The Dhaba Spice Showcase Saturday, July 26
Explore the world of Indian spices this Saturday at The Dhaba. The restaurant will host a Spice Showcase during which attendees will learn about the "flavors, aromas, and health benefits of more than 50 of the herbs and spices utilized in Indian cooking." Students will also learn how to make four of the more popular spice blends: Garam Masala, Tandoori Masala, Curry Powder, and Maharajah Curry Powder. The class, which starts at 11 a.m., costs $60 and also includes a companion book, snacks, masala chai, and spice bottles of the four blends made during the class. To RSVP call 480-557-8800.
Taste Tequila Saturday, July 26
Like tequila? Well then you won't want to miss the first Taste Tequila event going down this Saturday at the Venue Scottsdale. The tequila-tasting bonanza will include a lineup of more than 100 tequilas from producers including Agave Underground, Luna Malvada, Corzo, Dirty Tequila, Cazadores, Herradura, Don Julio, El Jimador, Sauza, Hornitos, Espolon, Partida, Peligroso, and more. The even will also offer education seminars, a live DJ, and an after-party. Tickets cost $50 and include ten tequila samples. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information visit the Taste Tequila website.
Summer Cocktail Camp Sunday, July 27
This Sunday mixologist Travis Nass of The Last Drop at The Hermosa Inn will head to The Gladly to lead a session of Summer Cocktail Camp. The event, which starts at 1 p.m., will include a crash-course in cocktail mixing, as well as three to four cocktails, recipes, and camp souvenirs. The event also includes a two hour mixer so you're guaranteed a chance to mingle with some of the Valley's best-known bar talents. The course costs $30 a person and reservations can be made by calling The Gladly at 602-759-8132. Space is limited.
The Great American Veg Out Sunday, July 27
This weekend seven of the Valley's top chefs are out to prove that vegetables are sexy. They'll do so at Blue Hound Kitchen's The Great American Veg Out, a seven course vegetable medley menu paired with specialty cocktails from local mixologists. The lineup of culinary talent alone is pretty impressive and includes chefs Cullen Campbell, Gio Osso, Bernie Kantak, Josh Hebert, and Stephen Jones. They'll be joined by mixologists Brandon Casey, Clint Spotleson, Micah Olson, and Jason Asher. The veggie-centric meal costs $35 a person and seating is limited. Call 602-258-0231 for a reservation during either the 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. seating.
Day Off Dinners: Jeff Kraus of Crepe Bar Sunday, July 27
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This Sunday chef Jeff Kraus of Tempe's Crepe Bar will take up temporary residency at the Clever Koi in Phoenix. The one-night Day Off Dinner event will include five courses with cocktails and wine to pair for $65 a person. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and space is limited. Call 602-222-3474 for tickets.
For information about future Day Off Dinner events keep an eye on the Clever Koi Facebook.