There are times when you’ve gone to a concert and you are simply ravenous for something to eat. Alas, there have been few late-night bistros open in the Valley, but now there is hope in the east Valley.
The Olive & Ivy has opened on the Waterfront in Scottsdale, boasting a luscious Mediterranean menu that is ripe for late-evening nibbling. Beginning at 7 a.m., breakfast pastries and hot cereals are available in a gourmet bakery; for lunch and dinner, traditional foods such as Lemon chicken and hummus sandwiches ($11), Moroccan-style lamb ($28) and pasta dishes such as Veal and Spinach Ravioli with Mizuna Salad ($19) are available. A high-end retail market features food products for browsers and there are even private dining areas. Wines form a big component of the drinks menu, setting this bistro apart as more upscale.
We suggest sharing a dish to defray the cost of dining late. The both of you won’t go home hungry.
OLIVE & IVY $$-$$$
7135 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 195
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
(Lunch served until 3 p.m.; gelato & barista service until 10 p.m.)
Brunch: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Dinner: 5 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5 – 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
Bar: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11a.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday.
Small plates (bar service): 3 – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday & Saturday.
Nov. 11 & 12
CHILES AND CHOCOLATE
Noon – 1 a.m.
Desert Botanical Gardens
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Admission: adults, $10; seniors, $9; students (13-18), $6; children (3-12), $4.
Dinner and dancing.
Spicy, succulent food, complemented with vivacious foot-stomping, promises a lively evening at the Desert Botanical Garden.
One of our favorite entertainment troupes, Flamenco del Sol, will be serving up a menu of traditional Spanish dance during DBG’s Chiles and Chocolate Festival Nov. 11-12.
Accompanied by popular flamenco guitarist Curt Cichon, the dancers will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Spanish dancers Herlinda Lopez and Deanne Poulos also have invited tribal belly dancer, Karina, to show the Arabic influence on Spanish dance. Colorful costumes, flashy zapateado (footwork), rhythmic palmas (hand-clapping), castanets and jaleo (shouts) are sure to aid the appetite.
For information, visit www.dbg.org or call the gardens at (480) 941-1217 or Flamenco del Sol at (602) 841-5185.