5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix
PhotoTapas: "A History of Fresh Food in the Desert" Friday, January 17
This Friday, "A History of Fresh Food in the Desert" opens at Modified Arts in downtown Phoenix. The exhibition will "span nearly the entire modern lineage of farming in the state of Arizona" through work from three local photographers. Jeremy Rowe contributes a series of early 20th century, pre-industrial archival images that reveal the foundation for Arizona's future growth. Images from Gina DeGideo come from the collection of Howard Morrison, son of Arizona farmer and photographer Marvin Morrison, and show the factory-oriented, large-scale work of Arizona in the middle of the 20th century. Finally, Heather Gill will bring photos that showcase locally grown foods today. The opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m.
See also: 10 Best Culinary Events in Metro Phoenix
Cafe Monarch's patio
Cain Vineyard Wine Dinner Saturday, January 18
There aren't many more romantic places in the Valley than the candlelit patio at Cafe Monarch in Scottsdale. This Saturday, the restaurant will host its annual Cain Winery Dinner, hosting Cain Winery winemaker Christopher Howell for a five-course wine paired dinner prepared by chef Steven "Chops" Smith. The menu includes hay smoked hamachi crudo with lobster crema, citrus poached apple, and sel gris; Colorado elk strip loin with pickled huckleberry, braised rainbow chard, and pomegranate jus; and sous-vide quail with buttered cabbage, blood sausage, Anson Mills polenta, and black cherry saba. The dinner costs $150 per person and reservations are required. Call 480-970-7682.
Blood oranges ready to be picked at Agritopia Farms.
U-Pick Citrus Saturday, January 18
If you're looking for and excuse to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend head to The Farm at Agritopia on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The orchard will have a variety of organic oranges, mandarins, tangelos, grapefruit, and lemons available for picking. If you're also looking for ideas on how to use all that fruit, check out our list of 5 Ways to Cook and Bake with Citrus.
Courtesy of Queen Creek Olive Mill
Festival of the New Oil (Olio Nuevo) Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January, 19
Queen Creek Olive Mill kicks off its annual Festival of the New Oil this Saturday. The event, which runs through Sunday, February 16 includes daily sessions of their Olive Oil 101 Class hourly from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., live music, new olive oil tastings, and wine tastings. This Sunday the festivities will also include Food Truck Indulgence from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during which time food trucks including Spice It Up , Luncae Libre, Frank, and Goodness Gracious Great Balls & Sliders will serve food. Warm cider, beer, and wine will also be availabe in the Grove. For the complete schedule of events check out the Queen Creek Olive Mill website.
Chicken liver pate at Cornish Pasty Co.'s new Scottsdale location.
Happy Hour at Cornish Pasty Co.
If you haven't been to the newest location of Cornish Pasty Co. then happy hour might just be the excuse you were waiting for. Though the restaurant doesn't offer discounts on food (we know, real bummer) they do take $1 off draft beer. And that might not sound like much but with an extensive and quite interesting selection of brews, we're always willing to try something new at a cheaper price. You can check out our complete happy hour report card of Scottsdale's Cornish Pasty Co. here. The deal is offered daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to Phoenix dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.