Viet Nom Nom Nom Dinner Lab Friday, April 10
This Friday the dining event company known as Dinner Lab will debut in Phoenix with Viet Nom Nom Nom, a pop-up dinner featuring chef Nini Nguyen. The company hosts pop-up events in cities from coast to coast with diners paying an annual subscription fee of $125 to get access to the Dinner Lab calendar. This first event -- the location of which won't be announced until 24 hours before the dinner -- features New Orleans-born chef Nguyen, who trained under Tairq Hanna of Sucre and Angela Pinkerton of Eleven Madison Park. The menu will include five courses of authentic Vietnamese dishes including Xoi Chien Don (crispy rice cake) and Cha Ca La Vong (turmeric and lemon grass-seared fish). For more information or to join, visit the Dinner Lab website.
DeSoto Central Market Grand Opening Saturday, April 11
On Saturday downtown Phoenix will finally get its own food marketplace when the DeSoto Central Market opens its doors. The grand opening celebrations will go all day on Saturday and Sunday and include a wine tasting with Young's Market Company (1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday), a Chinese Lion Dance (6 p.m. on Saturday), a latte art workshop (1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday), and live music from Lee Perriera (4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday). The market will house several restaurant concepts including a raw bar called The Walrus and the Pearl, The Yard Bird + Larder from chef Stephen Jones, and a coffee bar called Tea & Toast. For more information check the DeSoto Central Market Facebook.
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Scottsdale Culinary Festival Now through Sunday, April 12
There's no shortage of events to check out all week thanks to the five-day Scottsdale Culinary Festival, which runs now through Sunday. On Friday night the festivities include Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty at the W Hotel, while the weekend brings the two-day Great Arizona Picnic at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. As the festival's signature event, the picnic features everything from food tastings to a beer festival and an Epicurean Expo. Entertainment also includes live music, cooking demonstrations, and a Family Zone. Tickets to the Great Arizona Picnic cost $8 or $10 at the door. For more information or to see the complete schedule of Scottsdale Culinary Festival events, check the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website.