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Foodie news roundup for the week of August 31.

The Ronan Thompson Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding a cure for neuroblastoma and giving children the chance they deserve at life. In an effort to help this cause and spread awareness about childhood cancer, The Henry has teamed up with the foundation for the #BeBoldGoGold Challenge, and throughout the entire month of September, The Henry will be giving $1 for every salted caramel roll sold to the Ronan Foundation.

Organ Stop Pizza moved to their iconic location on the corner of Stapley Drive and Southern Avenue in Mesa in 1995. To honor this milestone, Organ Stop is turning back the clocks on their pizza prices and each pie will be priced at what it cost in 1995 through the month of September – a 29 to 34 percent savings, depending on the pizza. For instance, a one-topping pizza will be $10.14 instead of $14.79.

Le Macaron French Pastries (pictured)- a new French café and pastry shop that recently opened in The Scottsdale Quarter – will host a fun-filled Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. Free coffee and macarons will be served. There will also be a professional balloon artist creating complimentary balloons for the kids from 1 to 3 p.m. and different flavored French sodas will be served.

Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale is offering something for students and teachers this September. Straight A Tuesdays: Every Tuesday in September students can bring in a test or paper with an “A” letter grade on it for a free cupcake. Sweet on Teachers Mondays: Every Monday in September teachers can flash their official school ID for a buy one get one free cupcake.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, Bad Water Brewing is hosting its first annual Scottsdale Streetside BBQ from 4 to 10 p.m. Think a casual backyard BBQ taken to the street. There will be BBQ, beer and other ice cold beverages and treats, plus yard-style games, live music and a big screen TV tent for watching the ASU-Texas A&M game. Admission is only $10, and food and beverages are an additional cost.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill at Scottsdale Fashion Square is hosting the first official ASU football watch party of college football on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m., against Texas A&M. Enjoy $5 Bloody Mary and $4 Coors Light on the weekends from open to 3 p.m. during football season. Stick around for happy hour.

To mark the end of summer, The Gladly in Phoenix has rolled out some exciting new menu items. Enjoy charred octopus, chilled fennel soup, ribbits and waffles, barbecue bone-in pork belly and more.

September is national Hunger Action Month, and Pei Wei is proud to support the cause by partnering with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to fund more than 70,000 meals for Arizonans in need. The Arizona-based fast casual restaurant is kicking off its “Pei It Forward” cause-related initiative in Phoenix as the presenting sponsor of St. Mary’s “30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign. In addition to making a sizeable monetary donation to the food bank, Pei Wei will fund one meal for a local family in need for every Kids Wei meal purchased at Phoenix-metro Pei Wei locations during the month of September.

Also in honor of Hunger Awareness Month, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is joining thousands of restaurants nationwide to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Anytime guests dine at Grimaldi’s, they will be able to donate to the No Kid Hungry charity. As a way of saying thank you, guests who donate will receive a gift card from Grimaldi’s matching their donation amount to use on their next visit. All of the proceeds raised will benefit No Kid Hungry. Also during the month of September, the restaurant has teamed up with Francis Ford Coppola wine and is offering a sweet deal: Order any large pizza and a bottle of Vendetta and receive a free cannoli.

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