CITY NEWS

The Phoenix Local Organizing Committee announced that the NCAA and Turner Live Events, alongside official NCAA Corporate Champions and Partners, will host popular ancillary events at the 2017 Final Four in Downtown Phoenix and Glendale. The events range from a three-day music festival to a fan festival and open team practices. Most events are free and all are open to the public. Here is the lineup of ancillary events for the 2017 Final Four: Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One, NCAA March Madness Music Festival presented by AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola, the Final Four Dribble and Final Four Friday.

RESORT NEWS

The FOUND:RE Phoenix, a one-of-a-kind lifestyle hotel experience with every design detail inspired by local contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. is now open. The 105-room hotel welcomes guests and Valley residents to delve into the museum-worthy spaces as well as the creative programming woven throughout. The newly unveiled on-site restaurant, MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails, sizzles as Phoenix’s newest culinary dining destination. An art and hotel concept unlike any other, FOUND:RE Phoenix sparks curiosity and brings the creative culture together. Each piece of art has been sourced from Arizona artists, supporting the local artists, economy and overall health of the community. Notable local artists whose work will be featured at FOUND:RE Phoenix include Diego Perez, Cheryle Marine, Niki Woehler and Kathy Taylor. For each of the guestrooms, on-site restaurant and public spaces, FOUND:RE has partnered with prolific design experts to create an industrial, raw aesthetic throughout. The guest rooms and suites offer an original blend of well-wrought design and welcoming gravitas; think concrete floors, exposed ceiling and floating beds. The hotel has also added unexpected amenities that include Bluetooth speakers playing various sounds based on the surface where they are placed, whimsical pre-set dial-in buttons on the guestroom phones and custom-designed room numbers by local artist Cheryle Marine. It is all instep with the hotel’s ethos that each guest “find yourself,” tapping into his or her inner artist. 

This Thanksgiving leave the work to the talented and award-winning chefs of the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.  The visionary culinary team has designed a menu with elevated classics and traditional offerings sure to entice every palate.  Celebrate this holiday season in the idyllic atmosphere of Ko’Sin restaurant while enjoying stunning views of the nearby Sierra Estrella Mountain Range. Ko’Sin will offer a Traditional Four-Course Prix Fixe menu for both lunch and dinner on November 24 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Entrée selections include: a quince braised short rib with smoked carrot and charred cipollini onions, roasted turkey served alongside sage stuffing, buttered root vegetable and thyme gravy, and a kale pappardelle made of Sonoran wheat, wild mushrooms, acorn squash and garnished with shaved pecorino. A Thanksgiving gathering would not be complete without an array of seasonal indulgences prepared meticulously by the resort’s talented pastry team.  Sweet and tempting offerings include a spiced pumpkin pie with a ginger snap tart shell or all shades of chocolate made from devil’s food cake, decadent chocolate mousse and caramelized white chocolate. This four-course dinner is $69 for adults and $60 for seniors.  Junior versions of the turkey dinner is available for $20 for ages 12 and younger and children ages four and under eat free from the holiday menu.  Select entrée features will also be offered at the resort’s Lobby Lounge.

 Celebrate the holiday season at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, featuring holiday movies and festive food and beverage under a blanket of Sonoran stars. The movie and game nights join the growing family friendly holiday programming at the Sonoran Desert getaway. Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale will be transformed into a festive movie theater and holiday carnival with a game lawn, featuring bocce ball, ladder ball and other sporting games. Sparkling lights will adorn the lawn, and guests will enjoy strolling through an array of food and beverage stations. Options include “make your own” funnel cakes, salted and cinnamon-sugar dusted pretzel knots, giant s’mores cupcakes, freshly popped popcorn, classic movie candies, and other delicious treats and drinks. The event will run December 2, 9 and 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The holiday movie showings include: Polar Express on December 2, Home Alone on December 9 and Elf on December 16. The movie and lawn games are complimentary, and blankets will be provided to ensure a comfy and cozy time for all attendees. Snacks and beverages are available at an additional cost; reservations are not required.  During this special Yuletide season, guests will enjoy exclusive holiday rates when celebrating with Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale.  Book the Experience More package and receive a $100 credit for every two paid consecutive nights which to further enjoy the festivities. Guests who stay in December and book the Festive Family package will enjoy additional holiday-inspired inclusions during their stay.   

