Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of March 19.

PNPK, a full-service restaurant and wine bar featuring craft sliders and shareable flights of elevated comfort food as well as local and regional beers and cocktails, will formally open on March 23 at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak. The menu, which is described as “cheeky” by owner Kellie Pruitt, has the option to mix and match a variety of craft sliders, bruschetta, deviled eggs (pictured), charcuterie and much more in delicious flights. To wash it all down, PNPK’s signature cocktail is called the Tickle Me PNPK Punch, which is made with Arizona prickly pear, ginger ale and sparkling wine. One dollar from the proceeds of each of these cocktails sold will be donated to the Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park, a volunteer group that ensures Pinnacle Peak Park is maintained and cared for on a daily basis.

Locally owned and operated, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, has extended its Stoking Hour to seven days a week starting Monday, March 19. Stoking Social Hour is from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and includes a new special of $15 off bottles of wine (excludes house wine), $2 off draft beer, $3 off glasses of wine, $3 off antipasto and bruschetta, $3 off signature cocktails.

Make happy hour a little sweeter with two for one ice cream specials daily at Splurge at the Orchard from 3 to 6 p.m.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m., La Hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hosts the Tequila Throwdown where bartenders compete against one another to craft the best tequila cocktail. The event is rounded out with appetizers and a taco station, naturally. $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot, call 480.585.2694.

Rott n’ Grapes in Uptown Phoenix, recently launched a monthly wine club that includes tasting events and other delectable benefits. Starting at $40 a month (for single) and $55 (for couple),  the benefits include at least two bottles a month, free wine tastings, up to 20 percent off bar tabs and full case discounts. In addition, Rott n’ Grapes offers monthly wine tasting events to introduce new wines to enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Someburros newest location near ASU has confirmed its grand opening celebration set for Friday, March 23. Consider yourself a fan? The first 100 fans in line at 9 a.m. on grand opening day will have the chance to win a VIP card for free burros for a year. Plus, all fans in line past the 100 mark will receive a free burro of their choice (green chili beef, red chili beef or bean and cheese burro.)

On Wednesday, March 28, all Valley Jersey Mike’s locations will donate 100 percent of proceeds to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Octane Raceway is supporting MS Awareness Month this month with a new cocktail at the Brickyard Grill, called Mountain Sunrise. The cocktail is $10 and $2 from each one ordered will be donated to the National MS Society, which helps people affected by MS to live their best lives.

Explore incredible Napa wines at ZuZu’s next Monday Night Chef’s Table on March 26. The backdrop for this monthly event is the  Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale, where Executive Chef Russell LaCasce and the special guest will guide you through a special four-course menu with wine pairings. The March event showcases the delicious wines of Rombauer Vineyards, founded in 1980 by the Rombauer family and known for its distinctive, fruit-driven wines. The dinner kicks off with roasted baby beets and citrus mosaic, followed by candied slab baker’s bacon, bacon-wrapped filet of beef, and black forest éclair with cherry foam and dark chocolate ganache. (Up next in the event lineup is Hess Collection Winery on April 16.) Each event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is $75 per person, or book three events for a special price of $245 with tax and gratuity included. Visit www.HotelValleyHo.com or call 480.376.2600 for reservations.

The 9th annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival returns to Downtown Chandler on Saturday, March 24. This year, the featured headlining act will be country superstar, Rodney Atkins. In addition to great live music, the fest will feature the eats of more than 40 BBQ Pitmasters from local, regional and national restaurants and BBQ competition teams. Plus, for the first time ever, the fest will feature more beer, wine and spirit selections including vodka, whiskey, and bourbon. New and improved experiences this year include live cooking demos, art installations, themed bars with interactive games, creative cocktails, mechanical bull riding competition, local community entertainment, eating competition, march madness lounge, expanded kids zone, and the return of the Corral zone and VIP area for country music fans and guests looking to elevate their festival experience. Ticket prices vary with a percentage of the proceeds from the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership.

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