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Foodie news roundup for the week of Oct. 6.

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This October, Spinato’s is encouraging Phoenicians to get creative, scary, funny and even a little pizza-esque with their Halloween costumes. Post your Halloween costume pictures on Spinato’s Facebook page for your chance to win great prizes. To boost your chances of winning, recruit your friends and family to vote for your costume. The picture with the most votes will be selected as the Grand Prize – Best Overall Hallo-WIN Costume earning a Pizza Party in Spinato’s private dining room. Entries are accepted now through Oct. 31, with a winner announced Nov. 3. For more details, visit Facebook.com/SpinatosPizzeria.

The Living Room wine café and lounge  has opened in Market Street at DC Ranch. Heading up the kitchen is Paul Steele. His eclectic sharable menu options will nicely accompany the 25 plus wines and sangrias by the glass, a handpicked list of wines by the bottle, beers and a full line of spirits.

Sip Coffee & Beer House is ready to reveal its all-new outdoor event space with a huge End Of Summer Party on Saturday, Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy extended happy hour prices plus handcrafted cocktails from famed Valley mixologist, Jason Asher, as well as live music by The Strickland Brothers band and others.

Gertrude’s, the full-service restaurant at the Desert Botanical Garden, has introduced its new seasonal menus for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. This fall, Gertrude’s is featuring chef’s legendary gumbo paired with his acclaimed horseradish potato salad. In addition to the gumbo, Gertrude’s new menu is packed with favorites like warm cauliflower salad, black pepper spaghetti and 15-hour smoked Niman Ranch prime beef brisket.

Sauce Pizza + Wine in launching a B.Y.O.P. (Build Your Own Pizza) Contest in celebration of National Pizza Month. Recipe entries will be accepted electronically through Sauce’s Facebook and in person now through Saturday, Oct. 18. A panel of pizza aficionados from Sauce will select the winner by the end of the month. The winning pizza will be featured on Sauce’s chalkboard menu from Saturday, Nov. 1 to Wednesday, Nov. 26 and the master pie maker behind the oven-baked creation will receive a $200 Sauce Gift Card. Additionally, Sauce will donate a $1 from each pizza sold to the winner’s charity of choice.

Oct. 11 is National Sausage Pizza Day and The Cove Trattoria in Scottsdale is offering 20 percent off its sausage caramelized onion pizza, all day.

New chef alert: The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination, has named Richard Boyer as its executive chef. Most recently, he served as culinary director and executive chef for the Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five Diamond resort, The American Club at Destination Kohler in Kohler, Wis.

Little Cleo’s (pictured) is offering $1 chef’s choice oysters Monday – Saturday from open to 6 p.m., or until they run out, throughout October.

Ingo’s Tasty Food presents our Pop-Up Beer Garden 2.0, coming to the patio on Sunday, October 12 from 10 a.m. until closing. The beer garden will feature craft brews from Deschutes Brewery and Odell Brewing Company. Featured beers will be available all day at Happy Hour prices ($3).

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho welcomes Four Peaks Brewery during the Oct. 13 Monday Night Chef’s Table. Among the four courses is roasted pumpkin and white bean stew paired with Kiltlifter. $64 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required by calling 480.421.7997.

On Oct. 12, join Central Bistro for a wine dinner with Darioush Winery, hosted by Darioush Khaledi. The five-course meal starts at 7 p.m. $150 per person. Reservations are required by calling 480.646.8560.

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