Aaron May

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    November 18, 2014

    Happy Hour at The Beverly in Scottsdale

    We'll admit some skepticism when the people behind The Vig took over Mabel's on Main. After all, they had big shoes to fill with the former Aaron May concept being known as an Old Town hotspot for craft cocktails for years. However, with some modest upgrades, the already moody, luxe, vintage-inspire ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    The Normal at Graduate Tempe: Red Velvet Waffles and Bottomless Cups of Coffee

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    The Yard Tempe Will Include New Location of Aaron May's Over Easy

    As we told you earlier this summer, Tempe will soon be home to the second location of Sam Fox's ambitious mutli-use complex called The Yard. Like the original Phoenix location, The Yard Tempe will include a new location of Fox's Culinary Dropout restaurant and a few other local businesses. In June ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Dish It Out at Salt River Fields Was Easy to Enjoy With Fun Entertainment

    Event season is in full swing as evidenced by the hundreds of people who came out to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix by stuffing themselves with food and drink at Dish It Out on Sunday. Sure, it's a little ironic to raise money to fight child hunger in such gluttonous fashion, but ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014
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    August 19, 2014

    The Lodge in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: The Lodge 4422 North 75th Street, Scottsdale 480-945-0828 The Hours: Happy Hour is offered every day from 3 until 7 p.m.

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    April 15, 2014

    La Fontanella in Arcadia Has Closed After More Than 30 Years

    There must be something in the air this month because in just the last few weeks we've had to say goodbye to quite a few classic Valley restaurants. The most recent casualty: La Fontanella, the more than three decades-old Italian restaurant that served solid, old-school Tuscan cuisine in the Arcadia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    October Restaurant Openings and Closing in Metro Phoenix

    This month the openings far outnumbered the closings as we saw several Valley dining outlets re-open and welcomed a whole slew of new food trucks to the scene. We're waving good-bye to Aaron May's beer-centric Scottsdale restaurant, Praying Monk, but don't fret, there's something else exciting on th ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    13 Halloween Treats That Valley Chefs Are Giving Out This Year

    They may make gourmet food for a living, but that doesn't mean chefs don't have a sweet spot for Halloween candy. So what treats are Valley chefs planning to pass out for this Hallow's Eve assemblage of ghosts and goblins? Whether they're the same ones they enjoyed as kids or hard-to-find favorite ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Sam Fox's Zinburger and Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles Headed to Downtown Gilbert

    Recently, restaurants such as Postino East, So Cal Fish Taco Company, and Joyride Taco House have put down stakes in Gilbert, home to restaurateur Joe Johnston's trio of dining spots (Joe's Real BBQ, Liberty Market, and Joe's Farm Grill) for around 15 years. Now, two more are doing the same.

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    August 21, 2013

    16 Favorite Food Movies and Food-Centric Scenes of Valley Chefs

    From the heartfelt to the mouth-watering to the ridiculously funny, nearly everyone can remember their favorite food movie or food-centric film scene. Which ones strike a chord with Valley chefs and restaurateurs? A few you might expect, some you may not, and a few that go way back -- way back -- i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Is it Ever Okay Not to Tip?

    As restaurant-going Americans, we've been conditioned to leave a tip of between 15 percent to 20 percent of the final bill when dining out. But is there ever a time when we shouldn't leave anything at all? According to the Consumerist, "there is almost no correlation between tips and good service ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Chefs, What's Your Favorite Food City?

    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 It's tough not to talk travel without talking about food -- especially whe ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Ex-Kai Chef Michael O'Dowd Opens Renegade by Mod in Scottsdale This Friday

    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 >>

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    April 19, 2013

    5 Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Local Food Trucks (And Lots of Alt Rock) at That Damn Show 2013 in Mesa on April 20 - Mesquite Chocolate Chips Cookies from Super Chunk Sweets & Treats (Head to the Old Town Sc ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Ex-Kai Chef Michael O'Dowd Leaving Downtown's Sheraton Phoenix to Start Own Business; First Stop Is North Scottsdale's Renegade Tap & Kitchen

    Michael O'Dowd, the chef responsible for turning Kai into a culinary destination with national recognition, is setting his sights on another challenge: starting his own business. See also: - Short Leash Hot Dogs to Open Permanent Location in Downtown Phoenix - "Arizona's Hottest New Patio" Opens in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2013

    Top Five 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. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

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    January 23, 2013

    Chefs, What Would It Take to Sell Yourselves to a Major Corporation?

