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Queen Creek Olive Mill hosts Harvest Festival

The Queen Creek Olive Mill is partnering with Phoenix area food trucks for a fun weekend of festivities celebrating the opening weekend of their annual Harvest Festival. Harvest Festival is when the Mill hand harvests the olive trees and then presses olives into making extra virgin olive oil. The Queen Creek Olive Mill is Arizona’s only working farm that produces extra virgin olive oil.

Guests will find the food trucks parked in the front grove of Queen Creek Olive Mill where they’ll be offering their specialties as part of the Olivepalooza experience each day. In addition, each truck will showcase and offer a menu item incorporating one of Queen Creek Olive Mill’s products such as olives, tapenades, vinegars, and extra virgin olive oils. Guests will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite menu item creation and truck.

Along with food trucks, there will be live music both days by Hoodoo Casters and Chris Putrino Band. Also, complimentary wine tasting, harvesting of trees, Olive Oil 101 Classes, bocce ball, product tasting, food specials, and more! Food Trucks participating this year are…

  • Burger’s Amore – Gourmet Burgers
  • Satay Hut – Meat on a Stick
  • Queso Good – Quesadilla Truck
  • The Grilled Cheese Truck – Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Frank’s Food Truck – Gourmet Hotdogs and Sausage
  • LA Roots – A Taste of Latin America
  • Paletas Betty – Handmade Mexican Fruit and Cream Pops
  • Lulu’s Italian Ice – Homemade Italian Ice
  • The Great Phoking Food Truck – Fresh French-Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Taste Rite Food Truck – Po’boy Sandwiches
  • Aioli Burgers – Gourmet Burgers
  • QUP BBQ – Backyard Gourmet BBQ Style Dishes

Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and enjoy our picnic style atmosphere grove. Kick back and enjoy this awesome Queen Creek Olive Mill experience. Please remember no outside food or beverage is permitted. Remember admission is always free to Queen Creek Olive Mill events!

Ian Kennedy

D-backs announce 2013 promotional schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the 2013 promotional schedule, which includes three bobbleheads, a Wade Miley Garden Gnome and more than a dozen additional promotional items throughout the season. Individual tickets for each of these games, including Opening Day on April 1 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Mar. 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Chase Field Ticket Office, online at dbacks.com or by calling 602.514.8400. Fans can also access exclusive presale opportunities by becoming a D-backs Insider at dbacks.com.

The first of the three bobbleheads is the Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead that will honor Hill for his two cycles last season (June 8). The other two bobbleheads will feature fan favorites Paul Goldschmidt (Aug. 10) and Miguel Montero (Sept. 14). The Montero bobblehead will be given away on Hispanic Heritage Day.

New this year, the D-backs will host a street festival prior to three games throughout the season (Apr. 1, Apr. 13, May 11, Sept. 14) that will feature food trucks, D-backs inflatables and several activities before fans enter the stadium.

Also on the promotional schedule are several $5 College Nights, School Family Nights, Choir Nights and Senior Days as well as Stitch & Pitch (April 13), four educational field trip days (April 29-May 2) and events for the Girl Scouts (May 11), a Camp Day (June 19), Cheer Night (August 31) and a Band Night (September 28). Three Mystery Ball events are also planned for April 27, June 8 and August 10. The club will host post-game fireworks shows, presented by Gila River Casinos, following 10 Friday night home games.

The D-backs 2013 promotional dates are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:

