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Foodie news roundup for the week of March 2.

Locally owned Barrio Queen, which serves authentic Mexican food in a trendy atmosphere, announces that its much-anticipated fourth and fifth Valley locations—Tempe Marketplace and Queen Creek Marketplace (pictured)—are now open! Each boast private tequila rooms, open-air bars, indoor/outdoor fireplaces and spacious patios, alongside of a menu of tableside guacamole, tacos, burritos, tortas and enchiladas, and entrées, like the award-winning Cochinita Pibil. Barrio Queen’s three other locations are found at Desert Ridge, Old Town Scottsdale and Gilbert.

Executive Chef Dushyant Singh (pictured on homepage) is launching his new “In Season” cooking series at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, starting March 11. At each event, guests will be able to sip, savor and socialize while digging into light bites and beer and wine samplings centered around the ingredients and local purveyors of Chef Singh’s choosing. The March event theme is “Spring Into Season”; future events are April 8’s “Eat Your Greens” and May 13’s “Savor the Summer.” With tickets starting from $30 including tax and gratuity, guests will receive a selection of bites, a variety of beer and wine tastings from local makers and brewers and a small takeaway. “In Season” will be limited to 25 people and can also be bought-out for events. Tickets can be purchased here.

Pedal Haus Brewery announces it newest location in Downtown Chandler. A grand opening is slated for Saturday, March 7, with 50 percent of the proceeds from 2 to 6 p.m. that day of food and beverage sales going to Chandler Compadres. A Pedal Haus-branded bike will also be raffled off for anyone who dines on site. Every $10 spent will qualify customers for one raffle ticket with winners being announced on Sunday via social media.

The 7th Annual Italian Festival of Arizona, taking place March 14 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and March 15 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), has a new Downtown Phoenix location. The adored festival takes place on Jackson Street between 1st and 4th Streets, with a main gate at 3rd Street on the north side of Jackson. The event promises a lineup of live entertainment, cooking demos, pizza-making and pasta-eating contests, drinks and, of course, a variety of authentic Italian food vendors dishing up pizza, pasta, sausage sandwiches, desserts and other Italian favorites. A ticket of $10 is available for a limited time using promo code “amore” online here. Tickets are regularly $15 online in advance only and day of event for $20.

In honor of National Pi Day, on March 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fired Pie locations will offer any one-topping pizza for just $3.14 with purchase of a drink! This deal is valid for one per person; not valid on third-party delivery services or at mall locations. Plus, Sauce Pizza and Wine is celebrating by offering full-size cheese pizzas for just $3.14.  To receive this deal, guests simply mention “Pi Day” when ordering. This offer is available at all Sauce locations, for dine-in only and limited to one per guest per visit. 

The Lola in Glendale will be hosting a watch party for the two-part finale of “The Bachelor” on Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Specials will include $5 rosé, $15 bottles of Champagne and half-off bites and boards.

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