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Weekend Bites: Where to Go This Weekend

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by Taryn Jeffries 1 Comment

Weekend Bites

This weekend is jammed with all sorts of things to do this weekend; from Flights and Bites, date nights, scary frights and culinary delights! Check out all the great events happening this weekend and let us know where you will be!

Weekend Bites; October 1st through October 4th

Thursday, October 1st

Flights and Bites at LDV Wine Gallery
5:30pm until 8:00pm
Who better to prepare the perfect little bites with LDV’s wines than amazing cook and LDV Winery owner Peggy Fiandaca? If you have been lucky to be invited to one of Peggy’s legendary parties or dinners you will not want to miss her turn at the Flights and Bites helm. Wine and food are character actors in every Italian family, but in the Fiandaca family they played starring roles. Peggy’s grandparents emigrated from Sicily to a Chicago Italian neighborhood providing the foundation for her wine and cooking heritage. Couple that rich heritage with her mother’s father, William Hogan, a well-known bootlegger in Kentucky during Prohibition, her urban planning career was a slight detour on the road to growing grapes, producing world-class wines, and pairing those wines with incredible food.

Weekend-Bites-Wrights-at-the-Arizona-BiltmoreJackson Family Winemaker Dinner at the Arizona Biltmore
Guests are invited to enjoy a multi-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Gordon Maybury and paired with specially selected wines from the Jackson Family Winemakers. This particular dinner will be featuring Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to savoring gourmet dishes and sipping the finest selections from the winery, diners will also learn about the wines directly from a vineyard representative. Reservations should be made in advance and the dinners will then be prepaid. Each Winemaker Dinner is $120 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The dinner starts with a reception at 6:30pm. Call 602.955.6600 for reservations or more information.

Friday, October 2nd

Weekend Bites Scarizona ScaregroundsScarizona Scaregrounds
Located at 1901 N. Alma School Road in Mesa, Scarizona Scaregrounds will feature two haunted houses-Epic Fear and Slayer’s Slaughter House. Epic Fear will play on every phobia you can imagine. The dark and scary of what nightmares are made of. Slayer’s Slaughter House will be a window to all that is gory and twisted. Scarizona Scaregrounds will also feature Arizona‘s first ever interactive paintball attraction known as Operation Zombie Storm. Sixteen-passenger military trucks will take people on a treacherous route through a wave of zombies. The only weapons passengers will have to fend them off? A paintball gun loaded with about 200 rounds of ammunition.
Tickets and discounts for the event will be available for purchase on the company’s website at in mid-September. People will also be able to purchase discounted tickets at participating Taco Bells in the Valley.Scarizona Scaregrounds will be open nightly October 2nd to November 7th. Entrance into both Haunted houses will be $20 or people can buy a package ticket for $35 that gets them into the haunted houses and Operation Zombie Storm.

Saturday, October 3rd

Weekend Bites San Tan OktoberfestBeer, Brats & Bands at San Tan Brewing Oktoberfest
Grab your lederhosen and dirndl and join us for SanTan Brewing Company Oktoberfest happening this Saturday, October 3rd in downtown Chandler. Gates open at 3 p.m. and that’s when the fall festivities will begin!
This year, the festival is heading across the street to the east side of the Dr. AJ Chandler Park where the City of Chandler recently installed a new permanent entertainment stage. Matisyahu is set to headline the SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest, featuring Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers performing live.
Other highlights include a beer pong tournament, bag toss, the buddy carry, wiener dog races, keg stacking, tricycle races and a brat eating contest. Brats, pretzels, schnitzel and more! This year’s Oktoberfest will feature a variety of delicious treats from Brat Haus, Fabio on Fire, Montana Bar-B-Q, Fry Bread Inc, SanTan Brewing Company, Elmer’s Tacos, and the San Francisco Chocolate Factory.
No Oktoberfest celebration would be complete without beer! The SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest will feature a Bavarian-style beer garden where thirsty patrons will enjoy SanTan’s Oktoberfest lager. Oktoberfest is a traditional German lager boasting a toasty strong malt profile with a clean and crisp lager flavor, ABV 5.5%. SanTan will also pour their core beers and other seasonal offerings. Look for the rare beer garden featuring many small batch and aged brews.
Presale general admission tickets are on sale now for $12 online at SanTan Brewing Company or online at All valley Bashas’ locations have general admission tickets on sale now for $10. Kids 12 and under are admitted for free with a paid adult. Day of general admission will be $15.
A portion of the proceeds from the SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the homeless, low income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment.  For more information about St. Joseph the Worker, visit

