Arrogant Butcher helps runners fuel up for a good cause

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Before heading to the starting line Sunday at the 39th annual 3TV Phoenix 10K and half marathon, runners can fuel up the day before at the Arrogant Butcher.

The restaurant is offering 10 percent of all of its food sales Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., in support of the 3TV Phoenix 10K. All the funds from that race benefit the Mollen Foundation, an organization that raises awareness of healthful choices for children.

"The proceeds from this race go to the Mollen Foundation. We do programs in many schools across the Valley, for prevention, health and wellness programs," says Paige Mollen of the Mollen Foundation. "We teach healthy habits in schools; it starts early. "

The Arrogant Butcher has even come up with a new dish in honor of Sunday's 10K. It's called "The Record Breaker."  It's a healthy, hearty dish made with pappardelle pasta, smoked chicken sausage, roasted squash, asparagus, mushrooms and Gina's Homemade Ricotta.

This dish would be perfect the night before a race because it is loaded with carbs which your body will burn to create energy, lean protein which the body will use for energy and to help with muscle recovery, and lots of fresh vegetables to give your body essential nutrients.

Chef Matthew Flanagan offered some tips for cooking at home.:

-You don't have to make your own pasta dough for great pasta at home. The easiest way to make your pasta taste great is to add enough salt to the boiling water before you add the pasta into it.  When you taste the water, it should taste "salty like the sea." Then you know you have added enough salt and your pasta will taste great.

-If you're looking to make a dish healthier, substituting chicken or turkey is a great way to cut the fat. For this dish we wanted to use our house made sausage, and we chose chicken as the protein because it is a very lean meat - high protein and low fat.  By smoking the chicken sausage, we can impart a lot of great flavors without adding any fats or calories to the chicken.

-When chopping veggies, make sure to cut them evenly and the same size.  This will ensure that the veggies cook evenly.

-The whole dish is made using extra virgin olive oil, which is the least processed of the olive oils. It's high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which contain polyphenols that have various heart benefits.

"The Record Breaker" will be  available on Saturday only for $16 from noon to 10 p.m. Whether you order The Record Breaker or another dish from the menu on Saturday, 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Mollen Foundation.

The 3TV Phoenix 10k & half marathon is taking place on Sunday, Nov. 2 and benefits the Mollen Foundation, dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity. Register and learn more by visiting Phoenix10k.com.

The Arrogant Butcher is located at CityScape:
2 E. Jefferson Street
Ste. 150
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.thearrogantbutcher.com

The Arrogant Butcher will be closed on race day, Sunday, Nov. 2. The fundraiser will be taking place the day before, Saturday, Nov. 1.

Sunday's 39th Annual 3TV Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon will feature a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, kid's run, and live music. Also during the morning there will a special ceremony inducting a select few deserving individuals into the Arizona Runner's Hall of Fame. This year there will also be a costume contest, judged by Heroes United! 
 
Started 38 years ago by Dr. Art Mollen, the 3TV Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon has grown from humble beginnings. The first race was at 40th Street and Camelback Road and 1,500 runners ran along a canal. The race eventually moved to downtown Phoenix where it remained until light rail construction forced a move in 2005. In 2011, the race returned to Central Avenue.