Post image for July 18: Monthly ‘3rd Tuesday’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert

A pan-seared lamb tenderloin will be the featured entree for this month’s ‘‘3rd Tuesday’’ dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in downtown Gilbert.

The three-course dinners feature three new dishes from chef Romeo Taus’ creative kitchen crew paired with three wines selected by the knowledgable waitstaff:

  • Asian Ahi Tuna Salad: With mixed baby greens, red cabbage, scallions, Persian cucumbers, daikon, carrots, sprouts, cauliflower, jalapenos, quinoa, spicy ginger-sesame-red pepper dressing, and tobiko caviar. Paired with 2014 VML Gewurztraminer Russian River Valley.
  • Pork & Pinot: Grilled pork loin, Eric’s guacamole, roasted poblano peppers, onions, crispy smashed potatoes, fig – apricot glaze. Paired with 2012 Moniker Pinot Noir, Mendocino County.
  • Chocolat. Paired with 2011 Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cost is $36 per person plus tax and tip. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Jimmy’s of Chicago closes after 9 years in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Monday, July 17, 2017

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Jimmy’s of Chicago, a neighborhood Italian restaurant and sports bar in Gilbert, has closed after nine years in business.

Owners Kerry and Zalena Kersting originally opened Jimmy’s, a popular hangout for Cubs and Bears fans, in a strip mall on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Pecos.

Its menu offered delicious thin-crust pizzas, house-made pastas, and other Italian entrees.

The Kerstings closed Jimmy’s in late December 2014 and reopened it in early January 2015 two miles away on the northeast corner of Lindsay and Williams Field.

The new location featured a slightly larger dining room, a front patio, and twice as many (24) beers on tap.

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Post image for Old Ellsworth Brewing, Queen Creek’s 1st brewpub, opens to public Monday

Arizona’s newest brewery – Old Ellsworth Brewing Company in Queen Creek – will open its doors to the public at 11 a.m. Monday, July 17.

The brewpub is located on the southeast corner of Ellsworth and Ocotillo in a 5,500-square-foot building that previously housed Manhattan Vine pizzeria and wine bar.

The industrial-style interior offers a variety of seating – four-top tables, six-tops, community tables, booths, and a banquette – all black. A metal-topped bar will seat 14 or so people.

Two roll-up glass doors open to a long patio along the north side of the building (shown above and below). Eventually it will wrap around to the west side as well.

‘‘Queen Creek is really excited to see us come in,’’ says Brian McKean, who owns the brewery with his wife, Chris, and her brother, Ryan Bostrom.

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Brian and Ryan, longtime home brewers, will oversee brewing operations, which barely have gotten off the ground because the 7-barrel brewing system still is in transit to Arizona.

McKean and Bostrom have brewed a cloudberry saison in collaboration with OHSO and are working on another beer with Uncle Bear’s. Otherwise, they will rely on guest beers to supply the 12 taps for now.

You’re going to have to wait a couple of months for the rest of Old Ellsworth’s planned beers, including a Helles lager and Mexican Vienna lager, one of which is expected to become the brewery’s flagship.

OldEllsworthTable071317The kitchen, however, is ready to hit the ground running. Under the guidance of chef Robert Hutson, who spent 20 years at RigaTony’s, it offers an ambitious menu.

One of the highlights is a build-your-own poutine. You start with a bowl of hand-cut fries or tots for $10 and add any of a dozen toppings for 75 cents to $1.50 each.

Other specialty items include a Hatch chile grilled cheese sandwich, a deep-fried chile relleno burger, and a buffalo burger with kale, corn salsa, and honey chipotle aoili on Indian frybread.

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Old Ellsworth Brewing Company will open at 11 a.m. daily.

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Post image for July 14: Bastille Day at Cuisine & Wine Bistro in Gilbert & Chandler

Cuisine & Wine Bistro will celebrate Bastille Day – the French equivalent of America’s Fourth of July – from 3-10 p.m. Friday, July 14.

The celebration will include wine, music, and a traditional French menu created by chef-owner Fabrice Buschtetz, a native of France.

The special menu items at the Gilbert location:

  • Rillettes
  • Pate en Croute 
  • Bavette aux Echalotes
  • Fabrice’s Famous Escargots
  • Quiche du Jour
  • Crème brûlée

The Chandler menu:

  • Cuisses de Grenouille 
  • Steak Tartare
  • Bavette aux Echalottes
  • Fabrice’s Famous Escargots
  • Quiche du Jour
  • Crème brûlée

Each location also will host a French wine tasting. Reservations are recommended for the tasting; call 480-497-1422 for Gilbert or 480-275-6700 for Chandler.

French folk singer Cecile Hortensia will perform from 7-10 p.m. in Gilbert. Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Charles Aznavour will play in Chandler.

