Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of Feb. 27.
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Thursday, March 2, Hopdoddy Burger Bar is serving up a “Green Eggs and Ham” burger for a limited time. Available March 1 through March 14, the burger features an Angus beef patty with peppery arugula, Manchego cheese, thinly sliced prosciutto, a fried egg and salsa verde.
Join Drexyl in Scottsdale on March 6 to celebrate its one-year anniversary. Enjoy happy hour pricing on drinks all day, as well as a complimentary Champagne toast and cake will be served at 6 p.m.
An opening date has been set for Fox Restaurant Concepts’ newest restaurant, Doughbird. The fresh concept is scheduled to grand open on March 28 with a menu of house-made pizzas and rotisserie meats served with classic comfort sides and unique sauces located on 44th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix.
In celebration of National Chili Day, TEXAZ Grill invites local at-home chefs to submit their best chili recipes–unique dishes that incorporate chili as a featured ingredient. Cooks can submit their recipe via e-mail (texaz@texazgrill.com) or bring a printed copy into the restaurant. The contest runs through March 31. TEXAZ Grill chef/owner Steve Freidkin, who has served as a judge at the annual World Championship Chili Cook-off in Texas for the past 30 years, will select the winner, who will receive all-you-can-eat chili for one year (restrictions apply) at TEXAZ Grill. The winning recipe may appear on TEXAS Grill’s Specials menu.
On March 9, National Crab Day, Bluewater Grill’s famous Maryland-style crab cakes, served with semoulade, chive oil and micro greens and typically priced at $13.50, are just $8.95 just for the holiday.
Cartel Coffee Lab fans now have even easier access to the local coffee shop’s stellar bean. The Cartel Edition subscription coffee service (pictured) is set to launch today, March 2, at 11 a.m. Available in installments every week ($22 per bag, per installment), every two weeks ($24 per bag, per installment) or every four weeks ($26 per bag, per installment) with shipping included, the carefully curated coffee beans are sourced from all over the world. The first 200 to sign on as official Cartel Edition subscribers at 11 a.m., March 2, will gain access to some special perks, in addition to a new morning pick-me-up roasted to order and shipped straight to their door within two business days. A special edition gift box bearing a custom, coffee-dyed Cartel Edition bandana, and a customized message from Paul Haworth, director of coffee productionm will accompany the 12 oz. coffee bag.
Clever Koi Gilbert is now serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Try the crispy duck sausage and scallion biscuit, the Chinese chorizo burrito, the kimchi Belgian waffle and much more.
Sprinkles has announced the launch of its much anticipated line of cookies to its Scottsdale store starting March 6. A gluten-free chocolate chip cookie was added to the menu last year, but this is the first time the full menu will be available in Scottsdale. Flavors include snickerdoodle, peanut butter pretzel chip, salted oatmeal cornflake and more.
The First Tuesday of every month is Ladies Night Out at Valley The Melting Pot locations. Grab your best girlfriends and enjoy a four-course meal for only $32.95 on March 7. The dinner includes a cheese fondue, a  salad, an entrée and a chocolate fondue. There will also be special wine and cocktail selections available as well.
This year, the Scottsdale League for the Arts is moving its annual Burger Battle to the Scottsdale Waterfront on March 9. The fun starts at 6 p.m. for VIP admission and at 7 p.m. for general admission. More than a dozen of the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants go head to head for the title of Best Burger in the Valley. Event-goers will enjoy tasting burger creations and voting for the best burger to bestow the People’s Choice Award. A panel of culinary experts and local celebrities will taste their way through the grills and select the Judge’s Choice Award winner. Two lucky chefs will win the golden ticket to compete in the World Food Championships in November. Participating restaurants include Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, Zinburger, Aioli Gourmet Burgers, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co, and many more. General admission tickets are $65 during presale and $75 at the door. VIP admission is $85 and includes early entry, meet and greet with local celebrity judges, a VIP gift and access to the exclusive lounge area. All admissions to Burger Battle include all the burger tastings you can eat, ice cold beer, wine, fries, desserts, lawn games and live entertainment by the Groove Merchants. This is a 21-plus event.
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