Scottsdale Culinary Festival, 54-Cent Chocolate Cake from Portillo's, and More in Metro Phoenix From This Week

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Courtesy of Portillo's
Discounted Famous Chocolate Cake From Portillo's
Thursday, April 6

Portillo’s is offering guests a discounted treat in celebration of the company's 54th anniversary. On Thursday, April 6, customers can purchase a slice of Portillo’s Famous Chocolate Cake for just 54 cents. The double-layer cakes are baked fresh every morning and then frosted with chocolate icing. This offer is available at all restaurant locations, while supplies last. Limit one slice per customer. For more information, visit Portillo's website.

click to enlarge Chef Justin Beckett has teamed up with Flagstaff chef David Smith of Root Public House for a Guest Chef Series sponsored by Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix that kicks off Thursday, April 6. - BECKETT'S TABLE
Chef Justin Beckett has teamed up with Flagstaff chef David Smith of Root Public House for a Guest Chef Series sponsored by Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix that kicks off Thursday, April 6.
Beckett's Table

Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix's
Guest Chef Series Debuts
Thursday, April 6

Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix have launched a Guest Chef Series that kicks off this Thursday. During this series, two chefs from two different regions in the state will pair off, and each chef will host a collaboration dinner at their respective restaurants. The first pairing in the series features Chef David Smith of Flagstaff's Root Public House with Chef-Owner Justin Beckett of Southern Rail and Beckett’s Table. Guests can enjoy five courses, paired with Arizona wines from Dos Cabezas WineWorks and Sand Reckoner Vineyards at Southern Rail in Phoenix. One sample course includes local baby carrots, goat cheese vinaigrette, fermented garlic, and kohlrabi sprouts paired with 2016 Dos Cabezas WineWorks “Pink." Dinner is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $79 per person. For more information, visit the Eventbrite link.

click to enlarge THE COCKTAIL SOCIETY
The Cocktail Society
The Cocktail Society
Friday, April 7

For a celebration of cocktails and dynamic live entertainment like aerial bartenders dropping down from the ceiling to pour drinks, make your way over to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. Guests also can enjoy Tito’s Handmade Vodka’s “Make Your Own Mule” bar, wine from Sand-Reckoner Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars, and beer from Stella Artois. This event is from 7 to 11 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. General admission tickets costs $85 online presale and $100 at the door. Admission includes complimentary cocktails and unlimited food, live music, and entertainment. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Scottsdale Culinary Festival's website.

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Joanie Simon
Original Breakfast House Fourth Anniversary
Saturday, April 8

The Original Breakfast House in Phoenix is celebrating its fourth anniversary on Saturday, April 8, with a few specials, drawings for prizes, free gifts, a raffle to benefit the Boys and Girls Club, and free face painting starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Ron Cortez from Tempe-based Cortez Coffee also will be on hand to meet patrons and share his brew. Guests also can enjoy discounted fare like Mexican eggs Benedict for $12.50, porchetta and eggs for $13.50, caprese omelette for $12.50, chicken mole tamale and eggs for $12.50, and pumpkin pecan pancakes for $9.95. For more information, visit the Original Breakfast House's website.

Courtesy of Flavors of the West

Flavors of the West Festival
Saturday, April 8

More than 30 West Valley restaurants will gather in downtown Litchfield Park for the fifth annual Flavors of the West food festival. Participants can dig into cuisine from places like Flavors of Louisiana, San Tan Honey Farm, and Cabin Whiskey & Grill. Festival goers also can enjoy a beer garden, cooking demos, and live entertainment. General admission tickets cost $45 per person. The festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit Flavors of the West's website.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival returns to the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall this Saturday and Sunday. Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, event highlights include 40 local restaurants including Roka Akor, Spinato's, and Boss Pizza Bar, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden, and the Tito’s Handmade Vodka deck. General admission tickets cost $12 online presale and $15 day of. The festival is from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit Scottsdale Culinary Festival's website.