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Fox Restaurant Concepts, Fox Block Eight, sold at Olive & Ivy

Fox Restaurant Concepts Selling Limited Edition Wine, Fox Block Eight, at Olive & Ivy

Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) has quite the treat for those in search of a holiday gift that should please the wine aficionados in their lives. For a limited time through the holidays, FRC’s limited edition private label wine, Fox Block Eight, is available for purchase exclusively at Olive & Ivy Restaurant + Marketplace.

Developed by FRC’s sommelier Regan Jasper in partnership with Misha’s Vineyard (Central Otago, New Zealand), this Pinot Noir is a versatile wine and considered the perfect patio wine for Arizona, according to Jasper.

“Fox Block Eight is a bright-style Pinot Noir with hints of pomegranate, rhubarb and strawberry pie,” Jasper says. “It pairs beautifully with white or red meats, roasted or seared fish, mushrooms, spicy sauces, and mild or creamy cheeses.”

Since its inception in 2001, the Fox Block series has featured wine from Oregon and California. Fox Block Eight is the first partnership with a winery outside of the United States, and its criteria for selecting a vineyard is as follows: the winery must own their own land; their wine must typically retail for approximately $60 a bottle; and the wine needs to be a Pinot Noir.

“It’s not uncommon for a restaurant to develop a private wine label using a winery’s bulk juice,” Jasper says, “but the Fox Block series is completely different. It’s a true partnership between FRC and the winemaker. Fox Block is crafted specifically and exclusively for FRC with cream-of-the-crop grapes from high-end wineries.”

The Fox Block wine program began producing 140 cases in its launch year. The bottles sold out quickly, and since then, FRC has produced eight different batches of wine, each time increasing the production amount — with a run of more than 2,200 cases.

Olive & Ivy, the exclusive retailer of Fox Block Eight, is offering a single bottle for $27 or 12 bottles for $300. However, if you’re interested in enjoying the wine while dining out, Fox Block Eight is available at The Arrogant Butcher, Blanco Tacos + Tequila, The Greene House, Modern Steak, North Fattoria Italiana, NoRTH Modern Italian Cuisine, True Food Kitchen, Zinburger and, of course, Olive & Ivy.

Fox Block Eight at Olive & Ivy Restaurant + Marketplace

Scottsdale Waterfront
7135 E. Camelback Rd. #195, Scottsdale
(480) 751-2200
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Fox Restaurant Concepts

Fox Restaurant Concepts' 100 Days of Summer Specials

Between trips to the pool, splash park and day trips to Flagstaff or Sedona, you have to eat at some point. And over the next few months of summer, Fox Restaurant Concepts is hosting its 100 Days of Summer celebration at its local restaurants.

Guests can expect dinner deals, daily happy hour specials, community dinners, brunches and events such as live performances and much more going on now through September 11.

Restaurants and specials include:

The Arrogant Butcher

Appetizer and drinks specials ranging from $2 to $8, Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Arrogant Butcher
2 E. Jefferson St., #150, Phoenix
(602) 324-8502

Blanco Tacos + Tequila, Phoenix

Don’t miss out on its Summer Drinks & Summer Eats with sangria at $6 a glass or $16 for a pitcher; tall boy beers, $6 single or a $20 bucket of 4; and small plates of $3 tostadas and $3 tacos.
Happy hour specials include half-off starters, specialty margaritas, draft beers and well drinks. Catch these specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Blanco Tacos + Tequila
6166 N. Scottsdale Rd., #601, Scottsdale
Borgata of Scottsdale
(480) 289-5701

Culinary Dropout

Ready for the Double Blind Happy Hour? For just $6, receive a paper-bag beer and a shot. They also offer reverse happy hour specials Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to close. And don’t miss out on the live music on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer.

Culinary Dropout
7135 E. Camelback Rd., #125, Scottsdale
(480) 970-1700

The Greene House

Love wine? Not by the glass, but by the bottle? Get 50 percent off all bottles of wine every Sunday (includes reserves).

Greene House
15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., #100, Scottsdale
Kierland Commons
(480) 889-9494

Modern Steak

For $35 per person, Modern Steak offers a three-course, prix fixe menu offered daily from 5 p.m. to close. Swing by on Thursdays and get 50 percent off wine (includes reserves).

