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Foodie news roundup for the week of Sept. 11.
True Food Kitchen has launched to pledge their support for the devastating impact that Hurricane Harvey made on Houston and the effects of Hurricane Irma on Florida. This brand-wide fundraising effort called Hummus for Hurricane Relief will take place throughout the entire month of September, and True Food Kitchen will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for every Herb Hummus purchased at all 20 locations nationwide.
Sunday Supper Club at Mountain Shadows’ Hearth ‘61 restaurant is set for this coming Sunday. Executive Chef Charles Wiley will craft a four-course meal (including Rioja-braised veal shortrib and Kabocha squash raviolo) thoughtfully paired with beverages in partnership with one of the restaurant’s artisan suppliers. On Sunday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., Wiley has paired with Pat Jasmin of Folio Fine Wine Partners. Reservations are required at $74 per person. Guests can make reservations at 480.624.5458.
Opening today, Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers delivers casual and friendly atmosphere to Glendale via their first West Valley location. The Glendale location will open for business today, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m.
Tavern Den, a new space opening on Sept. 15, is about to debut inside Tavern Americana. When the restaurant reopens on Friday (it was closed from the 11th to the 14th) at 11 a.m., the new room filled with games, TV’s, new seating and more will be revealed. Additional TV’s, a garden wall and comfortable seating will also be added to the patio. Those who attend the reveal will enjoy happy hour pricing all day.
The pumpkin cupcake, with fragrant ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon and topped with sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting, is back at Sprinkles Cupcakes. The seasonal cupcakes are available now through Nov. 30. Plus, every Tuesday during the month of September, Sprinkles wants to reward all the hardworking students by giving them a free cupcake. When you buy a cupcake, get another one free when you show Sprinkles a test or paper with an A on it.
Kelly’s at Southbridge will be celebrating its fifth anniversary with a half-St. Patty’s Day party on Saturday, Sept. 16. Kelly’s will be featuring $9 Jameson Caskmates, giveaways, live music at 8 p.m. and a DJ to follow.
Looking for a spot to watch the Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight? Twin Peaks, will be offering a cover charge of only $20 per person to watch the fight. In addition to the fee, guests must also spend a minimum of $20 per person on food and drinks.
Clever Koi has launched new dishes (pictured), a full all-day menu and all-day happy hour just in time for the start of the new season. All-day happy hour at both locations (Phoenix and Gilbert) takes place from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and features wines by the glass for $7.50 and draft beer for $4.50. Plus, new eats include a crispy cauliflower sandwich, short ribs in Korean BBQ sauce and much more.
Chompie’s is proud to offer their traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner (Sept. 20, 5 p.m. to close) and Yom Kippur “Break the Fast” menu (available Sept. 29-30). The four-course Rosh Hashanah dine-in menu includes a starter or chopped liver or gefilte fish, soup, an entrée choice of a half roasted chicken, braised brisket, salmon, or roasted breast of turkey. The entrée comes with a choice of potato and vegetable. The meal concludes with an assortment of holiday cake for dessert. These traditional dishes and more are also available for take away. Guests can order items a la carte or family meals that serve eight people for $249.95 or four people for $129.95. The Yom Kippur take-out Menu features a variety of holiday classics to enjoy at home. Gourmet smoked fish, homemade deli salads and fresh challah are just a couple of the local favorites. Plus, Chompie’s brings authentic Jerusalem challah bread to Arizona for the first time. The bread contains lots of seeds, including black sesame, poppy, sunflower, and pumpkin. The new challah also includes almond paste inside.
J’s Kaiyo Sushi + Bar in Scottsdale has created a special Colleen’s Dream Roll in honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. For each Colleen’s Dream Roll ordered, Kaiyo will donated $1 to the ovarian cancer foundation.  The roll contains tuna, mango, avocado, fresno, kaiware and jalapeño vinaigrette. As a bonus, the restaurant has decided to keep the roll on the menu permanently, and the donations will continue indefinitely beyond September.
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