Phoenix Food Day Friday, October 24
Tomorrow you can head to Ceasar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix to help celebrate healthy, sustainable, and affordable food at Phoenix Food Day. The free event will bring 50 exhibitors representing restaurants and local food groups to offer attendees food samples, nutrition information, gardening tips, and other activities. Exhibitors include Arizona Microgreens, Crooked Sky Farms, Nature's Sweetness, Slow Food Phoenix, and Up One Dessert Company. This year's event will also be the debut of the Food Day Café where you'll be able to see cooking demonstrations from expert chefs and nutritionists. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit the Phoenix Food Day website.
TASTE. Chandler's Culinary Festival. Saturday, October 25
This weekend the East Valley will host its annual culinary festival, TASTE, in Downtown Ocotillo. The culinary fest will feature dozens of local restaurants including Bourbon Jacks, ChoP, D'Vine Bistro, El Palacio of Chandler, The Living Room, Otaku Sushi, Rock Lobster, SanTan Brewing Company, Udder Delights, and Vintage 95. Participating restaurants will be competing for "Best Of" TASTE awards and attendees will be asked to vote for favorites in several categories. Tickets cost $65 in advance or $80 at the door and include unlimited food, 12 drink samples, and live entertainment from by Big Daddy D and the Dynamites. Couples tickets are also available for $130 in advance and include a gift bag with a bottle of wine, two souvenir glasses, and other gifts from local restaurants The event starts at 6 p.m. and is 21 and over only. Tickets can be purchased online.
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Beckett's Table 4th Anniversary Sunday, October 26
Can you believe it's already been four years since chef Justin Beckett opened his namesake restaurant in the Arcadia neighborhood? Well, this Sunday Beckett's Table is celebrating its staying power with a four-course dinner featuring -- you guessed it -- Four Peaks Brewing. The dinner includes dishes such as beer cheese and bacon deviled eggs with sweet onion slaw and mustard seed vinaigrette (paired with Four Peaks Sunbru); peach beer braised pork belly with red cabbage and bacon kimchi (paired with Four Peaks Peach Ale); and Pumpkin Porter cake with cocoa nib ice cream, espresso caramel, and toasted coconut shavings (paired with Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter). The dinner costs $40 a person and reservations are recommend. Other specials will include ½ price bottles of independently produced Arizona wines and "four"tune cookies containing prizes.