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Foodie news roundup for the week of June 22.

Savor the award-winning cuisine of food pioneer, Chef Kevin Binkley, during a special 15-course Tomato Dinner (pictured) on July 1 at Binkley’s in Cave Creek. Chef Binkley will host a 15-course dinner with all courses highlighting fresh tomatoes. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m; $98 plus tax and gratuity per person (wine pairings are $54). Each guests will receive a goodie bag of local tomatoes to take home. Reservations are required by calling 480.437.1072. Space is limited.

The Black & Blue burger is back at Hopdoddy. The 100 percent Angus beef patty is brought to the next level of decadence with blue cheese, fig and onion marmalade and crispy apple-smoked bacon. Sandwiched between a brioche-style bun, slathered in a black pepper aioli, this burger has the perfect blend of sweet, tangy and smoky flavors. It is available through Sunday, June 28.

Join Organ Stop Pizza for the United Food Bank 8th Annual Christmas in July Food Drive Challenge. Bring in two approved non-perishable food items between July 1 and 31st and receive 10 percent off your entire kitchen bill that evening while enjoying The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ and delicious pizzas, pastas, salad and more.

The summer Sommelier Showdown series continues at Cowboy Ciao Friday, June 26 with the owner/winemaker Adam LaZarre, of LaZarre Winery from the Central Coast. Guests will enjoy five courses and 10 wines in a battle of the bottles between LaZarre and Cowboy Ciao owner, Peter Kasperski. Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person; advanced reservations are required by calling 480.946.3111.

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