Weekend Brunch at SumoMaya Saturday, August 30
Scottsdale's hottest fusion restaurant, SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen, has launched weekend brunch with new dishes, select lunch items, and plenty of booze. The brunch menu includes items such as Spiced Pecan French Toast topped with vanilla crema and caramel-like cajeta sauce ($12); Green Tea Waffles with crispy duck confit, organic egg and añejo-vanilla bean syrup ($14); and Tequila Cured Salmon Lox served with a toasted "everything" bagel, yuzu cream cheese, capers, dill and pickled red onion ($12). Diners can also enjoy bottomless Bloody Mary's, Micheladas (regular or flavored), and Mimosas for $15. Weekend Brunch at SumoMaya is served from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and also features a live band.
International Bacon Day Saturday, August 30
Bacon lovers, rejoice! This Saturday is International Bacon Day and two local restaurants are offering bacon-centric eats and drinks to celebrate the occasion. At Snooze in Phoenix the celebration centers around Tender Belly bacon, which will be served in dishes such as the Cinnfully Cinnfull Pancakes, buttermilk pancakes filled with while chocolate chips and topped with candied bacon, bacon caramel, vanilla creme, cinnamon butter and toasted pecans. You can also get your fix in liquid form via the Boss Hog, made with bacon infused bourbon and house Bloody Mary mix. The Oink Cafe in north Phoenix will also be hosting a Bacon Day fete that will feature unique, off-the-menu items that will feature bacon. We're thinking the restaurant's bacon flight would also make a fitting way to honor the date.
Food Truck Caravan's Dinner with The Disco Fries Saturday, August 30
If you're a fan of EDM (that's electric dance music for the uninformed) then you probably already know the names Nick Ditri and Danny Boselovic. The American production duo goes by the name the Disco Fries and are two of the biggest names in the national DJ scene. This Saturday night they'll be playing at Maya Nightclub, but before the show you can catch them at Scottsdale's Food Truck Caravan. In addition to checking out some of our local street food, the DJs will be filming their upcoming video -- and if you want to get in on the action all you have to do is RSVP for Dinner with the Disco Fries. The event goes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free to attend.
Day Off Dinner with Cullen Campbell of Crudo Sunday, August 31
This Sunday it's chef Cullen Campbell's turn to takeover the kitchen at Clever Koi in Phoenix as a part of the restaurant's summer dining series, Day Off Dinners. Both chef Campbell and mixologist Micah Olson of Crudo will be featured at the event, which includes four courses with cocktails pairings. Look forward to dishes such as Smoked Pig Tails with chilies and pineapple gastrique and Tuna Sashimi with crispy veal sweetbreads, pickled mustard seed, yuzu aioli, and arugula. Olson will be mixing up creations including the "My Ninja" made with 1792 Bourbon, Contratto Fernet, dai dai juice, and ginger gomme. Tickets to the event, which are limited, costs $65 a person. The dinner will also be followed by Cocktails & Karaoke at 9 p.m. Call 602-222-3474 for reservations.
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Labor Day Weekend Feast from Bobby Q's
Here's a way to enjoy a Labor Day barbeque for your family without have to head outside and touch that grill. This Sunday and on Monday, September 1 Bobby Q in Phoenix -- recently named one of the top bbq spots in the country -- will be offering a Labor Day Weekend Feast that includes four half-orders of Bobby Q's best BBQ meats, your choice of two sides and four cornbreads for only $31.00. The meats include sliced beef brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis ribs, and barbecue chicken and side options include ranch beans, pecan cole slaw, mac and cheese, potato salad, and roasted corn.
For a few more barbecue options, check out our list of 6 Places for Take-Out Barbecue in Metro Phoenix.