Aaron May

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    March 28, 2014

    Coronado Cafe to Close, Ex-Kai Chef Michael O'Dowd to Open Urban Vine in the Spot in May

    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.

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    October 9, 2013

    Aaron May's Praying Monk in Scottsdale Shutters, Space to Become Bootleggers

    When the restaurant gods shutter a Monk, they open a Bootlegger. At least that's the case with Praying Monk, restaurateur and chef Aaron May's stylish American beer cafe in Old Town Scottsdale opened in May of last year. Shuttered last night, Praying Monk, located at 7217 East First Street, will b ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Praying Monk Starts "Summer School" for Beer, Offering Four Classes Taught by Beverage Expert and New GM Dave Johnson

    When Davanti Enoteca closed its doors a few weeks ago, long-time wine sommelier and beverage guru Dave Johnson was put out of work -- but he's found a soft place to land. And he's not wasting any time at his new gig as GM and Director of All Things Beverage at Aaron May's Praying Monk. See also: - ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Celebrity Chef Charity Dinner at Praying Monk in Scottsdale on March 10

    Under normal circumstances, we'd have to log quite a few miles in order to enjoy plates created by Aaron May, Christopher Gross, Matt Carter, and Josh Herbert in one night. And that's assuming we'd be able to stuff ourselves with that much food. It won't be a problem, however, on March 10 when the ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Aaron May Opens Over Easy Locations in Mesa and Gilbert

    When chef-restaurateur Aaron May and his partner-dad Brad opened the first Over Easy in 2007 in a former Taco Bell on 40th Street, they had an instant hit on their hands. Even though they'd added on a small shaded patio -- bigger than the restaurant's interior -- they still had long waits on the wee ... More >>

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    December 16, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    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 >>

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    December 13, 2012
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    December 13, 2012

    Aaron May's Praying Monk in Scottsdale Plays Out Like a Punk Rock Show

    If a restaurateur could be likened to a music genre, then chef Aaron May is punk rock. The well-known Valley chef and restaurateur does what he wants, the way he wants to, and with zero apologies. And his newest venture, Praying Monk, in Old Town Scottsdale, plays out like a punk rock show. The sc ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    What Valley Chef Deserves a Comedy Roast?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Miss a question? Go here.Comedy roasts, first made popular by The Friars C ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Aaron May Dishes About Why He Pisses People Off and Describes His Last Supper (You'll Love the Dessert)

    This is part two of my interview with Aaron May, chef-partner of Praying Monk, Over Easy, The Lodge, Mabel's on Main and May's Counter in Tucson. If you missed part one, where May talks about whether he's a chef, a restaurateur or a party boy -- and what I learned (full disclosure) in a year of work ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Aaron May Dishes On Being a Chef, a Restaurateur and a Party Boy

    Aaron May Praying Monk 7217 E. 1st Street, Scottsdale 480-398-3020 See also: -- Celeb Chefs Matt Carter, Beau MacMillan and Aaron May Cooking Up Four-Course Brunch at Superstition Farm -- Aaron May Heads Kitchen at Former Renegade Canteen, Now Called Renegade Tap Kitchen -- ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Aaron May Heads Kitchen at Former Renegade Canteen, Now Called Renegade Tap Kitchen

    See also: Chef Robert McGrath Leaves Renegade Canteen See also: Aaron May's Praying Monk Opens as Vitamin T Closes When Robert McGrath flew the coop at Renegade Canteen last fall, he left a celebrity chef void in the kitchen. But that's been filled in recent weeks by Chef Aaron May, the brains and ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Celeb Chefs Matt Carter, Beau MacMillan, and Aaron May Cooking Up Four-Course Brunch at Superstition Farm

    In what may be the biggest and brunch-iest news of the year, celebu-chefs Matt Carter (Zinc Bistro and The Mission), Beau MacMillan (Elements at Sanctuary), and Aaron May (Praying Monk, Over Easy, and Renegade Tap & Kitchen) are joining forces to whip up a four-course brunch for hungry guests at Sup ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Kentucky Fried Quail Conundrum: The Praying Monk vs Blue Hound Kitchen

    When we saw Kentucky Fried Quail pop up on the menu at Aaron May's newest venture, Praying Monk, we were intrigued and pretty excited to try one of these little birds covered in batter and deep fried. Come on -- deep fried quail?! It sounds great! And then we saw the same dish make an appearance o ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Fuego CityScape Replacing Aaron May's Shuttered Vitamin T

    Despite chef and restaurateur Aaron May's contention that there had been a miscommunication when he was locked out of his taco shop in downtown's Cityscape at the end of April after a landlord-tenant dispute regarding back rents, his restaurant, Vitamin T, opened for nearly a year and a half, has of ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Chef Aaron May Popping Up for Dinner at Sam Fox's Bar North

