Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of Nov. 12.

Parma Italian Roots in Scottsdale’s Grayhawk neighborhood is now dishing up a new brunch menu (pictured) Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Chef Chris Gentile’s new brunch menu melds fine Italian influences with his signature Coastal California culinary style, with its offering ranging from sweet to savory (think strawberry mascarpone pancakes, south-of-the-border hash with short rib, hearty breakfast calzone and the decadent Parma benedict. Plus, $12 bottomless mimosas.

To celebrate No-Shave November, Four Peaks Brewing is here to help tame your scruff with the launch of its beer-infused beard oil to keep beer drinkers’ beards looking healthy and strong all November long. This oil comes in three variants, all infused with one of Four Peaks mainstay brews: Kilt Lifter, Hop Knot and Sirus Black. Plus, in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness month, a portion of all Kilt Lifter pub sales at Four Peaks breweries will benefit the Southwest chapter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation during the month of November.

On Tuesday, November 20, Black Rock Coffee Bar in Chandler will host a special event with Arizona Cardinals player, Robert Nkemdiche. The event, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., will include a meet-and-greet with the defensive tackle, a live performance from Nkemdiche’s band, and fuel from Black Rock’s signature beverages.

Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery has the perfect seasonal craft beers to be thankful for this year: Northwind Imperial Stout and super-festive Peppermint Bark Porter. Two Brothers will open on Thanksgiving this year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with  $3 craft beers, $3 glasses of wine, and a $3 small bites menu. To really get into the Thanksgiving spirit they will have holiday-inspired cocktails, the Cranberry Mimosa and the Apple Pie Cocktail.

From Nov. 15 through Jan. 15, Creamistry is offering the following seasonal sweets designed to warm the heart: Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream, Peppermint Mocha Affogato, Hot Chocolate Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate Affogato.

Now through Dec. 31, shoppers at Sprouts can purchase pre-packed “Grab ‘N Give” bags filled with pantry staples or personal care items at a 10 percent discount that the grocer will donate on their behalf to a local food bank. Donation bags are approximately $10 and include canned food, nonperishable groceries and body care products. Last year, Sprouts shoppers donated more than 370,000 bags filled with groceries, providing more than 2.3 million meals to those in need.

On Friday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., Carlson Creek Vineyard will be hosting a special event at its Scottsdale tasting room to raise funds for the Arizona Trail Association. The event features complimentary wine tasting, light bites, music and two raffles, with prizes including a Jeep Grand Cherokee, $5000 cash, an AZ Trail Adventure pack, Carlson Creek wines and much more. A portion of all sales that evening will benefit the Association, whose mission is to protect and sustain the 800 continuous miles of deserts, mountains, canyons and communities that stretch across Arizona from Mexico to Utah.

The Peppermint Mocha Shaker is available at Press starting Nov. 16 through Dec. 31. The festive drinks blends the beloved seasonal flavors of mint and chocolate with almond milk creamer and Press’ popular cold brew coffee. It’s prepared in front of guests in a cocktail shaker.

Scottsdale’s own Simply Shari’s Gluten-Free has improved upon its already-delicious recipe and unveiled new packaging. Not only tasty, but the cookies in Simply Shari’s Gluten Free shortbread line are gluten- and wheat-free as well as Non-GMO Project-verified. Simply Shari’s Shortbread flavors include Chunky Chocolate Chip, Pucker Up Lemon, Better Than Yours (plain shortbread) and our favorites, the decadent Double Trouble Chocolate and the season-friendly Cranberry Orange Dream.

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