• Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Proof Artisan Breads in Mesa Named A Finalist in Martha Stewart American Made Awards

    Every year the Martha Stewart American Made program recognizes a group of artisans and producers around the country for their work making well-designed, quality goods. Earlier this year a long list of nominees was announced, which was then broken down into a list of finalists. Included in that lis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    7 Places to Get Artisan Bread in Arizona

    There's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked bread. If you ask us, it's one of the most beautiful smells in the world. And the good news is you don't have to look all that far to find it. There are several bakeries and restaurants in town that offer freshly baked bread regularly. We could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Amy's Baking Company Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Premiere Airs Tonight

    America's favorite restaurant owners Amy and Samy Bouzalgo of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale will once again face off with Gordon Ramsay on tonight's season six premiere of Kitchen Nightmares. The two-hour episode will air from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, featuring "never-before-seen footage" and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Samy and Amy Bouzaglo Will Appear on The Dr. Phil Show Today -- And We'll Be Live Tweeting

    The wait is finally over, folks. Later this afternoon Amy and Samy Bouzaglo of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale will return to television, this time in an episode of the Dr. Phil show, which will air on KTVK 3 at 3 p.m. According to the Dr. Phil website, during the show the couple will come face ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Amy's Baking Company: Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Premiere Will Air (Finally) in April

    We told you late last year that Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, the infamous owners of Amy's Baking Company restaurant in Scottsdale, would be returning to reality T.V. in the season premier of shouty-chef Gordan Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. That episode, titled "Return to Amy's Baking Company," was supposed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    How to Make a King Cake for Mardi Gras

    Before I knew Mardi Gras was associated with copious alcohol consumption or showing breasts for beads, it was all about the cake. Tucked away in the loft of a Lutheran church, my grade-school French class would indulge in yeasty cinnamon cake every snowy February. I would cross my fingers under my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Jason Raducha and Claudio Urciuoli of Noble Bread: "These Loaves Reconnect Me"

    This is part two of our interview with Jason Raducha and Claudio Urciuoli of Noble Bread, the micro-bakery that's been producing Old World-style breads of top quality since last year. Today, we're back to talk about Urciuoli's family history and how it drew him to bread making. If you missed part on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Amy's Baking Company: Gordon Ramsay Will Return for Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Premiere on Friday, February 28

    That's right. Even Gordan Ramsay couldn't resist going back for more crazy in the upcoming season of Kitchen Nightmares. According to FOX, the notoriously hard-ass chef will return to Crazy Amy's for the premier of the sixth season of the show. The episode, "Amy's Baking Company, Part Two," will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Amy & Samy Bouzaglo of Amy's Baking Company Named Two of America's Worst Bosses of 2013: Here's the Surprising Part

    Amy and Samy Bouzaglo of the infamous Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale continue to shrivel the soul of society by being named two of America's Worst Bosses of 2013 by eBossWatch, an online career resource that enables people to anonymously rate their bosses and evaluate potential employers. With ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Scottsdale's Pomo Pizzeria Re-Opening Wednesday as Dual-Concept Restaurant

    It's been a busy year for the owners of Pomo, the three-year-old, certified authentic Neapolitan pizzeria from executive chef Matteo Schiavone and partners Stefano Fabbri and Mark Proto. Since losing their restaurant's home at The Borgata of Scottsdale shopping center early this year, the Italian t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Upcoming Kitchen Nightmares Special on Amy's Baking Company Will Focus on Restaurant's Effect on Community (See: SIGH)

    Autumn isn't official until the first leaf falls from the shit-show tree, which means the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale is back in the news. Following up on the best/worst episode ever of Fox's Kitchen Nightmares, in which Gordon Ramsay walks out on high-strung owners Amy and Sam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Big Changes Afoot at Noca: New Role for Claudio Urciuoli, New Chef, Restaurant Remodel, and Lots of Nocawich

    What's happening at Noca these days? The better question may be what isn't. Eliot Wexler, owner of the venerated restaurant in the Biltmore area, tells me that, in March, executive chef Claudio Urciuoli went to San Francisco to further his baking skills at the San Francisco Baking Institute. That d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Silver Spoon's Lemon Lavender Biscotti

    Biscotti might conjure memories of stiff, nearly inedible cookies with little to no flavor that almost certainly must be dunked in a tea or coffee to revive it back to life. Luckily, Silver Spoon is here to change all of that with crumbly, moist biscotti in unique flavors that cater to many dietary ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Amy's Baking Company: Video of the Grand Re-Opening, 5/21/13

