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10 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Week In Metro Phoenix

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Taste of Elegance Culinary Competition at the East Valley Institute of Technology

At today's Taste of Elegance culinary competition, 10 chefs will each prepare a signature pork dish to be judged by a panel. Attendees can sample each entree and vote on the best in the People's Choice Award. Christian Movassaghi, chef at the Arizona Room Patio Grill at Scottsdale's Casino Arizona, will be competing. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa. Tickets cost $15 per person. Reserve tickets here.  

Bordeaux Wine Tasting Event at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
Thursday, January 28

Bordeaux fans, rejoice. The Bordeaux Wine Tasting event at Scottsdale's Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch gives attendees the chance to sample more than 60 Bordeaux wines from more than 30 vineyards. Hors d'oeuvres also will be served during the tasting. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $125. To purchase tickets, please visit the Eventbrite website

Hundred Acre Wine Dinner at The Boulders Resort & Spa
Thursday, January 28

Carefree's The Boulders Resort & Spa will host a four-course dinner paired with Napa Valley's Hundred Acre Wine. Guests can look forward to entrees such as chilled crab salad paired with Hundred Acre's Cherry Tart Chardonnay and bacon wrapped pork tenderloin paired with the California vineyard's Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets cost $99 per person. Call the concierge at 480-488-7317 for reservations. Visit The Boulders Resort & Spa's website for more information. 

Small Bites and Live Music at the Nobuo at Teeter House 
Thursday, January 28 

Chef Nobuo Fukuda will kick off the Nobuo at Teeter House Garden Session Series this week. The events are a set of outdoor patio concerts featuring live music paired with the restaurant's signature Japanese light bites and drinks that each cost $10 or less. This Thursday's event features music from Nanami Ozone. Admission is free. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Call 602-254-0600 for reservations. Visit the restaurant's website for more information. 

Happy Hour at Isabel's Amor
All week 

Family-owned Mexican spot Isabel's Amor is now serving happy hour seven days a week from 2 to 6 p.m. Highlights from this Gilbert joint's new menu include $2 street tacos filled with options including carne asada, $3 draft beers, $5 margaritas, and Travis Nass' $6 craft cocktails. For more information, check out the restaurant's website

New Breakfast Menu Items at Flower Child Uptown
Saturday and Sunday 

Flower Child's Uptown location is now serving breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. Customers can enjoy Flower Child's healthy morning cuisine including one of restaurant's signature breakfast bowls like the Protein Scramble — a combination of scrambled eggs, spinach, roasted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, charred onions, Tuscan kale pesto, Greek yogurt, and cheddar — alongside other options like the whole grain toast topped with crushed avocado spread and an assortment of gluten-free pastries. For more information, check out the restaurant's website

Squatters/Wasatch Brewing Company vs. SLO Down Wines Dinner at The Casablanca Lounge
Saturday, January 30

Beer or wine? This four-course beer and wine pairing at Scottsdale's Casablanca Lounge will help diners decide once and for all. Feast on a four-course meal that's paired with Squatters and Wasatch Brewing Company beers and SLO Down Wines. A reception begins at 5 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Dinner with pairings costs $49.99 and includes a $10 credit toward the purchase of beer or wine. Dinner costs $39.99 without pairings. For more information, visit the restaurant's website

Wine, Pizza, and Salad at Uptown Sauce Pizza & Wine

Starting January 30, Sauce Pizza & Wine's newest Uptown location will be offering a "Wine Down with Uptown" feature during which customers can purchase a pizza, a salad, and a bottle of wine for $30. This deal will only be offered on Saturdays. For more information, visit the restaurant's website

Make Chocolate at Zak's Chocolate 
Saturday, January 30

Participants who take Zak's Chocolate Chocolate Making Class in Scottsdale can expect to take home their very own chocolate bars in addition to roasted cocoa beans and cacao nibs. They'll also experience a tasting of Zak's single-origin chocolates and a factory tour. Zak's recommends wearing close-toed shoes for the factory tour. Participants receive a 10 percent discount on any in-store purchases. Tickets cost $75 per person and can be purchased on the Eventbrite website

New Times Food Truck Cuisine at the Street Eats Food Truck Festival
Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31

This Saturday and Sunday, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will be filled with food trucks dishing out their signature cuisine at this year's Street Eats Food Truck Festival. To see a partial list of what trucks will be there, check out our post. Attendees also can enjoy live music from Scottsdale's School of Rock and Alice Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation. General admission tickets cost $12. The event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. Purchase tickets here.  

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