Family-friendly 4th of July Happenings in Phoenix

July 2, 2015 | 9:38 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff


The fourth of July is just days away and the big day filled with red, white and blue and delicious BBQ food should be celebrated in style. Luckily Arizona is putting on some amazing events around the Valley that are friendly for the whole family.

Phoenix zoo is offering a special 4th of July experience at the “4th of Zooly” event. The zoo will have BBQ food from Andrew’s Catering, carousel rides, a showing of Ice Age at the 4-D theatre, face painting, live entertainment and more! The admission is $45 for adults and $35 for kids. For more information and to purchase tickets visit,

Tempe Town Lake will be hosting its annual 4th of July celebration. The event will include fireworks, live music, beer garden, splash playground, food court, family fun zone and more. Tickets are on sale for $5 through July 4th and available for $6 at Fry’s stores. For more information visit,

During the 4th of July weekend Butterfly Wonderland will be holding activities for all ages including live music, butterfly talks with the keepers, face painting and more. Guests who wear red, white and blue will get a 10% discount. For more information visit,


Crudo Owners to Host Job Fair for New Restaurant, Okra Cookhouse &...

July 1, 2015 | 11:33 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Down-home Southern food with an Italian influence will be making its way to Central Phoenix later this summer with the opening of Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails, the newest restaurant from the owners of Crudo.  But right now, the restaurant is looking to build a motivated and passionate team to spearhead this high-profile new project.  A job fair for Okra will be held Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th at Crudo to hire all positions, both front-and-back-of-the-house.  The event will run from 11am – 6pm both days, and will seek to find those with the right skill, personality and positive attitude that it takes to be successful in this new project.

Located inside the Crown on 7th development, Okra is housed inside a burgeoning mid century strip that is currently being overhauled by adaptive reuse gurus Brick + West and will ultimately blend indoor and outdoor spaces into a 100-seat space that features an open kitchen and expansive bar.  The cuisine, crafted by nationally recognized chef Cullen Campbell, will offer mouthwatering takes on dishes that blur the line between southern and Italian cooking. Guests can look forward to Tennessee Hot Chicken, Pig Pot Pie, Ham Hocks, even a Redneck burger, plus Italian influences such as focaccia bread pizzas and Umbrian meats. Okra will also include one of the most anticipated bars of the year, Micah Olson’s second full beverage program that’ll feature a large collection of wines, craft beer, and of course, cocktails.

Applicants are asked to simply show up at Crudo during the applicable days and times, and any questions can be answered by reaching out to [email protected] or by calling (602)-358-8666.


Superheroes take the Heard Museum in a Unique New Exhibit

June 30, 2015 | 10:43 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff


Most people associate Superheroes with Marvel Comic characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. This summer the Heard Museum is looking to educate its guests on American Indian legends and super heroes that teach life lessons and make a great impact on American Indian history.

In the Super Heroes exhibit at the Heard Museum kids will be able to create their own superheroes by making superhero costumes, play Native video games and learn what it really means to be a super hero. According to the Heard Museum, American Indian super heroes inspire many American Indian artists and graphic novelists in their work.

The exhibit features work from American Indian artists of re-imagined American Indian super heroes. There are also clay figures on display, graphic drawings and an interactive section for kids to create their own superhero costumes.

Members. Heard museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. For more information on the exhibit visit, or call, (602)-252-8840.


Enjoy the Last Month of Afternoon Tea Time at the Ritz-Carlton...

June 29, 2015 | 9:53 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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The Valley-famous Ritz Carlton hotel will be closing their doors on July 24, 2015. For many Arizona residents this marks the end of their tradition for afternoon teatime.  However, the Ritz Carlton plans to end teatime with tea service throughout July as well as special events to end the reign of teatime.

From July 1-7 the Ritz Carlton will be serving the Teddy Bear Tea from noon through 3 pm with gourmet hot chocolate, sandwiches and pastries.  The event will have story time and a sing-a-long around the piano. Every child that attends the event will receive a teddy bear.

