Foodie news roundup for the week of Sept. 1.
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On Thursday, September 4, Carlson Creek Vineyards will be heading west to host a winemaker’s dinner at Proper Tucson. This multi-course dinner with pairings of varietals from the Carlson Creek wine catalogue will feature winemaker Robert Carlson III, who will be on hand to discuss the pairings of each course, along with news of expansions to the vineyard and upcoming releases of new wines. To make a reservation for the 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. seating, call Proper Tucson at 520.396.3357.
Sept. 5 is National Cheese Pizza Day, and Grimaldi’s is debuting their seasonal Quattro Formaggio Cheese Pizza this month. The thin crust pizza is topped with melted Romano, Gorgonzola, Parmesan and Asiago cheeses. With September being Hunger Awareness Month, guests who dine in at any Arizona Grimaldi’s Pizzeria location through the month of September will be able to donate to the charity No Kid Hungry. In return, guests will receive $5 to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria for every $5 donated. All of the proceeds raised will benefit No Kid Hungry.
On Sept. 6 and 7,the Musical Instrument Museum invites guests to “Experience Italy” in honor of the museum’s new exhibit that showcases the rich heritage of violin makers from the city of Cremona, Italy. Guests will live “la dolce vita” at MIM with live musical performances, an Italian-inspired menu at Café Allegro, wine sampling, gallery talks and hands-on activities for all ages.
Area codes – 312 from Chicago and 602 from Arizona – figure prominently at Half Moon Sports Grill in Moon Valley and Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill at the Biltmore this football season. Whether you’re from the Midwest or the Southwest, both locations will feature all of the college and professional games from Chicago and Arizona along with authentic “312” and “602” specials from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays. Specials include $10 large Chicago-style cheese pizzas with thin cracker crust, $4 San Tan Brewing Company and Four Peaks Brewing Company beers and much more.
Chef Kevin Binkley and Executive Chef Christopher Wolf (pictured) of the Arizona Culinary Institute will host a special six-course dinner at Binkley’s Restaurant on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The open seating event runs from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $98 with wine accompaniments available for $50. The six-course, seafood-driven menu follows Chef Wolf’s culinary career and his favorite flavor profiles, all with a Binkley twist. The evening will also include multiple amuse-bouche. To RSVP, call 480.437.1072.
The Italian Association (a local private nonprofit) is hosting the first ever “The Best of Italy” event in Scottsdale on Friday, Sept. 12, at the Courtyard Marriott Salt River. The event will feature top Italian chefs and Italian wineries in the Valley. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. people will be able to drink delicious wine, taste some savory bites and experience live entertainment. Tickets are $50 for members and $75 for nonmembers.
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