September is here and folks in Arizona are longing for cooler days. This time of year marks the beginning of many culinary and wine events. One of the signature food events in September is Arizona Restaurant Week. Click here for more on that great opportunity to try some of the state's top restaurants from September 21 through 29, 2013.
In addition to Restaurant Week, the following foodie events offer a chance to sample wines from Arizona and around the world and to taste the great local culinary offerings. Here are a few of the area's upcoming events:
Robert Craig Winemaker Dinner at Market Street Kitchen (MSK)
Market Street Kitchen, located in the iconic DC Ranch neighborhood in North Scottsdale, blends the rustic charm of Old Scottsdale with new, modern design and food. The Winemaker Dinner is 6:30 p.m. on September 11, 2013 and the cost is $85 per person. The evening will start with Robert Craig Howell Mountain Zinfandel and big eye tuna rossini. The three courses – with duck confit and black truffle, maple braised pork cheeks and Colorado lamb loin – will feature three of Robert Craig's Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Dessert of chilled green apple soup pairs with a chardonnay. Reservations are required. 20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. 480.278.7044. www.marketstreetkitchen.com
2013 Breast of Scottsdale at The Herb Box Southbridge
Scottsdale's Pinkfest, which benefits Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH), is on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Herb Box in Old Town Scottsdale's Southbridge. The evening will include small bites, pink-themed cocktails courtesy of Alliance Beverage, pink pastries from The Herb Box, photos, gift raffles, music and more. All of the ticket sales – yes, 100% – for the evening go to AIBH. Guests will also be able to purchase one of the pink lights that will decorate Marshall Way Bridge and be lit on the evening of October 3. 7134 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale. 480.289.6160. www.theherbbox.com
Arizona History Dinners at Cartwright's
Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House in Cave Creek celebrates Arizona history and culture through its great menu and special events. The restaurant has a series of history dinners lined up for September and October 2013. Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m.
September 11, 2013 features Marshall Trimble speaking on "Enter the Law: Bringing Law & Order to the Last Frontier." Live music will be provided by Gary Dirodis. On the menu is roasted and stuffed poblano with Mission style pork picadillo, bacon wrapped buffalo and dried cherry meatloaf, cheddar cheese gratin potatoes, wood-grilled squash and dark chocolate pots de creme.
September 25, 2013 features Bob Boze Bell presenting "Artists of the West" and live music by Skip Reichert. Dinner for the evening includes agave nectar glazed quail breasts, mesquite wood-grilled flat iron steak with red chili and hibiscus flower butter, red flannel hash, broccolini and fresh peach almond biscuit cobbler.
October 9, 2013 is another evening with Marshall Trimble, speaking on "Rural Arizona, Small Towns and Crazy Characters" with music by Skip Reichert. Dinner will be split pea and ham hock soup, roasted pork loin with ancho chili, cumin and lime rub, baby beets, red potatoes and sweet potato pecan praline torte.
October 23, 2013 features Lance Polingyouma, project recorder for the Hopi Migration Project, speaking on "The Migration of the Hopi Culture through Petroglyphs and Song." Live music that evening will be provided by Gary Dirodis. Dinner features 3 Sisters Soup, mesquite wood-grilled lamb loin, sweet corn, Hopi Tear dumplings and pumpkin spiced cake.
Each event is $55 per person, plus tax and 18% gratuity. Beverages are not included. Reservations are required. 6710 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. 480.488.8031. www.cartwrightssonoranranchhouse.com
Wine class at Sibley's West
This wine class, sponsored by My Wine Helper, highlights the Arizona wine industry and includes a tasting of three Arizona wines. The September class is full, but registration opens soon for the October 8 class at www.sibleyswest.com. Classes are only $5 and limited to 15 people. If you register online or at the store ahead of time, you'll receive a $5 gift certificate for Sibley's West. 72 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. 480.899.4480. www.sibleyswest.com
Wine in the Woods in Flagstaff
Wine in the Woods is held at the Arboretum in Flagstaff from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2013. Tickets are $25 in advance ($35 at the event) and include 10 tickets for wine and food tasting plus a free glass of wine. You can buy additional tasting tickets at the event, which celebrates Arizona food, wine and music. 4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, Flagstaff. www.thearb.org/event_wine-in-the-woods.php
Winemaker Dinners at Arizona Biltmore
The Arizona Biltmore will start its 24th season of winemaker dinners on September 12, 2013. A total of 10 dinners will be presented for the 2013-14 season. The reception begins at 7 p.m. followed by dinner paired with wines from the guest winery. The evening finishes with complimentary port and cigars. Dinners are $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Season passes are also available. Read the full details about the winemaker dinners here. 2400 E. Missouri, Phoenix. 602.381.7632. www.arizonabiltmore.com
Flavors of Summer Tavolo Dinner
Queen Creek Olive Mill is host to the Tavolo Dinners, both at the Olive Mill in Queen Creek and at the Queen Creek Olive Mill Trattoria in Biltmore Union. On September 12, the dinner at the Olive Mill in Queen Creek is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The price is $40 plus tax and gratuity per person for a 4-course dinner, including wine pairings. The menu features such specialties as Pork Shop sausage with cremini mushrooms, Asian Pear Salad, Halibut and a berry tart. Each course will also feature a select Queen Creek Olive Mill olive oil. All guests attending the meal also receive a 15% discount on merchandise purchased that evening. Reservations are required. 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek. 480.888.9290 www.queencreekolivemill.com
On September 15, 2013, the Queen Creek Olive Mill Trattoria at Biltmore Union will host a Tavolo 5-course dinner with wine pairing. Special guest for the evening is Max Undurrage from Terrapura Winery. The 5-course meal with wine is $69 per person plus tax and gratuity. del Piero at Union, Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Road, #148A, Phoenix. 602.957.5354. www.queencreekolivemill.com
Olivepalooza Harvest Festival
Another great event at Queen Creek Olive Mill will be the Olivepalooza Harvest Festival to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday October 12, 2013 and Sunday, October 13, 2013. The event will feature food trucks, live music, olive oil tasting, Olive Oil 101 classes and cooking demos. Admission is free. Featured trucks include Spice It Up! (currey, Cambodian food, Jamaican jerk), Burgers Amore, The Great Pho King Food Truck (French and Vietnamese food), Lulu's Italian Ice, Island Loco (Hawaiian food), Aji Mobile Food (Latin American food), The Rite Food Truck (Po'boys), J-licious Taco Truck and Paleta's Betty (homemade Mexican popsicles). 25062 S. Merician Road, Queen Creek. 480.888.9290. www.queencreekolivemill.com
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
Schnepf Farms, named one of the top five pumpkin farms by Sunset magazine, kicks off the fall season and its Pumpkin and Chili Party on October 3, 2013 and run through the end of October. The event is every Thursday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (late opening until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Admission for the event is $17 per person ($14 discounts are available from Fry's Food Stores in the Valley) and includes hay rides, carousel, 4-acre corn maze, 10-acre celebrity corn maze, miniature golf, jumping area, petting zoo, swings, roller coaster, giant slide, bonfires and marshmallow roasts, dog show, pig races and a rock climbing wall. Every Friday and Saturday night, you can also watch outdoor movies and catch the fireworks that start at 9:30 p.m.
There is an additional cost for food, crafts, pumpkins to take home, pony rides and train rides. You can also reserve a private bonfire for up to 25 people – marshmallows and roasting sticks included along with a bonfire host – for $75 on Friday and Saturday nights or $50 on Thursday and Sunday nights.
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. 480.987.3100. www.schnepffarms.com/