Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of May 13.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and the Scottsdale Police Department are partnering for the Tip a Cop fundraiser event to support Special Olympics Arizona on Thursday, May 16, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at its three Scottsdale locations. During the event, Scottsdale police officers will trade their badges for pizza aprons and athletes from the Special Olympics will be helping Grimaldi’s staff dish out pies. Donations will be accepted in any amount, all to benefit Special Olympics.

On Wednesday, May 22, guests are invited to “Paella Night” at Tres Tempe Restaurant. Beginning at 7 p.m. diners can enjoy a dish of homemade lobster and chicken paella along with salad, cornbread and a glass of sangria for $28, while being serenaded with live music during dinner service. Reservations can be made by calling 480.897.5300 or booking online.

Come celebrate five years of Southern Rail with Chef Justin Beckett on Thursday, May 30, from 3 p.m. to close. The event will feature raspberry rum, lemon-lime vodka and cherry cola bourbon adult sno-cones, as well as $5 food and drink specials, including Chef Beckett’s signature dirty rice balls and gumbo. 

True Food Kitchen (pictured) is hosting its spring community dinner on Tuesday, May 21, at its location in Biltmore Fashion Park, featuring dishes expertly crafted with the most colorful in-season ingredients. The four-course meal kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with an “Eat More Color” theme. Tickets to the dinner are $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity, and guests can make a reservation by calling the restaurant at 602.774.3488. 

Founded 28 years ago in Arizona and now hosted in 20-plus cities nationwide, the annual Flavors of Phoenix showcases the combined culinary talents of 30-plus of the Valley’s best chefs while also raising funds for the American Liver Foundation. Held inside the grand ballroom at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on Thursday, May 23, the 2019 event boasts an all-star lineup of top local chefs, including founding chef and co-chair, Christopher Gross of the Wrigley Mansion. Kicking off with a gourmet cocktail reception and silent auction, the event transitions to a food-forward multi-course dinner that showcases the signature dishes and refined flavors of the host chefs. Best of all, every ticket sold ($500 per person) will go directly to help fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

Dave & Buster’s Tempe Marketplace is hosting a fallen officers charity event on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., benefiting the families of Officer Rutherford and Townsend. The Fallen Officers FUNdraising event is $14.99 per person that includes a buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, mixed green salad, potato salad, assorted cookies, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and a $10 power card with unlimited video games. There will be a raffle, the National Anthem will be sung by Jennifer Benson and the Honor Guard will be in attendance. Plus, Dave & Buster’s Tempe Marketplace has partnered with the Arizona Choir Boys Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, an organization that promotes the sport of motorcycling to enhance the brotherhood between law enforcement personnel and supports/contributes funds to the widows and families of officers killed in the line of duty.

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