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Foodie news roundup for the week of Sept. 14.
Throw on your lederhosen and get ready for beer, brats, beards and free admission at Brat Haus Oktoberfest this Saturday, Sept. 19. (Anyone with Oktoberfest attire will be admitted for free.) Doors open at 11 a.m. and the first 100 adults 21 and over that enter will receive a ticket good for a free pour of SanTan Brewing’s Oktoberfest Lager at noon when Brat Haus taps a special firkin with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. Benefiting the ALS Association of Arizona, presale general admission is $8 if purchased at Brat Haus and day of admission will be $10 at the door. Oktoberfest is an all ages event, kids 12 and under are admitted for free.
Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day (Friday, Sept. 18) at TEXAZ Grill, where you can savor a hearty cheeseburger for $5 (regularly $8) for lunch (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
National Pancake Day is next Saturday, Sept. 26 and Chef Aaron May’s Over Easy locations will feature six specialty pancakes that can be ordered all week long, starting Sept. 20. The limited-edition signature pancakes are each inspired by each locations’ neighborhood, including protein sunshine cakes in Arcadia, peach pancakes in Gilbert and maroon-and-gold pancakes (bacon and mango) in Tempe.
Join the Italian Association of Arizona on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Courtyard Marriott Scottsdale Salt River to experience  the second annual “Best of Italy” event. Enjoy some of the finest Italian cuisine from five local Italian chefs, including Massimo De Francesca of Taggia at Fire Sky Resort, Chris Nicosia of SASSI, Gio’ Osso of Virtù Honest Craft, Marcellino Verzino of Marcellino Ristorante and Andrea Volpi of Toscana Osteria. Tickets start at $99 for members or $125 for non-members. To purchase tickets, click here.
The Boulders Resort & Spa (pictured) will be hosting a tequila dinner event featuring Casa Noble and a three-course meal on Thursday, Sept. 24. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m., with dinner kicking off at 7:15 p.m. Courses include coriander-crusted New York steak, ancho chili-cured salmon crudo and dark chocolate mocha ganache. $95 per person, not including tax and gratuity. To RSVP, call 480.488.7317.
Savor a special four-course dinner paired with wines from California’s Blue Cape Cellars at ZuZu’s Monday Night Chef’s Table at Hotel Valley Ho Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy New England king salmon, slow-roasted lamb chop and more. $64, plus tax and gratuity. To reserve a spot, call 480.421.7997.
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