Modern Steak
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Scottsdale Fashion Square
(480) 423-7001

NoRTH

Every Monday from 4 p.m. to close, NoRTH offers a pizza party special which includes one salad, one pizza and two glasses of select wine for $25. Catch happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

NoRTH
15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Kierland Commons
(480) 948-2055

North Fattoria Italiana, Arcadia

Take part in a community dinner, which consists of a four-course meal ― available on June 18, July 30 and August 20 ― with beverage pairings at $45 per person from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. And don’t forget to call ahead to make reservations. You can take advantage of happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as $2 eats and drinks on Sundays.

North Fattoria Italiana
Biltmore/Arcadia
4925 N. 40th St., Phoenix
(602) 324-5600

Olive & Ivy

On Saturday and Sunday, have brunch with your girlfriends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Favorites include the breakfast burrito, cinnamon French toast and the egg sandwich. Then come back for happy hour specials (Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

Olive & Ivy
7135 E. Camelback Rd., #195, Scottsdale
(480) 751-2200

Sauce

Try out Sauce’s Summer Sampler, which includes one salad, one pizza and two glasses of wine for $20.

Sauce
14418 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 321-8800

Zinburger, Phoenix

Zinburger’s $20 Dinner Special for Two includes two burgers, sandwiches or salads and one order of hand-cut fries. Happy Hour specials include half-off wines, draft beer, all sides and the plain-and-simple burger offered for only $7 (Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

Zinburger
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Biltmore Fashion Park
(602) 424-9500

For more information about Fox Restaurant Concepts’ 100 Days of Summer celebration, visit foxrc.com/100days.

CityScape, Phoenix, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

New Retail And Restaurants To Attract People To Dowtown Phoenix

With the opening of CityScape at One E. Washington St., Downtown Phoenix now has an urban-style, mixed-use development where people can eat, shop, meet friends after work, relax at a boutique hotel, and even blow off some steam at the gym or roll a few frames at a bowling center.

Developers of CityScape envision retail and restaurants as being key to the project’s success. Some of the new downtown businesses include Gold’s Gym, CVS pharmacy, Charming Charlie, Urban Outfitters, Stand Up Live, Five Guys Burger and Fries, and The Arrogant Butcher. Scheduled to open in March 2012 is the 4-star Kimpton Palomar Hotel.

“If you have a comedy club, a couple of bars, a fine dining place, a yogurt shop, a burger place and a taco shop, it gives people more of an incentive to check (CityScape) out,” says Peder Bondhus, manager of Vitamin T, an already established Aaron May restaurant at CityScape.

Part of what CityScape has accomplished is due to its relationship with the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau (GPCVB) and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership.

“The Greater Phoenix CVB has been a relentless touring campaign,” says Jeff Moloznik, RED’s development manager. “We spend a lot of time with them touring prospective delegates to the downtown market and CityScape. They also help us with discussing what amenities are available for those who are considering coming to Phoenix for a convention.”

Moloznik says he believes that the success of downtown as a whole hinges on the collaboration of all of downtown’s stakeholders.

“ASU, the (Phoenix) symphony, Comerica, the sporting arenas, CityScape — we all contribute to what is good about Downtown Phoenix,” he says.

Adding to the mix of retail and restaurants are the Phoenix offices of several major law firms including Polsinelli Shughart, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, and Ballard Spahr. The building also houses Alliance Bank, Fidelity Title and RED Development.

And by the end of the year, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona plans to move 600 of its Valley employees to CityScape.

Restaurants scheduled to open later this year offer diverse meal selections, such as American-style breakfast or lunch at The Breakfast Club, Italian cuisine at The Strand, French favorites at La Crepe Nanou, and Japanese options at Silk Sushi.

“We have the utmost confidence in CityScape and the synergy it’s brought to Downtown Phoenix,” says Kyle Shivers, owner of The Breakfast Club. “We’re a breakfast and lunch venue, and the density and daytime market (in Phoenix) is exactly what we’re looking for.”

The only stumbling block CityScape has experienced so far occurred early this year, when LGO Public House pulled out of the project due to zoning and code restrictions relevant to a wood furnace burner.

