Mix, Mingle & Savor Local Flavors

Photos by Kathryn M. Miller

The outdoor, open-air setting of Stagecoach Village in historic Cave Creek will host more than 30 area restaurants, along with quality purveyors of craft beer, wine and spirits, to showcase the best that the town and the state has to offer. An annual celebration of local flavors, The Taste of Cave Creek returns Oct. 17–18.

For 25 years, the Town of Cave Creek has offered this event as an opportunity for residents to mingle with neighbors and for everyone to sip and savor the amazing fare offered from local restaurants and bars.

“Cave Creek is undoubtedly one of Arizona’s most dynamic and diverse culinary hot spots,” says Marshal Adam Stein, event chairman. “That is why we are enormously proud to partner with Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln to showcase a mix of the best and brightest chefs and restaurateurs. A star-studded collection of sommeliers, wine, beer and spirits experts rounds out the Taste of Cave Creek. Paired with incredible live music, this unforgettable event has become a highlight on Cave Creek’s calendar.”

This year features a new element to the food, as participating chefs and butchers face off in a “Head to Tail” cookoff. Local chefs and butchers take pride in the relationships they share with their ranchers and fishermen and each will choose an animal to feature. Chefs will cook and serve up plates inspired by their selection. The winner will be judged by top local food celebrities.

Also new this year is the Beer Garden, offering more than 20 of today’s most popular brews to choose from, as well as spirits including tequila, bourbon, vodka and more.

Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road. The Taste of Cave Creek runs 5–9pm daily, Oct. 17–18. Admission is $10 at the front gate (free for children 12 and under). Food sampling tickets are $1, with food/drink items ranging from $3–$5. Parking is available on Schoolhouse Road north of the Cave Creek Post Office; a free shuttle will take guests to and from the venue. The free shuttles will start at 4:30pm and end at 9:30pm each night.

Find a complete list of participating restaurants, breweries, distilleries and sponsors, online at www.tasteofcavecreek.com.

Fall Restaurant Week Kicks Off Statewide Season

Duck Cassoulet; Photo courtesy of Christophers

Fall means different things to different people, but for Arizona foodies it means celebrating the arrival of the Arizona Restaurant Association’s (ARA) Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW). This year marks the 10th anniversary of this food-focused event, which has developed into a 10-day long gastronomic jubilee, with restaurants statewide offering their special ARW menus brimming with the bounty of the season’s harvest.

Whole Grain Gnocci; Photo courtesy of Second Story Liquor Bar

To celebrate 10 years of this spectacular event, this year the ARA is giving diners a chance to win big during Fall Restaurant Week with an exciting online contest featuring 10 experiential prizes that foodie and travel lovers will eat up.

The 2017 Fall Arizona Restaurant Week will kick off September 15 and run through September 24, with nearly 200 participating restaurants showcasing three-course prix-fixe meals for $33 or $44 per person. In addition to Fall ARW, the Arizona Restaurant Association hosts Spring ARW in May and Arizona Breakfast Weekend in July, and is proud to be supported by its sponsors: Young’s Market Company, Sanderson Lincoln, Sanderson Ford, Open Table, the Arizona Office of Tourism and American Express.

Photo by Grace Stufkosky; courtesy of Sumo Maya

Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri says, “Arizona Restaurant Week gives Valley diners a unique opportunity to try some of the state’s finest and most popular restaurants featuring special menus designed to let their culinary staff shine. We are proud to have contributed to the interest, development and support of the local culinary scene for the past 10 years — and counting.”

Togarshi Roasted Beets Salad ; Photo courtesy of Second Story Liquor Bar

Participating Fall restaurants include Artizen, Café ZuZu, Christopher’s and Crush Lounge, El Panzon y Frida, Marcellino Ristorante, Match, Nobuo at Teeter House, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Second Story Liquor Bar, Sonata’s, SumoMaya, The Capital Grille (Phoenix and Scottsdale), The Dhaba, The Keg and many others. Event updates along with a list of participating restaurants and their ARW menus can be found at www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.

Sixth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival

BalloonFestivalThe 2015 Cave Creek Balloon Festival takes place Saturday, May 23, on the driving range of the Rancho Mañana Golf Course. Presented by Sanderson Lincoln, and organized by Tonto Bar & Grill and Aerial Solutions, the event runs from 5:30-10pm. Enjoy live music by local bands, as well as food, beverages, cocktails and wine.

Enjoy live music by Heartlyn Rae, Lauren Riley and Madison Holmes, beverages, cocktails and wine featuring locally brewed Four Peaks beer. Food will be available from various food trucks, vendors and restaurants such as Frosted Frenzy Cup Cakes, Grilled Addiction, Fry Bread Inc., The Buffalo Chip, Hao Bao, Doughlicious Pizza, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Firehouse Kettlecorn and Firehouse Shaved Ice. Turn the kids loose at the larger-than-ever kids’ zone and great activities, and cap the evening with a fireworks show.

All parking available at the center of town, 38406 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. Parking cost is $5, and proceeds will go to Cave Creek Unified School District. Parking includes shuttle service to and from the event. There is no access or parking available at Tonto Bar & Grill.

General admission is $10 for adults; $5 for ages 12 and under; children two and under enter free. General admission tickets are available online or at the gate. Valerie’s Furniture VIP tickets are also available and includes event admission, gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar & Grill (6:30-8:30pm), private cash bar and private restrooms. VIP tickets are $60 for adults; $25 for ages 12 and under. Tax and gratuity are included. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance by 12pm May 20, and not available at the gate.

For more information, visit www.cavecreekfestivals.com.

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