Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of Oct. 13.
Smashburger will continue its tradition of support for The Arizona Myeloma Network by hosting a raffle with proceeds benefiting AzMN. Smashburger invites the public to come to any of the 16 Smashburger locations in the Valley during Oct. 13 through the 26th to participate in the raffle. Tickets are $1 and the lucky winner will receive a prize of Smashburger for a year, which can be redeemed at any Arizona Smashburger location.
And now for the first time in 29 years, Phoenix’s TEXAZ Grill  has rolled out a specialty cocktail menu, including a collection of craveable Bar Munchies. Try the TEXAZTINI, made with Texas’ own Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a touch of dry vermouth and a pickled okra spear and TEXAZ red chilli.
Second Story Liquor Bar in Scottsdale has debuted Whiskey School Wednesdays. Each evening class will consist of history, a tasting session with food pairings, and a group discussion over different brands, styles, and expressions.  All the classes will have an open curriculum so the students will decide where the journey will turn. The classes are headed up by John Christie, who has been making cocktails for 20-plus years.
At LON’s at the Hermosa Inn (pictured) on Oct. 23, join Lisa Peju of Peju Province Winery in Napa, for the first in the restaurant’s series of pop-up wine dinners. Guests of this exclusive reception and four-course dinner will get a chance to mingle with Lisa, the eldest daughter of Peju co-founders Tony and HB Peju, who handles all marketing and public relations for the family business, in addition to meeting with retailers and being a brand representative at trade and consumer events around the globe. The dinner takes places in LON’s wine cellar. $150 inclusive per person. Call 602.955.7878  to reserve your spot.
Flagstaff-based Coppa Cafe’s upcoming ode to Arizona beef, Kelly Beef, with a seven-course, whole-animal dinner offered two days this month: Oct. 17 and 18. The dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Additional wine pairings $25. Space is limited both nights; call 928.637.6813 to reserve.
Bink’s Scottsdale will celebrate the “Champagne of Italy” during its first fall wine dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. This four-course, dining event is $85 per person, and will feature Italian sparkling wines from the Ca’ Del Bosco winery, located in northern Italy. Chef Kevin Binkley will prepare fresh seafood and fowl, including salmon caviar, cod, and duck breast. Reservations can be made by calling Bink’s Scottsdale at 480.664.9238.
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