From July 14th through the 19th the Tea Room will be open daily with a final afternoon tea held at 3pm on the 19th. The final afternoon tea will include a champagne reception and slideshow of the afternoon teas throughout the years. The final afternoon tea will hold live music from the Nicole Pesce trio.

For more information call (602-952-2424 or visit


Get Ready for Some Summer Fun with Bottomless Mimosas and Weekend...

June 26, 2015 | 10:35 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Every weekend at Bevvy you can join in on the fun of betting, drinks and brunch at the “Off Track Brunch” that occurs every Sundayfrom 11am- 6 pm. The brunch will feature betting on horse races to win bottle service and other prizes. The event will show the races live on the big screens and there will be specials offered at the delicious brunch that Bevvy serves up.

Bevvy’s weekend brunch runs from 11 am through 3 pm and features brunch cocktails at just $8 with bottomless mimosas and bloodies ($25) or at a special price of $15 with the purchase of a brunch item off the menu. The Bevvy brunch offers delicious breakfast food such as a “Brekkie Burrito” ($10) with scrambled eggs, cheddar & jack cheese, avocado, tomato salsa, sour cream and home fries, the “Deep Bowl” ($10) is another favorite and comes with 2 eggs over easy, ground beef, bacon, avocado, salsa and home fries.

Bevvy brunch is served Saturday and Sundays from 11 am- 3pm and the Bevvy “Off Track Brunch” is every Sunday from 11 am- 3pm. To make reservations for the Off Track Brunch call, (480)-525-9300. Bevvy is located at 4420 N Saddlebag Trail.


Botanical Gardens Encourages Arizona Residents to Explore the Night...

June 25, 2015 | 10:15 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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As we all know, it’s nearly impossible to step outside into the blazing Arizona sun during the daylight hours. Fortunately, Desert Botanical Gardens is offering a way for locals to get outdoor time in nature without the risk of melting, through offering nighttime Garden Flashlight Tours.

The flashlight tours will begin at 7pm and run until 9pm on Thursdays & Saturdays until September 5, 2015. Participants are encouraged to bring their own flashlight and join in on a self-paced stroll in the Garden’s trails to different discovery stations such as the Agave Station, Saguaro Station, Insect Station, Snake Discovery and many more!

This event is open to all ages and parents are encouraged to bring their children along. The Garden Flashlight Tours are included with a Desert Botanical membership or paid Garden Admission fee. For more information call, (480)-941-1225 or visit . Desert Botanical Gardens is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.


Westgate to Host Final Week of Bike Night

June 24, 2015 | 8:45 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Westgate has claimed the title of holding the biggest Bike Night in the Valley and Thursday, June 25 will be the final week of the highly anticipated Bike Nights for the year. Bike Night has been in association with and features hundreds of bikes lining the Coyotes Boulevard and Westgate Boulevard.

Since March 26, the Bike Nights have featured live music, great deals and discounts from participating Westgate bars and restaurants. Each week vendors come to the side with gifts and food for purchase. The event runs from 5-9 pm at Westgate Entertainment District in the WaterDance Plaza.

Participating restaurants offer bike night specials when you show your M-class license such as Calico Jack’s with $2 Domestic Drafts, $3 Margaritas and ½ off appetizers, McFadden’s offers $10 burger & beers, $3 Domestic Drafts and $25 sampler platter that serves four; for a full list of restaurants and specials offered for Bike Night, visit

Bike Night at Westgate is located at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd in Glendale at the Loop 101 & Glendale Ave. For more info call (623)-385-7502or visit


Annual All Art Arizona Debuts 7-Week Exhibition Featuring Arizona...

June 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Exhibits | By Staff

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The Art Intersection gallery located in Gilbert is known for celebrating all forms of visual art and is once again hosting their annual All Art Arizona 7-week long exhibition. The exhibition is a chance for visual artists of all experience levels to showcase their art pieces in front of a public audience.

