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Sausage Festival at Brat Haus

It's going to be a total Sausage Fest at Brat Haus on Sunday April, 24, 2016 from noon-8 p.m. Guests will celebrate with pretzels, beer, sausage themed activities and a menu of exotic brats made especially for the event. 

Get a taste of specialty brats including Seafood Sausage, made with scallops, shrimp, fish and herbs simmered in butter. Also on the menu is the Mushroom Sausage made with locally sourced porcini, king oyster, hen of the woods and Phoenix cap mushrooms.

To add a little spice to your palate, enjoy the Das Fire Brat made with habanero, green chili, ghost peppers and jalapeno. Or try the Verde Chorizo Sausage packed with peppers, chilies and cilantro. 

Other brats include the Sonoran Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with bacon, pinto beans, grilled onions, fried jalapenos, cilantro and crema. Or try the Haus Brat, Sweet Brat, Spicy Brat and All Beef Hot Dog. Add pulled pork to make any brat Smokehaus style. 
Last year, Brat Haus set a new record with their 93-foot-long brat. This year, they plan to hit 100 feet and beyond with a New Belgium Citradelic Beer Brat. Simmered in beer and made with marjoram, tangerine rind and citrus juices, Sausage Fest guests can purchase a portion of the giant brat for $2 per inch, six inch minimum. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the ALS Association of Arizona.
Other menu items include a Smokehaus pulled pork sandwich, pork belly watermelon skewers, and haus made pretzels with beer cheese. To wash it all down, enjoy cold beverages and refreshing brews provided by New Belgium Brewing, SanTan Brewing Company, Krombacher, Grand Canyon Brewing and Sun Up Brewing. 

Dogs eat free at Brat Haus on Sundays, so bring your doggie friend to enjoy a Dog Brat, the perfect treat for your pooch made with all natural brat of chicken and pork, carrots, squash and more. 

Taking over the open air beer garden at Brat Haus, Sausage Fest will feature Arizona's longest brat and Arizona's largest pretzel, a sausage photo zone, sausage making demos, stein holding contests, bag toss, beer pong, and more games. 

The first 100 people through the door, who are over 21, will receive a complimentary Sausage Fest cocktail, complete with little Smokey, cheddar cheese and pepperoncini garnish. 

Sausage Fest activities schedule: 

  • Arizona's Largest Pretzel                 12:30 p.m. 
  • New Belgium Beer Garden Games   12- 6 p.m.
  • Arizona's Longest Brat                    1 p.m. 
  • Sausage Demos                             1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Stein Holding (in parking lot)            2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Balloon Twister                               1p.m. to 3 p.m.

Presale general admission is $8 if purchased at Brat Haus and day of admission will be $10. Tickets can also be purchased online for $10 at Sausage Fest is an all age's event, kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Brat Haus is located at 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Be sure to give them a "like" on Facebook at

Brat Haus
3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Miracle Mile Deli
4433 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016

MMD Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

SERVES 6 People
Chicken Stock
            1 45-lb. chicken, cut into 8 pieces
            1 pound chicken wings, necks, and/or backs
            2 large yellow onions, unpeeled, quartered
            6 celery stalks, cut into 1" pieces
            4 large carrots, peeled, cut into 1" pieces
            1 large parsnip, peeled, cut into 1" pieces
            1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
            1 tablespoon black peppercorns
Matzo Ball Mixture
            3 large eggs, beaten to blend
            ¾ cup matzo meal
            3 tablespoons club soda
            1¼ teaspoon kosher salt
            2 small carrots, peeled, sliced ¼" thick on a diagonal
            Kosher salt
            Coarsely ground fresh black pepper
Chicken Stock

