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Foodie news roundup for the week of April 28.

Craft tequila tour at Rancho Valencia.

Have kids? New must-have grocery items for toddlers.

Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hosts a Kentucky Derby brunch and lawn party, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3. Guests are invited to savor the traditions of the Derby atmosphere, including frosty mint juleps, live blues music, bourbon tastings and activities on the “Winner’s Circle” lawn–plus, a divine brunch with a Southern flair. Brunch is $79, and reservations are suggested by calling 480.585.2694.

Seasons 52 at Phoenix’s Biltmore Fashion Park added new Mini Indulgence desserts this week, including Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte, Belgian Chocolate S’More and Fresh Blueberries & Lemon Curd.

La Grande Orange Grocery presents “Napa & Beyond” a Wine Launch Party on Thursday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Reps from Madrigal Family Winery of Napa Valley (which is being reintroduced in the Phoenix market), Sbragia Family Vineyards of Dry Creek Valley, and DeLille Cellars from Woodinville Washington will be on hand to meet and greet guests. No RSVP is required.

Teachers are invited to come into Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa between May 5 and 9 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and get a gift card for a free pizza. Value up to $20. Must show valid school ID. (Card may be redeemed that evening or any night until June 30.)

In honor of National Burger Month, Zinburger is celebrating the iconic sandwich with a free slider giveaway on May 4 for the first 400 guests starting at 1 p.m. at the restaurant’s Biltmore Fashion Park locale.

Joe’s Real BBQ in Gilbert is planning on giving away more than 5,000 free meals during their annual Customer Appreciation Day Wednesday, May 7. The giveaway from 11 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

Chef Jeff Smedstad of famed Sedona restaurant, Elote, makes a trek to Scottsdale for a Cinco de Mayo culinary competition at Scottsdale’s Cowboy Ciao. On Monday, May 5, Smedstad will be a guest chef at Cowboy Ciao for a Sommelier Showdown and Chef Challenge. Pouring wines will be winemaker, Eric Glomski, of Page Springs Cellars. The five-course, 10-pairing wine dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. for $65 per person. Call 480.946.3111 to reserve your seat.

On Tuesday, May 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., guests will be treated to the rare opportunity of a barrel tasting. Eric Glomski, of Page Springs Cellars, is bringing down a barrel from his vineyard to Kazimierz World Wine Bar. For a $10 cover, guests will be able to taste and enjoy a meet-and-greet with Glomski.

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