Five Things To Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? Here are a few things we have on the books.

Proof Backyard BBQ

Tonight Proof, the casual All-American eatery at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, is inviting guests to their patio for a classic backyard barbeque. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26 Proof's charcoal grill will be cooking up hangar steak, honey cayenne chicken, pork ribs and more. Guests will also get family-style appetizers, sides and desserts as well as "pocket the pint" beer specials -- meaning you can keep the glass for your own souvenir. And the impressive views of the Troon Mountains to be enjoyed with live music in the background, come free. The dinner costs $39 a person and reservations are recommended. Call 480-513-5085.

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Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class

Despite what we might be led to believe, cacti are for more than just exotic desert landscaping - you can eat them too. Now, we're not recommending you go out and bare hand any prickly fruits but you can learn how to properly harvest, prepare and preserve prickly pear cactus fruit this weekend at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. This Saturday, July 27, Jean Groen and Robert Lewis will lead a workshop on how to pick and process the fruit. Pre-registration isn't necessary and the class is included in the daily admission price of $10.

Hair of the Hound Brunch

Weekends are short enough as it is so the last thing we want to be doing is wasting away our precious days being hung over from the night before. A sure fire way to prevent that: the hair of the dog. Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails at the Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix is offering just that with their Hair of the Hound Brunch featuring $13 bottomless Bloody Mary's - in either the traditional variety, smoked or kimichi - mimosas and bellinis. The brunch menu also includes Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes, Chilaquiles and Dungeness crab Eggs Benedict.

Top of the Rock Four Peaks Brewing Beer Dinner

This Saturday, July 27, Tempe's Top of the Rock restaurant at the Marriott Buttes Resort will be teaming up with local Four Peaks Brewery for a multi-course beer-paired dinner. The event will begin with a beer reception featuring Four Peak's SunBru Shandy as well as miniature Sonoran hot dogs and crab tacos. For dinner guests will enjoy dishes such as yellowtail crudo, chivo pecante and tempura fried peaches. The dinner will begin with the reception at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45 a person. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

Sweet Buttermilk Pie at Phoenix City Grille

And if buttermilk pie atop caramel sauce doesn't fit your bill then try any of the other deserts on our list of the nine best after-dinner treats in metro Phoenix. The list includes everything from pie to cake, ice cream and cobbler so there's got to be something for every sweet tooth. We're willing to be that the eye-candy feast alone is going to get your sugar senses tingling.

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