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Foodie news roundup for the week of April 3.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will be hosting an exclusive Pappy Van Winkle whiskey dinner featuring a four-course, prix-fixe menu by Executive Chef Sean Currid and whisky stories from John Christie. The exclusive dinner takes place on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. $120 per tax and gratuity per person (only 16 seats total). For reservations, call 602.258.0231 or email simone.alex@bluehoundkitchen.com.

On Friday, April 7, all Valley Dutch Bros. locations will participate in the Coffee Day of Giving. Buy any drink and $1 will be donated Phoenix Children’s Hospital. All Dutch Bros. will be dressed as superheroes as a show of strength for Phoenix Children’s patients.

Sprinkles Cupcakes is announces its brand new Cookie Cupcake (pictured). Inspired by a recipe in Candace Nelson’s cookbook, the sweet treat–yellow cake studded with chocolate chips and lined with chocolate chip cookie crumble then topped with brown sugar frosting and rolled in chocolate chip cookie crumbles–is now available at Sprinkles in Scottsdale. This seasonal cupcake, available for a limited time, is here now through May 31.

The Original Breakfast House is thanking loyal customers on April 8 for four years of patronage. Drawings for prizes, free gifts, a raffle to benefit the Boys and Girls club, free face painting and more will be offered from 9 a.m. on. Ron Cortez from Cortez Coffee will be on hand to meet patrons and share his brew, and fan favorites like Mexican eggs benedict, corned beef hash and the caprese omelette will be on special all weekend.

Enjoy five delicious courses at the Prisoner Wine Dinner at Market Street Kitchen April 11 at 6:30 p.m. $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 480.278.7044

Served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The House Brasserie’s new brunch menu boasts inventive twists on brunch classics, such as scrambled eggs perked up with three types of gourmet cheese, or crepes made with sweet corn and topped with citrus crème fraiche, fresh berry syrup and candied pecans. Plus, The House Brasserie features an extensive selection of hand-pressed cocktails and eclectic wine and beer lists, including house-made limoncello and cinnamon whiskey. The House also rolls out a tableside mimosa cart during brunch hours.

Save the date for an exciting new event, The Cocktail Society, coming to the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. Interactive libation experiences include aerial bartenders dropping down from the ceiling for service. Enjoy an abundance of electrifying entertainment including a pair of dueling DJ’s from Desert House Productions, shadow dancers, Saydi Driggers and Urban Electra – an electric string quartet performing everything from rock, pop, club music, and cutting edge electronic music. Let your senses run wild with SensMood – an interactive experience of flavor, aroma and taste. Then, take a break and enjoy sips and puffs in the cigar lounge. Or, check out Stella the Airstream Picture Bus, silver 1966 Airstream camper that has been restored and repurposed as a classic photo booth with glammed-up modern curbside appeal.  Admission is $85 during online presale, tickets will be $100 at the door. Admission is all inclusive with complimentary cocktails and unlimited food, live music and entertainment. For tickets, visit www.scottsdalefest.org. All net proceeds raised will support the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts.

Chompie’s celebrates the start of Passover with a special dine-in menu on April 10 and 11. The dinner for $32.95 for adults and $14.95 for children includes soup, starter, a choice of traditional entrees, sides and dessert. Passover starts at sundown on Monday, April 10 and ends at sunset on April 18.

The 5th annual Flavors of the West, presented by Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, returns Saturday, April 8, noon to 4 p.m., to the original location of Litchfield Park, alongside the historic community on Old Litchfield Rd. More than 30 restaurants are expected to pack the block of Old Litchfield Rd., serving delicious samples featuring everything from seafood to Asian cuisine. In addition, event-goers will enjoy live entertainment, a beer garden, cooking demos and more. Event proceeds will benefit local non-profit, The Honey Foundation. The foundation focuses on spreading kindness and now provides a Kindness Education Program for K-12 Schools. Purchase tickets at www.FlavorsAZ.com. Kids 12 and under are free.

National Beer Day (April 7) specials:

Growler USA at High Street is celebrating National Beer Day on Friday, April 7, with $1 flights of beer. The first 50 people will get to enjoy six 4-oz. tastings for only $1 at the new-ish microbrew. April actually happens to be National Beer Month so your readers can enjoy specials all month long at Growler USA.

Uptown Alley in Surprise will be offering $2 domestic pints all day on Friday, April 7, for National Beer Day. Get ready for the weekend with $2 pints, play a game of bowling or laser tag and enjoy some of Uptown Alley’s signature dishes like pizza and burgers.

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