· 2013 Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Pepsi (First 50,000 fans on April 1 vs. Cardinals)
· APS Green Series (April 12-14 vs. Dodgers)
· Beat LA T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on April 13 vs. Dodgers)
· Jackie Robinson Day (April 25 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Outdoor Recreation Night (April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Wade Miley Garden Gnome, courtesy of Sanderson Ford (First 20,000 fans on April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (May 10 vs. Phillies)
· Mother’s Day Tote Bag, courtesy of Pepsi (First 5,000 moms on May 12 vs. Phillies)
· Boy Scout Night Sleepover (May 24 vs. Padres)
· D. Baxter Fan, courtesy of CenturyLink (First 10,000 fans on May 25 vs. Padres)
· D-backs Memorial Day Doubleheader (May 27 vs. Rangers)
D-backs Snapback Cap, courtesy of Budweiser (First 5,000 fans 21 and older at the 12:40 p.m. game on May 27 vs. Rangers)
· Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead, courtesy of Arizona Sports 620 (First 20,000 fans on June 8 vs. Giants)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (June 9 vs. Giants)
· MLB Network Drawstring Bag (First 20,000 fans June 22 vs. Reds)
· D-backs Stars and Stripes T-shirt, courtesy of Ram Trucks (First 15,000 fans on July 5 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Playing Cards, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 5,000 fans 21 and older on July 12 vs. Brewers)
· Native American Recognition Day (July 13 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Beach Towel, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on July 13 vs. Brewers)
· Back-To-School Backpack, courtesy of Cox Communications (First 5,000 kids on July 14 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Luchador Mask (First 20,000 fans on July 27 vs. Padres)
· Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead (First 20,000 fans on August 10 vs. Mets)
· Miguel Montero Growth Chart, courtesy of Arizona Milk Producers (First 5,000 kids on August 11 vs. Mets)
· D-backs Alumni Night (August 31 vs. Giants)
· Labor Day Game (September 2 vs. Blue Jays)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (September 13 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser (September 14 vs. Rockies)
· Miguel Montero Bobblehead, courtesy of Subway (First 20,000 fans on September 14 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Luchador Cape, courtesy of Circle K (First 5,000 kids on September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Roberto Clemente Day (September 18 vs. Dodgers)
· D-backs Car Show Street Festival (September 29 vs. Nationals)
· 2014 Magnet Schedule (First 20,000 fans on September 30 vs. Nationals)

The D-backs 4-Pack will be available starting March 4 and will allow fans to choose any four games with affordable seating options in all levels at Chase Field. Also on March 4, the D-backs Value Pack will be available for single-game purchase.  For $21, fans will receive a game ticket in the bleachers, a regular size hot dog, a 24 ounce drink, and a special offer from Subway®. For more information on ticket packages, visit www.dbacks.com/tickets.

Spice It Up Food Truck

Valley’s Best Food Trucks All in One Place at Vistancia

Enjoy Vistancia’s Food Truck Experience from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 featuring gourmet food samplings from 11 of the Valley’s best food trucks, tours of 11 model homes throughout the Vistancia community, Blackstone Country Club clubhouse tours and menu tastings.

The West Valley’s first food truck tour begins at the Vistancia Information Center, 12026 W. Lone Mountain Parkway in Peoria, where guests will receive a map of the gourmet food trucks located throughout the community’s builder model homes by K. Hovnanian Homes, Meritage Homes, Rosewood Homes, Shea Homes, Taylor Morrison and T.W. Lewis by David Weekley Homes. Complimentary food samplings will be available from all food trucks to the first 400 guests during this open to the public community event.

Located amongst a stunning backdrop of Sonoran desert mountain beauty, guests can rediscover Vistancia and all it has to offer as they enjoy 11 diverse gourmet food trucks featuring Carte Blanche, Hey Joe!, Filipino Street Food, Island Loco, Luncha Libre, Mojo Bowl, Pizza People, Q UP BBQ, Spice It Up!, Sweet Jonez Cupcakes, Tom’s BBQ Pig Rig and Torched Goodness.

Specialty food offerings will range from Chipotle mushroom and mozzarella  quesadillas, smoked beef brisket sliders, pulled pork on coleslaw, bacon mac and cheese bites and ancho chile braised steak tacos to vanilla, sea salt caramel and chocolate crème brulee; mini cupcakes, strawberry banana, orange and pineapple mango smoothies; with gluten free and vegetarian options.

Blackstone at Vistancia’s private Blackstone Country Club will feature tours of the club and menu tastings from an active Paella station featuring pork loin, chorizo, clams, mussels, shrimp and saffron rice, located in the courtyard of the stunning hacienda-style clubhouse.
In addition, The Village at Vistancia community will be offering tours of the 15,000-square-foot Mountain Vista Club and the Blackstone at Vistancia will feature previews of new custom homesites during the special event.

Vistancia offers the best in family life and neighborhood involvement among miles of open space away from the city and close to what’s especially important in life. The community offers a wide range of living choices and amenities for enjoying truly diverse experiences.

