Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers group unveils new concept

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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Square One Concepts, best known for their numerous Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers restaurants around the Valley, unveils their newest concept, Famous 48, today in Old Town Scottsdale.

Famous 48, billed as ‘‘a balance of casual, yet sophisticated dining wrapped in a tavern theme,’’ is located next to a CBCB on the west side of Scottsdale Road between Third and Fourth avenues.

The space previously housed another Square One concept, the short-lived Crab & Mermaid.

Famous 48 takes its name from a menu of classic American dishes from the Lower 48 states, ranging from an Arizona Chop Salad to a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich to BBQ Baby Back Ribs (pictured).

The 3,000-square-foot interior features leather booths and high-top tables with leather bar stools. Outside, the patio has fire pits and sofas.

Hours are 11 a.m.-close Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-close Saturday-Sunday.

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Mushrooms Meteora start off menu for ‘Taste of Romeo’s’

BY Jess Harter Monday, November 6, 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, Nov. 9.

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

  • Mushrooms Meteora (pictured)
  • Bleu Caesar Salad
  • Sainte Victoire
  • Mediterranean Paprikash
  • Mocha Espresso Brownies

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

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Flancer’s accepting orders for Thanksgiving feasts to go

BY Jess Harter Monday, November 6, 2017

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and award-winning Flancer’s once again is offering its made-from-scratch Thanksgiving dinners to go.

The dinners feature house-roasted Diesel turkey breasts from antibiotic-free birds raised sustainably at a family-run farm in northern California.

The rest menu of the menu:

  • Natural, old-fashioned gravy;
  • Fresh sage, apple, and pinon stuffing;
  • Bacon, chive, and cheddar mashed potato pies;
  • Roasted Brussel sprouts and butternut squash in balsamic reduction;
  • Steamed vegetables;
  • Fresh cranberry and orange relish;
  • Pumpkin-blueberry cobbler.

Cost is $29.99 person. Orders for six or more people receive one free dinner. You can add Flancer’s freshly baked baguettes for $2.50 apiece.

Meals will be picked up cold on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will include heating instructions. (Restaurants will be closed Thanksgiving Day.)

To order, call Flancer’s Gilbert location at 480-926-9077 or Mesa location at 480-396-0077.

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Floridino’s, Barrio team up for beer dinner Thursday

BY Jess Harter Monday, November 6, 2017

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Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta in Chandler will host a beer dinner featuring Tucson’s Barrio Brewing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

  • 1st course: Chicken meatball caprese skewers, paired with Santa Rita El Jefeweizen;
  • 2nd course: Pork belly bruschetta, paired with Rojo;
  • 3rd course: Beer-braised brisket with parmesan couscous, paired with Grapefruit IPA;
  • 4th course: Caramelized peach and blackberry cobbler a la mode with a spiced rum, paired with Nolan’s Porter.

Cost is $48 per person, which includes tax and tip. RSVP: (480) 812-8433.

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7 things you need to know about 2017 Bacon, Blues and Brews Fest

BY Jess Harter Thursday, November 2, 2017

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1. The third annual Bacon, Blues & Brews Fest runs noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Founders Park (map) near Ellsworth and Ocotillo in Queen Creek.

2. Admission is $8 in advance or $12 (cash only) at the gate. Kids 12 and under get in free. A limited number of $65 VIP tickets are available.

3. Parking is available at the library on the northwest corner of Ellsworth and Ocotillo and at the Parks & Rec building about a quarter-mile south. Free shuttles will run to the fest.

4. Food for sale will include bacon poutine (pictured), bacon tacos, bacon-wrapped jalapenos, bacon bruschetta, bacon cake pops, bacon brownies, bacon flights, chocolate-covered bacon, and other bacon delights. For unknown reasons, non-bacon foods also will be available.

5. Craft beers will include the fest’s signature Bacon Beer from OHSO Brewing. Other participating breweries include Uncle Bear’s, SunUp, The Perch, Old Ellsworth, Beer Research Institute, and several others. Wine also will be available.

