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Underground Dining…What’s That?

In a few short weeks, Chandler Cultural Foundation and Culinary Mischief will play host to forty passionate food and wine lovers and arts enthusiasts who come together for an exclusive underground dining experience to support the arts in Chandler. But, what is an “underground dining experience?”

Underground dining is an opportunity for a chef to showcase his or her work outside the restaurant setting. During these events, guests are able to enjoy amazing food and be surrounded by new and old friends  (think extraordinary dinner party). The “underground” part of the entire event is the location is not disclosed until a few days prior to the event (in our case 3-4 days out).

For the first time ever, Chandler Center for the Arts will be host our very own underground dining event. Chef Gabriele Bertaccini, a passionate Italian Chef and wine lover, is the creator of this event and many others. He believes food and wine tasting experience is not complete if it is not shared with fellow foodies in the spirit of fun and pursuit of a great time. Chef Bertaccini has inspired hundreds of guests to love and understand food in locations around the globe

During our ” underground dining experience” guests will have the opportunity to indulge in six great wines and six amazing courses. In addition, live and silent auctions will be available and lots of surprises you won’t want to miss!

Have you had an underground dining experience? If not, now is you chance to change that. Gather your friends and join us on October 18 or 19 for an evening you won’t forget. Learn more here!

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Culinary Art Galore

T minus 22 days until Eat Your Art Out Chandler.  Have you selected the restaurant you will be visiting on February 26? If not, no worries. Today we are delighted to introduce two more restaurants joining our Eat Your Art Out Chandler team. Please meet Latitude 8 Thai Grill and D’Vine Bistro. Both locations offer an artistic culinary menu that will excite and delight your pallet.

For starters, what does Latitude Eight mean? Latitude Eight is a geographic designation for the southern part of Thailand which includes the island of Phuket, and other southern coastal cities such as Krabi and Hat Yai, where fresh seafood dominate the cuisine.  Naturally, the owners, David and Nicha, felt Latitude Eight Thai Grill was a fitting name since the menu revolves around Thai inspired food.  It was important for Nicha and David to show the more modern and updated feel of current Thai cities and culture, so they created a modern and serene space to present their food, while not losing the warm and neighborhood feel of Downtown Chandler. The restaurant’s goal is to elevate traditional Thai food by bringing contemporary beauty to the presentation and atmosphere without sacrificing authenticity. You can tell the moment you walk in (just look at the photo above of the interior of the restaurant).

Pour yourself a glass of wine as we head to another divine location. Dvine Bistro & Wine Bar is a Chef Driven American Eclectic Menu, with a Superior Wine Selection, as well as Spirits, Craft Beer, and prices to please. Their motto: “Make wine approachable.” No wine snobs, no point systems. The best wine they carry is the one YOU like. Their sensible portions allow guests to sample from a diverse menu. Lunch or dinner, you’ll be sure to find something “D’Vine” to satisfy your appetite.

Both these location are sure to make your taste buds dance in delight.

Please support the restaurants who support us!  When you grab lunch or go out to dinner, try one of these participating Eat Your Art Out Chandler Restaurants.

Latitude Eight

11 W Boston Street, Suite #5, Chandler, AZ 85225 Map

Eat Your Art Out Participation:

  • 11am-2pm and 5-9pm

Hours

  • Lunch:
    • Monday thru Friday 11:00 am to 2:00pm
    • Closed on Sundays
  • Dinner:
    • Tuesday thru Thursday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    • Friday 11:00am to 10:00pm
    • Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm
    • Closed on Sundays

D’Vine Bistro & Wine Bar
Hours:

3990 S. Alma School, Chandler, AZ 85248 Map | 480.782.5550
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Hours:

  • 11am – 11pm

Winery, Bistro & Cafe

Today we have the great opportunity to highlight two Eat Your Art Out Chandler Restaurants, Kokopelli Winery & Bistro and Bay Leaf Cafe.

Let’s first start our restaurant exploration at Kokopelli Winery & Bistro. Don, one of the restaurant owners, still remembers being a six-year-old boy and making his first batch of wine with his grandpa. “We didn’t have the same equipment as we did back then, we used a basket press,” recalled Don. When Don had his first experience being a wine maker as a little boy he asked his Grandpa, “How am I doing?” His Grandpa looked on in encouragement and told him not so bad. That was one of the many moments that shaped the idea for Kokopelli Winery & Bistro.

Eventually, Don and his wife, Carol,  made the move to Arizona to start the winery. The winery was fulfilling a great promise that Don made to his mother that one day he would grow her a vineyard and that is just what he did. Don’s mother is the second generation winemaker in America from the Minchella family. “We don’t know how many generations we have back in Italy except for the fact that there are one too many to count,” Don said.

Today the winery is one of Arizona’s oldest and most decorated. It’s award winning Bistro offer fresh European style lunches and dinners. When asked why they are participating in Eat Your Art Out Chandler they responded by saying, “Giving back to our community is part of our mission.”

Time to travel to a different cuisine and culture.  A new concept in Indian food offering healthy, delicious food customized to your choice is exactly what Bay Leaf Cafe is all about. Opening their doors on December 16,2011,  Bay Leaf Cafe  aimed to establish itself in an honorable position amongst the  top restaurants in Chandler area. Bay Leaf Cafe features contemporary, seasonal cuisine in a setting that combines striking neoclassical architecture with simple yet elegant modern furnishings.

