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Foodie news roundup for the week of June 6.
To celebrate National Iced Tea Day, Eklectic Pie is offering a free ice tea to any patron all day on June 10. Eklectic Pie partners with China Mist and will be offering Coconut Pineapple Green Tea and Strawberry Guava Black Tea at their Mesa and Chandler locations on June 10. Limit one per person.
C-CAP is hosting a one-night-only fundraiser on Tuesday, June 14 with Clever Koi to raise money for C-CAP programs and their support of young chefs in their pursuit of a career in the culinary arts industry. Dine Out for C-CAP is partnering with Clever Koi, to donate 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds to support C-CAP and their programs to help at-risk high school students enter the culinary arts industry. In addition, Clever Koi will have information on hand so diners can learn about C-CAP and its importance in the culinary arts industry.
Sushi Roku is celebrating International Sushi Day a little bit early this year by offering 50 percent off all food on Thursday, June 16 to kick off summer and celebrate a love of sushi. Although International Sushi Day is recognized on June 18, Sushi Roku is eager to let the summer love affair begin, so stop in to savor your favorite sushi, signature rolls or entrees at half off from 5 to 11:30 pm on June 16. The summer kick off on June 16 is also the start of Sushi Roku’s local love program. That means Arizona residents receive 20-percent off their entire bill (limitations apply and an ID is required) all summer long through Sept. 5, including indulging in Sushi Roku’s Champagne Brunch that will be offered on the second Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Weekend Fun Bar is in full swing at Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill and can help you keep you cool off this summer. Offered every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for $6.50 a drink, people get their choice of a Bloody Mary, Mimosa or a Screwdriver. With 44 items available at every Weekend Fun Bar, the possibilities are endless.
All summer long, Federal Pizza kicks off its “Wet Hop Arizona Summer,” a red-hot dining deal offering a free growler filled with a rotating selection of craft draft beer to anyone who picks up a drive-thru pizza. Offered every Wednesday, from June 8 through Labor Day on Sept. 5, simply call in your pizza (602.795.2520), pick it up via Federal’s dedicated drive-thru lane, and receive a free craft beer chub (32-oz. growler). (Federal Pizza will be charging a penny for legal reasons. Limit one free growler per transaction.)
Splurge and Luci’s at The Orchard are now open to the public at The Orchard PHX (pictured, credit: Steve Shankman). These locations will join the already open, Pomelo, a full-service restaurant located on site. Luci’s at The Orchard is the marketplace located on property at The Orchard PHX and will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. while Splurge is an ice cream and candy shop featuring gelato that will be open 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily.
The Melting Pot has created specialty summer recipes that allows diners to sample classic American recipes. This menu will be available from June 7 to August 15. Enjoy some of Americas favorite flavors like Chicago Deep Dish Pizza cheese Fondue, a New England Lobster Roll Salad and a New York-style Cheesecake Dessert Fondue. A line of signature cocktails complements the menu from coast to coast like the tropical tastes of SoCal’s renowned Tiki libations.
Starting June 1 and continuing through Aug. 31, Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery will have exclusive summer specials on food and drinks, including $4 beer flights, an enticing brunch combo, and adult-friendly root beer floats.
The 2016 Euro Cup takes place Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12. Come watch all of the soccer matches at Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Tempe Marketplace or SanTan Village. The games will be played throughout the day at Thirsty Lion. Stop by and watch the games and enjoy food, drinks and everyday happy hour from 3 and 6 p.m.
Through June 30, get a free bottle of one of Famous Dave’s special reserve barbecue sauces when you make a purchase of at least $20 in any of the four locations. There are four Famous Dave’s restaurants in the Valley including Chandler at 3250 West Frye Road; Peoria at 16148 North 83rd Avenue, SanTan Village in Gilbert at 2206 E Williams Field Rd and Mesa Riverview in Mesa at 1011 Dobson Road.
Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue kicks off the season with its super-popular Summer Tomato Sandwich with cardamom honey, jalapeño watermelon and caramel corn on the cob.
The “Get Crabby” Soft-Shell Crab Tasting and Wine Pairing takes place Tuesday, June 14 at Bluewater Grill Phoenix.  This inaugural celebration features soft-shell crab prepared two ways: sautéed with crab lemon caper beurre blanc with fingerling potato salad and vinegar aioli; and tempura-style and served with Asian vegetable salad and cilantro vinaigrette. Bluewater’s sommelier has paired them with a Kungfu Girl Riesling from Washington and an Acrobat Pinot Gris from Oregon. $34.95 per person.
Market Street Kitchen has introduced its brand new Happiest Hour specials. Market Street Kitchen will be serving up Happiest Hour food and drink specials, seven days a week, from 3 to 7 p.m. Plus, don’t miss out on MSK’s farm-fresh craft cocktails, made with house-made syrups and seasonal ingredients.
Available June 1 through August 31 at all Valley Sauce locations, guests can choose one salad (under $8), one pizza (under $10), and two glasses of wine (under $6) for $20.
This summer, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar dishes up an affordable meal for the whole family. From June 1 through August 31, Zinburger will be offering kids’ meals for only $3 (normally $5).
Opening on Thursday, June 16, 2016, MAD Greens in North Scottsdale is the sixth Valley location of this farm-fresh restaurant concept specializing in premium made-to-order salads, fresh juices, paninis, wraps and soups. Even tastier, this grand opening also doubles as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club Piper Branch, which will have representatives on-site to educate guests about their programs for local children.
On Saturday, June 11 at noon, Zappone’s Italian Bistro hosts a Tuscany Cooking class for $44 per person (includes lunch, recipes and non-alcoholic beverage). Then, at 6 p.m. on June 16, the restaurant hosts an Italian 101 Wine Dinner for $40 per person. Call 480.218.2338 for reservations.
Hosted by the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, the eighth-annual Bite Nite will be June 11 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. Bite Nite raises money for those diagnosed with ALS along with helping families affected by the fatal disease. On average, yearly expenses for living with ALS is $200,000. Guests can enjoy food from chefs and restaurants in the valley along with taking part in life and silent auctions. There will be a Best Bite of the night award where guests can vote for their favorite food of the night. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 per table which includes 10 tickets. Tickets must be purchased by June 9, 2016, and can be purchased at bitenite.org.

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