 

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2011

The Arrogant Butcher, Phoenix, Ariz., CityScape - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

The Arrogant Butcher Leaves Patrons 
Feeling Welcomed And Satisfied

After dining at enough eateries in my life that have rude waiters and sub-par cuisine, I was wary to spend an evening at a restaurant featuring the word “Arrogant” in its name. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Arrogant Butcher dishes out just the right amount of attitude.Arrogant Butcher Bar, CityScape - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

The newest of Sam Fox’s creations, The Arrogant Butcher is located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix at CityScape. It’s a hybrid of a neighborhood eatery and an upscale fine-dining venue.  A chalkboard runs alongside one of the restaurant’s walls, including a running “Straw Poll” for who will be Phoenix’s next mayor. Combined with a full bar in the middle of the room and a television broadcasting sporting events, it makes the restaurant feel homey and perfect for co-workers looking for a place to spend happy hour.

In contrast, the dim lighting and quiet booths in another section of the restaurant, as well as private dining rooms toward the back encased in slightly transparent curtains, set an intimate atmosphere for those wishing to conduct an important business meeting.  The restaurant also features a hard-to-miss open kitchen and a wait staff dressed in business casual, never forgetting to ooze the over-the-top confidence that is its namesake.

Refreshingly, despite its name, The Arrogant Butcher’s wait staff is comprised of friendly servers who checked the table my dinner companions and I shared often and seemed genuinely concerned with whether we were satisfied with our meal.  My dinner companions and I kicked off our meal with salumi and prosciutto appetizers served with house-made mustard and crusty bread, as well as a plate of marinated olives, grilled asparagus, roasted almonds and crescenza cheese. I ate a good portion of the salumi and prosciutto, intrigued by how well the zesty mustard and flavorful bread complemented both types of meats. Both the creamy crescenza cheese and juicy grilled asparagus were table favorites.

Before ordering our main courses, our table ordered two salads: one prepared with green apples, beets, arugula, pistachio and gorgonzola vinaigrette and one served with avocado, corn, white asparagus and crab cakes. Both salads met our high expectations. The apple and beet salad satisfied with its variety of flavors, and the savory crab cakes in the other salad were the ideal combination of soft, flaky bread and a warm, crab filling.Arrogant Butcher's Crab Cake “Louie” - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

Despite how tasty our appetizers and salads were, the real treat came when our main courses were served. I ordered the crab-stuffed chicken served with spinach, caper berry and lemons. The blend of seafood flavoring and chicken crunch made for a very unique and enjoyable dish. My dinner companions ordered the bone-in dry aged ribeye, served with roasted mushrooms and shallots; the sweet potato tortelli, served with mushrooms, brussels and hazelnuts; and the special of the day, fried chicken and honey biscuits.

The ribeye was one of the best I’ve tried, very tender and flavorful. In fact, I normally eat mine with steak sauce, but the flavor on this one was so fine that none was needed. The table seemed to come to a consensus, though, that the two best dishes were the tortelli and the fried chicken. Now, I have never been a big fan of sweet potatoes, but the tortellis were divine. The subtly sweet and soft inside, served with nuts and mushrooms, was a refreshing change from the typical meat-filled tortelli to which I am accustomed. The fried chicken didn’t want for surprises, either. With the first bite I was hooked. It was prepared in an interesting way with honey-infused skin, making it a slightly sweeter version of the 
American classic.Arrogant Butcher's Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert, CityScape - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

Following our main dishes, our table ordered the blueberry cheesecake and warm peanut butter cup desserts, per recommendation of the wait staff. As an avid dessert-eater with a keen sweet tooth, I was impressed. The creamy cheesecake was served in a medium-sized cup with a sweet graham cracker and tart blueberry topping. The peanut butter cup, though, was my personal favorite. The dish consisted of a scoop of chocolate gelato bathed in a warm peanut butter sauce and served with two chocolate peanut butter cookies. It was like having a Reese’s peanut butter cup in melted form.

I would recommend this restaurant to professionals looking for a comfortable restaurant to conduct business, as well as to those visiting the US Airways Center or Chase Field who are looking for a nice place to take friends or loved ones before or after a downtown event.

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2 E. Jefferson St., # 150
Phoenix
(602) 324-8502
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Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2011