"Thai Restaurant Week" in Phoenix Begins Today

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Thai Trade Center Los Angeles (http://www.thaitradeusa.com) and Phoenix's Thai Restaurants are teaming up to host the Valley of the Sun's first "Thai Restaurant Week", this coming April 13-19, 2009. The event brings a gourmet flair to a celebration of Songkran, the Thai New Year. Thai Restaurants in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area will be offering big discounts, new tastes and special entertainment.

We extend an invitation for everyone to try the delicious Thai dining available in Phoenix

Thai Trade Center Los Angeles (http://www.thaitradeusa.com) and Phoenix's Thai Restaurants are teaming up to host the Valley of the Sun's first "Thai Restaurant Week", this week April 13-19, 2009. The event brings a gourmet flair to a celebration of Songkran, the Thai New Year.

"We extend an invitation for everyone to try the delicious Thai dining available in Phoenix," says Chantira J. Vivatrat, Executive Director of Thai Trade Center Los Angeles.

During the period of April 13-19, Thai Restaurants in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area will be offering big discounts, new tastes and special entertainment. Individual restaurants will offer a variety of different events including Thai music and "Muay Thai" kickboxing; new recipes featuring the exotic Sweet Tamarind; a wine tasting dinner; and of course, plenty of traditional favorites such as Pad Thai, Green Chicken Curry and Tom Yam Goong soup.

A full list of participating restaurants and activities will be posted on: http://www.azcentral.com, http://www.thaitradeusa.com and the Facebook group "Thai Restaurant Week Phoenix".

Thai Trade Center is providing all participating restaurants with several products imported from Thailand, including fruit drinks such as lychee, tamarind and mango juice; and delicious fresh Sweet Tamarind, which is grown only in Thailand. The imported fruit juices and fresh fruit are rich in taste and heart-healthy antioxidants.

Sweet Tamarind's sister fruit, Sour Tamarind, is already revered as one of the secrets of Thai cooking, as the cornerstone of the unique sauce for favorite dishes such as Pad Thai. It is also popular in Mexico. Sweet Tamarind, which grows only in Thailand (and is known as "makham wahn") is popular served fresh as an after dinner dessert or as special ingredient in sauces. During Thai Restaurant Week, it will be also find a new home in drinks such as a Sweet Tamarind version of a martini and tasty pairings with meat and fish.

"We wish to introduce Sweet Tamarind to Phoenix diners, as a new taste that is unique to Thai cuisine," says Ms. Vivatrat.

In addition to Thai Trade Center Los Angeles, Thai Restaurant Week is also sponsored by Chang Beer and Mekhong, who are offering a Free Trip to Thailand for restaurant guests who complete a survey form about their Thai food favorites. The winner will be drawn from the surveys received (Purchase of alcoholic beverage is not required. Terms and conditions apply).

ABOUT THAI TRADE CENTER

Thailand's Department of Export Promotion (DEP) was established under the Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government, to assist in promoting Thai manufacturers, exporters and products; and also assists U.S. companies doing business with Thailand. Thai Trade Centers (TTC), under the supervision of the DEP, are located in major cities around the world to foster trade relations between Thai exporters and potential importers.

Thai Trade Centers in the U.S. are found in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and the Office of Commercial Affairs in Washington D.C.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

Bangkok Thai Bar-B-Q
13828 N. 51st Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306
Tel. 602.993.2046

Benjarong Thai Restaurant
1440 South Country Club Drive
Mesa, AZ 85210
Tel. 480.890.9988

Krua Thai Cuisine
1610 E Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Tel. 602.971.4988

Latitude Eight Thai Grill
11 W. Boston Street, Suite #5
Chandler, AZ
Tel. 480.722.0560

Lemon Grass Thai Cafe
818 W. Broadway Road, # 108
Tempe, AZ 85282.
Tel. 480.967.9121

Malee's On Main
7131 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ
Tel. 480.947.6042

Mint Thai Cafe
1111 N Gilbert Rd # 102
Gilbert, AZ
Tel. 480.497.5366

Osha Thai Cafe
10953 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Tel. 480.767.1440

Palee's Crown
1245 W. Baseline Road, #101
Mesa, AZ 85202
480-413-9956

Satara Thai Cuisine
8350 W. Paradise Lane
Peoria, AZ. 85382
Tel. 623.979.9696

Siam Thai Cuisine
5008 W. Northern Ave. #1
Glendale, AZ 85301
Tel. 623.931.2102

Swaddee Restaurant
8989 E Via Linda # 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Tel. 480.391.8900

Swaddee Restaurant
5055 W. Ray Road Suite #8
Chandler, AZ 85226
Tel. 480.785.1640

Thai Basil Signature Ahwatukee
SE corner of Chandler Blvd & 42nd ST.
4221 E. Chandler Blvd.,
Phoenix, Arizona 85048
Tel. 480.704.6013

Thai Basil
3110 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ
Tel. 602.274.5020

Thai Elephant Phoenix
20 W Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Tel. 602.252.3873

Thai Elephant Tempe
815 W. University Dr.
Suite 108
Tempe, AZ 85281
Tel. 480.966.0351

Thai Pan Fresh Asian Cuisine
7605 E Pinnacle Peak Rd # 2
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Tel. 480.513.7471

Thai Rama Phoenix Restaurant
1221 W Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
Tel. 602.285.1123

Thai Rama Tempe Restaurant
927 E University Dr
Tempe, AZ
Tel. 480.967.6013

Thai Rama Chandler Restaurant
2040 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85224
Tel. 480.855.8989

TIPPS88
1435 E. University Drive #C111
Tempe AZ 85281
Tel. 480.968.3234

Touch of Thai
16816 N 35th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85053-2977
Tel. 602.896.9009

The Wild Thaiger
2631 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tel. 602.241.8995

Yupha Thai Kitchen
1805 E. Elliot
Tempe, AZ 85284
SE Corner of Elliot and McClintock
Tel. 480.839.0576

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