Events

January's Food and Drink Events in Greater Phoenix

Find out what artwork goes best with LDV Winery pairings.
Find out what artwork goes best with LDV Winery pairings. LDV Winery
You may be in a bit of a food coma after Christmas and New Year's, but there are definitely some food and drink events coming in January that you don't want to miss. From learning about the relationship between farmers and restaurants to a magical afternoon tea and multiple beer festivals, it's sure to be a fun start to the new year. Happy 2022!

Woo Woo Burgers Pop-Up
Monday, January 3
Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt Park
8300 N. Hayden Road, Suite D-101, Scottsdale

Woo Woo Burgers, a ghost kitchen concept that the restauranteurs behind Z’Tejas Southwest Grill, is holding a pop-up event in Scottsdale on January 3 on the lawn behind Z'Tejas. Woo Woo Burgers initially opened in the spring, operating only out of the Chandler Z’Tejas location. Starting on January 3, the full menu will be available for pick-up curbside or online via third-party food delivery platforms. To celebrate the Scottsdale expansion, the first 200 people will get a free meal: a sandwich, side, and drink (from 11 a.m. until supplies last).

Woo Woo Burgers is a throwback concept with a straightforward menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches and sides. The concept uses fresh, never frozen, hormone-free beef and chicken.

Fine Wine and Gallery Art
Tuesday, January 11
Anticus Gallery
3922 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Feast your eyes on fine art paired with fine wine, courtesy of the Anticus Gallery and LDV Winery. This event features five pieces of art with five wine pairings, with the inspiration behind those explained and discussed by experts in wine and art. It all goes down from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anticus. Nibbles will be provided.
click to enlarge Produce from Crooked Sky Farms. - CHRIS MALLOY
Produce from Crooked Sky Farms.
Chris Malloy
From Farm to Restaurant — Using Local Food for a Competitive Edge
Tuesday, January 11
Online

The latest in the Good Food Film Series produced by Local First Arizona’s Good Food Finder is here and explains the relationship between farms and restaurants. Sourcing local and working directly with local food producers has become crucial for many restaurants looking to differentiate their menus and brands. Meet a chef and the farmers he works with, get advice on how to sell and grow for restaurants, and learn all about the Arizona gourmet food scene. The on-demand film is $7.50, or you can purchase the film series' annual all-access pass for $65.
click to enlarge On January 12, you can learn about pairing tamales with beer like Devil's Ale American Pale Ale. - SANTAN BREWING COMPANY
On January 12, you can learn about pairing tamales with beer like Devil's Ale American Pale Ale.
SanTan Brewing Company
Beer, Spirit, and Tamale Tasting
Wednesday, January 12
SanTan Gardens
495 East Warner Road, Chandler
Tamales pair well with pretty much anything, including beer and spirits, provided by Mama Olga's Tamales and SanTan Brewing Company. On the menu is a red chile pork tamale with a Sky Harbor Lager Michelada; red chile beef tamale paired with Devil's Ale American Pale Ale; a green chile chicken tamale with an Orange Boubon-Rita; and a green chile cheese tamale with a Juicy Jack Juicy Hazy IPA. Tickets cost $45 a person.

click to enlarge Pork on a Fork will be at the Copper State Beer Festival. - CHRIS MALLOY
Pork on a Fork will be at the Copper State Beer Festival.
Chris Malloy
Copper State Beer Festival
Saturday, January 15
Mesa Riverview Park
2100 West Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

If you love craft beer and good food, the Copper State Beer Festival is for you at Riverview Park from noon to 5 p.m. Even if you're not a beer fan, there will be wine, food trucks, and live entertainment to enjoy. Tickets range from $20 for designated drivers to $80 for VIP.
click to enlarge All types of tequila drinks at Isabel's Amor. - ISABEL AMOR MEXICAN CAFE & TEQUILA BAR
All types of tequila drinks at Isabel's Amor.
Isabel Amor Mexican Cafe & Tequila Bar
Winter Tequila Dinner
Wednesday, January 19
Isabel's Amor
1490 East Williams Field Road, #101, Gilbert
Celebrate the New Year at Isabel's Amor with a three-course Sonoran-style meal paired with premium tequila. Tickets are $75 per person. More details will be released soon.
click to enlarge Chef Marcellino will lead guests through an Italian cooking class. - MARCELLINO RISTORANTE
Chef Marcellino will lead guests through an Italian cooking class.
Marcellino Ristorante
Lunch and Learn
Saturday, January 22
Marcellino Ristorante
7114 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
Sit at the chef's table and get an intimate look at the making of an Italian specialty during this lunch and learn session at Marcellino Ristorante from 1 to 3 p.m. Chef Marcellino will prepare pork tenderloin sautéed with tender asparagus and peppercorns, finished with a cognac flambé. The cost is $70 per person plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are required.
PHX Beer Company is one of the participating breweries at Brewsology. - PHX BEER COMPANY
PHX Beer Company is one of the participating breweries at Brewsology.
PHX Beer Company
Brewsology Beer Fest
Saturday, January 22
Arizona Science Center
600 East Washington Street
Middle school field trip to the Arizona Science Center meets booze at the Brewsology Beer Fest from 7 to 11 p.m. Sample over 40 breweries and 150 beers while exploring the museum. Per the center's policy, all attendees must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event and wear a mask when not eating or drinking. Tickets are $50 per person and $65 for VIP access.
click to enlarge Be a wizard for the day at afternoon tea. - WARNER BROS.
Be a wizard for the day at afternoon tea.
Warner Bros.
Wizard World's Tea Party
Wednesday, January 26 through Monday, January 31
Drink Me! Tea Room
1730 East Warner Road, #5, Tempe
Drink Me! Tea Room's popular wizard tea is back, starting January 26 and going through February 6. Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character and take a trip to Hogwarts for a truly magical experience, complete with fun backdrops for your photos. The potions master will be making special tea cocktails and mocktails, and there are two afternoon tea options to choose from. Reservations are required and will fill up fast.

Metro Phoenix Night Market
Saturday, January 29
The Pressroom
3125 South 52nd Street, Tempe

This Asian food festival at The Pressroom will showcase local food vendors, from Chinese to Korean and more. Most businesses will have an item on their menu that's $5 or less, plus there will be cold beer and cocktails available for purchase. Admission times are staggered with early, general, and happy hour tickets available.
click to enlarge Carlson Creek will be represented at the Arizona Wine Festival. - CARLSON CREEK VINEYARD
Carlson Creek will be represented at the Arizona Wine Festival.
Carlson Creek Vineyard
Arizona Wine Festival
Saturday January, 29 and Sunday, January 30
Heritage Square
115 North Sixth Street

Arizona's premier wine festival is back at Heritage Square, with 20 participating wineries, two food trucks, local beer, vintage vendors, and other entertainment. It's $35 per person ($45 at the gate) on Saturday and $30 ($40 at the gate) on Sunday. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass and ten tasting tickets.
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Julie Levin is a writer, TV show producer, and an on-air news radio anchor. When she's not behind the scenes or mid broadcast, she's trying new eateries and bars or meeting up with as many friends as possible in one day (usually socializing around food). A self-proclaimed history geek, she also enjoys reading menus and watching food shows with her fiancé. They're working on visiting every place on their master list of Arizona restaurants.