Got weekend plans yet? Here a few dining and drinking events we've got on the books.
Lavender and Wine Festival
Forget wine and roses, this weekend the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is celebrating the mix of wine and lavender with a two day festival for visitors and locals alike. The hotel is welcoming Sonoma County's iconic Matanzas Creek Winery to the Valley to help with the festivities. Throughout the weekend, both of the resort's dining outlets, Talavera and Proof, will offer special lavender-infused dishes including green salad with lavender vinaigrette, rib eye with lavender glaze lavender salt, and honey-crusted prime rib, all of which will be paired with Matanzas Creek wines. And if you're not a wine drinker, Proof also will serve it signature Lavender Mule. The event also includes two seminars on Sunday, August 18, with Master Sommelier Larry O'Brien: "Exploring Sauvignon Blanc" from 1 to 2 p.m and Cheese & Wine Pairings" from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. $45 will buy you admittance to both seminars. For more information, visit the Taste Four Seasons website or call the hotel at 480-515-5700.
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Cardinals Pre-Game Party
Football season is back, folks! Or at least, football pre-season is, which still means it a viable option to start celebrating. Throughout this Arizona Cardinals season The Shout House at Westgate will host pre-game parties for football fans. Starting Saturday, August 17, the bar and restaurant will open their doors at 10:30 a.m. (three hours prior to game time) and offer food and drink specials to diners. Though usually a 21-and-up venue, The Shout House is opening its pre-game parties to fans of all ages. As for food, $12 will buy you a burger, fries, and beer and $5 is all it takes to get yourself a Cardinals Bomb featuring Wave Cherry Vodka and Red Bull.
Brunch at Nobuo at Teeter House
On Sunday, August 18, sous chef Chris Bevington, a.k.a. "Mr. Brunch," will prepare brunch with chef Nobuo Fukuda at Nobuo at Teeter House in Downtown Phoenix. Chef Bevington's American-style dishes on the menu will get a little kick of Japanese flair, while Chef Fukuda will create traditional Japanese breakfast dishes -- with no Western twists. The limited number of diners can look forward to plates such as pork belly eggs Benedict with kanzuri Hollandaise and Arai Pastry brioche, as well as Om-Rice, an egg omelet filled with Japanese-style fried rice. Call 602-254-0600 for reservations.
Burundian Cultural Dinner
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We won't judge you if you can't locate Burundi on a map. The landlocked eastern African country isn't exactly a top tourist destination. If you're adventurous, though, you might be interested to know that the Welcome To America Project is teaming up with Scottsdale chef Josh Hebert to bring a taste of Burundian life to the Valley of the Sun. The nonprofit organization's Burundian Cultural Dinner will offer diners cultural cuisine as well as a musical experience, thanks to the world-famous Burundian drumming group Komezakorenga. Travel vicariously at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church's Gangsei Hal at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 18. The event costs $15 for children ages 6 to 8 and students. Adults pay $35 each. For more information, visit the Welcome to America Project website.
10-Course Tasting Menu at Los Sombreros
Each year, chef Azucena Tovar makes a pilgrimage to her hometown of San Miguel de Allende, and after her most recent trip, she was inspired to create a new menu with dozens of dishes from her homeland. To introduce diners to the new dishes she's offering a 10-course tasting menu for $50 for two people. The limited-time offer includes small portions of pozole soup, hibiscus taquitos, trout with almonds in lemon butter and capers, chile rellenos, pork loin with tamarind mole, piloncillo ice cream and more. The deal also extends into the drinking realm with $5 martinis, mojitos, margeritas and sangrias. Available nightly through August 31.