Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of June 24.

Le Creuset has brought a pop of color to the Phoenix Premium Outlets shopping center with the opening of its newest outlet location. To celebrate its grand opening, Le Creuset is offering shoppers a full line-up of activities and promotions including special pricing on Le Creuset products, a gift with purchase (while supplies last) and the chance to register to win a Le Creuset Dutch oven. On Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7, guests will enjoy live cooking demonstrations with samples from  Phoenix chefs. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, stop by for a live cooking demo with Chef Aaron Pool of Gadzooks; at 2 p.m. on Sunday, enjoy a demo by Chef Malone Deever of Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail.

Agave del Scottsdale celebrates its grand opening starting Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, June 30. The festivities include a ribbon cutting with the Scottsdale Mayor at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. A mariachi band will play that night for an hour then a DJ will play for several hours following. The restaurant will offer specials on Friday and Saturday and a DJ will play both nights from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, June 30, the restaurant is hosting a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy complimentary house margaritas and passed appetizers. The mariachi band will also perform during this time.

Tocaya Organica has launched a nutritious lineup of new summer dishes, including watermelon and heirloom tomato salad, Zuma tacos, tomatillo soup, assorted agua frescas and more.

Pomo Pizzeria’s three Valley locations and Biltmore Fashion Park’s Meat the Ball have joined Negroni Week from June 24 to June 30. Each Pomo Pizzeria location and Meat the Ball will have a $5 Classic Negroni, Peroni Negroni and a riff on the classic. Each location has made a donation to a different organization via the Negroni Week website.  Meat the Ball will benefit the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, Pomo Scottsdale will benefit SHARE Cancer Support, Pomo Gilbert will benefit Inspire Artistic Minds and Pomo Phoenix will benefit Outside In.

Original ChopShop has debuted two limited-time beet-centric menu items: Red Beet Chop (pictured), which is made using fresh spring mix, arugula, red beets, pine nuts and feta cheese and topped with red beet hummus, and the return of a fan-favorite Upbeet Juice with red beets, ginger, turmeric, carrots and green apples. These offerings are available through National Beet Day, July 8. 

On Saturday, June 29 (the anniversary of the hottest day on record in Arizona), from open to close, any Pita Jungle guest who spends more than $40 will receive a free bottle of Pita Jungle Sriracha sauce. Guests must mention the promotion in order to receive a bottle. The offer is valid for dine-in only and at all locations excluding Fashion Square, Sky Harbor Airport or Grand Canyon University. Limit one per tab while supplies last.

Match Restaurant and Lounge and Page Springs Cellars hosts a White Wine Pairing Dinner on Friday, June 28. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., guests can enjoy a five-course meal featuring a complementary white wine from Page Springs with every dish, including a welcome glass of 2018 Vino de la Familia Blanca. Page Springs’winemaker will be in attendance. Cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 

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