Nestled on 316 scenic acres in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is offering the epitome of luxurious fall fun this season for adults and couples with its Come to Life Griffin Club Experience package.  Couple that with four acres of shimmering pools and lazy river, a full-service spa, 36 holes of championship golf and six restaurants offering a festival of fall flavors.  The Griffin Club Experience package includes deluxe accommodations with scenic views, access for two to its exclusive Griffin Club, a $50 resort credit per night and a late 3 p.m. checkout. Rates for this exclusive offer begin at $289 per night. This offer ends December 26. 

Whether you’re enjoying a weekend getaway or a longer escape, relax, reconnect and make the most of every moment at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Golf, spa or a special dinner? Choose your own special experience with the Choose Your Fall Fun Getaway offer which includes a $100 per room, per night resort credit.  Fall Fun Getaway rates start from $289 and include a $100 daily resort credit. The offer is available for stays through the end of December 2016.

The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is celebrating Thanksgiving Eve on November 23 at 7 p.m. This annual celebration will feature Tito’s inspired culinary creations and live entertainment by The Joe Costello Syndicate and DJ Jen Jones. A portion of the proceeds collected this evening will go to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance as part of Omni’s Say Goodnight to Hunger program.  Help support the community by bringing non-perishable food items. 

Gobble gobble up these deals while they last. The Wigwam is offering Thanksgiving rates for guests that start at $149.25 per night and two different holiday feasts. Enjoy the splendor of Thanksgiving featuring carved meat stations, scrumptious side dishes, crisp salads and an amazing array of holiday desserts along with Live Piano Entertainment to enhance the experience. The Wigwam is hosting a Ballroom Buffet on November 24, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The price for the festive feast is $48 per adult; $20 per child ages 3-12, children 2 and under is complimentary. Or gather round the table with family and friends for a delicious 3 course menu of traditional Thanksgiving favorites and live piano entertainment at Litchfield’s. The Wigwam is hosting a Ballroom Buffet on November 24, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Litchfield’s. The price for the festive feast is $54 per adult; $20 per child ages 3-12, children 2 and under is complimentary. Reservations required.

The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort has finished an extensive renovation of some of its suites. The $8.5 million renovation went toward renovating 544 of the resort's 584 two-room standard suites, which included tying in architectural elements with texture, color, scale and a Spanish-Mediterranean influence. The resort's restaurant at 11111 N. Seventh St. recently was named one of the most scenic dining spots in the country by OpenTable. 

Celebrate Fall, Arizona Style! FireSky Resort & Spa is offering a fall package available through December 28.  Revel in Relaxation by the Pool or Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Shopping FireSky Resort & Spa Offers the Ideal Location and Package for Both. This package includes a complimentary upgrade to a pool view room, a Westcor Shopping & Dining Guide and late check out at 1 p.m.

Whether you’re enjoying a weekend getaway or a longer escape, relax, reconnect and make the most of every moment. Golf, spa or a special dinner? Choose your own special experience with the Choose Your Fall Fun Getaway offer at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, which includes a $100 per room, per night resort credit.  Options for resort fun include 27 holes of golf at The Westin Kierland Golf Club, a host of rejuvenating spa and salon treatments at Agave, The Arizona Spa and dining at the Resort’s 10 dining venues. And, just in time for holiday shopping, guests also can enjoy special resort discounts at adjacent upscale shopping and dining centers Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter. Fall Fun Getaway rates start from $289 and include a $100 daily resort credit. The offer is available for stays from November 19 until December 30. 

