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Vine & Dine, Fried Beer Loses, and Watermelon Skewers in Today's Eater's Digest

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Vine & Dine
Tonight, Talavera at the swanky Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale will host the first installment of their Fall Vine & Dine Series. Each Vine & Dine evening will feature a four-course tasting menu with wine, beer or spirits to match. First up is the Valrhona Chocolate Dinner. Valrhona has been making exquisite grand chocolates since 1922 and we're excited to see what's on menu. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Keep an eye out for the Four Peaks Dinner in October and the Farm-To-Table Dinner coming up in November. Click here to make your reservations.

Fried Beer Loses To Frito Pie
Recently we told you about the genius who created Fried Beer for the Texas State Fair who was competing against a few other clever fried foods to be named the best. We figured fried beer would win -- we were wrong. Fried Beer lost this week to a Fried Frito Pie which is made up of chili, cheese and chips, then battered and fried. Fried Beer did, however, get the award for the most creative. At least they didn't walk away empty handed!

Balsamic Watermelon
Last time we checked, it was still over 90 degrees. That of course means it's not time to turn that oven on quite yet. Throw together these Watermelon, Tomato, and Basil Skewers in minutes for a quick, refreshing meal or snack. The distinctive taste of the balsamic vinegar complements the watermelon just perfectly in this unlikely pairing. Enjoy!

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