Local Foodie News

Leah LeMoineNovember 24, 2021
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Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers | Photo courtesy J. Martin Harris Photography

All the news that’s fit to nosh.  

Burgerversary: Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers is celebrating a decade of frosty brews and juicy burgers this month. To mark its milestone anniversary, the local chain – with 12 locations Valleywide and a 13th set to open in Maricopa later this year – will be offering a $10 Burger & Beer deal from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday throughout the month of November. “After 10 years of business, we are extremely grateful for the Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers fans who have supported us through the years,” says S. Barrett Rinzler, founder and CEO of CB&C and restaurant group Square One Concepts. “Their enthusiasm and patronage for what we produce in our scratch kitchens every day tells us we’re on the right track. There is no better endorsement, and we will aim to keep on pleasing our ardent fans.”  

Finer Things Club: Want to learn more about coffee, wine, cheese and chocolate? Head to nomada for its new weekly education series. The Phoenix café, wine, beer and fine groceries shop will host informal classes and tastings every Tuesday at 5 p.m. through the end of 2021. Admission is free, just call the restaurant at 602-218-6958 to reserve a space.   

Holiday Wine: Remember the fun of looking through catalogs as a child and plotting your letters to Santa? Channel the same spirit in a much more adult fashion with LDV Winery’s new 2021 holiday gift catalog. Browse gift baskets, wine accoutrements and events, and send gifts near and far – wine gifts can be shipped to most states, or you can arrange local pick-up or delivery options. A gift certificate is never a bad idea. 

Dancing in the Streets: Legendary Valley chef Mark Tarbell’s restaurant imprint, Tarbell’s Hospitality, will host a holiday block party and wine sale on December 5 from 1-4 p.m. Pop over to the parking lot of Tarbell’s Wine Store in the Camelback East Village shopping center for wine tastings, food pairings, live entertainment and contests, as well as an opportunity to get your holiday shopping done. The best part? A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit The Joy Bus Diner, a local organization that provides nutritious, delicious meals to cancer patients. General tickets cost $49, with Mark’s Wine Club members paying a discounted $29 and Luxury Club members enjoying free entry. Tickets include a wine tasting with 10 pours and food pairings and are available here. 

New Restaurants on the Block: Itching to try something new? Add these to your to-dine list:

  • Pedal Haus Brewery: Restaurateur Julian Wright has expanded his mega-popular Belgian brewery concept with a third location. A Downtown Phoenix outpost joined its East Valley siblings in Tempe and Chandler on November 18. A fourth is expected to open in Mesa in spring 2022. 
  • Santé: Diners with special diets should mark their calendars for December 14. That’s when this globally inspired eatery with options that hew to vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, keto, gluten-free and low-FODMAP food plans will open in North Scottsdale. The restaurant is the brainchild of EVO founder/owner Nick Neuman and his longtime pal, Nico Doniele. It will open with breakfast, happy hour and dinner service and “grab n’ gourmet” options, and will scale to serve lunch in the new year. Expect dishes like roasted carrots with lentil hummus, buttermilk-brined chicken with pickled spaghetti squash and bison filet with onion purée and red wine and hemp reduction. Neuman and Doniele plan to source ingredients from regenerative and biodynamic farms. 

Eligible Men(us): Exciting new menus are popping up at some of your favorite Valley restaurants. To wit:            

  • Ember: New tastes at this fine-dining destination include lobster and sunchoke bisque, braised buffalo short ribs and a 34-oz. ribeye for two. 
  • Ahnala Mesquite Room: This comforting breakfast and lunch spot recently debuted a churro waffle, the We-Ko-Pa breakfast sandwich and two Yavapai-inspired dishes: Gola (Grandma’s Native stew) and Gwowwa (Grandfather’s meat and potato pie). 
  • WKP Sports & Entertainment: This sporty haunt offers creative pub grub, including new pork belly sliders and Jack Daniels-glazed pork ribs.
  • Maple & Ash: The upscale Scottsdale steakhouse is offering fall cocktails at a special Friendsgiving brunch this weekend (November 27 and 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) and will continue to serve some of them through the end of November. For every Pumpkin Pie Martini (vodka, house-made pumpkin pie filling, maple, graham cracker crumble) sold during Friendsgiving Brunch, the restaurant will donate $2 to the Arizona Helping Hands Holiday Toy Drive. The See Right Through You (a clarified, apple-spice Old-Fashioned) also sounds tempting and autumnal.  

 $aving$: Watching the old budget? Who isn’t? Here are some sweet deals to help you $ave.

  • Air Guitar: Score $1 coffee drinks all day at this upscale convenience store in Gilbert. It doesn’t matter if your order is plain drip coffee or a premium brew like a brown sugar macchiato or a peach cobbler latte – they’re all just $1, through the end of 2021. Pair your budget coffee with a bagel or a breakfast pastry by beloved Valley chef Eliot Wexler of Nocawich.
  • Looking to save on restaurant gift cards this holiday season? Check out our blog, where we’re keeping a running tally of bonus offers.  

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