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Post image for July 14-15: Sunna’s Nektar pre-sale at SunUp Brewing in Phoenix

SunUp Brewing in Phoenix celebrates its 16th anniversary Aug. 18-20 with the release of a one-time, limited-run braggot – a type of mead made with both honey and barley malt– called Sunna’s Nektar.

The braggot, which has an ABV of 17%, has been aged for nearly two years in bourbon barrels. Aromas include honey, raisin, caramel, vanilla, maple, and marshmallow.

This Friday, July 14, the Camelback brewpub will hold a pre-sale event: 48 bombers of Sunna’s Nektar will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis when doors open at 11 a.m.

The sale will continue Saturday if any bottles remain.

There’ll be a limit of two bottles per person, but the bottles will be sold at a 10% discount off the regular $75 price. Sunna’s Nektar won’t be available again until SunUp’s anniversary weekend.

SunUp launched in 2001 as Sonora Brewhouse. It changed its name to SunUp in 2009.

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Post image for July 15: The Feast of St. Arnold at Fibber McGee’s Irish Pub in Chandler

Fibber Magees Irish Pub in Chandler hosts one of the East Valley’s premier annual beer events – the Feast of St. Arnold – from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, July 15.

The festival, now in its fifth year, honors the patron saint of Belgian brewers and hop-pickers, and the pub puts together a tap list of 40 of “the coolest, rarest, and geekiest beers the world has to offer.”

This year’s tap list (click to enlarge):

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There also will be Belgian-inspired food specials and live entertainment.

Saturday’s food specials:

  • Brussels Sprouts ($7.69): Pan-roasted with butter, crumbled bacon, onion, garlic. and red chili flakes.
  • Triple de Pomme Frites ($8.49): Hand-cut fries with a trio of dipping sauces – chile lime ranch, sweet and spicy aiol, and house-made pineapple ketchup.
  • Beer-Battered Shrimp ($9.49): Six extra-jumbo shrimp beer battered and served over a bed of peanut and pineapple slaw and topped with Bang Bang sauce.
  • Mussels ($12.49): A full pound simmered in a broth of white wine, garlic, leaks, bacon, and red chili flakes. Served with garlic bread.
  • Spinach & Kale Salad ($9.99): Baby spinach and chopped kale topped with fresh strawberries, goat cheese and candied walnuts. Served with strawberry vinaigrette.
  • Chipotle Alfredo Linguine ($15.99): Linguine tossed with Alfredo sauce, adobo, peas, crumbled bacon, mussels and shrimp. Served with garlic bread.
  • Apple Fritters ($7.49): Dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with salted caramel dipping sauce.

Admission to the all-day festival is free. Fibber Magees is located on the southeast corner of Dobson and Elliot in Chandler.

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Post image for July 12: Mexican wine & tequila dinner at JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert

JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert will go south of the border for its monthly wine tasting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12.

This month’s focus will be on L.A. Cetto wines from Baja California and Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine tequila.

The food-and-wine pairings:

  • 1st course: Stuffed Poblano chile, paired with Tequila Sunset featuring Mexican Moonshine.
  • 2nd course: Black bean and corn taco salad, paired with L.A. Cetto Chardonnay 2015.
  • 3rd course: Green Chile chicken and spinach enchiladas with white cream sauce, rice and beans guacamole, paired with L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.
  • 4th course: Jalapeno margarita cheesecake with a salty graham cracker crust, paired with a Mexican Moonshine margarita.

Cost is only $40 per person. RSVP: 480-306-4545.

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Post image for July 13: ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert

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, July 13.

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

  • Spanaki Balls (pictured)
  • Ravioli Salad
  • Spicy Apricot Chicken
  • Vasco De Gama
  • Rhapsody in Blush

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

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Post image for July 15: Sparkling Soiree at My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee

My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee will host its exclusive summer wine tasting from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

Explore sparkling wine from all over the world with a few fun summer reds and whites. All wines will be available for purchase at a discounted price.

The tasting also will include a special tapas-style pairing menu and live music.

Tickets are $20 per person ($10 for Wine Club members). RSVP: 480-598-9463.

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Post image for July 10: McFate Cubano Crisp Lager tapping at Bourbon Jacks in Chandler

McFate Cubano Crisp Lager (4.5% ABV) will be featured at this week’s Monday Night Tapping at Bourbon Jacks in downtown Chandler.

The 7 p.m. tappings highlight a limited-release beer every Monday. The night includes growler fills (one per person) and a Secret Beer Bag special (three cans of craft beer for $8).

The tapping runs concurrently with Bourbon Jacks’ build-your-own-burger promo (starting at $6.99) on Mondays.

(Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified SanTan Blueberry Saison as the featured beer.)

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