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“Cooks & Chords” to raise funds for MS

Cooks & Chords, an evening tasting chef-prepared dishes from Valley restaurants paired with just the right spirits and acoustic music to raise funds to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mayo Clinic, 13400 E. Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale.

Cooks & Chords is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. Among restaurants committed to the event are Aiello’s Salumeria, Charr Burger, Isa’s Pizza, Mayo Clinic, Pita Jungle and Sierra Bonita Grill.

Proceeds from the event that also includes a raffle and silent auction will support MS research, programs and services.

Auction items include, but are not limited to, a stay at the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, jewelry, stay and golf at La Paloma Resort in Tucson and VIP tickets to the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction.

Tickets are $75 per person and are available by visiting www.ArizonaMS.org or calling (480) 455-3958. Additional sponsorships are available.

Chefs and restaurants interested in participating should call Arizona MS Chapter Director of Development Brandee Wessel at (480) 455-3958.

For more information about MS, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.

The gastronomical guide to Arizona Restaurant Week

Some people think this is the loveliest time of the year in Arizona until monsoon season chills our blistering summers for fall. As far as we’re concerned, the most beautiful thing about spring, between the Cactus League and April pool parties, is Arizona Restaurant Week (May 17 to 26). You get 10 glorious gluttonous days to try three-course, prix-fixe dinners at the state’s best restaurants for what’s generally discounted prices of $30 to $40 per person.

Though we wish we could have taste-tested all the participating restaurants’ special menus for you, dear reader, we also know that half the fun of trying something new is the surprise! Luckily, you probably won’t find too many disappointing spoonfuls while on your gastronomical journey.

To get your saliva glands going, we took a bite (or two) out the restaurant week menus at three central Phoenix restaurants.

Here’s the scoop!

Confit pork from Bink’s Midtown.

Confit pork from Bink’s Midtown.

1. Bink’s Midtown
2320 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
All of Bink’s Midtown has an open-air feel. When you arrive, you have the option of sitting outside on its romantically lit patio, inside at its cozy bar or at a table or in its white-walled “sun rooms.” There’s no bad seat in the house, in so many words. Bink’s Restaurant Week menu is modern American cuisine with a range of healthy and indulgent options in each course.
First Course
The first course leads with crispy spring vegetable fritters served in a romesco sauce prepared with young garlic. The kale and salanova salad is a tart little treat, though it’s a little overshadowed by the crispy fritters. The third option will have you fork-fighting over the last chicken karaage — think less “Lady and the Tramp” and more Joey from “Friends.”
Second Course
The second course hands-down must be the “no knife necessary” confit pork. The pork is marinated for four to five days in its own fat and is so, so buttery smooth and tender. The spicy broccolini bring you back to earth, so save those and the white bean ragout for last — to keep you grounded.
Other second-course options include corn pasta with veggies and grilled rainbow trout.
Third Course
The third course is intriguing. It includes a vanilla yogurt semifreddo, hibiscus sorbet and flourless chocolate cake.

Tomato and melon salad and steak cobb salad from The Clever Koi.

Tomato and melon salad and steak cobb salad from The Clever Koi.

2. The Clever Koi
4236 N. Central Ave., #100, Phoenix
Jared Porter and Joe Absolor’s brainchild is a modern American-Asian fusion menu that has a lot to offer the adventurous eater. The vibe is dim diner chic with an open kitchen grill and a cocktail menu to literally flip over. Clever Koi also brews its own fernet, which is serves on tap, as a digestive aid. One patron was overheard saying it tasted like “the war,” so prep your gut! The Clever Koi’s Restaurant Week menu offers three vegetarian and four gluten-free choices.
First Course
The vegetarian tomato and melon salad is served with tempura avocado and a bit of sass (lemongrass vinaigrette). Other options include the delicious-sounding gluten-free and vegetarian edamame fritters and gluten-free Sriracha roasted pork ribs. Choosing between these really depend on the diner’s mood, but, really, who is going to eat a salad during Restaurant Week? Go for the fritters or ribs!
Second Course
For a main course, Clever Koi is serving a gluten-free steak “cobb” bibimbap (grilled Bulgogi flat iron, bacon, tomato, scallion, tempura avocado and a soft egg). The combination of ingredients was underwhelming, though it looked very pretty propped up on a scoop of dry, bland rice. However, the steak was delicious! The spicy seafood hot pot sounds really intriguing with its wood-grilled octopus, catfish and shrimp with cilantro. The entree options wouldn’t be complete without some gourmet ramen. The vegetarian summer corn ramen wish is served in corn broth with summer squash, chilis, asparagus and miso butter. The soups really win here. Bottoms up!
Third Course
The Clever Koi is only giving you two options for dessert: roasted banana fritters and gluten-free “Almond Joy” rice pudding. We didn’t get a chance to try either, but we trust your sweet tooth won’t steer you wrong after two courses of spicy and salty fare.