The Wigwam is offering an “OH Canada Package” now through January 9, 2017. Using the promo code OHCANADA, Canadian guests can enjoy rooms starting from $129 per night (Sunday through Thursday) and from $159 per night for weekends. This deal also includes breakfast for 2 people with each paid night, plus a reduce resort fee of only $15 per night.   Advanced reservations required and subject to availability.  Must show proof of Canadian Citizenship/Residency at check in. The Wigwam is also offering a Stay More, Save More – The longer you stay the more you save.  Thaw out with us in sunny Arizona.  Get 30 percent off the Best Available rates when you stay 5 nights and 35 percent off the Best Available rates when you stay 7 nights.  

Golf and fitness go hand-in-hand. Golf and scotch also go hand-in-hand. Now, the fitness, golf and scotch experts at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa are joining forces to create the perfect combination of all three with the new Fit Fore Scotch program. The one-of-a-kind half-day experience begins with the Resort’s acclaimed Fore-Max program at Agave, the Arizona Spa. Fore-Max is an invigorating hour of fitness, which includes the fundamentals of stretching along with cardio exercises tailored to the individual’s needs. Next, guests enjoy 9-holes of golf at The Westin Kierland Golf Club, a Troon-managed course designed by Scott Miller featuring 27 holes that form a complimentary collection of nines. Golfers can enjoy the luxury of golf carts with cooling misters– or to continue their unique experience, they can choose to golf on a Segway, GolfBoard or Golf Bike. The Fit Fore Scotch program concludes in the early evening with a private tasting of three Scotch whiskies at the Resort’s renowned Scotch Library, where specially trained Scotch Ambassadors assist both aficionados and those new to Scotch as they learn about whisky and choose from a collection of more than 250 selections.  As a memento of their Fit Fore Scotch experience, guests receive a divot tool, bag tag, Kierland logo baseball cap, and an etched scotch glass from The Scotch Library.  They also will have the opportunity to return to Agave, The Arizona Spa within seven days to receive a complimentary 50-minute massage which they can use or give as a gift. The Fit Fore Scotch program is priced at $349 per person and will be available on select dates only. Upcoming dates are: November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, and March 17.

Create new holiday family traditions this December with the return of Cookies with Claus at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Offered on three consecutive Saturdays in December – December 3, 10 and 17 – children will roll up their sleeves to create their own custom cookie creations, while listening to holiday storytelling, writing letters to Santa and mingling with Mrs. Claus.  Cookies with Claus will kick off with children making custom Mason jar cookies, adding in delectable mix ins such as candy canes, chocolate, candies and more. Their cookies will then be whisked away to be baked, while the children enjoy a hot chocolate bar with all the toppings, storytelling with Mrs. Claus and writing letters to Santa. Each child will receive their completed cookie creations, as well as a takeaway cookie mix upon departure to bake later for Santa and his elves to enjoy on Christmas Eve.  While the children enjoy festive activities, adults can indulge in a gourmet coffee bar with seasonal flavors, accompanied by snacks, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary.  Cookies with Claus will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 10 and 17. The cost is $45 per child; children must be accompanied by an adult, and reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. 

Escape from it all this holiday season with the We-Ko-Pa Winter Getaway at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. For just $139 a night, guests can enjoy a deluxe guest room, one $10 Casino slot play per room, per stay and a waived resort fee. This deal also includes a delicious breakfast for two at the Ahnala Mesquite Room, a free choice of appetizer and 30 percent off regular priced spa treatments at the Amethyst Spa. This offer is valid November 11 to January 2.

Dine on delicious fare this Thanksgiving at the Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale. Choose from a full buffet in Sands or an à la carte dinner at ZuZu. For a classic holiday feast, reserve your spot at the Valley Ho Thanksgiving Buffet, served at Sands from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy an array of salads, roasted turkey, ham, stuffing, classic sides and house-made desserts. Savory dishes include Chilled Shrimp & Crab Claws, Slow Roasted Red Bird Farms Turkey with chorizo cornbread stuffing, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with bacon and pomegranate reduction, Bourbon Pecan Pie, and much more. The buffet is $59 per person or $19 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity, not including alcohol. For an à la carte experience, the ZuZu Thanksgiving Dinner will feature the restaurant’s seasonal menu from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. along with delicious specials including Slow Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings and Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon sweet cream. Reservations for both dinners are recommended.


ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Christmas is coming to The Farm at South Mountain this year. There will be several free events, along with workshops and pop-ups throughout the property. Some of the festivities include storytelling lunch with Mrs. Claus, photos with Mr. Claus, and a free holiday flick on The Farm. Most importantly, starting December 1 through 23 on Tuesdays through Saturdays, there will be Christmas light displays at The Farm for everyone to enjoy. Head over at sundown until 9:00 p.m. to view their new light display featuring fun farm characters.

Didn’t think you could go ice skating in the desert? Think again! For the seventh year in a row, close to 200,000 holiday revelers will descend upon CityScape Phoenix starting, November 25, to take part in the seven weeks of CitySkate, the Valley’s largest and most popular real outdoor ice rink, presented by APS. Central Avenue is transformed into an ice skater’s dream with a massive 36-foot holiday tree dramatically placed in the center of the rink along with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Bystanders watching over the rink from Patriots Park will enjoy a nightly snowfall at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Santa will make an appearance every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for photos from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. New this year, guests can expect experiential holiday décor placed throughout CityScape that is interactive and selfie-worthy, like massive lighted presents that you can walk through. Plus, ArtLink will have art installations and murals on display from local artists. Grab a cup of hot cocoa from the Hot Chocolate Bar at Patriots Park that will be operated by various Arizona nonprofits as a fundraising effort.

November brings a new array of concerts to The Nash including the "Special Engagement" of Randy Napoleon on November 8th who has been taking the jazz scene by storm with his nimble-finger style on the guitar.  The month also includes several jazz film screenings including Duke Ellington short films as part of the Ellington-themed events for the 50th Anniversary of his Sacred Concerts and a film documenting guitarist Joshua Breakstone, Soft Hands: Jazz Ethereal.  Several big bands will be hitting the stage as well, including the Tucson Jazz Institute's Essentially Ellington Band, as well as SCC and PVCC's Big Bands.

Las Noches de las Luminarias lights up the Desert Botanical Garden with thousands of hand-lit paper lanterns that line the garden’s paths. Starting November 25 until December 31, the Garden will illuminate from 8,000 luminaria bags and thousands of twinkling lights. Live entertainment will be provided from different groups, including local artists and handbell ensembles. Guests can enjoy a warm cup of cider or cocoa while strolling the garden’s expansive exhibits. 

Celebrating 25 years, ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo is back, and it is bringing 3.8 million lights and 700 sparkling displays to transform the animal exhibits into the largest holiday lighting event in the Southwest. Activities include the showing of Polar Express in the zoo’s 4-D theater, extended hours and a meet and greet with Jengo the Talking Giraffe and his pal Tortuga the Talking Galapagos Tortoise. ZooLights is available nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. starting November 23 and ending January 8. 

The largest art market of its kind in Arizona, Mercado de las Artes returns to the Heard Museum this November 11 and 12 to offer an exclusive immersion into the world of Latino culture and art at the museum. SRP is the 15th annual event’s Signature Sponsor.  A multitude of works will be presented for show and sale, ranging from colorful colcha embroidery to beautiful retablos painted in natural pigments. The event will feature a wide selection of objects from different Hispanic and Latino traditions, including Santos, pottery, embroidery, furniture making, painting, printmaking, and silver and tinwork. Art will be available in every price range, with more than 50 artists and creators readily available to offer insights to visitors looking to start or grow their Latino art collections. At the Mercado, the Courtyard Café will offer a menu of festive and traditional foods. Inside the Museum Shop, Victoria Martino will be representing artist Agustin Torres Beltran (Nahuatl), who makes jewelry made from contemporary Mata Ortiz pottery shards and .950 Taxco, Mexico, silver. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, totally hand formed and comes with a story card for provenance. Meet author Albert Quihuis, who writes bilingual books for children, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heard’s Books & More bookstore. Visitors will have the option of sitting down to a leisurely meal at the Café or ordering grab-and-go items in the courtyard while they browse. Admission to the Mercado is free with a suggested donation of $10, which includes museum admission. The museum is open the same hours as the Mercado, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
 
