Bernie Kantak

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    September 24, 2014

    Pickled Pork Temple from The Gladly: Chef Bernie Kantak Reinvents A Childhood Dish

    The Chef: Bernie Kantak The Restaurant: The Gladly The Animal: Pork The Dish: Pickled Pork Temple What do you do when your friend, who happens to own a pork company, calls you up with a bunch of extra pork temple? Well, if you're Bernie Kantak, you take it and use it to recreate a dish from your ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Seven Chef Steakout: "Seven Chef" Series Continues at Top of The Rock on September 14

    Did you miss the 7 Chef Pig Out at The Gladly earlier this summer? How about the 7 Chef Veg Out at Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails last month? Well, that's okay because there's another multi-chef, ingredient-focused dining event just around the corner. This time the star of the show will be beef. ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Cowboy Ciao to Host Alumni Dinner With Chefs Including Kantak, Osso, Fukuda, and More

    Bernie Kantak. Gio Osso. Nobuo Fukuda. Tracy Dempsey. Keenan Bosworth. What do all these chefs have in common beside being some of the best-known names in town? Believe it or not, they all passed through the kitchen at Peter Kasperski's Cowboy Ciao restaurant. There are few places in town that hav ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    The 7 Chef Pig Out at The Gladly Lived Up to Its Name

    Before you could even step inside The Gladly Sunday, you could smell the salty, smoky aromas of pork wafting through the air. But that will tend to happen when seven of the Valley's best chefs team up to create an eleven-dish, pork-centric supper. With the help of Tender Belly, which provided all ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Pork Belly Pastrami from Citizen Public House: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Mixologist Richie Moe No Longer With Citizen Public House, R D, and The Gladly

    Mixologist Richie Moe has parted ways with Citizen Public House partner and executive chef Bernie Kantak. According to spokesperson and public relations representative Ty Largo, Moe and Kantak parted ways amicably over a month ago after an "incident that could not be overlooked." "The gang 100 per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Top 5 Things to Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Singh Farms Saturday, November 9 Located just off Loop 101 at Thomas Road, Singh Farms opens up its 20 acres of farmland every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The weekly farmers market offers a selection of organic produce and artisan food products. With great values on items like eggs, greens and ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    The Gladly, Sadly, a Hit-or-Miss First Taste

    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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    July 11, 2013

    Six Chefs Six Bartenders = All-Star Cocktail Dinner at Scottsdale's Citizen Public House

    For one night only, Citizen Public House is setting out to prove you can't have too many cooks in the kitchen -- or bartenders behind the bar for that matter. At 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 22, the notable Scottsdale restaurant is throwing a multi-chef/multi-mixologist cocktail dinner -- a six-course ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Kelly Fletcher of House of Tricks on Thomas Keller, Chris Bianco, and What They'll Say About Him When He's Dead and Gone

    This is part two of my interview with Kelly Fletcher, executive chef at House of Tricks in Tempe. If you missed part one, where Fletcher praised his favorite local chefs, told us about the best food he's had this year and predicted what will be the next big thing, read it here. See also: -- Chris B ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    11 Favorite Salads in Metro Phoenix

    Summer is just weeks away, which means it's panic time for those of us who packed on the lbs. over the winter. Yes, of course, we should've seen this coming, and what the hell happened to that exercise regimen we felt so enthusiastic about back in January? Now there's no place to run and certainly n ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Owners of Citizen Public House Announce New Restaurant Planned for the Biltmore Area

    In January, it was reported that the owners of Citizen Public House (chef Bernie Kantak, Andrew Fritz, and mixologist Richie Moe) were on the hunt for a new restaurant location. Two months later, the space -- as well as the name -- have been confirmed. See also: - Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers Coming t ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    6 Don't-Miss Events During AZ Cocktail Week: Feb 16-22

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Phoenix is becoming a bona-fide food-town, "becoming" (present progressive) being the operative word. Exhibit A, for your consideration: the second annual Arizona Cocktail Week, a seven-day series of boozy events -- some educational, others not so much -- b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2013

    12 National Food Trends We'll See in Phoenix in 2013

    Everybody likes to say that Phoenix is years behind "real" food and drink towns, and for an embarrassingly long time, that was absolutely true. Lately? Not so much. I've read a slew of end-of-the-year predictions about what we Americans will be eating and drinking next year, and in many cases, we've ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Chef Salad Highlights: The Funny, Astute and Provocative Comments Our Local Chefs Made in 2012

