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North Italia Community Dinner, Bitter & Twisted's 8-Bitters Party, And More This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Free Entree for Military Members at Paul Martin's American Grill

This Monday is Memorial Day, and Scottsdale's Paul Martin’s American Grill is celebrating by giving a complimentary entree to all veteran and active-duty military personnel. Some of the restaurant's most popular entrees include “brick” chicken that's served with mashed potatoes, za’atar croutons, and herb jus, and mesquite-grilled steelhead salmon served with lemon vinaigrette and a chilled quinoa salad. The offer is valid for dine-in only. Proof of military service is required. Tax and tip are not included. For more information, visit Paul Martin's American Grill's website

North Italia Arcadia Community Dinner 
Wednesday, June 1

Notable local chef Chris Curtiss (formerly of Noca, Bourbon Steak, and North Italia) is back in town and hosting a community dinner at North Italia in Arcadia. North's executive chefs Curtiss and Jimmy Tringali have created a three-course meal that includes beverage pairings. Diners can look forward to courses like eggplant rollatini served with herbed goat cheese, rustic tomato sauce, marinated cherry tomato, and arugula. Seats are limited. To RSVP, call 602-324-5600. Tickets cost $45 per person. For more information, visit North's website

The Bitter & Twisted 8-Bitters Party 
Thursday, June 2

In case you didn't know, Comicon is in town, and Bitter & Twisted is celebrating by throwing a party. The downtown bar's "8-Bitters" party aims to highlight the latest video game-themed Book o' Cocktails. Handwritten by Bitter & Twisted's principal barman and proprietor Ross Simon, this illustrated 24-page book has a retro arcade vibe that's complemented by 8-bit-inspired video-game artwork. Guests can enjoy 21 new cocktails in the new book in addition to old favorites. Comicon attendees or cosplay guests (people who are dressed up) will receive drink discounts, and the best-dressed guests have a chance to earn prizes. The party lasts from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. For more information, visit Bitter & Twisted's website or the event's Facebook page

Summer Happy Hour Starts at Central Wine
Wednesday, June 1 to Thursday, June 2

We've got good news for all you wine fans out there: Central Wine's summer happy hour kicks off on Wednesday. At the wine bar's happy hour, diners can enjoy $2 off glasses and bottles of wine, beer, and boards and crudites. Since summer means most of us will be indoors all the time, you'll have five hours to enjoy discounted drinks and food. After this week, happy hour prices will last from Tuesday until Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit Central Wine's website.  

Comicon Discounts at Fired Pie's Downtown Location
Thursday, June 2

We get that you might not be into all the hoopla surrounding Comicon, but we're willing to bet you enjoy some food and drink discounts, and Fired Pie is catering to you. Starting Thursday until Sunday, June 5, Fired Pie's downtown location is offering 20 percent off pizzas or salads, with the purchase of a beverage, for those who are in costume or who say “Comicon” at checkout. This deal is only good at Fired Pie's Collier Center location in downtown Phoenix at 201 East Washington Street. For more information, visit Fired Pie's website

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