An array of Sierra Bonita Grill’s Arizona Restaurant Week menu.

An array of Sierra Bonita Grill’s Arizona Restaurant Week menu.

3. Sierra Bonita Grill
6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix
Sierra Bonita Grill is a romantic, rustic place inspired by its namesake, which is a historic ranch in southeastern Arizona. It is one of two restaurants in the Valley with a subterranean wine cellar and has more than 100 Western paintings, photos and sculptures near and dear to owner Nate Hopper. If you want to impress your date, we recommend asking someone if you can tour the wine cellar (they may escort you if there isn’t already a private party!).
First Course
Sierra Bonita Grill serves up delicious Mexican fare so for tradition’s sake one of the appetizer options is guacamole and salsa. There are also more unique options of ceviche and Hopper’s Poppers, which are halved jalapeños stuffed with a blend of four cheese.
Second Course
This is where Sierra Bonita shines. Its carne asada, buttermilk chicken, smoked red or green chile pork roast and pan-seared trout are going to be a tough pick and we don’t envy you. If you need a tie-breaker, go with the smoked red chile pork roast. It’ll knock your tastebuds right into Tucson.
Third Course
And now this: peach cobbler, buttermilk pie and croissant bread pudding. The bread pudding is ah-mazing, served with Jack Daniel’s whiskey-lime-and-caramel sauce. However, we’re pretty certain we would have flipped for the cobbler and pie, too.

For more restaurants, visit the Arizona Restaurant Week website: http://www.arizonarestaurantweek.com/restaurants.

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Corks And Chords To Raise Money For Multiple Sclerosis Society

Cooks and Chords brings community together to celebrate with food and spirits while raising money for the Arizona Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Tickets are available for the Arizona Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Cooks and Chords – A Taste for a World Free of MS presented by Mayo Clinic and Express Scripts. The event will be held Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

Chef-prepared dishes paired with delicious spirits and wonderfully-appointed acoustic music will be available for guests to enjoy — as will as a raffle and silent auction. Guests will also enjoy a cooking demonstration from Gabriele Bertaccini of Il Tocco.

Restaurants and sponsors include Mayo Clinic, Barefoot Wine, Aiello’s Salumeria, Sierra Bonita Grill, Charr Burger, Isa’s Pizza and Brio.

Last year, the 5th annual Corks and Chords event raised more than $30,000 to provide programs for people living with multiple sclerosis and fund research toward the cure and treatment of this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS through its 50 state network of chapters. It funds more MS research, provides more services to people with MS, offers more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. For more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit nationalmssociety.org.

Sponsorships and tickets for the event are available for purchase, a portion of which is tax-deductible.

To buy tickets or for more information about the MS Society or the Corks and Chords event, visit ArizonaMS.org or visit the event page, respectively. You can also call the Arizona Chapter at (480) 455-3958.

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Cooks and Chords raises money for MS

Tickets are available for the Arizona Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Cooks and Chords –A Taste for a World Free of MS presented by Mayo Clinic and Express Scripts. The event will be held Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Guests will enjoy stations of chef-prepared dishes paired with delicious spirits and wonderfully-appointed acoustic music will tantalize guests as they browse packages in our raffle and silent auction.

Restaurants and sponsors include Mayo Clinic, Barefoot Wine, Aiello’s Salumeria, Sierra Bonita Grill, Charr Burger, Isa’s Pizza and Brio. Guests will also enjoy a cooking demonstration from Gabriele Bertaccini of Il Tocco.

Last year the 5th annual Corks and Chords event raised more than $30,000 to provide programs for people living with MS and fund research towards the cure and treatment of this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

Sponsorships and tickets for the event are available for purchase, a portion of which is tax-deductible. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.ArizonaMS.org  or call the Arizona Chapter at (480) 455-3958.

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.  Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.  MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.