3 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix
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Bitter & Twisted Pop-Up Cocktail Garden Starts Wednesday, January 28
With downtown Phoenix hosting Super Bowl Central, it's going to be hard to find a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a drink. The good news is that Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is hosting an outdoor pop-up cocktail garden where you'll be able to eat, drink, and hang out right across from all the action. From noon to 2 a.m. this Wednesday through Sunday, the pop-up cocktail garden will feature live DJ music, daily cocktail specials, and discounted beers, as well as oversized benches and community party tables. The only downside is that convenience doesn't come cheap. It will cost $20 for all-day access to the garden, which does include re-entry. The pop-up cocktail garden will be open to those 21 and over only.
Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden Wednesday, January 28
This week Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden and San Tan Brewing Co. are teaming up for a four course beer paired dinner. The eclectic menu, prepared by executive chef Matt Taylor, will include dishes such as salt cod fritter with jalapeno and cheddar hushpuppies and Korean wings; Nantucket Bay scallops with citrus, Epicenter michlada, and chips; and hot and sour sweetbreads with chili, mint, maple, chilled vermicelli, and peanuts. Featured beers will include some of the brewery's most popular, such as Mr. Pineapple Wheat, Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter, and Devil's Ale. Tickets cost $50 per person and the dinner starts at 6 p.m. For reservations call 480-719-8600.
Chef Beau MacMillan
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Gridiron Chef Throwdown Thursday, January 29
On Thursday Phoenix chef and Food Network star chef Beau MacMillian will join chefs Charles Wiley, Aaron May, and Gregory Wiener for a culinary throwdown at the Sands at the Hotel Valley Ho. Dubbed the Gridiron Chef Throwdown, this football-themed event will pit two teams of chefs in an Iron Chef-style competition complete with a mystery basket with a mystery ingredient. Following the contest, each of the celebrity chefs will then man an action station and cook a specialty dish for guests to try. The evening will also include entertainment from comedian Jeff Dye, specialty cocktails from mixologist Micah Olson, live music from Kelley James, and custom cigars. Tickets cost $195 per person and can be purchased online. Doors open at 6 p.m.
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