5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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La Dolce Vita Mother's Day Pop Up Shop Saturday, May 10

Did you forget that Mother's Day is Sunday? There's still time to get Mom the perfect locally made gift. On Saturday at Nook Kitchen, Tracy Dempsey, the Girl From Arizona, and Nick LaRosa will team up to host a Mother's Day Pop Up Shop in Italian style. The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will offer desserts, designer aprons, and Italian cooking. Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals will have a selection of breakfast-in-bed treats like scones with homemade butter, grapefruit Campari cream puffs, profiteroles, gluten-free brownies, and handmade marshmallows. She'll be joined by Angel Muniz of GFA Aprons, who will be selling her custom and retail aprons, including Mommy and Me sets, and chef Nick LaRosa, who will have special lunch and dinner items available for Mother's Day, as well as recipes to share during the event. Gifts will range in price from $5 to $75.

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Farmer's Market Cocktail Competition Saturday, May 10

If you're going to be at Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday morning, be sure to swing by the first Farmer's Market Cocktail Competition, hosted by the U.S. Bartenders Guild Phoenix chapter. During the event, four teams of three bartenders will be given a budget to buy ingredients from around the market. Then, they'll have 30 minutes to use the ingredients to create a Finlandia Vodka (regular or flavored) cocktail. The cocktailing will take place in the The Livery Stable Room (at the south end of the market). The competition starts at 9 a.m. For more information, check the Facebook event page.

Cartel Coffee Lab: Free Coffee Tasting Sunday, May 11

This weekend, Cartel Coffee is hosting a monthly coffee tasting and demonstration series at the Phoenix Public Market Cafe. On Sunday, you can learn about brewing techniques with demos led by Cartel staff. Topics will include full-immersion brewing methods versus filter drip brews -- and best of all, attendees will get to taste the results. The demos and tastings will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. on the second Sunday of the month.

Mother's Day at The Dhaba Sunday, May 11

If you're still trying to decide where to take Mom on her big day, perhaps you'll want to consider The Dhaba in Tempe. The restaurant offers affordable cuisine in the style of the Punjab region of Northern India and will celebrate Mother's Day with sweet deal just for mothers. Download and print this coupon and the restaurant will give your mom a $10 coupon for her next visit. The deal applies only to parties of two or more for dinner on Mother's Day. Reservations are recommended. Call 480-557-8800 or visit the Dhaba website.

15 Mother's Day Dining Options in Metro Phoenix Sunday, May 11

For even more Mother's Day dining options, be sure to check out our list of 15 Mother's Day Dining Options in Metro Phoenix. The roundup includes The Farm at South Mountain, where you can treat Mom to a farm-to-table brunch with dishes including grilled chicken with lemon-basil beurre blanc, braised beef short ribs with oven-roasted shallots, and brioche French toast with pecan-honey glaze and caramelized bananas. Crudo will also be serving a special three-course Mother's Day brunch for just $35 a person. The menu includes grilled beets with cauliflower and whipped goat cheese, burrata with pickled tomatoes and radish sprouts, and ham and yam crespelle with eggs.

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