Bay Leaf offers the convenience of traditional Indian menu and quick grab and go options for those in hurry. Rice Bowl, Chapathi wrap, salads and popular chats are offered under their quick menu. Traditional fare includes tandoori and curry dishes. When asked why they are participating in this event owner, Satyendra said, “I believe Art is an integral part of our life and should be promoted to make our generation/future generations sensitive to human attributes.”

Please support the restaurants who support us!  When you grab lunch or go out to dinner, try one of these participating Eat Your Art Out Chandler Restaurants.

Kokopelli Winery & Bistro
Hours (General):

  • Monday: 11:00am till 6:00pm
  • Tuesday- Thursday: 11:00am till 9:00pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 11:00am till 10:00pm
    Live Music & Dinner Friday & Saturday
  • Sunday: 11:00am till 5:00pm

35 W. Boston St., Chandler, AZ 85225
480.792.6927
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Bay Leaf Cafe
Hours:

  • Tues-Sat 11am-9.30pm
  • Sun-11am-8.30pm
  • Mon-closed

SE Corner of Chandler Heights & Alma School Rd.
955 W Chandler Heights Rd ste-1, Chandler, Arizona 85286
Phone: 480-802-6634
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Vintage Dine

Food, Glorious Food! It’s Artsy Fartsy Foodies Tuesday and we have another great Eat Your Art Out Chandler restaurant to introduce. Today we are exploring Vintage 95.

As you pull up to the Vintage 95 building you can instantly sense the rich history imbedded in the walls.  In 1926, the building was originally Chandler’s first Post Office. Since then, the building has been used for a variety of businesses. Today it holds the deliciously classic Vintage 95.

The idea for Vintage 95 came when owners, Gavin Jacobs, Craig Hills, and Tricia Hills united to realize a vision of creativity and passion. This vision turned into the sophisticated and inviting atmosphere enticing anyone to come in and dine. Vintage 95’s food and beverage program consists of contemporary American with a twist on the classics.* In conducting our research we explored the menu. Each menu is filled with gems of delight, for example the Mexican Chocolate Mousse which is served with a Chili Dusted Chocolate Truffle (yes please!).

From Sunday brunch to a Tuesday evening and beyond, Vintage 95 is committed to giving their guests amazing service, delicious food, and an unsurpassed selection of wine to the city of Chandler. For your next meal out, swing by Vintage 95 and explore their menu.

Don’t forget to visit them for dinner on Tuesday, Febraury 26 (Eat Your Art Out Chandler)!

Hours:

  • 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Sunday thru Wednesday
  • 11:00am to 12:00am Thursday thru Saturday

95 W. Boston Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
480-855-9463
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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Vintage95
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Vintage95Lounge

Please support the restaurants who support us!  When you grab lunch or go out to dinner, try one of the participating Eat Your Art Out Chandler Restaurants. 

On a side note…

Restaurants can still sign up for Eat Your Art Out Chandler on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.   If your favorite restaurant is not on the list, let us know and we will contact them to see if they would like to participate.  Bon Appétit!

*All historical information was selected from http://www.vintage95.com/story.html


Artsy Fartsy Foodies: Two Room Delight

We are pleased to announce two restaurants, The Living Room and The Sushi Room, will be joining us for Eat Your Art Out on February 26, 2013. This neighboring duo takes you from the wine vineyards of Italy to the retro atmosphere of Asia.

We start our cuisine journey at The Living Room. The Living Room is a relaxed, comfortable, welcoming wine lounge & café in Chandler. The food ranges from delicious appetizers such as red pepper hummus with warm pita bread to soups and sandwiches like the  Prime Rib French Dip sandwich. And let’s not forget the wide range of exquisite wines.  Tom Kaufman, owner of  The Living Room, is passionate about offering a wine selection that takes you around the world.

Buckle up as we travel next door to The Sushi Room.  Enter the doors to an oasis of beautifully crafted food and decor. The Sushi Room chefs are passionate about their 27 types of sushi rolls and non-sushi dishes, including a kid’s menu and vegetarian options. Inspired by their executive chef, Joseph Chun, a Valley local, who adds his Arizona touch to the special rolls and finds the freshest fish in the desert. The Sushi Room is sure to please those seeking a delightful experience.

Make sure to keep a look out for their new steakhouse and grill restaurant, ChoP Chandler, opening in mid-December.

For your next cuisine adventure, whether you are seeking to taste the sunset of Tuscany or the retro vibe of Japan, both of these “rooms” are sure to enchant your taste buds.

Come out Tuesday, February 26th, 2013  and join them  for lunch or dinner (or both)!
25% of Sales will be donated to Chandler Center for the Arts.

The Living Room
Hours:

  • Sun. – Thurs. 11am to 11pm
  • Fri. & Sat. 11am to 2am

2475 W. Queen Creek Road
Chandler, AZ 85248
480.855.2848
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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomChandler
Twitter: twitter.com/livingroomaz

The Sushi Room
Hours:

  • Mon – Thurs 11am to 10pm
  • Fri and Sat 11am to 11pm
  • Sun 11a to 9pm

2475 W. Queen Creek Road
Chandler, AZ 85248
(480) 821-9000
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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sushi-Room/262251473798470
Twitter: http://twitter.com/thesushiroom

Please support the restaurants who support us!  When you grab lunch or go out to dinner, try one of the participating Eat Your Art Out Chandler Restaurants. 

On a side note…

Restaurants are now able to sign up for Eat Your Art Out Chandler on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.   If your favorite restaurant is not on the list, let us know and we will contact them to see if they would like to participate.  Bon Appétit!