Arizona Culinary Institute

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake Friday, October 10 This weekend Oktoberfest is in full swing around the Valley and the biggest celebration will be held at Tempe Town Lake over the next three days. Starting tomorrow you'll be able to find a half dozen beer gardens with scores of beers from Arizona ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    The Pink Pony Hires Stephen K. Eldridge as New Executive Chef

    Since re-launching under new ownership earlier this year, Pink Pony has had a bumpy ride. For those who don't remember, here's a quick recap: Scottsdale' oldest restaurant re-opened with a new look and menu under executive chef Donald Fawcett in March. By July, we learned Fawcett and his entire staf ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Phoenix Bucket List: 100 Things to Do in Phoenix Before You Die

    A funny thing happened in 2013. Both of us -- two curmudgeonly writers who between us have lived in Arizona way closer to 100 years than either would like to admit -- came to a shared conclusion. We like Phoenix. That's funny because for years we've loved to hate this place -- even as we wrote doz ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Phoenix Bucket List - 100 Things to Do Before You Die: Castles, Crescent, and Really Hot Mexican Food

    Welcome to the Phoenix Bucket List. Robrt Pela and Amy Silverman -- two New Times contributors and longtime Phoenicians -- have put together a list of 100 things to do in this city before you die. Each week we're presenting another 10; in March we'll wrap it all up in a cover story in New Times. For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown on the Meaning of Farm-to-Table and the Surprising Story of How He Ended Up at Binkley's

    Justin Olsen Chef de cuisine Bink's Midtown This is part one of our interview with chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown. Today, he dishes on how he went from fixing cars to the culinary arts and how he ended up working at Binkley's four years ago. Be sure to come back tomorrow for ... More >>

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    September 2, 2013

    5 Things To Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Micah's Menu at Bar Crudo Tuesday, September 3 This Tuesday Phoenix's New American eatery Crudo is launching a daily cocktail-paired menu created by chef/owner Cullen Campbell and mixologist/owner Micah Olson. Every day the duo will craft a new three-course dinner with cocktail pairings that will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    4 Phoenix-Area Chefs to Watch and What Their Big-Name Bosses Say About Them

    If you're any kind of food geek at all, you're already familiar -- by fork and good press -- with local celebrity chefs such as Chrysa Robertson, Chris Bianco, Kevin Binkley, Greg LaPrad and Charleen Badman. But what you're far less likely to know are the names and faces of the behind-the-scenes che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Chef Christopher Wolf's Gazpacho

    For the past two days we've been talking with Chef Christopher Wolf of Arizona Culinary Institute. He's leading the ACI Food and Fitness Initiative in an effort to marry healthful living with the school's culinary educational program. Wolf competes in marathons and triathlons, setting an inspiring ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Chef Christopher Wolf of Arizona Culinary Institute, Part Two

    Yesterday we introduced you to Chef Christopher Wolf of Arizona Culinary Institute. For anyone who ever wished P.E. existed beyond the 8th grade, Wolf's new idea is a dream come true. He's started the ACI Food and Fitness Initiative, an effort to incorporate lessons on healthy living into traditiona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Chef Christopher Wolf of Arizona Culinary Institute

    Meet Chef Christopher Wolf, hybrid of outdoor-adventurer and health-conscious culinarian. Wolf teaches at Arizona Culinary Institute and has worked in top-tier kitchens in Virginia and Las Vegas. When he's not in either the kitchen or the classroom, you'll probably find him outside. As an avid mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Vegetarian Street Food Cooking Class Tonight at Andy Food

    courtesy of Sandy Liberman Green Chili Lentils Ole Taco​ "I will no longer eat anything that has a face!" proclaims your teenager. For Sunday night dinner-your sibling is bringing an "oh-by the way they are vegetarian" date. Your book club has finally gotten around to reading Michael Pollan ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Pay Off Your Fines, Go Outside and Make Coffee Jell-O in Today's Eater's Digest.

    An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. ​ If you have over due charges at the Phoenix Public Library, here is your chance to pay them off and do your good deed for the day. During "Food for Fines" you will get a $.50 credit (up to $50) for every can of food ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    WestSide Throwdown Draws Big Names, Small Crowd

    Host Beau MacMillan was in fine spirits -- or shall we say, in the fine spirits -- last night at the inaugural WestSide Throwdown culinary challenge at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. The event was bizarre. Attendance was spotty, and everyone (even the host) seemed to have tapped into the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Chef Beau MacMillan Hosts WestSide Throwdown Cooking Competition

    Ever notice how the best culinary events are all in the East Valley or downtown Phoenix? Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Devoured, Taste...I could go on and on. For years, foodies on the forgotten side of town have been wondering when they'll finally get their turn. ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Culinary Fest Cheat Sheet

    ​It is going to be one busy spring, people. Are you hungry yet? There's something food-related practically every weekend from now until summer hits, and since it's a lot to keep track of -- I was updating my calendar when blog inspiration struck -- I thought I'd share the rundown of all the ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Saturday: Arizona Culinary Institute Hosts Open House

    Last night at dinner, discussion came up about whether it's a good idea to go back to school during a recession. Of course it is! You're going to be toughing it out on a student budget whether the economy's good or bad, so you may as well bide your time, study hard, and then bust out with a new care ... More >>

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    April 25, 2008

    Even more foodie fundraisers

    Wow, 'tis the season for food and wine events... Tonight's VinArte, The Art of Wine, a wine tasting and sale to be held in the Phoenix Art Museum's Sculpture Garden from 6:30 to 10 p.m., will benefit the museum's PhxArtKids Interactive Gallery. So nibble on food from Arcadia Farms, sample more than ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 18, 2007

    How to Bake a 14-Layer Cake

    Assuming you can cook in the first place. . .

  • Dining

    December 29, 2005

    The Razor's Edge

    New Caribbean spot is all over the map

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2005

    You Say You Wanna Resolution . . .

    Well, you know, we all want to change careers

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    Criminal With an Asterisk

    Has ex-governor J. Fife Symington III gotten his just desserts?

  • Dining

    April 17, 2003
  • Dining

    November 21, 2002

    Look Who's Cooking

    Symington develops a taste for restaurateuring

  • Dining

    November 21, 2002

    Training Tables

    Fife Symington is practicing what he teaches. Meals at the ex-gov’s Arizona Culinary Institute are a delectable bargain.

  • Dining

    June 20, 2002

    Cooking the Books

    Former guv develops taste for education