Casablanca Lounge Tuesday, April 8
The 2014 Scottsdale Culinary Festival will kick off with the Opening Night Affair at Casablanca Lounge in Old Town Scottsdale. The event will be "a stylish salute to classic Hollywood," with red carpet, vintage cocktails from Campari, small bites, magic, music, and a cigar lounge. Tickets to the 21-and-over event, which begins at 7 p.m., cost $40 a person and are available online. For other Scottsdale Culinary Festival events going on throughout the week -- including the Chocolate and Wine Experience, Bubbles and Bliss, and Eat, Drink and Be Pretty -- check out the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website.
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Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Wednesday, April 9
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, the Denver-based chain that opened its first Arizona location last fall, will open a second location at 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, Suite 36-1210 this Wednesday. And in honor of the fast-casual restaurant's expansion, the restaurant is offering a free stuffed pita sandwich to every diner in line at the new location at 11 a.m. The free pitas will include a choice of protein, unlimited fresh vegetables, hummus, and sauces. The new restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. You can view the menu and more information online.
Arcadia Farms Cafe Thursday, April 10
Nine of the Valley's top chefs will showcase both their cuisine and fresh, local produce in this year's Farmer in the House dinner series. The season continues this week at Arcadia Farms Cafe in Scottsdale with a coursed dinner featuring wines from multiple vineyards. Chef and owner Carolyn Ellis will prepare dishes that feature Duncan's Trading Company Organic Produce for the event. For a reservation, call 480-941-5665. You can get the complete Farmer in the House dinner schedule on the Duncan's Trading Company website.
Nutwhats Now through Sunday, April 20
In January, Saveur put the spotlight on local-made confections Nutwhats and "nutwhat scribbles." Created by Lisa Rast these locally-made chocolates have been on our favorite confection list for a while now, even winning the Best of Phoenix award for Best Locally Made Chocolate last year. And if you haven't tried it for yourself, here's a good excuse to do so: Now through April 20, everything on the Nutwhats website is 20 percent off if you use the code "hoppyeaster14" at checkout.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
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Chef Stephen Jones of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar Phoenix has launched a new spring/summer menu that focuses on garden and seafood options. The new lunch and dinner menus include items such as cured strawberry and fennel flatbread, charred baby leeks, tomato and caper braised swordfish, and red snapper with ash-baked baby beets, asparagus, squash, favas, and black garlic ranch. The full spring lunch and spring dinner menus are available below: