Handlebar Tempe Tuesday, March 11
On Tuesday, Mill Avenue's Handlebar will debut a new menu that includes beers, cocktails, and food. To celebrate, it's hosting a New Menu Release Party and offering an extended happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. that will include half off all draft beers and all beer cocktails. Look forward to new items on the bar's beer menu as well as two new cocktails: The Highland Donkey & The Flemish Cherry. Product reps also will be around, so that means there will be free samples, comps, and other gifts.
Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner Thursday, March 13
The annual "Friends of the James Beard Foundation" dinner is one of our favorite events of the year, and this year, the dinner will bring four featured chefs to the Valley for what's sure to be one incredible meal. The lineup this year includes Chef James Boyce of Cotton Row in Huntsville, Alabama (formerly of Mary Elaine's in Scottsdale); Chef Susur Lee of Lee Restaurants in Toronto; Chef Floyd Cardoz of North End Grill, New York; and Chef Pierre Poulin of Aureole in New York. The evening will begin with reception at 6 p.m. and dinner will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $225 a person. For more information visit the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website.
The Mix Up Bar Thursday, March 13
Every Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, guests can head to The Mix Up Bar at the Royal Palms for Bourbon and Burgers Thursdays. The weekly event means you can cash in on $8 signature burgers and half-price bourbon-based cocktails -- which also happen to be one of our favorite type of cocktails. The Mix Up Bar also offers Mix and Mingle every day from 4 to 7 p.m., which includes $5 drinks and small bites. For more information visit the Mix Up Bar website.
DJ Fernandez's Vovomeena made Grub Street's list of Amazing American Doughnut Shops With Serious Street Cred last month. Now we're not entirely sure how Grub Street complied the list, but it did get us thinking about the CenPho spot. And we have to admit a bottle of its Morning Moonshine -- coffee distilled using the Japanese cold-brewing method -- and a doughnut doesn't sound like a bad way to start the day.
North Phoenix's Perk Eatery has expanded recently, adding 1,500 square feet of space that includes 700 square feet in the kitchen and room for more seating. The restaurant started renovations last fall and the expanded dining room is now open. In addition, the cozy spot known for its nearly perfect pancakes and homemade corned beef country-style hash, will soon be getting its liquor license, which means Perk soon will be able to celebrate the new space with breakfast cocktails. Check the Perk Eatery Facebook for more information.
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