Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of April 23. 
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will award 45 lucky teachers with a pizza party.  One winner will be selected from the neighborhood around each pizzeria. Teachers must be nominated by an adult starting April 23 by filling out a form on grimaldispizzeria.com/teachers explaining why their teacher deserves a pizza party.  Nominations will be taken through May 11. Must be 18 or older to participate. In addition, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will be offering 15 percent off for all teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week on May 7 to May 11. Teachers must present ID to redeem offer. Valid at all Grimaldi’s Pizzeria locations except in NY, NJ and CT. Valid on dine in and take out orders only.
Joe’s Real BBQ is planning on giving away more than 5,000 free meals during their annual Customer Appreciation Day Wednesday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. In addition to the free meal, FunkFit will be around to help you work off your meal, Romen Buffalo will perform all evening and a balloon artist will be on hand to entertain kiddos. (Only one meal per person; must be present to receive free meal; no takeout; and no other menu items will be offered.) If you wish to help Open Arms Care Center, bring cans of food (fruit in particular) or boxes of cereal.  The food donations are not required for the free meal.
The fifth annual Sausage Fest at Brat Haus will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 12 to 9 p.m. and will include brand new crowd-pleasing festivities like the inaugural People’s Choice Sausage King/Queen Competition, a top chef cook-off with some of the Valley’s best talent, a wiener dog costume contest and “dog eat (hot)dog” eating races hosted by Lucky Dog Rescue, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Honor Flight Arizona.
Join LDV Winery in celebrating a decade of dedication to becoming one of the finest wine growers and makers in the state. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and specialty desserts while toasting to the success of LDV Winery on April 28 from 8 to 10 p.m. No cost to attend; registration required by calling 480.664.4822.
Bevvy in Uptown Phoenix is rolling out the Valley’s first-ever PartyBrunch.  Bevvy Uptown’s weekly PartyBrunch pairs sharable all-you-can-brunch eats (PartyBrunch menu) with keep-’em-coming Bloody Marys and mimosas. Guests can also enjoy a rollicking piano performance (noon to 2 p.m.) followed by live DJ music from Chris Villa (2 to 6 p.m.), alongside Bevvy’s signature throwback school bar and video games.
The eighth-annual ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest (pictured) is set to return on Saturday, April 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. featuring more than 250 canned craft beers from over 100 local and national breweries across 40 states. Located at the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, ameriCAN highlights include not only amazing canned beer, but also live music, food trucks, a beer science garden, canning seminars, beer Olympic games and a rare beer garden. Tickets are $35 online during presale and $45 at the door. Admission includes entry at 3 p.m., a souvenir 4 oz. can and 20 beer samples from participating breweries. Designated driver tickets are also available for $20 and do not include any beer sampling, water and soft drinks will be provided.
Today is National Pretzel Day, and Culinary Dropout is celebrating with a social contest. Simpy tag @CulinaryDropout when you share a photo from your visit using #NationalPretzelDay and be entered for a chance to win the restaurant’s popular housemade pretzel bites free for one month at any of their locations. (Winning photo chosen based on relevance and creativity and will be announced and contact via Instagram Direct Message by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Limit three orders per day. Valid May 1-30, 2018.)   
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