James Beard Award nominated chef Marc Vetri will be at the Phoenix restaurant tonight.
James Beard Award nominated chef Marc Vetri will be at the Phoenix restaurant tonight.

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“Mastering Pasta” Dinner with Marc Vetri at Pizzeria Bianco

Monday, May 18


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This evening, Pizzeria Bianco will host James Beard nominee Marc Vetri as he cooks out of his new book, Mastering Pasta. Vetri will create a four-course menu featuring fresh pasta recipes detailed in the new cookbook. Dinner includes wine pairings, a dessert course, and a copy of Vetri’s book for $150 per person. Dinner begins at 6:30 at the Town & Country location at 4743 North 20 Street in Phoenix. Email info@chrisbiancogroup.com to reserve your spot at the table.


The class will include tastings and discussions.
The class will include tastings and discussions.

Wine Appreciation Basics: What You Absolutely Need to Know About Wine

Thursday, May 21


Even if you’ve made your way through the entire bottom shelf of red and white at your local grocery store, there’s a good likelihood you still have a thing or two to learn about wine. You'll have your chance this Wednesday at the Wine Appreciation Basics class at Vincent’s Market Bistro. The two and a half hour course includes tastings and discussion, covering topics such as how grapes are grown, how to read a wine label, and the fundamentals of wine varietals. Learn what wines you like and why, giving you the confidence to order in a restaurant or pick up a bottle for yourself at the store. Cost is $59, or $110 for two, and includes tasting portions of eight different wines, plus small bites and appetizers. Class starts at 6 p.m. at Vincent Market Bistro at 3930 East Camelback Road.


Chef Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft
Chef Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft
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Niman Ranch Scholarship Dinner Mashup

Thursday, May 21


It’s easy to say we want a more sustainable food system, but how do we achieve that? This Thursday, support food sustainability simply by eating dinner prepared by some premier Valley chefs. The team at Pig & Pickle has invited Chef Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft and Chef Matt Taylor of Gertrude’s to their kitchen to prepare a three-course dinner, plus snacks and dessert. The meal will feature dishes such as smoked brisket over roasted garlic and tomatoes, pork belly confit with octopus, and smoked and braised leg of lamb. Proceeds from the $60 tickets go towards the Niman Ranch Scholarship. The scholarship benefits children of farmers heading to college to learn sustainability, educating the next generation of sustainable food producers. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. at Pig & Pickle, located at 2922 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale. For reservations, call 480-990-1407.

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