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

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ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho Today

Tonight ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale will host a Chef's Table dinner featuring the wines of Castello Banfi of Tuscany. The winery is located north of the Mediterranean in Montalcino, Tuscany and has been ranked as North America's leading wine importer for more than three decades. For the dinner event, ZuZu chef Charles Wiley has crafted a four-course wine paired dinner that includes Warm Mushroom Salad with arugula, goat cheese, and basil vinaigrette; White Bean Stew with summer squash and crisp pork belly; and Herb Roasted Rack of Lamb with garlic mashed potatoes and balsamic glaze. Featured wines will include San Angelo Pinot Grigio, Brunello di Montalcino 2009, and Rosa Regale. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $64 a person. For reservations call 480-421-7997.

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Bluewater Grill Tuesday, June 10

Think you know good salmon? Well, this week Bluewater Grill is putting your tastebuds to the test. The restaurant will host a salmon tasting event during which guests will experience the differences between four types of just-off-the-boat salmon: King; Copper River, Sockeye, and Atlantic. The dinner costs $26.95 per person, which includes a featured glass of wine, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and lemons, as well as the four varieties of salmon. Chefs and seafood experts will be on hand to discuss everything salmon, including the latest preparation techniques, recipes and fishery trends.

Armitage Bistro Wednesday, June 11

North Scottsdale winos can head to Armitage Bistro at DC Ranch to celebrate the restaurant and wine bar's 10 year anniversary this Wednesday. Armitage Bistro offers more than 60 wines by the glass, 13 wine flights, and a menu of bottles, in addition to craft cocktails and a menu of European-inspired bistro fare. In celebration of ten years of business Armitage will be holding a wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by half price wine and drink specials from 8 p.m. to close. For more information visit the Armitage Bistro website.

Kelly's at Southbridge Thursday, June 12

This Thursday head to Kelly's at Southbridge to be transported back in time to the roaring 1920s and 30s. The restaurant and bar will be hosting its second Kelly's Annual Affair, during which guests can enjoy free hor d'oevres and a candy station begining at 7 p.m. The event will also feature food and drinks specials, models dressed in 20s/30s style clothing, and vintage cars lining the parking in front of the pub and restaurant. Admission is free.

J&G Steakhouse Friday, June 13

This Friday J&G Steakhouse is kicking off their Kitchen Table Series during which Chef Jacques Qualin invites local chefs into the kitchen for an intimate experience for 25 guests. First up will be chef Lee Hillson of the Phoenician Resort. Guests will get to experience a chef meet and greet, Q&A session and a photos opportunity, followed by the chefs showing how to make that night's three-course meal. Each guest will receive a wine/mixology lesson. The event costs $50 a person and reservations are required. Call 480-214-8000.

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