    Somewhere between chef and restaurateur Aaron May opening Praying Monk in Scottsdale (and being locked out of his taco shop, Vitamin T, at CityScape after a landlord-tenant dispute) and restaurateur Sam Fox announcing the addition of a seafood concept to his second Arizona Culinary Dropout location ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    Aaron May's Praying Monk Opens as Vitamin T Closes

    Chef-restaurateur Aaron May got a little surprise late last week from RED Development, the commercial real estate company behind CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The larger-than-life owner of Vitamin T, a taco shop situated on the east end of the mixed-use complex, was locked out of his space after a ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    $1 Tequila Shots, $1 Tacos and More Crazy Deals All Week at Vitamin T

    ​This week marks the 1 year anniversary of the opening of Aaron May's Mexican street food restaurant, Vitamin T. To celebrate a successful first year at CityScape (no small feat) and the completion of their new expansion, they're giving taco and tequila lovers everywhere a present we just can ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Iruña Shutting Its Doors This Saturday: Will Be Replaced By New Aaron May Concept

    ​If you're a fan of Iruña, restauranteur Aaron May's lounge-worthy spot of classic Spanish tapas in Old Town Scottsdale, your last chance to dine will be today and Saturday. May's closing Iruña, which opened in May of 2010, to make way for a new concept set to open in early March of this y ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Aaron May, What Are You Listening To?

    Aaron May​Aaron MayThe chef owns Over Easy (additional location here), The Lodge, Mabel's on Main, Iruna and Vitamin T, as well as May's Counter in Tucson. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? The Grateful Dead channel on Sirius. The cla ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011
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    June 10, 2011

    Now Open: Copper Blues at Stand Up Live

    ​Stand Up Live's sister restaurant, Copper Blues, is now open at the downtown retail/restaurant/office mecca know as CityScape. The new addition is actually located under the same roof as the upscale comedy club, which we think makes it more of a Siamese twin then sister. Whatever the case, i ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Chef Aaron May at Monti's Tomorrow With Special Spanish-Inspired Menu

    ​Famed Valley chef, restaurateur, and Sasquatch Burger inventor Aaron May will be the featured guest at Monti's La Casa Vieja from 5 to 10 p.m., tomorrow, May 24. As part of the restaurant's Celebrity Chef Series, which has included the likes of Executive Chef Beau MacMillan of elements at Sa ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Score FREE Breakfast and a Dozen Eggs at Over Easy This Week

    Over Easy Get this free on Wednesday.​Chef Aaron May -- the guy behind the infamous Sasquatch Burger -- spent the weekend before last braving the rain and getting cozy with crowds at the annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival. If that isn't enough to make you like him, check this deal out.&n ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Tonight: Posh Hosts Chef Aaron May and Writer Megan Finnerty

    Aaron May is tonight's guest chef at Posh in Scottsdale.​It's sort of like musical chairs, isn't it? At Posh's Monday "Chef for a Night" dinners, chef-owner Joshua Hebert lets someone else into the kitchen to come up with the night's offerings. And at tonight's event, that someone is chef A ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Local Restaurant Peeps' Predictions for 2011

    What cuts of meat will you be eating in 2011?​Helen Yung, Sweet Republic co-ownerI think it'll be the year of gourmet food trucks. It started this year but will make a huge jump in 2011, with well-regarded restaurants joining the game.Craig DeMarco, Postino ownerMy short list: ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    This Week In Chow Bella:

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week: Fry Girl Faces Freaky Fair Grub Pumpkin Showdown: And the Winner Is . . . Cha ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Coming Soon to CityScape: Aaron May's Vitamin T

    ​Chef Aaron May is finally expanding his empire to Downtown Phoenix, adding Mexican food to his roster of half a dozen other restaurant concepts that run the gamut from upscale tapas to casual American breakfast fare.Vitamin T is the name of his new spot set to open November 12 at CityScape, the n ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Over Easy Reopens in New Arcadia Location

    ​The tiny little former Taco Bell next to The Vig made a great first home for chef Aaron May's retro breakfast joint, Over Easy, but now the restaurant is ready for more hungry diners in its expanded, newer spot.Located at 4730 E. Indian School, #123, the new Over Easy has expanded hours -- from 6 ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    August 4, 2010

    Over Easy Moving to New Arcadia Location

    ​After more than two and a half years in business, and spawning a second location in North Scottsdale, chef Aaron May's breakfast joint Over Easy has finally outgrown its original digs.Currently based in a renovated Taco Bell at 40th Street and Indian School, the restaurant will soon be moved just ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Meat Up at This Weekend's AZ BBQ Festival

    ​I doubt the AZ BBQ Festival will be a one-off event. Those guys over at the EaterAZ blog, Rick Phillips and Dave Tyda, have done a bang-up job with organizing and promoting their brand-new culinary festival, which takes place this weekend at the Scottsdale Waterfront. I drove ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Chef Aaron May's Iruña Coming Soon to Scottsdale

