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Top 5 Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

World of Beer Today

Get ready Gilbert-ites because you're getting a new watering hole with more than 500 bottles of beer, 60 rotating taps and 2,900 square feet of beer-centric boozing. Of course we're talking about World of Beer Gilbert, the third location of the national chain to open in Arizona. The craft beer tavern has its grand opening planned for today and will host an exclusive Facebook party tomorrow for those who "like" their page. World of Beer in Gilbert will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with $1 off all draft beers.

Eating Christmas Tuesday, December 17

As much as we try to pretend the holidays are about family and love and giving and stuff, we have to admit food ranks pretty high on our Christmas priorities list. In fact, we believe so strongly in the connection between the holidays and food that we'll be back for a second year of Eating Christmas, Chow Bella's holiday reading event. Local creatives and New Times writers will read their food-themed holiday stories at Crescent Ballroom this Tuesday at 7 p.m. Admission to the reading is free, and canned donations will be accepted to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank. And of course -- since we expect to make you hungry -- food will be available from Crescent Ballroom's Cocina 10.

The Henry Tuesday, December 17

The newest restaurant from Sam Fox opens this Tuesday in Phoenix. Billed as "The greatest neighborhood restaurant," The Henry will be an "American brasserie" serving lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and breakfst, lunch and dinner on the weekend. Expect a full coffee bar that will open at 6:30 a.m. daily, as well as a pickup window for coffee pasties and more. The menu will include dishes such as carrot cake pancakes, housemade corned beef and long bone short ribs. For more information visit The Henry website.

Phoestivus Wednesday, December 18

This Wednesday Get Your PHX will present the second day of the Fourth Annual Phoestivus Market at the Phoenix Public Market. This year the outdoor market features more than 100 vendors offering everything from handmade art to locally grown food, including presents from Practical Art, One Windmill Farm, and Mamma Toledo's Pies. Look for holiday gift ideas like handmade cranberry caramels from Slade Grove and gift packs of flavored peanut butter from Peanut Butter Americano. Enjoy more than a dozen food trucks, live music, a beer garden from the Phoenix. Visit the Phoenix Public Market websitefor more information.

Cowboy Ciao Thursday, December 19

If you don't already have a ticket you'll want to act fast because this chef showdown promises to be a good one. Catch Chef Keenan Bosworth of Scottsdale's Pig and Pickle and Beverage Manager Clayton MacGregor take on Cowboy Ciao Chef Lester and owner/wino Peter Kasperski as they create five courses and select ten wines in a head-to-head battle of the bottles. The throw down begins at 6:30 p.m. at Cowboy Ciao and costs $60 a person. Call 480-946-3111 to reserve your spot.

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