MOD Pizza Opens in Ahwatukee
Friday, May 20
MOD Pizza, the chain that slings individual, artisan-style pies, is opening an Ahwatukee location at noon on Friday. Best of all? The first 52 people in line will get free pizza. The store also will host a drawing for free pizza for a year and other giveaways, and all of the pizza sales on the opening day will be donated to United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association. For more information, visit MOD Pizza's website or check out the Facebook event page.
Lemonade Days in Queen Creek
Saturday, May 21
Come this Saturday, Founders Park in Queen Creek will be transformed into a water park, a place to grab local food and drinks, and a concert venue for the Lemonade Days festival. Restaurant and concession options at the Saturday fest will include AZ Barbeque Catering, Affogato Truck, Texas BBQ House, The Jerky Boys, Firehouse Concessions, State Fair Lemonade, The Sweet Snack Shack, Kool Twists, and Phoenix Phreeze. And to wash it all down, attendees will be able to enjoy ice-cold craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company and Leinenkugel’s or grab a mixed drink courtesy of Jack Daniel’s and Hubert’s Lemonade. Country star Craig Campbell will also perform live from 7:30 to 9 p.m. General admission tickets cost $8 online during pre-sale and $10 at the gate. Kids 12 years and under will be admitted for free. For more information, visit the Lemonade Days website.
Crawfish Boil at Little Cleo's
Saturday, May 21
Springtime in the South means crawfish. And crawfish lovers in the Valley are in luck, as a traditional Southern crawfish feast comes to town this weekend. Little Cleo's Seafood Legend at The Yard in Phoenix will host a traditional crawfish boil on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy everything from fresh Cajun style crawfish and crab to sweet corn hush puppies and jams by Bluesman Mike at this family-style gathering held on the patio. Tickets cost $36 per person. To make a reservation, call Little Cleo's at 602-680-4044. For more information, visit the Little Cleo's website.
"Get Lei'd" at Lustre Rooftop Pool and Bar's Luau
Saturday, May 21
Lustre, the rooftop pool and bar on the third floor of Kimpton's Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, is inviting guests to "get lei'd" at its Hawaiian luau. Attendees are encouraged to wear Hawaiian-themed attire like grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts while they dig into pork from a pig roasted by Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails' chef Sean Currid and sip on drinks from Maui Brewing Co. They also can meet the brewmaster and get down to live music from Kush County Music. The event is from noon to 6 p.m., and there's no cover charge. For more information check out the Eventbrite page or Lustre's website.
Intuitive Cooking Experience at The Farm
Sunday, May 22
If your CSA box arrives and you have no idea what to make with your bounty of fresh produce, this class should help. This Sunday, you can head to The Farm at South Mountain where Melanie Albert of cooking class and nutrition coaching company Experience Nutrition and onsite grower Maya Dailey will be there to give participants a private tour of a certified organic farm followed by a hands-on demonstration of how to cook a light lunch. Attendees will discover how to make great salad dressing and cook intuitively using fresh and organic ingredients. Registration will close on Friday, May 20, at 3 p.m., and the class begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. To register and for more information, visit The Farm at South Mountain's website.
Monthly Mashup at the Four Seasons Troon North in Scottsdale
Sunday, May 22
Join Talavera Chef Mel Mencinas and L'Auberge de Sedona's Chef Rochelle Daniel for a four-course meal in the May installment of the Four Seasons' Monthly Mashup series. Guests will enjoy cuisine created by both chefs. One sample menu item from Daniel includes king salmon served with jidori egg yolk mousse, snow peas, radish, and creek cress. Dinner runs from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $95 per person. An optional wine pairing costs $45. To make reservations for this Monthly Mashup dinner, call 480-513-5085. For more information about the event, check out Talavera's website or the Facebook event page.
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