    The Old Town Scottsdale space that used to house Pischke's has been dark for nearly two years, but soon it promises to become a vibrant new presence in the local dining scene.   Iruña, a new restaurant from chef Aaron May, will tentatively open around the 1st of May. Since the shutt ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    New in Scottsdale: Mabel's on Main

    ​Chef Aaron May says he was "being cat and mouse about it," but his new gastropub Mabel's on Main opened quietly a week ago, in the Old Town Scottsdale space that used to house Mabel Murphy's (7018 E. Main). Right now, there are a dozen "gourmet bar snacky" menu items -- braised pork belly wi ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Coming Soon: Mabel's on Main

    ​I've talked to chef Aaron May about a number of his restaurants over the past few years, but I'm not sure I've ever heard him sound as excited as he does about Mabel's on Main, the old-school-chic watering hole he's opening sometime around December 1. "For me, after Sol y Sombra and Over E ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    You Pick It: Schnepf Farms

    Schnepf Farms​Schnepf Farms may have gotten a reputation for hosting rowdy music festivals, but that isn't what is attracting fall foodies. Schnepf is another great example of an Arizona you-pick-it farm, and it's a lot easier to get to than Buckelew or Apple Annie's.Currently, the ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    Over Easy Expands to Scottsdale

    ​Rumors have been floating around for a couple of months that chef/restaurateur Aaron May would be opening another location of his breakfast spot, Over Easy. Indeed, it's true -- and it'll be happening later this month at North Scottsdale's Ice Den skating complex, reports the Trib today ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009
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    August 14, 2009

    Closed For Business: Autostrada

    ​According to a representative from Market Street at DC Ranch, chef Aaron May's casual Italian restaurant Autostrada closed two nights ago. There is a sign on the door inviting customers to visit May's neighboring tapas restaurant, Sol y Sombra. I wasn't able to reach May yet today, and the ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Chef Aaron May Closing Sol y Sombra This Sunday

    Goodbye, DC Ranch. That's pretty much the sentiment coming from chef Aaron May, who closed his casual Italian restaurant Autostrada on Wednesday, and now tells me he will be closing his other DC Ranch eatery, Sol y Sombra, this weekend. Sunday brunch will be the last service. "It's a tough place to ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Chef Aaron May's "Mabel Murphy's" Coming to Old Town Scottsdale

    Chef Aaron MayYesterday we announced Chef Aaron May's plans to open a noodle house and Mexican restaurant as part Downtown Phoenix's CityScape project. As it turns out, the good chef is cooking up something else in Scottsdale. Last week, May closed on the building formerly known as Green Bay Packer ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    CityScape: Chef Aaron May and Mojo's Among Nine New Tenants Announced Today

    Jonathan McNamaraChef Aaron May serves hungry Phoenicians at the CityScape topping out press conference. How do you get 500 Phoenicians to stand outside in the heat at 8 a.m.? If you're Cityscape, you get local chef Aaron May to make them breakfast. May will be bringing an "Asian noodle house" and ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Local Celeb Chefs Bail On Their Own Restaurants for V-Day

    All right, I'm having fun with headlines. But I couldn't help but notice how many local "celebrity" chefs are listed in the "all-star" lineup of a charity event that just so happens to take place on Valentine's night -- one of the busiest nights of the year for most restaurants. It's a night wh ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Chef Aaron May's Autostrada Opens Tomorrow

    What to do this Saturday? Well, if you want to hit up the very newest place in town, there's Autostrada, a casual Italian spot at DC Ranch. Tonight's their last night of "friends and family" service, and tomorrow is their first full day open to the general public. This is the long-awaited new restau ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008

    Happy hour idea: Running of the Bulls celebration at Sol y Sombra

    By Michele Laudig You have to hand it to the Spaniards -- they've come up with one of the world's most, uh, unique ways to work up an appetite: running their asses off as ornery bulls chase them down the street. That's their idea of a party. Sol y Sombra's thinking party, too, but no bull. Just so ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008
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    February 19, 2008

    May and McGrath: Bring on the BBQ!

    I just got a spontaneous protein craving courtesy of chef Aaron May, who confirmed the delicious rumor that he's collaborating with chef Robert McGrath on a new barbecue concept. They're working on securing a location as we speak. Chalk it up to one more exciting project from May, who seems to cook ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008

    New year, new breakkie joint: Overeasy

    Break an egg, er, leg, Aaron. Sol y Sombra's chef Aaron May has branched out into the breakfast biz, and the new place just opened last Friday. It's called Overeasy, and it's all about the most important meal of the day. I don't know about you, but some fluffy pancakes, bacon and eggs, and strong ... More >>

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    October 22, 2007

    So, who won the Food Fight?

    Things have been crazy around here and I didn't get a chance to attend the First Press Gourmet Sessions Food Fight the other night, but I got the inside dish from an acquaintance who was there to watch the drama unfold. In an hour-long, Iron Chef-style cookoff between chefs Aaron May (Sol y Sombra) ... More >>

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    May 11, 2006

    May Day

    Going tapas

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