Chef Mel Mecinas is working his communal culinary magic again this year. The executive chef of Talavera at the Four Seasons Scottsdale first cooked up his “Monthly Mashup” dinner series last year, bringing fellow notable chefs like Silvana Salcido Esparza into his kitchen to collaborate on four-course epicurean adventures. This year, Mecinas brought a whole new crew into his kitchen to share the duties of producing deliciousness.
Oysters are one of those foods that people either love or hate. Those who love oysters get a dreamy look in their eyes when the bivalves are mentioned, and the haters let you know their distaste by scrunching up their faces and releasing an audible “eeww.”
If you’re stuck in a breakfast rut and looking for some new grub, the Arizona Restaurant Association is staging Arizona Breakfast Weekend from Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31. The mostly Valley-wide event, now in its second year, gives breakfast lovers a chance to try some new restaurants they might not normally frequent.
National Margarita Day has come and gone, but there’s still reason to celebrate. National Tequila Day is Sunday, July 24, and several Valley restaurants are commemorating the day with tequila-focused cocktail specials. It’s a good opportunity to test some new drinks at a reduced price. Here are six places where you can join the celebration.
We Valley dwellers have spacious skies and purple mountain majesties. We also have brain-baking July temps. So we stoic summer survivors deserve discount food specials, pool parties and low-cost libations with our fireworks. Thankfully, we’ve rounded up a slew of steals and celebrations to help you fete the Fourth.
This Sunday is Father’s Day, and if you want to show your dad a little extra love this year, why not take him out for a meal? We’ve rounded up a host of brunch, lunch and dinner options for you to choose from. Reservations are recommended at most restaurants.
Back in the day, if you were going out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you’d go to a Mexican restaurant, tip back a few margaritas and dip a few chips in guacamole. Today you can celebrate with pizza, ahi tuna nachos and cupcakes laden with tequila. We’ve rounded up a few spots for you to commemorate the Mexican army's 1862 victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla.
Among all the culinary love connections and perfect pairs on palates, wine and food (especially Italian food) may be the ultimate marriage. And the tastes of wedded bliss at Tomaso’s wine dinners are wonderful.
Toora loora loora! It’s the time of year for corned beef, cabbage and green food. With some luck of the Irish, Valley restaurants are offering up fun ways to celebrate this holiday. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or something totally new, there’s something for you this March 17.
No one seems to know exactly when to celebrate Pancake Day. Google the holiday and you’ll come across myriad results – some say February 9, others February 28, IHOP says March 8, but Pancake Week is February 21-27, apparently. What it all comes down to is that any day is a good day for pancakes.
Even though the Arizona Cardinals didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, you’re probably still going to watch the game. OK, so maybe you just want to watch the commercials and the half-time show. But if it’s your turn to host the party and you don’t feel like cooking, here are a few places to get some grub for the big game.
To mangle Shakespeare: If food be the music of love for your and your one and only, play on with these romantic dinners and screaming deals. Reservations strongly recommended in all cases and downright required in most, so book now lest you be plan-less on the big day.
If you're a fan of Scotch, you know that nothing goes as well with a fine single-malt whisky as, well, more fine single-malt whisky. But a Master of Scotch, such as Rick Edwards, will tell you that some couplings are more flavor-fertile than others. Edwards will talk about the world of whisky while diners eat delectable dishes at The Gladly during the restaurant's single malt Scotch dinner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20. Here's the menu:
Used to be that a cup o’ joe meant the dark, watery brew found at diners and roadside gas stations. Then came the era of Starbucks and Peet’s, where frou-frou lattes in flavors like pumpkin spice and sea salt caramel camouflaged the natural flavor of roasted beans to the point drinkers could barely tell it was coffee.
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Usually when you book a holiday party, the big rewards involve seeing your co-workers and friends let loose and do embarrassing things that you can tease them about until the season rolls around again the following year.