cork offers 3-course Easter brunch menu on Sunday

Jess Harter | Monday, April 14, 2014

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To make your reservation, call Cork at 480-883-3773 or click here.

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Tuesday: Drink wine, fight cancer at The Living Room

Jess Harter | Monday, April 14, 2014

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That’s right. Two hours of unlimited wine tasting for $40 at this annual fundraiser.

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If you haven’t been to House of Brews in Gilbert lately, you might be surprised on your next visit. The rejuvenated craft beer bar and grill has added 21 beer taps, bringing its current total to 47.

Another nine taps are due to be installed in the next few weeks. When that happens, House of Brews’ number of draft beer offerings will rank it among the top five bars in the East Valley.

“The additional taps allow me to do two things,” says general manager Tim McGovern. “First, I can make more of them nitro. And second, I’m getting more local beers that need love on tap.”

HOB currently has four nitro taps and will add a fifth to accommodate the ever-increasing number of nitrogenated craft beers. About a third of HOB’s beer list is brewed in Arizona.

Committed to Arizona beers

“I want to commit to every Arizona brewery having a place to sell their beer,” McGovern says. “There are so many great Arizona breweries.”

That’s a big change from last year when HOB, despite its name, was paying little attention to the beers it was offering. The then-struggling bar closed in January, reopened under new ownership in February, and closed again in March.

Current owner Glenn “Buzz” Bezuyen bought the bar and reopened it in August with a focus on better food, better beer, and better service.

Improving the food menu was McGovern’s first priority. Then he turned his attention to the beer. Now HOB is using craft beers in food recipes, hosting regular beer dinners, and promoting beers from throughout the state.

An Arizona first: Digital Pour

Next up: A new electronic beer list from Oregon-based Digital Pour. Large TV screens will list the beers on tap, the style, the brewery, the ABV, and even how much is left in the keg.

“They’re telling us that we’ll be the first bar in Arizona to have it,” says McGovern, adding the information also will be accessible via HOB’s website and social media platforms.

Despite the new emphasis on craft beer, McGovern says House of Brews will continue to welcome beer drinkers of all types.

“We still have $2.50 Bud Lights,” he says. “My dad was a Miller Lite drinker. I’m not going to turn up my nose at someone who wants to drink Ultra all day.”

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Nothing like starting the week with some huge news: OHSO Brewery in east Phoenix is opening a second location – OHSO Distillery – in north Scottsdale next month.

“Variety is the spice of life, and I plan to keep growing,” says Jon Lane, who opened OHSO in late 2011. His bike-friendly, dog-friendly venue has become one of the Valley’s most popular neighborhood hangouts.

OHSO Distillery will be located near the 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in the same complex as Four Peaks Grill & Tap and Skeptical Chymist. Lane hopes to open in mid-May.

The new site will have 36 beer taps, a little more wine and more house specialty cocktails than the original OHSO, Lane says. Some of the same food items will be offered, but up to two-thirds of the menu will be new.

‘More breweries and distilleries in works’

“This space that I liked did not have the space for a brewery,” Lane says. Thus, the idea of a micro-distillery that will provide small batches of craft spirits – whiskey, bourbon, vodka, etc. – for both OHSO locations.

Jeff Smith, one of OHSO’s current brewers, will head the distilling operation, although Lane doesn’t expect to receive his distilling license until late summer.

“If all goes well, there will be more breweries and distilleries in the works,” Lane says. “But first I need to get this one going in the right direction.”

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It’s Monday, which means burger specials around the East Valley: