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5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Cork Tuesday, March 25

This week Chandler's Cork restaurant will celebrate six years of business with special deals and events beginning with offering half off all bottles of wine on Tuesday. The restaurant offers more than 250 selections including rare bottles such as Sea Smoke "Southing" Pinot Noir and local favorites like Pillsbury "Wild Child White" and Sand Reckoner's "5" Red Blend. (You can view the whole list here.) Other events include a Sand Reckoner Vineyards Wine Dinner on Wednesday ($125/person) and a Throwback 6th Anniversary Menu on Thursday that includes Cork's Mac & Cheese with BBQ pork belly, smoked bacon, wild mushrooms and 4-year aged Widmers cheddar; Basil-Crusted Ostrich with panzanella salad, local olive oil and saba; and Pan-Roasted Barramundi with spaghetti squash, roasted tomato and uni buerre blanc.

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Quiessence Wednesday, March 26

This week Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain will host the first of its Wine Makers Dinners. The series kicks off with a 5-course dinner paired with a collection of Arizona's Lawrence Dunham Vineyards wines. The menu includes housemade charcuterie paired with 2012 Viognier; Alaskan Halibut with fennel purée, cherry tomatoes, pancetta vinaigrette, and basil paired with 2010 Sky Island Grenache; and brick oven braised lamb with Flageolet beans, spring vegetables, green garlic, and mint paired with The Signature 2011 Petite Sirah. The dinner costs $75 a person and starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 602-276-0601 to reserve a seat and visit the Quiessence website.

Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue Thursday, March 27

This Thursday Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue is celebrating five years in business -- and thanking customers with one hell of a deal. Stop by the Cave Creek restaurant and you can nab a pulled pork sandwich with your choice of side for just $5 all day. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vincent's on Camleback Thursday, March 27

Nine of the Valley's top chefs are lined up to showcase their cuisine and fresh, local produce in this year's Farmer in the House dinner series. The season will start this Thursday at Vincent's on Camleback with a 4-course dinner featuring wines from Familia Zuccardi Winery in Argentina. Chef Vincent Guerithault will prepare dishes that feature Duncan's Trading Company Organic Produce such as Duncan's Organic Greens with candied beets and goat cheese, lamb stew with braised Duncan's Root Vegetables, and a warm chocolate tart with cherry sorbet. The dinner begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and costs $85 a person. For a reservation call (602) 224-0225 and visit the Vincent's website to see the complete menu.

You can get the complete Farmer in the House dinner schedule on the Duncan's Trading Company website.

The Clever Koi

Looking for a nice mid-week dinner date? Well, the Clever Koi now offers a Monday through Wednesday share menu called "It Takes Two." For $30 diners can choose two dishes from the Rice or Noodle section of the menu and share a 750ml bottle of house made Korean Sochu Punch. You'll also have the option to substitute four different cocktails for $5 or a bottle of wine for $10.

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