Festive Food and Drink Event this December in Greater Phoenix | Instant News


The stress of the upcoming holidays and extra family time may make you feel like you need a drink, so it’s probably no coincidence that most of the events on our December list include alcohol. Don’t worry, there are also some great meals planned, such as a chocolate class, a grain-to-farm-to-table dinner, and a three-course dinner with wine pairing under the stars. Everything adds to the fun in the last month of 2021. Have fun!

Evening with Wine and Dining
Thursday, December 2
Wrigley’s House

2501 East Telawa Line
Wrigley’s House is home to more than 12,000 bottles of wine, so it’s fitting that guests can enjoy a monthly wine dinner curated by wine director Paola Embry. December dinner will be hosted by Hartford Family Winery and includes a five course meal paired with selected wines. Master sommelier Michael Jordan will be the guest speaker for the evening, starting at 6pm Ticket is available for $125 per person.

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Wine from Merkin Vineyards will be offered with every meal at Dinner Under the Stars in Scottsdale.

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Holiday Winemaker Dinner Under the Stars
Thursday, December 2

Scottsdale Waterfront Plaza

7135 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale

Wine and food enthusiasts are invited to eat a three course meal under the stars served by LDV . Winery and vineyard. It will take place at the Scottsdale Waterfront Plaza on Stetson Drive adjacent to the LDV Winery Tasting Room from 6 to 9 p.m. The tentative menu includes a winter salad with local produce and cheese with noble bread and LDW Winery olive oil and balsamic; wine braised short ribs with ricotta gnocchi; and a chocolate flourless torte with ganache and raspberry coulis, plus wine pairing. This event is $155 per person.

Making Chocolate for Home Cooking Class
Saturday, December 4
Desert Sage Herbs
1728 North Alma School Street, Chandler
Did you know that chocolate is actually good for you? Learn how to make homemade chocolate for you and your family in a class brought to you by aromatics specialist Vicki Greener at Desert Sage Herbs. The class fee is $50 and includes supplies, lots of samples, and flyers. All recipes are dairy, gluten and egg free.

Jingle Bell Rockin’ Holiday Block Party
Sunday, December 5

Tarbel

3213 East Camelback Street

Tarbell’s Hospitality, led by chef Mark Tarbell, hosts holiday parties and wine sales at Tarbel parking lot from 1 to 4 pm There will be courtyard games, premium wine tasting, contests, live music from the Tarbell Cha Cha Mouche band, and more. The Wine Store will open and sell a selection of wines including those used for tasting. General entrance fee is $49 and includes wine tasting with 10 pours and food pairing. A portion of the wine proceeds will be donated to the Joy Bus Diner.

Learn all about whiskey (and sample some) at Second Story Liquor Bar and Restaurant.  - LAUREN SARIA

Learn all about whiskey (and sample some) at Second Story Liquor Bar and Restaurant.

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Wonderland Whiskey Tasting
Tuesday, 7 and 14 December

Second Floor Liquor Bar and Restaurant

4166 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Whiskey lovers are invited to choose from two seasonal tasting events with brand ambassadors at Second Floor Liquor Bar and Restaurant. Get four flavors on December 7th and five on December 14th. These include welcome cocktails, Makers Mark Barrel Select, and more. It’s $75 to $125 per person depending on which event, plus taxes and gratuities.

Competition Guide for Wine and Tasting Classes
Wednesday, December 8
Match Market and Bar in Found:RE Phoenix
1100 North Central Avenue

This monthly class at Match Market and Bar offers discussions on specific wine types with sample tastings and light bites. December’s focus will be on chardonnay and pinot noir with guest speaker John Martindale of the Stem Wine Company. Tickets are $25, and the show is from 7 to 20:30

Spirit Sipping Seminar
Saturday, December 11
’61 fireplace in Mountain Shadows
5445 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale

Learn all about drinks with bubbles during this class at Fireplace ’61 on Shadow Mountain. You’ll get a history lesson and a taste test simultaneously during this 30 to 45 minute class. Space is limited to 20 guests, with a party size of up to eight people, and costs $39 to attend.

Cocktails paired with New York strip steak are made with Sacred Stave.  - COCONUT BREWERY, DISTILLERY + EATRY

Cocktails paired with New York strip steak are made with Sacred Stave.

SanTan Brewery, Distillery + Restaurant

Wheat to Farm to Table
Wednesday, December 15
SanTan Park

495 East Warner Road, Chandler

This event is a collaboration between SanTan Brewery Company and Moon River Beef at San Tan Gardens. Taste beef cutlets fed from used SanTan beer grains, paired each with a SanTan beer or cocktail. The menu is ground beef paired with Devil’s Ale; Coffee brisket with old-fashioned espresso; adobo short ribs paired with Sex Panther; and a New York strip steak paired with a Sacred Stave RyeBall. Tickets are $55 per person.

Champagne dinner
Thursday, December 16
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale
Get off to a great start in 2022 with Zuzu at Hotel Valley Ho’s annual champagne dinner. Meals include starters such as Wagyu beef empanadas and steak tartar with caviar followed by Nantucket Bay scallops; New York Argentinian steak strip “Oscar”; and strawberry cheesecake, all paired with Veuve Clicquot champagne. Dinner is $149 per person plus gratuity and taxes.


New Year’s Eve 2022 Great Gatsby Ball
Friday, December 31

Queen Creek Botanical Garden
25002 South 206th Street, Queen Creek

Roar into the 1920’s with this Great Gatsby-themed new year’s eve party in Queen Creek Botanical Garden right on the shores of Lake Kemiri. Dinner will be included plus there will be live music, fireworks, tournaments, prizes for the best dressed couple and champagne toast. Tickets are $150 per person.

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