Plants, Petroglyphs, and Prehistoric fun to be had at the Pueblo Grande Museum. Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. This program will take place on Friday, November 11, 10 to 11 a.m. On Saturday, November 19, bring the whole family for a short one mile Hohokam petroglyph discovery hike at South Mountain for an easy but also petroglyph rich hiking experience. An experienced Museum guide will lead participants on a quick one-mile, one-hour interpretive hike, perfect for all ages and busy schedules. This program will take place in the morning for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Santa Claus is coming to Scottsdale early this year! On Saturday, December 3 and the following Saturday, December 10, the Promenade will spread Christmas cheer by giving children the opportunity to take photos with Santa Claus. Photos are free and will include a keepsake 4x6 print. In addition, there will be a free “make and take an ornament” activity for kids and a food drive that will benefit the Harvest Compassion Center. The Harvest Compassion Center is collecting hygiene items, canned fruit, canned mixed vegetables, boxed meals, boxed crackers, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned juice and baby items (diapers and wipes). This event will take place December 3 and 10, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in front Nordstrom Rack and Michael’s.

The Camelback Studio Tour and Art Sale returns for an eighth year this November with artist studio tours on the 4, 5 and 6 of the month. The tours will happen daily over the three days from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Sherwood Heights neighborhood located between Thomas Road and Oak Street on the north and south borders and 54th Street and 60th Street on the east and west sides of the neighborhood. The Camelback Studio Tour and Art Sale kick off the holiday shopping season with special works of art available for sale that make excellent gifts. 25 local artists in six different home studios will be showcased during this art sale and free, self-guided tour. Attendees are encouraged to start at any of the six studios listed below and enjoy the experience as a walking, driving or biking tour.

Southern California favorite Tavern+Bowl will make its Arizona debut in March with a new location at Westgate Entertainment District. Westgate has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years, and now, with the addition of Tavern+Bowl and Good Bad Ugly (GBU) Brewing Co. – the city’s first microbrewery – Westgate will be adding yet another exciting, new element to the West Valley's premier entertainment and dining destination. With four California locations throughout San Diego County and Orange County, Tavern+Bowl redefines the traditional bowling experience for today’s lifestyle. Featuring premier lanes, prime spirits, choice brewing, and gourmet dishes from their scratch kitchen, Tavern+Bowl appeals to every demographic with its unparalleled versatility, providing the perfect locale for birthday parties, mixers, corporate events, holiday parties and other social occasions. Located adjacent to Yard House and just steps away from the newly opened Bar Louie, construction on the 18,243 square-foot space is slated to begin this month, with an anticipated opening in March. Tavern+Bowl will feature 12 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, an on-site microbrewery featuring their proprietary GBU beer, a full restaurant, billiards tables, shuffleboard, a large outdoor patio overlooking Fountain Park, and an indoor/outdoor bar with roll-up garage doors.

SPA

Experience the essence of autumn at the Agave, the Westin Kierland’s new seasonal treatment. The Essence of Autumn Facial, guests will be surrounded by sounds of birdsong and a breeze rustling through trees, they will be enveloped in the faint scent of spicy cinnamon and clove and will be able to watch a vibrant video canopy of red and gold leaves projected on the ceiling overhead all while enjoying a relaxing facial. The Facial includes a gentle cleanse and exfoliation. Once radiantly clean, the treatment’s signature Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque by Eminence is followed by a massage of the face, neck and shoulders. Before beginning their facial experience, guests are treated to Agave Spa’s Pumpkin Spice Smoothie or should they choose a cocktail following their treatment, the Spa will offer a complimentary Apple Cider Mimosa. The Essence of Autumn Facial is priced from $159 and will only be available until November 27.

What’s the best way to enjoy Spiced Pumpkin? Not in a Latte, on your feet. In November the VH Spa at the Hotel Valley Ho is offering a Spiced Pumpkin Pedicure. Pumpkin has long been known to oxygenate and bring out a healthy glow to skin. Add in spices for increased circulation and your toes will be warm and oh so cozy. Finish with a plethora of rich color options from Morgan Taylor. Variety is, after all, the spice of life.