    If you've been reading Chef Salad here at Chow Bella for a while, you've probably gleaned a few tasty nuggets about your favorite chefs: what they like to eat and where, the colleagues they admire, the mentors they've learned from and their views on trends and celebrity. As the interviewer, I've bee ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Forget Candy! Five Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Metro Phoenix with Food and Alcohol

    Maybe you shouldn't forget candy completely, but as a grown up, there are ways to celebrate Halloween that are far more delicious than chalky, corn syrup-filled packaged sugar. There are pumpkin beers and entrées, horror-themed cocktails, and frightening foods like headcheese (real head included). ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Meet-and-Greet (and Booze with) Favorite Local Chefs at Dine Out with The Chefs This Weekend

    The world of food doesn't get more boozy and schmoozy than Dine Out With the Chefs and if your social calendar is looking a little bare the good news is the once a year event is just around the corner. From 3 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, September 7, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will become a ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012
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    September 25, 2012

    Citizen Public House: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Citizen Public House, 7111 E. Fifth Avenue, Suite E, Scottsdale, 480-398-4208, See also: Bernie Kantak Explains What's Good About Food Network and How Josh Hebert Inadvertently Changed His LIfe Tastemaker #16: Bernie Kantak The Hours: Happy Hour is offered 3 ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    6: Francesca Bianco

    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 >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Bernie Kantak Explains What's Good about Food Network and How Josh Hebert Inadvertently Changed His Life

    See also: Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House This is part two of my interview with Bernie Kantak, chef and co-owner of Citizen Public House. If you missed part one, read it here. The great thing about being a chef is: I get to throw a party every night! The tough thing about bein ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Bernie Kantak Dishes on Food Trucks and Why He Hopes Comfort Food Is Here to Stay

    See also: Chef Bernie Kantak Returns with Citizen Public House Bernie Kantak Citizen Public House 7111 East Fifth Avenue, Scottsdale 480-398-4208 This is part one of my interview with Bernie Kantak, chef and co-owner of Citizen Public House. Come back on Tuesday for part ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    From Pickled Pork Cheeks to PB&J Foie Gras, Phoenix Chefs Are Serving It Up In a Jar

    See also: Tracy Dempsey: Tracy Dempsey Originals See also: Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House See also: Chef Pete DeRuvo To Head Kitchen at New Davanti Enoteca See also: Tastemaker 86: Cullen Campbell Nothing says "Hey, Y'all" like a big ol' Mason jar of sweet tea, and folksy restaurants (corpo ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Citizen Public House Hosts Revenge of the Pig: A Boozy Affair with Porcine

    View the full slideshow of Revenge of the Pig at Citizen Public House. 'Twas a marriage of alcohol and pork at last night's Revenge of the Pig dinner hosted by Citizen Public House in Scottsdale. At $75 per person, guests gobbled down six courses of Miss Piggy, and sipped on six pork-paired cocktai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    What's Your Kitchen Entrance Jam?

    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.It's no secret there's a connection between food ... More >>

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    May 26, 2012

    AZ Restaurant Week Survivors Party at Citizen Public House This Sunday

    Love it or hate it -- AZ Restaurant Week (Spring Edition) is officially over Sunday night. According to Bernie Kantak, chef and co-owner of Citizen Public House, this calls for a celebration. But then, with Kantak, what doesn't? He and his partners Richie Moe and Andrew Fritz are hosting a late ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. Today, Brian heads over to Citizen Public House to uncork the secrets of the restaurant wine list. In all likelihood, a restaurant ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    The Five Most Memorable Things I Put in My Mouth in 2011

    ​That's right, laugh it up. Although the title of this post wasn't my idea, I did consume a fair share of noteworthy eats in 2011. Whether crazy-delicious, crazy-exotic, or just crazy-crazy, many have managed to make quite an impression. Here are five of the most significant. ​5. Pan-Seared ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Pig Out Monday Night at The Mission with the Latest Tender Belly Dinner

    ​The latest "Roaming Pork Party" is taking it south of the border with a stop at The Mission in Scottsdale for Chef Matt Carter's signature modern Latin cuisine. Monday, November 28, you can pig out from 8 to 11 p.m. with a menu priced at $5 to $8. This event began as an industry-folks-only ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    New Chef Competition Show for Bravo Now Casting: Will Valley Chefs Represent?

