Market Street Kitchen Wednesday, November 13
This week, Market Street Kitchen will welcome Todd Bostock, winemaker at Dos Cabezas WineWorks, to the Valley for a one-night dinner featuring the Sonoita winery's products. The three-course dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring deviled egg and Dos Cabezas 2012 Cabezas Pink, Grenache. Chef Matt Carter's menu includes sea scallops, duck confit ravioli, and wild boar. For dessert, expect dark chocolate crème with whipped blue cheese, ancho chile, and sea salt paired with 2010 Box Car, a fortified dessert wine. The dinner costs $85 a person. Reservations can be made by calling 480-278-7044.
Fountain Hills Farmers' Market Thursday, November 14
The Fountain Hills Farmers Market is back up and running after a summer hiatus with more than 50 food vendors expected each week. Participating food sellers include Agritopia, Double Check Ranch, Bread Brothers, Nutwhats, Pistol Whipped Pastry, Pickled Perfection, and The Tamale Store. The market can be found every Thursday at the median on the Avenue of the Fountains between Sahauro Boulevard and La Montana Drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Fountain Hills Farmers Market website.
Chiles and Chocolate Friday, November 15
On Friday, the Desert Botanical Garden will celebrate the delicate balance of sweetness and spice at the Chiles and Chocolate Festival. From gourmet chocolates to Southwest salsa, the festival promises food, drink, live entertainment, and a selection of vendors. DJ Miguel Ivery will send the spicy to your ears with Latin beats, while dozens of local vendors will serve spicy flavors in various forms, from jams and jellies to BBQ rubs and mole sauce. Be sure to catch the cooking demonstrations, which will be at noon and 2 p.m. at the Kitchell Patio. Admission to Chiles and Chocolate is included with admission to the garden. The event runs from Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more information, visit the Desert Botanical Garden website.
If you're looking for something sweet this week try the seasonally flavored treats at Phoenix's Urban Cookies Bake Shop. The bakery currently has cupcakes in creative fall flavors such as pumpkin, caramel apple, German chocolate, and cranberry orange. And if you're feeding the whole crew, try the Fall 4-Pack, which comes with one of each. The bakery also offers muffins, scones, donuts (available in gluten-free and vegan varieties), breads, cookies, pies and cakes. Plus they recently debuted a mini pumpkin pie in a jar with spiced pumpkin filling, graham crust, cream cheese frosting, and a sugarcoated pie crust leaf. In short, there's something for everyone.
Cornish Pasty Co. in Scottsdale
Don't forget that the newest outpost of Cornish Pasty Co. opened last week in the Valley. The location, in Scottsdale, will offer all the same menu favorites that have been available at the Mesa and Tempe locations but with expanded drink offerings, particularly in terms of wine. We're already looking forward to hitting the new spot for a Peppered Steak pastry, with sirloin steak, sautéed portabella mushrooms, leeks, roasted zucchini, and strong sharp Stilton cheese. Call the restaurant for more information at 480-945-1220.