The Perch reopens bars, but kitchen still closed

BY Jess Harter Friday, September 8, 2017

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Chandler brewpub The Perch, closed for the past 12 days for construction to expand its kitchen, will open both of its bars today. It will be tapping a fresh batch of Route to Fruit imperial strawberry IPA (8.1% ABV, 71 IBUs) on the rooftop bar. The kitchen is still closed, so no food will be available.

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Devoured food fest moving to Botanical Gardens in March

BY Jess Harter Thursday, September 7, 2017

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The Devoured Culinary Classic, one of the Arizona’s premier food events, is moving to the Desert Botanical Garden after eight years in Phoenix Art Museum’s sculpture garden. The 2018 fest will be held March 3-4. One-day general admission tickets, which will increase from $99 to $105, go on sale Nov. 13. Two-day tickets no longer will be sold.

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PDQ to make AZ debut Sunday in Paradise Valley

BY Jess Harter Thursday, September 7, 2017

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PDQ – a fast-growing, Florida-based fast-food chain specializing in chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, and chicken sandwiches – will make its Arizona debut at 10:30 a.m. Sunday next to Paradise Valley Mall on Cactus, just west of Tatum. The first 50 people in line will get a free lunch, a $50 gift card, and a swag bag.

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Today: SunUp releases DIPA brewed with AZ wild hops

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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SunUp Brewing in Phoenix taps its new limited-release Wild Thing, a Southwest double IPA dry-hopped with rare Arizona wild hops, today. SunUp brewers collected 25 pounds of the large hops (shown with beer can for size comparison) and also used 40 pounds of agave to create Wild Thing (8% ABV, 85 IBUs). Try this unique beer before it’s gone!

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Today: Chipotle to donate 50% of all sales to AHS

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Attention, dog and cat lovers: All Chipotle restaurants in Phoenix and northern Arizona will donate 50% of every sale today to the Arizona Humane Society. Diners must mention AHS to the cashier and pay in-store to benefit AHS. Online orders, group ordering, and catering are eligible if the bill is paid in-store.

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

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Greka, Balsamic Steak Salad, Chicken Ziti (pictured), Goat Shrimp, and German’s Chocolate Brownies (see descriptions) are the courses at this week’s ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s Euro Cafe’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus in a private room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $30 per person; add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Joe’s Farm Grill closes for revamp, will reopen Oct. 12

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Joe’s Farm Grill in Gilbert closed today for five weeks of renovations. The 11-year-old burger stand, built on the site of owner Joe Johnston’s childhood home, is doubling the amount of air-conditioned indoor seating. It plans to reopen Oct. 12 and roll out some menu changes, particularly new drinks and desserts, this fall.

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Kitchen renovations delay reopening of The Perch

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Construction work to expand the kitchen and its plumbing system at downtown Chandler brew pub The Perch is taking longer than expected. The venue had hoped to re-open over the weekend after being closed all last week. It now says it will remain closed this week until work is finished.

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Today: Hurricane relief fundraiser at Brooklyn V’s 

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Brooklyn V’s Pizza will be raising money for Hurricane Harvey victims today. The pizzeria will be donating 30 percent of all sales at both its Gilbert and Queen Creek locations to the Harvey Relief Fund. It also will be accepting donations from customers.

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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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