She Forks PHX Event // 90's Party at Joe's Midnight Run
On January 24th, She Forks PHX hosted a 90's party at Joe's Midnight Run. The night was complete with Fresh Prince goodie bags filled with snap bracelets, choker necklaces, warheads, and Airheads, and a Straight Outta Kitchen Menu items like Phat Desserts. Centerpieces included 90's memorabilia including VHS tapes such as "10 Things I Hate About You" and classic Britney Spears and NSYNC cd's. Bob Mayo, owner of Joe's Midnight Run spoke about the origins of Joe's, back when it was a drive thru liquor store. Everyone was enthralled when he spoke about how Joe's has no stoves and no ovens - everything is cooked in a wood fired grill - how amazing! Taryn Jeffries, recipient of Food Writer of the Year by the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame spoke about evoking emotions in your food writing and how your own experience is what sets you apart. And of course, the food of the night was impeccable. The huge Notorious B.I.G. sliders (mini compared to the regular size!) stole the show, as well as the Phat Desserts. What a blast to the past, celebrating the 90's!
On this warm spring evening, we munched on creative concoctions such as fried chicken and oysters from creator, Jeff Jackson of A.R. Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines..
In addition we tried a variety of sliders, from Mama Kellie's Famous Meatball to Short Rib French Dip to of course, the traditional slider. Everything was squished between toasted buns of goodness and served with perfectly cooked fries and a choice of three dipping sauces (including a surprising wasabi!)
Food trucks and stands sported restaurants from all over the valley including Aioli Burger, Shake Shack, and Famous 48 BBQ, to name a few.
We got to sit down with the founder, Louis Basile (who, by the way, is one of the most genuine and down-to-Earth people ever) and hear all about his passion for good food.
Champagne was served by aerial artists performing acrobatics, with multiple performers flipping and turning, on silk ropes, inside and outside the venue.
I personally already love Sip Coffee & Beer Garage and go there all the time. When I heard Sip was opening a third location by my work, I was absolutely ecstatic.
This was the first time I was given the options of “cashew milk”, “oatmeal milk”, or “a mix of both”.
Previously, we thought there was only one ways to prepare orange chicken but Chef J., The Director of Culinary Innovation at Pei Wei- proved us wrong.
The Antipasto Board was a balance of sweet and salty with breasola, salami, prosciutto, and veggies. It was one of the best cheese boards we've ever eaten.
Aioli Burger presented a delicious burger filled with Kobe Beef, Pepper Jack Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Crispy Bacon, Grilled Pineapple, Arugula, and Togarashi Aioli.