Create Café (4660 E. Camp Lowell Drive) is holding a contest to name a new flatbread burger. General manager Leanna Duncan said the winner will get a free meal once a week for a year and a $500 donation to the school or charity of their choice. The runner-up gets a free meal once a week for a year and $100 for their favorite charity or school. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 23. Call 298-3421 for more information.
There's a sign on the old Arby's building at 4299 W. Ina Road indicating that a place called Chinese Box will be opening there. The sign also says the eatery will be MSG-free, and that drive-through and delivery service will be available. The most intriguing aspect of the sign, however, is a reference to Luke 5:1-11, a biblical passage about a fishing trip with Jesus. We took this to mean that the place will serve miraculous seafood, but it likely has a deeper meaning. No opening date is posted.
Right down the street, De Marco's Pizzeria is taking up residence at 4231 W. Ina Road. The appliqués on the windows say the place will serve calzones, stromboli, homemade bread, subs and pizza by the slice. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday. No word on when they'll open.
And just a few miles from there is a sign announcing that a restaurant called Julioberto's Mexican Food is setting up shop in the old Wienerschnitzel building at 6671 N. Thornydale Road. The sign has a picture of a torta and fries, which leads us to believe the place may serve Mexican-style sandwiches, but we'll have to see. No opening date for this one, either.
Dive headfirst into the pseudoscience of mixology with a couple of classes at the Grill at Hacienda del Sol (5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road). Matt Firth demonstrates how to make cocktails with ingredients grown at Hacienda del Sol at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 18; $30, which includes hors d'oeuvres and recipes. Firth holds another class at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 25, on making three different dessert martinis; $30, which includes recipes and pairings by pastry chef Tavel-Bristol Joseph. Registration is required; 529-3500.