In Arizona, celebrating Easter becomes about more than the holiday itself. It's also one of the last big hurrahs before the temperature creeps up to 100 degrees and stays there throughout the summer. That's why we recommend booking a table for Easter brunch, especially if you can snag a seat outdoor ... More >>
Since leaving his partnership with Ed Leclere last November, former-Kai chef Micheal O'Dowd has been a busy man. He's formed a new company, The MOD Restaurant Group LLC, and is ready to open a new restaurant in May.
Renegade by MOD is the daring new restaurant from chef Michael O'Dowd, whose decade at Kai earned the restaurant AAA five-diamond and Forbes Travel Guide five-star acclaim. Breaking free of his corporate chains last fall, O'Dowd is now a first-time restaurateur as well as a celebrated chef. And at ... More >>
What do the stars of this year's Valley dining scene look like so far? Like many across the country still adapting to the effects of the recession (so long, fine dining) and reacting to a culture more informed about food than ever (11 seasons of Top Chef and counting), they're cooking street snacks ... More >>
Brian Peterson Executive Chef Cork Today we share part one of our interview with Executive Chef Brian Peterson of Cork in Chandler. The upscale neighborhood wine bar has gone through quite a transformation since it opened in 2008 and today Peterson dishes on how they've managed to find their niche ... More >>
Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here's what we've got on the books this week. An Intro to Gin: How to Approach, Understand & Appreciate Gin This summer El Chorro in Scottsdale is offering classes to teach even the most mixology-challenged how to understand and en ... More >>
Michael O'Dowd Renegade by MOD 9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 480-614-9400 See also: -- Ex Kai Chef Michael O'Dowd Opens Renegade by MOD in Scottsdale this Friday This is part one of my interview with Michael O'Dowd, executive chef and co-owner of Renegade by MOD. Come back Tuesday when O'Dowd dis ... More >>
Even if you've never heard of chef Michael O'Dowd, you've most certainly heard of Kai, the AAA five-diamond and Forbes Travel Guide five-star restaurant that O'Dowd, during his 10-year reign at the culinary destination, put on the map. See also: - New Breakfast Spot, Snooze AM Eatery, Coming to Cen ... More >>
Spring Training is almost upon us, which means winter is officially over and it's time to break out the shorts. This right here is the weather we Phoenicians live for, the reason we endure five hellish months of summer and severe cases of cabin fever . . . just for the few all-too-brief months of ba ... More >>
Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>
Geez, the culinary cupboard at the Arizona Biltmore is beginning to look a bit bare. Executive Chef Todd Sicolo flew the coop about a month ago to take Lee Hillson's former position at the Royal Palms. Now executive sous chef Conor Favre is leaving the Biltmore to step into Michael O'Dowd's shoes as ... More >>
Looks like Michael Rusconi, the executive chef of Lon's at the Hermosa from 2005 to 2009, and whose success at combining European technique with native ingredients and local produce garnered the restaurant a AAA Four Diamond award, has resurfaced to start a place of his own. The Republic reports th ... More >>
Still under construction, the interior of O.H.S.O. is shaping up quickly.In the past few months, the stretch of Indian School Road between 40th and 64th Streets has been bustling with new restaurant activity like Kitchen 56, Black Cat Coffee House, Cave & Ives, and (maybe) a second location f ... More >>
Wine BohemiaWhether it's a special occasion or simply another way to celebrate our love of good food and fine wine, Kai, Arizona's only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Award-winning signature restaurant, is giving us three good reasons to splurge this summer. Pairing its award-winning ... More >>
Where do hospitality employees go for good food when they'redone with work?