World of Beer Tempe Wednesday, May 14
If you're a craft beer fan then you probably already know that this week is American Craft Beer Week and to celebrate all good craft beer fans should raise at least one glass to the brewing scene. On Wednesday World of Beer in Tempe will host Stone Brewing Co. presents: American Craft Beer Week Arrogance, a tap takeover from one of the country's most popular breweries. Tapped kegs will include Stone Saison, Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle, Stone Sprocketbier Black Rye Kolsch, Stone Tiger Cub Saison, Stone Cali Beligique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels, Stone OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, and Stone Ruination IPA.
Barnes & Noble Thursday, May 15
If you've ever wanted to learn about the natural food industry, then you'll want to add Phoenix-based author Joe Dobrow's Natural Prophets to your summer reading list. The book chronicles the history of the natural food industry from the point of view of a former head of marketing for Whole Foods Market, Fresh Fields and Sprouts. You can catch Dobrow on Thursday at Barnes & Noble in Scottsdale for "Whole Foods, Sprouts, Fry's and the Natural Foods Revolution: Some (Clean) Little Secrets Revealed." At the event he'll be revealing the surprising results of a price study just finished comparing natural foods at Whole Foods, Sprouts and Fry's. The free event starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Farm at South Mountain Thursday, May 15
This Thursday night the Farm at South Mountain will host its first "dine and dance" dinner on the Morning Glory Cafe patio. Quiessennce chef Dustin Christofolo will create a three-course garden to table menu to start off the night, followed by vintage jazz and ballads including sounds from Pink Martini, Anyone? from the local jazz and blues band, The Upper East Side Big Band. The dinner starts at 6:30 and costs $50 a person. For reservations call 602-276-0601.
Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue Friday, May 16
Frog legs were one of chef Bryan Dooley's favorite things to eat growing up. Really. He told us. And if you're also a fan of the special deep fried treat, then you'll be happy to know Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue is kicking off a weekly event called Frog Leg Friday. You can head to the Cave Creek restaurant and get one dozen mesquite flour dusted frog legs for $12.95. They'll also come with a side of preserved lemon tartar sauce.
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Central Phoenix's Clever Koi rolled out a new summer menu last week. The new offerings include fun-sounding starters like Tomato & Summer Melon Salad ($8.50) with pickled onions and fried avocado tempura and Corn Dog Bites ($8), or crispy, battered Chinese sausage served with Japanese honey mustard and Siracha ketchup. On the entress list, look for the new Steak "Cobb" Bibimbap ($13.50) with grilled bulgogi flat iron steak, bacon, tomato, scallion, tempura avocado and soft egg and a Wood Fired Grill Plate ($10) with marinated bok choy, summer squash, asparagus, scallions, corn coins, pickled peppers, and optional add-ons such as Chinese sausage ($3), bulgogi flat iron steak ($4) or pineapple shrimp ($5).