Wingstock Saturday, March 4
This weekend the 5th annual Wingstock event will go down at from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Mesa Amphitheatre. The event combines music and chicken by pitting local Valley restaurants against each other in a competition for the title of "Wingstock King of Wings." Participating restaurants include ATL Wings, Cogburn's Big Wings, The Draft Sports Grill, Blasted Barley Beer Company, Uncle Bear's Brewery, and more. Entertainment will include performances from Dan Grimm, Laura Walsh, and Ashley Wineland; wing eating contests; and a Kid's Zone and Easter egg hunt. Admission to the event costs $5 in advance or $8 at the door; wing coupons cost $3 for 4 or $10 for 14. For more information visit the Wingstock website.
AZ Food Crafters Saturday, April 11
Ok, so it might feel like we skipped straight over spring and landed in the middle of summer, but bakers Eddie Castillo and Mike Caliendo of AZ Food Crafters in Chandler have nevertheless debuted new pies that showcase some of Spring's best ingredients. The seasonal offerings include a Strawberry Lemon Crème hand pie that features creamy and tangy lemon filling with fresh strawberries; a Jamaican Beef Patty hand pie filled with grass fed beef, potatoes, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, habanero pepper, coconut milk, fresh thyme, sea salt, and lemon juice; and Bluebarb pie, which combines blueberries and rhubarb. For more information visit the AZ Food Crafters Facebook.
Easter Brunch Sunday, April 5
Don't have plans yet for Easter? Well, you can check out our list of 20 Easter Food and Drink Specials in Metro Phoenix, and just for good measure, here are a few more:
This Easter Sunday Crudo in Phoenix will serve up a three-course brunch for $30. Diners can choose from a number of options for each course including buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken skins, and honey; ricotta, walnut, olive oil, honey, and grilled bread; smothered cornbread, sausage gravy, and spigarello; hoe cake, syrup braised bacon, and an easy egg; and mushrooms with hash browns, mozzarella, truffle, and an easy egg. Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 602-358-8666 for a reservation.
For an elegant and fairly affordable option this Easter, J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician is offering a three-course Easter menu for $50 per person. The menu features chef Jacques Qualin's seasonal French-Asian cuisine including options such as sweet pea soup with Parmesan foam; marinated filet mignon with creamed basil favas beans; grilled lamb chops with green chili and mint, and sweet pea puree; and warm chocolate cake with caramel ice cream. For reservations call 480-214-8000.
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For those looking to non-traditional this Easter -- or maybe just escape the family after brunch and grab a stiff drink -- Ra Sushi's five Valley locations will all be offering happy hour deals from open to close on Sunday. The sushi spot has locations in Ahwatukee, Mesa, Tempe, North Scottsdale and Old Town Scottsdale, all of which will be serving up deals such as sushi selections from $3.49 to $8.99 and signature cocktails ranging from $3.75 to $8.