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Foodie news roundup for the week of Sept. 19.

Miracle Mile Deli’s has unveiled a new Peanut Butter Fudge Shake for $4. The tasty treat is a freshly made chocolate ice cream milkshake swirled with layers of peanut butter and fudge topped off with whipped cream. The deli also offers shakes in several varieties including chocolate, strawberry and vanilla caramel.

Shake Shack‘s Shacktoberfest is on tap from Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 2. The annual celebration features an Oktoberfest-inspired menu, including a Bavarian-style soft pretzel, new to this year’s menu. Now in its eleventh year, Shacktoberfest is the only time of year to get a special Shake Shack Bier Stein for $10 (25 oz.), filled to the brim with your choice of Brooklyn Brewery’s brisk, Oktoberfest brew or ShackMeister Ale; after that, it’s yours to keep and $7.69 for a refill throughout Shacktoberfest. Also on the menu: Brat Burger, ShackMeister Brat, Apfelstrudel Shake and Black Forest Shake.

The first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. MST.  Fired Pie doesn’t want you to miss a minute of the action. On that day, buy two pizzas and get the third free from 4 p.m. to close at all of their locations. This offer is valid for in-store pick up only.

It’s Bourbon Heritage Month and Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails celebrates with a gourmet three-course cocktail-paired dinner on Sunday, Sept. 25. Okra is the perfect place to celebrate America’s most famed spirit with a one-night-only dinner featuring Beam Suntory brand of bourbons for $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The three-course feast will include dishes such as chef Cullen Campbell’s take on Brunswick stew made with quail, BBQ bone marrow and chicken skins, or house-made sausage from Little Miss BBQ. Meanwhile, Mixologist Micah Olson will be shaking up drinks featuring Beam Suntory brands such as a Pecan Wood Smoke Knob Creek Manhattan. Plus, Beam Suntory Master Mixologist Bobby Gleason will be on hand to discuss the spirits. For reservations, call 602.296.4147.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill unveils its new fall menu that is available starting Sept. 15. The seasonal menu features a variety of refreshing new dishes including Black Cherry BBQ Pork Tenderloin and the Peppercorn & Artisan Blue Cheese Burger. The menu also includes new cocktails and dessert. Also, you are invited to Go Gold with Thirsty Lion Tempe and order a flight of gold beer for a good cause. All September when you order a flight of gold beer $1 will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in honor of National Pediatric Awareness Month. If you can’t make it out to the Tempe location, enjoy $1 off draft pints for happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.

Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden will be saying goodbye to summer on Friday, Sept. 30, with a dinner featuring Seacat Gardens early fall produce including lobster mushrooms, tomatoes and radishes. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. The four-course dinner with Arizona wines costs $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity. A credit card is required to reserve a space. Call 480.719.8600 for reservations.

Starting Sept. 25, Southern Rail‘s Jazz & Jambalaya Sunday evenings will return with Chef Justin Beckett’s signature Southern fare, drink specials and live jazz on the patio. Enjoy Chef Beckett’s signature jambalaya, stuffed with Schreiner’s Andouille sausage, smoked chicken, shrimp, and veggies (pictured). Jazz & Jambalaya takes place every Sunday from Sept. 25 to Nov. 27, featuring live jazz from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sprinkles Olive Oil cupcakes take a Mediterranean-inspired twist on classic chiffon cake. Extra virgin olive oil imparts moisture and depth into this slightly savory, butterless cupcake, which is drizzled with an orange glaze lush with aromatic rosemary sprig pieces. These cupcakes are available now through Oct. 6.

The Wing Counter in Glendale celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend (Sept. 23 and 24) with half off wing orders from open to close.

Quiessence at The Farm has joined the prestigious list of Arizona restaurants recognized for its local and international wine program by Wine Spectator Magazine. To celebrate this prominent award, Chef Dustin Christofolo will be holding a “Spectator Sips” wine dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 pm. This dinner will be $89 per person, plus tax and gratuity, which will include four courses and will be paired with Chef Christofolo’s “gem wine picks” from the award-winning Quiessence wine menu. To reserve your spot, book on Open Table or call Quiessence at 602.276.8804.

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