6. Activities will include live music, a foosball tournament, and a kids zone.

7. Things you’re allowed to bring in: Small dogs on leash, lawn chairs, strollers, blankets, hand-held umbrellas, two unopened bottles of water per person.

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Cuisine & Wine Bistro launches wine club in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Cuisine & Wine Bistro launches a wine club today at its Gilbert location on the northeast corner of McQueen and Warner.

Members can choose either a two-wine or three-wine package, which they would pick up each month. The wines will be selected by Cuisine & Wine’s sommeliers.

The two-wine package will include one red and one white; the three-wine package two reds and one white.

Cost is $39 per month for two wines and $59 per month for three wines. More info: 480-497-1422.

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Thursday: Steaks, Stouts & Pancakes at The Hungry Monk

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Thursday, Nov. 2,  is International Stout Day, and The Hungry Monk in Chandler will host its annual ‘‘Steaks, Stouts & Pancakes’’ event.

From 5-9 p.m., the craft beer bar and grill will have six top-notch stouts on tap:

  • Bell’s Expedition
  • Founders Breakfast Stout
  • Mike Hess Hessfest
  • McFate Stout
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra

In addition, there will be five food specials:

  • Steak bites: Black Butte Porter-marinated sirloin pieces with house-made stout steak sauce and horseradish aioli ($9)
  • Bone-in ribeye: 16-ounce ribeye grilled to order with smoked baked potato, pancakes, and house-made stout steak sauce ($17)
  • New Orleans Bleus Sirloin: Cajun-seasoned 8-ounce sirloin grilled to order topped with blue cheese crumbles and crispy onion strings with smoked baked potato and pancakes ($14.50)
  • Tri-tip & eggs: House-smoked tri-tip with hiuse-made chimichurri sauce, two egges and short stack of buttermilk pancakes ($12)
  • Just pancakes: With warm beer syrup ($3)

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1. The third annual AZCentral.com Food & Wine Experience will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (map) in Scottsdale.

2. The main event is the Grand Tasting, which runs 1-4 p.m. each day. General admission is $85 per day and includes unlimited samples from 50-plus Valley restaurants; wine, craft beer, and spirits tastings; cooking demonstrations; and seminars.

3. A VIP Grand Tasting package includes early entry at noon, preferred parking, access to VIP Lounge, and other perks for $120 per day. (Sold out Saturday)

4. Festival headliner Martha Stewart will do a cooking demo at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and host a book signing and wine tasting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the signing/tasting are $325. Stewart will attend the fest Saturday only.

5. Valley chefs appearing on cooking stages will include Rich Hinojsa of CRUjiente Tacos at 2:15 Saturday, father and son Robert and Jason McGrath at 1:15 Sunday and George Frasher of Frasher’s at 1:30 Sunday.

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Thursday: ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, October 31, 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, Nov. 2.

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

  • Vegeta Skins (pictured)
  • Teriyaki Chicken Salad
  • Artichoke Salmon
  • Chicken Astoria
  • Cheesecake Brownies

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

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Divided Vine brings craft beer & hand pies to east Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Monday, October 30, 2017

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Divided Vine, a craft beer and wine bar that also serves hand pies, has opened on the northeast corner of Higley and Guadalupe in northeast Gilbert.

The bar is located next to Rancho de Tia Roa – in the same complex as Henhouse Cafe and Rise Up Bakery.

If the opening beer list is any indication, the 35 taps will feature an eclectic and diverse array of beers, ranging from Goldwater Hop Chowda IPA to Renegade Pancakes Maple Porter to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

Hand pies, also known as empanadas, come in five savory varieties: chicken pot pie, El Cubano, green chile pork, spicy Jamaiican beef, and spinach and feta. All are $8, which includes a side of quinoa salad or kettle chips.

There are three dessert hand pies – classic apple, lemon cream, and chocolate cream – for $4 apiece. House popcorn also comes in three choices – cheddar cheese, maple garlic, and Devil’s Spice – for $3.

Hours are 2 p.m.-midnight Monday-Wednesday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.

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