Weekend Bites 2015 Taste Williams2015 Taste in Williams
The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce is partnering again with Northern Arizona’s only drive thru wildlife park, BEARIZONA, hosting the 8th annual Taste in Williams on Saturday October 3, from 5pm-8pm.
This year’s theme “Wine & Dine with the Stars” provides guests with the opportunity to dress like their favorite movie star in a one of a kind setting. Taking advantage of the beautiful setting in the cool pines of Northern Arizona at Fort Bearizona walk through area of the park, participants of the event will enjoy viewing animal displays while they sample great food, wine, micro-brew, and visit with local artists. In addition, entertainment will be provided by Northern Arizona’s favorites Mother Road Trio.
Guests will sample and savor specialties prepared and served by local restaurants. Patrons will enjoy tastings of Arizona wines from the Historic Brewing Company, Arizona Stronghold, Western Wines among others. Guests will also enjoy a taste of Williams’ own microbrew from the Historic Brewing Company.
Tickets for the Taste in Williams event on Saturday October 3, 2015 are on sale at the affordable rate of $40 per person. (Must be 21 or older to attend.) They are available at the Williams & Forest Service Visitor Center, Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, or online.

Date Night at Scottsdale Stadium
Looking for a fun night out with friends or your significant other? Look no further! Join us Saturday, October 3rd from 6 to 10pm for Date Night at Scottsdale Stadium, a unique adult event for 21 and up! Enjoy stadium tours, gourmet food trucks, beer, and wine—then cap off the night with a movie on the field (blankets only)!
The event entry is free, but they will be accepting donations of individually wrapped candy bags to support our Fall Festival event. (Please no peanut products)
The movie is 50 First Dates and will start around 8pm. There will be seating available on the field and in the stands to view the movie (No chairs or food will be allowed on the field.) No outside food will be allowed into the event. Vendors in attendance will include: Queso Good, BuzznBeez, The Great Pho King, Cactus Corn, Grilled Addiction and Mister Softee.

Sunday, October 4th

Weekend Bites 7 Chef Que-Out7 Chef Que-Out
In what has become one of the most significant culinary collaborations in Arizona’s history, the 7 Chef Series continues on October 4th with the 7 Chef Que-Out, a multi-course bar-b-que extravaganza from the chefs that do it best. Hosted at Chef Cullen Campbell’s newest restaurant, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails, the Que-Out will feature the smoky, flame-kissed wizardry of Gregory Weiner, Justin Beckett, Stephen Jones, Cullen Campbell, Kelly Fletcher, Bernie Kantak, and Scott Holmes, each contributing a course to the experience. You can get in on the dinner for $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 602.296.4147.
Featuring a cadre of AZ’s premier culinary talents, the 7 Chef Series brings together top chefs and friends for a wide array of culinary collaborations. The first, the 7 Chef Pig Out, was held in June 2014 at Bernie Kantak’s The Gladly and set the stage for the nose-to-tail movement in the Southwest. The second, the 7 Chef Veg Out, followed quickly after in July 2014 at Stephen Jones’ previous restaurant, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, and sought to prove that “vegetables are sexy” with a cocktail-paired farm-to-table experience. The 7 Chef Series also expands it’s borders this November when the group heads to New York City to cook a landmark dinner at the James Beard House, representing the Arizona culinary scene in a way never before seen. While each event features only 7 chefs, the collaborative talent pool also includes Gregory Casale, Josh Hebert and Gio Osso.

What’s on the menu? Check it out:

Chef Gregory Weiner| Elote explosion with corn, tajin, cilantro and Homeboy’s jalapeno
Chef Justin Beckett| Watermelon with smoked cashews, fennel, cucumber, orange, bourbon and black pepper
Chef Stephen Jones| Smoked boudin blanc with oysters, little neck clams, and pea reezy peezy
Chef Cullen Campbell| Dry rub pork cheeks with jalapeno cauliflower grits and Memphis barbeque sauce
Chef Kelly Fletcher| Mango tarragon lamb belly with chicken gizzard barbeque beans
Chef Bernie Kantek| Brunswick stew
Chef Scott Holmes| Little Miss BBQ competition style St. Louis ribs with chili cheese potatoes
Chef Gregory Weiner| Goat cheese mousse with charred apricots, blueberry, salted caramel crumble

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a monthly contributor to So Scottsdale and Uptown Magazines, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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