Eats & Drinks
Charitable outreach is an ongoing interest for Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC). In many different ways — financial, culinary, and more — the Arizona-based restaurant empire supports groups ranging from the American Heart Association’s Phoenix Heart Ball to notMYkid.
Saturday, October 19, FRC presents the music festival YardStock, with a portion of certain proceeds going to the Phoenix Girls Chorus, a nonprofit music education organization welcoming singers from 7-18 and offering six different concert programs this season.
Running from noon to 11 p.m., YardStock features sets from seven local artists: country-tinged rockers 36 Cents and a Dream, singer-songwriters AJ Odneal and Sam Kiles with Sol Trak Union, blues band The Sugar Thieves, Led Zepplin tribute group Song Remains the Same, alternative blues guitarist Lee Perreira, and indie rock duo Vinyl Station.
All performances take place at The Yard, a 53,000-square-foot repurposed central Phoenix motorcycle dealership housing FRC’s Culinary Dropout and Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend restaurants. Other amenities include a shared outdoor patio-courtyard space offering ping-pong, foosball, shuffleboard, and cornhole. Meanwhile, representatives from Slippery Pig Bike Shop plan to tune bikes on site during the festival.
Fundraising opportunities for the Phoenix Girls Chorus will come from the sale of t-shirts provided by Tempe-based Brand X Custom T-Shirts as well as a special promotional offer from luxury transportation provider Uber.
If you go:
Where: The Yard, 5632 N. 7th St.
Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 12 noon to 11 p.m.
As the sun sets over the tombstones of the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park at 14th Avenue and Jefferson on October 12, the early founders of Phoenix will be roused by more lively visitors at the second annual Dining Among the Dead fundraising event.
Organized by ghostchaser Debe Branning and the non-profit Pioneers’ Cemetery Association (PCA), Dining Among the Dead offers guests the opportunity to dress in Victorian, Edwardian, or steampunk costumes if they wish (with comfortable walking shoes) for a candlelit catered dinner of salad, entrée, and dessert near the historic Smurthwaite House. The ticket price includes a raffle ticket, and supports tombstone restoration.
Live music accompanies dinner, along with a one-man play performed by local actor Wyatt Earp. Later, attendees meet historical characters during a luminaria-lit tour of the old cemetery, with vignettes presented by re-enactors in period dress.
The PCA’s twice-yearly cemetery walks offer similar opportunities in a daytime setting, staffed by enthusiastic volunteer participants using historical material, roles, and costumes gleaned from old obituary and newspaper research. All events benefit the organization’s efforts to maintain and restore the seven cemeteries of the 11-acre Memorial Park, including the graves of significant figures from Arizona’s history like Phillip Darrell Duppa, King Woolsey, and Jacob Waltz, the “Lost Dutchman.”
If you go:
- Dining With the Dead
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Pioneer & Military Memorial Park
14th Ave. & Jefferson St.
Gates open at 5 p.m.; dinner served at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45 (reservations required)
Benefiting Pioneers’ Cemetery Association
Here at DPJ, we’re all about sharing what we love. Beyond the stories that make us love downtown, we often come across things that catch our eye, tingle our senses or have us dancing in delight. “We Like…” turns a brief spotlight on the little treasures that make our day, with helpful links so you can share in the fun.
This is especially true of Asian cuisine where it’s customary to enjoy a good meal. Of course it can’t just be good, it must be great, and now I’m hooked!
Of course upon returning from my trip, nothing seemed quite on the level as it was in Hong Kong. That is, until I found China Chili. I find myself at this authentic Chinese restaurant nearing three times week, always ordering the same dishes.
My all time favorite? Wonton soup. It’s good dish for our recent rainy days – or any day for that matter. The dumplings are large and enjoyable but the flavor of the broth with a mix of garlic and scallions is the most memorable.
The dish consists of silken tofu (the best part) with a spicy based sauce, chicken and broccoli. This dish is best served over rice and a cup of hot tea to wash it down.
Not only are the dishes amazing but the atmosphere is casual and friendly as well. I always leave with that hometown, welcoming feeling, thanks to their friendly staff. If you haven’t visited, head over for lunch and dinner and check it out.
