It’s freaking hot outside, we get it. As kids start heading back to school it’s a sign that cooler weather is just around the corner. Until then I’m rounding up a few things you can do to get indoors and beat the heat these last few weeks of summer!
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is turning up the heat but only in the kitchen! Their award-winning Lunch & Learn series, now in its 16thyear is back by popular demand and will run until Sept.1.
Top chefs will join Sanctuary’s Executive Chef Beau MacMillan for interactive cooking demonstrations including a three-course meal with wine, live musical entertainment, Q&A opportunities and take-home recipes. Held in The Views Ballroom, the lunch event on Aug. 11 is priced at $85 per person and begins at 12 p.m., while the dinner events are priced at $145 per person. All prices exclude tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480-607-2300.
For those that wish to stay the night, an exclusive rate of $199 will be offered each Saturday evening (based on availability, excluding tax and resort fee) with the purchase of a Lunch & Learn ticket. This rate cannot be combined with any other offer.
Here’s what is in store!
Saturday, Aug. 11 – Chef James Porter (lunch): James Porter is a local chef, and owner of TERRA farm + manor in Prescott, Arizona. He will be sharing a farm-to-table inspired lunch, paired with unique American wines, starting at 12 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 25 – Tony Abou-Ganim, Samantha Sanz and Rene Andrade (dinner): Abou Ganim is a world-class mixologist, bar owner and author. He will be creating cocktails for a dinner by local chefs Samantha Sanz of Talavera, and Rene Andrade, formerly of elements, who is opening Tempe’s Ghost Ranch this summer. This will be a Mexican-inspired dinner, paired with Fortaleza tequila cocktails, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1 – Chef Danny Grant (dinner): Danny Grant is a chef and restauranteur based in Chicago. He was the youngest U.S. chef to earn two Michelin stars (2011 and 2012). Grant will prepare a dinner, paired with some of California’s best wines, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Toddler Time is back at LEGOLAND Discovery Center!
$16 Includes admission for 1 adult and 1 child + a kid’s meal and refillable coffee during their stay.
$11 per additional guest. Includes admission only.
Monday through Thursday
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers are LEGO® themed experiences that appeal to a child’s fascination with the timeless LEGO® product, taking them into a world of color, creativity, fun and endless possibilities.
If you’re hungry, check out FIRED PIE’S new CAULIFLOWER CRUST PIZZA THEN EAT FOR A GOOD CAUSE ON AUGUST 27th!
Fired Pie is introducing brand new menu items, including options for gluten-free customers and cheese fanatics!
Enjoy new menu items such as the cauliflower crust option, which serves as a yummy, healthy and gluten-free alternative to your average crust. The new cauliflower crust is available for an additional $2.29.
Starting Monday, August 6th, Fired Pie will release a baked-to-perfection Mac ‘N Cheese dish for just $6.99. Guests may also choose a custom Mac ‘N Cheese option for $8.99, which comes with any three ingredients, and any additional cheese of your choice. Both Mac ‘N Cheese options are topped with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs, and baked in a stone hearth pizza oven.
On Monday, August 27 customers can enjoy Fired Pie’s menu items while supporting a good cause. On that day, Fired pie will be donating 10% of sales at all locations to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Phoenix’s Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Phoenix Children’s provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona throughout the Southwest.
The locally owned restaurant allows you to take on the role of chef by picking and choosing your own type of dough, sauce and topping. The sophisticated-yet-affordable pizzeria also offers build-your-own salads. For more information on their 20 locations, visit www.Firedpie.com.
Climb for FREE at AZ on the Rocks!
AZ On The Rocks in Scottsdale is inviting the public to climb for FREE on Saturday, August 18 for Global Climbing Day.
The local rock climbing gym has partnered with North Face for this global initiative. North Face will donate $1 to the Khumbu Climbing Center for every climber who participates in Global Climbing Day at participating gyms, up to $100,000.
AZ on the Rocks (AZR) is Arizona’s largest climbing gym. The family-friendly facility features over 14,000 square feet of climbing terrain, and offers bouldering, top-rope sport climbing, and lead sport climbing. The gym also offers yoga, fitness equipment and a Ninja Warrior Rig. For more information on AZ on the Rocks, its events, and hours of operation, visit www.azontherocks.com.
AZR will be open from 9AM to 7PM on Saturday, August 18 and anyone can come enjoy the facility whether you are a first timer or experienced climber at no cost.
Cool off at The Dorian for Breakfast or Happy Hour
Beginning Monday, Aug. 6, Dorian in Old Town Scottsdale will be open 7 days a week. Breakfast will be available from 7 a.m. to noon; happy hour at the bar will be from 4 to 6 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m. daily. The bar will remain open Friday and Saturdays until 1 a.m.
The new breakfast menu features parfaits, smoothies, avocado toast, omelets, lemon cake pancakes, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos and chilaquiles. Breakfast dishes range in price from $7-$14. Happy Hour will take place Monday-Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Diners can enjoy $5 wells, $3 bottles of beer, 25% off craft cocktails and 30% off all food items on the bar menu.
New appetizers include baked acorn squash, grilled octopus, petite filet, roasted romanesco broccoli and raviolis, prices range between $10-$15. The seasonal dinner menu features gourmet burgers, braised short ribs, roasted hare, pasta, fresh fish and more. The menu is Mediterranean inspired with most dishes being seared in a mesquite wood oven. Dinner ranges in price from $15 to $42. Desserts will include a black forest trifle, apple strudel and peach crumble for $8.
It’s a Cheese Wheel for the ages! A 50 lb wheel of cheese now calls Babbo Italian Eatery’s Scottsdale location its new home. The giant parmesan creation has an indented center, making it easy to mix the featured dish of the night inside. It’s an over-the-top cheesy experience for customers that want that extra creamy texture.
Each week, a new dish, mixed in the cheese wheel, will be unveiled on Babbo’s Instagram (@babboitalianeatery). Those wanting this experience can do so Wednesday through Sunday. The wheel itself is 50 lbs 9” tall and 17” wide.
Babbo Italian Eatery is a local family owned restaurant with eight locations across the Valley (Glendale, Queen Creek, Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, Phoenix and Tempe). Babbo is known for its innovative Italian cuisine in a casual, family friendly atmosphere. The menu features an eclectic selection of classic and contemporary dishes, with a focus on fresh ingredients and house-crafted recipes. To find a location nearest you and to sign up for Babbo Insiders, visit Babboitalian.com.