Artopia Saturday, May 9
Join the New Times' this Saturday at Artopia, the sixth annual event dedicated to celebrating local creativity. Spend your evening perusing a collection of artwork from some of the top local creatives while celebrating this year's winners of the Big Brain Awards -- they'll be announced at the event. Sample food from various local eateries and food vendors including Big Brain nominees Brazen Chocolate and Uptown Farmers Market, as well as beer, wine, and craft cocktails from favorites including AZ Distilling Company. The 21 and over event will be run from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Monarch Theater at 122 East Washington Street in Phoenix. To purchase $25 tickets in advance, visit the Artopia website. Door price increases to $35, with no guarantee to availability.
Farmer's Market Cocktail Competition Saturday, May 9
Watch teams of some of the Valley's top bartenders compete to create the best Farmer's Market cocktail this Saturday morning at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer's Market. Each team will be given a budget to buy ingredients around the market, and will then have 30 minutes to shop and 30 minutes to create their cocktail. Entry to compete is closed, but everyone is welcome to watch the event in the Livery Stable Room (located at the south end of the Farmer's Market). The event starts at 9 a.m., and judges will announce the winner at 11 a.m.
Mother's Day Brunch Sunday, May 10
Still don't have a Mother's Day gift figured out? You could get her a floral scented candle, splurge on some swanky bubble bath, or treat her to a spa day at one of the local resorts. Or, you could reap the benefits of your gift and take her out to eat somewhere. Because what mother doesn't want to eat good food (cooked by someone else and possibly enjoyed with a cocktail) and not have to clean up? For some ideas checkout our roundup of 20 Mother's Day Food and Drink Specials in Metro Phoenix, plus these three bonus options.
Chef Cullen Campbell will offer up a three-course brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will feature items such as ham hock with Homeboy hot sauce and polenta, as well as hoecakes with syrup braised bacon and easy egg. The three-course menu at Crudo runs $30, with $14 options for children 12 and under. Call 602-358-8666 for a reservation.
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If Mom likes her brunch with a side of jazz, head over to Province at the Westin Hotel. Jazz group 'TeHe will perform while you happily chow down on your puff pastry-topped breakfast pot pie, New England crab cake over potato chowder, or pork shank with truffled grits. Call 602-429-3600 or visit the Province website to make your reservations.
Some say brunch isn't complete without a mimosa and a breakfast burrito. If Mom falls into that category, Otro Café has you covered. Starting at 8 a.m., the modern Mexican eatery will be featuring $3 mimosas, as well as Bloody Mary's and omelets filled with produce from local farms. Finish off your meal with a complimentary cake tasting, featuring Gallo Orange Cake, lime tart, and Mexican Wedding Cookies. Otro Café is located at 6035 North 7th Street in Phoenix.