    After all the drama since the Kitchen Nightmares season finale, Amy's Baking Company had a strict no-press policy for last night's grand re-opening event in Scottsdale. The only people who were allowed into the restaurant were guests who made reservations ahead of time. We were able to capture som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Amy's Baking Company: My 103.9's Monti Carlo Interviews Amy and Samy Bouzaglo

    Despite recieving notice from Kitchen Nightmares producers that media interviews might be a pretty dangerous proposition, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo of the imfamous Amys Baking Company went on air with My 103.9 radio morning show host Monti Carlo on Monday. "I'm not proud of my behavior on the show and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Seven Amy's Baking Company Parodies in Video, Gifs, Memes and a Song (NSFW)

    We were there with front-row seats when all the drama began back in 2010. Since that time, when a local business owner totally flipped her shit over a negative Yelp review, the Amy's Baking Company drama has combusted and set off a national media firestorm. See also: - Amy's Baking Company - A Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Amy's Baking Company Shit Show Continues: Now With Grand Re-Opening Press Release

    Seemingly moments after most of us were making Amy Bouzaglo's cat impersonation ("Meow, meow, meow -- meow, meow!"), uttered on last Friday's season finale of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, the ringtone on our cell phones, the Internet decided to blow up, bonkers-style. See also: - Meet Amy's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Central Phoenix ABC Cake Decorating Supplies Receiving Angry Phone Calls From Confused Amy's Baking Company Haters

    This time, it's not as easy as ABC. Imagine what it would be like to have a Phoenix business with an all-too-similar name to Amy's Baking Company, and you'll feel ABC Cake Decorating Supplies' pain. See also: - Amy's Baking Company - A History of Kitchen Nightmares - ABC Cake Decorating Supplie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Meet Amy's Baking Company's New PR Guy: Big-Haired, Big-Mouthed Jason Rose

    It was inevitable that Jason Rose represent Amy's Baking Company. Who else but the guy who thought to nudge semi-senile, publicity-obsessed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio into shilling for a restaurant called Pink Taco? The flack who bent campaign sign laws to get his sushi-slinging client pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale Is the Season Finale of Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay, Natch

    Given the shit storm that happened at the Kitchen Nightmares taping at Amy's Baking Company last December, rumors were flying that the Scottsdale restaurant, whose name-calling owner, Amy Bouzaglo, made the news in 2010 after an angry tirade on Yelp following a one-star review, would never see itsel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    8 Favorite Fresh-Baked Bread Experiences at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    Bread is such an important part of a restaurant meal. It's the first solid thing to hit the table, the first impression made, the first clue as to what we might expect about all that's to follow. If it's stale or cold or dry or just plain lousy, we're not only disappointed but worried. Bad bread nev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    DIY Pan de Muerto to Celebrate Day of the Dead

    By tomorrow Halloween will be but a pile of candy wrappers and a pumpkin rotting on the porch -- but the next holiday is right around the corner, and we're not talking about Thanksgiving. Dia de los Meurtos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 2. Despite the name, it ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Tammie Coe Cakes Ends Relationship With La Grande Orange

    As far as successful food hookups go, the longstanding one between well-known local pastry business Tammie Coe Cakes and La Grande Orange, the popular grocery and pizzeria in Arcadia, may be one of the Valley's best-known. But the relationship has come to a end. In a Facebook post today on the pag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Chia Lemon Drizzle Quiche -- Er, I Mean Cake

    I have to begin with a confession. I've been hiding something important from you and it's time to come clean . . . I'm sort of a health food fanatic. All the crazy ingredients for this cake were ones I had in my pantry. When you see what those are, you'll know what I mean. I think I've alluded to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    97: MJ Coe

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Mad Coyote Joe Bakes Bread -- and It Goes Fast Wednesday Afternoons at Janey's Coffeehouse

    Sleepy Cave Creek wakes up fast Wednesday afternoons, when a Valley cooking legend with a hard-to-forget stage name shows up at Janey's Coffeehouse with 50 loaves of freshly baked bread. Joe Daigneault is only Joe Daigneault to his creditors and his mother. To the rest of the world, he's Mad Coyot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Savannah Smiles XXX-treme Cinnamon Rolls: Girl Scout Cookie Showdown