This free event platforms many forms of visual art from Arizona artists across the valley who use different techniques such as photography, sculpture, painting drawing and many more. There will be opportunities for guests to vote on their favorite pieces from artists whose work are on display.

The exhibition will be running now through July 18,2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 480-361-1118 or visit . Art Intersection is located at 207 N Gilbert Rd. #201.


Tolmachoff Farms is Offering Arizona Locals a Chance to Pick Local...

June 22, 2015 | 8:30 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


This summer Tolmachoff Farms is encouraging Arizona locals to think and eat local in picking out their fresh produce. Tolmachoff Farms is a four-generation family farm that is operated in Glendale, Arizona. They grow a large variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to provide people with Arizona produce.

During the month of June only Tolmachoff Farms is holding a U-Pick Produce Garden. It will feature a wide range of seasonal crops for people to pick from 8am- noon on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays for $1.75/LB for picked produce.

Tolmachoff Farms will also have a produce stand open through July from 9am-5 pm that will feature fresh farm produce such as tomatoes, sweet corn, watermelon, jalapenos, eggplant, squas and more!

Tolmachoff Farms is located on 5726 N. 75th Ave in Glendale. For more information call (602)-999-3276 or visit


Don’t Get Soaked At The Waterpark This Summer

June 18, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


When it comes to beating the summertime sizzle, there’s nothing better than day splashing around the waterpark. In fact, did you know Arizona invented the now ubiquitous “wave pool” back in 1969, when a local inventor convinced Clarisol (yes, the hair care company) to put up the money to build an artificial wave machine at Big Surf. Recognized as the first inland surfing facility in North America, Big Surf is now one of three local waterparks that help keep us overheated desert dwellers sane during the long, hot days of summer. That said, it can get a little pricey, so here’s your guide to the best deals at local waterparks.

Big Surf is offering daily deals for the summer including Mom’s Day Mondays and Dad’s Day Thursdays that gets your parent in for free when at least on Junior Admission ticket ($19.95) is purchased. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays everyone pays the Junior Admission price for admission and Fridays during June & July, there will be a Sunset Fridays day to have Big Surf open until 9pm. Lastly, on Father’s Day June 21 all dads get free admission with no additional purchases necessary. For more information on pricing visit,

This summer at Wet ‘m’ Wild there are Bring-A-Friend days every Sunday in June when you process a season pass, bring a friend for free. There are also opportunities to save up to $20 online when you buy your ticket online at

Wet ‘n’ Wild is offering summer events such as Dive ‘n’ movies through September featuring some of the most popular children’s animated films. For more information on events offered at Wet ‘n’ Wild visit their website online at


Win With The World Champs

June 17, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


Want to watch the World Champion Phoenix Mercury defend their WNBA crown, while also enjoying some awesome deals and discounts? This summer Phoenix Mercury has partnered with Arizona businesses around the Valley to provide locals with amazing promotions and events to last throughout the whole summer. Delta Dental of Arizona is celebrating National Smile Month with Phoenix Mercury for a promotion and chance to win a VIP experience for four on June 30, 2015 that includes photo ops with the players, swag bad with autographed item, 4 premium tickets with food/ beverages and a Team Night Out with pre-game warm-ups. You can visit, to get entered into the drawing.

Phoenix Mercury will be hosting Friday’s with Carl’s JR every Friday between July 10-July 31 with Scorch and members of the Phoenix Mercury Hip-Hop squad. From 12-1pm there will be chances to win free Mercury home game tickets and t-shirts at these locations:

  • Friday, July 10: US Airways Center Pavilion, 1st Street and Jefferson
  • Friday, July 17: 2342 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ
  • Friday, July 24: 1202 N 51st Ave, Phoenix, AZ
  • Friday, July 31: 1519 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ

Other promotions offered include 50% off your entire online order at the day after each Mercury victory with the promo code MERC50, exclusice discount at Hotel Paomoar Phoenix with promo code “SCORCH” and 20% off all food & beverage at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and Lustre Rooftop Garden by presenting a Mercury game ticket.

