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The casual eatery where diners typically pop in for pizza, salads or sandwiches will step things up a notch with a wine pairing dinner.
Home bakers, take note: An East Valley eatery is looking for your best dessert recipe, and it could benefit a needy cause near and dear to your heart.
The little mining town of Superior — about 50 miles from the East Valley on U.S. Highway 60 — hosts its annual Prickly Pear Festival this weekend, celebrating all the drinks, desserts and dishes you can make from the spiny cactus. If a jaunt into the mountains isn’t in the cards, here’s where you can taste the cactus closer to home (and, no, margaritas — the easiest prickly pear-flavored concoction to find in the Valley — didn’t make the list).
Local restaurant owner Jeff Flancer is asking for help naming the Philly cheese steak sandwich on his Mesa and Gilbert cafes’ menus.
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the impact women have had on the local business community over the last year when it hosts its annual Business Woman of the Year awards luncheon Wednesday afternoon.
BLD (1920 W. Germann Road, Chandler  779-8646). Short for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, BLD serves up chef-crafted comfort foods in a casual neighborhood environment, with a healthy disregard for when you’re “supposed” to crave dishes like bacon-studded waffles paired with fried chicken. (Breakfast is available until 2 p.m. daily.) A drive-thru window serves barista-made coffees, specialty drinks and meals on-the-go when you’re in a hurry — but a couple of bites always convince us these are meals best lingered over with good friends, good drinks (also available) and good conversation. $$
Through a month-long series of events culminating with a pizza-eating contest at its Gilbert location, Flancer’s restaurant raised $28,000 for Warfighter Sports (formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Project), which rehabilitates wounded soldiers through sporting events.
Gilbert mayor John Lewis (left), Miss Arizona Jennifer Sedler and Flancer’s restaurant owner Jeff Flancer present Jimmy Peng with a check for $200 for winning this year’s Flancer’s pizza eating contest. In a month-long series of events culminated with its pizza eating contest, Flancer’s raised $28,000 for Warfighter Sports, the outlet formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Project that rehabilitates wounded soldiers through a variety of sporting events.
Jeff Flancer,left, and Sean Madigan help set up the Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park, Friday, September 9, 2011 in Tempe. The field is filled with nearly 3,000 3-by-5 foot flags for every death from the 9/11 attacks. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Dining Out With ... Jeff Flancer, owner of Flancer’s restaurants
Jeff Flancer is owner of Flancer’s restaurants, 610 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, and 1902 N. Higley Road, Mesa.
Money raised from Flancer's 10th Annual Charity Pizza Eating Contest on Sunday goes to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Flancer’s Café, 610 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, will hold its 10th annual pizza eating contest 11 a.m. Sunday.
The East Valley may seem far removed from the devastation in Haiti caused by an earthquake 12 days ago, but the tragedy has reached even here, where a small Haitian church mourns its dead and worries about the sick and injured.
Flancer’s is the latest Valley restaurant to jump on the beer dinner bandwagon, teaming up with Santa Fe Brewing for a Nov. 11 event at its Mesa location.
Do you make a special dessert that your friends and family rave about? Now you can share it with the rest of the Valley. Flancer’s, which has locations in Gilbert and Mesa, is holding a Dessert Showdown contest.
Gilbert fourth-grader Will Leinart is a winner in Olive Garden’s 13th annual Pasta Tales essay-writing contest. Olive Garden asked students in the first through 12th grades: “How would you use the Internet to change your community for the better?”