Treat Yourself to a Vegan Cupcake at Treehouse Bakery

November 21, 2017 8:10 am

Treehouse Bakery proves to Phoenix residents that you don't need eggs and butter in order to create a decadent baked good. You can, in fact, skip the animal products and craft cupcakes, scones, even lavish wedding cakes using only plant-based ingredients. It's welcome news for local vegans and anyone who wants a slightly healthier sweet.

Treehouse's bakers dole out some standard treats on a daily basis, like gluten-free coconut macarons, homemade pop-tarts in ever-changing flavors, and personal five-inch apple pies. Pecan bars, faux chocolate chip cookies, and brownies are on the menu, too. If you hit Treehouse Bakery on Saturday morning, you have a 50/50 chance of grabbing a gooey cinnamon roll (they're served every other Saturday). However, the Treehouse team really shines when it comes to customizing vegan cakes and cupcakes for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.

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Don’t Miss the Charity Pie Night Benefiting the Foundation for Blind Children on November 24th

November 14, 2017 8:01 am

Practical Art is always showcasing pieces created by local talents, but on the fourth Friday of every month, this art gallery and boutique does even more for the community via its charity night. On Friday, November 24th, Practical Art will host Charity Pie Night Benefiting the Foundation for Blind Children, a local nonprofit organization that's supporting kids with special needs all across Phoenix.

From 7 to 9 p.m. on the 24th, you can come to Practical Art and make a donation in order to receive a slice (or several slices) of Vonceil's Pies, crafted by another local small business owner. For a $10 donation, you can hang out and savor a single slice, whereas a $15 donation earns you as many tastings of different pies as your stomach can handle. You'll also have time to browse the unique handmade creations in the boutique, and if you find something you like, note that 10% of purchases made during this time will be donated to the Foundation for Blind Children.

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Enjoy Some of the City’s Best Pies at the Phoenix Pizza Festival

November 14, 2017 7:10 am

Pizzas crafted using flatbread. Pies wrapped up into a cone shape and served to-go. Classic thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas. You'll find all of these (and many more) at the Phoenix Pizza Festival on Saturday, November 18th. This slice-centric fest will attract about 15 local pizza makers to show off their slices, and you can enjoy them for just $2 to $4 apiece.

One variety of pizza that can't be missed is the cone-shaped pie from Kono Pizza. Its chefs wrap up their pies into open-mouthed cylinders with ingredients like mozzarella, tomato sauce, and fresh basil, plus meatballs, pepperoni, or even chicken. You can chow down without ever sitting down. Saffron Jak offers other unique Middle Eastern pizzas crafted using flatbreads. They come topped with ingredients like saffron chicken and Bulgarian feta. Don't miss your chance to enjoy these unusual eats at Margaret T. Hance Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10, and slices are pay-as-you-go.

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