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Foodie news roundup for the week of Oct. 20.

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The Wigwam hosts the Bacon & Beer Festival 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. The event will showcase craft beers from more than 30 breweries paired with a variety of bacon snacks, from bacon beer brats and bacon burger sliders to The Wigwam’s special bacon sundae. Admission is $30 in advance and $35 day-of and includes a sample glass for unlimited beverage samples. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Honey Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on making the world a better place by creating and nurturing a worldwide community of connected individuals who value and promote giving, compassion, and kindness. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wigwam-beer-bacon-festival-tickets-12963842201.

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Beer Garden and the Young Buckeyes Club of Phoenix will host a Buck Breast Cancer Block Party on Saturday, Oct. 25, during Ohio State University’s game against Penn State, in support of the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The event features a block party, silent auction, a pink ribbon wall recognizing individuals who have been affected by breast cancer, and a team shop with custom designed OSU themed Buck Breast Cancer apparel. Event-goers can enjoy special Ohio-centric foods.

Gold Canyon-based Mr. Nelson’s Cookies is offering specials for early birds in preparation of the holiday season. If you order cookies during October or November (for shipment in October, November or December), enjoy these deals: Buy six cookies and only pay for five or buy 12 cookies and only pay for 10. Your order must be placed by Friday, Nov. 30 to qualify for this incredible offer.

Local salt and bacon producers go lb. salt have released a very special batch of Sriracha Bacon. It will be available for purchase online at www.golbsalt.com and at the Gilbert and Fountain Hills Farmers’ Markets on Oct. 25. This spicy and savory treat will be sold for $12 in half-pound packages.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, in honor of National Pear Day, guests of Perfect Pear Bistro will receive 50 percent off any menu item that includes pears. Signature dishes made with pears include the Tukee Pear; a crispy quesadilla filled with pear, bacon, arugula and pepper jack cheese and the Perfectly Grilled Cheese; brie, four cheese blend, arugula and crispy bacon, served on grilled spiced pear bread.

Savor an evening of cheese, charcuterie and local wines by Sam Pillsbury on Oct. 29 at Scottsdale’s Pink Pony. Sample some of Arizona’s finest wines along with a selection of America’s best artisan cheeses plus fine charcuterie and treats from Chef Stephen K. Eldridge. The tasting is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and $25 per person if booked online at www.pinkponyscottsdale.com/events/ or $35 the day of.

Through the month of October, SOL Cocina at Scottsdale Quarter will donate 100 percent of the Ta Ta Tini proceeds to Planned Parenthood of Arizona, Inc. SOL’s Ta Ta Tini is made up of Herradura 100 percent Blue Agave Tequila infused for two days with fresh watermelon and hibiscus flowers. It is shaken with a touch of lime juice and agave nectar, then garnished with a hibiscus flower.

Sushi Roku (pictured) at W Scottsdale marks its six-year anniversary with delicious specials. Offered nightly, Oct. 27 to Oct.30, enjoy a variety of dinner-only specials including 50 percent off and a gourmet two-course tasting menu (one dish from the sushi bar, one from the kitchen, both big portions) paired with a glass of famed Veuve Clicquot French Champagne for only $40 per person.

Learn the different ways to bake holiday cookies with Chef Julie Moreno of Jewel’s Bakery in Phoenix on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. Learn all about holiday cookie decorating – baking, frosting, tips, tricks, and more. $25 includes recipes and samples. Limited space is available; call 602.714.5243 to make reservations.

Beckett’s Table celebrates its fourth anniversary Oct. 26 with a special evening includes a four-course dinner paired with tastings of four Four Peaks Brewery beers all for $40, plus tax and gratuity, per person. And just like every Sunday at Beckett’s Table, guests can take advantage half-price bottles of independently produced Arizona wines all night long. In addition to the amazing culinary offerings, guests will have the opportunity to win prizes after dinner when they crack open a “four”tune cookie.

Treat yourself on Oct. 26 and spend your Sunday sipping Champagne during the 4th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower. In addition to tent field-side seating, a reservation in the Bentley Champagne Lounge includes one complimentary adult beverage, full access to an exquisite buffet brunch, and admission to both polo matches and all other festivities on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at www.thepoloparty.com.

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery in Chandler will donate a portion of their monthly revenue to nonprofits that are focused on kids, veterans, hunger and other causes that affect their surrounding Chandler neighbors. Additionally, Social Box will host quarterly events that benefit specific non-profits and engage the nearby neighborhood. The first event will be held on Oct. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will benefit the Chandler Education Foundation’s Teacher Scholarship Fund, providing resources for teachers in the Chandler Unified School District who want to continue their educations. Tickets are $5 per person (includes food and non-alcoholic beverages) and available online at www.socialboxeateries.com.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace in Phoenix is holding a cooking class with James Monaci. Monaci will teach “Serving Up the Ultimate Pie.” Learn how to make gourmet pizza from scratch, along with several authentic pizza sauce recipes. Find out which healthy vegetables make for the perfect toppings on your pies. Class is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $39.99 per person.

Bink’s Scottsdale will host a Charity BBQ Buffet to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event is $24.95 for adults; kids under age 10 eat free. The buffet includes hot dogs and hamburgers, pulled-pork, picnic sides, and $3 brown bag beer specials throughout the afternoon. Reservations can be made by calling 480.664.9238.

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