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January is drawing to an end which means those New Year's resolutions should be fizzling out right about..now. Rather than beating yourself up about breaking your promises, why not treat yourself to making it this far. We suggest going all out with the not-so-new you by taking a trip to the Texas BBQ House for what may be "the best beef ribs in the Valley." A new addition to the South Phoenix restaurant's menu, these savory ribs (available at $6.99 for a half-rack, $10.99 for a full) are the perfect trifecta of juicy, smokey and seasoned. It's a recipe 6 months in the making - which is 5 months longer than your New Year's resolution lasted. For business hours and more, visit Texas BBQ House online.
Congratulations are in order as local farmer Maya Dailey, celebrates her newly earned organic certification status with a potluck dinner at her farm (6550 S. 32nd Street) this Sunday from 4 to 6 pm. This community dinner is open to anyone and everyone so long as they bring a dish to share. Whether you're a loyal Maya's Farm CSA member or simply someone looking to eat healthy, this is your chance to mix and mingle with fresh faces and fresh produce. For more information, check out the event on Facebook or visit Maya's Farm online.
Leave it to the Italian Americans to throw a good party - the 8th Annual Italian American Festival is happening all weekend long at Kokopelli Winery & Bistro in Chandler. The family-owned winery will be celebrating its Italian American Heritage with Italian wine tastings, Italian music (expect accordions), and of course, Italian dishes. This year, Kokopelli has enlisted Crust Pizza & Wine to help deliver a very Italian-inspired menu including: Michelangelo Pasta, Veal Marsala, Chicken Parmesan, and more. There will also be plenty of sweet treats on hand such as Cannoli ala Sinatra and Coliseum Chocolate Cake. To find out more about this wine and dine festival, visit Kokopelli online.
Mesa is getting a little bit greener this weekend with the grand opening of the Mesa Urban Garden on Saturday from 3 p.m. till moonrise. The Mesa Urban Garden, which will serve as a resource in accessing fresh produce, nutrition and cooking information, and plots for individual and communal use, will kick off its free opening with door prizes, raffles, live music, food, and drinks. For more information or to find out how you can get involved with the program, visit the Mesa Urban Garden online.
Hold onto your bow ties, hipsters- The Handlebar in Tempe is teaming up with Dapper + Dash to bring you Bikes + Beers + Bow Ties. Happening this Saturday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., this style and suds event has everything: beer education with Handlebar certified "Beer Geek" Billy, a bike workshop with The Bicycle Cellar's Tom Tomczyk, and bow tie demonstrations from Dapper+Dash's Aaron Kimberlin. Enjoy special deals on Oskar Blues products, half off beer and wine, $3 well drinks, raffle prizes as well as a new line of Dapper + Dash bow ties made exclusively for The Handlebar. Although this event is free, guests are encouraged to RSVP by visiting the event on Facebook.
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