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A Themed Dinner for Fans of The Office, Plus Other Phoenix Food Events This March

Find the Agritainment Park at Schnepf Farms all March long.
Find the Agritainment Park at Schnepf Farms all March long. Amanda Mason
This March has it all in terms of eating and drinking events. Themed dinners with lots of cocktails? Yes. How about an amusement park complete with your favorite fair food? Check. And let's not forget an important film screening on the current state of farming in Arizona. Here's how to fill your month.

Agritainment Park

All March Long Schnepf Farms
24810 South Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek

Schnepf Farms, known for pick-your-peaches and country store pies, is hosting the Agritainment Park till April 25. There are more than 25 rides in areas like Potato Park, a petting zoo, and food like burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream (and more classic fair fare). Tickets are $27.95 a person with discounts for military and first responders. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place.

click to enlarge Learn to make tamales at Ofrenda this month. - CHRIS MALLOY
Learn to make tamales at Ofrenda this month.
Chris Malloy

Cooking Classes

Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23
Ofrenda
7100 East Cave Creek Road, #151, Cave Creek

Ofrenda, already known for its Mexican, Latin American, and Spanish dishes with a killer tequila selection, is hosting cooking classes throughout March. You'll learn how to make some real Latin food classics like salsa, tamales, and tortillas. Each in-person tutorial is limited to six people and is $65 a person. In addition to these classes, there's also live music and a mescal tasting happy hour on March 10.

Crawfish Boil

Saturday, March 6
Peoria Artisan Brewery
10144 West Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria

It's Peoria Artisan Brewery's fifth annual crawfish boil, which offers more than 140 pounds of crawfish flown in from Louisiana. Chef Michael Mahalick will be preparing it along with andouille sausage, potatoes, and corn. There will also be live music on the patio. The food will be served (instead of the usual buffet-style), will COVID-19 safety measures in place. Boil down from noon to 6 p.m.


click to enlarge Don't miss Jan’s Dinner Party Beef Osso Buco at Match. It'll probably be served earlier than 9 p.m. - FOUND:RE HOTEL PHOENIX
Don't miss Jan’s Dinner Party Beef Osso Buco at Match. It'll probably be served earlier than 9 p.m.
FOUND:RE Hotel Phoenix

The Office Dinner

Saturday, March 6
MATCH Market & Bar at Found:RE Phoenix
1100 North Central Avenue
If you're the type of person who's watched The Office about four times through, this dinner at Match Market and Bar is for you. Each course and cocktail pairing corresponds to a different episode, from Kevin’s Famous “Spilt” Beef Chili with a Deangelo Vickers cocktail to Jan’s Dinner Party Beef Osso Buco with Pam and Jim’s Office Romance cocktail. The event is $75 a person. Seating is limited. For more information, call 602-875-8080.

Paella Royale

Sunday, March 7
Voila French Bistro
10135 East Via Linda, Scottsdale

Paella is a traditional dish from Spain, but it's also popular in southern France. Now that we have the history lesson out of the way, know that Chef Jean-Christophe Gros at Voila French Bistro will be preparing it for a special Sunday supper. The dish will be loaded with saffron rice, shrimp, mussels, calamari, chorizo, and chicken. It's available to go only for $29 from 11 a.m. to noon. Reserve yours at 480-614-5600 by March 2.

click to enlarge Pour your own wine; eat your own Girl Scout cookies. - MELISSA CAMPANA
Pour your own wine; eat your own Girl Scout cookies.
Melissa Campana

Wine and Girl Scout Cookie Pairing

Tuesday, March 9, and Thursday, March 11
GenuWine Arizona Wine Bar
888 North First Avenue
Girl Scout cookies go well with anything, and that includes wine. Or at least that's the idea behind this tasting event hosted by GenuWine Arizona Wine Bar. Stop by either day between 3 and 10 p.m. to get four different cookies paired with four different wines and a tasting sheet. It's $25 a person and available for dine-in or to-go.

The State of Arizona Farmland

Tuesday, March 9


Online

The Good Food Film Series begins this month with The State of Arizona Farmland produced by Local First Arizona’s Good Food Finder. Each individual on-demand film costs $7.50 or it can be viewed with the purchase of the annual all-access pass for $65. You'll learn the story of David Vose and Sara Dolan of Blue Sky Organic Farms who have just planted their last season of crops on their leased land (they've got to be out by July 1, 2021, when a new home builder takes ownership). This screening is the first of three coming this spring.

click to enlarge The March wine dinner will be held in the Organic Garden at the Boulders Spa. - BOULDERS RESORT AND SPA
The March wine dinner will be held in the Organic Garden at the Boulders Spa.
Boulders Resort and Spa

Duckhorn Wine Dinner

Thursday, March 11
Boulders Resort and Spa
34631 North Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree

Wine, food, a beautiful setting. That's exactly what you'll have at the Duckhorn Wine Dinner hosted by Boulders Resort and Spa. There will be exclusive Duckhorn Vineyards wines and a four-course meal. First up is a toasted ahi tuna followed by vanilla smoked sea scallop Crudo, roasted lamb, and dark chocolate and cherry ganache. Cost is $175 a person. Call 480-595-4668 for reservations.

Lunch and Learn: Saint Patrick's Day Luncheon

Wednesday, March 17
Arcadia Farms Café
7025 East First Avenue, Scottsdale

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with traditional Irish fare and, of course, some green drinks at this two-hour workshop at Arcadia Farms Café. It starts with a welcome champagne/wine reception, followed by demonstrations of how to make watercress soup with whiskey cream, beef pot pie with cheddar stout crust, Colcannon potatoes, currant scones, and mint shakes with green velvet cupcakes. The class is limited to 14 attendees and costs $65 a person.

click to enlarge The Double Donkey Prickly Pear cocktail made with Herradura Double Barrel Reposado. - BOULDERS RESORT AND SPA
The Double Donkey Prickly Pear cocktail made with Herradura Double Barrel Reposado.
Boulders Resort and Spa

Herradura Tequila Dinner

Friday, March 19
Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal
34505 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

The Spotted Donkey Cantina was selected as the first Arizona restaurant to offer its own exclusive tequila from Casa Herradura in Amatitan, Jalisco, Mexico. Each of the three courses at this $95-a-person dinner will come with a different type of Herradura. There's also Baja Dorado ceviche, smoked chili marinated carne asada, and a vanilla lime custard for dessert. Make a reservation at 480-488-3358.
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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 boyfriend. They're working to visit every place on their master list of Arizona restaurants.