Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate.
Patriotic Celebration at Granite Creek Vineyards
Even if you couldn't let loose on the Fourth of July, there still are a few chances to celebrate in patriotic fashion. About two hours north -- as in, where it will be a mere 90 degrees this weekend -- at Granite Creek Vineyards in Chino Valley, they're hosting a belated Independence Day celebration with wine, music, and food. Guests will be able to lounge outside while sipping award-winning wines and enjoying a menu that includes pot roast paninis, smoked salmon cakes, roasted chicken salads, and a chocolate terrine. On Saturday, July 6, expect tunes from One Road South and on Sunday, July 7, from Just 4 Mama, a family bluegrass band. Music will be from noon to 4 p.m. and the celebration will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission costs $10 a person and includes wine tastings. For more information visit the Granite Creek Vineyards website.
More upcoming events: Nobuo Fukuda Teaming Up with Roka Akor's Chef, German Sega, for One-Night Omakase Event
Garden Sunday at Kelly's at Southbridge
Spend Sunday Funday on the patio of the Old Town Scottsdale boozery Kelly's at Southbridge and you'll find a hot spot for socializing, food, and drinks. Garden Sundays at Kelly's offer plenty to distract you from the main event -- drinking -- such as classic outdoor games: bags, mini golf, washers and cards. From 4 to 9 p.m. Kelly's offers summed-themed eats from its outdoor patio grill, including burgers, brats, chicken, and steak. And pretty irresistible drink specials will be up for grabs too, like $10 buckets of beer, $10 pitchers of house sangria, half-price bottles of wine and champagne and, our Sunday favorite, bottomless mimosas. For more information visit the Kelly's at Southbridge website.
Finally Try a Cronut™
It didn't take all that long for Phoenix pastry makers to rise up with their own half-doughnut, half-croissant creations. Granted, they can't call them Cronuts™ because the original maker, Dominique Ansel, trademarked the name, but it doesn't make them any less real. Or sugary. As far as we know so far, you can get Cronut™ knockoffs at both Herb Box locations as well as at Karl's Quality Bakery. And you probably don't need to wait in a huge line to get them at either place, but we don't know that Karl's has sold out at least once -- so good luck.
4th of July Sapporo Celebration
This weekend, Sapporo Scottsdale is liberating taste buds with some patriotic-themed eats and drinks as well as special pricing. It'll be pouring a few "Red and White Wines" (ahh, yes, we see what they did there) for $5 all day and it even has created a few dishes just for the holiday weekend. On the sushi front, there's the Firecracker Roll with seared yellowtail, crab mix, avocado, jalapeño, and a garlic butter sauce for $13. And to wash it down, there's the Red, White and Blue, which contains grenadine, blue curacao, vodka, lemon juice, and a splash of simple syrup on the rocks. Plus, the restaurant offers happy hour pricing all day every day during summer, so there are plenty of deals to be had. For the complete menu, visit the Sapporo website.
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Sunday Cinema: The Goonies
If you haven't seen The Goonies, then you probably haven't heard of One-Eyed Willie or Sloth . . . which is kinda of sad for you. Remedy that situation on Sunday when Scottsdale's Brat Haus shows the cult classic '80s flick on Sunday at 7 p.m. Their Sunday Cinema event includes a movie, brat, and plate of fries for $20. Oh, and you also get a boot of beer, which means -- for the seasoned Goonies viewers -- that this time around, the film is sure to be even better than ever.