    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 James Beard likened himself to a "gastronomic whore" after signing an ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Who's the Most Unsung Hero in the Kitchen?

    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 it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a top-notch kitchen s ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Chef Salad Highlights Part II: The Smart, Funny and Sometimes Provocative Comments Our Local Chefs Made in 2012

    Ask any chef: Food- and restaurant-related TV may provide drama and entertainment (although even that is questionable), but it sure as hell isn't based in reality. Feet ache, ceilings leak, employees call in sick, the health department shows up, grease traps overflow, food prices skyrocket, stoves c ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend

    Cobbler on Quack at Cowboy Ciao There's no better dessert (not even pumpkin pie) to put you in the mood for fall. Country Velador, pastry chef at Cowboy Ciao, came up with this genius pairing: traditional apple cobbler with duck fat ice cream. Based on taste alone, you'd never guess that duck fat i ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Enter Over Easy's Recipe Contest, Win a Spot on the Menu -- and Free Eggs for a Year

    Get your whisks at the ready, folks. Because Over Easy just kicked off "the breakfast competition of the year." See also: Over Easy Named One of America's Best Brunches by Travel Leisure The breakfast spot with locations in Scottsdale and Arcadia is known for its inventive fare from local celeb ... 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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    June 5, 2012

    Potbelly Sandwich Shop (and a JoS. A. Bank Clothiers) Coming to CityScape: One Smoked Ham and a Dress Shirt, Please

    With restaurants like the Hotel Palomar's Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails opening its doors today, new taco shop Fuego CityScape (which moved into Aaron May's former Vitamin T Space) opening later this month, and pan-Asian restaurant Silk Sushi still planning to open later this summer, can downtown's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Should a Chef Alter a Signature Menu Item If a Customer Requests It?

    The implied meaning of a signature menu item is that it doesn't change. And for restaurants who offer them, the message to customers is simple: If you come here, you can have this special item. But what if the customer wants a signature dish with alterations? I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Are Food Festivals Worth It?

    Thousands of people, lots of restaurants, and the plastic cups -- my god, the plastic cups! For many parts of the country, food festivals are in full swing this time of year. We've most likely had a taste or two at several, but what do those on the other side of the booth think? This week, Valley ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Praying Monk: Embrace the Familiar (and the Beer), Avoid the Novelty

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Over Easy Named One of America's Best Brunches by Travel Leisure

    Many of us in the Valley consider Over Easy, restaurateur Aaron May's concept of breakfast eats with some unique twists (with locations in Arcadia and North Scottsdale), our neighborhood go-to spot for a.m. goodness. Now, it looks like Travel Leisure, the travel magazine and website based in New Y ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Valley Chefs Demonstrate How Not to Saber a Champagne Bottle

    Looks as if a few notable Valley chefs may have benefited from our post last week on sabrage, the name given to the practice of opening a champagne bottle with a sword. Last month, during a benefit dinner at the home of Jamie Hormel (owner of the Wrigley Mansion, heir to the Hormel meat-packing emp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    What's the Most Unusual Item That's Been Ripped Off From Your Restaurant?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where each week Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question or topic New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail ​Salt and pepper shakers, flatware, tea light ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Vitamin T Breakfast Starts Today: Buenos Días, Señor Ham & Egg Torta

    Sara Dalton​Wake up, downtown Phoenix, your Mexican breakfast is ready. Vitamin T, celebu-chef Aaron May's home of tacos, tortas, and tequila in the Cityscape building, officially opens for breakfast today and my does it look tasty. Think smoked ham and oven-roasted chicken tortas, a breakfa ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits and Sausage Gravy from Over Easy

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 50: Cheddar Jalape ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's Lunch & Learn Series Returns With Celebu-Chefs Aaron May, Robert Irvine, and Marcus Samuelsson

    Sanctuary Camelback Mountain​When it comes to giving our brains something else to do this summer besides think about how crazy hot it is, award-winning chef Beau MacMillan of the Scottsdale resort, Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, is bringing back his popular Lunch & Learn series with lots of ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    "Dine Out with the Chefs" Event Adds Bernie Kantak, Charlene Badman, and Aaron May

    Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House will be on hand at this year's event.​The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is stepping up its game this year for its sixth annual, "Dine Out With the Chefs," one of the Valley's most exclusive culinary events where guests get to mingle with local ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Flavors of Phoenix 2011 and Chicken Pizza in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Flavors of Phoenix 2011Get your wallets out for this event. The 20th Annual Flavors of Phoenix is happening this Thursday. Thirty of the Valley's top chefs, including Aaron May, Beau Mac ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Nikki Buchanan Leaves Up Agency for Aaron May The new loaded dogs at Chase Field ​A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Nikki Buchanan blogged on The Wild Lavender that she has left her spot at Up Agency for a job as Aaron May's new in-house publicist.

