5 Best Things to Eat and Drink this Week in Metro Phoenix

Crepe Bar and Wilderness Brewing Company Present: A Taste of Winter Christmas Dinner

The much-anticipated Wilderness Brewing Co. and Crepe Bar collaboration dinner will take place tonight at the Wilderness Brewing Tasting Room in Gilbert. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the family style meal will feature several courses with complimentary or contrasting beer pairings. For example, Raviolo al Zucca with Table Top Saison brown butter sauce will be paired with either the complimentary Table Top Saison or contrasting Rose Weisse. Dinner will cost $65 per person, and reservations should be made in advance by calling 480-284-9863. 

Brew Master Dinner featuring Samuel Adams at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Thursday, December 17

From 6 to 9:30 p.m. this Thursday evening, ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho will host its monthly Brew Master Dinner Series featuring beers from Samuel Adams. Chef Charles Wiley and Samuel Adams' brew master will be on hand to discuss the evening's three-course dinner, which will includes dishes such as a sweet chile glazed pork loin with caramelized onion mashed potatoes and grilled pineapple salsa, paired with Samuel Adams' Double Bock. Dinner will cost $42 and reservations should be made by calling 480-421-7997. Additional information can be found online.

Welcome Chicken + Donuts' Blood Orange Glaze + Douglas Fir + Pecan Doughnut

Welcome Chicken + Donuts has brought its A-game all year when it comes to creating unique, seasonal doughnut flavors. And wintertime is no exception it seems, as the introduction of the new blood orange glaze doughnut with Douglas fir and pecans hit the pastry case this month. The aroma alone is festive, and the flavor combination is hard to beat when it comes to holiday cheer. For more information, visit Welcome Chicken + Donuts online, or call 602-258-1655.

La Grande Orange's Clown Door Cocktail

Right on time, LGO has released a new cocktail to make use of one the most fleeting fall ingredients, the blood orange. The Clown Door, made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Amaro Cio Ciaro, blood orange, cinnamon, lemon, and bitters, is a well-balanced sipper, and so drinkable we might have to go back for a second round before we call it quits. Don't be afraid of the Amaro Cio Ciaro — the blood orange tames the bitter Italian liqueur and renders the cocktail light and smooth. For more information, visit LGO online or call 602-840-7777.

Peppermint Stick Shake at Joe's Farm Grill

As if there's not enough of our favorite holiday flavors floating around the Valley, Joe's Farm Grill is offering one of the sweetest treats around. The Peppermint Stick Shake, made with ground peppermint candy canes blended into ice cream and topped with whipped cream, an all natural cherry, and a candy cane, is a dessert the whole family can enjoy. For additional details about Joe's Farm Grill, visit the restaurant online or call 480-563-4745.