Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of Oct. 22.

Nobu(pictured), the international restaurant sensation from Chef Nobu Matushisa, will open its first-ever Arizona restaurant at Scottsdale Fashion Square just outside the luxury wing anchored by Neiman Marcus.The menu will include Nobu’s famed signature dishes along with locally inspired dishes and signature cocktails designed exclusively for the new location.

Huss Brewing Co. is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a can’t-miss concert and local beer and food festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Singh Meadows in Tempe. The family-friendly Huss Brewing “Five Years of Chasing Dreams” festival will feature performances by local musician (and GM of the Huss Uptown Taproom) Mike Chapman, as well as headlining performance from the popular Nashville-based band, Los Colognes. Plus, enjoy gourmet fare served up by several of the Valley’s best local chefs. Huss Brewing will also be pouring its lineup of award-winning Huss Family of Beers as well as seasonal and small-batch brews. Tickets are $10 per person, and kids 15 and under are free. (Food and drink is not included in ticket price.)

Best of Our Valley winner Christina Barrueta of Write On Rubee collaborated with CRUjiente Tacos for a special, limited-time margarita. The Write on Rubee Iced Pear Margarita has pear puree, Blanco 100 percent Blue Agave Tequila, fresh-squeezed lime, house agave, iconic ginga by Iconic Cocktail Co. for $10, and it’s available until Oct. 31.

Luci’s at the Orchard is now featuring a Zombie Brains Smoothie to get into the Halloween spirit. This smoothie is a delicious combination of green tea smoothie with gooey cherry syrup. Get a 20-oz. smoothie for $6, or stop by after 5 p.m. for half-off all smoothies and pastries.

The Crepe Club announces the opening of its newest location inside the Scottsdale Fashion Square food court. To celebrate the recent opening, The Crepe Club will be offering the choice of one free Nutella or Parisian (butter and sugar) crepe to their guests at the new kiosk on Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sample celebrated local Arizona beers alongside T. Cook’s incredible dishes in an unmatched setting at the Mansion Courtyard at Royal Palms Resort and Spa on Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. The beer dinner is $40 per person (exclusive of 18 percent service fee and tax). A limited number of tickets are available here.

Rock Springs Café & Saloon celebrates its 100-year celebration with its Rock N’100” Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, featuring a variety of bands, including headliner and crowd favorite, Mogollon. A special Kid’s Korral area with a pumpkin patch, a bounce house, kid’s games and pie-eating contests and helicopter tours will also be offered.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill now serves brunch at all three Valley locations from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.  The brunch eats include whiskey French toast, adobo pork benedict, spicy chicken and waffles, a selection of Bloody Marys and mimosas and much more.

Bashas’ Supermarkets become Spooky-markets the grocer invites families to celebrate Halloween at each of its 56 stores across the state Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to show off their Halloween costumes and have a lot of fun taking part in all of the family-friendly activities in the store, including trick-or-treating, Halloween cake-decorating ($5), apple cider, cookie decorating ($1), photo opps and more.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, Dr. J. Philipp will continue his Halloween tradition of paying $2 per pound (up to five pounds per child) for candy. The candy will be shipped to American troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Parents can bring their children to Dr. Philipp’s office in Chandler located at 3230 S. Gilbert Road, Suite 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to donate.

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