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Foodie news roundup for the week of Dec. 8.

Next Friday, Dec. 19, Scottsdale’s Grape Wine Bistro is pleased to host an evening of jazz to bring on the holiday spirit, from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening spotlights a performance by Diana Lee, a Valley jazz artist, as well as Dennis Rowland, so pop in to sample one of the restaurant’s 150-plus wine selections. Grape Wine Bistro has happy hour until 6 p.m. and indoor/outdoor seating featuring a dog-friendly patio. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. (pictured; scallop dish on opening Web page)

The Wigwam will be hosting “An Evening with Caymus,” a special wine pairing event where proceeds will be donated to The Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge. On Sunday, Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., guests will enjoy cuisine from the property’s signature restaurant, Litchfield’s, perfectly paired with a selection of wines from The Wagner Family of Wines while mixing and mingling with former NFL greats like John Bronson, Ray Ellis, Louis Sharpe, John Mistler and more. In addition, guests will enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, and Sunday night football. The event is for guests 21 and older. Tickets are $69 each, which includes food and wine; $20 from each ticket sold will be donated to The Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge. Tickets can be purchased at wigwameveningwithcaymus.eventbrite.com.

Taco Guild is holding a ‘Toys for Tacos’ event from Dec. 13-20. Guests will get a free taco when the bring in a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to CASS. There is no purchase necessary. They can choose any taco from the menu or the special taco of the day.

This week, Sprinkles Cupcakes launched their Cupcake ATM at their Scottsdale location. The ATM will dispense freshly baked cupcakes 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Through the Dec. 14, the fast casual restaurant, Fired Pie, will discount 20 percent off your entire check if you bring in a new unwrapped toy. All toys collected will then be donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital “Toy Store.”

On Dec. 19, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s  Executive Chef Beau MacMillan welcomes fellow Food Network star and celebrity chef Guy Fieri for a special evening engagement. The night will kick-off with an hour-long VIP Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. at The Views Terrace. Limited to no more than 50 guests, the hors d’oeuvres and cocktails reception will include photo opportunities and an autographed copy of his latest book. Following the up-close-and-personal experience with Fieri will be a three-course interactive dinner with wine pairing from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Views Ballroom. For guests who’d like to turn dinner into an overnight escape, Sanctuary is offering a $199 rate for an overnight stay in a luxurious Mountain Casita the night of Dec. 19. Rate excludes tax and resort fees. Tickets to the VIP Meet & Greet and dinner are $295 per person ($195 for dinner only), excluding tax and gratuity. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 855.421.4208.

The Mac and Cheese Throwdown returns this winter to the House of Comedy located at High Street (Formerly City North), Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $22 each and include admission and a ridiculous amount of mac and cheese and a ticket to see Ben Gleib from Chelsea Lately perform after the throwdown at House of Comedy. This event is open to mac and cheese lovers 21-years of age and older only and tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Tickets for this incredibly popular cheese-fest are on sale at: http://girlmeetsfork.com/events/mac-cheese-throwdown-2014/.

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