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Fun Food and Drink Events in Greater Phoenix This November

Un[Wine]d this month at the LDV Winery Tasting Room.
Un[Wine]d this month at the LDV Winery Tasting Room. LDV Winery
Ponder November, and Thanksgiving's likely your first thought. But don't get ahead of yourself. This month in the Valley is full of culinary events well before that food-first holiday — and after it, too. These include shrimp festivals, pizza festivals, a beer dinner out in the mountains, and much more that you can read about below. Welcome to November!
Wine and yoga — what could be better? - LDV WINERY
Wine and yoga — what could be better?
LDV Winery
Un[Wine]d Wednesday
Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17, and 24
LDV Winery Tasting Room
7134 East Stetson Drive, #B110, Scottsdale
Practicing yoga and enjoying a glass of wine are two great ways to wind down and relax; why not combine the two via the LDV Winery Tasting Room and Chels of The Unraveled Road? Classes are offered at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Wednesday of the month (the former is Relaxing Yin Yoda while the latter is Gentle Hatha Yoga). Individual class drop-in rates are $40 plus tax, a two-class package is $75, and a four-class package is $150. You'll get a wine tasting, too (and yoga mats and blocks will be provided for the first 10 attendees). Tickets can be purchased by calling 480-664-4822.
click to enlarge Nicole Pesce is set to play the piano and keyboard during jazz performances. - RMC COMMUNICATIONS
Nicole Pesce is set to play the piano and keyboard during jazz performances.
RMC Communications
Friday Jazz Nights
Fridays, November 5, 12, and 19 (closed for a private event on November 26)
Wrigley Mansion
2501 East Telawa Trail

The Wrigley Mansion has quite a history, and music is in its blood. Owner Jamie Hormel's late husband Geordie was a musician and the founder of the legendary Village Recording Studio. Now, their daughter Geri performs as a vocalist with the jazz band every third Friday of the month. Other talented musicians are heading up the music series every week. Cocktails, wine, and the bar menu will be available during the event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required as seating is limited.
click to enlarge Mae Collins ran Kimberly Ann's Tea Room & Café in Glendale for 26 years and recently opened up the Pink Door Tea House next door. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Mae Collins ran Kimberly Ann's Tea Room & Café in Glendale for 26 years and recently opened up the Pink Door Tea House next door.
Lauren Cusimano
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Saturday, November 6
The Pink Door Tea House
7153 North 59th Avenue, Glendale
Meet Alice and the Mad Hatter and watch the Alice in Wonderland movie at the Pink Door Tea House from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a garden tea, and you'll get a specialty Alice cookie and a goodie bag to go. The event is free, but you need to register online.

A Taste of Two Legends
Saturday, November 6
Morton's The Steakhouse
2501 East Camelback Road

Enjoy a five-course meal at Morton's The Steakhouse with wine pairings from Jackson Family Wines from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The first course includes passed hors d'oeuvres like salmon tartare and duck foie mousse followed by jumbo lump crab, herb-crusted lamb loin, beef short rib bourguignon, and cherries jubilee. Tickets are $169 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

click to enlarge Everything is fresh at Arizona Desert Shrimp. - KELLY KALMBACH
Everything is fresh at Arizona Desert Shrimp.
Kelly Kalmbach
Gila Bend Shrimp Festival
Saturday, November 6
Baseball Field

777 North Logan Avenue, Gila Bend
Arizona Desert Shrimp, Arizona's only organic shrimp farm, is working with the town of Gila Bend to sponsor this annual shrimp festival. Festivities range from kids' activities to live music, beer and wine for the adults, and plenty of shrimp to eat and purchase to take home. Proceeds go to fund services and the community of Gila Bend. The fun goes from 2 to 10 p.m.
click to enlarge Sun Day Solar seltzer will be on hand at the sunset reception along with house-made trail mix. - FOUR PEAKS BREWING CO.
Sun Day Solar seltzer will be on hand at the sunset reception along with house-made trail mix.
Four Peaks Brewing Co.
Thirst For Adventure Beer Dinner
Wednesday, November 10
Four Peaks Tasting Room
2401 South Wilson Street, Tempe
Drinking beer, enjoying a five-course meal under the stars at the Four Peaks mountain range, and supporting our national parks — you can do all that and more at Four Peak Brewing Company's Thirst For Adventure Beer Dinner. The menu includes grilled watermelon salad; bison cowboy chili with cornbread; spiced grill and chill shrimp cocktail; smoked brisket; and peach cobbler. Shuttles to and from the event will be provided, leaving from the Wilson location. Tickets are $150.
click to enlarge Hawaiian fried rice from Original Breakfast House. - ORIGINAL BREAKFAST HOUSE
Hawaiian fried rice from Original Breakfast House.
Original Breakfast House
Veterans Day Celebration
Thursday, November 11
Original Breakfast House
13623 North 32nd Street
Original Breakfast House owner and veteran John Stidham calls Veterans Day his biggest party of the year, held in support of so many real-life heroes. There will be live music and family-friendly entertainment outside the restaurant plus a free meal for any active-duty military personnel or veteran all day long. Proceeds will benefit Tunnel to Towers Tempe, a nonprofit organization founded in honor of firefighter Stephen Siller who lost his life on September 11, 2001. The organization will also match OBH's donations up to $5,000.

60th Anniversary Finale Dinner
Friday, November 12
Chart House
7255 East McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale
Chart House is commemorating its 60th anniversary with a four-course meal in partnership with Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Start with an orange-scented salad followed by lobster and shrimp remoulade; braised short rib; and pepper tenderloin medallions, all with wine pairings. The dinner costs $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

click to enlarge Freak Brothers will be at the festival slinging pizza. - JACOB TYLER DUNN
Freak Brothers will be at the festival slinging pizza.
Jacob Tyler Dunn
Phoenix Pizza Festival
Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14
Margaret T. Hance Park
67 West Culver Street
The sixth annual Phoenix Pizza Festival is taking over Margaret T. Hance Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Sunday. The event usually sells out, so get your $12 tickets online now. Festival-goers can purchase pizza ranging from $2 to $4 a slice from 20 or so of the best local pizza makers. There will also be beer and wine for purchase (bring cash), live music, lawn games, and a kids' area with pizza-making crafts.
click to enlarge Sample different types of sliders at the annual Slider Throwdown. - KNIFE AND FORK MEDIA
Sample different types of sliders at the annual Slider Throwdown.
Knife and Fork Media
Slider Throwdown
Sunday, November 14
High Street Entertainment District
5415 East High Street

This annual burger battle takes over High Street to benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation from 12 to 3 p.m. Local food trucks and vendors will be putting out their best sliders for you to try. There will also be live entertainment, skateboarding, a drone experience, face painting, and more. Tickets are $40 and include samples of all sliders plus coupons for one non-alcoholic drink, one lemonade, and one frozen yogurt.
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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.