The Best Food and Drink Events in Phoenix This Week, December 16-21

Get in the holiday spirit with Grandma's Eggnog at Z'Tejas.
Get in the holiday spirit with Grandma's Eggnog at Z'Tejas. Z'Tejas
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Restaurants and bars throughout the Valley are getting into the swing of things with festive holiday specials that are worth a closer look. The holidays are right around the corner, so before you get stuck in the kitchen cooking for family, here are a few outings that you shouldn't miss.

Here are all the best food and drink events in Phoenix this week:

Thursday, December 16

Annual Champagne Dinner

Ring in 2022 a little bit early at Zuzu at Hotel Valley Ho's annual champagne dinner, 6850 East Main Street in Scottsdale. The dinner features starters like Wagyu beef empanadas and steak tartar with caviar followed by Nantucket Bay scallops; Argentine New York strip steak "Oscar"; and strawberry cheesecake, all paired with Veuve Clicquot champagnes. The dinner costs $149 per person, plus gratuity and tax.

Friday, December 17

Christmas Mimosa Flight
We can't think of a better way to kick off the last shopping weekend before Christmas than with a Christmas Mimosa Flight at U.S. Egg. The restaurant best known as a breakfast and lunch spot is presenting a three-mimosa flight: apple cinnamon, peppermint "cran-mosa," and peppermint bark champagne. The apple cinnamon mimosa has apple juice, champagne and cinnamon garnish. The peppermint cran-most includes cranberry juice, champagne and a mini candy cane garnish. The peppermint bark champagne has chocolate syrup and a crushed peppermint rim.

Saturday, December 18

You read that right. A Christkindlmarkt is a festive Christmas market that originated in Germany. On Saturday evening from 6 to 10, shoppers can get into the spirit of the season with food, drink, and shopping at Match Market & Bar's version of the traditional German favorite. The all-inclusive shopping event will have local, small and independently owned businesses with artisans and designers showcasing a variety of art, jewelry, clothing, home décor, and more. Admission is free. The market is at 1100 North Central Avenue.

It's Ugly Sweater Time
Eat, drink, and be merry at Kelly's at SouthBridge's ugly sweater party. DJ Rolemodel will be on the ones and twos from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. There will be limited edition holiday cocktails like a caramel apple martini, apple cider whiskey mule or an espresso martini. Bust out your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win a $150 gift card.

Sunday, December 19

Turkish Brunch at A Shot of Java
Dig in for a Turkish Brunch from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays at A Shot of Java, 4961 Bell Road, #B2, in Glendale. The traditional brunch offers egg, cheese, tomatoes, olives, honey and toast with your choice of coffee or tea for $13.

Monday, December 20

Grandma's Eggnog at Z'Tejas
The history of eggnog is just about as rich as its ingredients. In Colonial times, settlers would keep it simple: a mix of wine, spirits, eggs, and sugar. Across generations, the drink has evolved to include spices and cream, becoming synonymous with holiday parties and seasonal cheer. Z'Tejas is bringing back its homemade mi abuelita eggnog from December 20 until December 31. This recurring holiday treat is the executive chef's grandmother's eggnog recipe made with spices and zipped up with rum. Z'Tejas has two Valley locations, 7221 West Ray Road in Chandler, and 8300 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale.

Meet the Grinch at Feliz Navidad Cantina
Transforming the Salt and Lime Modern Mexican Grill into the Feliz Navidad Cantina has become a holiday tradition at the Scottsdale restaurant, 9397 East Shae Boulevard, Suite 115. The Christmas pop-up concept was born in 2020, and is back this year. The transformation includes floor-to-ceiling decorations, employees in costume, occasional visits from Santa and the Grinch, and a festive food and beverage menu. The pop-up runs through early January. On Mondays, Kids 12 years and younger can enjoy a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée, and hang around for photos with the Grinch or on Santa's sleigh. The restaurant is also partnering with Maag Toy Foundation for a special holiday toy drive.

Holiday Trivia
Put your holiday knowledge to the test at holiday trivia at the Linger Longer Lounge, 6522 North 16th Street, #6. Local comedian Anwar Newton will host the test of wits through eight rounds of festive holiday questions. To enhance thinkability, the lounge will be serving $5 drafts and $6 hot toddies. Sign up by 6:45 p.m. on Monday and be ready to flex that big brain of yours at 7. 
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