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    March 3, 2011
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    December 30, 2010

    2010 Redux: Culinary Happenings

    Crudo dished up beautiful plates of fish at the Devoured culinary fest.​In the spirit of tying up loose ends, we're recapping some of our favorite food-related finds of the year. We've already looked back on the Best Books, Battle of the Dishes, Just Offal, the Best R ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Aaron May's Vitamin T Opening Delayed at CityScape

    ​The original headline said, "Coming Soon to CityScape," but it turns out that the opening of Aaron May's new Mexican joint, Vitamin T, isn't happening quite soon enough.Originally scheduled for tomorrow -- with much anticipation by Downtowners hungry for things like carne asada tacos with avocado ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 4, 2010
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    July 12, 2010

    Tilted Kilt Joins the CityScape Roster

    ​The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is the latest business to sign on with the CityScape project, joining 14 other eateries in the works. This suburban chain with locations in Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Peoria will make the jump to Phoenix proper in the fall of 2010. The Tilted Kilt brings a ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Silk Joins CityScape Restaurant Lineup

    ​Sushi restaurants are clearly not evenly distributed in the Valley. I can think of at least half a dozen, off the top of my head, that are in or around Old Town Scottsdale, but downtown Phoenix only has one, Moira Sushi. Later this summer, though, a new spot called Silk will bring the numb ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    A Burger to Die For...Literally

    We've heard rumors about crazy high-fat diet plans and free food for obese diners at Chandler's Heart Attack Grill since it originally opened in 2005. We figured we'd pop by for a Bypass (yes, that's what they call their burgers) and shed a little light on their high-calorie fare, even if it means w ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    July 18 In Blogs: George Gascon, Train Tracks, Smeeks Candy, and Toll Roads

    In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: George Gascon vs. Joe Arpaio: The New Yorker's William Finnegan on Joe's Mesa Raid Comment Up o ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Christopher Gross' Chef's Tour: A Recap

    Sloane BurwellJames Porter gets Aaron May's autograph. After this weekend, it's time to replace "party like a rockstar" with "drink like a chef." Friday night is a bit of a blur for most (if not all) of the participants in a Chef's Tour of central downtown Phoenix restaurants (yes, and bars) dreamed ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    A Burger Fit For a Sasquatch at The Lodge

    I wouldn't be surprised to see Man Vs. Food's Adam Richman bite on this one: The Sasquatch Burger at The Lodge in Scottsdale. It's a new mega-splurge brought to us by chef Aaron May, who's added homey American pub grub to a repertoire that already includes Spanish tapas (Sol y Sombra), Italian ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Happy Hour Deals: Autostrada

    What restaurant concept will they think of next? Autostrada is an Italian restaurant in north Scottsdale that, according to its Web site, is "inspired by the Italian car culture." All we know is that if Aaron May is involved, the food's gonna be good. Get in the old jalopy and head up to Scottsd ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Scottsdale Culinary Fest Comprises 12 Events This Week

    The Scottsdale Culinary Festival sounds monolithic, but the granddaddy among the Valley's culinary festivals is surprisingly multifaceted -- a dozen different events at 16 different restaurants and venues around town, ranging from casual tastings to semi-formal sit-down occasions.

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    May 30, 2008

    This just in: Pischke's set to close this Sunday

    By Michele Laudig James Beard Award-winning chef Robert McGrath honored his friend Chris Pischke when he took over the late restaurateur's Old Town Scottsdale eatery, Pischke's Paradise, and transformed it into Pischke's Blue Ribbon last year. But now the restaurant's more than 20-year run is abou ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    Get ready for a Food Fight

    The folks behind the First Press Weekend of Wine clearly know what suckers we are for a good smackdown. With so many gourmet-cooking-as-competitive-sport shows on TV these days (Iron Chef, The Next Iron Chef, Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen), why not play on their popularity and pit two top local chefs aga ... More >>

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