It’s Time To Rise And Dine In The Valley

Breakfast Weekend is coming!

Photo by Grace Stufkosky

Photo by Grace Stufkosky

Valley chefs and restaurateurs are uniting this summer for Arizona Breakfast Weekend, July 30 – August 2. Diners will enjoy special dishes at breakfast and brunch spots offered at $7, $15 and $25 price points.

Confirmed restaurants so far include 5th and Wine32 Shea, Barrio Urbano, Blasted Barley, Bootlegger’s Modern American SmokehouseChase’s Diner, Distrito, Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen, Morning Squeeze, NcounterOriginal Breakfast House, Paul Martin’s, Perk Eatery, Proof at The Four Seasons, Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Soul CafeTicoz Latin Kitchen, Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market, Tryst CafeVirtu and all Valley locations of First Watch, The Good Egg and Wildflower Bread Company.

The brainchild of and produced by Arizona Restaurant Association, Arizona Breakfast Weekend will offer lovers of all things egg, bacon, toast the chance to dine on special breakfast dishes and brunch experiences at restaurants, diners, and hotels around the Valley of the Sun. Chefs will have the chance to curate new recipes and to wow breakfast lovers by elevating and celebrating the morning meal.

Breakfast Weekend will feature three dining price points and each restaurant that participates will select what they are offering from one of these options:

  • The Breakfast Bundle will include an over-the-top bundle of breakfast favorites for $7.
  • The Brunch Lite will include a mini-brunch style dish and Bloody Mary or Mimosa at most locations for $15
  • Brunch will be a traditional resort-style brunch offering with all the bells and culinary whistles for $25.

Some restaurants may choose to offer a “breakfast for dinner” option on July 30 and 31, check and Facebook/azbreakfastweekend for full details.

This story originally ran in the July issue of CITYSunTimes. It has been updated to include additional participating restaurants.

Celebrate Oktoberfest With Tom’s Thumb Beer 101

Chef Tudie’s Pulled Pork Sandwich


Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market will host its first Beer 101 Dinner on Thursday, October 18 featuring Grand Canyon Brewing Company from Williams, and the bistro’s own barbecue dishes. Brian Udvardi, beer guru from Cresent Crown Distributing, will lead the pairings of Grand Canyon’s  beers accompanied by Chef Tudie’s (Tudi Frank Johnson) smoky barbecues and Southwestern dishes.


Artichoke-Parmesan stuffed Jalapeño wrapped in Prosciutto
Grand Canyon Pilsner

Butternut Squash Soup with Smoked Pulled Pork, Chipotle Crema an Pepitas 
Grand Canyon Sunset Amber

Sliced Smoked Brisket over Black Beans served with Fiesta Slaw and Jalapeño Cornbread 
Grand Canyon IPA

Harvest Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Porter-Agave reduction 
Grand Canyon Pumpkin Porter

The four-course meal is $36 per person and a great way to celebrate fall and Oktoberfest. The event will be held from 6:30-8pm; pre-paid reservations are required.

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market, located at 9393 East Bell Road in North Scottsdale, may look like a gas station from the corner, but inside it is a chef-run bistro, specialty coffee shop and market filled with local products, craft beers and affordable wines. For more information, call 480.513.8186 or

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