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Foodie news roundup for Oct. 9.

Purpose Pops, ready-to-eat frozen smoothie pops, has announced the launch of online ordering.  Purpose Pops is delivered monthly right to your door and offers three flavors–strawberry banana, vanilla and chocolate banana–made with ingredients commonly found in your kitchen. They have no more than four ingredients, less than 12 grams of sugar and are 80 calories or less. They are made with whole fruit and yogurt and no added sugars, no artificial flavors and no fillers or preservatives. Purpose Pops mission is to provide back to basics and common sense food. For $24.99 a month, choose your favorite flavors, schedule how often you want to receive a Purpose Pops box and wait for your 15 pops to be delivered frozen and ready to eat. For every new customer that signs up in October and November, Purpose Pops will donate $5 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Join Urban Beans in Phoenix Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. for its monthly wine dinner. October dinner theme: Flavors of Fall. All courses are vegetarian. $55 plus tax and gratuity. RSVP to Virginia@urbanbeans.com or 602.688.1161.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 classic animated TV show, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, I Love Ice Cream Cakes in partnership with Peanuts, is offering a limited-edition Peanuts Harvest Ice Cream Cake (pictured) sold in grocery stores nationwide. The cake features creamy vanilla ice cream and mini chocolate chips topped with orange and green icing. Priced at $14.99 (prices may vary by retailer), the Peanuts Harvest Ice Cream Cake is available in grocery stores nationwide. The cake can be found in the bakery or freezer aisles and store location information can be found using the Product Locator.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., Sorso Wine Room in Scottsdale hosts a Halloween wine tasting with five of its spookiest wines. For $25, guests can enjoy the tastings alongside small bites, including bruschetta and “trick-or-treats.” Buy tickets here.

Salty Sow will be hosting its last beer dinner in its series, this time in collaboration with Four Peaks Brewery on Thursday, Oct. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Guests will enjoy the restaurant’s signature Blanche Frozen Margarita drenched in Sunbru before enjoying a four-course tasting menu paired with beer selections. $39 per person. Call 602.795.9463 for reservations.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, Buck &Rider will celebrate its first anniversary with an all-day Oyster Happy Hour from 11 a.m. to close in Abby’s Oyster Bar, the dining room, and patio at Buck &Rider. Enjoy half off the daily selection of all raw oysters flown in from the East and West coasts daily and served with your choice of cocktail sauce, mignonette, cognac mustard sauce, Thai dipping sauce or horseradish.

In honor of Boss’s Day on Oct. 17, Marcellino Ristorante in Scottsdale is hosting a special menu, available 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The three-course menu is $28.95 per person.

The date harvest is happening now around Arizona, and local date purveyor Sphinx Date Company has fresh dates including the Arcadia-grown Sphinx date ($10 for 12 ounces) and Medjool dates from Yuma ($9.25 per lb). To celebrate the harvest, Sphinx Date Company is hosting their annual “Date Night,” which is an open house with tastings of local foods, wine and, of course, dates. Date Night takes place Oct. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.; RSVP is not required.

On Friday, Oct. 21, the 16th Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project Lunch will take place at a new venue, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. As in previous years, patrons can choose to purchase an original, artist-crafted bowl, dine on pasta provided by Harold’s Corral, and bid on the artwork offered by members of the Sonoran Arts League in the silent auction. (More than 2,000 hand-crafted ceramic and glass bowls will be sold for a requested donation of $15 to go to Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center. Credit cards are accepted.) The Foothills Empty Bowls Project began 16 years ago with only 850 bowls. Today, thanks to the efforts of local artists and students, more than 2,000 bowls will be available to generate much needed funds for The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, which assists families who reside in Anthem, New River, Desert Hills, Carefree, Cave Creek and other North Valley areas.

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