Brady Breese

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    November 3, 2014

    10 Best Places for Dessert in Metro Phoenix

    Last month Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for places to get dessert in metro Phoenix. Best Candy Store: Super Chunk Sweets and Treats Since opening late last year, Super Chunk Sweets and Treats has wasted no ... 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 1, 2014

    Dish It Out on Sunday at Salt River Fields: Four Top Local Chefs to Compete in Cook-Off

    This Sunday, October 5 the first Dish It Out tasting event and cook-off will take place at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. The new culinary fest comes courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and R Entertainment -- who have also helped organize Devoured Phoenix -- and will bring together ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Tomato & Grilled Cheese Cupcakes at Urban Cookies Bakeshop: This Week Only

    Nothing says summer like the flavor of fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes, but you might not be expecting to eat the fruit-once-mistaken-for-a-vegetable for dessert. You can try an unusually sweet twist on the classic pairing of tomato soup and grilled cheese at Urban Cookies Bakeshop, available today thr ... More >>

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    July 20, 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. 10 Best Breweries i ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    10 Favorite Bakeries In Metro Phoenix

    If you're one of those people who bakes a pie to cheer up a friend, makes your specialty carrot/red velvet/whatever cake for everyone's birthday, and routinely pulls together all manner of adorable goodies for your children's school programs and bake sales . . . well, bully for you (and the rest of ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013
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    March 27, 2013

    Caramelpalooza 2013: Buy Tasting Tickets Now

    Polish off that sweet tooth, Phoenix, because Caramelpalooza 2013's just a little more than a week away. Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual caramel tasting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- a new location but the same sugar rush (more, in fact) you've enjoyed in years past. F ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Five 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: - Kevin Binkley to Open Bink's Midtown in Phoenix on Wednesday - Urban Cookies Bakeshop's Brady Breese: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013 Arizona Rare Fruit Grower's Spring Plant ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Announcing the Caramel Makers for Smeeks & Chow Bella's Caramelpalooza 2013!

    We are practically in a sugar coma, just thinking about the line-up for Caramelpalooza 2013 -- the biggest and best ever, if you ask us. See also: - Caramelpalooza 2012: The Winners!

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    November 5, 2012

    A Humbling (Pie) Experience: Judging the Third Annual Pie Social

    Eating pie is pretty much the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and at Saturday's Pie Social, there were plenty of celebrity pies to enjoy -- 14, to be exact. At first, as we judges waited around for a seemingly endless procession of pies to be brought to the table, it seemed a bit daunting to ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Downtown's Pie Social (A Field Guide for November 3)

    There's going to be a lot to see and do at the Chow Bella/Roosevelt Row Pie Social this Saturday, but stay focused -- there are going to be a lot people on the same mission: Drop off the pies (optional), get the tasting tickets, find the best pies, taste, and repeat. You might need a little help t ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    October 25, 2012

    Brady Breese Makes Pumpkin Bread

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Sweet Buttermilk Pie at Phoenix City Grille

    With a generic name and an all-American menu that at first glance doesn't look like anything special, Phoenix City Grille might not seem like much. That is, until you actually go there and dine. The interior is plush and comforting, although also fairly generic, with the only unique personality shin ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Wait 'Til You See the Final Celebrity Baker Lineup for Pie Social 2012!

    We've added four more bakers to our already star-studded list of celebrity bakers for Pie Social 2012. Open your pie hole Saturday, November 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Second Street and Roosevelt as Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row team up for our third annual sugar binge. See also: -Pie Social in Photos, ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    The Anatomy of a Macaron with Duc Liao of Scratch Pastries

    See also: Tastemakers 2012: Duc Liao See also: Heavenly: Salted Caramel Macarons at Scratch Pastries When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going behind the bakery case and into the kitchens of s ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Cupcake Wars Challenge: OllieCake vs The Coffee Shop

    See Also: America's Largest Cupcake Franchise Expands to Arizona Because Cupcakes, Chains We've all seen Food Network's Cupcake Wars, right? It's the show that puts four bakers up against one another to see who can make a few batches of cupcakes worthy enough for the queen of cupcakes herself, Mis ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Anatomy of a Chocolate Chip Cookie with Brady Breese of Urban Cookies

    See also: Mail Order Cookie Clash: Urban Cookies vs. Goosebumps See also: Urban Cookies (OllieCake) Wins Food Network's Cupcake Wars See also: Urban Cookies' Brady Breese: Caramelpalooza Candymakers When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matte ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Mail Order Cookie Clash: Urban Cookies vs. Goosebumps

    We absolutely love cookies (who doesn't?) and we love cookies even more when they show up on our doorstep. Which is why we're super happy that the business of cookies by mail exists. And we're even more stoked that we have more than one bakery in town to deliver those cookies to us and our loved one ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Urban Cookies' Brady Breese: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 17 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Brady Breese of Urban Cookies. A self-taught baker, Brady Breese started Urban Cookies several years ago with his wife, S ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    December 1, 2011

    Five Local Lectures That'll Up Your IQ in December

    ​Whether you're looking to become an expert on a subject or just want to have something to wow your pals with over drinks, here are five lectures for aspiring poindexters during December.5. The Sweet Science of BakingAvid bakers and aspiring Betty Crockers prepping for holiday bake-athons will g ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Whole Foods Ultimate Food Fight, Round 2: Stuffed

    Carol Blonder secret ingredients​ Thursday night, Whole Foods Scottsdale looked like a mini set from a Food Network challenge as five regional WF chefs, including hometown favorite (with his own cheering section) Nathan Hirsch, calmly competed in Round Two of the market's Ultimate Food Figh ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Whole Foods "Ultimate Food Fight" Chef Competition Comes to Scottsdale Nov. 3rd Cute play on words to call it a "food fight" -- we hope the chefs don't get too excited and start anything like this.​Starting to freak a bit about what you're going to cook for the holidays this year? Don't fret ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Urban Cookies (OllieCake) Wins Food Network's Cupcake Wars

    Sal and Brady on the set of Cupcake Wars in Los Angeles.​A tomato soup and grilled cheese cupcake? That sweet creation was one of four made by owner and baker Brady Breese and lead baker Salvador Garcia of the Valley's own Urban Cookies (the name changed to OllieCake for the show) to win last ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Urban Cookies To Do Battle in Food Network's Cupcake Wars Under the Name OllieCake

    OllieCakeUrban Cookies, er, OllieCake, gets ready for battle.​Sweet Republic last week, Paletas Betty yesterday, and now this? Phoenix is gettin' some major TV time. ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY TV GODS, FOR THEY HAVE SMILED DOWN UPON OUR HUMBLE VALLEY. Seriously, nice to see. Urban Cookies, the neig ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Brady Breese's Cocomint Cookie

    Carol Blonder Cocomint Cookies​Right in time to feed the holiday cookie exchange frenzy, Brady Breese of Urban Cookies shares his Cocomint cookie recipe. Lucky for us we found Shaun, Brady's wife and business partner, handing out cookie samples Saturday, at The Local First Fall Festival. We ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Brady Breese: Urban Cookies

    Carol Blonder Brady Breese​ Brady and Shaun Breese represent the best of a commitment to living local. They grew up in Phoenix, attended ASU, and after working in the corporate world, began to grow their hometown cookie business. Brady, formerly with the life insurance division of USAA, cr ... More >>