For a full list of promotions and events offered by Phoenix Mercury visit, .


Phoenix Zoo is Offering Entertaining Events to Keep Away the Summer...

June 16, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


Phoenix Zoo will be offering Phoenix locals a way to keep cool and have fun with fun events that are scheduled throughout the summer. On Saturday, June 13, 2015 the Phoenix Zoo’s, “Prowl & Play”, there will be opportunities to meet the Snow Queen and Ice Princess in a meet & greet photo opportunity.

The Prowl & Play event will include activities such as a craft station, corn hole toss, pin the carrot on snowman’s nose and science experiments. There will be opportunities to dance with music from DJ Rockin’ Rob, water slides, Zookeeper talks and more.

On July 18, 2015 the Phoenix Zoo will be hosting “Winter in July” with more than 40 tons of snow. There will be opportunities for guests to watch animals play in the snow and eat icy treats, snow piles for toddlers, snowball target area and an elephant shower with the Phoenix Fire Department.

The Winter in July event will also have a DJ, winter-themed games and educational crafts. For more information about events held this summer at the Phoenix Zoo visit,



Summer Cocktail Camp 2015 is Returning for a 2nd Summer of Featured...

June 15, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff


You’re never too old to go to camp and while the kids are away on their summer adventures, it means it’s time for the adults to enroll in the 2015 Summer Cocktail Camp. With master Valley mixologists, Phoenix hotspot drinking establishments and recipes for the best drinks in town; this is a camp you won’t want to miss.

This crash course in specialty cocktail making will kick off its second year on June 14th. Each session will feature one of the Valley’s leading bartenders/mixologists and be held at a different local hotspot around town. Phoenix Magazine editor Craig Outhier will act as a host for the camp and give guests the opportunity to meet industry professionals.

Each Cocktail Camp will be held on the second and fourth Sundayof the month (1:003:00 pm) from June through September. The list of bars featured is as follows:

  • 6/14: Virtu– Kick-off class
  • 6/28: Barrio Urbano– with Colton Brock
  • 7/12: Last Drop Bar at Hermosa Inn– with Travis Nass
  • 7/26: The Upton– with Ruth Condren
  • 8/9: The Gladly – with Brian Goodwin
  • 8/23: Counter Intuitive – with Jason Asher
  • 9/13: Clever Koi– with Joshua James
  • 9/27: DCM Bar at Desoto Market– with Jillian Jones

With last year’s events selling out in days, reservations should be made quickly by visiting, Tickets are being sold for the price of $30 + tax/gratuity per person and can be paid at the venue on the day-of the event. It will include three or four cocktails, a two-hour class and special takeaway gifts and a la carte food offered at an additional price.


Man & Woman of The Year 2015 Grand Finale to be Hosted by Lymphoma...

June 11, 2015 | 8:57 AM | People | By Staff


According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, “Over 1 million Americans and 23,000 Arizonans currently battle blood cancers. Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer and every 10 minutes someone loses their battle.”

In an effort to raise funds for blood cancer research and patient support for those affected by Leukemia, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society holds an annual “Man & Woman of the Year” campaign. The Man & Woman of the Year candidates actively participate in the effort to help raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This year’s 2015 Grand Finale will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015(5:30 pm) at Talking Stick Resort.  Candidate’s efforts will be recognized with food, cocktails, music and announcement of the Man and Woman of the Year.  There will be opportunities for guests to meet with top industry leaders in the community, connect with cancer survivors and those who work towards making research possible.

Last year’s winner of the ‘Man of the Year’ Chuck Hauf of Snell & Wilmer raised more than $100,000 in honor of his brother Don, who passed away from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) a few months after the campaign came to an end. Candidates for this year are equally ambitious in their efforts with Celebrity Brunches, Auctions and Cross Fit Competitions to raise funds and awareness for the cause.

