Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of Oct. 28.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is headed to Tucson on Saturday, Nov. 2. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the popular, all-pink cafe on wheels will be parked at La Encantada in Restaurant Circle near Firebirds. Fans of Hello Kitty can look forward to exclusive new goodies and limited-edition collectibles, including Enamel Pin Sets, Madeleine Sets, Hello Kitty Cafe Canvas Totes and Hello Kitty Cafe Cushions. Following Tucson, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making one additional Arizona stop, this time at Arrowhead Towne Center on Nov. 9. And get this: each guest who spends $25 on food purchases will receive a free Hello Kitty Cafe pink mini-tote while supplies last (pictured).

Portillo’s brings back its delivery deals in time for spooky season. From Monday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 10, the Chicago-style fast casual brand is waiving delivery fees on orders $10 or more at all locations nationwide.

On Oct. 31, wear your Halloween costume to MOD Pizza and receive a $5 pizza. Then, on Nov. 11 Military Appreciation Day, show your valid U.S. military or veteran ID to receive a free MOD-size pizza or salad with purchase of a pizza or salad of equal or greater value. Available in-store only, at participating U.S. MOD locations, while supplies last. Limit one per customer.

Pita Jungle has launched a new Seasonal Kitchen Crafts Menu with delicious new dishes like cauliflower hummus, all-veggie pita pocket, bone broth Ramen with Shirataki noodles, Baklawa bread pudding and several other tasty, healthful picks.

The fifth-annual installment of Bacon, Blues & Brews hits Queen Creek on Saturday, Nov. 2. From noon to 9 p.m. at Founder’s Park, the fall festival for the entire family promises more vendors, more surprises and more bacon-based eats than ever before. In addition to plenty of bacon and booze, there is will live entertainment and a kid’s zone with arts and crafts and inflatables. Attendees of all ages will enjoy the return of the Wild Boar Backyard Games area, which will feature cornhole, ladder ball and an array of other ways to play. Also, those interested in a bacon-eating contest should send a message to morepork@levitateagency.com. A portion of all proceeds from Bacon, Blues & Brews will benefit East Valley Firefighters Charities. General admission tickets are $20 at the door (cash only), and admission covers music, festivities, games and contests. Children 12 and under are free. Hog Wild VIP tickets up for grabs. Click here for tickets.

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