Tonight, chef Josh Hebert of Posh Improvisational Cuisine is hosting a wine dinner to benefit The Joy Bus, a nonprofit organization that provides fresh and healthy meals to cancer patients and their families. The six-course dinner will include an amuse bouche of popcorn soup, followed by dishes such as cured salmon and caviar, escargot in a pretzel bowl teamed with lemon caper butter and zucchini, Tender Belly tenderloin of pork with a balsamic glaze and polenta, and house-made focaccia. The ingredients for the event have been sourced from local farms and artisans and Food & Wine magazine-acclaimed sommelier Stephanie Caraway will select pairings for each course. The dinner costs $89 a person and will be from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. at Posh. Tickets for the Joy Bus WIne Dinner can be purchased online.
Twisted Rose Winery Wednesday, November 20
This Wednesday, Scottsdale's Twisted Rose Winery will host a four-course beer-paired dinner featuring brews from California's Lagunitas Brewing Company. The dinner will begin with a Bavarian Pretzel with a Fontina Fondue, paired with Lagunitas Pilsner, followed by dishes including a Farro Salad with goat cheese, hazelnuts, watercress, and apple cider vinegar and Brown Shugga' beer braised Niman Ranch Berkshire Pork with anasazi beans. Each course will be paired with a different Lagunitas beer. The dinner costs $40 a person and begins at 6:30 p.m. Call 480-398-7700 for reservations.
Petite Maison's Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner Thursday, November 21
On the third Thursday in November, wine drinkers in France and all over the world celebrate the release of Le Beaujolias. The seasonal red wine is made through a short fermentation process and is intended to be enjoyed soon after being bottled. This year, Scottsdale's Petite Maison will host a three-course Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner. The meal will include three types of Beaujolais: a 2013 Beaujolias Nouveau by Georges Duboeuf, another 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau by Domaine Dupeuble, and a 2011 Beaujolias by Roux Père & Fils. Dinner, including wines, is $49 a person and will be available from 5 to 10 p.m. To view the entire menu visit the Petite Maison website.
After closing for five months, the romantic restaurant at the Farm at South Mountain. Quiessence, has finally re-opened. It's got a new chef, sous chef, management, and menu. In keeping with the farm-to-table concept the menu includes family-style "Farm Spreads" such as housemade charcuterie, a selection of seasonal vegetables from Maya's Garden and roasted bone marrow with luge. For the main course, there is grilled Mediterranean sea bass, grilled pork chop, or brick oven braised lamb. You can view the entire menu here.
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Head to this West Valley joint for a guilty pleasure of epic proportions. In addition to burgers (of course), Burger Shoppe also serves a selection of Mexican eats, fish and chips and even gyros. But the most unique offering of all is their pastrami burrito. Order one and you'll get a burrito stuffed to the max with pastrami meat complemented by just a small squirt of mustard and a few pickles. Pastrami fans may never look at their sandwiches the same again.