Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of Oct. 17.
The third week of October is National Kraut Sandwich Week, and Miracle Mile Deli is celebrating by offering up its famous Straw Sandwich for just $10. Available now through Oct. 23, the dish comes with fries and pickle and features  hot Pastrami, melted Swiss cheese and steamy sauerkraut piled high on the bread of your choosing.
On Oct, 22 at 1 p.m., The Melting Pot of Scottsdale will be teaching the Little Dipper Dessert Decorating Class. Little Dippers (ages 4-10) will learn how to decorate chocolate strawberries for Halloween. They will receive a souvenir kid-size Melting Pot embroidered apron and a paper chef hat to fondue like a pro. The afternoon includes an interactive dessert decorating class and an opportunity to eat the classic chocolate fondue dessert accompanied by an assortment of goodies perfect for dipping. It is $19.95 per child and $15 for the accompanying adult.  You must call the Scottsdale location and make a reservation at 480.607.1799.
Sierra Bonita Grill is proud to be the first Valley restaurant serving Dog Tag Brewing Legacy Lager, a beer that was created to honor the lives and legacies of military heroes. One hundred percent of Dog Tag Brewing’s profits are donated to the Dog Tag Brewing Foundation, whose mission is to support and enhance Gold Star Family initiatives. To further support the foundation’s initiatives, Sierra Bonita Grill will be donating 50 percent of the purchase price from the sale of each beer to the organization. Guests can enjoy the beer at the restaurant or take it to go for a keepsake. Each can of Legacy Lager will be available for $10.
The new raw bar is now open at The Gladly (pictured). Oysters, crab, shrimp and fish now take residence in the 7-ft. tall bar. From 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, bar dwellers can enjoy half-off pricing for all chalkboard seafood items, $6 cocktail specials and favorite appetizers for a great deal.
The Phoenix Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier will be hosting its second “Afternoon at The Farm – Cultivating Culinarians for the Future” fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (As of press time, there were only 50 tickets left.) Guests will enjoy an afternoon of cuisine (a multi-course, family-style meal in fact) from a line-up of Phoenix’s top chefs in a serene setting at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go directly to support the Arizona Chapter of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which provides educational scholarships and culinary training to high school students. The price for the event is $150 per person plus tax and fees. Donations for the event are also welcomed if guests are not able to attend. For tickets, visit www.ldei-cultivatingculinarians.eventbrite.com.
Villa Italian Kitchen announced its 7th Annual Have a Slice Day taking place on Monday, Oct. 24. In honor of National Pizza Month, for one day only, Villa Italian Kitchen will treat customers to a free slice of its signature Neapolitan cheese pizza. Take advantage of this amazing offer by visiting Villa Italian Kitchen’s Official Facebook page  or www.freesliceday.com to receive their coupon good for once free slice of pizza at any participating location.
Square One Concepts continues to grow this fall with the expansion of Wasted Grain, coming to Tempe and Tucson in October, and Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers coming to Gilbert in November. The new Wasted Grain locations will feature 30 different beers on draught, multiple TVs, signature cocktails and a live DJ spinning every weekend. The venues will offer outdoor seating, lunch and dinner and a limited late-night menu seven days a week, as well as happy hour is Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. In November, Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers will open its doors on Higley Road in Gilbert. It will serve up award-winning hand-formed, half-pound burgers of never frozen ground chuck with a vast variety of versions as well as a large collection of beers.
On Thursday, Oct. 27,  vomFass in Scottsdale has teamed up with Sur la Table to host a Fall/Holiday cooking class. Learn how to make the oils and vinegars shine with the help of Sur la Table’s chef team from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.$65 per person. Call 480.699.1099 to reserve your spot.
This month marks six years since Chef Justin Beckett, his wife Michelle and friends Katie and Scott Stephens opened favorite Phoenix restaurant, Beckett’s Table. To commemorate the eatery’s milestone, on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m., Beckett’s Table will serve a special six-course dinner menu packed with sophisticated comfort food with a twist for $66 per person. Tickets can be pre-purchased here: http://bt6th.brownpapertickets.com/.
Loose Leaf Tea Market is hosting a Spooktacular Tea Party on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The tea party will be hosted at the Loose Leaf Tea Market Town & Country store in Phoenix. Show up in your cutest tea attire or your Halloween best and enjoy a delightful tea service brewed on the spot. Prizes will be awarded to the best outfit. The Spooktacular Tea Party will include tastings of three different teas. After the party, enjoy special discounts on organic, artisan loose leaf teas and merchandise.
Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill in Phoenix announces Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Spooktacular featuring a highly entertaining, family-friendly Halloween Bash with proceeds to benefit Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock, AliceCooperSolidRock.com, on Oct. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. Join in the festivities to enjoy live music from Solid Rock’s local bands, a makeup station, a silent auction, a raffle, Tgoodie bags for the first 50 kids, 12 and under, that are registered and food and drink specials. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from sales for the entire day will go to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock as well as all the tips the servers collect during the event. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child (12 and under) which gives each adult and child a $10 and $5 food credit respectively. They can be purchased at www.HalfMoonSportsGrill.com.
LON’s Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and Michelin-starred Alessandro Stratta will be teaming up for the ultimate culinary experience at LON’s on Thursday, Oct. 27. The event will feature five courses, alternating between Pacheco and Stratta, paired with local wines from Burning Tree Cellars. To make a reservation for this special dinner ($125/person), call LON’s at 602.955.7878.
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