On Aug. 28, one of the Valley’s most prized chefs and culinary legend, Tomaso Maggiore will host his monthly Chef’s Table series at Vivo! Ristorante. Executive Chef Tomaso Maggiore will prepare an exclusive four-course and seasonal wine dinner at his latest Italian restaurant and market that features the highest quality Italian products, authentic pizzeria, and an aperi-dinner. The Chef’s Table dinner is $65 per person. Vivo! Ristorante is located at 6560 North Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale and can be reached at (480) 699-9081 for dinner reservations.
Join Chef Justin Beckett to celebrate the historic publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” the newly discovered novel and earliest known work from the beloved bestselling author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Wednesday, Aug. 26 with dinner and discussion at The Newton. After reserving your seat for the 7 p.m. First Draft Book Club at First Draft Book Bar, start the evening with Chef Justin Beckett’s 5 p.m. dinner at Southern Rail. For $39 per person, guests can enjoy the three-course menu. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 602.200.0085 to reserve your table.
In celebration of National Waffle Day on August 24, resident Phoenicians can get their Belgian waffle fix at creative breakfast and bar, The Hash Kitchen located in Scottsdale. The “not your average” breakfast spot makes a statement in the Valley with its delectable spin on traditional chicken and waffles. Esteemed Executive Chef Joey Maggiore of Maggiore Culinary Concepts has created the perfect blend of savory fried chicken and classic Belgian waffles with signature menu item, “Herb Fried Chicken & Waffles ($13)” made with fried leeks, thick cut bacon, and warm maple reduction. In addition to this distinguished breakfast entrée, The Hash Kitchen boasts a DIY Bloody Mary Bar with over 50 premium toppings from mini cheeseburger sliders to king crab.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a refreshing, well-crafted brew at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho. ZuZu’s inaugural Brew Master Dinner is Thursday, August 27 featuring Two Brothers Artisan Brewing. Savor a delicious three-course dinner paired with four different beers. The brew master will be on hand to share insight into their wonderful brews. Explore great craft beer from a different brewery on a Thursday each month. Each event starts at 6:00 p.m. and costs $42 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made at 480.421.7997.
Arizona Culinary Institute will be holding an Open House on Saturday, August 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon). And if you’ve ever thought about becoming a chef, now is a great time to pursue your passion as the next Day Program Start Date is August 17. The next Night Program start date is August 31. Day and Night Classes begin September 28.
Sedona Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday and invites local foodies and visitors the chance to experience a taste of the Verde Valley with a selection of specially priced meals from a wide variety of restaurants, while enjoying the cooler temperatures and the picturesque red rock backdrop of Sedona. From Aug. 21 through Aug. 30, guests will enjoy three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus including an appetizer, entrée and dessert. There are three dining categories available – Casual ($22), Classic ($33) and Elegant ($44). For more information about Sedona Restaurant Week and to view the full list of participating restaurants, visit www.sedonadineandwine.com.
Stay at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North for $179 a night, August 27-31, 2015. Proof, an American Canteen, will highlight a craft beer weekend, kicking off with the “Backyard Barbecue” on Friday, featuring Mudshark Brewery from Lake Havasu, Arizona, accompanied by live music. A tap takeover will highlight six local Arizona beers, and complimentary beer tasting and beer education classes will be offered on both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening, enjoy a three-course beer pairing dinner, as well as a beer-inspired “Breakfast for Dinner” special on Sunday. Call the hotel directly at 480 513 5039 to book a reservation.
#nationalcauliflowerday on August 27th at Desoto Central Market. Check out Chef Stephen Jones’ creations from crispy to charred to roasted and so much more. He’s got you covered for the food holiday and we can’t wait to eat each delicious dish he’ll be preparing!
iCream Café at Mesa Riverview Back to school 2015 special—August 19-31, buy any sized treat and get two mix ins or toppings free.