Ground Control’s cuisine reflects the cosmopolitan lifestyle of its owner, Sean, who offsets his nightly bartending with daily travels as a professional pilot. He and his wife, Tara, have also lived abroad, a sojourn that developed their taste for European dining. Now settled in Arizona, executive chef Chris Ibarra still satisfies their cravings—and those of their patrons—with scoops of house-made gelato atop stuffed crepes, short ribs braised in Guinness, and custom wood-fired pizzas crowned in ingredients such as roma tomatoes, duck, and gouda. Open for three meals a day, the eatery also anoints glasses with exotic ingredients by serving rich espresso drinks, creative cocktails, and sippy cups of water from the Fountain of Youth. Live music fills the space every Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Brewfest on Lincoln supplies each of its visitors with 20 sampling tickets, ensuring that they get ample 3-ounce tastings of their chosen brews to rinse their mouths. Local food vendors dish out plates to pair with each foamy pour. The afternoon's entertainment draws from a variety of genres, featuring bands from genres ranging from R & B to classic rock.
The Wigwam Resort has provided Arizona with a luxurious retreat for more than 80 years. Saturday, November 1st, 2014 marks another day to remember in its long history. It's the date of the annual Wigwam Harvest Wine Festival, an event showcasing more than 75 specially selected wines from Sonoma, Napa, Central Coast, and Pacific Northwest wineries. Attendees get a souvenir wine glass and 15 tastings included with the cost of admission; they can also purchase full meals separately, or just enjoy their sips while listening to live music from Sunday Drive.
Festival-goers come together at the Wigwam resort to celebrate bacon and beer at the Wigwam Beer & Bacon Festival. Guests receive a commemorative glass for sampling beers, taking breaks to munch on bacon and pose for photos with friends. Showcasing over 30 breweries and tasty bacon dishes from The Wigwam's culinary team. Proceeds from the event benefit The Honey Foundation. Brought to you in partnership with Krombacher Brewery and the Arizona Pork Council.
Johnny of Johnny Fox's Public House sought to re-create the comforting pub ambiance he experienced during his time in Ireland with his father. He has accomplished this by building an old-world cottage exterior and large water wheel and filling his pub's interior with Gaelic "craig agus ceol." Following the tradition of Irish pubs, he divided the rooms into quaint sections. Low wood tables and stools sit near a brick fireplace, while one ornate booth stands semienclosed near the back. An old pipe organ sits next to a long table occupied by wayward lawn gnomes, and plenty of natural light floods in from all directions. Bartenders fill pints with Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's at a bar inscribed with Gaelic sayings. In the kitchen, chefs labor over classic dishes such as shepherd's pie prepared with fresh ground lamb and beef, Guinness-braised short ribs, and pan-seared sea bass. Brunch buffets are available on Sundays, and a good whiskey is easy to find at Johnny Fox's, including an 18-year Jameson, while a carefully selected list of white and red wines can be paired to match all dishes on the menu. The restaurant's 15,000 square foot space is also available for meetings, weddings, or meetings held during weddings.
Nancy Fitzgerald, owner of The Tasting Room, knows the importance of being local–having grown up in the Phoenix area herself–and populates her eatery’s wine and beer lists with local Arizona tipples. Specializing in boutique and specialty wines and beers, she's also amassed a menu of more than 70 wines from across the United States, South America, and Europe that are complimented by more than 20 microbrews and a cider. Her chefs pair these libations with small plates of italian crostini and goat-cheese-stuffed bell peppers, and paninis topped with smoked and cured meats and eclectic cheeses. A variety of pre-arranged specialty cheese and meat plates are also available, or guests can create custom plates from a list of 18 different cheeses and 7 meats with which to impress a date or immediately see the benefits of a low-carb diet.