Mike Ditka, NFL Hall of Famer and former NFL coach of the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, will make an exclusive appearance at the first ever Taste In Tempe, Sun., Feb. 9.
Presented by CBS Radio (KMLE @ 107.9, 94.5 KOOL FM and LIVE 101.5), Tempe Center for the Arts and R Entertainment Company, Taste In Tempe occurs at the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater, and will capitalize on the panoramic views offered to create an unforgettable pre-Valentine’s Day culinary event.
Beyond his reputation as an NFL star and coaching legend, Ditka has earned a reputable place in the restaurant world as well. The aptly named quality dining spot opened its first location in Chicago and recently made way to metro Phoenix, inside the new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino. USA Today noted Ditka’s among the top 10 celebrity owned restaurants in the country.
Taste In Tempe will dish out some of the Ditka’s classics, as prepared by Ditka’s Chef Andy Moy, as guests and Da Coach himself stroll the lakefront, sampling an eclectic variety of more than 30 Arizona restaurants.
In addition to delicious crowd-pleasing favorites and celebrity guests, Taste In Tempe offers an afternoon of food, music and celebration with a romantic twist. The event delivers a “love and romance” themed shopping experience with jewelry, luxury goods, flowers, chocolates, pastries and more, perfect for a Valentine’s Day preview, not to mention an unforgettable date experience.
Taste In Tempe showcases wines from around the world accompanied by expert-led seminars, and exclusive craft breweries sampling flavorful beverages. In addition, the Arizona Pork Council and Crooked Sky Farms are featured contributors of pork and farm fresh vegetables, respectively, for some of the cuisine served at Taste in Tempe.
CBS Radio stations KMLE Country @ 107.9, LIVE 101.5, and KOOL FM deliver LIVE music and entertainment as local celebrity chefs offer an insider’s knowledge on the chef demonstration stage.
Throughout the month of January and leading up to Taste In Tempe, KMLE Country @ 107.9, LIVE 101.5 and KOOL FM will give listeners the chance to win a taste of the good life in the Taste In Tempe $20K Giveaway with a Grand Prize of $20,000!
TICKETS. Taste In Tempe tickets include food, wine and craft beer sampling, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, parking, entertainment and a chance to win the $20K Giveaway (enter before 2:30 pm). Tickets are available at www.kmle1079.com, www.KOOLRadio.com or www.LIVE1015phoenix.com. Tickets are $59 in advance; or $69 at the door.
FOOD Participants. Thirty restaurants, 30 wineries and 30 craft breweries are anticipated at Taste In Tempe, with participants to date:
· 24 Carrots!
· Arizona Catering Company
· Aside of Heart
· Ben and Jacks Steakhouse
· Bombay Spice Indian Grill
· Braggs Factory Diner
· Elizabeth’s Moment of Joy
· Four Peaks Brewing Company
· Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
· Gigi’s Cupcakes
· Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
· Guedo’s Cantina Grill
· Hummus Xpress
· La Bocca urban pizzeria + wine bar
· Mellow Mushroom
· Nothing Bundt Cakes
· RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
· Salut Kitchen Bar
· SanTan Brewing Company
· Shelley’s Specialty Desserts
· Spokes on Southern
· The Clever Koi
· The Handlebar Tempe
· The Lodge
· The Melting Pot
· Uncle Bear’s Bar and Grill