“We’ve created a community that offers a wide range of living choices and amenities for enjoying varied experiences at Vistancia,” said Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia. “From the playful spirit at The Village at Vistancia to a comfortable luxury found in Blackstone at Vistancia and the genuine, overall feeling of being connected by pure, unspoiled nature away from the bustle of the city, we do have the best of everything,” Hammons said.

“Master planned communities like Vistancia are very appealing to today’s homebuyers as they provide exceptional value with a variety of housing choices, architectural integrity, recreational amenities, multiple schools on site and magnificent nature trails such as the 3.5-mile Discovery Trail, all with respect for the natural beauty of the land and plenty of open space,” said Hammons.

A quicker access to metropolitan Phoenix with the opening of Vistancia’s second entrance off of the Loop 303 and Lone Mountain Parkway has accelerated the vibrancy of the Vistancia master plan.

Distant mountain ranges provide a perfect setting for Vistancia featuring dramatic views of White Peak, Twin Buttes and the Bradshaw Mountains in a pristine desert landscape.
Take Loop 303 to the new Lone Mountain Parkway (exit 127) to enter the Vistancia community. The Vistancia Information Center is located at the guard-gated entrance of Blackstone at Vistancia. For more information about Vistancia or the Food Truck Experience event Oct. 27 visit www.vistancia.com or call 623-933-6233.

2012 Food Trends

Food and Beverage Unplugged: 2012 Food Trends

While last year brought the emergence of the cupcake, this year’s new food trends will have you saying, “That is so last year.” From infused drinks to a social dining experience, 2012 brings promising expectations for foodies nationwide.

Guests will not only get a chance to tempt their palate with new tastes, but also engage with chefs, staff and other restaurant-goers, making for a truly memorable dining experience.

2012 Food Trends:

Move Over Meat

It is the year of the vegetable, and fish, and fruit … well, any good-for-you fare. With resolutions of healthier eating on the minds of many restaurant-goers, a trend that will continue to grow but shrink the waistline, will be the emergence of healthier menu options (hint hint: sushi, which has omega 3 fats — aka good fats — that protect the nervous system and provide vitamin D and proteins). Be it by using fresh, locally grown produce or keeping calories at a minimum, chefs are keeping guests’ guts in mind when taking the red marker to their menus.

Get Your Tepp-an

Blurring the lines between dining and entertainment, restaurants will be offering guests a chance to socialize and engage in the cooking experience this year. From table-side cooking to communal tables, guests will be rubbing elbows and getting to know each other well into 2012.

While many might not be used to the idea of dining with strangers, teppanyaki service, such as that available at Sapporo, engages guests with entertainment as the main entree.

Imbibing Infusions

This year, expect to see cocktails take a new approach. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any trendier, the infused cocktail came along. Bars will begin to be fully stocked with house-made syrups and infused liquors (think lavender vodka, cucumber rum, smoke-flavored tequila or liquors tasting of elderflower and tea). While more prevalent with lighter spirits, such as vodka, gin and sake, expect to see bartenders experiment with darker spirits as well.

Food Truck Takeover

Once despised “roach coaches” have now turned into modern day food trucks that are taking America by storm. Considered, in some cases, a gourmet kitchen on wheels, local food trucks can offer everything from exotic fare to high-end desserts on the go. When ordering a Bento Box to go isn’t in the cards, a walk to the nearest food truck is always a good option.

Goodbye Gluten

While sushi restaurants, like Sapporo, are a gluten-free guest’s go-to, look for more restaurants to join the gluten-free bandwagon this year. With more and more people having food allergies, restaurants across the nation will be offering tastier options for those needing to avoid wheat protein.

Unlike ever before, restaurants are raising the bar. No longer are they settling for mediocre drinks and already-been-done fare. Experimentation and creativity have unleashed a new style of dining and new way of preparing and serving food to hungry guests. Whether you’re dining as a group at a teppanyaki table or sipping on the newest concoction from your favorite bartender, it’s highly likely that you will be doing a lot of both this year.

For more information on Sapporo, visit sapporoscottsdale.com or call (480) 607-1114.