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Foodie news roundup for the week of March 2.

This month, Pita Jungle restaurants are celebrating local art by hosting a special fundraiser to both highlight artists from around the Valley–and give back to the community. Every Sunday in March from 5 to 7 p.m., participating locations will highlight a different artist in-store and provide complimentary small bites, as well as wine and beer at Happy Hour menu prices. Twenty percent of the proceeds of Small Hummus Trio plates sold on Sundays in March will benefit local nonprofit, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona (Free Arts). All percent of the proceeds of all artwork sold will go directly to the artist.

Texaz Grill is offering a Texas-sized dining deal to thank its loyal customers from now through October 30 to celebrate their 30th anniversary in the Valley.  On the 30th day of each month, guests can enjoy a build-your-own three-course feast for only $30. Plus, wash it all down with Texaz’s new $7 Dr Zhivago cocktail. featuring Dr. Pepper and Tito’s Vodka.

The newest burger special at Hopdoddy highlights historic French influences: The Coq Au Vin Burger. It is available now through Sunday, March 8 and is $12.

This week, The Capital Grille is adding four new gourmet burgers to its lunch menu. Each of the burgers are made with Wagyu beef, the highest quality beef in the U.S. The new burgers include: Gorgonzola and Black Truffle Wagyu Burger (pictured) with Gorgonzola and black truffle “butter” and balsamic-glazed onions; Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger with Bibb lettuce, tomato and shallot mayo; Wild Mushroom Wagyu Cheeseburger with Havarti and 15-year aged balsamic; and Wagyu Cheeseburger with Havarti, a sunny-side-up egg and crisp onions.

On Sunday, March 8, come to Luci’s Healthy Marketplace in Phoenix and learn the art of making Gourmet Italian Sandwiches from Chef James Monaci. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m. All classes come with wine and cost $39.99 a person. Reserve your spot at: www.lucishealthymarketplace.com/cooking-classes.

Next Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, Breakfast with the Butterflies returns to delight children and adults alike.  This event at Desert Botanical Graden provides parents and children an opportunity to participate in a family activity celebrating the start of spring and the opening of the Spring Butterfly Exhibit.  The Garden’s Breakfast with the Butterflies is appropriate for children ages 3-10. To purchase tickets, visit dbg.org.

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