Brandon Crouser

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Josh Riesner of Scottsdale's Pig & Pickle Dishes on Bartending Bullshit and What He Ate That You Probably Never Will

    Josh Riesner Pig & Pickle 2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale 480-990-1407 See also: -Pig & Pickle Pretty Perfect -Cowboy Ciao's Lester Gonzalez Dishes On Food Truck Fantasies and His Love/Hate Relationship With the Bacon Obsession -M.J. Coe Dishes on the Weirdest Thing He Couldn't Ea ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Cullen Campbell Dishes on the Stupidity of a Certain Catch-Phrase and Shares His Feelings about Skinny Jeans

    Cullen Campbell Crudo 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 602-358-8666 www.crudoaz. com See also: -- Crudo at New Location: Get. In. The. Car. -- Small-Batch Spirits Dazzle at Micah Olson's Bar Crudo This is part one of my interview with Cullen Campbell, chef-owner of Crudo. Come back on Tuesday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Wine Tasting at Avalon and Kettle Corn in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Avalon Wine TastingTonight, join sommelier David M. Johnson at the stylish Avalon Restaurant in Scottsdale for an exciting and informative red wine tasting event. Sample 5 different styles of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    64: Albacore With Black Truffle at Crudo

    ​Hungry yet? We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order Leave your suggestions for upcoming favorites in the comments section. Visit our sister ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 10, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Crudo Brings in Fish From Japan

    Brandon Crouser (pictured) and Cullen Campbell are turning Japanese at Crudo.​It's really not hard to get my attention. Just say the secret word: Japan. The other secret word? Seafood.That's how the guys from Crudo caught my eye this morning, in a newsy little email sent to local media types. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Stealthy Table Unveils Debut Menu

    The James Bond theme song is playing in my head as I type this.I just got a look at the complete menu for Stealthy Table's inaugural covert dining event -- "My Bloody Valentine," scheduled for V-Day, of course -- and it's looking mighty fine. Pork belly? Cocoa nib-crusted short rib? Meatballs? Choco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    New Stealthy Table Covert Dinners Roll Into Phoenix

    The La Vida truck's hiding a secret...​At the Scottsdale Old Town Farmers' Market this weekend, we caught up with Joe Garcia of La Vida Locavore and got the inside scoop on a new "covert culinary dinner" project called Stealthy Table. Basically, it's like the food versio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    St. Francis, Crudo Cafe Expand Service

    ​Do you ever get a midday craving for a restaurant that's only open evenings? Or a nighttime urge to eat at a favorite lunch spot? Two new-ish local restaurants have just expanded their hours. For the past four months, chef-owner Aaron Chamberlin has been sticking to dinner-only service at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Crudo Cafe Readies to Launch Dinner Menu

    ​It's been two months and change since the adventurous Crudo Cafe opened inside Scottsdale's Steven Paul Salon at 7035 E. 3rd Ave. in Old Town Scottsdale. The tiny eatery has been serving breakfast and lunch, and now chefs Cullen Campbell of the now defunct Fine's Cellar and Brandon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    CRAVE Arizona is Perfectly Balanced Gluttony

    ​Celebrity chefs. Blind wine tasting contests. Food samples from dozens of Valley restaurants. Only two weeks after Scottsdale's Dine Out With the Chefs event, culinary afficianados from across the Valley loosened their belts for another huge epicurean event: CRAVE Arizona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    New in Scottsdale: Crudo Cafe

    There's a new breakfast and lunch option in Old Town Scottsdale. And soon, it will be a dinner destination, too. ​After this summer's unfortunate demise of Fine's Cellar, chef Cullen Campbell teamed up with his good friend, chef Brandon Crouser, formerly of Atlas Bistro, to open Crudo Cafe, l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 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: Now Open: The Parlor Fine's Cellar Closes Over the Weekend Chefs Cullen Camp ... More >>

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    May 27, 2009

    Chefs Cullen Campbell and Brandon Crouser Plan New Restaurant

    This afternoon, I finally got some time to catch up with chef Cullen Campbell in the wake of Fine's Cellar's recent closing, and he says he's really upset about it. "It was pretty much the economy, and with the way things have going, the investors didn't want to put more money into it," he tell ... More >>

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    March 2, 2009

    This Just In: Chef Line-Up for West of Western

    Wasn't it just New Year's Eve? Weren't we just shivering in our sweaters and jackets? All of a sudden it's March, and it feels like summer's right around the corner. No complaints from me, buddy. I love this time of year, not only because of the balmy weather, but because there's so much to do ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 4, 2008