    Attention Valley chefs: Time to pull out the can of whoop-ass for a potential new TV series.​Payton Curry, step it up. Bernie Kantak, I'm callin' you out. Silvana Salcido Esparza, time to kick some ass. Seems as if the producers of the Emmy award-winning Top Chef are putting together a potent ... 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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    June 23, 2011
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    May 17, 2011

    Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House

    ​Chef Bernie Kantak began his culinary adventure at a very early age. He sampled head cheese at four years old and liked it. Shortly afterwards, instead of slapping together a messy PB&J when his mom told him to make a snack, Kantak pulled up a chair, turned on the stove a ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Late Night at Citizen Public House Starts Tonight

    Bernie Kantak​Beginning tonight, a new favorite in Old Town Scottsdale will be staying open late. Bernie Kantak's Citizen Public House is planning regular late night hours Thursday -- Saturday, til 1:30 a.m. This weekend's menu will feature Berkshire spare ribs ($12) and pork tacos with ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Citizen Public House Opens for Lunch

    ​The Valley's hot ticket is chef Bernie Kantak's brand-new gastropub Citizen Public House, which just opened its doors two weeks ago and specializes in bar snacks with a gourmet spin and contemporary American cuisine tinged with Eastern European influences (think pork bell ... 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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    November 18, 2010

    Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge in Cave Creek

    The Kantak chop salad and pane caprese drizzled with balsamic at Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge. ​We blogged a couple weeks back about Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge opening in Cave Creek, and even brought you a first look of the posh new digs. The new restaurant smell still hasn't worn off ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Chef Bernie Kantak Returns With Citizen Public House

    Chef Bernie Kantak stayed in the spotlight by cooking up some clever eats at this year's Devoured culinary festival.​What's next for chef Bernie Kantak, who left his longtime executive chef gig at Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz last year?Well, Next is next. He and partner Andrew Fritz (formerly of Cowb ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    New in Cave Creek: Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge

    Pizza and wine: Two great tastes that go great together. That's the concept from two hospitality pros --alumni from Kazimierz World Wine Bar and Estate House -- who are making their mark on the dining scene in the North Valley with the opening of their new restaurant, Amaro Pizzeria & Vino ... More >>

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    March 14, 2010

    A Sweet Ending for the Devoured Culinary Festival

    FnB's butterscotch pudding. ​Maybe it was the calming influence of arts maven turned Devour Phoenix spokesperson Kimber Lanning, or some new Zen-like mojo brought on by the event's name change, but today's installment of the Devoured Culinary Classic went on without a hitch ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Lots of New Local Eateries in the Works

    AZCentral's list of 20 new restaurants scheduled to open by the end of the year has suddenly been changed to 15 since the story was posted yesterday. Not hard to figure out which five are now missing -- it's the restaurants on Jackson that Bernie Kantak is planning. Should we rea ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    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: Last Night's Sea Saw Finale Last Night: Skyy Vodka Bar Chef Competition Chef ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Jackson Street Entertainment District Hits a Political Nerve

    This afternoon, the City of Phoenix Planning and Zoning Committee has a scheduled hearing on the establishment, through rezoning, of the controversial Jackson Street Entertainment District -- ground zero for those five new Bernie Kantak restaurants I mentioned yesterday. And it looks like ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Chef Bernie Kantak Planning Five Restaurants Downtown

    Former Cowboy Ciao chef Bernie Kantak and his business partners have finalized a deal to open not one, not two, but five new restaurants downtown, reports the Republic today. The concepts will be Southwestern, Southern, steakhouse, Latin, and wine bar, and will be located at 1st Stree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    June 9 In Blogs: Thomas Coletto, Pretty Things Peep Show,, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    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:Thomas Coletto Renounces Neo-Nazi-ism, Alleges Former Comrade to be Satanist Up on the Sun:Ge ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Cowboy Ciao and Digestif host wine, beer, and absinthe dinners

    By Michele Laudig Okay, I fully expect wine dinners coming from the Spaghetti Western camp -- have you ever read the wine menu at Cowboy Ciao or Kazimierz? My god, "read" is probably not the right verb. "Study" is more like it, since the thing resembles the bible in its thickness. But wine isn't t ... More >>

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    March 21, 2008

    Restaurant developments at SouthBridge

    For awhile there, it started to look like we were going to choke on all the new restaurant openings in Scottsdale. To be sure, a ton of 'em have already opened (as you already know if you even occasionally read Chow Bella!), and plenty more are coming down the pipeline. But while originally it loo ... More >>

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    March 10, 2008

    Did you see the April issue of Food Wine?

    It landed in my mailbox on Saturday, but I'm not sure if it's on newsstands yet. Anyway, it includes a great feature on Scottsdale restaurateur Peter Kasperski and his creative approach to wine pairings at Cowboy Ciao, Sea Saw, Kazimierz, Digestif, and the as-yet-unopened Mexican Standoff and Shell ... More >>

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