Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of Sept. 3.
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On Nov. 8, JDRF celebrates its One Night—License to Cure gala. At the event, three Valley chefs are donating a special package for the live auction portion of the night. Chef Bernie Kantak with The Gladly is donating a live auction package to the gala. It includes dinner for up to 20 couples at The Gladly with special guest, Derek Rapp, JDRF CEO. Chef Bernie will create an exquisite four-course dinner, while a mixologist will create signature cocktails. Dinner is on February 19, 2015. Chef Michael Cairns from the Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia  is offering a package where  the winner can invite 30 guests to in a private dining room with appetizers and wine and a 30-minute performance by Scott Keo, a Michael Buble tribute act. Mark Tarbell’s of Tarbell’s is donating dinner for four people that will include the package buyers and Frank Caliendo and his wife.
Sprinkles Cupcakes (pictured) is giving out 100 free cookies next Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. at its Scottsdale location. The first 100 people in line will get the free sweet treats.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is now dishing up its November special, the buffalo chicken pizza, with Frank’s Redhot, sliced celery, gorgonzola and diced marinated chicken. The coal brick-oven pizzeria will also be offering two new cheesecakes that line up with the fall theme: the Pumpkin Cheesecake and the Butterscotch Toffee Cheesecake.
In honor of The Union Biltmore’s second-anniversary, Forge Pizza is hosting eight full hours of happy hour (2-10 p.m.)  Enjoy gourmet bar bites such as $8 margherita pizzas and $10 ribs and fries, as well as discounted drinks such as $4 draft craft beer (pint) and $4 house wine on Nov. 7. In addition to a full night of happy hour, enjoy a Union-wide party with live music and a raffle benefiting the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC).
North Italia in Arcadia is hosting its final fall-inspired dinner of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy a four-course dinner with beverage pairings in North’s rustic farmhouse setting. The price for this dinner is $45 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve your spot by calling 602.324.5600.
On Nov. 9, LON’s at the Hermosa will be kicking off their Artist in Residence Series with Cooking Channel host and Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira. This meet-and-greet will include a four-course wine-paired dinner where Sequeira will be sharing her cooking how-to’s and will demo a recipe from her new cookbook. $99 plus tax and tip. Reserve your spot by calling 602.955.7878.
Chef Charles Wiley is excited to welcome an old friend, winery owner David Fish, to ZuZu’s Monday Night Chef’s Table on Nov. 10. Savor a seasonal four-course dinner paired with the delicious wines of Fox Farm Vineyards. $64 plus tax and tip. To RSVP, call 480.421.7997.
Ingo’s Tasty Food presents a Pop-Up Beer Garden, coming to the patio on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 from 10 a.m. until closing. The beer garden will feature brews from local, Huss Brewing and San Diego based Mike Hess Brewing Company. Featured craft beers will be available all day at happy hour prices (only $3).
On Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m., Christopher’s Restaurant and Crush Lounge hosts a four-course wine dinner. Courses include herb pasta with lamb and confit tomatoes. To RSVP, call 602.522.2344.
The Boulders Resort’s Palo Verde Restaurant hosts a wine dinner event on Tuesday, Nov. 11 featuring a four-course meal and wine pairings by Chalk Hill/Sabastiani. $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 480.595.3496.
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