The new spa offerings at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia are sure to delight. Beginning this November guests can enjoy two very special treatments; the Holiday Glow Facial with neck and décolleté treatment and the Spiced Sugar Plum Body Scrub. The decadent facial will firm, hydrate, and resurface the face, as well as, the delicate neck and décolleté area.  Experience a gentle resurfacing with a glycolic exfoliate, lift and tighten with the antioxidant vitamin c mask and polish the décolleté with a papaya enzyme treatment.  This is the perfect treatment to help you glow for all your holiday festivities. The body scrub boasts a subtle fruit aroma of Italian plums combined with the warmth of Caribbean spices for gentle exfoliation and a toning, skin softening body masque that is full of Antioxidants and minerals- cell regeneration made delicious. Both treatments start at 50-minutes for $159.


DINING

Forget pumpkin spice beverages, cocktail lovers Valley wide know that the fall doesn't kick off until Windsor rolls out its seasonal cocktail menu, brimming with the bold, hearty flavors of autumn. Windsor is serving up four all-new handcrafted seasonal cocktails. Known simply as Cocktail No. 36, 40, 77 and 83, each drink has been custom designed by Brent Karlicek, the Beverage Director for Windsor's parent company Upward Projects. The cocktails are only available for a limited time so hurry in. 

A new dining option is headed to City Scape this December. Chico Malo is a new Mexican eatery. This restaurant will offer a fast casual setup during lunch hours and transform into a sit down dinner service with a separate menu. 

T. Cook’s has not only rediscovered its Mediterranean roots since Executive Chef Todd Allison took helm of the kitchen just over a year ago, but this fall, the menu dives deeper into the region’s traditional cooking methods and artful preparations. Chef Todd has quickly made a name for himself in the Valley culinary scene after reviving the iconic restaurant’s heritage as well as garnering significant acclaim for his seafood, most notably the Branzino and John Dory dishes. His fall menu, just as sure to impress, honors the Mediterranean principles of simple, uncomplicated dishes and seasonal ingredients. Some T. Cook’s standout items on the new fall menu include Pan Roasted Branzino with shishito peppers, stewed tomato, fingerling potatoes and Kalamata olive aioli; Grilled Venison Loin with roasted Sonoma apples, parsnip puree, Brussel sprouts and 25-year old balsamic gastrique; and, a personal favorite of Chef Todd is the New Zealand John Dory with baby fennel, Cipollini onion, sunchoke, potato, aged sherry.

What better way to celebrate beer than with a ball? The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild’s Brewers Ball offers a rare opportunity for Arizona’s beer producers, business owners and others who support the state’s craft-brewing industry to step back in time for a formal affair that supports local craft beer and offers a unique experience. It will be a night to remember. You are cordially invited to don your best cocktail attire and relive the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s in this intimate, Great Gatsby-inspired affair set for 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 18 in the iconic Gold Room of the Arizona Biltmore. Clink glasses with industry insiders and enjoy an expansive, multi-course chef station dinner courtesy of the Biltmore’s award-winning Executive Chef, Stephen Strickland. Guests can enjoy starters such as Roasted Pumpkin + Sweet Potato Bisque paired with a recommended award winning and nationally recognized Arizona craft beers, and main course options including Balsamic Beer-Braised Beef Short Rib and Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin with additional beer pairing recommendations, among others. 

Square One Concepts continues to grow this Fall with the expansion of Wasted Grain and Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers coming to Gilbert this November.   Wasted Grain delivers a fun and sophisticated bar and restaurant experience to the central location on Mill Avenue just south of 5th Street, and on Congress Street in downtown Tucson, both former locations of World of Beer. The soon-to-be Prohibition-themed venue also offers outdoor seating, lunch and dinner and a limited late-night menu seven days a week. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. featuring $5 shared plates and $5 drink specials.  Wasted Grain Tempe & Wasted Grain Tucson hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.  Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday through Sunday.
 