China Chili, 302 E. Flower St. 602-266-4463
Want to share your love? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what YOU like.
Friday, September 13th will mark one year since husband and wife team Mat and Sharry Englehorn opened Angels Trumpet Ale House, their bastion of craft beer in downtown Phoenix.
Nestled in the Roosevelt Row arts district, Angels Trumpet boasts 31 continuously rotating beer taps, along with wines on tap, a delicious menu of high class pub fare and a stunning view of downtown Phoenix from their back patio. Not surprisingly, it’s quickly become a favorite spot for beer enthusiasts in downtown and beyond.
The Englehorns’ background is in real estate and property management and the building that houses Angels was previously their office, but after nearly a decade of visiting great beer bars in other cities, they decided to take the leap in the name of contributing to Phoenix’s own beer scene. It didn’t take long for these self-professed beer geeks to learned just how thirsty other valley residents were for good craft beer.
They are grateful for the success that has come in their first year and note that being a part of the downtown Phoenix scene has been a big piece of that.
Though they already had the building, they wouldn’t have opened there if they didn’t think downtown was the right place. “Downtown Phoenix as a whole has been amazing and I think we’re continuously surprised by the neighborhood, the sense of community. There’s a lot of pride in this area.”
They’ve received a lot of support from local neighborhood folks, but craft beer has also proven to be a siren song for people from other areas of the valley, drawing them to downtown Phoenix for the unique selection they provide.
So what has it taken to keep a place like Angels floating along through its first year? According to Mat and Sharry it took hard work, little sleep, plenty of passion and oh yes, beer – a lot of beer.
Of course, all the blood, sweat and beers they’ve invested in building up Angels have been worth it. For them, it’s all about adding to the scene, citing other favorite local craft beer bars like Papago Brewery in Scottsdale. “Hopefully we keep growing a beer-centric community where people just continuously go to different craft beer houses,” says Sharry.
Another high point for Angels over the past year was being approached to launch the Taphunter mobile app in Phoenix. The app allows you to see what’s on tap at Angel’s and at bars around the country at any time or to search for your favorite beers.
So how do you properly celebrate one year of pouring great craft beers? You give the people what they want: great craft beer! Throughout the past year, Angels has been saving up special, one-off kegs, specifically to be tapped for their anniversary.
Beginning at 11am on Friday the 13th, they’ll be tapping their special cache of kegs and will continue as long as the supply lasts. Expect a wide variety of beers, from a barrel aged Old Rasputin to rarities from Belgium, Italy, and Iceland to specialty brews from favorites like New Belgium, Oskar Blues and Odells – and of course plenty of the usual suspects.
As an added bonus, they’ll also offer limited edition stainless steel anniversary pint glasses for $12. The first 100 of the glasses will be released at noon on Friday and another 100 will be available later that day at 5pm.
According to Mat and Sharry, the anniversary celebration is all about the beer and about thanking those who have helped them get to this point. Essentially, it is a toast to their supporters, as they put it “here are more great beers for you guys, thank you for supporting us and we hope you continue. We’ll try to continue our march towards great craft beer.”
Cheers to that!
Photography by Victor Cosme
Every year a new crop of ASU students stream into downtown Phoenix and begin to “explore the core” as they navigate their way to class and their new home.
At DPJ, we encourage these urban adventures and are launching a fun social media hashtag campaign to encourage this discovery of the the people, places, and events that bring our urban core to life: #My1stTime.
Students, as you explore downtown, we want you to tweet us at @dtphxjournal, or post on Facebook or Instagram, a photo of yourself enjoying your very first time visiting downtown restaurants, parks, stores, art galleries, and events.
Be sure to include the hashtag #My1stTime. We’ll share our favorites.
What can fellow community members do? Help activate this campaign!
Those of us who have been here for a while can look for these hashtagged updates, welcome these new residents and encourage them to continue their urban adventures.
#My1stTime @dtphxjournal. It’s fun. It’s easy. And your mother will approve!