Taste Tidbits

Vincent Guerithault and Chef Kevin Binkley_Photograph By DAVID ZICKL

Foodie news roundup for the week of August 24.

iCream Café at Mesa Riverview has a fun back-to-school special: Through Aug. 31, buy any-sized treat and get two mix ins or toppings for free.

Inspired by the recent launch in California, Hopdoddy Burger Bar has created the K-Town Belly which pays homage to its namesake, Koreatown. The burger features Gochujang ketchup, glazed grass-fed beef, topped with Braised Beeler’s pure pork belly and Korean rice crispies all nestled on a bed of homemade kimchi. Available through Sept. 6.

On Aug. 28,  Tomaso Maggiore will host his monthly Chef’s Table series at Vivo! Ristorante. Executive Chef Maggiore will prepare an exclusive four-course and seasonal wine dinner at his latest Italian restaurant and market that features the highest-quality Italian products, authentic pizzeria, and an aperi-dinner. The Chef’s Table dinner begins at 6 p.m. with a Zonin Prosecco toast at the reception followed by a wine pairing dinner. The Chef’s Table dinner is $65 per person and limited seating is available. Call 480.699.9081 for dinner reservations.

Kevin Binkley and Vincent Guerithault (pictured) are teaming up for an unforgettable evening on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. at Vincent at Camelback. It is the first time these two powerhouse chefs have come together to create a collaborative dining experience. The six-course dinner also includes passed hors d’oeuvres and amuse bouche. $98 per person plus tip and tax (wine pairing for additional $35 per person). Space is limited and a quick sell-out is expected. RSVP required: 602.224.0225.

Arizona Culinary Institute will be holding an Open House on Saturday, August 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event represents a no-pressure way to get a taste of what it’s really like to be a chef at a school dedicated to traditional French cooking techniques, but also welcoming of Modernist Cuisine. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a chef, now is a great time to pursue your passion as the next Night Program start date is August 31. Day and night Classes begin Sept. 28.

The Refuge Café, a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Community Services, has launched a fundraising program to help schools, sports teams, clubs, churches and other organizations reach their fundraising goals. Restaurant fundraising nights can be scheduled Monday through Thursday any day of the year. The Refuge will donate 25 percent of food and drink sales generated (excluding alcohol) to the participating organization. Setting up at event at The Refuge is a simple and easy process. Once your date is agreed upon, The Refuge will provide each group with a master flier to help advertise and promote the event. Attendees will bring in the flier or mention it while dining and then a portion of the money they spend will benefit the organization.

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