In November the ‘Neighborhood Burger Joint,’ Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, will provide casual and friendly atmosphere to families and avid sports fanatics alike on Higley Road in Gilbert. The trademark of Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers is its award-winning hand-formed, half-pound burgers of never frozen ground chuck with a vast variety of versions (Juicy Lucy, Pittsburger, Steakhouse Truffle, among many others), and readily customizable burgers with toppings to suit a patron’s taste.  The large collection of beers keeps the brew offerings an ongoing adventure.  And, with five options for “MMMac & Cheese;” popular sides such as tater tots and sweet tots; four varieties of sliders; a salad selection, and more, it’s 

It’s no secret that the Wrigley Mansion hides one of the world’s finest wine selections in its walls, with over 96,000 bottles of wine poured a year, but the historic one-time home of one of gum’s biggest names is about to up its game even further with the launch of Jamie’s Wine Bar. The small, intimate addition to Wrigley’s sprawling grounds is set to open this November, granting Wrigley Mansion members and guests access to up to 25 premium by-the-glass wine offerings in addition to the 850 fine wines already available by the bottle at Geordie’s Steak. A tribute to Jamie Hormel, who purchased and preserved the mansion in 1992 alongside late husband, Geordie, Jamie’s Wine Bar came about when Jamie and her nephew, Michael, developed an interest in fine wine and wanted to create a special place for guests to enjoy rare and eclectic wine offerings not found anywhere else on property. The idea behind the name of the new bar concept came from the youngest Hormel daughter, Gillian, who wanted to create a space where Jamie and Geordie (the namesake of Geordie’s Steak) could live on indefinitely together under the same roof.  Guests can take in all that Jamie’s Wine Bar has to offer starting Tuesday, November 1, when the destination officially opened its doors to Wrigley members and newcomers alike. 

Hotel Valley Ho has a new way to enjoy delicious brews, chef stations and dramatic views with the new Rooftop Beer Garden series. Held on the eighth-floor Sky Line Rooftop overlooking Camelback Mountain, each event will feature a different theme designed to pair perfectly with the featured brewery. At the first event on Thursday, November 17, tailgating is elevated to the next level with a broadcast of the Panthers-Saints game and DJ entertainment during commercials and halftime. Visit the tasting station to explore beers from local SunUp Brewing Co., and enjoy all the featured pours throughout the evening. Grab a seat at one of the communal tables and graze at your leisure from the delicious chef stations. Football fare crafted by the hotel’s signature restaurant ZuZu includes Lobster Corndogs, Bratwurst, Skewered-Bacon-Wrapped Top Sirloin and more. Rooftop Beer Garden: Tailgate Edition kicks off at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Brews from SunUp are included in the price, and separately a full bar will be available. 


SPORTS/GOLF

The Arizona Fall League’s 11th annual Fall Stars Game presented by Bowman Baseball Cards will be played at 5:08 p.m. AZ this Saturday, November 5 at Surprise Stadium. Scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Arizona Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, selected the players for the annual showcase that pits top prospects from the Fall League’s East Division and West Division clubs. Each major-league organization is offered the opportunity to be represented by at least one player. The East Division roster fields players from the Mesa Solar Sox (Athletics, Blue Jays, Cubs, Indians Marlins), Salt River Rafters (Braves, Brewers, D-backs, Rockies, Tigers) and defending champion Scottsdale Scorpions (Angels, Giants, Mets, Phillies, Yankees). The West Division roster is stocked by the Glendale Desert Dogs (Astros, Cardinals, Dodgers, Nationals, White Sox), Peoria Javelinas (Orioles, Padres, Mariners, Rays, Reds), and Surprise Saguaros (Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox, Royals, Twins).Managers Ryan Christenson (Athletics) of the East Division-leading Mesa Solar Sox and Jared Sandberg (Rays) of the West Division pacesetting Peoria Javelinas and their respective coaching staffs earned the right to manage Saturday’s Fall Stars Game by having their clubs in first place through the end of play last Saturday. Fifteen of this year’s Fall Stars are ranked on MLB.com’s current Top 100 Prospects List — 5 infielders, 7 outfielders and 3 pitchers. The rosters also include 10 first-round draft choices and seven players who participated in the 2016 Futures Game during All-Star Game weekend.

 

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