To purchase tickets contact Naomi Martinez at [email protected] or call (602)-567-7612 for more information. To donate to candidates for this year’s Man and Woman of the year visit


MAD Greens to Celebrate Grand Opening with “Free Salad Day” and...

June 10, 2015 | 9:50 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

The highly anticipated Colorado-based restaurant MAD Greens is making its way to Phoenix after its successful launch of 14 locations in Colorado. MAD Greens is set to open two locations in Arizona, one at Tempe Marketplace (2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy. #1215) and the other at Scottsdale & Acoma (14418 N. Scottsdal Rd #185) MAD Greens is set to be a refreshing change to the Phoenix restaurant scene through providing customers with their mission to promote ‘eating better’. MAD Greens is well known for providing fresh ingredients that are made from-scratch daily and specializing in made-to-order salads, fresh blended juices, paninis, wraps and soups.

One June 13, MAD Greens is hosting a pre-opening preview at Singh farms from 8am-1pm where they will be offering delicious salad samples. The MAD Greens team wants to bring the same idea of providing fresh and local ingredients to their Arizona locations as they do for the stores based in Colorado. MAD Greens has partnered with local Arizona farmers and purveyors such as Abby Lee Farms, Bella Fresh, Duncan Family Farms, Hickman Farms and Shamrock Farms to provide fresh ingredients daily to its customers.

To kick-off their grand opening MAD Greens is hosting a “Free Salad Day” on June 25, 2015 at both locations in Arizona. From 10:30 am  to 8 pm guests will be offered their choice of a complimentary beverage and regular-sized salad. This grand opening giveaway will also act a fundraiser to the local chapters of the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC), they will have representatives on-site collecting donations and informing guest about summer programs offered to Valley youths.
For more information about MAD Greens visit,


School’s Out and “Summer Splash Tuesdays” are In at Desert...

June 9, 2015 | 10:56 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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With school out of session, it means that the kids are home for the summer and ready to be entertained. Luckily for parents, Desert Ridge Marketplace will be hosting “Summer Splash Tuesdays.” This free weekly event is something that the whole family can participate in every Tuesday, June 9 to July 21.

Parents can help keep their kids busy and away from the video games from 11 am to 12:30 pm every Tuesday. The Desert Ridge “Summer Splash Tuesdays” will have fun prizes, games, activities and giant splash pad to keep cool.

During this event there will be chances for kids to meet their favorite princesses and super heroes with a new character featured every week. Kids will receive a free downloadable photo with the character and using the hash tag #DesertRidgeTuesdays, parents will be entered in to win a two-night stay at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge with a 50-minute spa treatment to Revive Spa.

Desert Ridge is located at 21001 N. Tatum Blvd at the loop 101 & Tatum Blvd. For more information and for a list of each weekly featured character visit t


Remington’s at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort Introduces Summertime...

June 8, 2015 | 8:53 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff


Live jazz, fine dining and beautiful resort scenery is what guests will be able to enjoy this summer through July at Remington’s at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. They are introducing a summer Prix Fixe Dining Trio Menu that will allow guests to enjoy some relaxation in a unique dining experience.

For the month of June, the first Prix Fixe Dining Trio menu features a surf and Turf. Guests can choose one item from each course.


– Serrano Pepper and Watermelon Soup

– Braised Short Rib


– Pan Seared Clear Water Trout

– Coal Fired Denver Steak


– Reverse Root Beer Float

– Trio of Chocolates

Starting July 2, the second Prix Fixe Dining Trio menu will feature Flavor s of France. Guests choose one item from each course.


