Fall Arizona Restaurant Week Returns In September

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Regular Favorites at Tonto include Red Chile Braised Buffalo Short Rib

By Kathryn Miller ~ Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) is back for its ninth season September 16-25, and Valley diners may want to loosen their belts and get out their (fashionable, of course!) stretchy pants in preparation for 10 nights of epic cuisine.

During Fall ARW, more than 200 participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for $33 or $44 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Restaurants bring their A-game to these carefully crafted menus, offering food lovers an ultimate dining experiences.

Café Bink

Café Bink

In Carefree, head over to Café Bink. The ARW menu will include Asparagus soup, Pasta primavera and Sticky Toffee Cake. For more information, call 480.488.9796 or visit www.binkleysrestaurantgroup.com.

Participating restaurants in Cave Creek include Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House and Tonto Bar & Grill. On the entrée menu at Cartwright’s: 8oz New York Strip, Ahi Tuna or Buffalo, Elk and Anasazi Bean Chili – and save room for Campfire s’mores. Tonto’s entrees include Root Beer Braised Short Ribs, Ancho Chili Rubbed Filet and Orange Barbequed Salmon. For more information on Cartwrights, visit www.cartwrightssonoranranchhouse.com or call 480.488.8031. For information on Tonto Bar & Grill, visit www.tontobarandgrill.com or call 480.488.0698. Learn more about all of the participating restaurants at www.arizonarestaurantweek.com. |CST

Bask In The Glow: Annual Balloon Festival

BalloonFest1The Seventh Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival will light the night skies at Rancho Mañana Golf Course Saturday, May 28. Presented by Tonto Bar & Grill and Aerial Solutions, this year’s event promises to be the best yet with a larger kids’ zone, no-line pre-paid tickets and a designated lawn chair-friendly concert viewing area.

The Cave Creek Balloon Festival has been a huge success in previous years, but the frustration of long lines and a limited kids’ zone have dimmed the fun for some attendees. “You’ve talked. We’ve listened,” says Eric Flatt, Tonto Bar & Grill. “This year’s balloon festival will be more family friendly and fun than ever before!”

The balloon glow itself will begin at 7:30pm when this year’s massive hot air balloons begin to inflate. The scene becomes magical as they come to life – whether young in years or young at heart, there is nothing quite like the enchanting atmosphere that awakens in the excitement of the night air.BalloonFest2

From free face painting to free balloon twisting and a kids’ zone, there’s plenty for the little ones to see and do. Adults can enjoy great beverages, cocktails and wine, as well as beer from Arizona’s own Four Peaks Brewery and sample scrumptious food from food trucks, vendors and restaurants, including The Buffalo Chip, Grilled Addiction, Wandering Donkey, Fry Bread, Inc., Doughlicious Pizza, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Firehouse Kettlecorn, Firehouse Shaved Ice, Affogato Coffee & Gelato and Frosted Frenzy Cup Cakes.

Adults and children alike will love the live music on the Sanderson Ford Main Stage from 5:30-10pm. This year’s performers are Arizona favorite Junction 10 and Eagles’ tribute band, South of Winslow. This year’s band viewing area will accommodate low-profile lawn chairs. (Lawn chairs must remain in designated area.)

VIP Buffet

VIP Buffet

Also new this year is a separate entrance for all pre-paid and Valerie’s Furniture VIP ticket holders for quick and easy access. VIP tickets include entrance fee, tax, gratuity, VIP parking pass (one per four guests), gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar & Grill (6:30-8:30pm), private cash bar and private restrooms.

Parking is available at the center of Cave Creek, 38406 North Schoolhouse Road, and costs $5. The 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.

The Seventh Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival runs from 5:30-9pm. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.cavecreekfestivals.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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