Taste Tidbits

Foodie news roundup for the week of June 4.
Chef Gio Osso opens a charming fine dining eatery, Virtu, at Downtown Scottsdale’s Bespoke Inn.
The genius new Small Bites of Summer card has been unveiled for Valley diners. On sale now.
Vinos are invited to enjoy Arizona wines with the owner and winemaker from Alcantara Vineyards and Winery at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar in Phoenix on Thursday, June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is $10. Visit here to RSVP.
Chef Josh Hebert of Posh Restaurant (pictured) in Scottsdale hosts two divine dinner events that bring traditional Japanese cuisine to the Valley next week. A Japanese street food late-night menu will be offered Wednesday, June 12 from 10 p.m. to midnight, and a traditional kaiseki dinner will be offered Friday, June 14 starting at 5 p.m. Late-night menu items are $10 each and drink specials also available. Kaiseki dinner is $125 per person, includes paired beverages, tax and gratuity. To RSVP, call 480.663.7674.
Beginning in June, Salty Sow in Phoenix introduces new summer specials including Reverse Happy Hour with $5, $7 & $10 menu items, $5 wine and beer, $6 signature sips and a four-course, summer menu for $25.
On Saturday, June 8, guests at Hidden Meadow Ranch will enjoy a four-course meal featuring Chef Michael DeMaria’s signature dishes.  The Saturday dinner is open to non-lodge guests with advance reservations. Chef DeMaria will work alongside HMR’s new Chef de Cuisine Ben Mulé. The menu will feature sage roast buffalo rib eye “mignon” with white bean puree, tiny truffled mushrooms and crispy onions and much more yumminess. To reserve your spot, call 866.333.4080.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria now offers half-priced wine every Tuesday all day. The deal runs until the last Tuesday in September. There are more than 40 glass and bottle options.
On Saturday, June 8, Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival, presented by Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, returns to Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. The 4th Annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival invites guests to savor the best culinary talents of the region and finest local and global wine from award-winning vintners. The event takes place from 12 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35; wine passports are $20.
Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale offers two fun F&B events on Fridays and Saturdays this summer. Every Friday, Prado offers “Perfect Your Palate” Wine Education. The class is free for hotel guests and $10 for locals and features blind taste testings and divine wines. The resort also has launched “Sweet N’ Spicy Saturdays,” which is a poolside demos and tasting of salsas and signature margaritas. This event also is free for guests; $10 for locals.
With a menu of American classics with a Southwestern twist, Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport has opened RBG, a contemporary bar-and-grill. This marks the third RBG location in the U.S. for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, following the success of the recently opened restaurant in Seattle. RBG’s beverage program is comprised of regional specialties, including local craft beers, wine, and cocktails inspired by flavors of the region.

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