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NFL Legend Ditka to Appear at Taste In Tempe

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!
·         Alasta
·         Arizona Catering Company
·         Aside of Heart
·         Ben and Jacks Steakhouse
·         Bombay Spice Indian Grill
·         Braggs Factory Diner
·         CHoP
·         Ditka’s
·         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
·         NutWhats
·         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

Ben & Jack's Filet Mignon

Celebrate National Filet Mignon Day Today!

Today is National Filet Mignon Day! According to Executive Chef Admir Alibasic from Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale, filet mignon is a very delicate prime cut of beef. It originates from the tenderloin of a cow and is best cooked by grilling or broiling. Since the filet mignon is low in marbling (intramuscular fat), grilling the cut can be perfectly done with a couple simple rules from Chef Admir:

- Charcoal grills are best for cooking filet mignon because of the high amount of heat that will give it a perfect char and a quick sear that will seal in the juices.

- Wrapping the filet in bacon will give it more flavor because once the drippings from the bacon hit the coals, it will coat the food in an aromatic composite.

- Rotating the filet 90 degrees every minute on each side will give the filet those beautiful grill marks. Don’t just flip once! Flipping multiple times will actually accelerate the cooking time and reduces overcooking on the surface.

- I prefer my filet medium rare – medium (135°F-145°F). Since it is such a delicate cut, cooking to well-done will defeat the purpose of enjoying the filet’s tenderness and flavor.

- Once off the grill, allow the filet to rest before cutting into it. Resting allows for the juices to reincorporate back into the meat so when you cut into it, the juices won’t just flow out.

- It can be served on its own or topped with a sauce. A sauce made with a beef base or red wine pairs perfectly with the filet mignon.

If you would rather leave the cooking to the experts, head on over to Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse for National Filet Mignon Day. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse is a charming 5,000 square foot modern restaurant that offers exceptional prime dry-aged steaks and chops, fresh seafood, mouth-watering side dishes, decadent desserts and an impressive wine list.

Ben & Jack's Filet Mignon

Celebrate National Filet Mignon Day Today!

Today is National Filet Mignon Day! According to Executive Chef Admir Alibasic from Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale, filet mignon is a very delicate prime cut of beef. It originates from the tenderloin of a cow and is best cooked by grilling or broiling. Since the filet mignon is low in marbling (intramuscular fat), grilling the cut can be perfectly done with a couple simple rules from Chef Admir:

- Charcoal grills are best for cooking filet mignon because of the high amount of heat that will give it a perfect char and a quick sear that will seal in the juices.

- Wrapping the filet in bacon will give it more flavor because once the drippings from the bacon hit the coals, it will coat the food in an aromatic composite.

- Rotating the filet 90 degrees every minute on each side will give the filet those beautiful grill marks. Don’t just flip once! Flipping multiple times will actually accelerate the cooking time and reduces overcooking on the surface.

- I prefer my filet medium rare – medium (135°F-145°F). Since it is such a delicate cut, cooking to well-done will defeat the purpose of enjoying the filet’s tenderness and flavor.

- Once off the grill, allow the filet to rest before cutting into it. Resting allows for the juices to reincorporate back into the meat so when you cut into it, the juices won’t just flow out.

- It can be served on its own or topped with a sauce. A sauce made with a beef base or red wine pairs perfectly with the filet mignon.

If you would rather leave the cooking to the experts, head on over to Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse for National Filet Mignon Day. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse is a charming 5,000 square foot modern restaurant that offers exceptional prime dry-aged steaks and chops, fresh seafood, mouth-watering side dishes, decadent desserts and an impressive wine list.

Grapefruit Basil Martini

Keep Natural Herbs in Your Diet… With Cocktails!

You may think of it as simply a tasty addition to your meals, but there are also extraordinary health benefits associated with the basil herb. The nutrients in basil can better your heart, skin and immune system. Keep basil a part of your healthy diet this summer! Here are four local favorite cocktails that feature the disease-fighting and health-promoting herb. 

Strawberry Basil Gin Martini

·         Grapefruit Basil Martini: Grapefruit and Basil combine to make a healthy, tart and flavorful drink at Salut Kitchen Bar. The martini is made with Absolut Ruby Red, Grapefruit Juice, St. Germaine and Basil Leaves. (featured above)

·         Strawberry Basil Gin Martini: Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill incorporates the zesty herb into their sweet seasonal margarita made with Boodles Gin, Strawberry Puree, Aged Balsamic and fresh Basil Leaves.

·         Basil Buddha Hand Lemon Drop: Get your basil fix at Ben and Jack’s Steakhouse with their refreshing cocktail made with Buddha Hand Vodka, Limoncello, Squeezed Lemon Wedges, Simple Syrup and Basil.