Indulge in Ten Days of Culinary Discovery

2019 Fall Arizona Restaurant Week

 The Arizona Restaurant Association announces the arrival of its 2019 Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW), which takes place from Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 29. During these 10 days, diners can take advantage of three-course meals and prix-fixe menus for just $33 or $44 per person at participating restaurants around the state.

 “Consumer demand for restaurants in Arizona has been the highest it’s ever been and that’s why we see such support each year during both Spring and Fall Restaurant Week,” says Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri. “We are proud to be leading the charge in an initiative that helps diners discover some of the best local, chef-driven restaurants as well as support some of the most well-known restaurants in the state.”

This year marks the 12th anniversary of Arizona Restaurant Week, a twice-a-year opportunity (including Spring Arizona Restaurant Week, which takes place in May) for local food aficionados to indulge in some of the state’s finest menus and discover hidden local gems while also giving Arizona chefs a chance to showcase their culinary creativity beyond their regular menus. Here is just a sampling of current participating restaurants: Ajo Al’s, Barrio Queen, Buck and Rider, Chart House, Citizen Public House, Different Pointe of View, Fuego Bistro, Ghost Ranch Modern Southwest Cuisine, Kovo Modern Mediterranean, La Locanda Ristorante Italiano, Ling & Louie’s, Marigold Maison, Mowry & Cotton, Nobuo at Teeter House, Pasta Brioni, Salut Kitchen Bar, Southern Rail, T. Cook’s, The Dhaba, The Gladly, The Parlor Pizzeria, The Sicilian Butcher, Vincent on Camelback and Virtu Honest Craft.

Diners can view a complete list of restaurants participating in Fall Arizona Restaurant Week online at New restaurants and menus will be added as participation grows.

Ten Days Of Delicious Culinary Exploration

Two times per year, the Arizona Restaurant Association offers Valley chefs the opportunity to showcase their creative culinary chops — and diners to savor their tasty creations — during its annual Spring and Winter Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) events. The 10-day events offer three-course, prix-fixe menus (for $33 or $44 per person) to diners across the Valley and around the state and are a perfect opportunity to discover a new favorite dining spot or perhaps introduce friends to a tried-and-true eatery.

Participating restaurants are not only known for their exceptional cuisine, they also spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary culinary experience. One of Arizona Restaurant Week’s goals is to position Arizona as one of the top culinary destinations in the nation by increasing awareness of the more than 8,500 dining opportunities available as well as stimulate business and revenue for restaurants throughout the state.

“We are pleased to continue this dining tradition that has grown exponentially since we started 11 years ago,” says Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri. “As Arizona’s culinary scene continues to evolve and become recognized on a national level, we could not be more pleased to help showcase these amazing restaurants and give local diners an opportunity to explore new culinary experiences.”

Restaurants participating in the 2018 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week (May 18–27) will appeal to a diverse range of palates, and include Barrio Queen – Scottsdale, Beckett’s Table, Blue Coyote Cantina, Bourbon and Bones, Capital Grille, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, Famous 48, Fat Ox, Southern Rail, The Clever Koi, The Gladly, Wally’s American Gastropub, ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, among many others.

Diners can view a complete list of restaurants participating in Spring Restaurant Week online at Participating restaurant menus will be uploaded beginning May 1 and continually updated. And be sure to save the date for the 2018 Fall Restaurant Week, slated for September 21–30. Bon appétit!


Discover AZ Wines: A Lot To Celebrate In Wine Country

ByPeggy-headshot Peggy Fiandaca

Though the vineyards are dormant at this time of year and vineyard managers are beginning to think about pruning, there is a lot to celebrate in Arizona wine country. Arizona wines are being recognized at national and international competitions along-side some of the best in the world. Winemakers are bringing home the medals for Arizona grown and produced wines. But visitors and residents alike still are surprised that great wines are made in Arizona.

Thankfully, Arizona chefs have recognized the quality of wines being produced by vintners statewide and are showcasing these wines on their wine lists. In fact, the owners of the new Southern Rail restaurant in Phoenix have over 40 Arizona wines on their current wine list. Pavle Milic and Chef Charleen Badman of FnB restaurant in Scottsdale were early supporters of the growing Arizona wine industry. So much so that over the past three years, Pavle jumped into every aspect of grape growing and wine making to create his own wine brand Los Milacs. He has released three wines named after his children Hannah, Oliver and Lorenzo.

With all the excitement surrounding the Arizona wine industry, it is interesting to note that not all Arizona produced wines are made from grapes grown in the state. There are still many wines that use grapes grown elsewhere. People assume that an Oregon Pinot Noir is made from Oregon grapes and a California Chardonnay comes from grapes grown under the California sun. Why wouldn’t people make that same assumption that an Arizona wine is made with locally grown grapes? A new bill (HB 2317) introduced by Representative Brenda Barton would require a label that states a wine is produced in Arizona have at least 75% of the grapes to produce the wine be Arizona fruit.  If passed, consumers would be assured that an Arizona wine is made with grapes primarily grown in this state. Why does this matter? Because Arizona grapes show characteristics that are unique to our place and place is what you are experiencing from wines you sip from all over the world!

Next time you are out enjoying one of the fabulous local restaurants order an Arizona wine. By doing so you will be supporting a growing local industry and hopefully finding a new favorite wine made from local grapes.

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