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All the news that’s fit to nosh. Pizza Party: Take your tastebuds to an Italian-style backyard barbecue with the Summer Selections menu at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. This menu is full of seasonal ingredients and flavor combos that are perfect for a hot summer day. Enjoy smoked brisket pizza, strawberry spinach salad, blueberry cheesecake and other specialty items at all seven Valley locations from now until Monday, September 11. Slider Survivor: Slide on down to any of...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Fiesta Time: Joyride Taco House is celebrating Cinco De Mayo all weekend long with an exclusive Agave Lounge extension filled with festive decor. The lounge will include extended seating and buckets of Huss Rio Salado Mexican Lager and a specialty tequila-based cocktail called Island Time. Chips and salsa can be enjoyed on the patio and a variety of taco favorites like carne asada, Baja fish, pork adobada, carnitas...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh. Wine and Dine Festival-Style: The Verde Valley Wine Festival is returning to Cottonwood for its sixth year. Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, savor samples from a variety of the finest local wineries, restaurants and artisan vendors. The events will kick off with the First Crush VVWF Gala & Auction at the Old Town Cottonwood Clubhouse on Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. The festival will...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh. So You Think You Can Eat?: You might want to come with an empty stomach to Macayo’s Mexican Food Chimi Challenge. From now until September 16, you can put your chimichanga love to the test for $30 with Macayo’s five-pound chimi, filled with your choice of chicken or beef, refried beans and rice. Those brave enough to take on the challenge have just 20 minutes to power through...

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Dom Ruggiero, the chef-owner of wildly popular Hush Public House in North Scottsdale, has a knack for figuring out where the market is under-served, and a good restaurant is needed. Case in point: North Scottsdale was a dining desert until Ruggiero opened Hush and resolved the problem in 2019. From day one, the place was packed with customers who loved Hush’s laidback vibe and Ruggiero’s sophisticated version of comfort food. Now, he and his wife...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh. We All Scream for Ice Cream: Dana Dumas, CEO and owner of SugarJam The Southern Kitchen, knows how to grow a business. She went from an at-home bakery to a brick-and-mortar brunch spot in North Scottsdale. Now, she is adding an ice cream trailer and a gift shop, known as The Market by Sugar, to her resume. The gift shop will sell handmade items like candles, crafts and...

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Photo courtesy Tía Carmen All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Felicidades: Tía Carmen is now open! The hotly anticipated restaurant from Top Chef alum Angelo Sosa made its debut early this month at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The contemporary Southwestern eatery boasts globally inflected Southwestern/Mexican dishes including tuna crudo with chilled corn-coconut broth; Southwestern-style Wagyu tri-tip kebabs; lamb ragù with mesquite noodles; and the restaurant’s signature dish, chicken guisado, a...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Flower Power: To honor National Autism Awareness Month, on April 14 Flower Child will donate 5 percent of its sales – up to $10,000 – to The Autism Community in Action. This year marks the restaurant’s third Give Back Day to TACA. It has raised more than $33,000 for the nonprofit since 2019. Reason enough to feast on the Flying Avocado wrap and gluten-free mac and cheese.  Meat...

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Photo courtesy Tía Carmen All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Tía Favorita: Wonderful news for my fellow Top Chef devotees. Chef Angelo Sosa (seasons 7, 8 and 17) is opening a new restaurant here in the Valley. Contemporary Southwestern eatery Tía Carmen – named in honor of his beloved aunt – is set to open in April at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. “Throughout my life, my Tía Carmen instilled in me...

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Photo courtesy ADERO Scottsdale    All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Globe-al Dining: We may not get snow in the Valley (except for the odd desert flurry that makes us all lose our minds), but you can see what it’s like to be inside a snow globe with ADERO Scottsdale’s new holiday offering. From December 16-January 23, the resort’s on-site restaurant The Village at SkyTop will host four-course dinners in ethereal globe structures set outside against a stunning desert backdrop. Menu highlights include roasted...