Southern Rail Tuesday, February 17
Tomorrow isn't just another Tuesday. It's Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, and though we're pretty far from the Big Easy, you can still get a little taste of the celebration at Southern Rail in Phoenix. All day the restaurant will be serving personal sized king cakes for $5 each, giving diners the chance to search for their own little baby. The restaurant will also be offering a signature Sazerac, a classic New Orleans cocktail, for $5 all day. And if you're really looking for the Mardi Gras experience, try to swing by between 5 and 7 p.m. when there will be live jazz music.
Binkley's Restaurant Wednesday, February 18
With Arizona Beer and Cocktail Weeks in full swing, we have a feeling Valley wine lovers might be feeling a little left out. But don't worry, we've got something for you this week. Binkley's Restaurant in Cave Creek will host its first wine dinner of 2015 on Wednesday, an event that will feature the wines of Dukes Family Vineyards of Oregon's North Willamette Valley. The five course dinner includes dishes such as scallop and truffle crudo and bacon gnocchi with leeks, and will be paired with five pinot noirs, as well as an opening reception rose. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. and costs $120 per person. Call 480-437-1072 for a reservation.
SumoMaya Mexican Asian Kitchen Thursday, February 19
It may not be the most authentic celebration, but nevertheless SumoMaya Mexican Asian Kitchen in Scottsdale will be ringing in the Chinese New Year this week. On Thursday the restaurant will offer a four-course dinner special that includes Kobe beef pot stickers to start, Chinese style pork ribs for a second course, crispy tofu or Chinese style chili garlic crab noodles for the main entrée, among other choices. Diners can also choose between dessert options such as crispy banana spring rolls or song gao, a sweet rice cake. The four-course Chinese New Year dinner costs $45 a person and will be available from 5 to 11 p.m.