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Foodie news roundup for the week of Nov. 15.

Taggia Scottsdale will offer hotel guests and local diners the chance to bike to Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market with Chef Massimo De Francesca on Nov. 21.  He will shop with them for fresh produce and other gourmet items and return to FireSky and Taggia where he will use these ingredients to prepare a three-course lunch with local Arizona wines for $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required in advance by calling 480.424.6095.

From now until Nov. 30, enjoy the new Swirl cupcake at Sprinkles. The Swirl cupcake, developed by Jessica Alba and Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson, is a delicious vanilla and chocolate marble cake topped with luscious milk chocolate cream cheese frosting and chocolate and vanilla sprinkles.  All proceeds of the cupcake will go to Baby2Baby.

Celebrate National French Toast Day on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Miracle Mile Deli. Stop by the Saturday after Thanksgiving from 7 to 11 a.m. and receive a free order of French toast with the purchase of two breakfast entrees.

On Monday, Nov. 16, Pita Jungle (pictured) will open its new location on Mill Ave and University Dr. in Tempe. The theme of this location–urban street art–includes little details that pay homage to their backgrounds and campus nearby.

At SanTan Brewing Company, the holiday season is officially marked by the annual tradition of tapping a keg of Winter Warmer. This year, the celebration will kick off at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 at SanTan Brewing Company in downtown Chandler. Winter Warmer is an English Strong Ale with Arizona orange blossom honey added before it is spiced with fresh ginger.

Attention, pizza lovers: zpizza has opened the first zpizza Tap Room at 111 W. Monroe Street on the first floor of The Monroe Building. Owned by Valley couple Michelle Aure and Stephan Olson, the zpizza Tap Room features 16 self-pour craft beers and ciders, and four self-pour wines on tap; sports and entertainment viewing; a complete menu of engaging appetizers, salads, sandwiches; and a welcoming environment for both family and friends.

With limited tickets available, the inaugural Phoenix Pizza Festival is on pace to sell out. On Nov. 21, Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix will become pizza paradise for 2,500 attendees who will have access to nearly 15 pizza vendors, dessert food trucks and related food vendors. The Phoenix Pizza Festival will benefit Local First Arizona, an organization that champions local business ownership and consumer support of those businesses. Pizza makers will serve $2 to $4 slices, full pies, and everything in between. Some participants include: Fabio on Fire, Focoso, Charred, il Bosco, Saffron JAK, Grand Avenue Pizza Company, Dough Mama, La Piazza Al Forno PHX, SuperFarm SuperTruck, and others. Craft beer and wine tasting stations, lawn games, and live bands will add to the pizza enjoyment. Expect beer from local makers such as the new Wren House Brewing, SanTan Brewing, THAT Brewery, and Sonoran Brewing Company, and wines by Chronic Cellars, Chateau La Paws, and Woodwork. A kid’s craft zone will round out the fun. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar is celebrating Turkey Day with a limited-edition Thanksgiving on a Bun special. This delicious holiday creation, featuring a turkey patty topped with sage pesto, jalapeno cornbread stuffing, ginger-cranberry chutney, gouda cheese and a bacon brussels sprouts salad, is available through Nov. 29.

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