    What better use for an extra case of Girl Scout cookies than a Chow Bella Showdown? In years past we've challenged our contributors to make something delicious out of Thin Mints and Trefoils. This time: Savannah Smiles. Stay tuned for more recipes and a decision from our "judge," web editor Eric Tst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    AndyTalk: Why You Should Make Pizza From Scratch

    YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA BECAUSE ... IT'S FAST ... Depending on your speed in the kitchen you can make a pizza, dough and all, in 60 to 90 minutes. That's as long as it takes to get a pizza from a good place delivered on a busy night; and this will be hot when delivered to your table. With ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Top 10 Bread Bakeries in Greater Phoenix

    ​Bread, often equivalent to the word "food," is an indispensable staple in many parts of the world. Throughout history -- in religion, magic, and custom -- this deceptively simple foodstuff has ensured a seat at our table of survival. Where to find some of the best of it in the Valley? Here ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Aimee Sosa on Flaky Crust and The Good Egg

    Lauren Saria ​We're counting down the days to Pie Social 2011 -- 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at 408 E. Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. Don't forget, you can get in on the action yourself. Here are details for community bakers. And don't forget about our celebrity bakers -- every day we'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Tracy Dempsey Redefines Pie

    We're counting down the days to Pie Social 2011 -- 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at 408 E. Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. Don't forget, you can get in on the action yourself. Here are details for community bakers. And don't forget about our celebrity bakers -- every day we'll introduce you to a di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    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. Five Favorite Sushi Experiences in Metro Phoenix Spicy Tofu Soup from Chodang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Captain America's Stars-and-Stripes Shield Cookies

    ​Last week, The Cooking Virgin whipped up a tasty batch of frothy, alcoholic Butterbeer in celebration of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two. But the Potter endgame isn't the only geek-flick to hit the big screen this summer. Comic book fans are equally st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Cafe: Rock Springs Cafe and Rolling Out the Perfect Pie Crust

    Jackie MercandettiVarious pies from Rock Springs Cafe.​ Over the weekend, ABC's Nightline ran a segment on pie, which if you haven't been paying attention is the hyped "next cupcake." The usual suspects were included; Martha, pop ups, and pretty, young pastry chefs. Following the segment, we rece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Make Your Own Matzo

    Carol Blonder house made matzo​ The best matzo we've ever tasted is handmade shmura matzo. We were introduced to it by a friend who orders a shipment from New York each Passover. Comparing it to industrialized matzo from the grocery is like comparing a fresh baked artisan loaf to Wonder bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Melissa Barth of Posh

    Carol BlonderPosh pastry chef Melissa Barth​ Like most younger siblings, Melissa Barth liked to follow her big brother around. In high school she entered a culinary program to be just like him. Her brother went on to a career in computers, but once Melissa hit the pastry station, she never wanted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Kim Porter and Ben Kaplan, What Are You Baking?

    ​Even if your oven sits cold all year, chances are you're considering firing it up, right about now. As a holiday twist on our "What Are You Eating" feature on Chow Bella and "What Are You Wearing?" on Jackalope Ranch, for the next few weeks we'll be bringing you "What Are You Baking?" Comple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Pie Social News: Beckett's Table and Coloring Contest Winners

    ​This just in: Justin Beckett from brand-spanking-new Beckett's Table in Arcadia is our last-minute entry in the celebrity pie baking contest at this weekend's Pie Social. The other celebrity chefs are listed above. News about coloring contest winners after the jump.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Book Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Easy Artisan Bread

    Wilks CommunicationsComplete Idiot's Guide to Easy Artisan Bread​  In the 1980's, artisan bread baking in America began to move out of the province of professional bakeries and back into the hands of home bakers. Bread experts wrote tomes about baking ingredients and the bread making process ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Challah Recipe

    Carol BlonderPoppyseed Challah​ Earlier we listed for you a Challah round up including bakeries, delis and markets around town to find Rosh Hashanah fixins'. For us, a holiday meal just isn't the same without the aroma of home made food pulling us to the table. The scent of freshly baked bread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Chris Bianco's Lemon Focaccia

    ​Like just about everyone in Phoenix, we're fans of Chris Bianco and the amazing things he does with bread. Making trips to his sandwich shop, Pane' Bianco, at 4404 N. Central Ave. is on heavy rotation in our travels. However, right now the whole team is off on their annual summer break, the sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 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: When Life Hands You Meyer Lemons, Make Pasta. Or Cake. Or Alcohol. St-Germain: ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 23, 2000