– Vichyssoise (potato and onion soup)

– Cucumber and Tomato Salad


– Organic Salmon En Croute

– Braised Short Rib


– Profiteroles and Strawberries (puff pastry topped with strawberries)

– Orange and Chocolate

The Prix Fixe Dining Trio is $44 plus tax and gratuity and with the purchase of one Prix Fixe Dining Trio, guests receive another compliments of the chef. Each Dining Trio will have your choice of chardonnay, cabernet or merlot from La Terre Cellars, California.

Live jazz will be performed from Valley musicians six nights a week at the Remington’s Lounge. For more information on performance times or the Prix Fixe Dining Trio call, (480)-951-5101 or visit to make reservations.


Bobby Q Named to TripAdvisor’s “Hall of Fame”

June 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Bobby QEveryone knows that good barbeque food doesn’t compare to anything else and if you have tried any of the slow-smoked savory dishes at Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ, you know there’s a reason it was voted one of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America.

Even more recently, Bobby-Q was named to TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame” after winning the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site and Bobby-Q is ranked as TripAdvisor’s #3 restaurant in all of Greater Phoenix (out of 2,443 restaurants) and #1 Best BBQ spot in Phoenix.

Earlier this year Bobby-Q was named to the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, voted by OpenTable diners. Bobby-Q was one of just 30 restaurants nationwide to earn this honor in the 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice awards. They were selected after analyzing more than five million reviews of 19,000 restaurants across the country.

Owner of Bobby-Q, Bob Sikora has barbequing expertise of over 10 years in researching cooking techniques from chefs all over the country. He makes sure that barbeque expert, Executive Chef Mark Hittle, serves all of his dishes with the perfect blend of spices, slow-cooked and grilled to perfection. Bobby-Q offers delicious dishes from Pulled Pork, Smoky Sausage Links, sliced to order Beef Brisket and ribs that fall right off the bone. Additionally, Bobby-Q offers classic dishes like juicy Rotisserie Chicken, Salmon, Fresh Ground Burgers and Hand-Cut Steaks.

Bobby-Q is located at 8501 N. 27th Ave and features reclaimed woodwork with exposed brick walls, antique gas lamps and vintage French doors. For more information about Bobby-Q call, (602)-995-5982 or visit


Chef Massimo De Francesca To Host Dining Series Overlooking...

June 4, 2015 | 8:46 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Everyone has learned from the mistake of going to the grocery store hungry, especially when your growling stomach leads you to overload your shopping cart on junk food and sweets. It’s times like this that everyone wishes they had a renowned chef in their ear, telling them how to shop for the best ingredients in the market.

Fear not, because this summer Chef Massimo De Francesca of SaltRock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona is hosting a dining series and guest will have the opportunity to join him in shopping for ingredients with a cooking class and three-course luncheon that over looks the beautiful red rock in Sedona.

Starting Sundays in June through August (11:00 am- 2:30 p.m.), Chef Massimo will hold a dining series with 10 guests and will help them handpick seasonal ingredients from the market in Verde Valley while providing cooking tips and tricks. Chef Massimo will then help guests prepare a three-course lunch with cocktail pairings for each dish. Lunch will be served in a private mediation room with a beautiful view of Sedona scenery.

This hands-on cooking experience starts at $65 per person for up to 10 guests; reservations can be made by calling (928)-340-8821.


Calling all Overheated and Hungry Valley Residents, J&G’s...

June 3, 2015 | 10:12 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

J&G Steakhouse

Summertime and the living’s easy, unless you are stuck in the brutal Arizona heat. There is no need to fret though if you are melting in the sun, because tired and overheated Valley residents can find an escape at J&G’s Steakhouse.

Get ready to enjoy gourmet food and drink specials all summer at J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale. Every night, guests can enjoy the Sunset Menu with three chef-crafted courses of seasonal meals for $40. There will also be summertime wine specials, enjoy 50% off any bottle of J&G’s Wine Spectator-awarded wine collection priced less that $100.

These deals are available now through the end of August from 5-7pm. J&G’s Steakhouse is located at 6000 E. Camelback Rd.

For more information visit or call (480)-214-8000.

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