Bring all ingredients and 12 cups cold water to a boil in a very large (at least 12-qt.) stockpot. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chicken breasts are cooked through, about 20 minutes.
Transfer breasts to a plate (remaining chicken parts are strictly for stock). 
Continue to simmer stock, skimming surface occasionally, until reduced by one-third, about 2 hours. Strain chicken stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a large saucepan (or airtight container, if not using right away); discard solids. You should have about 8 cups.
Do Ahead: Stock can be made 2 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. (OR use a premade chicken stock for convenience if you don't want to make your own) 
Matzo Ball Mixture
Mix eggs, matzo meal, club soda, and salt in a medium bowl (mixture will resemble wet sand; it will firm up as it rests). Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
Do Ahead: Mixture can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
Bring chicken stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Add carrots; season with salt. Reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender, 57 minutes. Remove from heat and cover. Set soup aside.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Scoop out 2-tablespoonful portions matzo ball mixture and, using wet hands, gently roll into balls.
Add matzo balls to water and reduce heat so water is at a gentle simmer (too much bouncing around will break them up). Cover pot and cook matzo balls until cooked through and starting to sink, 2025 minutes.
Do Ahead: Using a slotted spoon, transfer matzo balls to bowls. Ladle soup over and season with pepper to taste.  Enjoy the simplicity of a great Jewish traditional soup!

Tanzy Restaurant 

Veggie Board Recipe: 
3 zucchini strips, 2 yellow summer squash strips, 1 grilled Portobello, 4 roasted red pepper strips, 2 ounces blanched broccolini, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon EVOO, white sweet potato fries, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, 4 carrot sticks, ¼ cup tempura batter, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 tablespoons goat cheese crumbles, parmesan crisps, 2 oz. basil pesto, ¼ teaspoon maldon salt, ½ teaspoon chopped celery

Tanzy Restaurant, located up the escalator next door to Ipic in Scottsdale Quarter knows how important the Earth and sustainability are, and so to celebrate Earth Day, the restaurant is serving a locally grown and grilled vegetable board for the whole month of April.
Consisting of mouthwatering grilled zucchini, tempura carrots, roasted portobello mushrooms, sweet potato fries, broccolini, marinated bell peppers, parmesan crisps, and topped with basil pesto this veggie board is locally grown and as a result packed full of fresh and delectable flavor.
"We are proud to purchase our produce from the local Blue Sky Organic Farm," said Executive Sous Chef Scott Anderson. "The quality of the local ingredients makes all the difference when cooking and working farm to table is the best way to capture the natural flavors of the vegetables."
All this savory goodness is served for only $13 at Tanzy Restaurant throughout the whole month of April from 11 a.m.  10 p.m. Monday through Thursday & Sunday and 11 a.m.  12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Earth Day is celebrated April 22nd in 192 countries all over the world. This global scale holiday is intended to celebrate nature and sustainability.

This is why Tanzy Restaurant chose a fresh vegetable board to contribute. As an Italian-American modern food cuisine concept and winner of Open Table's "Diners' Choice Awards" Tanzy Restaurant celebrates freshness every day, serving ingredients straight from our local farmers.
With award winning chefs and enviable freshness, Tanzy Restaurant's new veggie board is sure to impress. Hurry down to Tanzy Restaurant in the Scottsdale Quarter to celebrate Earth day all month long with this savory veggie board.

Visit to get more information or call 480-483-3255 to make a reservation. 

Tanzy Restaruant
15257 N Scottsdale Rd #220, 
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Voices for CASA Children to Host 3rd Annual Superhero 5K/1K Fun Run & Kids Dash to Benefit Thousands of Abused, Neglected Foster Children

Calling all Superheroes! Don your cape for Voices for CASA Children's 3rd Annual Superhero 5K/1K Fun Run/Kids Dash.  Fly across the finish line and experience all of our SUPER-FUN activities.  Keep an eye out for villains.  Strut your stuff at our Superhero Costume Contest for all ages.  And don't miss our Mighty Mini Heroes Zone with games, team mascots, emergency vehicles, superheroes and more!
The Superhero 5K/1K Fun Run & Kids Dash will take place starting at 7:30am Sunday morning, April 24 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Participation will benefit more than 13,000 local abused or neglected foster children.

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Time: 7:30am-10:00am (Check-In/Registration starts at 7:30 am, with the 5K race at 8:30 am; winners will be announced at approximately 9:30am)
Location: North Soccer Fields, Kiwanis Park (E. Baseline Rd & Ash Ave.), Tempe, AZ 85283

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