Finally something to look forward to on Tuesdays–well, two things to look forward to, actually. Scottsdale’s Canal restaurant has just brought back it’s TV Dinner Tuesday Nights, “a throwback to the early 50’s Swanson cuisine.” Executive Chef Justin Beckett’s menu includes American classics with a worldly twist:
• Grandma’s meatloaf with panko-fried Maui onion rings, mushroom pan gravy, marcona almond green bean almandine, mashed potatoes and kaffir lime-lemon Jell-o
• Filet mignon beef stroganoff with crème fraîche, watercress and pickled onion salad, parker-house rolls and apple cobbler
• Chicken pot pie, with flaky pie crust, fresh peas, carrots, cipollini onions, Yukon gold potatoes, fresh green salad and chocolate mousse
• Beer batter fish and parmesan garlic fries, green salad, chipotle-corn on the cob and meyer lemon meringue tart
• Mushroom and goat cheese enchilada platter with creamy tomatillo sauce, corn, zucchini and onion salsa, pinto beans, rice pilaf and a caramel churro
• Lobster macaroni and cheese, with sweet corn, chilled asparagus salad, and double chocolate brownie with rainbow sprinkles
Canal’s TV dinners are served in authentic ceramic TV dinner-style serving platters, and the 30-foot projection screens showcase classics such as “Gilligan’s Island”, “Happy Days”, “I Dream of Jeannie”, “Bewitched”, “I Love Lucy”, “Lassie”, and the “Dick Van Dyke Show”, among others. All six options will be offered every Tuesday night, throughout the summer season, for the price of $19.95. 7144 E. Stetson Dr. Scottsdale, 480.949.9000. http://www.canalaz.com/.
Tonight, at 6 p.m. marks the beginning of Tuesday Tea Party, a weekly progressive walkabout tour of five Scottsdale restaurants located in a neighborhood northwest of Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard. The Tea Party is designed as an after-work event that encourages socializing and networking. Participants will spend 30 minutes at each location, enjoying drink specials, free snacks, prizes and promotional items. Then, at the sound of a whistle, participants will move to the next stop for 30 minutes, and so on. The five participating restaurants are Eli’s American Grille, Tapino Kitchen and Wine Bar, Handlebar-J, Centro Paninoteca and Chop and Wok/Wok Star Bar. Participants then return to to Eli’s at 8:30 p.m. for a raffle drawing.
Restaurant owners and their off-duty employees will walk with the group to each stop. Participants who miss the first stop can catch up with the group at the next one. Two local cab companies, Euro Way and Comp Taxi, will be for rides, if needed. Bonus: Part of the proceeds from t-shirt sales and a fund-raising booth will be donated to the 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit organization in support of fallen police and fire personnel.