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Foodie news roundup for the week of Jan. 6.

A taste of Phoenix’s new breakfast joint, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery.

Get to know Chef Ken Arneson of Rico’s American Grill.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. this evening, Old Town’s Pasta Brioni introduces Thursday night jazz at the bar with The Crawford Brothers and The Brioni Boys. In addition to delicious Italian eats and drinks, the jazz night brings can’t-miss giveaways.

Sprinkles in Scottsdale now offers these miniature versions (pictured) in its regular and seasonal flavors, as well as its gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan red velvet minis. Plus, in honor of what would have been Elvis’ 78th birthday, Sprinkles is also offering a fresh banana cake topped with creamy peanut butter frosting (regular size) through Jan. 12.

Starting next Tuesday, Jan. 14, and every Tuesday after that, Scottsdale’s POSH in transforming into a ramen shop. Chef Josh Hebert will now be offering a menu of Japanese street food every Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m.

One of the Valley’s most anticipated spring-opening restaurants, Sumo Maya Mexican American Kitchen from German Osio (the man behind Central Bistro and Local Bistro), has brought on top New York chef Herb Wilson. Does that name sound familiar? You might know Chef Wilson from “Top Chef Masters.” Sumo Maya is slated to open in Scottsdale in March.

To help raise money and awareness for Arizona Small Dog Rescue, El Palacio of Chandler is hosting a series of Sunday Yappy Hour & Adoption Fair events during the month of January. There will even be a pooch-friendly menu of puppy taco salad, hot dogs and a doggy fajita, in addition to the restaurant’s tasty eats for the dogs’ two-legged friends. Ten percent of all food and beverage purchases made during Yappy Hour will benefit the Arizona Small Dog Rescue.

Visit Stonegrill, the newest restaurant at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, now to get 20 percent off your check, excluding alcohol, through Feb. 8. (Go to the Facebook page for the JDRF Desert Southwest chapter and print off a coupon.) On Feb. 8, the resort is hosting JDRF’s Promise Ball.

The Monday Night Chef’s Table at ZuZu at Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho on Jan. 13 features wines from Napa Cellars. The four-course meal starts at 6:30 p.m. and is $56 plus tax and tip per person. To reserve your spot, call 480.421.7997.

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