Bradford Thompson

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Matt Taylor of Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden: "It Doesn't Get More Arizonan Than This"

    Matt Taylor Executive Chef Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden It's been about four months since news broke that chef Matt Taylor would be taking over the kitchen at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden and since the initial announcement, we haven't head much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Kevin Binkley Passed Over Again at The 2014 James Beard Awards

    It turns out the third time was not the charm for Arizona's only James Beard Award finalist this year. The annual culinary awards were held tonight at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. Much to the disappointment of many Arizonans, chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley's Restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Matt Taylor of Market Street Kitchen on Robert McGrath, Brad Thompson, and the Trend He Hates (You'll Be Surprised)

    Matt Taylor Market Street Kitchen 20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 480-278-7044, See also: -- Matt Taylor Becomes Head Honcho at Market Street Kitchen; Robert McGrath Stays On as Consultant -- Maple-Rye Creme Brulee at Market Street Kitchen This is part one of my interview ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Bring Back Mary Elaine's! And Get Me a Purse Stool!

    See also: Kevin Binkley Stiffed at James Beard Awards See also: J&G Steakhouse to Replace Mary Elaine's Maybe this whole belt-tightening thing is getting to me. I suppose some pop psychologist would say I have Frugality Fatigue. Whatever the reason, it's occurred to me in recent months that I sore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Noca's New Chef Is 27 Years Old, Has Worked with Four James Beard Award Winners, and "Killed" the Tasting, Says Owner Eliot Wexler

    Jackie Mercandetti ​Usually, phone calls at 2 a.m. in the morning bring no good, but for Noca owner Eliot Wexler, this one was a welcome wake-up. Chef Matt Taylor​The call came from 27-year-old chef Matt Taylor. Taylor, currently working at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Metro's Matt Taylor Heading to Vegas

    ​After a few weeks of speculation that Metro Brasserie chef Matt Taylor was heading to glitzier pastures -- Vegas, baby -- word is out that he's given notice with restaurant owner Fred Unger and will soon be heading to Sin City to head the kitchen at Michael Mina at the Bellagio.Prior to opening M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Metro Brasserie Opening Monday

    By Michele Laudig For a while, the sign in the window of FOODBAR, at SouthBridge, indicated that it was closed for renovations this summer. But when it finally reopens on Monday, October 20, it'll be a whole new restaurant: Metro Brasserie, a traditional French brasserie open daily for breakfast, l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Tomorrow night: Taste of the Nation

    Here's another opportunity to eat for charity: 100% of the ticket proceeds from Taste of the Nation will benefit the non-profit Share Our Strength, whose mission is ending childhood hunger in the U.S. Yeah, the tickets are $150 apiece ($300 for VIP tix), but the event, to be held Friday, April 25, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2007

    Jaimee Rose, I beg to differ

    Rarely do I feel like attacking another local writer's work in public -- usually I just share my criticisms with friends and fellow journalists, in private. But come on. How can a story that contains this sentence in the lede -- "Does anyone hear Phoenix and think yum?" -- make it on to the front ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2007

    This just in...

    I just got a tip onthe latest at the Phoenician: "Your favorite spot in town (Mary Elaine's) will be no more...after the season they will close for three months and then Jean George will take over the space. I hope JG throws together a good crew as his time at the location will most likely be v ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 21, 2006

    Expense Account

    Truffles no trifle