Want free cupcakes and doughnuts? Well, you're in luck because you can find both this week in Phoenix if you know where to look. Hint: We know, so read on.
"Voulez-Vous Diner Avec Moi Ce Soir?" Chef-Off Monday, August 26
This month's West Valley Chef Off series pits reigning champ John Wong of SN Asia Kitchen against Sal Zappone of Zappone's Italian Bistro in a French-inspired throwdown of culinary know-how. Each chef will create three plates to be judged by diners, who will have to vote on the six plates blindly. The dinner event includes three wine pairings and will determine who becomes the next Chef Off Champion. Get in on the action today at Zappone's Italian Bistro in Gilbert at 6:30 p.m. for $60 a person. Reservations are required; call 480-218-2338.
Free Maple Bacon Cupcakes at Sprinkles Tuesday, August 27
From August 30 to September 15, the original cupcake-only bakery is selling limited edition Maple Bacon cupcakes. The newest creation, "harnessing bacon's unique umami taste," is the company's first foray into savory offerings and features smoky bacon within a Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cake, topped with maple cream cheese frosting. Whether you love Sprinkles Cupcakes or not, it's hard to turn down something that's 1. free and 2. bacon. And you can pick up a free Maple Bacon cupcake on Tuesday, August 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Scottsdale Sprinkles location. No purchase is required.
Krispy Kreme Grand Opening Celebration Tuesday, August 27
There are going to be a lot (like, thousands) of free doughnuts up for grabs when the newest Kripsy Kreme location in the Valley opens its doors on Tuesday. The new shop will be at 3201 West Indian School Road, and plans to open exactly at 5:30 a.m. The first person in the dine-in (lobby) line will receive one free dozen Original Glazed doughnut every week for a year, and the next 100 people in line will get one dozen free doughnuts every month of a year. And if you're too lazy to get out of your car, be first in the drive-thru line to win a free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts every week for a year. The first 12 drive-thru customers will get the same prize every month for a year.
Superstition Meadery Tasting at Sun Devil Liquosr Thursday, August 29
You may have some vague idea of what mead is, but we wouldn't be surprised to hear that many people don't know that it's an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water. Here in Arizona, Superstition Meadery makes honey wines and hard ciders in Prescott that, until recently, you couldn't buy in the Valley. Now you can pick up its products at Mesa's Sun Devil Liquors and to offer a sample, the cellar and pub is hosting a tasting event this Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. $5 will buy you tastes of three different meads and two wines as well as light cheese and crackers.
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Progressive Indulgence: Three-Course Culinary Dining Experience Thursday, August 29
On Thursday, August 29, Queen Creek Olive Mill's Trattoria at Biltmore Fashion Park is teaming up with neighboring Christopher's Crush Lounge and Julia Baker Confections to host a three-course progressive-style dinner. The night will begin at 6 p.m. with a Dirty Extra Virgin Martini with Tito's Handmade Vodka and Queen Creek Olive Mill Spanish Fly Dirty Martini Mix, olive oil tasting and appetizer at Queen Creek's Trattoria. Guests will then head to Christopher's and Crush Lounge at 7 p.m. for either a fillet of salmon, bistro tender, chicken breast or vegetable tarte each of which will come with an appropriately paired glass of tine. Finally diners will arrive at Julia Baker's Confections for a slice of red velvet cake, or perhaps a white chocolate passion fruit mousse cake, accompanied by your choice of wine or espresso. The dinner will be capped at 20 people and costs $56 a person. Call Jessie Dargle at 480-888-9290 for reservations.