^ I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of the New Times clear. It’s Friday and we’ve got five big bites (or mostly sips) of food and drink news to keep you informed of what’s going on for the week. Let’s go.Sam Fox opens a restaurant in Nashville … With Justin TimberlakeSam Fox is the James Beard Award nominated restaurateur from Arizona and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, which has grown strongly in recent years and under its roof is Culinary Dropout, Flower Child , Olive + ivy and many more. Now Fox itself is opening a three-story restaurant, bar, and venue in downtown Nashville for country music and bachelorette parties with Justin Timberlake. The two apparently met at the opening of Southern Hospitality in New York City. The in-house restaurants include a country bar on the first level, a cocktail lounge on the second level and a glamorous supper club on the third level. The Twelve Thirty Club opens on April 14th. EXPAND Saturday night: DIY sunset-inspired cocktails with Dwayne Allen. Dwayne Allen The Art of Mixing: Colors & Cocktails Is Tomorrow Night The Phoenix Center for the Arts’ first virtual fundraiser is all about drinking and painting – together. The one-hour Art of Mixing: Colors & Cocktails starts on Saturday, March 20, at 5 p.m. An interactive evening of “mixing” awaits the participants, in which sunset-inspired cocktails and watercolors are to be created for everyone. The Breadfruit & Rum Bar and Big Marble Organics’ producer Dwayne Allen will lead the cocktail serving. Interpretation into American Sign Language (ASL) is available. Tickets range from $ 65 to $ 150 and can be purchased here. EXPAND This weekend it’s going to be in the 80s. Grab a Vietnamese-style iced coffee. Pair Coffee & Tea Get Vietnamese-style coffee in downtown Mesa Pair Coffee & Tea, the Cider Corps coffee shop in downtown Mesa, has added Vietnamese iced coffee to its menu. Available now through April for $ 5.50, the drink is a pair of espresso that is poured over a mixture of condensed coconut milk, oat milk, and some simple syrup. Pair Coffee & Tea opened as a pour-over pop-up in 2019 (and is co-owned by Kimhak Em, formerly Peixoto Coffee). Vegan versions are also available. EXPAND Get tips on where to find the best wine (like Hidden Track Bottle Shop) from KBAQ peeps. Lynn Trimble KBAQ has a new member perk: The Sip and Savor ClubKBAQ, our local classic public radio station, has some delightful clubs – Movie, Book, and the locally-based Sip and Savor Club. Membership is open to sustaining members, meaning those who donate at least $ 10 per month to the station. Members are welcome to attend wine and coffee tastings, and take part in dinner and cooking classes. You’ll also get tips on where to find the best wine (recommendations include Vinum55 and Hidden Track Bottle Shop), coffee (Saddlecreek, Songbird, and Black Rock Coffee Bar are some suggestions), and food. You can find more information or become a member on the KBAQ website. EXPAND Sip don’t shoot with the nicest cook in Phoenix this weekend. Dave Seibert It’s Not To Late To See Tarbell’s Sake Session Last night, Chef Mark Tarbell hosted a free Zoom event with the Sake School of America. The virtual event was designed to show how versatile sake is (ie how to enjoy it in addition to being “bomber” style). And if you missed it, good news: The Sake School of America posted Versatility of Sake: Food Pairings with Chef Mark Tarbell on YouTube. Wine connoisseur Tarbell demonstrated the selection of sake, followed by a three-course meal that showed how to combine Western dishes with Japanese sake. Think Jumbo Scallop Crudo with Gangi Yuunagi Junmai Daiginjo and Chicken Confit with Noguchi Honjozo Muroka Nama Genshu. Grab some sake from Tarbell’s own store, The Wine Store, and give him a watch or even a remake this weekend. Keep Phoenix New Times Free … Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we want it to stay that way. We offer our readers free access to concise coverage of local news, food and culture. We produce stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with bold reporting, stylish writing, and staff who have won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Feature Writing Award to the Casey Medal for meritorious journalism. But with the existence of local journalism under siege and the setbacks in advertising revenues having a bigger impact, it is now more important than ever for us to raise funds to fund our local journalism. You can help by joining our “I Support” membership program which allows us to continue to cover Phoenix without paywalls. Lauren Cusimano is the Food and Drink Editor for the Phoenix New Times. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating grand pianos, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep reading.